So, I know this is a little bit late, but I really want to follow through on my commitment to #theyearinbooks project so here goes...Read More
As it looks like we won't be able to have a summer holiday this year due to house move madness, I thought I'd spend July reading a typical holiday-read so that I could at least daydream about a summer escape. The House in Amalfi by Elizabeth Adler was perfect for this! It's been sat on my bookshelf for 2 years after my friend Paula sent me the book as a reminder of our own holiday in Amalfi back in 2011. (The Year In Books project has been great for encouraging me to read what's on my bookshelves first - no more new purchases or clutter!)Read More
Wow! I can't believe how fast time is flying by at the moment. It doesn't seem 10 minutes since I was writing all about my last book and here I am again now talking about my chosen book for June: The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner. I brought this book after Siobhan Watts over at Bless The Weather posted about it in one of her Nice Stuff posts. It's been one of those books that has really got me thinking about how I spend my time and the priorities I have week in week out.Read More
Hi all, I hope you've had a great bank holiday weekend. I'm a little late posting about this month's #theyearinbooks because we've been so busy recently. I hope to fill you in on all things with another post soon. Anyway, let's get down to it. This month I have been reading The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris which is the sequel to probably her most famous novel - Chocolat. I've had this book sitting on my bookshelf for ages, it was a Christmas present from my mum that I'd put to one side and forgotten about until now...Read More
Last month I finished the Millennium Trilogy and I'm so pleased with myself. Reading more was one of my goals for 2016 and playing along with #theyearinbooks and sharing my monthly reads here has helped so much. I'm still trying to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, so this month I decided on The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. Steve brought me this book for my birthday in December, as I'm a tidy fanatic. I also couldn't wait to see what all the fuss was about (the book has been featured heavily on a plethora of blogs). At the same time, during one of my recent catch-ups with my friend Paula, I also learnt that she had brought the book, read it over the Easter break and then immediately made a start on de-cluttering her space using the Marie Kondo method. So, I couldn't wait to get started...Read More
It's been a long winter, but finally I can feel the change of the seasons and the start of a new era. After a little blogging break, I've been gently getting back into some routines. Taking some time out has given me a bit of clarity on a few things including this little space of mine and it feels good to be back!Read More
One of my goals for this year is to read more and I was going to try and read a book a month anyway before I came across #TheYearinBooks project on Laura's blog. Unlike other book clubs, you don't all read the same book, in fact you can choose whatever you want to read and share it via your blog / social media with the hashtag #TheYearinBooks. Then on the last Monday of every month there is a Twitter chat where you talk about what you've read with others. It seems just the right level of commitment for me and I can't wait to get started!Read More
This week has been a week of two halves, the first half feeling stuck and unproductive and the second feeling much more focused and positive...
I think I may have got my mojo back! Here's what's helped along the way...
The best of a much calmer week and a history-filled weekend...Read More