Wednesday, 10 December 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 Inferno by Dan Brown.  I am just a few chapters in and the book has already thrown up two new words that both the better half and I hadn't come across before.

chthonic - adj. relating to or inhabiting the underworld.
"[...] labouring beneath the earth like a chthonic monster."

numinous - adj. having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity.
"[...] where everything was bathed in a numinous red light."

Do you have any new or interesting words to share this week?

Friday, 5 December 2014

Poetry Corner #24

This week I am going to share another poem by Carol Ann Duffy from her collection, The World's Wife.

Demeter

Where I lived - winter and hard earth.
I sat in my cold stone room
choosing tough words, granite, flint,

to break the ice. My broken heart -
I tried that, but it skimmed,
flat, over the frozen lake.

She came from a long, long way,
but I saw her at last, walking,
my daughter, my girl, across the fields,

in bare feet, bringing all spring's flowers
to her mother's house. I swear
the air softened and warmed as she moved,

the blue sky smiling, none too soon,
with the small shy mouth of a new moon.

Carol Ann Duffy

Wednesday, 3 December 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.

It is exactly four weeks since my last post on this meme.  I have only managed to find two words to share this week.

The first word is from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

propitious - adj. favourable, giving a good omen or a suitable opportunity.
" It's interesting, the timing.  Propitious, if you will."

The second word was in a clue of a Christmas quiz my reading group played last night.

exiguous - adj. scanty, small.

Now see if you can answer the quiz question.  Sorry, no prizes!
"That exiguous hamlet south of the holy city." 

Have you had a wordy week?


Sunday, 30 November 2014

It's A Wrap - End of Month Round Up

November has been a very lean month on the blog.  This is a busy time of year and it is flying by.  I cannot see December being any better but do watch this space, it is my intention to get posts up as and when I can.

Post Stats
Poetry Corner = 2
Sunday Post = 1
Wondrous Words Wednesday = 1
Book Review = 1 

Books Read and Reviewed
Significance - Jo Mazelis 4.5*

Books Read and Rated
Brixton Beach - Roma Tearne 5*

Poetry Feature
Sonnet 43 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Owl and the Pussycat - Edward Lear

Overview
I made 5 posts during November, a big drop on October's stats.  Unfortunately, I was unable to make a discussion post or set up a give-away for this month.  I managed one contribution to each of the Sunday Post and Wondrous Words Wednesday memes.  I am still catching up on my TBR reads which will take me a long time to clear the shelves.  I am still not able to take on any review requests for the foreseeable future.

Plans for December
I am currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn for book group.  The next suggested book group title is Inferno by Dan Brown which I will start next and then I shall pick from the book jar.  There are no set plans for December, having been unable to fulfill all of November's I felt it best to see what happens here - watch this space!

How was November for you?

Friday, 21 November 2014

Poetry Corner #23

I missed last week's post and time has flown by.  It's Friday evening and I am getting behind again. How about something light this week?  Today's choice is The Owl and The Pussycat by Edward Lear.


The Owl and the Pussy-Cat 

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!’

Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?’
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

‘Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?’ Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Edward Lear (1812-1888)

Monday, 10 November 2014

Book Review: Significance - Jo Mazelis

Synopsis - Lucy Swann is trying on a new life.  She's bought new clothes and cut and dyed her hair.  But in a small town in northern France her flight is violently cut short.  When Inspector Vivier and his handsome assistant Sabine Pelat begin their investigation into her murder, the chance encounters of her last days take on a new significance.  Lucy's death, like a stone thrown into a pool, sends out far-reaching ripples, altering the lives of people who never knew her, and the lives of her loved ones back home.

Review -  I received this book for review from Seren Books.

The central story is the murder of Lucy Swann but where this story differs from most crime fiction is that the main focus is not on the murder or criminal investigation itself.  Rather than centring the story around finding the killer and bringing them to justice, the author chooses to look at the characters involved.  I say involved, meaning both those who interacted with Lucy before her murder and others who involved themselves in some way after the crime was committed.  Ms Mazelis explores the thoughts and actions of the key characters.

We have established that Lucy is running away from England and we are given possible reasons why.  We know who Lucy spoke to before her murder and that a conversation was overheard.  She drops her cardigan on her way back to the hotel and the cardigan is picked up and put down by a couple of characters, this does not go unnoticed.  We learn that before Lucy, a prostitute was murdered in the town.  The investigators have to work out if it is the same MO and find out who this latest victim is.  They know she is foreign, English or American, and they know who she spoke to, who picked up her cardigan and whose DNA is on the cardigan.  The police pick up three suspects all with their own worries and problems at being detained.  The relationship between Vivier and his female assistant is explored and also the attitudes and behaviours of the junior officers towards Sabine Pelat.  Is it safe for a woman to go out on a dark evening on her own?  Why do men regard women in a sexual manner?  Should women hold senior posts in the police force?  Questions are raised and explored through the narrative in this story.

