The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley

This is a new author for me and I am glad I have discovered Flavia de Luce! My review can be found here at the Amazon website.

There is so many layers to this book, that I feel I could have written lots about it. I try though to keep it as short as I can, giving potential readers an idea about the book and how it made me feel without just regurgitating exactly what happens in the book. Though I know I have done this in the past and will probably do it again.

I have also discovered Flavia’s own website where you can read more about her and her love for poisons but also the next book, which I endeavour to seek out. Flavia is going to go far and I hope that we can all go with her.

There is just something about an 11-year-old with a passion for poison that makes me chuckle, especially when it is them telling the story.  Continue reading “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley”

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Booking Through Thursday

1. Favourite childhood book?

Anything by Enid Blyton probably or Roald Dahl.

2. What are you reading right now?

Alan Bradley – The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

3. What books do you have on request at the library?


4. Bad book habit?

Buying too many!

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

Nothing, last book though was Nicky Pellegrino – Summer at the Villa Rosa

6. Do you have an e-reader?


7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

I prefer one at a time, though I sometimes have two on the go because one of them is a bit more of a challenge to read.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Not so far.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)

Nicola Barker – Burley Cross Post Box Theft. I did not even get past page 20!

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?

Gervase Phinn – Road to the Dales

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

Probably about 4 times a year, or sometimes have something on the go as well as other books I love to read.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

I should say anything apart from Fantasy and Science Fiction.

13. Can you read on the bus?

No – too nauseous.

14. Favorite place to read?

Bed or sofa.

15. What is your policy on book lending?

Do not like to, as I have lent in the past and never got back! Dubious now about lending any books out.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?


17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

Last time I did this was at School and College.

18.  Not even with text books?


19. What is your favorite language to read in?


20. What makes you love a book?

How it makes me feel whilst reading it and afterwards. Something that lasts forever and you can remember long afterwards and would highly recommend to anyone. Even the cover, shallow that is.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

If it kept me reading and made me think or laugh.

22. Favorite genre?

Too difficult!

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)


Favorite biography?

Gervase Phinn – Road to the Dales. It was the last one I read, so at the moment it is my favourite. However I would recommend Chris Evans – It’s Not What You Think – excellent!

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?


26. Favorite cookbook?

Anything by Nigella.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

Kathryn Stockett – The Help

28. Favorite reading snack?

Tea and Biscuits, preferably Chocolate ones.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

Cannot think of one.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?

50/50 probably.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

I am not keen, because I have had other people criticise me for not liking a book. Reading and books is a personal thing and some people should realise this. However, it has not put me off.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

Latin. (Which is not foreign but foreign to me.)

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

Not sure.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?

Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall. Mainly because of the size of it.

35. Favorite Poet?

W H Auden, Shakespeare, T S Eliot to name a few.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

About 3.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?


38. Favorite fictional character?

Miss Marple.

39. Favorite fictional villain?


40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?

Anything really from my to be read pile.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.

Couple of years, whilst at university.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

Wuthering Heights.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Other people’s conversation.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?


45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

Any of the Harry Potter films (though the films are still good).

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?


47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

Not often.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

If I dread having to pick it up and read it. Also if it does nothing, just becomes a chore.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

In theory yes.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

Both really, I would love to keep them all but I have not got the space, and realistically I have to ask myself whether I would read them again – the answer is probably no.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall.

52. Name a book that made you angry.


53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

Deanna Raybourn – Silent in the Grave.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?

Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

Anything by Maureen Lee.

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