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  1. Kindle and ebooks deals

    I picked up Sarah Millican's How to be Champion for 99p yesterday.
  2. More Reading Time Required in 2018

    It's July, so I'm sure it's time for some quick fire reviews of the year's books so far. Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb I've lumped these together as I can't now distinguish between the two of them. Suffice to say, I thoroughly loved this trilogy and it made me realise how much I had missed reading Robin Hobb. Years back I had skipped one of her series as I'd let myself get put off by reading a bad review of the first book (Dragon Keeper) whereas it was probably just saying it wasn't as good as her others, which would still be bloody good, I'm sure. Anyway, I now definitely need to go back and read those ones. Song of Susannah by Stephen King This made more sense this time around as I wasn't racing through it and although it was weird and perhaps slightly self indulgent (especially when Stephen King himself appeared in the story), it was a quick easy read. Pity I'm having more trouble with the final volume! The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams (aged 2 1/4) by Katie Kirby This is a funny little cartoony account of toddlerhood from the perspective of the toddler. It wouldn't surprise me if that was what they were thinking. A fun read. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott My first Round Robin challenge. When I first started reading this, I thought it rather twee. Then I had to remind myself that it was a kids book and I embraced the fact that I needed to get in the mindset of the age I was when I was reading things like Mallory Towers. After that point, although I think it was probably lacking a bit of excitement, I enjoyed it a lot more. I can't say I'm champing at the bit to read the sequel though. How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb An interesting account of Robert Webb's upbringing and how he often struggles against the "rules" of what it is to be a man. Funny, yet thought provoking. The Unmumsy Mum Diary by Sarah Turner Another really fun account of some more kid based trials and tribulations. Enjoyed it. Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery Another Round Robin choice. Anne reminded me a bit of a Pollyanna character. I can imagine that some people might find her quite annoying, but I find her quite engaging. One odd thing I found about the book though, all the way through, right until the end, I thought the couple that took her on, were married, until right at the end when it intimated that they were brother and sister, which seemed a bit of an odd set-up! Into the Water by Paula Hawkins I really enjoyed Girl on a Train, so picked this up from the library when I saw it. It was a bit disappointed really. It kept me hooked as I went through it, but it didn't really have a stand out conclusion. It seemed like it couldn't work out if it was trying to be a supernatural story or a straight mystery. Dummy by Matt Coyne Even though it's parenting through a man's eyes, I could still relate to this account so much. Especially when it talked about basically living in a hovel as soon as kids arrive. It was hilarious - highly recommended. Believe Me by Eddie Izzard I've always loved Eddie Izzard as a comic and it was great to read more of his life and upbringing and how he manages to keep succeeding with all the crazy goals he sets himself. I think this mainly expands on the documentary of the same name, but I've not got round to watching that yet. F*** You Very Much by Danny Wallace This was a very interesting read based on how everyone is getting ruder (or apparently seemingly so). It's broken down into different section about things like road rage, teenagers, social media etc including this fab comment about road rage, which very much resonates with me: It also talked about how when someone is rude to you, it stays with you all day and can affect your performance. So don't be rude to your doctor or else they might get something wrong!
  3. What's Up in July? - 2018

    Sorry to hear about the co-worker, Echo. It must be quite a difficult situation for everyone there. I'm mostly full of World Cup fever at the mo. I wasn't really interested in it at all on the run up, but now that it's here and it's been good entertainment and most importantly, England are progressing, I've kinda got sucked into it. Annoyingly, I'm booked in to go to the theatre on Wednesday night, the night of England's semi-final, but I'm glad there is a good reason for me to be annoyed about the clash, rather than it not matter because we didn't get through.
  4. Pets - 2018

    Yes, it's not the first cat to be a victim of that road. Even though it's supposed to be a 30, people whizz down it as it's quite a wide through road.
  5. Pets - 2018

    I thought our cat had been run over last week. On the way back from a Foo fighters gig in London on Friday night (so really late, or really early on Saturday morning depending on your perspective), I was looking at Facebook and one of the groups I'm on is about the local goings on in our town. Well, I read on that that someone had witnessed a tabby with no collar get run over at the bottom of our road under the bridge, and all they could do was move it to the side. Mario quite often races across the road like an idiot and he has a history of getting hit by cars in the past, but has survived them all (I think he's down to 6 lives now!) Of course Mario was nowhere to be seen when we got back home (at 4am) and we even walked down to the bridge the next morning, but couldn't see any sign of it. Every meow I heard was Clara, every cat flap beep was Clara and I found myself apologising to her for saying 'wrong cat'. Anyway, come 9pm, Mario breezes in through the cat flap as if nothing is the matter. Phew!
  6. Your Book Activity - July 2018

    I've started Eddie Izzard's autobiography Believe Me, which is good so far.
  7. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    Catching up with The Bridge & the second series of Flowers amongst other things.
  8. What's the weather like?

    I am loving the current heatwave, it seems to have lasted forever! I just hope it continues throughout July/August. It feels just like being on holiday but it's not so hot that you feel drained and exhausted. We probably could do with a bit of rain though - not too much mind!
  9. Your Book Activity - June 2018

    I finished Into the Water which was nowhere near as good as Girl on a Train, but still fairly compelling. I've now started Dummy by Matt Coyne, which is another 'real-life parenting social media blogger' book spin off. It's hilarious. I've properly guffawed whilst reading it, so I've nearly finished it.
  10. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Danny Wallace's new book F*** You Very Much is 99p on the kindle store at the moment. I'm reading it and it's good so far.
  11. Similar to The King Killer Chronicles trioligy

    I've not read this myself yet as I'm waiting for the series to be finished first (after too many times of being burned by forgetting what happens between books coming out). It does look good though. You might like Tad Williams's Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy or Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy though?
  12. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Well this was 9 years ago, so we're over it now.
  13. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Bad news on the leak and the damaged books, Sarah. Reminds me of when we had our loft done. They chose to take the roof off at the worst possible time as it rained massively and they hadn't covered it up properly. We were at a festival at the time, so my parents & brother in law went in to help clear up. All the ceiling wallpaper in the front bedroom came down and luckily all the bookshelves in there had plastic sheeting over them, so they allsurvived. However, Tom had a few books on his bedside cabinet in the back bedroom and they got damaged - one or two irrevocably so - including the second Sword of Truth book. Luckily I'd already read it by then, but it stopped Tom from reading on, which is obviously a great tragedy. I seem to have been away for some weeks but during that time I had a lovely 4 day trip to Bruges with my mum & sister (leaving the kids at home!), my boy turned 6 last week and we celebrated 10 years of marriage by seeing the Foo fighters at the Olympic Stadium on Friday - it was fantastic! I am also enjoying the world cup so far. I wasn't all that fussed about it to begin with, but I have got sucked in! Hope everyone is good?
  14. Your Book Activity - June 2018

    Last month I finished How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb & read The Unmumsy Mum diary by Sarah Turner. This month I read Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery (a round robin book) and started Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, which I've nearly finished. I also noticed that Danny Wallace's new book F*** You Very Much was 99p on Kindle, so I downloaded that onto my phone on Friday at Stratford tube station to read just before I went 'underground'. I'm still kinda stuck in the same place in The Dark Tower.
  15. Raven's Reads

    I borrowed an Asterix book from the library for my son a few weeks ago, but so far he's not been keen to start it, preferring instead for me to read him a Pokemon diamond & pearl comic book instead. Which I find very dull & confusing - not least because I have to read it back to front & right to left.
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