• 2020,  books and reading,  Quarantine 2020

    A Month of Reading

    It’s nearly a month since I last updated on here about what I’ve been reading. And there’s a fair amount of books to share about. There’s also quite a few I have read part of but not finished which I won’t list. On VE Day I started reading a series of books set in the Second World War. Those were Quarantine Reads 12 – 15. I read the first one cover to cover in one day and finished book 4 in the series a week later. I enjoy books set in that period as it’s one that interests me and the books tend to be quite character driven rather than…

  • 2020,  mental health,  Quarantine 2020

    Life in Lockdown

    I feel like I need to update and write about what life is like at the moment because I’d probably like to have the record in future years. But I also feel like there isn’t a whole lot to say. There’s no “what I’m reading” post this week because I’ve been reading the same series since last Friday and I want to post about them all at once. I’m on book 4 now which is currently the last one but I reckon the author will probably write at least one more. I left the house for the first time in almost two months on Tuesday to go say Happy Birthday…

  • 2020,  books and reading,  Quarantine 2020

    What I’m Reading

    I feel like it’s been a bit of a slow lethargic week or two – I wasn’t well for a few days last week with an ear infection – but looking at my list of what I’ve been reading since I last updated (and adding in that I’ve written a bit and almost made an entire hat) I think that might just be me being a bit hard on myself. So what have I been reading in the last two or so weeks since I updated? A fair amount. I’ve started and not progressed with a few books but here’s what I have finished. First up was The Spanish Promise…

  • 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…

  • 2020

    When the bad is good

    Sometimes being disabled is really weird. Because I got told something today that I’m sure for a lot of other people would be a bad thing but for me, it’s a good thing. And also because sometimes you can’t explain what your reality is like and how it differs to the norm to the person whose asking because your reality is all you’ve ever known. And you’ve no idea what normal is. All my life I’ve been told my circulation in my legs isn’t great. That I don’t have full sensation in my feet and legs either. Which is a strange thing to experience because people ask about it and…