Monthly Archives: September 2013

Literary Critters – Animals Reading Books

Anyone who uses Pinterest, come to that anyone who likes pictures of  animals reading books should check out the Literary Critters board from St Martin’s Press. They may well be the cutest things I’ve ever seen. I want them. All of them.

Does anyone know any other good sources for pictures of cute animals reading on the web? I think I need some to cheer up rainy days!

This picture of my rabbit reading a cook book remains a firm favourite.

The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones

So, I’ve just finished City of Bones the first book in The Mortal Instruments series and have to say, I quite enjoyed it. The plot is admittedly a little clunky at times, as though the author felt that dropping the hint once wouldn’t be quite obvious and though fans of the series will hate me saying this, some scenes were a little derivative of other YA or fantasy books/television (Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer to name but a few), but that didn’t stop it being enjoyable. I will probably read the other books in the series, if only to see how the incest angle plays out.

Having said that, I doubt I’ll bother with the films until they are out on TV. Despite having a pretty good cast – Aiden Turner switching from vamp to werewolf and Robert Sheehan taking a turn as another smart mouthed teen caught up in a supernatural drama- the trailers seemed a little camp I’m not feeling a burning desire to see this.

I want… Penguin Classic Book Nails

I don’t know anything about Nail Art (seriously, I can barely paint my own nails) but I know what I like. And I LOVE these Penguin Book themed nails from super talented blogger Alice at One Nail To Rule Them All.

Genius Nails from popular blog One Nail to Rule Them All

This is pretty much one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. And I know that my colleagues would die of jealousy if I turned up to work with my nails looking this cool.

Quote me on that… books, tea and biscuits

CS Lewis book and biscuit tea

Image based on original by Jamie Morrow

C.S. Lewis is often quoted as saying, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” I’m sure this is a feeling many of his readers share. Though I would have to adapt it to include books, tea and biscuits. So include something about not being able to find a packet of jammy dodgers big enough and that will make the famous quote Siobhan specific.


Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Book?

After our visit to Cotswold Wildlife Park today (amazing, go if you can) we popped in to visit my boyfriend’s sister and I read Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Book by Lauren Child with my four and a half year old niece. It’s a great story for children, which sees a young boy called Herb fall into a story book that he has defaced and have encounters with fairy tale characters, including a very bratty Goldilocks. My favourite character was the queen he had drawn a moustache on some time ago.

It’s a beautiful book with a great plot, and while it’s not ideal for young readers who are just building up their confidence because of occasional backwards letters and upside down words, it’s a really fun book to read together. I hope it teaches children to look after their books properly!

I would recommend it to anyone who thought that Goldilocks was a naughty little girl and didn’t understand why she didn’t get into trouble when they were small.