Friday, 24 October 2014

Poetry Corner #20

Today's choice is one of Percy Bysshe Shelley's famous poems Ozymandias

Ozymandias

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)



Wednesday, 22 October 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.

More words from To The Fair Land by Lucienne Boyce

paregoric - noun. a camphorated tincture or opium used as an analgesic an anodyne.
adj. soothing
" Is it a paregorick draught?"

antiscorbutics - adj. that prevents or cures scurvy.
noun. an antiscorbutic medicine.
" And while there are effective antiscorbutics I can use..."

costive - adj. constipated
"So far, this has only resulted in a general gloomishness, and in some costiveness, in others looseness."

From Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

furlough - noun. leave of absence, especially that granted to a serviceman.
verb. (US) to grant a furlough to; to spend a furlough.
"There was no photographic proof of their furlough as none of them has ever owned a camera."

What new words came into your vocabulary this week?


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Book Review: Calling Mrs Christmas - Carole Matthews

Synopsis - Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea.  Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating.  She's soon in huge demand and Cassie's business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie's help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time.  Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn't go...  Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.

Review:   I won a signed copy of Calling Mrs Christmas from a competition on Dizzy C's Little Book Blog earlier this year.

What a wonderful feel good book.  This is one of the best Christmas stories I have read in a long time.

Cassie has always loved Christmas.  Fed up with being broke and unable to find employment after being made redundant, she decides to do what she enjoys and get paid for it.  As the story unfolds we understand why Christmas is so important to Cassie and the people around her.  Her partner Jim is a prison officer in a Young Offender's Institution.  It is not well paid and although it is a difficult job, he feels he can help make a difference to the youngsters in his charge.

Once Cassie starts getting enquiries and the requests come piling in she has to enlist the help of Jim and her sister Gaby.  Amongst her customers we meet a lonely old lady and a millionaire.  Cassie also provides a Santa to bring presents to both young and old.

This is a book that will tug at your heart strings.  We are introduced to characters at both ends of the spectrum, those with very little and those who want for nothing.  It is a thought provoking novel and a reminder that Christmas is all about giving.  A highly recommended read.  4*

Monday, 20 October 2014

'Not a Halloween' Give-away

Welcome to my October PreLoved 'Not a Halloween' give-away. 

One paperback copy of To The Fair Land by Lucienne Boyce.


This copy has been read once and is in excellent condition.
Here is my review.


How to enter:
The competition is open to UK residents only.
  (Due to postage costs I can only post within the UK.)
You must be 16 years of age or over.
Complete the form below.
Once the winner is chosen I shall email, message or tweet whichever means the entrant prefers to be notified.
The winning entrant will have three days to respond via email, PM or DM with their details.





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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sunday Post #10



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.

Let's play catch up!  Here is 2 week's worth of Sunday Posts. It's suddenly got a bit hectic around here.  As you know we have been decorating and although there are still jobs to do like new doors, sanding and varnishing the woodblock floor and painting a radiator, the bulk of the painting has been done.  So, I had a mega clean up alongside all my usual tasks.  We did manage to visit friend's for tea, get a couple of walks in, celebrate our wedding anniversary with a meal and film - Before I Go to Sleep.  I got together with friend's for drinks and yesterday, I went to a couple of workshops on book making, self publishing and listened to author Penny Simpson read excerpts from her novels and short stories.

Posts on Booketta's Book Blog

Posts on my other blogs

Useful posts elsewhere in the Blogosphere
Jo at Writer's Block Admin Services talks about Images made simple
The Daily Post discusses Tips for better writing
Johanna Garth on Losing Sanity talks about the Blogging Quandary

Books Read
Ghost in the Machine - Ed James 4*
The Stepmother's Support Group - Sam Baker 3*

Books Abandoned
What Would Oprah Do? - Erin Emerson
Public Property - Mandy Baggot

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:
Calling Mrs Christmas - Carole Matthews

My Musical Listens
Joe Bonamassa - The Ballad of John Henry
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Martin Harley Band - Money Don't Matter
Paul Simon - Graceland
30 Seconds to Mars - A Beautiful Lie
Jack White - Lazaretto

On TV
Downton Abbey
The Code

Blog Book Plans
I am hoping to post a give-away for October.
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.

