Monday, 24 January 2011

A Very Booky Xmas - Part 4 - Springy Book Light

I've been a little remiss in getting to the fourth part of my Very Booky Xmas series probably because it was the only booky gift I received that I was a bit disappointed in. At first glance this portable book light seems a great gift that's perfect for an avid reader like me. And it should be!! But there's one functional thing about this gift that lets it down completely.

On the positive side I was really impressed by it's springyness because it means you can shove it in a suitcase or a handbag with little regard for it's well being. It's also got a little clip so you can fix it to the book. I didn't find it hard at all to imagine many nights camping huddled in my tent with a book, or using it on a long flight without disturbing the person next to you. But all the springy stem and clever clip ideas aside a book light can only be useful if the light itself is good. Well .... that's where this one fails. The circumference of light that is projected is poor and only lights up a small portion of the page. Plus it's one of those crap LED lights that tend to softly glow rather than brightly illuminate. I'm sure there's better examples of a portable book light out there, but this one quite frankly is crap!! Recommendations anyone????

Stay tuned for the fifth and final instalment - Part 5 - Booky T-Shirts!! I've saved the best for last, but beware ... you will see some very amateur modelling.

Monday, 10 January 2011

New Giveaway - Wicked Lovely (Melissa Marr)

The new year means a new free giveaway and seeing as though I know how much you all like the paranormal romance genre, I've decided to giveaway a brand new paperback copy of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. This is the first instalment in Melissa Marr's faerie romance series that has become an international bestseller.

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Thursday, 6 January 2011

A Very Booky Xmas - Part 3 - Four Books From My Wishlist!!

I was very organised for Xmas this year and used the Wishlist function on my LibraryThing account to generate an email listing all the books currently on my want list. I then sent the email to all my friends and family. The beauty of this technique is that it ensures you don't get a book you already have and guarantees you get a book you definitely want. It also makes shopping easy for your loved ones. And, it's still a surprise because you don't know which books you'll get off the list (especially if your wishlist is as long as mine!!).

Consequently, I received 4 books (three novels and 1 autobiography) for Xmas and they were all off my wishlist. In paperback I received The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien, Legend of a Suicide by David Vann, and The Collector by John Fowles. In hardcover I received How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly, and though it's a very large tome it's the one that I'm most excited to get into. I'm not a big fan of autobiographies in general, but this one intrigues me as it goes through Kelly's catalogue of songs explaining how they developed and where they germinated. I imagine you'll see a book review of this title in the very near future.

I've been so consumed by bragging about my gifts that I've forgotten to ask what you got for Xmas. So post a comment and let me know what books you found under your tree for Xmas 2010. Stay tuned for more tomorrow - Part 4 - Springy Book Light!!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

A Very Booky Xmas - Part 2 - Bath Book Caddy!!

For those of you who follow this blog regularly, you will remember that I have been without a bath for almost 6 months due to a very slow bathroom renovation. On Xmas Day I was not only lucky enough to take my first bath in my new bathroom, but I also received a bamboo bath book caddy as a gift. I don't normally take photos of myself in the bath, but after months of bath withdrawal, this moment had to be captured!! My wonderful husband bought me this priceless gift after he saw me salivating over it in a magazine. It definitely ranks up there as one of the best presents I have ever received because it allows me to do several of my favourite things at once - taking a bath, whilst drinking some wine and reading a good book. Needless to say, I've spent many an evening soaking since Xmas and am looking forward to many more nights of bliss!! Stay tuned for more tomorrow - Part 3 - Four Books From My Wishlist!!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

A Very Booky Xmas - Part 1 - The Cue Cat!!

After a holiday hiatus I thought it was about time I re-entered the blogosphere and what better way to do that than to brag about some of the great gifts I received for Chrissy. To say I had a very booky festive season would be an understatement, so this week you'll be treated to a grand tour of the best of my book related gifts. Todays instalment is all about the Cue Cat pictured in this post.

I've been a member of LibraryThing for over 12 months now. For those of you unfamiliar with the website it's an online community for serious book lovers where you can catalogue and review your books and share your obsession with other bibliophiles. My personal book collection numbers over 500 titles so it was taking me quite some time to even make a dent in cataloguing them on LibraryThing.....until the arrival of the Cue Cat on Christmas Day. This fabulous little tool reads the barcodes of books with one simple swipe back and forth and then automatically populates your catalogue with the stored information about the book. In only a few days I have managed to catalogue over 200 books in my collection. It's only a little thing, but it has really made me smile!! The only fault with the Cue Cat is that there are some bar codes it doesn't recognise, but the majority it does.

I'm hoping to have my entire book collection catalogued within the next month or so and would love to connect with any fellow members of LibraryThing. My profile name is ReadingHabit, so send me a friend request when you get a chance. Stay tuned for more tomorrow - Part 2 - Bath Book Caddy!!