This week for Top Ten Tuesday over at the Artsy Reader Girl it's an Audio Freebie (Any audio goes: audiobooks, music, podcasts, you name it.) I have decided to share with you my favourite ways of getting audiobooks for nothing, without defrauding authors and voice actors and breaking the law.
I have had an interesting week, starting to reinstate some habits that I have let drop over the past few months. Firstly I have started meditating again with twenty minutes a day at first. My mind is all over the place but its a start. I have also started my drawing practice again. Had a... Continue Reading →
This book is primarily a book about friendship and how holding grudges can bring untold pain and suffering. It is told in two timelines. A first-person account from Young-sook sharing the details of her life from the 30s up until the 70s. And a third person account from 2008 when Young-sook is an elderly woman and encounters the American descendants of Mi-ja and tries her best to avoid them. This book is focused on the woman centred culture on the island of Jeju, where the women feed their families by what we would call 'free diving'. The men stay at home and look after the babies, cook and clean. The divers are called haenyeo and are the centre of this culture.
Ok, so I know it is nearly springtime but I feel that I am about to be blown to Oz every time I step outside the front door. On the plus side, the dreadful weather has meant lots of time to read and I have finished three books this week, two of then ARC's.
This is a dark fantasy set in an alternative England. It is also at heart, a love story, but not a conventional one. Told in three parts and three first-person accounts, the first and second being from Emmett Falmer, a young man who in the first book seems to be suffering from a form of mental illness. He is apprenticed to an elderly bookbinder who lives in the marshes. Books in this world are not the same innocent objects that they are in ours. Over the first account, we discover as Emmett does what the bookbinding job entails. I am not going to tell you, even though the full blurb does, as I enjoyed the slow reveal as the story progresses.
Not sure why but I am not inspired by this month's Top Ten Tuesday subjects, so I have decided look to this year's Popsugar Reading Challenge. for inspiration. Books written by a musician is prompt number 3. Again this is not an exhaustive list and there are loads of memoirs written by people in the... Continue Reading →
A mostly uneventful week. World book day had us trying to recreate the costume she had last year, an easy one as Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter books. It's amazing what you can achieve with a can of orange hair chalk spray, an old skirt turned into a black cape and a stick. Well this year, she couldn't find a stick so we substituted with a chopstick.
This is a story told in a series of interview excerpts. It charts the course of a fictional band The Six in the early '70s and the addition of Daisy Jones. I was gripped from the start. It reads so much like a documentary that sometimes I had to remind myself that this is a work of pure fiction.
As you may well know, I am doing the popsugar ultimate reading challenge again this year. I thought I might help out myself and anybody else doing the challenge by sharing my top choices for each category. I am not going to do all of them, but only the ones that are a little tricky, like this one. This prompt number one so an obvious place to start.
Firstly I am going to apologise for my slackness with these weekly posts as I only posted one last month. Anyway, the weather this week has been beautiful, with only one rainy day and record temperatures. I should have been spending hours outside tidying up the garden but instead, I have given myself a touch... Continue Reading →
It has been a good reading month with a grand total of 11 books this month. Blog-wise, I may have confused people but I changed my blog name and URL to include my real name. My reasoning is, in case a few years down the line I might have a finished piece of writing to query literary agents and publishers with. it might have been wiser to do gradually but it's done now. I have been a bit slack and only done one Sunday post this month, I am debating if they are worth the time and effort as they rarely get read after the month is up, what do you think?
I have been reading a few books about race recently but this is my first contemporary novel. This book has been raved about by pretty much every black celebrity in the US, Oprah and the Obama's especially. I admit it, I was expecting more. The premise is simple, a young married couple find themselves at the wrong end of the racist police in the American south. They stay one night in a Louisiana motel which leads to Roy being accused of the rape of another guest, despite the fact that his wife was with him the whole night, he gets convicted and sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. The book is about the effect that this has on them, their marriage and the people who love them.