• 2013,  blogging,  books and reading,  hospital,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You know you’re a book blogger when…

    …you’re people watching outside a hospital whilst on patient transport and most of your thoughts revolve around the people you can see’s reading material. Yup, I had a hospital appt yesterday. and the patient transport took a guy from near where I live to one of the other hospitals in Oxford before taking me to the hospital ten minutes drive away and my appointment at wheelchair services (which, frankly, lets not talk about). So I’m sat in the transport outside the hospital for I’d guess ten minutes. I sort of like to look around and see what’s what. Sometimes ideas come from that for writing. I’m noticing they whoever designed…

  • 2013,  Attempts at World Domination,  creative,  ranting,  thinking,  Uncategorized,  writing

    On being a writer

    I know you want to sing. See. I love to sing. Nothing makes me happier.I either wanted to be a singer or the head of the Ice Capades. Hey. Do you know who the Ice Capades are? Don’t roll your eyes. They were very cool. I went to my mother who gave me this book…called Letters To A Young Poet. Rainer Maria Rilke. He’s a fabulous writer. A fellow used to write to him and say: “I want to be a writer. Please read my stuff.” And Rilke says to this guy: “Don’t ask me about being a writer. lf when you wake up in the morning you can think…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  disability,  Uncategorized

    Five Books I’ve Read Recently Which Have Disabled Characters

    I complain a lot that there aren’t enough disabled characters in books. I’ve read a few lately and enjoyed them so instead of updating the long list I’ve posted before (which is on my to do list but will take ages so keeps dropping down the list) I thought I’d do a short list. To illustrate my point I should add that I’d hoped to list thirteen books and call it a Thursday Thirteen of ones I’d read this year. I’ve read 84 books since January 1st. With the exception of Bad Mothers United by Kate Long (which I felt was more about being a carer than disability itself so…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

    I think I’ve mentioned several times before that something I really like about book blogging is the variety it can bring to my reading. I’ve been introduced to many new authors and read books I never would have thought to. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight doesn’t fall into either of those categories. I did receive a complimentary review copy but its definitely one that would have caught my eye and would have screamed “buy me” once I’d read the back. Having read it I can confirm it would have been money well spent and I’d jump at the chance to read more by the author. Single mother and lawyer Kate…

  • 2013,  Uncategorized

    I feel like…

    I feel like I have a lot going on right now. But I’m not sure that’s strictly true anymore. Lots of stuff has finished and a lot of what’s happening in the next two or so weeks is a one off. I feel like there is too much disability related crap in my life at the moment. But at the same time one of the major issues is done with and I have a date when another should be. That’s not to say I’ll get a break from that sort of thing. The life of a disabled person doesn’t work like that. Particularly not one who refuses to take crap…

  • 2013,  Uncategorized

    22:49

    It’s late 22:36 says my ipad clock I’m sat Just outside My back door The flat is dark Trains squeal Something I never Notice in the day. The sky is Inky Blue Yet At the same Time It’s almost Black With a Somewhat Harsh Orange Streetlight glow A dog barks Car door Slams And Occasionally But only Occasionally Cars go past On the Main road Unseen from Here But their Presence Is Known 22:41 Now And the Gentle breeze Caresses my skin I’ve cooled Down Way down Much more Than I Thought I would Wish I Could Stay here All night No one Is around One of my Upstairs Neighbours…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    The Rose Garden by Marita Conlon-McKenna

    Thanks to the wonder that is Net Galley and the lovely people at Transworld I requested and received a free copy of The Rose Garden by Marita Conlon-McKenna. It’s a lovely feel good book and I read it all in one sunny day last week, mostly sat outside. It’d also be a good book to cheer up a grey dreary day. Win win, basically. Molly’s perfect life comes crashing down following the unexpected death of her husband David. She is left alone with a big old house to maintain, finances in disarray and her hopes for happiness in a heap. But Molly is a survivor. Despite objections from her two…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Someday I’ll Find You by Richard Madeley

    I feel the need to start this review with something of a confession: I’ve been feeling a bit like my book reviews must be boring because I always seem to say the same sort of thing. And when I got an email asking if I wanted to review Someday I’ll Find You by Richard Madeley I thought it couldn’t be as good as it sounded but it was worth taking the risk because if it was bad like I expected I’d at least have something different to say in the review! James Blackwood is sexy and handsome and a fighter pilot – every girl’s dream partner. At least that is…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    The Second Last Woman in England by Maggie Joel

    This is the first of several book reviews I plan to post this week. As always I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I receive no other compensation for this apart from the hours of reading which I usually enjoy with the books I review. The book in question is The Second Last Woman in England by Maggie Joel 1953: Mrs Harriet Wallis is convicted of the murder of her husband, Cecil, and is sentenced to death by hanging. 1952: The Wallises appear to be a conventional household. When the police turn up at the front door on the day a new nanny…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Random Bullet Points of Book Blogger Life

    ♥ I have three book reviews to write and I’m part way through a fourth review book. ♥ Sometimes I think I read too quickly. ♥ I’ve read 81 books so far this year. That totally blows my mind. ♥ I’m rereading a lot of my old favourite books this year. For the most part I’m enjoying them. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone was a bit disappointing this time round. ♥ Sequels to two of my favourite books are on one of my bookcases. I want to read them but I also don’t because what if they ruin the books I loved? For the same reason I’ve also not…