Clock Rewinders #3

Clock Rewinders is the brain-child of Tara from 25-Hour Books and Amanda from On A Book Bender. Amanda opened it up to the rest of us and I hopped in to join everybody else in showcasing the past week on the blog, in the blogosphere, books, the weird and the wonderful.

The Past Week at Once Upon A Time
Random Thoughts
  • I managed to read a little in work this week. Shhhh!
  • I started two books. One for a read along, one to read in between. Both are the first of my own books that I have read in months. Maybe even close to a year. Both are amazing.
  • I neeed to get a printer for my pc and a corkboard for my room for some of the absolutely gorgeous cover art out there!
Around The Blogosphere
  • Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea this week discussed Is Blogging Becoming a Popularity Contest? and I can raise my hand and honestly say that this is something I noticed from the very beginning, but that doesn’t make it any better and Vicky raised some good points here.
  • There is a giveaway for a Kindle Fire going on over at The Fiction Pixie for US and Canadian folk. Don’t miss out!
  • I recently read a debut chick lit by Lucy Robinson that I adored (review to come soon™) and Chloe published a fun interview this past week with the author of said book.
  • There’s a cover reveal over at The Unread Reader that actually made my jaw drop. I want these as posters on my wall and I am way past the age when posters were ‘cool’. There’s also a chance to win an ecopy of Fairy Metal Thunder at the end of the post.
  • It’s one of my favourite blogger’s blogoversary on the 13th and she’s doing a few posts to celebrate! I’ll go ahead and link the tag.
  • I have to say, I’ve been avoiding Fifty Shades of Grey because it simply doesn’t appeal to me at all (sorry, it doesn’t), but this post with comments included at Books of Amber has put me off even reading it out of curiosity.
Not Quite The Blogosphere
  • Not really a part of the blogosphere, per sé, but I felt this needed sharing regardless: The Fairy Reel by Neil Gaiman
  • I just found a Reddit section dedicated to steampunk ponies. Win.
  • Last week I posted a Discworld reading guide, this week I discovered its’ source. This might be my new favourite website.

And of course, Bout of Books begins tomorrow! If you still haven’t heard about it, Bout of Books is a no pressure read-a-thon focused on having fun and reading what you can rather than as much as you can. Great for folk who don’t have time/are slow readers/just plain want to enjoy a read-a-thon, it’s full of challenges, community interaction, and the odd giveaway and is a fantastic way to meet new book bloggers. Even if it’s past the “sign up date”, don’t think it’s too late to join in! We don’t mind if you find out a little late, you’re very welcome.

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Search Terms
  • fantasy world map of internet – I’m not sure if this is awesome or just plain weird.. no, it’s definitely awesome. Fantasy-cyberpunk? Yes please!
  • reviews of dinner at mine chris smyth*hangs head in shame* my review is coming soon™
  • doctor couldnt find my vein – then you could be a part of the living dead
What Am I Reading?

Finished: Dinner at Mine by Chris Smyth

Started: American Gods by Nail Gaiman, Watermelon by Marian Keyes

What Next? Currently undecided. Too much choice!

So I finally finished Dinner at Mine which turned out to be a better read than it started out as though still not the best book I’ve ever read, and then started American Gods for the read along which has turned out to be an absolutely amazing read so far, and I also picked up Watermelon as a nice cheerful read inbetween which also happens to be amazing so far. It’s going to take me a little while to read these and so I don’t know what kind of mood I’ll be in by the end, hence I haven’t bothered to choose my next read yet.

Err.. this post got a bit long so the incoming is behind the cut unless you’re in a reader. :)


Apologies for the yellowish pictures. I sorted out this post last night so there was no avoiding it.

I popped into the local library for the first time since moving here mid-December because it was raining and I wanted to waste ten minutes (parking based crap) and I felt a little rude parking strange in their car park to have a browse and not borrow anything, because let’s face it, that’s just rude! You can’t go into a library and leave empty handed. *cough* Anyway so Becoming Scarlett is yet another chick lit which I discovered on Chloe’s blog and thought it sounded a decent read and Curing Hiccups with Small Fires is actually a history book but it’s the kind that interests me. Quirky little facts written for us plebs.

