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  1. March has arrived. What are you reading? I have started Hard Time, by Jodi Taylor. This is her second book in her Time Police series. I am taking it slow, so as not to spook my rather timid reading mojo.
  2. I completed Jodi Taylor's Hard Time. An enjoyable addition to this St Mary's spin off series. It was fascinating to see threads sewn in earlier books emerge in this one. I love the characters, who are each being developed nicely. The need to immerse myself elsewhere for a while is quite strong at the moment, so I will have to ponder where that might be. Hmmmm.....
  3. The Limerick Game

    There once was a yak from Tibet, Tied up his long hair in a net He really felt cold But with his new look, quite bold,
  4. The Limerick Game

    Bert Blewitt frequently said That a pimple on his forehead Kept getting bigger And please now don't snigger Bert, and Pimple now choose to be wed. * * * A wolf made a classic mistake
  5. The Limerick Game

    A young man by the name of Sid Bater Decided to buy a large freighter It sprung a big leak He started to freak As inside there sat three alligator * * * * A clueless young gent from the coast
  6. I LOVE American Gods. I haven't seen the tv series, so can't compare, but I really enjoyed where Mr Gaiman went with this book. My reading mojo completely dropped away, so I am re reading a super easy read of Hunting In Bruges by EJ Stevens. A chapter here and there is keeping things ticking over with these supernatural shenanigans in Belgium. It's a spin off of sorts from Stevens Ivy Granger series of books. If you enjoy fast paced battles with evil doers and evil beings, and love an old European city to dash around, this is one to read. Little brain power required. As I have visited Bruges a number of times, I recognised the locations - many of which I will now never go to after dark!
  7. Pancake Day

    It's Pancake Day today (16th February) (Taken from https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Pancake-Day/) Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today. Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9. Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients. The pancake has a very long history and featured in cookery books as far back as 1439. The tradition of tossing or flipping them is almost as old: “And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” (Pasquil’s Palin, 1619). The ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolise four points of significance at this time of year: Eggs ~ Creation Flour ~ The staff of life Salt ~ Wholesomeness Milk ~ Purity Do you have a recipe to share? What are your topping/filling choices? Are you a lemon and sugar only, or are you exotic and daring?
  8. Pancake Day

    Raven, I am running out of 'Ois!' with you! We weren't allowed a pud. If I was to visit as an adult I'm sure I could manage one though!
  9. help required

    Hi Lainey. Was the book about the Dupont family? They were big in the US gunpowder business in the 1800's. There is a series of books by author Michael Dodd called the Dupont Family Chronicles starting with A Strange Destiny. Not sure they are completely related though. Good luck finding the book. I know it can be so frustrating when you can remember bits, and you can remember that you enjoyed it, but little else.
  10. Pancake Day

    I remember many (MANY) years ago going to My Old Dutch in London. It was, and still is, a pancake house that served these huge (diameter around 24 inches) sweet or savoury thin pancakes on huge blue and white plates. To me, at around 9 years old, this was not only the height of sophisticated dining, it was a revelation that grown ups used such huge plates!.
  11. David Levithan's trilogy of books, Every Day, Another Day, and Someday are enjoyable YA books. I have also enjoyed Jandy Nelson's books The Sky is Everywhere, and I'll Give You The Sun. I've read a number of John Green's books, and they are rightly commended. The Fault In Our Stars, Looking For Alaska, and Paper Towns being the three of his I have read.
  12. Pancake Day

    In order; If I get the pancake right (thickness etc) Then it becomes a tasty container of the contents. OMG I remember these! I think you're right, Jubilee Pancakes! And finally, OI! I caught the first 'not surprised'. Now this one! @Poppy, when I get around to trying these myself, I will try that.
  13. The Limerick Game

    Oi! Cheeky! One day in the rain I got lost Whilst Raven got his wires crossed I looked for a sign
  14. Welcome to my reading thread. I will stick with my usual set up, of listing the books up here, and writing about them below. Happy Reading! 1) Magnus Chase & The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan 2) Magnus Chase & The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan 3) Magnus Chase & The Ship of The Dead by Rick Riordan 4) Tod Hunter Moon : Path-Finder by Angie Sage 5) Tod Hunter Moon : Sand-Rider by Angie Sage 6) Tod Hunter Moon : Star-Chaser by Angie Sage 7) Magyk by Angie Sage 8) Flyte by Angie Sage 9) Physik by Angie Sage 10) Queste by Angie Sage 11) Syren by Angie Sage 12) Darke by Angie Sage 13) Fyre by Angie Sage 14) 9 From The Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan 15) Hunting In Bruges by EL Stevens 16) Hard Time by Jodi Taylor
  15. Oh My! The pressure on me for you to like them! Arghhhhhh! I stand by my love of the series, come what may. *gulp*
  16. Pancake Day

    Although I am married to a lemon & sugar only man, who believes anything else is criminal. I am more than happy to vary my toppings & fillings. I am quite partial to savoury pancakes with mushrooms and cheese. And throw a banana at me, and I am very happy! I came across this recipe today, for the thicker (and sweet) Scottish Pancake / Drop Scone recipe. It looks lovely, so I may have to give this a try. https://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/orkney-blog/drop-scones-recipe/
  17. 7) Magyk, 8)Flyte, 9) Physik, 10) Queste, 11) Syren, 12) Darke, & 13) Fyre My re-visit to the world of Septimus Heap has come to an end, and I feel suitably adrift! Such a wonderfully crafted series, with each book winding and twining through each of the others. Lovely stuff! 14) 9 From The Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan A book of short stories from the world of Magnus Chase, he of the Norse mythology series by Rick Riordan. Witty and wonderful nuggets about characters I grew to love from the series. A book to keep my reading mojo ticking over.
  18. I completed my re read of Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series. It was lovely to head back into that world for a while. Not sure what to read next, so I have started a book of short stories from Rick Riordan, and his Magnus Chase / Norse mythology series. Humorous, and pertinent to the series and characters, will I ever get the sight of Thor in leather shorty shorts out of my head?
  19. The Limerick Game

    There was a disgruntled bug catcher Went cutting reeds with a thatcher A dung beetle he spied "Eureka!" He cried. "I've got me a little egg hatcher" One day in the rain I got lost
  20. I'm starting the last book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, and starting to ponder my next read. For now want to keep things light, so who knows!
  21. The Limerick Game

    A BCF member said "Look!" Whilst looking up from their book A penguin walked by While sucking a fly And reading aloud from its Nook. (I'll go straight on to Limerick number 2) There once was a goose with a cold
  22. Well HELLO there! How lovely to 'see' you. I thoroughly agree!
  23. What's the weather like?

    It was warmer than expected when I ventured out first thing (5.45 am) to get my weekly shopping. Only minus one! There were slow and infrequent snowflakes still falling, and a dusting of snow everywhere, with a few of our local untreated roads are still crunchy and icy.
  24. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Hard Time by Jodi Taylor, the second book in her Time Police series, is currently available for 99p on kindle (UK)