Friday 7 July 2023

Celebrating 250 Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library ~ Today's Top Pick ~ **Lost in a Good Book: Thursday Next Book 2** by Jasper Fforde PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins & A GIVEAWAY

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Hello meautiful library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ and my 250th review with a little giveaway to celebrate! 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and before we begin, I am not mentioning any of the incidents or supposed calamities at Melvyn's pawty. I may or may not address the accusations upon my return in the autumn/fall, though hopefully, I will have forgotten all about it by then!

Today I am celebrating my 250th book review, which for an old kitty like myself is a remarkable achievement. 

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And here's a cute throwback from April 2018, when I was looking young and full of feisty vigour!

So I will say, thank mew all so much for making this old library cat very happy, and I do hope mew've enjoyed this season's reviews and there has been enough variety.

I am going to spend my summer jolly's curating a supurr list for next season, so get ready for some pawesome reads, and I'll be back before mew know it.

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. I am never without _____________________________.
2. My favourite place for fast food is ______________________.
3. I feel like I’m naturally good at _________.
4. I would probably benefit from _________ lessons.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. I am never without a bottle of water in hot weather. I recently bought two new metal bottles as my previous BPA free plastic ones suddenly got a fusty smell to them and no matter what I used to clean them, that unpleasant taint was still there. 

2. My favourite place for fast food is pizza at the pub next door to the garage. They make the best margarita ever.

3. I feel like I’m naturally good at gardening. My grandfather and grandmother were fabulous gardeners, and so is my mom, so I think I inherited a green-thumbed gene! LOL

4. I would probably benefit from piano lessons. I did learn while at school, although it wasn't a pleasant experience as the music teacher would pull my plaits sharply if I looked at my fingers when playing. I've often toyed with the idea of getting a piano and starting again.

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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Lost in a Good Book

 Thursday Next Book 2

Jasper Fforde 

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed, is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible?

Having barely caught her breath after The Eyre Affair, Thursday must battle corrupt politicians, try to save the world from extinction, and help the Neanderthals to species self-determination.

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For my final review of this season I read Lost in a Good Book, which is the second instalment in the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, and I must say, it exceeded all my expectations! The book kept me engrossed from beginning to end, and I was thoroughly impressed by the seamless blend of classic literature, time travel and real-life crime-solving.

I read book one, The Eyre Affair last year, and really enjoyed it, and was delighted to discover that there was a cat in book two, so I could share this fun series with mew. If mew like Tom Holt, Douglas Adams, David Luddington and Robert Rankin, mix all the aforementioned together and mew get this! MOL While the plot was undoubtedly fascinating, moderately wacky, well completely bonkers in places, it was the characters that truly stole the show for me. Thursday Next, the protagonist, was a force to be reckoned with - strong, determined, and highly relatable for me personally, as I am exactly the same. I found myself rooting for her at every turn, and her unwavering spirit truly inspired me. And let's not forget about the Cheshire Cat - his mischievous and enigmatic nature added an extra layer of intrigue to an already captivating albeit bonkers story, and the way he just kept popping up was a little bizarre! MOL Overall, Lost in a Good Book left me wanting to find out what's to come. I can't wait to see where Thursday's adventures take her next! And luckily for me, there are seven books in the series.

A Totally Top Paw Read!

Top Tip 

If mew get the audio version, don't multitask otherwise mew'll literally lose the plot. Sit back, relax and just listen, plus the narrator is very good.

Audio: 10 hours 27 mins
Paperback: 388 pages
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Ratings of:

Lost in a Good Book

Overall Enjoyment

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The giveaway is open wurld-wide** as usual, and all mew have to do is leave a comment below. I'll do the draw for the winner next Friday at 5pm, so mew have until then to enter, and I'll post the winner on the next Midweek News post we share. So remember to come back!

And what's the prize, we hear mew ask?

Today I am giving away three supurr rare hardback copies of Basil's epically epic book:

Basil The Bionic Cat

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[**Unless mew're in one of those countries that aren't allowed to join in. Mew know who mew are.]


Prizes are as stated, and no substitutes or cash prizes will be substituted.  The rules are clear, so purrlease abide by them. Failure to respond within
14 days of notification will result in your prize being offered to someone else.

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time for me to say BFN or bye-for-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back in the autumn/fall with another special selection of new cat-a-licious reads just for mew, and don't forget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. Mommy is the same way but she has gin in her bottle

  2. The link to Amber's confession is broken, I wonder how that happened? Would you know anything about it, Amber? Congratulations on 250 book reviews!

  3. Congratulations on 250 great reviews, Amber. I haven't got time to read todays because we are about to leave for our cruise. I have marked it unread so will try and read it when we get back.

  4. OH! What a lovely milestone, Amber!
    And I hope I win a copy of this book; how cool is that!
    If I do, will you pawtograph it for me?
    And, tell you meowmy that she should get herself a piano and go for it!
    I never really learned to read music (I cheated when in band by writing the notes on the sheet!), but many of my siblings and their offspring are very musical.

  5. 250 reviews, wow, congratulations, Amber! Lost In A Good Book sounds good. And, I love the cover on Basil's book!

  6. Congratulations on all of those reviews sweet Amber, that's pretty cool. Those were good fill-in answers and such a nice review too! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. Congratulations on 250 reviews Amber!! That is quite an accomplishment. Excellent review this week. I like the sound of this one with time travel involved. Nice photo of you from 2018, but you still look gorgeous now. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I wish you lived near me , I would give you my piano. I got it for free 15 years ago and briefly took lessons, but was too old for it to click. I am blessed to have my own copy of Basil's book so please don't enter my name. Whoever wins will love it. XO

  8. We will miss your book reviews but know you will find some super ones come the Autumn. Love the photo of you so handsome. Have a happy weekend.x😻🐈‍⬛🐾

  9. I like to keep my water bottle with me, too.

    Wow, 250 book reviews! That's pawsome. The book sounds most intriguing, too.

    You are beautiful, Ms. Amber Librarian, and i thank you so much for joining Feline Friday.

  10. 250 reviews? Wow! Congratulation on that epic milestone, Amber! This book sounds like a real winner, and we liked your tip about the audio version. :)


  11. Congratulations on 250 reviews, Amber!! I love your picks, I always add them to my reading list!!

  12. Happy 250th! My that has flown. So many pages under the literary bridge. I have the first book in this series, but haven't got to read it yet. I think after this fab review I really ought to. Then return the book to the person who lent it to Mrs H, MOL