First off, did you know that Max Brooks’ old man is the one and only Mel Brooks? Because I didn’t! Just a little fact that came along with this little gift. See.. my other half’s brother is lovely. And I’m always prodding him to buy me books. J0kingly, of course, but one night at work (we work together), he said he’d buy me a book if I let him do the mopping (we’re both too nice for our own good) and he’d pick a ‘mystery’ book that he thought I’d like. Well.. mystery books? Mmmhm. This was the mystery book. I love it.

I.. err.. shutup. I probably shouldn’t have gone on a charity shop book binge but I did. And I’m quite happy with what I found. The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs I’ve wanted to get hold of since reading a review at Jules’ blog so I yoinked that one off the shelf. Jane Green is a chick litty author I’d like to try and do not own any books by. This one sounded fun so I picked that up too considering it was only a pound. And Sophie Kinsella, though I haven’t read her stuff recently, I know I’ll be bingeing on at some point so owning Undomestic Goddess puts me upto four of her non-Shopaholic books (others being Can You Keep A Secret?, Twenties Girl and I Got Your Number). They did have Shopaholic but I’m holding out for the shiny newer covers. It was fun. Remember me as a hero when the other half realises!

I requested this one from Edelweiss a while ago after having a browse. It’s on my wishlist so I requested and my request was accepted this week. It’s (yes) yet another chick lit and sounds very fun.

Ah freebies, how I missed thee. I had a jolly good browse this week and picked up a buttload of freebies. I’m really quite excited about some of these and the authors seem lovely. So excited!


  1. Hi, Hanna

    This is a charming and interesting blog you have, with a fresh and different feel. Congratulations. I came across it by chance, but I’ll add it to my blogroll on my author site (

    I noticed you had Blue Fire and Ice above. Rachel over at O! Scarlett reviewed it yesterday, so that might help you decide whether you want to read it. .

    Kara Karina – Don’t dismay! Your kind words about the cover (by UK artist Steve Crisp) have moved me. I am happy to send you a copy via Amazon’s Gift facility. I’ll need an email address to send it to, though. Let me know at

    And Hannah, since you already have Blue Fire and Ice, let me know if you’d like to read Brimstone and if so, I’ll send a gift copy to you via Amazon.

    Happy reading

    Alan Skinner
    Alan Skinner’s most recent post ..Who needs critics, anyway?

  2. Hannah, I’m quite disappointed by your search terms this week. Last week was better. =P
    Amanda @ On a Book Bender’s most recent post ..Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge [50]

  3. I have to admit, Hannah, I’m really enjoying your new feature so far! It seems to be suiting you much better than IMM :) and I didn’t know that about Max Brooks! *gasp* I have World War Z on my TBR pile, which I bought from the library sale, but I haven’t read it yet. Also I really like the cover of Blue Fire and Ice – it just looks so bright and shiny, I want to get it *resist, resist, resist* Enjoy all your reads, sweetie! ;)
    kara-karina’s most recent post ..IMM#35

    • It’s a lot of fun finding all the little bits to include! And hopefully more interesting to read through. ^^
      Yes I know! That was my hint actually. “The author’s dad is a famous director.” I completely drew a blank! I really want to read World War Z just know that whatever reading mood I’ll have to be in for that one will come around once in a blue moon.
      I know! That’s what first drew me in, haha.
      Hannah’s most recent post ..Clock Rewinders #3

  4. Oh yeah, I have nothing against erotica but a lot of people have said 50 Shades of Grey is badly written…and that it’s Twilight fan fiction puts me off more so. Though I don’t think it’s right to call people sick for reading it either which I’ve seen a lot of. No one attacks fans of Anita Blake books and they have pretty serious S&M stuff in them down the line.

