A lovely little book market in London


“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”
Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

The Last Lecture: Randy Pausch & Jeffrey Zaslow

Afternoon wonderful readers; it’s finally Friday and despite a heavy week of working, reading and blogging it’s been a rosy seven days overall. Today’s review is one my father implored me to read a couple of weeks back. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post my father is a little like me, constantly with his nose in a book. He prefers to read rather gruesome thrillers with a religious twist however once in a blue moon our tastes align. This is one of those days and today’s review will be incredibly heartfelt especially due to the nature of the book and my dad’s passing of it onto me. It’s not often I say this but everyone should read this book and I’m going to explain why.

This book in a nutshell follows the last few months of Randy Pausch’s life as he begins to lose his battle with pancreatic cancer. After a resilient attack on the vicious disease a scan to see the progress of the treatment shows the disease has spread to his liver; ten tumors that will not and cannot be beaten. Randy, father to three adorable children, Dylan, Logan and Chloe and adoring husband to the delightful Jai is asked to give one last lecture. Pausch delivered his “Last Lecture”, titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, at Carnegie Mellon University on September 18, 2007. The Last Lecture as a book fleshes out Pausch’s lecture and discusses everything he wanted his children to know after his pancreatic cancer had taken his life; the book details his life working from university, to Disney , to CMU and forwards to his last days.

I guess that’s the easiest way to sum up the physical book in a couple of sentences but this book is so much more than that. It is utterly beautiful from the first word to the very, very last and you can’t say that for many. I was pulled along awe-struck by the compassion, dark humor and strength of the truly inspirational Randy Pausch. The book revolves around Randy’s belief that despite his life coming to an end much sooner than planned, with both the strength and clearness of thought that perhaps only a person facing death can muster the book, outlines his recipe for a happy life and achieving all your dreams.

He talks of reaching his childhood goals of including ‘floating,’  (experiencing zero gravity,) the utter delight of being asked to write an article in the World Book Encyclopedia, winning giant stuffed animals at amusement parks and bringing them home as trophies and being a Disney “imagineer.” Randy continually talks of scaling the walls and achieving your childhood dreams. Despite being a self-confessed former jerk at university, Randy was pushed and cultured by the people around him; friends, teachers, his parents, a football coach and in 1998, he went on to be a co-founder, along with Don Marinelli, of CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC.) He later started the Building Virtual Worlds course at CMU and is also the founder of the Alice software project, a project that will run way into the future teaching children animation skills that will help to form the computer scientists of the future. He’s built a legacy built solely on his desperation to fulfil those things he wanted to as a child.

What makes this book so special is the style of writing; it has an upbeat simplicity and the lucidity to tell the reader exactly how it is with a cold accurate eye. But it’s not a negative, but the honest truth that whatever life throws at you, no matter how difficult it all seems that ‘the brick walls aren’t there to keep us out, the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.’ The writing style although autobiographical and told in a lecture style is written with flair and pace. We are told towards the beginning that the book was scripted by a close friend of Randy’s (jeffrey Zaslow) who listened to hours of audio spoken by the author which was then structured and edited into the final draft we see today. By it being written in this way he is speaking directly to us and all the little stories and tit-bits of advice become even more personal.

The book is a mix of stories past and present as he tries to set out a life for his family whilst he has gone whilst also describing the life he has already lived. He advises parents to let their children paint on their bedroom walls, (Randy as a child drew elevator buttons, a quadratic equation and a rocket amongst others after his parents allowed it.) He tells of stories of his parents, and leaning back on dining room chairs, with the agreement that until the chair broke Randy’s mother would not say a word. The story of how Jai his wonderful wife was the hardest brick wall to scale. The stories are heart-felt but told in a matter of fact manner, smartly spelled out with a dry and often dark sense of humor but they are empathetic and honest and overall teaching a lesson in every single one. My favorites revolved around those of his parents and their rational sense of humor but utter devotion to their son.

