Wednesday, 23 June 2010

June reads

The End of the Affair- Graham Greene (started it in May)- Enjoyed this, but not so much the female point of view. Thought it was interesting that Greene had been in an affair and based the book on his experience.

Northanger Abbey- Jane Austen (started it in May) Still plodding through this....

The Iron Man- Ted Hughes A kids book, and very short at that,about an iron man who is feared but then becomes the hero. Interesting short read, 6/10

Wife in the North-Judith O'Reilly Entertaining non-fic about a city family moving to Northumberland.

Brideshead Revisited- Evelyn Waugh - not finished this yet, but will by the end of the month

Best of Black Lace women's erotica (!)- various These are saucy short stories that I bought out of curiousity!

Wall and Piece- Banksy I have suddenly become quite interested in Banksy since seeing one of his works when I was in London. This book is very interesting, shows lots of his work and also discusses the value of graffiti and its place in the modern world. (Mainly pictures)

What to Expect when you are Adopting- Reading this as it is something I felt like I needed to look into more. We may not have any more children, but it was interesting to read the process.

Friday, 18 June 2010


I can't bloody well stop sneezing and it is so annoying. I sound like a mixture between a piglet snuffling, a vuvuzela and a hysterical woman. GO AWAY HAYFEVER!

I have been very uncrafty lately, need to start thinking about any Christmas projects that need doing. Hmmmm. And the debate about whether to invest in a sewing machine rages on. I really would like one and the idea of being a domestic goddess is appealing, but the reality is always different isn't it? Would I really use it much?

Reading wise, I will do a seperate post and update about books, book group and that sort of thing. I have also been toying with the idea of trying to write a book recently. A friend has just completed her first one for Mills and Boon and is cracking on with the second, and whilst I am not sure I have enough romance or raunch to do that, I would like to try and write a novel at some point in my life. Surely all the reading I have done would help. Or maybe it would hinder, as I expect anything I wrote would be something I have previously read and buried somewhere in teh depths of my mind.

What else....well, I am getting quite into vintage clothes. The only issue is sizing, and I am no skinny minnie and a lot of the clothes I like are too small, and it isn't like shopping in a mainstream shop where you can just get the next size up! Hopefully tomorrow I can get to one of the vintage shops and find some bargains. Got some cool sunglasses last week for a fiver that I really love. Hubby says I was robbed! But I think they are fabulous.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Non book stuff- the boy, Ashes to Ashes, London, Homesickness

Well, firstly it is half term :) I am loving being at home with my little man, but he is such hard work and definitely in a destructive phase. It is exhausting just watching him! He really is a bundle of energy and he needs less sleep than me which is leaving me feeling more and more zombiefied. He does counteract that by being great fun though and some of the things he says has me in stitches. He calls spaghetti 'forgetti'! And he says 'it's too big' about anything that he is unsure about- slides which are bigger than he is used to, Big Ben, giraffes....

We were in London over the weekend which was a lot of fun, but again hard work. We got to see a lot of the tourist sights and also went to some of the Ashes to Ashes locations. St Dunstans in the East (where Alex was shot by Gene in 2.8) is absolutely beautiful. I can imagine it is a bit creepy on your own, as the light is blocked out by lots of high walls, but it really is a stunning place away from the hubbub of the city. I don't think I could live in London, but I would love the anonimity of being there, and how anything goes.

Speaking of living places, I am getting really homesick again...I just feel really alone. I don't really have people that I can just 'hang about' with here, and it is hard.

I have no motivation for anything at the minute.

May 2010 books

Georgy Girl- Margaret Forster
I nearly gave up on this one, but it got a bit more interesting so I persevered. Interesting take on what makes a relationship work, and I always enjoy books that are set in or were written in 50s/60s. I see that it has been made in to a film so I might check that out some time.

Ugly Shy Girl-
Very short, modern take on being an outsider. Cried at one part as it was too close to home. The end got a bit ridiculous though.

The Jane Austen Book Club -Karen Joy Fowler
I did enjoy this book, it was about the book club but moreso about the people that were there, and each chapter had a focus on a particular character. Not sure how it worked a a film- anyone seen it? Might check it out if it is on Sky anytime soon.

The Tower Room- Adele Geras
Quite enjoyed this short teen read based on the story of Rapunzel. I liked the three girls in the story, Bella, Megan and Alice and it made me quite nostalgic about my own young friendships. A bit I loved was how you can talk about anything in the dark- made me think of late nights at sleepovers!