    I love World War Z and have the Zombie Survival Guide on my TBR…oh and I got the new Jane Green from Penguin this week too! They don’t seem to answer emails, do they? But nice for it to turn up in the post unannounced.
    Ellie’s most recent post ..Incoming!

    • No, not at all. By all means read erotica, enjoy this trilogy, but do not make me read it. This post just made me shudder.. but then considering it began its’ life as a Twilight fanfic I’m not surprised by the characters at all.

      Ooh yay! I have actually had responses from Penguin. :)
      Hannah’s most recent post ..Clock Rewinders #3

  5. Thank you so much for linking to Vicky’s discussion! It was very interesting, and it wasn’t even on my radar. THIS is what I love about Clock Rewinders =)
    Anne’s most recent post ..Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 3

  6. Wow! You’ve had a busy week by the look of it. I think your incoming books look amazing! So many awesome-sounding books. I love Kinsella! I hope that you enjoy everything that you got this week. Happy reading!

    New to your blog,
    Steph @ Stepping Out of the Page

  7. I had to google the “Fantasy Map” thing – LOL!! Sadly? No hits worth mentioning – but I hope whoever found your blog that way was happy!! LOL!

    I really want to read The Zombie Survival Guide… I’m not sure why, but I just want to. (I’m reading Rhiannon Frater’s books right now, so I’ve got Zombies on my mind. )

  8. I didn’t know that about Max Brooks either! My cousin gave me that survival guide back in 2008, and I had a blast reading it. Very funny. :)
    Amanda’s most recent post ..A Light Bulb Moment (H&F, Week 3)

  9. Thank you for linking! It’s been A YEAR!!! :D I swear, I honestly feel like it’s my ACTUAL birthday :)

    I have to admit, I’m not even slightly interested in Fifty Shades of Grey either. I’ve read the blurb about four times, and I STILL can’t work out why it should appeal.

    Funnily enough, I saw Curing Hiccups with Small Fires in our library yesterday, but I was so tired and grumpy that I just wanted to GO HOME. I’m still intrigued by Dinner At Mine, but I’m sure it’ll turn up in the charity shop at some point! I still have The Undomestic Goddess on my TBR, along with… uhh… three other of her books? In my defence, I did read one recently!
    Hanna’s most recent post ..Booking in Heels’ First Blog Birthday: Part Two

    • Hahaha. <3

      No it's.. err.. what exactly is it about? Did you read the post I linked? Because seriously, if that's what all the fuss is about.. *puke*

      It looks fun though, doesn't it? And I did see Dinner at Mine in ours, so there's another option. That's okay. I read one of her books when I was 15 and can't even remember anything apart from "it was funny" and "loved it" so I don't think I can count that. So I have 4 now sat on my shelf! Will get to them soon. Hoping to get the new edition of Shopaholic and try those sometime. :)
      Hannah’s most recent post ..Clock Rewinders #3

  10. doctor couldnt find my vein :DDDDDDD Oh dear.

    Thanks for the mention there!! :) PS. You should also mention the fact that you became a Marian Keyes fan this week, hehe. ;)

    I love your chick lit books and I’m so glad someone actually likes this genre. Out of all the blogs I follow (or the people I’m friends with), I know about two or three people who like chick lit, not more. :/ The Undomestic Goddess is such a fun read!

    And.. well, see you at Bout of Books then :) Am glad we’re both taking part! I can’t join you guys until Tuesday afternoon but I hope I’ll be able to make up for lost time. xxx
    Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea’s most recent post ..Showcase Sunday #3

    • Haha, true! Fully planning to read a bunch of it in work tonight xD

      Oh if only I could demolish my chick lit wishlist. Loooads of fab stuff there! (*cough*)
      But I know what you mean. Think I know you and Ellie and then I went searching for chick lit blogs.

      I always take part! And that’s cool, so long as you hop in and say hello! :D
      Hannah’s most recent post ..Clock Rewinders #3

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