Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday Post #8



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalise it! Include as much as you want or as little. Check out the rules of the meme.

Posts on Booketta's Book Blog
Sunday Post #7

Posts on my other blogs

Useful posts elsewhere in the Blogosphere
New Arrival













A Place of Execution - Val McDermid
This is the chosen book group read. I hoped to obtain a copy from the library but only one copy was listed and was lost.  I managed to get a copy through a seller on Rakuten Play.com.

Books Read
It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me - Ariel Leve 4*

Current Reads
I am working my way through some poetry collections including:
The World's Wife  - Carol Ann Duffy
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud... - Ana Sampson
My current read is:
A Place of Execution - Val McDermid

My Musical Listens
The Very Best of Cream
Bruce Springsteen - Working On a Dream
On vinyl:
Jethro Tull - Songs From the Wood 
Sad Cafe - Facade

On TV
Crimes of Passion
Downton Abbey
Cilla

My Week
We are still in the throes of decorating but a lot of the painting has been done so the hall and landing areas are looking a lot brighter.  We are waiting on a couple of tilers to get back to us with quotes for floor tiles in the porch and little room.  We have also done some more digging in the garden and planted some hebes and heathers in the front and back gardens.  On the social front I met some friends for a drink one evening, a nice catch up after a year of not seeing two of the girls.  Yesterday I walked through the parks to meet up with a couple of friends for breakfast.  We hadn't seen each other for a couple of years even though one lady lives a couple of roads away from me.  You can see some more park photos in the Saturday Snapshot link above.

Next Week
The OH and I are having a date night and going to the cinema to see Pride. I have heard good reports and I am looking forward to seeing the film.  My friend has a special birthday in a couple of weeks and we are going out for a meal to celebrate.  These are the girls I worked with many years ago, we all moved to this city around the same time and have kept in touch ever since.

Blog Book Plans
I will post a monthly round up of September's blog activity.
I will have some more words to share on Wondrous Words Wednesday.
A poem for Poetry Corner.
No planned reviews but you never know I may sneak one in.
My next book choice will be whatever comes out of the book jar.

What are you sharing with us today?


Friday, 26 September 2014

Poetry Corner #16

This week's choice is a poem from satirist Henry Carey (1687 - 1743).  The extract I have chosen was thought to have been from a poem inspired by one of his wives called Sarah.


( An extract from) Sally in our Alley 

Of all the girls that are so smart
There’s none like pretty Sally;
She is the darling of my heart,
And she lives in our alley.
There is no lady in the land
Is half so sweet as Sally;
She is the darling of my heart,
And she lives in our alley.

Her father he makes cabbage-nets,
And through the streets does cry ’em;
Her mother she sells laces long
To such as please to buy ’em;
But sure such folks could ne’er beget
So sweet a girl as Sally!
She is the darling of my heart,
And she lives in our alley.

Henry Carey 1687-1743

Thursday, 25 September 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

I am a very lucky recipient of the One Lovely Blog Award.  I am one of the book reviewers nominated by the lovely Sharon of Sharon's Book Nook.


  A mega big thank you!



The rules of this award are:
  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.
Seven facts about me:
Now this is quite hard because I have to think of things I haven't posted before.  Okay, here goes:
1. As a child I adopted a tortoise which just happened to appear in the garden.  After several enquiries checking if anyone had lost a tortoise, Tyrrell became my first pet.
2. I love the Scandi-crime shows that have come on our TV in the last few years.  Can I add Borgen to that too?
3. I have three offspring.
4. I quite enjoy a bit of baking. That is the real thing not watching GBBO. :)
5. I have been married a long time and our wedding anniversary is coming up soon.
6. I visited Antwerp this year and fell in love with the city.  I would highly recommend a visit there.



Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you have encountered or spotlight words you love.  This weekly meme is hosted by BermudaOnion's Weblog.  If you would like to join then please hop over (see link above) and add your URL to the Linky.

I have finished reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and I have some more words to share from this novel.

apotheosized - vb. Elevate to, or as if to, the rank of a god; idolise.

