At long last we’re seeing some sunshine and it’s getting warmer.
I’ve done it, my Book Bingo card is now filled and handed in ready for the finished cards to be put in a hat and a winner to be drawn! The draw will take place next Saturday and one lucky winner will walk away with twenty five English pounds to spend (hopefully) on books.
I never expected to finish (and with a week to go…..unheard of for me) It’s been a lot of fun and has revived my love of reading which of course was one of the reasons Book Bingo was set up in the first place.
Well………I’ve done it! I’ve read the last three books that I needed in order to complete my Book Bingo card. I didn’t expect to finish the whole card but I have and I’m delighted.
So which three books did I choose?
I needed to read a book “set in another country” and chose another Agatha Christie….A Caribbean Mystery. It’s a Miss Marple story and if you can forgive the, perhaps, racist comments about the native Caribbean folk, is good read.(It was first published in 1964 when people could get away with being dismissive of anyone who wasn’t white, middle class and Christian) Half way through the book I realized that I’d seen a television film of the story but I’d forgotten the ending so it didn’t spoil the book.
For”A book not originally written in English” I read Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson. This is a children’s book though I’m not entirely sure what kind of child it’s aimed at! I obviously don’t have the kind of imagination need for stories like this because although charming in parts it became so surreal that I began to wonder if someone had slipped some hallucinatory drugs into my tea!
My final read was The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne which is “A book which has already been made into a film”
I’ve seen the film which I thought was excellent but the book is magnificent. It’s a book that everyone should read (probably more than once) It should be on the syllabus of every school. If you haven’t read it then go to your nearest bookshop TODAY and get a copy, get a couple of copies and give the others to friends..
So my Book Bingo card is full and I’m in with a chance of having my name drawn out of the hat to win……..I’m not sure what the prize is and as Book Bingo was Phil’s idea in the first place I probably shouldn’t accept the prize even if I did win!! It’s been a lot of fun, I’ve read stuff that I wouldn’t normally read, some hasn’t been so good (the graphic novel comes instantly to mind) but the majority has been excellent, poetry, chick-lit, children’s books, from the teenage section, not originally written in English. More people than expected have taken up the challenge to play Book Bingo, far more than expected have actually finished. More people are using our lovely little community Library, more books are being read, people are talking about stories, authors, the different categories of books, making recommendations etc…….oh and we’ve collected some money in order to be able to buy new books. Will we do it all again again next year……well, I think we would be silly not to!
People have been asking me about the book bingo that I wrote about a couple of month’s ago! (they have …..really)
Well, it’s still going strong…though I’ve let things slip !
I’ve had my mind on other things lately and haven’t been doing so much reading however with book bingo ending in August I thought I’d better pull my socks up and at least attempt to get my bingo card filled, especially as it was my partner’s idea in the first place!
I don’t think we’d imagined that anyone would actually finish a card but every time I go into the library there seem to be more finished cards displayed on the wall, one lady is just one book away from finishing her second card!
Last time I wrote about it I was about to start reading a graphic novel……let’s just say It wasn’t my cup of tea and leave it at that!
As you can see I’ve got a lot of squares filled in but have a long way to go…well actually not that far now as I’ve been reading madly!
For a ‘book published before 1966’ I have just finished Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s one of her Hercule Poirot stories and good read. M Poirot has to discover who killed a famous artist sixteen years after the murder….if in fact it was a murder?
For the ‘By an American author’ I read Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell. I’ve read some of her books before and enjoyed them but I’m afraid I just couldn’t connect with this one. I couldn’t empathise with the characters and in the end really didn’t care why or who did what they did…sorry Patricia.
For a ‘From the Chck-lit rack’ I was recommended to read A Seaside Affair by the lovely Fern Britton. Frankly, although I’d heard the term Chick-lit I’d really no idea what it meant although I rather thought that I wouldn’t like it, whatever it was. Well, actually I did like it, I liked it a lot. I’ll probably not be rushing back to the rack to grab piles of Chick-lit books any time soon but I’d certainly think of reading something else by Fern. It advertised itself as having “fun and friendly charm on every page” …………I’m not quite sure about that but it was certainly enjoyable and if only real life was as interesting and fun as in the little Cornish town of Trevay.
For a ‘Shorter than 200 pages’ I went for the children’s book The Cuckoo Clock of Doom from the Goosebumps collection of books by R L Stine. I used to read these books to my class when I was teaching and they always went down well. Any book that states on the cover ‘Reader beware you’re in for a scare’ is always going to be a winner, and it was.
For ‘A book with 5 or more words in the title’ I chose another children’s book The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me by Roald Dahl. I’ll come clean, I don’t like Roald Dahl, I wasn’t brought up reading his books and somewhere along the line I’ve got it into my head that he wasn’t a very nice man. I’m not sure where this idea has come from and it may be completely wrong, certainly everyone else I know loves his work and loves him so I’ll probably have to change my opinion. I picked this book mainly because I needed to read a book with five words or more in the title and this book has more than five words in the title. I loved it and loved the drawings by the magnificent Quentin Blake. Yes I loved it so look ……already my opinion of Roald Dahl is changing!
I needed a book with a child on the cover and grabbed Demon Dentist by David Walliams. Friends have read it and enjoyed it and I guess I did too….to a point. It was quite funny but maybe I’m a bit out of touch with what children these days find funny.
That just leaves ‘A book which has already been made into a film’ ‘Set in another country’ and ‘A book not originally written in English’ and I’ll have a completed bingo card…….surely I can manage that!!!!
I’m not here to advertise but if I come across something or somewhere good then I’m happy to highlight it.
It’s a beautiful day on the Island, the sun is shining and its just a little warmer than it’s been recently. There are definite signs that spring is on its way….thank goodness!
The perfect day for a walk along the beach (with the added advantage that there aren’t many people around!)
Where to stop for lunch?
We remembered that one of the little cafes on the front had changed hands and the new people were looking to “do things a little differently”
New signage, some decking, new furniture, and a wood burner are just some of the improvements. Double glazed French windows lead onto the decking and the beach.
The food and coffee were lovely, the location and views sublime, a terrific addition to our beach.
Sitting on the decking in the sun with the sounds of the waves, it doesn’t get much better!
It’s going to be lovely to sit in front of the woodburner this coming winter and watch the waves crashing on the beach outside whilst wrapped in a complementary rug and drinking decent coffee! (not that I’m wishing for winter!)
Good luck ‘The Salix’ and here’s hoping you have a terrific season, we’ll certainly be back soon.
A hard frost last night but today we woke to blue sky and sunshine, far too nice to stay indoors. A walk along the revetment was called for.
Has this been here since the summer?
With a break in the horrible weather we took a walk along the esplanade. Apart from a small cliff fall which has pushed some beach huts onto the revetment path Shanklin seems to have managed to survive the winter pretty unscathed!
The surfers were out in out in full force…..they must be mad!
My pen and ink drawing of the same view