Wednesday, 24 September 2014


I've pinched this from Leslie at A Simple Life Afloat - although she says she can't can't take the credit!!  I'm going to try and make it a weekly thing - it will depend on how interesting my weeks turn out to be!!

  • Adventuring - wandering the graves at Higher Cemetery and wondering about the lives (and deaths) of those buried there.
  • Eating - too many microwave meals, Nākd bars
  • Drinking - Glorious hot chocolate
  • Reading - Penelope Lively as loaned by my landlords, catching up on my Feedly feed
  • Watching - Chasing Shadows, Downton Abbey, New Tricks, Dr Who (not bad for someone without a TV), Voyager, Emma Watson's speech
  • Listening to - Genesis - We Can't Dance (purchased just for Fading Lights), 80's internet radio stations, Michael Jackson - Invincible
  • Thinking About - if I'm going to get to The Ice Cream Shop on the Beach before they close for the season
  • Disliking - having to go to work on my day off, cold feet
  • Appreciating - fab landlords, good friends
  • Laughing at - one of the girls at work accidentally calling a colleague 'old' she meant 'senior' as the colleague is in a senior position!!
  • Loving - being sent pictures of my great niece

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Books - Part 3

I did a two part book thing in 2013 so decided to just track my reading throughout the whole year for 2014 and as I will be having too much fun to be thinking about blog posts on 11th thought I'd post it now!!!

Started January 11th 2014

Raymond E Feist - Rides a Dread Legion (1st book Demonwar Saga)
Raymond E Feist - At the Gates of Darkness (2nd book Demonwar Saga - there are only two books to this saga!)
Raymond E Feist - Jimmy and the Crawler (4th book Riftwar Legacy)
Camilla Lackberg - The Ice Princess (detective novel) 
Nick Harkaway - The Gone Away World (post apocalyptic weirdness!)
Jane Harris - The Observations (Victorian era maid story) 
William Gibson & Bruce Sterling - The Difference Engine (steam punk like plotting)
Raymond E Feist - A Kingdom Besieged (1st book Chaoswar Saga) 
Raymond E Feist - A Crown Imperiled (2nd book Chaoswar Saga)
Raymond E Feist - Magicians End (3rd book Chaoswar Saga and last book of the 30 book series!!!)
Raymond E Feist & Stephen Abrams - Midkemia, The Chronicles of Pug (a companion book written like a diary)
David Hewson - The Killing (Danish police whodunnit)
Richard Ford - Wildlife (not entirely sure what this was meant to be!!)
Marcia Willett - Postcards from the Past (Cornwall based family tale)
Michael Ende - The Neverending Story (Fantasy) 
Kate Mosse - The Winter Ghosts (Ghost story)
Jodi Picoult - The Storyteller (Forgiveness and war)
Ken Bruen - Headstone (crime thriller)
Stephen Marley - Spirit Mirror (mystic goings on in ancient China - I used this book as the basis of my GCSE Open Study, having reread it I have no idea why!!)
Barack Obama - Dreams from my Father (His story of trying to find his identity)
David Gergen - Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership - Nixon to Clinton (His account of what makes a good leader from working in four Whitehouses)
George Stephanopoulos - All Too Human (His account of his time in the Clinton White House)
Jennifer Worth - Shadow of the Workhouse (Stories of life in the workhouse)
Jennifer Worth - Farewell to the East End (more tales of midwifery/district nursing in the East End)
Jennifer Worth - In the Midst of Life (Her thoughts/stories on care for the dying)
Ken Follett - Whiteout (Family secrets and potentially deadly thefts)
Donna Leon - Death at La Fenice (Detective novel set in Venice)
Coming Up Roses - Cath Kidston (The story so far!)
Trudi Canavan - The Magicians' Guild (Rogue magicians, first in a trilogy)
Trudi Canavan - The Novice (Second in the trilogy)
Trudi Canavan - The High Lord (Last in the trilogy)
Duncan Whitehead - The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club (All is not as it seems in the sleepy Gordonston suburb!)
Trudi Canavan - The Magician's Apprentice (prequel to the above trilogy)
Donna Leon - Death in a Strange Country (more murder in Venice)
EL James - Fifty Shades of Grey (thought I'd see what all the fuss was about!)
EL James - Fifty Shades Darker
EL James - Fifty Shades Freed
Donna Leon - Friends in High Places (more murder in Venice)
Donna Leon - Willful Behaviour (even more detecting in Venice)
PC David Copperfield - Wasting Police Time (stories from a PC) 
Denise Welch - Pulling Myself Together (autobiography)
Guppies for Tea - Marika Cobbold (getting old is no fun!)
Donna Leon - Blood From A Stone (more detecting in Venice)
Donna Leon - Through A Glass Darkly (Venice again)
Penelope Lively - Moon Tiger (One womans 'History of the World' as it pertains to her!) 
Penelope Lively - Heat Wave (Perceptive tale of a summer in the country)
Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 Days (The book of the TV series)
Michael Palin - Pole to Pole (The book of the TV series)
Michael Palin - Full Circle (The book of the TV series)
Donna Leon - Suffer the Little Children (more crime in Venice)
Donna Leon - The Girl of his Dreams (and some more)
Marcia Willett - Starting Over (Life and love in the West Country)
Donna Leon - A Question of Belief (some more crime in Venice)
David Gemmell - Wolf in Shadow (Book one - post apocalyptic messing with the space time continuum!!)
David Gemmell - The Last Guardian (Book two)
David Gemmell - Bloodstone (Book three)
Sarah Rayner - One Moment, One Morning (how one moment can change lives)
William Horwood - Skallagrigg (currently reading)

So I'm on my 58th book in a year - eek, that's more than one a week!!!

I have also decided that it's OK not to finish a book. I had this thing with myself that if I started a book a had to finish it even if I didn't really enjoy it. Life's too short for that!!!