Archive for November, 2019

by Neil Patrick Harris

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 42: Chose your own adventure

I did not think it was possible to love NPH more – but it is. So much more. This book is funny and sweet and endearing and smart and I just want to be its best friend forever
Just go out immediately and read this book. Or listen to it as I did cos then you get to hear his words and his voice
And then take a day off work to get over the hangover – cos there will be one and your life will feel bereft and empty.

by Alice Gorman

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 20 – Set in space
Everything Dr Space Junkie is enthralled by is set in space – and she shares some of that delight with us, the readers.
This book, and her ideas, are an interesting take on both space junk and archaeology. I loved her uncovering and exploration of the cultural importance of the bits and pieces left in space – the space junk.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the tangential information Dr Gorman provided, rooting space travel and exploration in earth culture.
An enjoyable and interesting non-fiction book that looks at a common phenomenon from a new angle.

by Sally Hinchcliffe

I read this book for #Popsugar prompt 33 – Zodiac or astrology term in the title. I decided to run with the suggested idea that SKY counted.
This is also a book about a hobby (prompt 8).

Manda and her friends are bird watchers and the practice of bird watching is an important narrative device here, as is the behaviour of birds. But don’t worry if birds are not your thing – I can’t tell a seagull from an eagle and I loved the details included.

Manda has also just split from her long term boyfriend and is now out of the twitching circle she has belonged to for so long.
A little adrift she attracts the scary attention of a fellow bird watcher. And so begins the twisted journey of this book.

I liked how her bird watching and the birds she saw are woven into the events of her life. I also really liked how the past was revealed to the reader – it is so important to the story and the way it is exposed keeps the reader both engaged and split between then and now. Each time a new nugget of information was revealed I was delighted.

I am still feeling a bit aghast at the end more than 24 hours since finishing the book – but in the best possible way.

Worth reading for sure!


by Dr Jen Green

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 27 – featuring an extinct creature
This is a kid’s audiobook but even still, had some information I did not know.
It is interesting and well narrated – it is one of those books that children will love and adults will be quite happy reading/listening to too.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

by G. Willow Wilson

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 18 – About someone with superpower
I liked this telling of a superhero story – I like how Ms Marvel is a teenage Muslim from a conservative home dealing with parents and boys and friendships and all the normal teenager stuff – and also with suddenly realising she has all these powers.

I would definitely read the rest in the series

Popsugar 2020

  1. A book that’s published in 2020 – A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet
  2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author – Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard 
  3. A book with a great first linen – Verity by Colleen Hoover
  4. A book about a book club – The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison
  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics
  6. A bildungsroman
  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed – My Life as a Rat by Joyce Carol Oates
  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover – The Key/Tone Clusters by Joyce Carol Oates
  9. A book with a map
  10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  11. An anthology – Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers edited by Joyce Carol Oates 
  12. A book that passes the Bechdel test – Women by Chloe Caldwell
  13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it – Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong by Joyce Carol Oates 
  14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name – Brave by Rose McGowen
  15. A book about or involving social media
  16. A book that has a book on the cover – Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler 
  17. A medical thriller – Oxygen by Carol Cassella
  18. A book with a made-up language
  19. A book set in a country beginning with “C” – The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention – Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  21. A book published the month of your birthday – Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  22. A book about or by a woman in STEM – All That Remains: A Life in Death by Sue Black
  23. A book that won an award in 2019
  24. A book on a subject you know nothing about – The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury
  25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics – A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
  26. A book with a pun in the title – Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins
  28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character
  29. A book with a bird on the cover – Chickenfeed by Minette Walters
  30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
  31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title – Cleaning the Gold by Karin Slaughter and Lee Child
  32. A book by a WOC – Self-Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Tyler
  33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads – The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter 
  34. A book you meant to read in 2019
  35. A book with a three-word title – Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
  36. A book with a pink cover – Gross Anatomy by Mara Altman
  37. A Western – Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
  38. A book by or about a journalist – Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury
  39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Advanced, 2020 Edition

  1. A book written by an author in their 20s – Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen by Amrou Al-Kadhi
  2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title
  3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)
  4. A book set in the 1920s
  5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
  6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books – Last Breath by Karin Slaughter
  7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title – No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironside
  8. A book published in the 20th century
  9. A book from a series with more than 20 books
  10. A book with a main character in their 20s – The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abi Waxman

Station Eleven

by Emily St, John Mandel

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 40 – Favourite previous prompt. I selected prompt 7 from 2017 – a story within a story.
Interesting book with many threads and sub plots – all of which I was completely invested in. Every time a character reappeared I felt like I was seeing an old friend and really wanted to know what was going on in their life.

I love multiple POV narratives and this one supplies this in buckets – we jump from person to person and between times. It is all done very successfully and certainly kept me engaged and enthralled.

Well written, intriguing and very readable.
I did wonder at the title seeing as that’s the story in the story – but in the end loved the message that creativity endures – be it Shakespeare or a graphic novel