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What I’m Reading this Week… (2)

I finished Patrick Rothfuss the Name of the Wind! I took a lot of dedicated ignoring of my assignment but I did it… full review coming later in the week.

I’m going for easy reads this week as I am going back to university 😦 As you know I’m a fan of biography and Michael McIntyre is pretty darn funny so I’m hoping the two have met in a joyous union here.

I will be reading this book for the foreseeable future! It just takes so long!

This I picked up for 50p at a charity shop- deal! And we all know how I can’t resist a bit of crime fiction!

What are you reading this week friends?

Lindy xxx

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Skirt Sewing

So I was bored the other night, James was out and I was left alone with my sewing machine…. I wonder what happened! About 3 years ago I brought this very ugly, 3 sizes too big dress for the grand total of £3, meaning to do something with it.

I thought the colours were nice and had considered turning it in to a skirt, and only 3 years later, I got round to it! The dress had a zipper up the side which I wanted to preserve because I didn’t have another one in my stash, and I’m not very good at putting them in any way.

This is what I came up with…

In order to preserve the zipper the skirt has a deep fold over at the waist band which I added a sash to. I cut the bodice of the dress off and re hemmed the raw edge. I then had to take the side opposite to the zipper in a little so it fit snugly round my hips and added the sash.

I am really pleased with how this turned out. For £3 and about 45mins I now have a nice new summer skirt. Now if only the weather would start co-operating with me!

Lindy xxx

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You know you’re a library addict when….

… You get home from a full weeks teaching, notice that your library reservation is in and decide that despite the fact you are knackered walking the 20 minutes in to town to get said book is worth it.

(This better be good!)

Then when you get there and find out they are having a book sale with 5 books for £1 you just can’t help yourself and end up lugging home these…

This is when you know you are an incurable library addict.

I’m linking this post up with The Captive Readers and The Intrepid Readers ‘Library Loot’ Series, I recommend you check out some of the other great books people have got from their local libraries this week.

Lindy xxx

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Life updates and shiz

So hello internet friends…. how are you? The last month of so has been so stressful around these parts that I haven’t got beyond book reviews… and I’m sorry! Our car was smashed in to, our washing machine broke down and things got so horrendously stressful with my course that I kind of just shut down for a while. Only the bare minimum was done, no more.

But today, for the first time in a  while I feel hopeful. The washing machine is fixed, the car is back and working and I finally feel just about on top of my university work and teaching. All in all a good start to the weekend- if only the weather would start co-operating and this grey bank of clouds that surrounds my house would lift. But I’m resigned to the fact that I can’t have everything!

But we are focusing on the good things here people…

– having finished my planning for the next week

– good coffee on a Saturday morning

– hugs

– rediscovering books I haven’t read for a year or so in preparation for what looks like a very good film coming at the end of this month.

So I hope that each of your weekends is peaceful and fulfilling.

Lindy xxx

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Snow Day

Is it just me who thinks the snow looks a little sad after its been hanging around for a few days?

Lindy xxx

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Booky Things….

I did it. I finally did it. I donated some of my books to a charity shop. There are just some books which I have to admit to myself that I’m not going to read again and that I really don’t need. So to a charity shop they went!

But I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t let books go without replacing them! But instead of hitting up Waterstones and emptying my bank account I visited my local library. And we all know how much I love the library, and today I came away with a pretty good haul.

I actually saw this book when I was browsing in Waterstones before Christmas. I was so happy just to see it sitting on the shelf calling to me, so home it came! I get the feeling its a blend between magic and crime fiction, a combination I just can’t resist!

This is a totally random pick! Andreas Eschbach is a German author who I had not heard of before, so I am very excited to try something new. I also trying to expand my reading horizons and read more authors in translation so this should be a very good book for me!

Next I got another PD James novel, I do love a bit of crime fiction and I have not been disappointed with PD James novels before so I’m very excited about this.

Although I’m not usually one  for paranormal romance (I think my teenage years binge on that type of fiction gave me my full) I picked this up on a bit of a whim. Sometimes all I want is easy reading before bed and hopefully this should fall into this category nicely.

This was another impulse pick up in the YA section because I was drawn to the cover art. I’m already part way through it and enjoying it thus far!

So here we have it. You can tell I finished my teaching placement yesterday, because I suddenly have time to read again!

What have you been enjoying reading recently?

Lindy xxx

(Sorry about the dark photos its now evening whilst I’m writing this!)

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2011- A Reading Year in Review

So I thought I would do a review of my year through the books which I have read. I tend to see what I’m reading as quite comparable to what is going on in my world, and I really like these end of year looking back post things. So without further ado…

January

Ahh January is always a good month for reading because I will always get books or book tokens for Christmas. (Which FYI are just about the best present possible for book lovers, the ability to go and browse in your favourite book shop and then buy whatever you want? Heaven!) In January I was still working full time and commuting on the train and the amount which I managed to read reflects this. Roughly one book a week and then a bit more because James and I went on holiday at the beginning of January and I always do a lot of reading whilst away.

