Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. Here’s the link to the Goodreads group.
I won’t be partaking every Wednesday – if I try to blog on a particular day each week, I always end up losing interest – but I thought it would be a fun meme to dip in and out of.
This week’s theme is books I want to re-read. Most of the books below are books that I do really want to re-read but I’m kind of intimidated by the idea of re-reading them, either because they’re really long or because I feel like my opinion might change the second time around.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith.
So I finally got around to doing this original tag by icebreaker694 – thanks for the tag! Man, I’m ashamed how long it’s taking me to get through these. I mean, what else am I doing with my life?
- Thank the person who tagged you.
- Choose 8 actors and describe them in a particular movie role. Describe them and answer which book character fits the same description. (You can use the actors from the person who tagged you if you like.)
- Tag 8 other people.
I received this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affects my opinion of the book. Quotes in the following review may differ slightly from the final published version of the book.
‘Dear sir or madam,
I’m writing to complain about my treatment by your staff on Saturday night.
At approximately 11.20pm, I gave a young man I’d just met a blowjob by the downstairs bar. One of your bouncers (I’m afraid I cannot describe him, my vision was blurred) dragged me out and threw me onto the street without giving me a chance to call my mum, tell my friends or finish the blowjob.
We all love books, but they cost a bomb. Here’s some thrifty ways to curb your bookish spending habit and still read lots of books you haven’t read before.
1. Start a book blog.
If you have a blog, you can sign up to websites such as Netgalley and request a digital copy of a book before it’s published. I like this way of getting free books because it makes you feel like a member of an exclusive club, getting to read books before they hit the shelves, and generally most of the books I’ve gotten from it have been pretty good. You’re not always guaranteed to get the ebooks that you request, but the more you review, the more likely you are to be approved for the next one.
Also, I just checked my NetGalley and I’ve received a copy of Swing Time by Zadie Smith.
I read a lot of books this month, but still haven’t found any new favourites. But anyway, here are the books I read in August!
1. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
Before you read this, I’d like to reiterate that you absolutely must not read this or any other spoiler-y reviews before you see the play! If you’d like to read my thoughts, here is my spoiler-free review of the onstage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which I was lucky enough to go and see last weekend. (Seriously, I cannot believe my luck. I feel like a member of the A-list.)
If you’ve seen the show and are interested in my general thoughts on acting and staging, I talk about these in the spoiler-free version as well. Below follows an in-depth discussion on the parts of the play that are not common knowledge, like how particular things are staged or certain characters that not everyone knows appear in the story. I’m also writing this under the assumption that people who are reading it know what happens, so I will talk about specific plotpoints. So finally, please please PLEASE do not read on if you haven’t read the script or seen the show! #KeepTheSecrets!!!
Guys, guys. I know how you feel.
I’m lucky enough to have tickets for the show, but even though I’m a massive theatre geek, I wish JKR had written a novel instead.
A lot of people fell in love with reading through Potter. A lot of us already loved to read, but had never found a book as game- and life-changing as when we read Philosopher’s Stone for the first time. It seems like a bit of a slap in the face, therefore, that the 8th story has been reserved for such a select group of people.
I had a lovely, fun Saturday! I met up with some friends for a bar crawl around Covent Garden, London. We booked the Ice Bar and I got to eat lobster for the first time in ages, which was probably my favourite part of the day… I love food.
Oh my god, guys, this has to be the best readathon ever – The Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon created by Aentee at Read at Midnight.
The idea of the readathon is to treat each book you read between 14th Aug and 4th Sept as a gym that you have to battle. You win CP points by doing certain activities, such as beating a gym (i.e. finishing a book), evolving your pokemon or by reading a certain number of pages (1CP every 10 pages, i.e. 10CP every 100 pages).
For a full list of how you can earn extra CP during the ReadThemAllThon, go take a look at Aentee’s post here where she outlines how to excel at this brilliantly imaginative challenge.
But first, I need to choose my Pokemon!
Let’s go for a non-bookish tag today, shall we? Yes, let’s.
I haven’t been officially tagged for this but Getting Through Anxiety tagged everyone! Yay!
1. HOW OFTEN DO YOU WATCH A MOVIE?
Not that often anymore. Probably once every week or every two weeks.
2. WHAT MOVIE GENRE ARE YOU PARTICULARLY FOND OF?
It’s not really a genre, but I love those classic British working-class films about ordinary people, like The Full Monty, Brassed Off and Made in Dagenham.
3. WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED AND LIKED?