Read 52 – catching up, giveaway and invitation.

In the month that this blog reached no 1 in the Ebuzzing literature charts, I’ve been sadly amiss with book blogging. Oops. Isn’t that always the way it goes? I’m going to try to squeeze out a couple of reviews over the weekend, but I thought instead today I’d waffle a bit.

And give away a couple of books 😉

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I picked up two lovely picture books today, in the Driver Dan series. And to have a chance of winning them, all I’m asking is that you either join the linky or leave a comment telling me what you’re reading/ have read last. Or both. (Leave a comment saying you’ve joined the linky to make my life easier please!) I’d love if I could actually get this linky going a bit. It’s for anyone with any reading challenge going – so I’ve set myself a 52 book challenge, Small set out with 26, I think Anne Marie is going for 52, but any target is fine. From now if you hadn’t started already, up until the end of the year (so you could set your challenge at 42 for example, to be broadly in line 🙂 and also because it was Douglas Adams birthday this week. )

If I get lots of people (more than 5) joining the linky, I’ll add a second prize. (Fairly sure I’ve some duplicate books kicking about the place!)

I’m doing OK with my reading, even if my reviewing is falling behind a little. I’ve been keeping track on my Read52 page. This week I’ve read the rather awesome Breaking Butterflies – that review will go up either tonight or tomorrow.

I’ve noticed that my reading is really varying across genres. I read pretty much everything except horror, though I don’t go in much for literary stuff. Shh, but I find it boring. And I’m often really out of step on how I react to it – for example I read the Lemon Grove, thought meh, didn’t review it (I don’t really like doing meh reviews, they’re just so, well, meh) and am slightly stunned to be watching people raving about it left right and centre.

I’ve been trying to work out what I thought was meh about it. I think I felt like a peeping tom reading the sex scenes, which just felt over the top. But perhaps that is because I’m a prude? I don’t know. Also I really didn’t relate to the characters – the main woman, whose name I’ve completely forgotten – I just wanted to shake. Metaphorically speaking. I don’t go around shaking people I don’t like in real life. She was such a doormat internally, and her actions didn’t seem consistent. I’d love to hear other people’s opinions on it. Do feel free to comment and tell me what I’m missing? (Comments on this topic will also be entered into the book giveaway.)

Giveaway conditions:

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This giveaway is promoted by me, Jax Blunt, and I’m providing and posting the prize. No recompense has been received by me for running this draw.
This prize draw runs until 23.59 GMT Thursday 20th March. One prize of two Driver Dan books (titles tbc). (value approx £10). Open to adults 18 and over with UK delivery address. Entry is by comment as described above. Non completion of the mandatory entry requirement will disqualify any other entries by that individual. The winner will be chosen using a random draw plugin from all comment entries, and notified by email within 48 hours. They must claim the prize within 28 days.
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  1. Marina Wilson says:

    I read 3 books a week p, mostly crime detective novels although when I run out, I’ll read Dick Francis, Catherine Cookson or anything I can get my hands on. I hate being without a book.

  2. Are you on Goodreads? I love their reading challenge badge because it tells you how many books you’ve read, what percentage of your target you’ve achieved and how far ahead/behind of schedule you are. ( I’ve signed up for 52 this year – I read 61 last year and it was the first time I’d ever counted !

    • Jax Blunt says:

      I was, but I didn’t use it nearly as much once Amazon bought it out. Feels a bit too much like doing their marketing for them without any payback!

  3. The last book I read was the Hunger Games, I need to make more time to read. I really enjoy it, but just find I dont make enough time

    • Jax Blunt says:

      It can be difficult to manage though, can’t it? I don’t know about you, but I can’t just read for 5 minutes, I want a good timeslot, and that can be difficult to achieve with small children about.

  4. I’ve linked my review to The Lemon Grove 🙂 I’m not sure I’ve raved as such as I’m totally not crazy about the characters – I think my soft spot for the author was key in my enjoyment – I cannot help but love her style and way with words.

  5. Also – I hope it’s OK to link up the review – just realised it may not fit 100% please tell me if I’ve done something wrong 🙂 sorry!

  6. Anthony Harrington says:

    I am currently reading A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole I am about half way through and still cannot decide if I am enjoying it!

  7. I’m going to have to read the Lemon Grove now to see what I think!

  8. I am a book worm, I read atleast 2 or 3 books a week, I am popping Lemon Grove on to my to read list x

  9. Lani Nash says:

    At the moment I am reading Return of a King by William Dalrymple. I read a LOT and experiment across most genres. I don’t understand people that cannot find enjoyment in reading!

  10. @Hertschick says:

    All my reading over the last few months have been study books, ongoing… zzz. the only time I can get peace and quiet to do it to be honest, am missing a good novel. My little man is going great guns with reading and has just tackled Fish & Chips by Julia Donalson closely followed by me reading a Mr Men book to him if that counts 🙂

  11. sj wesley says:

    I loved The Lemon Grove, I found it a nice, easy holiday read 🙂

  12. laura avery says:

    I havent read that book. Although im an avid reader, im currently reading 3 books lol depending on my mood, war time christmas, righteous and the grafton girls.

  13. I love so many different types of books – the only ones I’m not a massive fan of would be some horror and sci-fi. Pretty much anything else. I’ve found that since getting my kindle at Christmas that I am reading even more and probably a more diverse range of books. I still like having ‘proper’ books but I tend to read those mroe when I’m at home and have peace for a while, the kindle is something I have in my handbag so read wherever I have a spare 5 minutes, most frequently on the bus in the morning. I have just discovered the author Camilla Lackberg and I am enjoying her Scandinavian police books very much. A book I reccomend to everyone is ‘The shadow of the wind’ byCarlos Ruiz Zafon. I have just started my own blog and I inted to do some booky things on it alongwith food and general life bits and bobs.

  14. Last book I read was “The Child’s Child” by Barbara Vine. Slightly disappointed, the book within a book format didn’t quite work for me, and the ending seemed very rushed.

  15. I’m reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch at the moment. I keep getting bogged down in it and then speeding up in other sections.
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  16. tamalyn roberts says:

    I am currently reading zombie books and am loving them. So many new writers on amazon these days so never run out of them lol

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