Tuesday Top 3 books I have read due to YouTube or blogs

Challenge set by Sarah at Bionic books.


I’m fairly new to all this social media. never read a book, due to a youtube video. There are a few as below that I have read due to a blog. Possibly there may be one or two more that I can not remember.

1. Elenor Oliphant

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Saw least a couple of recommendations for this, plus my Auntie recommended. For me , it did not live up the hype that it had ben built into for me.

2. All the breaking waves by Kerry Lonsdale. During my world book day party Chelia from pink for days mentioned this one.

All the Breaking Waves: Kerry Lonsdale Contains SPOILERS

Round up following World Book Day blog party 🎉 🎉 🎉

Today, I blog. And we PARTY!!!!


3. Girl with trilogy. I had heard about it and happened to see it in a charity shop after reading about Life of Angela reading it.

The Girl with Dragon Tatoo by Steig Larsson

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The flaw in the Girl who played with fire?

Summary of a fun blog party. I contributed a cyldrical pass the parcel … read on to see what was inside. Thanks Angela for the party and great summary and congratulations on 1000.

June Summary


2 and 3 of Steig Larssen’s Millennium trilogy.

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The other couple

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Started and gave up on Memoirs of a Geisha.


One Flew over Cuckoo nest

One flew over cuckoo’s nest at Sheffield theatre


30 days wild

#30DaysWild Summary

Hot air balloon flight

Floated into sunset on a hot air balloon

Festured in Suffragette scarf art / parade.

London Suffragette Procession: The End? Part 3 #Procession2018

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What I have just finished reading: The other couple. Really liked first half; suspense, tension but then it dissappaited in second half; less pace and suspense.

What currently reading: Memories of Geisha only read a bit so far and not yet hooked.

What I want to read: A cold Death in Amsterdam.

US covers vs UK covers


More of my opinion on covers. Covers this time provided by with the twist that US covers are pitted against UK covers. Scroll down to the bottom to see overall result of US vs UK.  Do you like more US or UK?

The US cover will be first.


Like UK better, the US is too bland for me.


UK more striking image.


US more interesting image.


UK as more colourful.


US version as like the four faces compared to the UK version which is all text.


US version more vibrant colours.


UK version as looks like a firework and more vibrant.


Having read a Patrick Ness, do not want to read more, however like UK cover better.


US version more vibrant colours.


This does not look like my kind of book. But like UK better as find the eagle image more striking.


UK version as like the yellow background more than white background.


UK version, Again having a face draws you to it more than version without face. Again though, it does not look like my kind of book.


I really like both covers. Think marginally prefer UK.


Us version as face hidden on UK. like that Big Ben is in background of US version.


UK version as more impact, with the more vibrant colours. It feels like more writing on US and all the text is squished up at the top.


Interesting title. Like the UK better. The UK cover suggests interesting character lead book,  the US  cover suggests dystopian which, I’m not keen on.


The US version again though not interested in reading.

Total US vs UK

US = 7

UK = 10

Marginal win for UK covers. As I live in the UK des this show who ever decides on the covers really knows what work in different markets?

Confessions of a YA Reader

A member in a facebook group asked about UK covers the other day and I thought that would be a great post to make here.  Most of these are US vs UK, but there may be another country shown.  I looked at Book Depository because I love to buy UK books from them.  Here are some that I found that are different.

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The Couple next door by Shari Lapena: My hypothesis …

Don’t tell me, if i’m right! I’m midway through the book.

I’m going to say it’s the psychologist somehow. Just because the psychologist keeps be mentioned and he is conveniently not contactable as out of the country.


This was definitely man theory before got to the bit found Father arranged kidnapping. Therefore my confidence in my theory, has been shaken but, I have not abandoned my theory yet, that the psychologist plays a major role. I may abandon this theory as read more!


Edinburgh Book Festival

Some events that jumped out at me from the 81 pages on the website. Given anyone can write a book about anything; there is a great variety of events.

There are free readings most days at 10am.

Ian Rankin a Scottish author is appearing at a few events.

Ruth Jones who wrote tv aerials Gavin and Stacy and Stella is appearing as she has now wrote a novel.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown is appearing.

There are history, politics and women’s rights themed events.

There are reading discussion events.

At my book club we have read some translated books and wonder whether what we are critiquing is the author’s words or the way it has been translated.

After listening to Cousin Rachal, a discussion of that would be interesting.

Or after seeing Nick Hornby, discussing his book would be interesting.

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What I have just finished:

Second in Millennium trilogy by Steig Larrson; The Girl who played with fire.

What I’m currently reading

Third in Millennium trilogy by Steig Larrson; The Girl who kicked the hornet’s nest. This is thew thickest of thew trilogy at over 700 pages. however it got into the action quicker than the previous two, which had a lot of perhaps surplus information. It continued straight from book 2. I still find the names a little bit confusing as characters are referred to by their first and surnames at different times. As the surnames as Swedish, I don’t know how to pronounce them correctly in head so think, just see word and don’t pronounce, therefore names do not stick in my mind. There are lots of names beginning with B. There is lots of characters and the book jumps one paragraph to another from one set of characters to another. You are engaged with one narrative strain and then takes you a sentence or two to realise setting changed.

What I want to read:

After Steig Larrson’s death the Millennium series has been continued by David Lagercrantz, I would like to read at least one of those books as a contrast.

Next, I would like to read the Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena.