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The Reading Rush: day 6-7

SATURDAY, 25 Juy 2020

10.55 – Day 6 of The Reading Rush and it’s raining. Yuck! Well, chores are mostly done. I have been to the supermarket, I have fed and cleaned the pony paddock. I just had a coffee with my husband (not that that’s a chore!) and now I am ready to sit down with The Dinner. I am quite curious to see where it’s going. There has been mention that they found out something about their sons, but what is it? I am not sure what I would call this book? It’s very slow and mundane, but there’s an edge to it. I am not bored at all!

Koch, Herman - Het Diner17.47 – Funny how as I try and document my reading daily, my updates become further apart! I am on page 203 of The Dinner. I found out what awful thing the sons did. Vile people, all of them. The narrative  is starting to drift all over the place and it is losing me a little. I have about a third to go.

I was thinking that I want to read some fantasy once I have finished this one. I am craving some fantasy for some reason. I may continue the Blackthorn & Grim series by Juliet Marillier.

23.59 – I have finished The Dinner. I decided I wanted to finish it before bed and I managed! I am pretty proud of myself.

I will decide tomorrow whether to read a fantasy book or one of the other two books that I had on my Reading Rush TBR. After all, I have completed all the challenges with the four books I have already read. I think I chose well this time. I enjoyed all four books and they were all very different. I ticked three books off my TBR that had been on my shelves a while.

It is pretty much 26 July now, so I will take it easy these final few days of the month and not concentrate on reading so much.

Night night!

SUNDAY, 26 July 

10.04 – I finished my four books of The Reading Rush, which complete all the challenges, and I have decided not to read any more of The Reading Rush TBR.

I had been reading It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne in bed the last few nights. I like a light read before bed that is easy to dip in and out of. I am enjoying it, so I have decided to continue with that time for a bit this morning before picking up Tower of Bourne, Holly - It Only Happens in the MoviesThorns by Juliet Marillier, the second book in the Blackthorn & Grim series that I have been meaning to continue for yonks!

My Airbnb guests are leaving today and I have new ones arriving tomorrow, so I have some cleaning to do today and I want to exercise my Shetland pony as the specialist vet confirmed he is a bit overweight. We need to sort that out. The problem is that he has been lame and I have not wanted to force it, but he is a lot better right now, so I need to up his exercise.

15.22 – I am loving It Only Happens in the Movies so much I can’t stop reading it! So Tower of Thorns will be put off until I finish this one I am afraid. This is the kind of YA I love. It’s basically a romcom, but I just love the characters and there are serious issues being discussed. On a side note, I also love how it talks about losing your virginity in real terms. I think it’s good for teenage girls to read books like this that give a realistic view of what it’s like and romanticised versions. I am 53% in right now. I could finish this today, but I think it will probably roll into tomorrow. I am really enjoying it though!

MONDAY, 27 July

08.53 – I forgot to update and post yesterday. The Reading Rush has officially ended. I completed my four books and I am very pleased with how the week has gone. My absolute favourite book I have read was The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart. I LOVED that book. However, I liked all all my books. My ratings were as follows:


The ratings got steadily worse! I did like The Dinner, by the way. I just had some issues with it. The above four books completed all The Reading Rush challenges.

On a side note, I discovered that this copy of About A Boy, which I picked up for 1 euro in the charity shop is actually a first edition. I kind of like that!

I am currently still reading It Only Happens in the Movies, which I hope to finish today. I have also got Tower of Thorns down from my upstairs shelves, so I will probably start reading that today. I won’t have a ton of time for reading today and since I have read a lot in the past week I am going to take it easy!

If you participated in The Reading Rush, let me know! Back to normal now!

Have a great week, peoples!

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The Reading Rush: Day 3-5


Challenges finished:

  • read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart -> Australia)
  • read a book that starts with the word ‘the’. (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)
  • read the first book you touch (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)

Challenges in progress:

  • read a book completely outside your house (Hyperbole and a Half)
  • read a book in a genre you’ve always wanted to read more of (Hyperbole and a Half – graphic novel)
  • read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen (About A Boy)

IMG_20200723_120938_121.06 – Can’t believe this is my first update today, but it has been a pretty busy day. I did post my WWW Wednesdays post earlier today and I also wrote up my review for The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland). I finished that one this morning and I absolutely loved it! It got a full 7 stars from me!

