In which I adopt kittens and read The League of Dragons

Things have been utterly mad round here for the last fortnight or so. I lost a friend, it’s still raw, it still hurts, and I really cannot describe just how much I hate cancer. But what’s helping me through that is that my fiance and I have adopted two gorgeous, five month old kittens from the local RSPCA shelter.

I mean, just look at their tiny faces! (Leia is the kitten on the right and Zelda is the kitten on the left being squished by her sister.)

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2016: reviews and house-moves and TBRs – oh my!

2016 was a weird year. It was definitely a year that went out kicking, screaming and flailing its fists.

The biggest thing that happened was easily moving into my new home with my fiance. They’re not kidding when they say that buying a house is one of the most stressful things to do. They’re really not. But we moved and that’s the important thing.

I did manage to achieve a few personal blogging goals last year. I did 29 blog posts and took part in my first weekly meme (The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday). I also branched out a little from just reviewing, with posts on my love for Gail Carriger’s books, musings on re-reading old favourites, and I even posted a basic cake recipe. (more…)

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Hello 2017!

It’s been a while since I last posted – five months actually – and I think I’m ready to come back to blogging. The TLDR of those five months is this: things got really hard in my personal life and 2016 went out kicking and flailing. So I took a Read more…

More bookish facts about me than you can shake a stick at

I’m taking part in The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and this week’s topic is ‘Ten Facts About Me’.

I’ve not been around much recently. All the usual suspects (work/life) have conspired against me and it has left zero time for blogging and for reading. However, this meme is great for getting those blogging braincells into gear, so it felt like a good time to post again.

 

Anyway, onwards to the facts!

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The madness of May…

May has been a very strange month for me. Strange, stressful and filled with a distinct lack of free time. With one thing and another I’ve had very little time to do anything , and I’ve possibly signed more official documents in the past couple of weeks than I have all of last year.

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My top 10 bookish delights

I’m taking part in The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and this week’s topic is ‘top ten bookworm delights’.

This was a pretty perfect topic for me as I’ve been thinking a lot about what I love about being a bookworm. The reason? Well it’s twofold really, on the one hand I’m in the process of buying a house (so I’m thinking about ways to redecorate and it involves LOTS of bookshelves) and on the other I’m getting married next year and I’m looking for little ways to bring my love of books into the ceremony.

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Re-reading books: a do or a don’t?

In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve had this post drafted for about a week now, however, Kelly at Pub(lishing) Crawl beat me to the punch with her fab post ‘Confessions of a re-reader‘ so you should definitely go read that too!

 

 

 

This has been a really long, stressful week. My fiancé and I are going through the house-buying process (and if you’re wondering what it’s like…it’s just faff, huge, endless enormous amounts of faff and money), work has been quite intense and my car decided to pack in on Tuesday – THANKS CAR! So I grabbed a book and read the stress away. But I didn’t grab a new book. Oh no. I ignored my towering TBR pile and I grabbed an old one off the shelf. One I’ve read multiple times before.

 

I have a handful of favourites that I’ve re-read more times than I can count:

  • The City Watch books from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (Guards, Guards; Men at Arms; Feet of Clay; Jingo; The Fifth Elephant; Night Watch; Thud; Snuff)
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (Soulless, Changeless, Heartless, Blameless, Timeless)
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (OK, I’ll hold my hands up and confess: for this one I know it so well I just skip through all the parts I don’t find interesting, eg the whole Tom Bombadil section and all the song lyrics)

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Let’s take a shelfie

I didn’t actually get chance to read over the weekend – family birthdays, baking and Valentine’s Day quickly ate up all my free time. But what I did manage to do was to set up another bookcase in my living room.

Which makes five bookcases at home and three still at my parents house. That’s normal, right? Right?! (more…)