As I neared the end, and saw the pages left to read were getting less and less I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness. I can honestly say that this book will stay with me long after I turn the final pages and give the book back to my father. It’s a tale of life, and of living but also that we never know what is around the corner and that’s okay. I worry that I haven’t done this book justice, there are too many tales, lessons, people and little scribbles of advice. All I can say is when you’ve read this review please just get hold of a copy and read just the first paragraph, you’ll understand then.


Inspiring blog award for mylittlebookblog!

So quite delightfully, mylittlebookblog has been once again nominated for a blogging award! I would never have described my blog as very inspiring, however it is lovely to think that some people do, it really does mean the world to me as a book blogger. However it means thinking up more facts about myself! However, saying that I have lots of amazing blogs to nominate! Now my first job is to thank you the blogger who nominated me and that is the brilliant Sandra Danby who you can check out here at: http://sandradanby.com! I recently reviewed her new book which you can check out here: https://mylittlebookblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/ignoring-gravity-sandra-danby!

So here are the rules….

Thank and link to the person who nominated you. List the rules and display the award. Share seven facts about yourself. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you. However Sandra has included another part to the award and that is to mention the good things and bad things when book blogger so I’m going to start with that!

Things I really like:

  • Make it Personal: personal reviews with a real indepth understanding of the book! Don’t just tell me about the plot. Tell me how the characters made you feel, how the writing style played out throughout, the feel of the book.
  • Clean: A clearly set out blog, that’s easy on the eye but easy to navigate. Sometimes I am on a book blog and think goodness there is no way I’m going to find what I’m looking for! Set it out so the reader can use the blog easily.
  • Mix it up: I love reviews, but contrast them with other bits, maybe a photograph, a quote, an interesting item you’ve found online, a quiz about books, or a link that I can go to. Give the reader something to get their teeth into, comment on, reblog. Not only does it allow me to get involved with your blog but it helps you understand what your readers want.

Things I don’t really like:

  • Too Short: short reviews that are only a plot summary and are hashed together from Amazon and Good Reads. Try and get something in there that will give the reader an idea what the book will be, not just what it’s about.
  • Ratings: Mmm, I’m not huge fan of star ratings. This is because a book may be a four star book for description but a two star for character build up. It’s so subjective based on so many different factors that I think it’s better to describe the factors instead of rating it with a star based on averages.
  • Negatives: If there is something about a book that you don’t like, explain it. I have rarely read a book that is absolutely perfect on all bases, so don’t hide away your emotions in fear of upsetting someone! Tell me truthfully what you thought! However don’t be cruel and give positives to show the bits that you did enjoy.

SO, seven facts about me!

  1. MummaB recently bought me a new suitcase and I am in love with it! It’s black with pink flamingos on it and it is gorgeous. (Yes, a suitcase can be gorgeous)
  2. I currently have purple painted toenails (although they are currently hidden under my rather comfy slanket)
  3. I am obsessed with pugs
  4. I wish I could play the guitar
  5. I start my internship tomorrow and I am really excited but a little nervous
  6. I ate vodka jelly, and I can confirm that jelly is still not ok
  7. I don’t like blackcurrent things….icky

So slight confession, I answered one of these very recently so I’m being naughty and only recommending 10 blogs, so here they are…. READY, SET, GO!

  1. http://thebookishgirlnextdoor.wordpress.com/
  2.  http://emzsnow.wordpress.com/
  3.  http://beckysblogs.wordpress.com/
  4. http://librarianwhodoesntsayshhh.com/
  5. http://tsemrys.com/
  6. http://theftandsorcery.wordpress.com/
  7. http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/
  8. http://accidentalmoments.wordpress.com/
  9. http://shirleyfrancesbooksandmore.wordpress.com/
  10. http://kddidit.wordpress.com/

There we go, phew!

Inspiring Blogger award for mylittlebookblog

I was shocked to see that I had been nominated for two awards this week! The first thing to say is a huge thank you to https://amandasnoseinabook.wordpress.com for nominating me for this award. I always feel so priviledged when people nominate my blog for any awards, not only does it let me know that people are enjoying my blog but it also allows me to nominate new blogs and spread the word to my readers!

