Friday 29 March 2019

Weekend Blog Hops: 29 March 2019

It's the weekend once more. That means it's time for my book-blogger hopping.

Name one classic novel you have always wanted to read.
That's easy: Sir Charles Grandison by Samuel Richardson.
It is a huge tome, but I've yet to find a decent, unabridged print edition. I tried to read it as a free eBook from Project Gutenberg, but the formatting wasn't great, making it hard work, and I couldn't stand putting up with that for over 1000 pages. I will keep an eye out in secondhand bookstores. One day I'll acquire a copy and give it a read. Apparently, it was Jane Austen's favourite book! sentence:
Books are companions for life--and ideal companions at that.

From page 56:
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) is not what it says on the packet.

My Current Read 
For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More
Graham Tarrant

A light-hearted book about books and the people who write them for all lovers of literature

Do you know:
Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning?

Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China?
Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature?
What superstitions Truman Capote kept whenever he wrote?
Who the other Winston Churchill was?

A treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes, and extraordinary characters,
For the Love of Books is a book about books—and the inside stories about the people who write them. Learn how books evolved, what lies behind some of the greatest tales ever told, and who’s really who in the world of fiction.

From banned books to famous feuding authors, from literary felons to rejected masterpieces, from tips for aspiring writers to stand-out book lists for readers to catch up on,
For the Love of Books is a celebration of the written word and an absolute page-turner for any book lover.


  1. I love books about books. In fact, I think I'd better add this one to my TBR. My Friday quotes

  2. Ooooh! I'm totally intrigued about this book about books. :) Also, a 1000 page classic? I don't think I could do it.

    1. Ha. Yes. I've read plenty that long before, but it does take some commitment!

  3. Sounds like fun, and gathering interesting tidbits about books is a great way to spend time. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “ALL THE WRONG PLACES”

  4. Now I want to know the answers to all those great questions. Sounds like a perfect book for bibliophiles. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Sounds like an awesome read! I agree wholeheartedly with that beginning. Happy weekend!

  6. Books and trivia. Sounds like a great story. This week I am spotlighting Grave Destiny by Kalayna Price. Happy reading!

  7. Project Gutenberg is a great resource, but like you said sometimes formatting is weird.

    Lauren @ Always Me

  8. The book about books! It should be a great read!

  9. I love that opening line. It sounds like a really fascinating read. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading! :)

  10. Oh! I haven't heard of Samuel Richardson. I hope you enjoy his work when you pick it up! :)

    1. Thanks. If you want to give him a try, pick up Pamela or Clarissa. I personally like the latter best.(There's an old TV adaptation of it starring Sean Bean too!)