On this day… The Hobbit’s 80th Anniversary

On this day… The Hobbit’s 80th Anniversary

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… on this day, eighty years ago, J. R. R. Tolkien had his story about a hobbit published, and his undeniable mark on literature was etched. The story of Bilbo Baggins was subsequently followed by a famous trilogy of his set in the same Middle-Earth world, The Lord of the Rings. Here is a post concerning the book, films, places to visit, and some interesting facts about Tolkien and his beloved novel.

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The Da Vinci Code ★★★★★

The Da Vinci Code ★★★★★
Dan Brown

Genre(s) | Thriller
Goodreads Rating | 3.79
Humpo Show Rating | 4.50
Published | 2003
Publisher | Penguin Random House

This is a re-read as I am awaiting the publication of Brown’s new novel Origin, in October.
My copy is the 2016 Abridged Edition- aimed at the Young Adult audience. (Not really needed to be honest)

Robert Langdon, a Professor of Symbology at Harvard, is in Paris on the same night the curator of the Louvre is murdered, next to the murdered body is a cipher and Langdon’s name. This startling message leads Langdon on a trail of clues relating to Da Vinci’s works. He is joined by French cryptologist, Sophie Nevue, and they learn that the curator was involved with the Priory of Sion, a secret society that hold an ancient secret that may be lost forever, if Langdon and Nevue fail to uncover the clues that the Lourve curator has concocted. A lightning-paced thriller that has readers racing through the pages as Brown blends fact, fiction and mystery to fascinating effect. Continue reading

Five Flaming Hotties Tag

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Thank you to Thoughts All Sorts and Realweegiemidget (a.ka. 2 Reel Quirky Cats) for creating this fun tag! This is the time to let our shallow thoughts come to the surface and choose some eye candy rather than our favourites. Just for the record, my favourite would be… Emma Watson! ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎

Feel free to join in on the tag even if you haven’t been tagged, it is just a bit of fun! 

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Roald Dahl Tribute

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

Today would have been the 101st birthday of the world famous children’s author, Roald Dahl. He is an author pretty much everyone I know has read during their childhood. Whether it be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda or Fantastic Mr Fox, Dahl has created wonderful characters and stories that have given joy, excitement and a love of reading to generations of children and adults. Here I am paying tribute to my favourite children’s author by listing my favourite books of his, the best book-to-film adaptations, and some interesting facts about the man.

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A Rising Man ★★★★☆

A Rising Man ★★★★☆
Abir Mukherjee

Genre(s) | Mystery, Historical Fiction, Crime, British Empire/India
Goodreads Rating | 3.93
Humpo Show Rating | 4.00
Published | 2016
Publisher | Vintage

After surviving the horrors of the First World War, former Scotland Yard detective Sam Wyndham arrives in Calcutta to take up a new post in the police force. No sooner has he touched down in the hot and humid city that he is tasked to investigate a murder of a British official. This investigation takes Wyndham and his Indian-born Sargeant Banerjee into the dark underbelly of the British Raj and the rising political dissidence that is occurring due to the treatment of the natives by the hands of the Brits in power. A Rising Man is the first in a series of atmospheric and intoxicating historical crime novels set in India. Continue reading

[DNF] Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn ★★☆☆☆
Mark Twain

Genre(s) | Classic, Children’s, American
Goodreads Rating | 4.07
Humpo Show Rating | 2.00
Published | 1876
Publisher | Wordsworth Classics

I don’t DNF many books – in fact, this is the second DNF book review I have EVER reviewed (American Sniper, the other), and I even managed to finish The Catcher in the Rye! The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is a book that I took no pleasure in reading, and it was a big struggle. The writing style was heavy going and it prevented me from enjoying anything that many readers have liked for generations. Continue reading

Game of Thrones Season 7 (2017)

Game of Thrones Season 7 (2017) ★★★★★
An Episode-By-Episode Review
Channel : HBO
Starring : Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Conleth Hill, Aidan Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Nathalie Emmanuel, Gwendoline Christie, John Bradley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kristofer Hivju, Rory McCann, Jerome Flynn, Iain Glenn, Richard Dormer, Jim Broadbent, Dianna Rigg, Jacob Anderson, Pilou Asbaek, Vladimir Furdik.
Humpo Show Rating | 9.5

Another stellar season. Winter is truly here!

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