"The ecstasy of faith almost apotheosized her [...]".

precept - noun. 1. A general rule intended to regulate behaviour or thought.
2. A writ or warrant.

"[...] were she to remain they would probably gain less good by her precepts than by her example."

barton - noun. a farmyard

"[...] and entered the barton by the open gate [...]."

milchers - noun. cattle that are bred for milk.

"Between the post were ranged the milchers [...]."

Have you found any words to share?

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

To Share or Not to Share (That is the Question)?

There have been quite a few posts lately around the subject of blogging etiquette.  Although I am not intending to jump on the bandwagon, this issue does touch on what is acceptable when it comes to sharing other people's posts.

I have had a quick peek around the web for 'etiquette' posts on the subject of sharing but there is very little.  When I use the term sharing I mean via social media such as Twitter.

As you know I am more than happy to share the lurve.  I will generally promote new bloggers by media sharing as well as blogs owned by bookish contacts I have made.  If I feel I want to share a post because it speaks to me then I will do so.

So, onto the big question, how do I share?  Currently, I mainly share to Twitter either tweeting directly from the share button at the end of a post or a re-tweet.  If the buttons have Pinterest and Tumblr enabled then I will also share posts there.  I always link to the Twitter account of the person whose content I am sharing and if not able to directly link to them on Pinterest or Tumblr I will always mention their blog name or in the case of photography, the Flickr or blog name.

You may pick up that I don't mention Facebook and there is a strong reason for that.  I used to share posts from my blogging friends onto my Facebook page.  Not my personal page but the page devoted to my blogs.  However, it became apparent that this was not acceptable.  Now, nobody mentioned anything to me directly but I suddenly found that privacy settings had been enabled that meant that I could not share other bloggers posts unless I pasted the post URL onto my page.  But why do that when it is made quite plain that folks don't want their posts shown on my page?  I mention this, but on the other hand there are many glitches and changes on Facebook that it is a possibility this could have been something behind the scenes, especially as it did go across the piece.  I still occasionally share an author's post or the occasional give-away on that page.  I hasten to add that when I did share on Facebook I always linked back to the author of the post often adding a comment such as: "Check out "Blogger's" new blog" or "Read "Blogger's" review of..."

Anyway, I am not trying to gripe I just wanted to highlight that sharing to Facebook on your blog page may not be acceptable and may be frowned upon among the community.

What has fuelled my thoughts about potential problems of sharing posts on your Facebook page is this.  I came across a discussion on the internet among a group of bloggers who mentioned that they did not wish to be associated/connected/linked to a particular blogger.  The thread went on to criticise this blogger's reviews.  Now, I'm quite a sensitive soul and because I had been sharing posts across Facebook and suddenly encountered altered settings I started to wonder if I was the subject of discussion.  I showed the comments and my blog to a few people who were quite categorical in stating that this was not about me and that I was not guilty of the points of criticism.  And boy, did I feel better after that!  But, it has left me pondering about sharing do's and don'ts and what is acceptable practice.

Flickr is another place I will share to Twitter, Tumblr or Pinterest if the share facility is active.  Once again, I am not sure of the protocol.  I have shared one photographer's work and been thanked for sharing on Twitter.  On the other hand I have shared another photographer's picture on Twitter (someone I am in contact through other social media) and again, wondered if I had committed a social faux pas.  Once more, nothing was said to me personally but the sharing buttons have since been switched off.  This person is a far superior photographer than me and I felt the work was worthy of sharing, particularly as the works are of such a standard to be exhibited and entered in competitions.

If a blog does not have share buttons then as a general rule I will not share.  I accept that the blogger has deliberately not added the sharing option because they don't want others posting it elsewhere via Twitter or any other social platform.  If a blogger does not have a twitter account I don't tweet their post even if they have share buttons.  I realise that not everyone likes social media but if you don't have a twitter account then why have a share button?  How are you going to know if and where your post has been shared?