Here are the rules for this blogger award:

1.Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you. 2.List the rules and display the award. 3.Share seven facts about yourself. 4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. 5.Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. mylittlebookblog means so much to me; blogging has become an incredibly important part of my life, and I can’t imagine not reading, writing, editing or just replying to emails every day from you lovely readers. I just wish I’d started it sooner! I hope it will continue to grow and I will continue to receive more books in which to read and review.
  2. I really would like to learn how to sew or knit. Watching the show the Great British Sewing Bee when it was on a number of months ago really inspired me to learn something new! Being someone who also spends a ridiculous amount of money on clothes I hope that learning to sew will help me to curb my spending habit and allow me to make beautiful things.
  3. I am a city girl at heart, and I think it has come mostly from living in the countryside, being isolated from almost everyone. Coming back from university to the tiny village of Silverstone (or Silvy as we call it) has shown me how detached I am from everyone else! I cannot wait to live in a city, to walk around in the bustling streets. Maybe one day I will move back to the country but for now I’m desperate to live in the bright lights of the city!
  4. I beome an actual adult on the 26th of July! Its pretty exciting, and I can’t wait to celebrate turning 21 with my favourite people in the world!
  5. I am addicted to Pringles (No more to say on the matter!)
  6. My parents think I am terrible at cooking, but I’ve actually been getting pretty good at it! I often don’t have the time but when I do I’m pretty epic. Oh, and I make a mean curry!
  7. I have never seen Star Wars, and I do not intend to! It’s just not my thing!

Here are my nominations!

  1. http://www.travellingbookjunkie.com/
  2. http://overhearingwisdom.wordpress.com/
  3. http://bitterballenbruid.com/
  4. http://memoirsofaflashpacker.com/
  5. http://thisblondereads.wordpress.com/
  6. http://lilysbookblog.com/
  7. http://kariwetzel.com/
  8. http://thebookloversboudoir.wordpress.com/
  9. http://missbookreviews.wordpress.com/
  10.  http://hannahfergesen.wordpress.com/

I only have ten nominations! But congratulations to them all! 🙂




The Liebster Award

Morning Little Bloggers! I have once again, delightfully, been nominated for the Liebster Award! Personally, I think these awards are brilliant for recommending different blogs and letting people know what incredible work certain bloggers are doing and it makes me especially proud that people still nominate me for awards! (It lets me know I’m still doing a good job here at mylittlebookblog! I was nominated by the brilliant http://likewishingforrain.wordpress.com, so if you have a second check her blog outtttt! (I hadn’t come across her blog until now and I am now a  follower and you should be too!) So firstly I have to write 11 facts about myself!

1) I recently, after many months of waiting for it to heal, had my rook bar changed and it is looking sparkly and lovely!

2) My ultimate girly and probably favourite film is the incredibly moving Titanic

3) I have two books I NEED to read at the moment, the first being The Fault in our Stars, and the second being George Orwell’s 1984

4) I adore the colour pink, but as a child I detested it

5) I am terrible at wrapping presents, most recently seen on Father’s Day (rather embarrassingly)

6) I cannot walk in high-heels…I will…one day!

7) I am afraid of almost all creepy crawlies 😦

8) I have tiny feet

9) I hate horror films of any kind; I think it comes from having such a vivid imagination!

10) Left handed…. 

11) Always mentioned in these facts, is that I have an ultimate hate of jelly..it is horrible. (Lets just not go there!)

Right, so now I need to answer 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated me!

1) What’s the closest thing to you (physically) that’s blue?

A book, unsuprisingly! ‘The Racketeer by John Grisham!

2) If you had £10,000 to give to someone, whether you know them personally or not, who would it be and why?

Mumma B, she has given me so many things in life; I would put her on a plane to American and then to Australia! (Maybe she would let me come with!)

3) What’s the thing you regret most?

Worrying about what people have thought about me…it’s just not worth it. If they care so little to talk about you behind your back, at some point they are going to drift out of your life, and you will be the one wasting time worrying!