I read a bit more of Hyperbole and a Half in the hammock down the back of the garden, but really did not have that much time for reading outside today. Fingers crossed I can cross that one off tomorrow, as after that the weather is supposed to be a bit wetter again.

I have started About A Boy (Nick Hornby) for the movie challenge. I coincidentally picked the harback up in a charity shop for €1 a couple of weeks ago.  I am about 60 pages into that one. I can so see the movie characters whilst I am reading this! It’s a pretty easy read and it is under 300 pages. Since I don’t have so much on tomorrow, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to finish it tomorrow. My aim is to get to page 100 tonight. I am on page 60 now, so fingers crossed!


09.02 – Right, I am fully planning on finishing About A Boy today, and Hyperbole and a Half. The latter I definitely want to finish, as it’s my book for reading outside and today it is the warmest day for a while. It’s only 24 celcius, so it’s not even that warm!

I don’t have a lot of chores on today and only one errand towards the end of the afternoon, so in theory I have lots of time for reading. Unfortunately, I am also feeling really low on energy… If I did not have a child to look after, I would be curled up in bed right now! I don’t know why I am feeling so tired. I only got up an hour ago.

200722Anyway, I am having a coffee right now. Hopefully, that will help me!

13.26 – I haven’t read as much as I would have liked (of course). I spent quite a bit of time with my ponies this morning. I did sit with them and read a bit of Hyperbole and a Half, so that counts. My girl has a horse riding lesson later today, so I will hopefully finish that book whilst she is doing that. I have about 70 pages to go, but it’s a graphic memoir, so should be pretty quick. I am enjoying it a lot!

I am not even halfway in About A Boy, so I doubt I will be able to finish it today. I will try though!

18.29 – Pizzas are in the oven, but I thought I would write a quick update. I just finished Hyperbole and a Half about five minutes ago. I swear I recognised far too much of myself in that book! It was a fun time, a recognisable time, but definitely a fun time.

Let’s race against the clock and see whether I can write my thoughts down before the pizzas are done!

FRIDAY, 24 July

00.37 – I am about to go to bed, but technically it’s Friday. Did I manage to finish About A Boy? Of course not! I am on page 205 and have about 70 pages to go. Oh well, tomorrow’s another day! Or today… Whatever…

I can’t complain with the amount I have read so far, so I won’t. I don’t think I have much on tomorrow, so fingers crossed I can get About A Boy read in the morning, so I can start my final read, which will probably be The Dinner by Herman Koch.

08.28 – Just had my breakfast and a big coffee and I am about to start reading. Like I said, I am hoping to finish About A Boy today, so I can move on to The Dinner, which would complete my final prompt. That is also the one that intimidates me the most as I know how polarizing that book is!

11.13 – I finished About A Boy and just posted my thoughts on it. It was an enjoyable read! After lunch I will start reading The Dinner by Herman Koch. I will be reading the original Dutch version (Het Diner), which will be weird, as I hardly ever read books in Dutch. Am I apprehensive? Yep!

16.48 – I have had a bit of a funny afternoon. I have been doing some macrophotography in the garden and I started feeling all weird. Kind of light-headed and nauseous, so I took IMG_20200724_172713some time out to lie down, which seemed to have helped. Once I started feeling a little better I started reading some more of The Dinner. I am 80 pages in and I am really enjoying it. It reads far more easily than I expected and the Dutch is not an issue for me. In fact, it is a very Dutch book and I can’t imagine reading a translation. The Dutchness also make me wonder whether that is an issue for a lot of foreign readers. So far, so good.

23.24 – About to go to bed. I managed 107 pages of The Dinner, which is more than I expected. It puts me in a pretty good place for finishing my four main books for the Reading Rush. The book is exactly 300 pages.

Unfortunately I also went on Abe Books tonight, mainly because I have a problem, and I ordered 18 books! Oh dear! To be fair, this is the first time this year that I went a bit crazy. I have been very restrained with my book buying this year, and I am allowed a treat! They were all relatively cheap (mostly) out of print books, so I think that’s fair enough.

Challenges finished:

  • read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart -> Australia)
  • read a book that starts with the word ‘the’. (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)
  • read the first book you touch (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)
  • read a book completely outside your house (Hyperbole and a Half)
  • read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen (About A Boy)

Challenges in progress:

  • read a book in the colour of your birthstone, which is aquamarine (The Dinner)
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Off The Grid Reading Diary – Day 3

Off The Grid Readathon – day 3 of 3 (Sunday)

08.14 – Hello, fellow book friends! Already fed my ponies, though I still have to go poop scooping (glamorous, I know!), but I am having breakfast first whilst watching some Booktube videos.

I also have to prepare my Airbnb cottage for guests arriving this afternoon this morning, so though I will have some time to listen to my audio book, which is I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Andalou, which is heartbreaking!

I hope to get a bit of Queenie in this morning, but it may be the afternoon before I start reading it. I will be starting on page 239 when I do.

Have a great day!


14.01 – Right, cottage ready for new guests. Just had lunch and did a bit of reading. I am about to start page 362. There are only 30 pages or so to go, so I should finish easily today. Probably some time this afternoon. I have loved reading Queenie. It deals with so many important issues that need more attention; mental health, racism, self image, family dynamics. At the same time, it is so readable and I am simply rooting for Queenie. I just want to give her a big hug (even though she doesn’t like hugs).

15.09 – Done! I loved this book so much. The ending as just perfect to me. I think we all recognise parts of Queenie in ourselves, whatever colour or sex we are. We all need to appreciate the things that make us unique, that make us who we are. Because we are all that… unique and special. I will go and right my thoughts on this book and slip it back on my shelf with a smile on my face.

22.15 – I gave Queenie 6 out of 7 stars in the end. Really enjoyed it.

Wane, B J - Submitting to the RancherI have been reading Submitting to the Rancher to fill the gap to the start of The Reading Rush. To be honest, it’s not floating my boat at all. The writing is not entirely bad, but I almost DNFd it about 40% in. I am clearly only comfortable with the BDSM aspect up to a certain point.  I am 75% in now and I am sure I will finish it, but I doubt I will ever read a  true BDSM romance again. Not… my…. thing.

23.35 – About to head to bed. I finished Submitting to the Rancher. I ended up giving it 2 stars. It not that bad, but it was simply not for me. I had some issues with the way sex was used to solve ANY issues. I mean, what? No!

I will post a brief review of that one alongside a couple of other adult romances soon. I really don’t have much to say about them to be fair. I did already post my review on Goodreads.

The Reading Rush is up next – exciting! I am aiming to read 4 books.

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Off The Grid Readathon Diary – day 2

Off The Grid Readathon – day 2 of 3 (Saturday)

Carty-Williams, Candice - Queenie11.13 – I have done the grocery shopping earlier. It’s a warm day today, so I am hoping to be able to read in the sun today inbetween chores.

I started on page 27 of Queenie this morning. I am bout to start chapter 4 on page 63. I really like it so far! I like how it glimpses to earlier events in her life and relationship a bit at a time.

Because it is a hardback and I hate reading those in bed, I started an adult romance on my Kindle last night. It is called Submitting to the Rancher by B J Wane. No idea why I ever got this, because it’s a BDSM romance and am Wane, B J - Submitting to the RancherI into that kind of kink? Not really, but if I don’t like it I will happily DNF it. I am only about 20 pages in and it’s not too bad. I needed a third book for my 3 adult romance mini reviews and it kind of fits with two I have already read, which were historical fiction with BDSM in it. Maybe it is like ‘Try A Romance Genre’. I was not too impressed with the first two to be fair. I doubt this one wil float my boat particularly, but you never know! I may discover something new about myself… 😂 At least it will be another book read off my Kindle TBR. What romance genre should I try next? Regency? Highlander? Aliens? Contemporary? Let me know if you have opinions!

Anyway, my hubby just made me a coffee and I will go back to reading Queenie. Laters!

13.03 – I am on page 115 and really enjoying this book. Queenie is both relatable and makes me angry for being such a pushover! My plan is to get at least to page 200 today, as the book is 390 pages.

I am also enjoying not looking at my phone at all. No Facebook, no twitter (which to be honest I hardly ever check anyway), no Instagram, etc. I did watch a couple of YouTube videos earlier. Is that allowed?

Anyway, today is all about getting some house chores done and reading this book that I am loving so far. I am feeling good. About to pick some wineberries with my daughter. The bush in my garden is suddenly starting to burst with them.

17.01 – About to start preparing dinner. We’re having picnic dinner, because of the nice 200718aweather, so not cooking, though some assembly required.

I did some gardening and then sat outside reading for a bit. Also, me and my eight-year-old daughter spent some time photographing butterflies in the back garden. Good times!

As for the book, I really like it, but man, I want to give Queenie a good shake. She really needs to grow a backbone. Of course, I am still waiting for some background information, so who knows what she’s been through already. I do find myself really rooting for her.

21.15 – I have done well. I got to page 213, so I got to my goal of page 200 and surpassed it for once. Yay! At least I am over halfway. I started this morning on page 27, so if i can get to page 227 before I go to bed I would be very happy.

We are about to sit down and watch a movie. We decided to watch Murder Mystery, a Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. I hope it’s decent!

See you on the other side!

23.14 – About to head to bed. I will try and read few more pages of Queenie before I do so.

What have you been reading this weekend?

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Off The Grid Readathon Diary, day 1

Off The Grid Readathon – day 1 of 3 (Friday)

08.21 – Just had breakfast (only a breakfast bar as I am not at all hungry this morning) and I am about to go and feed my ponies and to clean their paddock. After that, I will start my reading day. The timing of this Readathon is great, as I do not have much on this weekend! I have guests coming in my Airbnb, so I will be listening to some of my audio Marrs, John - The Onebook whilst preparing it. My audio book at the moment is I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings my Maya Andalou. I really enjoy listening to that, but audio books take me a while, so I have not put it on the Readathon TBR.

The first book I have put on my TBR is The One by John Marrs. I started it yesterday afternoon and already managed to read a third, so I hope I will be able to read the rest today. It’s such an intriguing concept. I think literally all the characters make me feel unsettled in some small or big way.

The other book is Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, which is on my Summer TBR. I have heard such good things about that one.

My daughter has school until noon today, after which she is on her summer holidays. We meant to go and visit family and friends  in England during the holidays, but due to COVID we have decided not to for now. That makes me kind of sad, but we will do our best to make her holiday fun anyway.

I will update once I had the time to do some reading.

10.03 – I got to around the halfway mark in The One. Still enjoying it. It is interesting to see the choices the characters are making. I wonder where these individual stories will go. I have not read a thriller in a while and though so far this is not immediately 200717‘thrilling’, it is definitely ominous and has a undercurrent of unpleasant tension.

Just having a coffee and I will read a bit more. I do need to train my ponies as well, so I am just trying to figure out whether to do one this morning and one this afternoon or leave both till after lunch.

14.00 – It’s chore time, so I am stepping away from the book – I repeat, I am stepping away from the book! Truly, this book is compulsive reading! I am 81% in and I am confident I will finish it today, but I have done enough reading for now. I need to get some sh!t done today.

My opinion at 80% is that this is a pretty awesome book. Maybe it won’t make my favourites list, but it’s definitely a good read. I am curious to see how it wraps things up in the end.

17.25 – I just finished the book! The ending pretty good, though it did not blow my mind. Now I need to decide whether this is a 5-star or a 6-star book. It was definitely a good one… But how good?

17.54 – I decided on 5 out of 7 stars for The One in the end. I really enjoyed it and it was a very compelling easy read, but I do not think it will stay with me for a long time. We will be having dinner in a moment and after that I will probably make a start on Queenie by Carty-Williams, Candice - QueenieCandice Carty-Williams.

21.40 – I have started reading Queenie – I am only 25 pages in, but so far I really like it. I am very curious where the book is going. I may not read much more tonight. I am about to do a post on my TBR for The Reading Rush, which starts on Monday. Yep, back-to-back readathons!

22.33 – Leaving it at this today – I am very happy that I managed to finish The One today.

On a side note, we have been having fun watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air for the first time in 25 year or whatever and man, it’s still funny. Sadly, episode six of the first season, where Will and Carlton get stopped by police in their dad’s lawyer friend’s Mercedes is still way too relevant today… Carlton’s realisation at the end of the episode that he had been stopped because of the colour of his skin was pretty heartbreaking.