You may ask why share?  Or why do I share so regularly?  Firstly, these are not for reasons of self interest.  To be totally honest I am lousy at social media.  I have a Facebook account but I very rarely 'chat'.  I am a dipper.  I dip in and out of social media at various intervals.  I don't keep my mobile or iPad connected to the internet all the time so I am not permanently online. Sharing posts and photography is my way of connecting with you people of the blogosphere.  I do occasionally make a comment on a blog post or photograph on Flickr but that is only if I have something to say.

I have discussed the sharing of blog posts and where may or may not be acceptable but there is also another side of this.  Now, as I said my reasons for spreading the lurve are not to gain from it.  I am not after reciprocal sharing of my posts and I certainly have no expectations.  Of course, it is lovely when another blogger does tweet or re-tweet something of mine but it is not expected in any way.  However, it is nice to receive a thank you now and again or a favourite when I have shared A.N. Other's post or photo.  I don't expect to be thanked every time I share, but at the end of the week or month would be nice.  I have several blogging friends, authors and reviewers and many of these people show their appreciation regularly.  You know who you are and I thank you for caring that I share your posts.  Unfortunately, there are many out there who do not seem to bother or notice that there are people out there promoting them and are just too ill mannered to acknowledge or say thank you.  I put it down to plain rudeness but also I ask the question about blogging cliques and snobbery.  Here is why I believe this does occur.  Have you left a comment which has to be approved by the owner and then they decide not to approve it?  It happens!  Or, you comment on their post or respond to a tweet and they ignore it.    I am not going any further about commenting as that is a topic for another discussion post.

Back to sharing and to pretty much wrap up my argument.  I will happily promote other people's posts via Twitter, Pinterest or Tumblr providing there are sharing options on the blog.  I will always link back so you do know if I have shared your post.  For me Facebook is pretty much a no-go area for sharing.  I will continue to share Flickr contacts photos when I think they are worth sharing if that is an option and I do link back.  BUT, and I mean a big but, I will not spread the lurve again if you cannot be bothered to acknowledge a tweet at least once in a while.  I am keeping a note, I know who isn't paying attention!

Okay, you've heard my spiel and my reasons.  What about you guys?  Are you happy for other bloggers to share your posts?  How or where do you want your posts shared?  What are your views on sharing to Facebook?

Please join the discussion by commenting below.  I really would like to hear your thoughts on this subject.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunday Post #7


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalise it! Include as much as you want or as little. Check out the rules of the meme.

Posts on Booketta's Book Blog
Sunday Post #6

Posts on my other blogs

Useful posts elsewhere in the Blogosphere

New Arrival
I won some swag from a give-away on Twitter:













The Supreme Macaroni Company - Adriana Trigliani complete with Hipster diary, bag and postcard.

Books Read
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 5*
Tegan's Blood - LH Cosway 3*

Current Reads
I am working my way through some poetry collections including:
The World's Wife  - Carol Ann Duffy
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud... - Ana Sampson
My current read is:
It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me - Ariel Leve

My Musical Listens
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Live from Hyde Park
Motown - The Ultimate Collection
Blondie - Parallel Lines
Tom Jones - Reload
Sheryl Crow
Steppenwolf
Michael Jackson- Thriller

On TV
Crimes of Passion
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (Catch up)

My Week
I had my usual classes and it was great to be back into that routine.  My monthly reading group met and we discussed the two books we read over the summer.  The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith was the firm favourite.  I met a friend for coffee and it was a lovely warm, sunny day so I took a stroll through the park there and back.  You can see the photos in my Saturday Snapshot post (link above).  In return for my 'free' walks with the Ramblers the past month I was glad to be able to help out with mailing the autumn/winter programmes.

Next Week
Apart from my usual weekly timetable I do not have much planned.  I am meeting some friends for a drink one evening.

Blog Book Plans

I will have some more words to share on Wondrous Words Wednesday.
A poem for Poetry Corner..
Review?  Watch this space!
Discussion post.
My next book choice will be whatever comes out of the book jar.