My favourite book of this month has to be We Need to Talk about Kelvin by Marcus Chown- this is an excellent introduction to lots of basic science ideas explained really simply and well. I loved this book and have since lent in out  to  multiple members of my family to spread the joy as far as possible. If you have any interest in science at all this is a really good introduction with excellent explanations.

February

Reading for me in February is dominated by Looking for Alaska by John Green. I loved this book! I vividly remember sneaking an extra long lunch break to continue reading it and actually being happy about a delayed train because it gave me more time to read! I finished it in a day and since then I’ve been rationing out my reading of John Green books so that I can have his genius spread out over a longer period rather than just gorging on all his books all at once! February is also when I found out that I had been accepted on to my teacher training course, something which made me very very happy and precipitated a lot of squealing!

March

I dislocated my knee at the end of February and thus spent all of March at home sitting on my sofa waiting for the tendons in my knee to start liking me again. My reading increased exponentially because of this and was dominated by re-read of comforting books that I have loved for many years- basically David Eddings. Defiantly my go to author when I tired because I know the books so well that they don’t really take much of my brain power! I also treated myself to another John Green book- Paper Towns and loved it just as much.

April

In April I was back at work and back commuting and I read one of my favourite novels of the year- Kraken by China Meiville. I loved this novel- it was so densely imagined and well written that I immediately had to buy a copy for my Mum for her birthday- it really was so so good. Novel wise it was one of the best modern novels I think I have read in a long while and I would recommend it to anyone who likes slightly dark modern fantasy.

May

May was the month which I read my very first Sherlock Holmes book! I don’t know why I have never read them before- my Dad loves them and had the entire works of Arthur Conan Doyle whilst I was growing up so I really don’t have any excuse- but I made it all the way to 22 without even reading a line! It was very good- and I plan to read more when I get round to it. Sadly my to read list is ever growing and shockingly long!

June

In June I discovered P.D. James as a writer when I picked up one of her books at the hospital jumble sale whilst I was there to have physiotherapy for my still recovering knee. (And yes I am always reminded of a quote I had on a postcard and t-shirt as a teenage ‘Wouldn’t it be good if hospitals and schools had all the money which they needed and the Army had to hold jumble sales to buy guns.’ But I digress.) Safe to say, I loved her style and since then I’ve been looking out for her books and plan on slowly making my way through her extensive back catalogue.

July

July contained one of the worst books I have read in a long time- The Captive Queen. I just couldn’t get in to this at all. I’m not brilliant at reading historical fiction (I think my history degree has ruined this for me!) and this was possibly my least favourite book of the year. However I did plow my way through to the end! I always feel that once I have got so far in a book I kind of need to finish- I can’t remember the last time I actually abandoned reading a book because I didn’t like it.

August

In August I read only one book- The PGCE Survival Guide. This is possible indicative of the fact that I leaving my job and going back to university! This was a lot of upheaval but incredibly exciting at the same time. I was very preoccupied with teaching and this book was incredibly comforting in spelling out some basics and just generally making me feel a bit more comfortable stepping in to the unknown.

September

Once back at university I found my spare reading time severely curtailed- hence only managing to read 2 books- another excellent P. D. James book and a nice easy reading Nick Hornby. Since going back to university I have gravitated towards ‘easier’ books. Mostly because I tend to read late at night just before going to bed and my brain just isn’t up to much more!

October

Jeal M. Auel books dominated October. My Dad found a very dilapidated copy of The Clan of the Cave Bear on the train and thought- well something this well read must be worth a look. He got me hooked on them and I read the first 5 practically back to back. I still have the 6th one to read and I’m saving it up for when I have a nice long period of time to indulge myself!

November

In November I read one of the most challenging memoirs I have read for a very long time- Nothing Left Over by Toinette Lippe. This was a very moving book about one woman striving for simplicity in our overly complex world. I made me think long and hard about ‘stuff’ and what it is that has true worth. A book to go back to I feel when I feel over whelmed by the amount of stuff that I have.

December

The best book I read in December by far was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood. I would even go so far to say it was possibly the best book I read this year. It made me think very deeply about certain aspects of my own views of the world and that is one of the best things about well written literature- it can change your mind and your outlook.

Well there we have it, my year in reading. This year I have read 69 books and can honestly say that I’ve only hated one of them! Well if you’ve made it this far through a post this long, I salute you! Here is too another excellent year in reading- roll on 2012!

Lindy xxx

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