We can go shopping now, but I can’t be bothered – Sunday Post

Life is plodding on. The return to the school routine was fairly effortless. I keep on thinking I will take advantage of the new freedoms of being able to go shopping somewhere other than Tesco and the health food shop but I haven’t bothered yet. I am not a huge fan of crowds so I will let the people who are desperate to get in there first and maybe in a few weeks. I just hope the changing rooms will be open as I need a new pair of jeans and buying them without trying them is impossible (it normally takes about 4 pairs till I find a good fit).

My daughter’s scout troop met in person for the first time in over a year. Building fires in the woods, so bound to be fun. She came back smelling like a bonfire and telling tales of smores so all good.

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In Ethiopia with a Mule


by Dervla Murphy

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The actual hardback of this one was older than I am so it is a bit like time travel combined with actual travel. She is a tough cookie and went through huge trials including being robbed several times, attacked by police, not to mention food, water and sleep shortages. A journey I would rather take vicariously, but she has done it so I don’t have to (not that I could go back to the 1960’s if I wanted to). I definitely prefer her early work to her later, she is political but doesn’t rant on about it quite so much.

The Thursday Murder Club


by Richard Osman

Lesley Manville (Narrator)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Really twisty and turny cosy mystery set in a Kent retirement village. Part of me loved this, but another found all the seemingly endless twists and turns a bit annoying by the end. Its possible the audio-book format didn’t help but I though I may have missed some important information when distractedly doing other things along the way.
One of the things I did feel was great about this book however was the way that the elderly occupants were portrayed as they should be, as people who have lived most of their lives but are essentially the same people they were during their younger years.

All That Man Is


David Szalay

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.


More of a collection of short stories than a novel. If that is all man is, I’m pretty glad I’m a woman then. It was well written but none of the nine men were people I would have any interest in spending time with, too preoccupied with money, status and shallow relationships with women on the whole. The last story lifted it up into something a little more emotionally satisfying but only just.

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Tuesday – Colourful Book Covers

Thursday – Book Review – The Metal Heart by Caroline Lea ★★★★☆

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I will be linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer , The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and then (if I remember) It’s Monday What are you Reading at The Book Date.

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    1. I have been doing the grocery shopping in person through all of this as delivery slots were limited, but clothes shopping is a chore. I’ll go sometime, but probably for my daughter rather than for me at first.

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  1. I’m sorry that In Ethiopia was a bit of a letdown. I will probably pass on it, but maybe I will look for other books by Dervla Murphy, if you say they were better.

    Here clothing stores allow you to buy and return anything that doesn’t fit, instead of trying things on. That’s just not a good strategy for me. I really don’t want to buy forty things just to find one or two that fit just right. I have bought a few things online, and I’m not that happy with what I bought-without-trying-on-first.

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  2. Loved The Thursday Murder Club! Was a great read. The Enchanted is on my TBR and I hope to get to it eventually.

    Life is basically back to normal here in SA as well, but I also don’t go to the shops as often as before lockdown. How life has changed!

    Have a good week ahead!

    Elza Reads

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  3. I was really delighted to go into food shops again, and especially to select my own produce. However, I still don’t feel like going to any clothing stores. Thinking about it, I had almost stopped buying clothing in person before everything was shut down. Shoes are another thing: I guess I’ll have to go to a shoe store!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  4. That’s awesome that your daughter’s troop is able to do things again. Slowly but surely things seem to be getting better? I’m looking forward to some sense of normalcy hopefully soon too. Definitely makes sense to wait though til things die down.

    Have a good week!

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  5. LOL I’m a bit baffled by everyone’s eagerness to return to crowded shops and busy restaurants personally. I do understand your daughters enthusiasm for a face to face guide meeting though, especially if it includes s’mores.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  6. I’m not a fan of crowded stores either. I never was a shopper and really prefer ordering my clothes online. The only exception seems to be shoes. I really need to go to a shoe store since I don’t have anything but athletic shoes in my closet right now. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  7. We just got word that my son’s college graduation has been moved back to virtual because the case count in the county has jumped up. Argh! We’re so close to the end but I guess the last bit is the hardest.

    I have to wait about three more weeks before I go shopping again.

    Lots of good books there — I remember devouring Katherine Kerr by the handful back in the day.

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