Category Archives: Memes Challenges & Readalongs

Reading Ireland Month 2016

Yes, it’s reading Ireland month 2016 this March aka ‘The Begorrathon’, hosted by Cathy at 746 Books and Niall at The Fluff is Raging. Shouldn’t be difficult to fit in an Irish book or two this month… for instance,  I’ve been wanting to read Louise O’Neill’s first novel, Only Ever Yours,  ever since I read her second first (see here)…. Read more »

The 1924 Club

Annabel   28th October 2015   7 Comments on The 1924 Club

I had every intention of joining in with this lovely project hosted by Simon and Karen. There was a book on the Wikipedia Literature list for 1924 I had long been intending to read – The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany. I duly ordered a copy – the Fantasy Masterworks edition which has an introduction by Neil Gaiman…. Read more »

Social Reading with Scott & Friends

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara I had been reluctant to read this much-hyped Booker longlisted novel, but after Rebecca’s review for Shiny New Books I was beginning to move off the fence, so that when Scott of Me & My Big Mouth announced a readalong, or as he calls it ‘social reading’ I was ready to join in. The… Read more »

The Acrostic Meme

Annabel   19th August 2015   3 Comments on The Acrostic Meme

I found this meme over at Margaret’s blog where it comes by way of Lori’s and I thought I’d join in the fun: The meme is to make an acrostic of your name in book titles you’ve read this year. I thought I’d extend that from Annabel to Annabookbel. Here is mine, with links to the original reviews: A is… Read more »

Book Bingo update…

I thought it was time to update you on my endeavours on my Book Bingo card. As you can see, I’ve completed the top row and a scattering elsewhere: Here’s what I’ve read, with links to reviews where appropriate: Top Row: 1. Literary Mag or Journal: The Literary Review – this was simple as I subscribe. 2. Romance or Love… Read more »

Shirley Jackson Reading Week

It’s Shirley Jackson Reading Week – hosted by Simon, Jenny and Ana. I had been planning just to scan the posts as my pile of books I must read (e.g. Anthony Powell) is rather large, but what hey! Why not read a book too? It’s not as if I didn’t have a Shirley Jackson novel ready and waiting on my shelves… Read more »

British Writing is Not All Grey

You’ll have seen this popping up around the blogosphere, originating from a call by Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize Director Sophie Rochester to celebrate contemporary British writing. People have been using it as a hashtag #britishwritingisnotallGrey on Twitter etc; Naomi blogged about it here and Susan here. So I’ve decided to join in and add my list of contemporary/living British writers… Read more »


Annabel   4th July 2015   13 Comments on Bingo!

Just to say, I’m going to join in the Books on the Nightstand Summer Book Bingo along with Simon S and Simon T and surely many others. Here’s my card: Get your own card here and join in the fun! 0

Little Big Readalong update

Little Big by John Crowley I had such good intentions back here joining in with the Little Big readalong, but already I’ve got seriously waylaid by Shiny New Books and other things, not the least of which is that I’m now behind on Anthony Powell because I started my Annabel’s Shelves project. I once did one of those personality tests and… Read more »

The first Little bit of a Big novel…

Just to say I’m joining in the readalong  of the modern classic fantasy novel Little Big by John Crowley this May, hosted by Dolce Belezza, together with Helen of A Gallimaufry and Tom of Wuthering Expectations. I read this book back in the early 1980s when it first came out in paperback – I remember I was drawn to the cover… Read more »