• 2020,  books and reading,  Quarantine 2020,  reviews

    What I’m Reading

    It’s been slightly more than a week this time (my intention is to post these every Monday but I’m not always good at following through on what I intend to do) because I wasn’t doing a lot of reading so on Monday I didn’t have a lot to write. I had a week’s free trial of Disney Plus so that filled a lot of my time last week. I haven’t kept the trial but will probably get it again for a month or two at some point as well I think there’s not a lot I’d watch regularly there are a fair few more films I’d like to see (I…

  • 2020,  Quarantine 2020

    Quarantine Life

    Monday marked one month since I last went anywhere. I spent the week before I started isolating limiting my trips out, not avoiding it but for example I didn’t go to town one day but waited and went after CAB then next. Then I went to disability active at the gym on Friday 13th March and then I came home and I haven’t been anywhere since. It wasn’t exactly the plan but it’s how things turned out. In the week that followed I went for two wanders around the area that I live in but I haven’t even done that since 20th March, I took the decision not to go…

  • 2020,  books and reading

    What I’m Reading

    I’m going to link this post up with It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? over on The Book Date. Since I posted my previous bookish update I’ve finished two books. I received ARCs of both of them in exchange for a review (although with the second I’m months past the publication date). It’s fair to say that I’ve not been reading as much as I anticipated or would like during this period of quarantine. But I am reading more regularly than I was and I’m enjoying that. First I read The Liberation of Brigid Dunne by Patricia Scanlan which is being published on 30th April here in the UK (I…

  • 2020,  books and reading,  reviews

    What I’m Reading

    I feel like I’m suddenly reading with more regularity than I’ve been for a while. It might be the lockdown, it might just be the fact I’ve been getting the garden for at least a few minutes everyday and I usually take my book with me. Anyway I thought it would be nice to post an entry once a week or so with mini reviews of what I’ve been reading. There’s quite a lot here because it’s covering several weeks. While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins This sat on my shelf for years waiting for the right time to read it. I got my carer to reach it down…

  • 2020,  books and reading,  Fanfiction

    On Rereading

    As a child and teen I read and reread books time and again. I would finish a book and then immediately go back and reread my favourite bits again. On one holiday to Norway when I was 16 one of the books I took was Junk by Melvin Burgess. I only actually read it cover to cover once. But I spent so long dipping in and out of it once I finished it that I probably read the whole thing three times in those two weeks. It was the same with the other books I took on that holiday (although Junk was the one I read most). And I was…

  • 2019

    40 Before 40: Book of Mormon

    I’m not sure I wrote about this in detail here before but as I’m turning 40 at the end of next year (I’m just over 38 now) I wrote a list of 40 goals to achieve (or at least try to) before I’m 40. Several of them are travel related which was already going to be a stretch at best and most honestly unrealistic. But a girl can dream. With coronavirus those are now looking even more out of reach. However two weeks ago (7th March) my friend Carolyn and I went to Birmingham for the day to tick one of them off the list – we went to see…

  • 2019

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

    So. Things have got a bit scary out there with this Coronavirus/Covid-19 stuff. I’m possibly, possibly not at a higher risk because of it. It’s hard to say because I don’t have any of the health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes that are being said to increase your risk. And I’m not elderly. But having a neurological condition does put you in at risk group and qualify you for the flu jab. And it’s known that respiratory stuff can be difficult to clear for wheelchair users as a group (although for me, personally, I am not fully reliant on my chair and I can cough). So it’s fair…

  • 2019

    The Times They Are A-Changin’

    I always thought this year would be a bit of a year of change for me. I had talked to friends and my need to do less, in order to do more but I’m not sure I really wrote about that here. But in order to do that a few things were going to need to change. And I’m less interested in some of the things I was doing and more interested in trying some new things – photography is taking more of a role in my life this year than it has before. When I was at uni (back in the days before digital cameras) I would often take…

  • 2019

    Reading Thoughts

    I feel like I’m reading more regularly at the moment than I have in a long time. I also feel like my 100 book goal for Goodreads is actually going to be met this year – and with longish books rather than novellas and serialisations (like the novel released in 4 part ones). I’m enjoying reading more too and reading different stuff. It feels like sci-fi and memoir are going to feature heavily this year but we’ll have to see. Certainly I’ve read and loved two memoirs and a scifi book since Christmas (in amongst other things). And I’m trying to be more mindful in my choices and in my…

  • 2019

    Project 365

    I have started doing Project 365 over on Instagram this year. I’ve always known it as “take a photo a day, every day. Something you’ve done or seen (or someone” but I think there are some websites that give a daily prompt etc. I’ve tried to do the project a few times in the past and failed. This is the longest in a year that I’ve got as far 16 days in I think. It’s actually not as easy to do as you might think. Personally I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s probably easier to do the project if you live with someone (probably more so if it’s a…