4) What’s your favourite thing to cook?


5) Favourite word?

Effervescent….or gelato

6) What was the last film you watched?

Last night we watched ‘I give it a year!’ Pretty odd film!

7) What’s your biggest pet peeve?


8) Favourite saying?

Don’t regret anything, because at one time you thought it could make you happy!

9) What do you worry about the most?

Not getting into the publishing buisness; it’s been tough so far and I’m only 20 so we’ll have to see!

10) Do you prefer yourself with straight or curly hair?

Curly, curly, curly!

11) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I would love to see myself as an editor at a publishing house, hopefully living with someone, and owning the cutest little pug.

Right, so now I need to nominate blogs! Here we go!




and…here are your 11 questions!

1) Describe your blog in three words?

2) If you could live the life of a character in any book who would it be?

3) If you suddenly found £500 pounds in your wallet, that had magically appeared but you had to spend it that day, what would you do with it?

4) What cocktail describes you best?

5) Favourite childhood author?

6) You are in the middle of a zombie attack, and you can only grab one item from your bathroom to protect yourself…what would it be?

7) Coke or Pepsi?

8) Music act you would most like to see live in concert?

9) Do you have any tattoos? If yes..what? and if no…are you planning on any?

10) Harry Potter or Twilight?

11) What are your thoughts on jelly?

Slightly random questions, as I am in a slightly random mood! Enjoy!






The Quartet of Radiance Award!

Wow, just wow. I have been nominated quite incredibly for the blog award the ‘The Quartet of Radiance.’ I have had such a brilliant week with my blog and I’m hoping that it’s just going to keep going! This is a good sign that it might! Thank you so much to http://thoughtsfromthespareroom.wordpress.com/ for nominating me! I am always shocked when I receive nominations and this was no different, but it came at the perfect time and that makes me just so grateful! So, without further-ado here are the rules!

Thank the blog that nominated you
Nominate other blogs
Describe yourself using the alphabet
Notify your nominees
Have a fabulous day!

I nominate! 



and finally 


a) Ambitious: Ask anyone close to me to describe me in three words; I reckon this would definitely be one of them.
b) Blogger: Blogging and being a blogger means everything to me! It’s become a huge part of my life and I don’t go a day without looking or editing mylittlebookblog. My blog has given me so much more that I physically thought it could and it seems to be growing and developing more than I could ever have wished!
c) Cluttered: Although I spend my life making sure my blog is perfect I am not so perfect in real life, and currently my room is terribly cluttered!
d) Dedicated: I was going to use L for loyal but I had to blog about my little bunnies. I am an extremely dedicated and devoted person. Ask me to do something and I will do anything in my power to fulfil that! I hate to break promises to people so if you ask and I say no, it’s only because I know I can’t fulfil the ask. (Although this is rarely ever! See letter M!)
e) Ear Piercing: I recently got my rook pierced and I absolutely love it! I am now so tempted to get another but I think my family would not be happy!
f) Fragile: I bruise like a peach; every morning I wake with a bruise somewhere! It happens so often I just do not even bother to think about where it might have come from!
g) Gelato: I love the word gelato; it is so much better than the English; ice cream!
h) Happy: I am an extremely happy person! I am almost always on top of the world always striving to be my best and do my best! I also love the song that is currently doing the charts by Pharrell Williams, it is a beauty!
i) Historical Fiction: I don’t speak about it much on my blog but I have a huge love for historical fiction, I think it is just so, so, brilliant when done well, and if you can transport me to another era then I’m sold.
j) Jelly: I dislike jelly so much I think it has become a defining quality of my personality. I do not like the texture and it wobbles; not cool!
k) Kite: I love flying kites! Its something I have always loved doing and I hope to do more kite flying in the future; it just makes you feel so free it is extraordinary!
l) Lola: I have two bunnies, one called Lola and we used to have a bunny called Molly but she regrettably died recently so we have bought a new bunny from an owner that had no space for her. Her name is Barbeque…but we’re naming her Barbie. She is gorgeous and I cannot wait to meet her!
m) Mayhem: my life is spent running around all over the place, back and forth from university, to concerts, to rehearsals, dragging my cello with me all over the place…one day I would like to have a little more me time and spend it doing the things I want to do!
n) No-nonsense: Sometimes I’m told that I have a no-nonsense way of talking! I just like to get to the point; I’m not a fan of the wishy-washy!
o) Optimistic: I am one of those annoying people that can find a silver lining in any cloud!
p) Pepsi-max: If you ever need anything from me a can of Pepsi will suffice as a convincer! (Just make sure it’s ice-cold!)
q) Quirky: I said I wasn’t going to use this word but I really couldn’t think of anything else! Most of my friends think of me as the alternative one in the group. I’m pretty ordinary but I have certain quirks that set me aside!
r) Reviewer: I love to review and I have really started to hone my skills and transfer them to other parts of my life. The dream is to become a part-time freelance reviewer and I cannot wait!
s) Sewing: when I have my own place and a job, I would love to become acquired with a sewing machine and make my own dresses!
t) Talketive: I am a right chatterbox if you get me started on a topic that I’m passionate about…saying that I am also a very good listener and I know when to keep my mouth shut!
u) Urban: I love cities and I really want to one day move to London and live in a fancy apartment! (Well a girl can dream!)
v) Vibrant: I think this can be applied to my personality but also too my taste and skills! I am a very vibrant person and I think it is so important to always show who you are as brightly and as positively as possible!
w) Writer: Although I mostly write reviews I have written a number of short stories and I will continue to improve and hone my skills; maybe one day I’ll even publish my own book! (We’ll see….)
x) X: I always put kisses on the ends of my texts; it’s nice to let others know that they are loved even if it’s only on the end of a text message!
y) Yoghurt: I have a real love/hate relationship with yoghurt. Some times I really crave it and then sometimes it’s just a no. Odd eh?
z) Zodiac: I don’t really know what to think of horoscopes, but I’m a Leo and it really describes me perfectly!

