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    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Week 14

    I have not bought any books this week, been to the library, borrowed any from friends or been given any freebies. Absolutely zero books were added to the TBR this week.  It feels  like ages since I’ve been able to write that – it’s one thing writing these blog posts has made me very aware of – how often I get books.  I need to go back to not buying books for a while. That said I doubt I’ll be able to say the same next week as the next book in a series I absolutely love is coming out this week so I’ll probably end up buying that. This…

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    The Cherry Tree Cafe by Heidi Swain

    Last November  I went to the Books and The City Creative Writing Masterclass (I wrote about that here).  I had a great time and I’ve since kept in touch with several of the other writers who were there. One of those writers was Heidi Swain. And she now has a publishing deal with Books and The City.  I was lucky enough to hear Heidi read an extract of that when I went to the Books and the City blogger evening in March and I’ve been really excited to read it ever since. Her first book, The Cherry Tree Cafe by Heidi Swain is being published on 16th July (ebook only). …

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    Spotted at the Sailing Club

    I can’t believe tonight was the last sail in June and this is the first one of these posts I’ve done this year. Although I think between the couple of times I couldn’t go and it being called off due to weather several times and one or two other blips this was only the fourth or fifth Tuesday evening I’ve been on the water this year (not counting the regatta.) I think fourth but it’s niggling at my that it’s fifth although I can’t think when that was. Lots of photos today – I think these might be the most I’ve posted in any one of these entries. We stayed…

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    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Week 13

    Short and sweet this week. I bought one book because I was at a show and the author was going to do a signing afterwards. And I love signed books.  I also got a free ebook to review from NetGalley.  In addition to the books listed below I’ve been listening to Lolita in audiobook. My Dining Hell by Jay Rayner paperback, 70 pages, read in one sitting, bought and read on the same day. Jay’s live show was really good this week and I was pleased to get a signed copy of this.  It’s similar to a lot of his show but goes slightly further and I enjoyed reading this. …

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    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Week 12

    I was asked by the Disability in Kidlit folks if I’d read a particularly book which has a character with CP in it and let them know if it was any good.  So I bought that this week.  I decided that was OK but then I really couldn’t buy any more books. I was going to wait until I got my copy of Heidi Swain’s The Cherry Tree Cafe which is being published in mid July before buying any more.  I suck, big style, at sticking to book resolutions lately but I was going to do that. And I did. But only because the very next morning I got an…

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    Your face don’t fit

    Part way through a workshop this morning the tutor looked at me and said “Emma are you taking a selfie?” I wasn’t. I was trying to unlock my new phone. Or perhaps I should say I was trying to unlock my “life companion.”  That’s what the screen declares it. I thought a life companion was a strange term for a romantic partner but if that’s what we’re calling our phones now I guess I need to get with the times. Last week I bought a new phone. It’s an S4 mini and I’m liking a lot. I’m still trying to figure out all the features but it’s very shiny and…

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    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Week 11

    Not too much reading this week and I’m still trying to finish the same damn audiobook. It really shouldn’t have taken me so long and I’m a bit fed up with it now, it’s become a bit of a vicious circle. But with less than two hours left of it I don’t want to DNF it. I bought two books this week but I’ve also made a serious dent into the books cluttering up my house as my mum and a friend are going to do a car boot next weekend in aid of the air ambulance and I gave them a bag full of I think 21 books –…

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    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Week Ten

    I think I’m going to move these posts permanently to Monday. Friday’s are a free day for me so I’m often off doing stuff and can’t fit blogging in/forget.  Because my Monday’s have a routine it should be easier for me to fit blogging in each week. Week 10 saw me still listening to the same audiobook which I still haven’t finished and read two books. I feel a bit like I’ve been in a slump this week but it probably doesn’t help that Thursday which I intended to spend a big chunk of reading I spent most of the afternoon in bed with a sicky headache. The Tales of…