The Big Birthday To Birthday Book Bonanza

I like big books and I cannot lie…..

I do. 

Not just big ones but occasionally small ones and sometimes some as big as your head. 

I always have. 

I can still remember the feeling of complete and utter excitement when I knew I was getting a Roald Dahl box set of books for Christmas when I was 10. It had to be specially ordered from WHSmith, imagine that! Oh the excitement! 

See, utter book geek. 

I’m never not reading something and the feeling of having just finished a book knowing you can go and sit infront of your packed bookshelf and decide what to read next is one of the best. Exciting isn’t it to just take out a book, read the blurb, open it up and decide if you like the print….just me? 

On the note of liking the print of a books (small, neat, lots of words to a page), I have other little book related likes and dislikes, do’s and dont’s…..we all do right?

Don’t leave me hangin’ dudes it’s NOT just me. 

This is what I’m talking about:

  • NO KINDLES. Just NO. 
  • Paperbacks over hardbacks  – hardbacks are just too heavy and uncomfortable to read but I will make an exception and risk possible injury if it’s a book I’ve been waiting to read. 
  • I’m not at all precious about cracking a spine although I know a lot of people are. I’m not fussed. Crack away!
  • I always use my trusty Mary Rose bookmark that I got from a lovely holiday in Portsmouth. NEVER fold down a page. Sacrilege!
  • I never finish part way through a chapter if possible but sometimes if I have droopy eyes or have to get back to work then I will. Upsets my equilibrium though. 
  • I tend never to read the same book twice. Once I’m done I’m done. With the exception of 2 childhood books which I LOVED. ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ and ‘The Little Girl and The Tiny Doll’. This last one I vaguely remembered from my childhood but couldn’t remember the name of it. All I knew was that there was a little doll living in a freezer in a supermarket. Good old Google tracked it down for me and I bought it. Such a lovely story. 

I buy a lot of books secondhand from either charity shops or Amazon. I like the idea that someone else has read and enjoyed it before me and sometimes you find the previous owners bookmark or an old receipt wedged between the pages or maybe little notes or inscriptions. I love that kind of thing. 

In terms of the kind of books I like to read and don’t like to read I’m afraid I may lose a few of you here…..

But here goes…..

  • Harry Potter or anything fantasy/dystopian. No thanks. (Sorry)
  • I’m not right keen on YA fiction (young adult) although I know a lot of not so young adults that are. It’s just not my bag. 
  • Anything along the lines of ‘The Vintage Tearoom Book Club Down By The Beach Cafe On The Seafront blah blah blah). No. Just no. 
  • Following on from the above ‘My Single Life As A Crazy Singleton Looking For Love On Valentine’s Day blah blah blah. Also very much a no. 
  • So I suppose you could say ‘chick lit’ in general is not for me. 

Are you still with me book lovers? Have I offended your bibliophile sensibilities. I hope not, it’s each to their own. 

Whatever blows your frock up. 

What blows MY frock up you might ask? (Or not if you’re a Harry Potter fan and I’ve pissed you off). 

Well….I love psychological thrillers. The best book I’ve read in this genre without doubt is ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins. The world and his wife have now read it and rightly so, it’s amazing. 

I love a good page turner, twisty turny plots that keep you guessing probably with a stalker or two thrown in for good measure. 

Some of my favourites in this genre are:

  • The Book Of You by Claire Kendal. 
  • The Bed I Made and Before We Met both by Lucie Whitehouse. 
  • Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. 
  • The Liars Chair by Rebecca Whitney. 

As for authors. We all have a favourite and particular ones we will make an effort to read anything they write. My favourites are Elizabeth Haynes, Lucie Whitehouse, Sophie Hannah, Julie Myerson and more recently after read ‘The Paying Guests’ I’ve fallen in love with Sarah Waters and her style of writing. Such a brilliant detailed story teller. 

Anyway, the title of this post is The Big Birthday To Birthday Book Bonanza, so I should really explain why…

On my birthday in July last year (22nd if you want to buy me a gift next time), I got given a set of 3 lovely little notebooks. At the time I wasn’t blogging or anything that would require a notebook so I decided to use one to note down the books I’d read. 

My friend Jollypops (that’s not her real name obvs but it’s her name for blogging purposes, you’ll no doubt hear of her again in the future) she suggested I give myself a book challenge and see how many I can read from my birthday in 2015 to my birthday this year. 

So that’s what I’m doing and here’s where I’m up to…

Not too shabby eh? Wonder if I can smash 70? Stay tuned. 

Going back to my earlier dislike of hardback books I am going to make an exception for this one….

….mainly because it’s by one of my favourite authors but also because it has a representation of a vagina on the cover. 

I’ll leave it there. 

Man alive! I was doing so well being all high brow talking about books and now I’ve ended on a vagina. 


Love ya. 




5 thoughts on “The Big Birthday To Birthday Book Bonanza

  1. Hi Amanda How’s it going? I’m new to all this so finding my way around WordPress and working my way thru the archive. Thought I’d comment on some of your points as…any excuse to talk about books!

    Harry Potter eh!? I read them and quite enjoyed them at the time esp the first ones but oddly enough I’m a bit embarrassed about that now! Not read anything else by her tho. Don’t generally read YA fiction either tho I thought the Mortal Engines series were absolutely brilliant.

    Agree with you on the Single Life/ Vintage Tea Room (lol) genre, tho I did enjoy the first Bridget Jones and the Elinor Oliphant book. Obvs being pale, male and stale chick lit is not for me.

    Think I agreed with most of your earlier points; Kindles – work of the devil! Also I never buy anything from Amazon! Use it for suggestions and wish lists. I always try to buy my books from my local Waterstones.

    Never read books twice either tho I am working my way thru the Aubrey/Maturin novels again as I’m collecting the Folio books. I also prefer paperbacks but like few hardbacks to break things up. As for cracking the spines – I quailed when I read that. Don’t your spines all end up creased? Got my favourite book marks too, entry tickets for various places we visited in Istanbul. And finally…I tend to have 3 or so books on the go at the same time. I read a lot of non fiction, usually either something Georgian or about Ancient Greece, ideally related to the fiction I’m reading.

    Hey – this is a long ‘comment’!! I’ll leave you to it…have a nice day. Chris. (MrChris62 on twit)


    1. Hi Chris. My thoughts and reading habits have changed an awful lot over the past year or so. I read a lot of hardbacks, I read multiple books at once, I love historical fiction and have increased my non-fiction reading. BUT I still don’t like Harry Potter or YA!

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      1. 😂😂😂 I realise of course that I’m replying to posts 3 years old. Don’t blame you on the HP really, I got a bit swept up on the hype and although I quite enjoyed them it’s s bit of a guilty secret. 😕


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