There are more events lined up similar to those I attended yesterday which I hope to get to this week.  The teen and I are planning a day together next weekend which may include either a theatre or cinema trip.

How was your week?


Friday, 17 October 2014

Poetry Corner #19

This week I am sharing I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud by William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth


Wednesday, 15 October 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.

More words from The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru

quiddity - noun. 1. the essence of a thing.
2. a quibble, a captious subtlety.
"An age which allowed itself leisure to contemplate the quiddity of time and space."

otiose - adj. not required, serving no practical purpose.
"[...] treated the House to a long and somewhat otiose statement".

From To The Fair Land by Lucienne Boyce

amanuensis - noun. a literary assistant, especially one who writes from dictation.
"Ben must be his amanuensis."

peruke - noun. wig
"The peruke maker from next door was the first to run into the back room [...]".

What new words came into your vocabulary this week?

Friday, 10 October 2014

Poetry Corner #18

This week I am sharing The Tyger by William Blake (1757-1827).


The Tyger

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp 
Dare its deadly terrors clasp? 

When the stars threw down their spears, 
And water'd heaven with their tears, 
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright 
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake



Wednesday, 8 October 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 finished Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy a couple of weeks ago and I still have a couple of words to share from this novel.

vulpine - adj. of or like a fox; crafty, cunning.
"Yet such is the vulpine slyness of Dame Nature, [...]."

lanchets, lynchets - noun. a ridge or ledge formed by prehistoric ploughing on a slope.
"[...] on the highest ground of the farm, rising above stony lanchets or lynchets [...]."

From The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru

nautch- noun. a performance of Indian dancing girls.
"He produced hundreds of drawings, took to opium and nautch girls."

physiognomy - noun. 1. the features of the face: a type of face
2. the art of judging character from facial or bodily features.
3. the external features of a country etc.
"Spavin believes that character shows itself in physiognomy."

What new words came into your vocabulary this week?


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sunday Post #9



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.

I'm a little late in the day with this post, it has been a bit hectic today.  I have been baking this weekend, the French apple cake I posted about on one of my other blogs a couple of weeks ago.  I had promised a friend a house-warming cake and I was a little late as I didn't have time to bake anything when we visited for book group.  So I baked it yesterday and we took it round last night.  Today I made another which is still cooling to deliver to a very poorly friend who said he would like apple cake when I mentioned the idea to his wife. This week I went to see the film Pride which I really loved.  Great cast and so funny!  I went out for a meal with my old work colleagues to celebrate a 60th birthday.  We bought her champagne, an orchid, a cake and a balloon which we attached to the table.  My teen has encouraged me to snap-chat and she has sorted out some of my questions about it.  I'm not sure how long this will last with me, but if anyone here wants to snap-chat with me let me know your handle.

Posts on Booketta's Book Blog
Sunday Post #8

It's A Wrap - End of Month Round Up

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Posts on my other blogs

Useful posts elsewhere in the Blogosphere
Jo Michael's Becoming a Book Blogger posts which have featured throughout the week.

Books Read
A Place of Execution - Val McDermid 5*

Books Abandoned
Rachel's Holiday - Marian Keyes - I just couldn't get on with this one.

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:
What Would Oprah Do? - Erin Emerson

My Musical Listens
Alison Moyet - Alf
The Beatles - Abbey Road 
Bob Marley - The Sun is Shining
Eagles - Desperado
The Fray - How To Save A Life
Loaned from the library:
Arctic Monkeys - AM
Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll

On TV
Crimes of Passion
Downton Abbey
Cilla

Blog Book Plans
I am hoping to post a give-away for October.
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.

Apart from my usual weekly activities next week I have nothing planned outside of that.  If I get to writing group that will be a bonus.

What are you sharing with us today?


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