It’s 25 years later and not enough has changed…

Goodnight. L x

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Sunday Reading Diary: 28 June 2020

08.53 – I have already listened to some of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (narrated by….) whilst clearing out the pony paddock. It’s a fun listen for sure. I am on chapter 8. I never get tired of Bill Bryson’s dry humour, but to be honest it has been a few years since I read one of his books. We have a few on our shelves, including this one I am listening to.

I am about to pick up Mo’ Meta Blues by Ahmire ‘Questlove’ Thompson. Yes, he of Jimmy Fallon’s band. I randomly saw someone mention this book and I thought it sounded fun. Plus it has a funky cover – though I am reading it on my Kindle. I am only on page 20 or thereabouts, but I like it so far. It’s about music, so it’s easy to like!

The physical book I am reading right now is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which is a book that I have owned for years, but that I have always felt intimidated by. Since I have been having a really good reading month, I felt now was the time to pick it up. I am about 50 pages in and though I like it, it has not won me over yet. I do tend to like books set in the Tudor time period, so I am pretty sure it will grow on me.

I don’t have an awful lot to do today (besides going to visit my parents as they have a new puppy that we need to meet) and felt today would be the perfect day to try and read as much as I can. It’s a Sunday after all!

If I can read about 200 pages in total I would be very pleased. I will update you as and when I feel I have made some progress.

This was my starting point this morning:
A Walk in the Woods: page 118
Mo’ Meta Blues: page 23
Wolf Hall: page 58


12.15 – I haven’t made the progress I had hoped for and there will be no reading for a few hours! I have made it to page 141 of A Walk in the Woods and page 63 of Mo’ Meta Blues.

Pages read so far: 23 + 40 = 63.

I had hope for more, to be honest! I have not even touched Wolf Hall yet. I am enjoying Mo’ Meta Blues quite a bit. I like Ahmir’s way of telling his story. I love music, so seeing someone as passionate as obsessive about music as it is possible to me is a true joy!

Bill Bryson is Bill Bryson, a light listen and a lot of fun.

More reading after playing with my folks’ new puppy!


18.13 – We were away longer than we meant to! The new puppy was way too cute and we stayed at my parents for way too long!

I did listen to a bit more of Bill Bryson’s book when I got back whilst doing some chores.

So I am on page 153 of A Walk in the Woods and page 70 of Mo’ Meta Blues.  No progress on Wolf Hall so far!

37+ 47 = 84 pages read. Not as good as I wanted, but not too shabby either! Hopefully I will make a bit more progress tonight once the child has gone to bed.


21.00 – Read a bit of Wolf Hall. I think my hubby is going to watch some television together soon. I am having a bit of trouble concentrating as well. I am not quite sure how I am going to get on with this book. I like it, but it is a bit drier than I expected, which makes it a little hardgoing. I read about 25 pages of it, so definitely not quick progress.


23.43 – I am going to call it a day. Not quite the reading day I had imagined (as usual), but I made some decent progress.

Final count:
up to page 155 = 37 pages
Mo’ Meta Blues: up to page 79 = 56 pages
Wolf Hall: up to page 107 = 49 pages

Total= 142 pages

I have just decided to pick up another (4th book), as I want to read a little bit in bed, but I don’t fancy any of these books for bedtime reading. I need something light and fluffy.

Good night!

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(Reading) Diary: 3 February 2020



10.31 – Man, I feel crap. I was sick over the weekend – a mild flu only, but I still feel like death warmed up. My daughter started with a temperature late on Thursday and stayed home from school on Friday and by the end of Friday I knew I was going to be next. So, yes, sore throat, feverish and a cold were all part of the fun. Now I am mainly blocked up, which is just making me feel horrible! I am not good at being sick, I must admit.

Anyway, not being able to much, did let me do a fair bit of reading. Not as much you would think, as my eyes were tired quickly, but I still managed to get a good chunk into Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (book 13 of The Wheel of Time series). I love these last three books in the series that were finished by Sanderson. There is more urgency to them and really elevate the series. It’s worth reading the whole series just to get to them.

I am listening to How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant. It is the audio book that I have owned the longest, so it’s about time! It’s only short and I had a few days to bridge until I could purchase a new one. I imagine I should finish 200203blistening to it in the next few days. I love listening to David Tennant – he has a fine voice for audio books!

Finally, I started Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag last night. It has been on my Kindle a couple of years and I wanted something not too taxing for when I went to bed. I think it fits the bill. I am only about 10% in. It’s a bit whimsical and the characters are a bit stilted so far. I think I will enjoy it, but I doubt I will end up loving it. It could surprise me though!

On a non-reading note, I have started using the idea of modules in my wardrobe. Each module consists of one top layer (cardigan or jacket), two bottoms (skirt/trousers) and three tops. You can also add some shoes or bags if it helps finish an outfit. I was finding I wore the same stuff all the time, because it is simply easiest to grab a pair of jeans and a jumper in the morning. Hence, I was not fully utilizing my clothes. It was not even about comfort zones, but simply about laziness. I am finding the visuals useful. Even just having created them is enough, because I remember….

For example:

Module 2 (yellow trousers)

I am quite a visual person, so these do help me know what it is in my wardrobe and which items I can wear it with.

I need to create some more!

15.19 – Blegh – still feeling rubbish! I did manage to read about 60 pages of Towers of 200203cMidnight and I listened to a bit of How To Train Your Dragon as I struggled with my daily animal chores. I am about to go and feed the ponies outside, so maybe five minutes of fresh air will do me good.

I took my little girl (not so little anymore – she’s 7!) to the dentist today for a check-up and she was very good despite being nervous. I am very proud of her as she has been known to freak out at stuff she is worried about.

Once I have taken the hay out I will have a cup of tea and read some more.

I have been binging Next In Fashion on Netflix the last few days in the evenings and I am looking forward to watching some more this evening once Ro is in bed. It’s a bit like Project Runway, but without the added drama, and I think I actually prefer it that way. It’s a great mindless show to watch when your brainpower is incapacitated.

21.57 – I did manage to read over 100 pages of Towers of Midnight – yay! I spent a few minutes with my ponies Freda and Pippin, but I left them to their own devices most of the time today. Freda is the piebald gypsy vanner and Pippin is the Shetland pony.  They are both grumpy at the moment, so argue a lot. I don’t think they like winter that much. Or just grey weather…. They always much happier and less grumpy when the sun is out. They are also both very shaggy and dirty at the moment, especially Freda, as she liked to lie in her poo at night – yuck!


I did finish watching Next in Fashion, which was fun and now I feel exhausted, so I will be off to bed soon. I HATE being ill!!!!

This was a bit of a crappy reading diary – I will try again on better day!


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Weekend Reading Diary: 16-18 August 2019

Friday, 16 August

22.01 – I have been lagging behind a bit reading this past week and I fully plan to pull some of it back over the weekend. It is supposed to be pretty rainy, so fingers crossed I will get the chance to read a lot. We have been out at a theme park all day today, so I have not read one page yet and I am pretty exhausted.  I am fully confident that starting this post today will motivate me to read a bunch the next few days. I want to finish at least one book! AT LEAST!


Saturday, 17 August

10.56 – Groceries done, just fed the horses and sitting down to a cup of coffee and a biccie. Once I finished typing I will start reading. My plan is to finish Summer: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons this morning and read 100 pages of Godsgrave if I can today. Fingers crossed I get enough reading time today.


11.43 – I have just finished Summer: and Anthology for the Changing Seasons. I enjoyed it, but I don’t think it was as strong a collection overall as the Winter version I read last, ha, winter. Let’s go and write up a review now.

Harrison, Melissa (Editor) - Summer15.52 –  I wrote my review of Summer and I have read about 15 pages of Godsgrave. I am still aiming for 100 pages (up to around page 350), but we will see whether we will get there.

On a side note, I watched a couple of videos on the casting (so far) for The Wheel of Time series that is supposed to start filming at the end of the year. I have to say, so far, so good. The casting choices seem to be right on the nose. Apart from Rosamund Pike, the choices have been low key, just the way I like it.


