Sunshine Makes Me Smile – Sunday Post

Spring is almost with us, the trees are starting to flower and it is definitely feeling warmer. Its also my Mum’s Birthday again, but unlike last year, there is no party to go to and everything has to happen via the mail, which thank goodness is being super efficient.

My work seems to have dried up, this is mainly due to the hospitals being under less pressure after this lengthy lockdown so is a good thing. I am enjoying the time off by going for long walks and reading lots and lots with a bit of spring cleaning whilst I listen to audiobooks.

Another six book week, I’m not quite sure how I am managing this but its probably due to my not watching much TV for the past month or so. Its amazing how much of a time suck that is.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A great story about two women, one a movie star of the title who is 80 years old and telling her life story to a the second woman who is writing her biography. About love, being bisexual in the world of 1950’s Hollywood. The twist at the end was fairly easy to figure out, but that didn’t retract from it one bit..

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Fascinating and thought provoking. The history of humankind and our potential future designed evolution. It contains a wealth of information and is fairly dense and maybe a little too long for my liking despite the fact that the notes, references and a detailed index take up the last 30% of the book.

Notes on a Nervous Planet

by Matt Haig

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Ok this guy has some issues. Anxiety and depression seem to be his main problems and he’s not alone. They aren’t something I personally suffer from but many people I come across in my personal and professional life do. There is a lot for a non-mentally ill person to get from this book, like how unplugging and going for a walk can really help lift your mood. Its funny and informative at the same time.

Clutter Free : Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space

by Kathi Lipp

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Pretty useful information but I was a bit put off by her preaching and dropping bible quotes all over the place. I don’t feel it added anything useful to the subject. That aside, this book has inspired me to reduce most of the random stuff in my house, I just have to wait for the charity shops to start accepting donations again.

Madame Burova

by Ruth Hogan

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I so wanted to adore this book as much as I have her previous ones but unfortunately it didn’t quite do it for me. I never connected with the characters and at 65% in I had to make myself sit down and finish it. This may well be due to the fact that there are soooo many characters in this book, and although they are all fairly well developed, I just didn’t care about any of them. The ending was good though.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by Marie Kondō

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Short and sweet. I don’t necessarily agree with everything she says but I intend to try out her method over the summer and blitz my house. I did baulk at her describing her method of tearing pages out of books to keep parts she wanted, that’s sacrilege!!

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Well here’s my plan for next week.

  • Tuesday –  TTT  Spring Cleaning Special – Books I Need to Read to Get My House In Order.

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I will be linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer , Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews, The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and then It’s Monday What are you Reading at The Book Date.

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  1. Happy birthday to your mum! And I’m glad to hear the hospitals are under less stress. Hopefully we’re on the way out of the worst of things…

    Lon relaxing walks are the best 🙂

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  2. Interesting assortment of books both read and upcoming. Our weather is impriving too but I’m sure Winter isn’t finished with Northern Minnesota yet. I’ll take all the sunny days I can get. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Early March in the uk still has the edges of winter. It’s still cold but the plant life is busy and when sitting in the sun is almost warm.


  3. Omigoodness I can’t remember the last time I was able to get through 6 books in a week – I am extremely jealous lol!! 🙂 Glad you have been able to relax and get outside though, it’s so important! Hope you have a great reading week 🙂

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    1. Ohh I have been. One of the reasons why I have read so much is listening to audiobooks on long woodland walks.


  4. Happy Birthday to your mom. I am glad you are enjoying some down time and getting in lots of reading. I have heard good things about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and am glad you liked it. I admit I never did finish Kondo’s book, even as short as it was. I hope you have a great week!

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  5. Happy birthday to your mom! I hope she has a great day even with all the lockdown stuff. I have The Seven Husbands on my audible account and can’t wait to listen to it. Have a great week!

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