What are you sharing with us today?



Friday, 19 September 2014

Poetry Corner #15

Paradise Lost is an epic piece of poetry written by John Milton in 1667. It is far too long to post as a whole therefore I have chosen the most famous extract to share today from Book One.

Extract from Paradise Lost (Book 1)

Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit      
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste    
Brought death into the world, and all our woe,          
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man          
Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,                
Sing, Heav'nly Muse, that, on the secret top 
Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire      
That Shepherd who first taught the chosen seed,     
In the beginning how the heav'ns and earth  
Rose out of Chaos; or if Sion hill               
Delight thee more, and Siloa’s brook that flowed      
Fast by the oracle of God, I thence   
Invoke thy aid to my advent'rous song,         
That with no middle flight intends to soar      
Above th' Aonian mount, while it pursues              
Things attempted yet in prose or rhyme

John Milton 1608-1674

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you have encountered or spotlight words you love.  This weekly meme is hosted by BermudaOnion's Weblog.  If you would like to join then please hop over (see link above) and add your URL to the Linky.

I am currently reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy which has thrown me some new and interesting words.

Reticulated - adj. 1. Constructed, arranged or marked like a net or network.
2. (of porcelain) interlacing lines forming a net or web.
3. (architecture) relating to or denoting a style of decorated tracery characterised by circular shapes drawn at top and bottom into ogees, resulting in a net-like framework.

"[...] in a pink pinafore, of a finely reticulated pattern, worn over a shift frock [...]."

Ogee - noun. 1. a molding with an S shaped profile.
2. a pointed arch having on each side a reversed curve near the apex.

Pollarded - verb. To make (a tree) into a pollard.
Pollard - noun. A tree polled so as to produce a close rounded head of young branches.

"[...] where enormous yew-trees, not when planted by the hand of men grew as they had grown when they were pollarded for bows." 

Sylvan (silvan) - adj. of the woods, having woods, rural.

"All this sylvan antiquity, however, though visible from the slopes [...]."

Concatenation - noun. 1. A series of interconnected things.
2. The action of linking things together in a series, or the condition of being linked in such a way.

" The machine had begun, a moving concatenation of three horses and the aforesaid long rickety machine was visible over the gate [..]"

Have you found any words to share?



Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Post #6


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalise it! Include as much as you want or as little. Check out the rules of the meme.

Posts on Booketta's Book Blog
Sunday Post #5
My give-away winner was announced: Lainy from SMBSLT

Posts on my other blogs

Useful posts elsewhere in the Blogosphere

Books Read
New Moon - Stephanie Meyer 4*
Burning Bright - Tracy Chevalier 3*

Current Reads
I am working my way through some poetry collections including:
The World's Wife  - Carol Ann Duffy
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud... - Ana Sampson
More Poetry Please - BBC Books
My current read is:
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

My Musical Listens
Paul Simon - Graceland
Katie Melua - The House
The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out

On TV
Crimes of Passion
Doctor Who

My Week
I had a fairly ordinary week with my regular Pilates class and usual stuff.  Both the teen and I had our hair done, the usual for me but the teen's was a bit more drastic.  She went for an undercut but has kept the rest of her hair long.  The hairdressers tried to dissuade her but she has been set on this style for some time.  I went on my last walk with the ramblers for a while and this was quite a big walk for me.  Only 8.7 miles but a rather steep climb up Fan Y Big in the Brecon Beacons.  You can see the photos in the link above. 

Next Week
Yoga commences for this term and I can't wait to get back to class.  Book group returns after summer break on a monthly basis and I am looking forward to hearing what the group have to say about our two reads: The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith and Alys Always - Harriet Lane.  I am meeting a friend from my former writing class for coffee and a catch up.  I think I have been roped in for some envelope stuffing for the ramblers too

Blog Book Plans
I hope I will have some more words to share on Wondrous Words Wednesday.
A poem for Poetry Corner..
Review?  Watch this space!
My next book choice will be whatever comes out of the book jar.

What are you sharing with us today?

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