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.
by Dervla Murphy
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.
by Richard Osman
Lesley Manville (Narrator)
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
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.
Tuesday – Colourful Book Covers