February has been an odd month this year. In the UK we are still in the midst of lockdown 3.0, there is some hope we will be coming out of it as spring is just round the corner. I am very thankful for my daughter being allowed to attend school in person due to my... Continue Reading →
Title: Anxious People Author: Fredrik Backman Genres: Mystery, Contemporary, Humor Pages: 341 Publication Date: In the UK on August 20th 2020 but first published in Swedish on April 25th 2019. Source: Netgalley (overdue) ★★★★★ In a small town in Sweden it appears to be an ordinary day. But look more closely, and you'll see a... Continue Reading →
Its not easy for a book to be funny, and some books that others have said they nearly wet themselves left me cold. I guess might have a strange sense of humour but, these ten on the other hand are something special. 1 How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran I have always had a... Continue Reading →
I am getting to be truly sick of lockdown 3.0 and it seems to be going on forever. This was a half term where we did NOTHING except sit inside and read books whilst it gently rained outside the window. Occasionally venturing out for a walk or to go grocery shopping. On the plus side,... Continue Reading →
Four complete strangers, thrown together with an extended layover on a planet which is more like a very small airport with very little to offer in way of entertainment. What makes this interesting is that all of the strangers are from different species and again the host species is also different and none of them are human. I guess you could say this is a closed room mystery without the mystery. As with all of Becky Chambers books so far, character takes precedence to plot. There is a plot, but only just. Continue Reading →
I don't know about you but I can certainly do with a bit of sunshine in my life at the moment, unfortunately the weather in the UK is not cooperating so here are ten books all with bright yellow covers to bring some sunshine into your life and boost your mood. Starting with the ones... Continue Reading →
Happy Valentines day. I have never been much of a fan of this holiday. This year my 11 year old daughter is giving more bandwidth to it than me and is worrying how to get a gift to her girlfriend a Sunday, what with lockdown and all that. I have been having a mega reading... Continue Reading →
Romance is my least favourite fiction genre but love stories are also found in all kinds of unexpected places and these are a selection of books who deep down, are all about love and are worth reading. 1 The Binding by Bridget Collins This book is a fantasy but there is a love story at... Continue Reading →
Life has pretty much plodded on as per normal, I am still working, but not quite as much now as the staff at my local hospitals are coming back to work after their isolation periods so they’re not quite as understaffed as they have been. My daughter is still in school and seems to be quite enjoying the quieter classroom atmosphere, although her teachers are stuck behind a computer screen doing the remote learning for the rest of the class. Hence I have been using my time to catch up on my reading.
There is a lot to be said for growing older gracefully, and as I am turning 50 in a few months I figure I can either run from it, or embrace it. I am definitely happier now than I have ever been, and certainly more at ease with myself and that has to be a... Continue Reading →
I can't believe we are on the last day of January 2021 already. It has been a pretty busy month for me, I have been working pretty much full time. All on wards full of COVID patients and so far (fingers crossed) I have stayed healthy. I have no idea how though, as the permanent ward staff seem to be dropping like flies, hence why there is work for me as an agency nurse.
I love discovering new writers and 2020 was particularly fruitful in that area, both from the recommendations of other bloggers and the few months of library browsing that we were allowed between lockdowns. Last year I read a total of 37 authors I had never read before but these are my top 10 and include several of my five-star reads of the year. In no particular order: