Throwback Thursday 18/2/2016

Today’s Throwback Thursday selection is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

Howl'sMovingCastle_B_PBFirst, a synopsis from Amazon:

In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.

Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls… There she meets Michael, Howl’s apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact.

But Sophie isn’t the only one under a curse – her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping – and howlingly funny!

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Throwback Thursday 11/02/2016

I have such a special pick for Throwback Thursday this week!! Drumroll please…

The Princess Bride!

princessbSynopsis from Amazon:

Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So, when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts (no survivors) her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairy tale like no other, of fencing, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, bad men, good men, snakes, spiders, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles, and a damn fine story.


Gosh, isn’t that cover gorgeous? This is the first book I ever owned that actually had a pull-out map. I was super impressed, and it set a high precedent. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday! 27/01/16

So a feature that I am going to try to participate in every week is “Waiting On Wednesday”, where I will spotlight an upcoming release that I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on!

Tyranny-2-420x634One collection that I am desperate to get my hands on is A Tyranny of Petticoats! This anthology will feature 15 stories of badass women from a collection of YA authors.

The description from Amazon is as follows:

Crisscross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

This is due to be released on 8 March 2016.

I can’t wait for this because I absolutely love anthologies – one of my favorite reads from high school was an anthology titled “Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World” edited by Kathleen Ragan. I think I checked that book out at least five times. I think a nice thing about anthologies is that if you don’t appreciate one story, there will always be a another one! In a collection of 15 stories, there will surely be a favorite.

One of the included authors, Marissa Meyer, has posted a blog about the book release including a gorgeous illustrated timeline and information about book signings here.

What is a release that you are waiting for? What can you absolutely not wait to feast your eyes on?


Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum – London, UK

Very often, my husband and I find ourselves wondering what to do with our time off. Too much time stuck in the house is profitable for neither of us – I get grumpy and he gets antsy. Most of the time we debate the pros and cons of various destinations for about two hours before finally giving up for the day and deciding to marathon Bob’s Burgers, or we just end up doing the same old things – going to one of the various town centers around us and looking in the same shops and getting a coffee. While this isn’t bad, it gets boring after a while. We leave near one of the world’s leading destinations – it should be more exciting!

Our savior? Southwest Trains has had a promotion on for the past year – 2 for 1 entry on attractions if you travel by rail, which we do. This has been amazing – especially as both of us are penny pinchers. We’ve been able to visit Kew Gardens, the London Zoo, and the London Dungeons, all for the price of one entry. Other places one can visit are some of the royal palaces (Kensington, the Tower of London, and Hampton Court Palace), Madame Tussauds, Westminster Abbey, Thorpe Park, various walks and tours, and there are even some 2 for 1 restaurant offers!

Today we cracked open their promotional pamphlet and my eye was immediately drawn to Ripley’s. I loved the Ripley’s comics growing up – the Sunday comics were one of the highlights of my week, and Ripley’s was one I always had to read. My husband was receptive and we were off! Straight to Waterloo and then the 139 bus to Piccadilly Circus, and it’s right next to all of the large screens. Continue reading