16 June 2012

Bargain Book Buy

I love bargain books and even better is an entire store with books for $5.

My home town is moving up in the world and currently has a bargain book store, I think it may only be temporary and prices have dropped from $10 to $5 and I picked up three Cassandra Clare books today, City of Bones, City of Glass and Clockwork Angel. I have seen Clare's books popping up and have wanted to have a look see but haven't until now.

I must confess my satisfaction and excitement were waned upon trying to decide which series to read first. City of Bones is the first book in one series and was published first, but Clockwork Angel is the prequel to City of Bones. I asked the internet for help but received little clarification as some reviews I read told me some people started with the prequel while others enjoyed the other series better. I am sure I shall figure it out, but if I was an author who wrote a prequel after publishing a series I would publish a reading guide for any new readers.

I sure hope the bargain book store stays in town and/or more come along soon! I love cheap online book stores, but noting beats the elation of buying a cheap book and clutching a bag of new treasure straight away. Patience may be a virtue, but books are gold in my eyes!

~ K ~

13 June 2012

The Midwich Cuckoos

The Midwich Cuckoos was not what I was expecting.

I have not read any of John Wyndham's other books and was expecting them to be more like H.G. Wells. I was pleased and amused at the references to Wells made in the text.

I read this book while studying and completing uni exams so it took me about a week to read. I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I had of read it faster. I felt there was no strong or compelling detail to keep the reader engaged and found myself drifting and easily bored while reading.

The ending seemed to have little build up while hinting several times to the outcome, making it predictable and I felt that deflated the conclusion.

I did however enjoy the overall concept and look forward to reading other books by Wyndham and also some more work by Wells.

~ K ~

09 June 2012

Inspiring People

Kim Noble is an amazing and inspiring person, well number of people.

Kim Noble was abused as a child and has lived most of her life with a number of personalities as a result. I finished reading her biography, 'All of Me' tonight.

I found 'All of Me' a challenge to read, but am very glad to have read Kim's story. I took several long breaks while reading as I found it an emotionally challenging read. I became frustrated at the people Kim encountered and close to enraged at the treatment she endured with no diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D) being made for many years.

I hope that Kim speaking out and sharing her experiences means that others in similar situations might not have to endure half of what she has survived.

Even after finishing 'All of Me' I find it surreal. I cannot fathom what it would be like to have no control over the personalities emerging and taking control of portions of my life. I have great admiration for all of Kim's personalities, her therapists and especially her daughter.

04 June 2012


I am an Austen fan and would love to have these sitting in my bookcase.
I can picture taking one down, stroking the cover lovingly, and having to turn back to the cover to adore it whilst reading.
I am becoming ever so fond of pink as I mature/age/get old. It seems I'm a couple of decades late in being a girly girl. I'm okay with it though.

Slow Lane

Unfortunately study has been coming first before reading, which I don't love, but holidays soon after my last exam and then I plan to devour a number of novels and spend a significant amount of time in front of the fire.

I have started on 'The Midwich Cuckoos' by John Wyndham and have appreciated that it hasn't captured my attention completely so I can study and still have a mildly interesting read to wake up to and read before catching some zzz's.

I was talking to my boss about books the other day and he said he doesn't like to read at night and that made me a little sad; thinking what life would be like without entering a wonderful fictional land to dream about all night. I suppose the ability to instantly sleep would be of greater value to a number of people, but I have read before sleep for as long as I have been able to read and can imagine no better way to end the day.

I have just received a distinction on an assessment, so I shall utilise that as motivation for my last day of study.