• 2021,  40 before 40,  books and reading

    March Reads

    I still feel like I’m not reading as much as I’d like. Although it’s also true that I abandoned one book and have two paperbacks and an audiobook that I started but have yet to finish. But here’s what I did finish in March. I have made plans to cut down my internet time this month (specifically by not reading fanfiction) so I anticipate reading more in April. I’m not sure that I have a favourite and a least favourite book this month, I liked everything that I finished but nothing really stood out. I was pleased to read two books that have sat unread on my selves/kindle for well…

  • 2021,  books and reading

    February Reading

    I spent a fairy big chunk of February not reading and then the last few days of the month reading a lot. In addition to the books listed here I listened to several hours of another audiobook but got bored of it. As before, books marked with a * are from Boxall’s 1001 books you must read before you die lists so count towards my goal of reading 40 more of them before my 40th birthday. Fighting for your life: A paramedic’s story by Lysa Walder Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler The Switch by Beth O’Leary (audiobook) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins* The Switch was probably my favourite…

  • 2021,  books and reading

    January Reading

    In previous years I’ve occasionally tried to post here about what I’ve read. But it’s something I’ve struggled to keep up regularly despite wanting to. I thought this year I would post a list on the 1st of each month of everything I read in the previous month. Books marked with 1001 are from Boxall’s 1001 Books To Read Before You Die list and so count towards my goal of reading 40 more books from that before my 40th birthday. Serpentine by Philip Pullman Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky A Promised Land by Barack Obama (audiobook) Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky The Circle by Dave Eggers (audiobook, 1001)…

  • 101 in 1001,  2021,  40 before 40,  books and reading,  Crochet,  goals

    40 Before 40: Pandemic Edition

    My 40th birthday is at the end of this year. At the end of 2019 I wrote a “40 before 40” list of goals to achieve before I reached that milestone. I blogged about that a little bit but never shared the list online I did achieve three of the goals last year – I went to see Book of Mormon and did a photography course before the pandemic hit. I also manged to use my manual chair every day for over 40 days later in the year. Looking at the list as I write this, I could also be said to have done two more – I attempted to…

  • 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,  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,  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…