Friday Memes and Miss Prim

I've got some great news before I get into the memes. I have gotten two offers for Masters already! I have sent out four applications in total so I've had a positive response for half so far. Let's hope the other two are equally positive! I'd also love to direct everyone over to a review I just posted for The Twelve Poems of Christmas, which is published by a small publishing company Candlestick Press which is run by a friend!

So, the memes! Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. This week's question was suggested by This Girl Reads A Lot and Bubbly and Bookish. Love both those blog-names!
Create a playlist for a book - or a single song if you don't want to do an entire playlist!

I am terrible at coming up with playlists for specific books! I mean, there are some obvious songs that come to mind like Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights' for, naturally, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I do tend to listen to music while I read which tends to be soundtrack music of either 'The Lord of the Rings', 'Harry Potter', 'Star Wars' and a whole variety of Disney and random films. So here is one of my favourite tracks at the moment:

I just think it' an absolutely beautiful peace of music and it goes along quite well with a lot of scenes, surprisingly! I also have an undying love for Lana Del Rey which sort of suddenly popped up this year, so here is my current favourite song by her.

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This week's question was suggested by Elizabeth over at Silver's Review:

Book Blogger HopAs you grow in your blogging experience, have you become more particular in terms of what you will post on your blog or what books you will read for review on your blog?

Oh definitely! I already had an idea when I started blogging but because you're trying to get on your feet you read pretty much everything. Now I know what I do and don't want to read and I don't want to waste my time or the author's by reading a book I know I will dislike. I tend to mainly read Classiscs, Literary Fiction and Fantasy now and I'm happy with that. I request the odd other genre on Netgalley and enjoy breaking my own boundaries every once in a while but I tend to stick with what I like.

Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader and Freda over at Freda's Voice respectively. This week I'm using a book which I read last week and will be reviewing next week: The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera. I really enjoyed this one!

'Everyone in San Ireneo de Arnois remarked on Miss Prim's arrival. On the afternoon they saw her walking through the village she was just another job applicant on her way to an interview, but the inhabitants knew the lpace well enough to realize that a vacancy there was a rare and precious thing.' 1%
I really liked this beginning because it set up the environment quite well without giving too much away. It kind of reminded me of some Jane Austen openings and as the novel progressed I saw some more comparisons.

'She sat down at the small table behind the counter and contentedly admired the antique Meissen tea service and exquisitely mismatched silver teaspoons. For a woman like herself, she reflected, this was bliss."I'm afraid you ladies are too refined for me," sighed Horacio. "Please enlighten a poor man who's been drinking ordinary tea all his life."' 56%
This is definitely quite Jane Austen-esque although Fenollera's characters are a bit more desperate to go back in time, whereas a lot of Austen's characters are quite modern. But nothing beats a good cup of tea!

So, that's my Friday memes done. I'm always amazed by how big this post gets! What is your book playlist? And have you become more particular about what you read?


  1. I'm not sure I could do a book playlist either! I don't really connect books to music that way. The Awakening of Miss Prim didn't work for me but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I do like the excerpts - especially the 56.

  2. These excerpts give a sense of who the character is, and she sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. Miss Prim sounds like a proper lady and, well, ... prim! I enjoy books set in small towns, and the main character in this one is intriguing. I'd keep reading to find out what job she's applying for and how it works out.
    Congratulations on the offers for Masters and good luck!
    My Friday post features THE 13 OF HEARTS.

  4. Interesting Book Beginning and Page 56. I did enjoy reading the other parts of your post.

  5. I totally agree with you about how I now am very choosy about what goes on my blog.

    I never did put anything outrageous, but I did have some books that I reviewed when I first started that I wouldn't put on my blog now. :) Not that they were bad, they were out of my genre.

    Thanks for your great answer.

    Miss Prim sounds "proper."

    CONGRATS on the offers for your Masters. Been there done that. :) I know what it is like.
    My Book Blogger Hop link is below.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  6. Anything nearing Jane Austen is something I'm intrigued by. Have a lovely weekend.

  7. Yeah I'm terrible with picking songs to match books too! I can't do it! The music I listen to never really seems to connect to the books I read.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. Congratulations on the masters offers!
    Happy weekend!

  9. - Lana Del Rey is incredibly talented; I enjoy listening to her music from time to time.
    - I share similar feelings with your response to the Book Blogger hop question. It took me a while and some fortitude to say no to some books and author requests, and that is okay.
    - Oh my word! I absolutely loved your Friday 56, I often feel like this with a lot of mom’s within my community actually; most are too refined for my taste ha ha!

  10. Reading what you don't like feels like wearing a shirt that won't fit. :D It's impossible. The excepts are so catchy especially you Friday 56 :)

    Here's mine:

  11. Congratulations on the acceptance to two Masters' programs. I hope you enjoy your graduate studies.

    I can't get into this week's Follow Friday at all. I don't listen to music when I read. And I'm not sure that I ever identify a song or songs with a book (or vice versa).

    For the hop, though, this week's question seems to have sparked a lot of discussion. And, it's interesting how as different people looked at the same question, the saw different aspects to discuss. My response can be found at Reading in Texas.

  12. THanks for visiting my blog. I bet I would like this book since I am an Austen fan.

  13. I'm absolutely horrible with playlists. From the get-go, I'd probably need to google the titles because I usually just know the chorus hahaha!

  14. I'm glad you liked the beginning and that it set everything up nicely! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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