That took a lot longer than I expected but I‘m done so now it’s on to my lovely nominees! Congratulations once again! 


The Cracking Chrispmouse Bloggwoggy Award

As I was answering the questions for the last award I suddenly remembered being awarded another award in early February! So, apologies for being so busy but thank you dearly to Cathy from beweenthelines, for once again nominating be for this award. (check her blog out at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com!)

So, once again there are a couple of rules, firstly display the award logo (check!)Image

Link back to the person who nominated you (check!)

State 7 things about yourself:

  1. I have tiny feet (they are only a size four!)
  2. Many people say I have huge eyes (and really long eyelashes!)
  3. I am currently writing a essay on the emotional labour of Disney land
  4. My boyfriend is amazing (he is making me a student survival box for my last couple of weeks at university!)
  5. In the last few weeks I have become addicted to chips, cheese and beans (mostly from late nights in the library!
  6. I am a Manchester City supporter!
  7. My bedroom is bright pink but I own no pink items of clothing

Nominate bloggers for the award and  notify those bloggers, (in progress!)





Congratulations to these bloggers! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

The Lighthouse Award

Wow, another award for my blog I cannot believe it! When I started this blog almost a year ago I had no idea that it would become as popular as it has and to be nominated by another blogger is fantastic so thank you to, betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com (if you have a minute check it out!) So, there a couple of rules, firstly display the Award Certificate on your blog, (check!)


Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you, (in progress!)

Inform your nominees of their award nominations. (also in progress!)

Share three ways that you like to help others. (check)

Firstly, reviewing books! The main reason for starting this blog was to help and share ideas about books with other readers. I have lots of ideas on books and I like to think that by sharing them I can help other readers find new books they may have missed!

Secondly I like to think that I am a very loyal friend and a good listener. I like to think that if anyone had a problem they could come to me for support and giggle and a good chin wag!

Finally, I am always one to buy a friend chocolate if they are down… and what could be better than that!

Nominate as many bloggers as you like (check)
Right, so here we go. I would like to nominate,




Apologies if you’re not a fan of awards on wordpress, but I enjoy your blogs so much I though they deserved a little appreciation!