I enjoyed reading this large book.  It is not a traditional whodunnit but a novel that makes you think.  Writing in this literary manner reminded me of the writers of the early twentieth century who wrote predominantly for those on the same level of intellect.  I am not saying that today's writing is dumbed down, but it's aim is to appeal to a wider audience. It does not quite reach five stars for me purely because I was a little disappointed in the ending which I thought was rather unsatisfactory. It is better than four stars so I have to break my rule of not awarding half stars.  A resounding 4.5*

ISBN 978-1-78172-187-2
Published by Seren.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Poetry Corner #22

I was torn with my choice this week.  With Armistice Day coming up next Tuesday I thought about posting a war poem but having read Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 this week, I went with the latter.




Sonnet 43

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Wednesday, 5 November 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.

Once again I have only one word to share with you this week.   Taken from Significance by Jo Mazelis.

revenant - noun. a person who has returned, especially supposed from the dead.
"Marilyn had felt like a revenant, like one who has died and returned [...]."

What new words came into your vocabulary this week?


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Sunday Post #12



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.

This week was a lot quieter which is possibly why I managed to post more than usual.  We did get a day trip in with the teen and her friend and I took quite a lot of photographs which will make their way onto my photo blog soon enough.

Posts on Booketta's Book Blog

Posts on my other blogs

Useful posts elsewhere in the Blogosphere
Weekend Edition – NaNoWriNOPE plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

Books Read
Forgotten - Cat Patrick 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:
Significance - Jo Mazelis

My Musical Listens
The Cranberries - Everyone Is Doing It
John Legend - Get Lifted
Ben Howard - I Forgot Where We Are

On TV
Downton Abbey
Grey's Anatomy 


Blog Book Plans
I hope to have some more words to share on Wondrous Words Wednesday.
A poem for Poetry Corner.
A PreLoved giveaway.
One planned review.  Any more will be a bonus.
After the review read my next book choice will be whatever comes out of the book jar.

Plans for next week - to continue the decorating, mainly the hubby's job but I will lend a hand when needed.  I hope to get to writing group.  My monthly book group meets this week, get to both of my usual classes, get my hair done and there maybe an evening of poetry and music too. 

How was your week?

Saturday, 1 November 2014

It's A Wrap - End of Month Round Up

Here we are now in November and it is still relatively mild.  I don't want to tempt fate but it's not been too bad so far.  The long dark nights are upon us, I am trying to get up earlier to make the most of the daylight now the clocks have gone back an hour.  Halloween passed by, we had some callers for sweets and as if they knew we had run out there were no more callers.  I swear word spreads which houses to call.

October on the blog has been a pretty good month for me.  The reviewing mojo is on its way back and I am enjoying participating in some memes and writing discussion posts.  Here is what October looked like on Booketta's Book Blog.

Post Stats
Poetry Corner = 5
Discussion Post: Self Publishing = 1
Sunday Post = 3
Wondrous Words Wednesday = 5
Book Review = 2
Give-away = 1


Books Read and Reviewed
Calling Mrs Christmas - Carole Matthews 4*
Forgotten - Cat Patrick 3*

Books Read and Rated
A Place of Execution - Val McDermid 5*
Ghost In The Machine - Ed James 4*
The Stepmother's Support Group - Sam Baker 3*
The Pilot's Wife - Anita Shreve 5*

Books Unfinished/Losers
Rachel's Holiday - Marian Keyes
What Would Oprah Do? - Erin Emerson
Public Property - Mandy Baggot

Winners
A Place of Execution - Val McDermid 5*
The Pilot's Wife - Anita Shreve 5*

Poetry Feature
Mrs Rip Van winkle - Carol Ann Duffy
The Tyger - William Blake
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud - William Wordsworth
Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe

Discussion Post
Self Publishing - The pros and cons both from an author's and a reviewer's perspective.

Sunday Post
I missed one week but kept up with this meme through the month when possible.

Wondrous Words Wednesday
I found words from various reads to post this month.

Give-away
I gave away a PreLoved copy of To The Fair Land by Lucienne Boyce.  The winner was Anne from Random Things Through My Letterbox.

Overview
I made 17 posts during October, my stats are still improving.  I read 6 books out of 9 but 3 were abandoned, they just didn't grab me at all.  I am still catching up on my TBR reads which will take me a long time to clear the shelves.  I am still not able to take on any review requests for the foreseeable future.

Plans for October
I am currently reading Significance by Jo Mazelis which was sent to me for review, an exceptional request acceptance. My next choice will be from the book jar.  I have more poems to share with you and I hope to find some new words to bring to WWW.  The intention is to try and make regular contributions to the Sunday Post and find an interesting topic to discuss with you.  I hope to post some reviews and I am going to host a PreLoved give-away this month.  Due to the fairly high postage costs over here I can only manage one of these give-aways a month and for UK residents only.  Watch this space!

How was your month in books?






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