Back in the saddle

I was reasonably sure that one day I would be able to read fiction again, even after the pandemic and the end of a 20 year career had sucked all the enjoyment of reading from my brain. I imagined that it would be a little like starting to ride a bike again after a couple…

Merry Whatever

Christmas morning 2020: line delivered by my Partner In Crime upon delving into one of my gifts, a copy of English Pastoral – an inheritance by James Rebanks. “Well. Ok. It just took until the second sentence for the word Shit to appear”. I expect the book to be fantastic, but the quote sums up…

Booky books

As requested, by the long distance person who is allowed to demand anything she likes as long as she promises to one day tell me the secrets of the unheated basement apartment, here are my latest book recommendations. I still have not been able to read any fiction, which is most annoying, but I think…

On a buzzier note

I recently read a list of 68 pieces of advice, written by Kevin Kelly upon his 68 birthday (here). While not all of them resonate with me “A worthy goal for a year is to learn enough about a subject so that you can’t believe how ignorant you were a year earlier” did. I think…

Mornin’ All

How to begin? I have been feeling… The world is now full of…. It has all been a bit much recently. I am also REALLY tired of hearing about and thinking about how it has all been a bit much recently. So I have avoided writing anything more than a short shopping list or desperately…

Creature comforts

I mentioned previously that although I have not managed much book reading since being furloughed I did reread the first three books in the City Watch series by Terry Pratchett. Those books are not really reading to me, I have read them so often I can quote parts of them now, but they provide huge…

Two out of Four

If you had asked me a couple of months ago what I would do with some unexpected free time then book reading would have been top of the list. That is not how it has worked out. What I have been doing instead is hate-watching bad films and telly whilst knitting what I am lovingly…

5 out of 6 ain’t bad

As I don’t count books as purchases, under the purview of my minimalist and frugalist efforts, they surely deserve posts of their own and whilst I don’t expect anyone to buy anything based on a review of mine I do enjoy bigging up books I have enjoyed…the title of this post is a clue to…

This is what success looks like

For some reason (I’m going with peer pressure) I decided to plough my way through all of the fiction in my Tsundoku . Annoyingly I managed this a lot faster than I had hoped, some of them were rubbish and I refuse to put myself through that any more, so I ended up in the…

A mixed bunch

Four books – 25% kicking myself for waiting so long to read it, 25% better than I thought, 25% muh and 25% nope. The Nope one was The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane, the language is best described as poetic and I can see how that would appeal to some people (so this would be…