Book No Buy

11 books from the charity shop

Going on a no buy is always something that sounds a little terrifying. People say they intend to buy no makeup products, no clothes, books or anything unless they completely run out and it is part of their routine. I could never take it to that level, at least not right now and especially with […]

Revising My Goals And Life

You've got this keyring

Like so many people, I set myself some goals for 2018. We’re now ten months in and whilst I remember setting them as ‘smart’ targets that’s pretty far as my memory of them goes. Life has changed a lot since the goals were created. I had open heart surgery and have spent a separate chunk […]

Food For Beginners by Susan George and Nigel Paige

Food based tea towel

Some books, when written and published in the early 80’s, fade into the distant past without a trace whilst others have a habit of sticking around as something to wave at youngsters that dare to question things. Then there are the books like the Beginners series that, whilst containing some outdated references of predictions of […]

The Baskerville Legacy by John O’Connell

Hardback copy of John O'Connell's book

If you’re a first time reader here you might not know that I’ve been plodding my way through the Sherlock Holmes books, including Hound of the Baskervilles, and love a bit of crime/mystery fiction in my reading stack. If you’ve visited in the past you might know that I’m not that keen on characters that […]

What I’ve Discovered Recently

Motivational quote print

I’ve had a lot of time to think recently. Thinking used to be something I largely avoided. It came close to terrifying me as much as stepping outside did. At one point in time thinking used to mean simply dwelling. Dwelling on all the bad things of the past, the maybes, the what could have […]

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls The Silver Star

Not long after reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls I stumbled across The Silver Star in the very same charity shop. If, after enjoying my first Walls book, that isn’t a sign to grab it and hand over £1 then frankly I don’t know what is. Based on her own personal experiences of growing […]

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Front cover of book by Ransom Riggs

I hadn’t heard much about Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs until it got adapted into the visual form. When the adaptation happened it became a bit of a buzz, just like how To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is all over the place right now, and I was interested in […]