Saturday, March 7, 2015

End of an Era

I'm afraid to say that this will be the last post for 'The Oliva Reader'. Fear not, because I have created a new blog 'The Avid Book Reader'! The reason I decided to move to a different blogging platform, was because I was becoming increasingly fed up with how Blogger was working (or in my case, not working!). I'm really excited about the move and looking forward to doing some regular and stress free blogger. I hope you can join me!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday

'First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday' s is hosted by 'Bibliophile By The Sea'. Every Tuesday, you share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

This week's opening paragraph comes from 'A Village Affair' by Joanna Trollope: 

'On the day that contracts were exchanged on the house, Alice Jordan put all three children into the car and went to visit it. Natasha made her usual seven-year-old fuss about her seat-belt, and James was crying because he had lost the toy man who rode his toy stunt motorbike, but the baby lay peaceably in his carrycot and was pleased to be joggling gently along while a fascinating pattern of bare branches flickered through the slanting back window of the car on to his round upturned face. Natasha sang 'Ten Green Bottles' to drown James and James amplified his crying to yelling. Alice switched on the car radio and a steady female voice from 'Woman's Hour' explained calmly to her how to examine herself for any sinister lumps. Mud flew up from the winter lanes and made a gritty veil across the windscreen. James stopped yelling abruptly and put his thumb in his mouth.'

Would you read on? 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy New Year!

Ok, so technically we're already 12 days into 2015, but I've finally got back into blogging after a pretty awful few months, so I'm counting this as a fresh start.

One of the things I said that I would never do, but have done this year is set myself a reading challenge. I've decided that I would like to read 25 books this year, any more is a bonus. I think 25 is a good number, because it's achievable, but still pushes me to read more. In fact over the last few months, I have found reading very therapeutic. No matter where I was or what was going on, I could allow myself a few minutes to read my Kindle; an invention I said I would never have but in fact, found it to be a brilliant thing, and I could escape.

I've carried over one of my reads over from last year 'IT' by Stephen King to count for this year's challenge (not sure if that's cheating!), so I'm now on my second read of 2015 'A Village Affair' by Joanna Trollope. I will post a few thoughts on 'IT' in due course.

In the meantime, I hope you all have a great reading year in 2015 and thank you for sticking with this blog!