I Can’t Get Rid of Books

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I was planning on doing a decluttering post for my books, I’ve been going through them and sorting out which to keep and I realised I don’t get rid of books, though I probably should for quite a few of them. I have managed to get a few that I’m either selling, passing on to people I know will like them or keeping for the next charity shop run.

For some reason I just find it hard to get of books. I also seem to buy more than I read and get rid of. Last year I made a list of books I wanted to read though I didn’t get through most of them. This year I decided to go through and get rid of the ones I don’t think I’ll be reading again and make a pile of ones I haven’t read but I’m not that likely to keep beyond that.

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Book Review: The QI Book of the Dead By John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

bookofthedead3Title: The QI Book of the Dead

Author: John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

Year written: 2009

Publisher and year: Faber and Faber Ltd., 2010

ISBN Number: 978-0-571-24491-1

I have a few QI books and they’re good books to pick up and read a bit or to learn some unusual facts about whatever topic is in the book. This one has various chapters with themes about people in history. Most of them are famous, I’d heard of a lot of them, but then there are some that are more obscure and you’re not likely to need to know about them at any point in your life apart from maybe a pub quiz or to throw into a conversation.

This edition is in paperback, I have never seen the hardback version but apparently it was released a year earlier. This paperback version is one I bought on eBay as part of a lot of QI books and probably cost around £1 if I worked it out but it’s one I’ve seen in second hand book stores, though QI books in general seem to be appearing in charity or second hand stores less recently that I’ve seen.

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Book Review: The Noticeably Stouter QI Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

QIgeneralignorance1Title: The Noticeably Stouter QI Book of General Ignorance

Author: John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

Year written: 2009

Publisher and year: Faber and Faber, 2009

ISBN Number: 0-571-24692-2

I don’t know how popular QI is in other countries but in the UK it’s a popular TV show hosted by Stephen Fry (until the next series) with Alan Davies and other guests who answer questions about pretty much anything as long as it’s quite interesting. It’s pretty much a show full of questions that you think you know the answer to but normally the answer you think is right is wrong. The Book of General Ignorance (first published in 2006) is a book full of answers to these kinds of questions, quite a few of them taken straight from the show directly.

This Noticeably Stouter version of the Book of General Ignorance includes more of these questions, a different cover and a list of the episodes to the date of publication (the F series in the alphabet) but most of it is the same content. I bought it as part of a big lot of QI books on eBay so it probably cost be around £1 or less given the overall price and number of books and it’s one I’ve seen in second hand and charity shops a few times, both versions. It’s a sort of pick up and put down book or a coffee table book that’s a bit different and you can open any page at random and read something rather than having to read it in order.

As I have both of the versions of this book I’m going to review the newer one to start with and then do a bit of a comparison as there are definitely plusses for both versions over the other and then you can see them side by side.

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May Favourites: Nails, Music and Makeup

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I think this may be the most things I’ve included in a monthly favourites but they’re things I’ve been loving and have almost finished a couple of them. Unfortunately my laptop screen is not working very well, it just jumps around a lot whenever I use my computer for more than ten minutes so I’ll be trying to sort that out but at the moment I’m writing this on my phone with photos taken on the iPad so sorry if the picture quality isn’t great.

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