February 2021 Review and Sunday Post

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 →

Book Review – Anxious People by Fredrik Backman ★★★★✯

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 →

Book Review – The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers ★★★★★

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 →

Ten Love Stories Worth 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 →

Spring Might be Close but it Feels Like Winter – A Sunday Post

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.

January 2021 Wrap-Up and Sunday Post

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.

New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

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:

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