The Versatile Blogger Award!


This came as a lovely surprise a little while ago as, nofriendasloyal, nominated me for the versatile blogger award. Huge thank you is in order, as it is always brilliant to be recognised. So, thank you! According to the rules, I must now make you all aware of seven things about me, so here we go. 

1) I am left handed. What an interesting fact. 

2) I am terribly afraid off slugs! Yes, maybe a little odd, but the little slimy things honestly terrify me. (Although, saying that there are not that many bugs that don’t) Saying that, I am okay with snails!

3) I love music. I am a huge music fan; if you ever catch me wandering around university I will probably me bobbing along to a new song or new artist. However I am not a music snob! 

4) I hate jelly. Yes, jelly is not cool with me. Ever. Fact. I am also creating an anti-jelly army in the near future. No joke

5)  I really would like to learn the guitar. However, university work is almost always all-consuming my life and therefore I have never had a chance to. (sad face) 

6) I would love a tattoo. Potentially book related.

7) Finally, I am addicted to Pepsi Max. (Poor teeth.) 

So there you go. At this point I will nominate a number of blogs (I haven’t done 15! Woops) I would like to give the Versatile blogger award..annnd here they are! 







Apologies for the short list but I am so, so, so, so busy that checking out blogs is super difficult! 

Congratulations for the blogs above and I look forward to seeing your posts! 



Liebster Award!

I was recently awarded the Liebster award by the brilliant Steve at http://imagineerebooks.wordpress.com/ (definitely check it out! (: )Although I have already nominated my blogs for the Liebster award I decided to answer the questions to accept the award so here are my answers to the questions!

1: What’s your favourite colour, and why?

My favourite colour is blue: Duck egg, royal, navy, and especially turquoise and this is because blue reminds of freedom and escaping. It reminds me of deep clear seas, and glorious summers. It is also an extremely calming colour, which only adds to its beauty.

2: Who has your favourite storyteller’s voice?

It would have to be Morgan Freeman! I could listen to him for hours and I recon he could do all the voices, just right!

3: Who’s your favourite children’s book illustrator?

Quentin Blake; Not only did he illustrate the images for probably my favourite children’s book author Roald Dahl, but his images are stunning and brilliant especially ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ and ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine.’

4: Do you have a favourite kind of non-fiction book?

I honestly do not read a lot of non- fiction. It has unfortunately never grabbed me as much as the beauty of fiction, however I do have a favourite topic and that is The Titanic. I have a number of books detailing all kinds of exciting and beautiful details about the seemingly unsinkable ship.

5: What was your favourite book you received as a gift?

I cannot think specifically of my favourite book I ever received as a gift as every book I have received is special, however my favourite recently received book is ‘This Boy,’ by Alan Johnson sent my amazing mum, as a well done for doing so well with my new book! It even had enclosed on a note, ‘For my little blogger,’ which made it even more special!

6: Black & White or Colour photographs?

I love both colour and B&W, Colour can be so contrasting with vivid leafy greens and distinctive exotic blues, oranges and yellows, but also calming, with stunning shimmering peaches and balmy shades of gold. However, for me, perfection is the simple B&W.

7: What’s your favourite movie, and why?

What an impossible question!! I would have to say… Titanic. From a very young age it captured my imagination and really interested me in the subject, and this interest has stayed with me since!

8: Who are your favourite movie acting partnership (any genre)?

There are way to many to choose from!

9: What’s your favourite plant?

My favourite plant would have to be the stunning wisteria; it used to grow in bunches in our garden on top of a beautiful corner seat. The bulging flowers would creep and grow overcoming

10: Do you believe books should be compulsory reading just because critics have labelled them ‘classics’?

No I think that up and coming books can be the most rewarding and can teach us so much! Although classics are brilliant I think that there should be a mixture to allow for a new future for books and learning!

11: Can a book be so morally bankrupt that it should never be published?

Such a difficult question, I think it totally depends on the book… however I think that controversy is sometimes the best seller.