Sunday, 18 August

10.28 – Bad blogger for not updating after 4 yesterday! I did not read the 100 pages of Godsgrave that I planned to. In fact, I only read 55 pages. Combined with the 48 pages I read of Summer, I did not even make it to my daily goal of 100 pages!. Oh well, new day, new chances and all that. I had planned to finish Godsgrave today, but 150 pages to go I think it is highly unlikely! Nonetheless, we will give it a good shot (really? did I just refer to myself as plural? Yes, I guess I did and I am not changing it!).

We did finish watching Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale yesterday. I did not much care for the episode. All in all I have been a little bit ‘meh’ about season 3 in general.

Kristoff, Jay - The Nevernight Chronicle 2 Godsgrave11.53 – I got a solid hour of reading in and I read about 50 pages. I don’t know why Godsgrave takes so much reading! Normally I would finish a book of this size (450 in my paperback edition) in about 4 days, but for some reason it’s taking me way longer.

Having said that, I am enjoying the plot. I am not a big fan of the characters though. I feel like I couldn’t care less about Mia, which is a shame. It is not that I cannot connect to her, as I do not need to connect to a character to love a character, but this one is just not doing that much for me. Yet, I am interested in the story as a whole. The book straddles the divide between YA and adult fantasy and I kind of wish it would have gone either way a little bit further. It’s in nomansland in my humble opinion.

We just had a coffee. My husband and daughter have been digging a bit of the horse paddock in preparation of improving it for autumn and winter. Man, we have had a lot of rain in the last couple of weeks. Proper downpours. The ponies have even been inside at night for the past week or so, because the paddock has been a mud bath. It’s August! It was almost 40 degrees celsius in July (unheard of where I live) and August appears to have been nothing but rain. Fingers crossed the weather will improve so the paddock kan dry out a bit.

15.53 – I am not doing too badly. I have almost read 100 pages of Godsgrave today with only another 50 or so to go, so I am at least a tiny bit hopeful that I may be able to push myself to finish it. I am still not sure how I am going to rate this book. Usually at this point I pretty much know, but I am really not sure at all. It is going to be lower than six stars – I know that much. I am thinking four stars at the moment, unless it has a truly spectacular final fifth. We will see…

17.12 – So I have just finished Godsgrave. I can’t believe I actually had quite a bit of uninterrupted reading time today. I am so happy! As for the book, It had a strong ending that definitely makes me want to read Darkdawn, even if too much of this instalment left me a bit lukewarm. I better go and write something up with it still fresh in my mind. Well, maybe after cooking some dinner…

Quincy, Charlotte - Seducing Charlotte21.32 – I took a bit of a break from reading after finishing Godsgrave. I am still very impressed that I managed to read those 150 pages today. I kind of did not expect, but I am very pleased. I think I always seem to read more towards the end of the book. I think it is because you see you’re almost there and it’s like a race to the finish.

I have read a bit of Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy as well. It’s a pretty unremarkable regency romance that seems to jump from love scene to love scene. There is something interesting about both leading characters though, so it is kind of a good time. It is not generally my thing, but I had read a previous (non-sexy) book by this author before, which I really loved (Murder in Bloomsbury) and I thought I would try one of her smutty books, which she is better known for. It is a fun time, so I am not complaining. The cover of the books makes my eyes roll and my womb contract though – I hate it. Good thing I have an e-book!

23.40 – Nope, there was no more reading so far (watched some TV with the hubster instead) and I am off to bed now. I may read a bit more of Seducing Charlotte and I will probably start another read tomorrow. It will probably be either Eucalyptus by Murray Bail or The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.

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Reading Rush Diary: 23 July 2019

1. Read a book with purple on the cover: Sweetpea (C J Skuse) – completed
2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time: Einstein (Ned Hartley/Tom Humberstone)
3. Read a book you meant to read last year: The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young)
4. Read an author’s first book: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Wendy Cope)
5. Read  a book with a non-human main character: A Black Fox Running (Brian Carter)
6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title: Daisy Jones and The Six (Tara Jenkins Reid)
7. Read a book and watch the movie adaptation: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn/David Levithan)

09.16 – I have just read half of Wendy Cope’s Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis. It is a modern poetry collection. They are pretty easy to read and some are quite fun, though as with pretty much all poetry collections, some make no sense to me. I guess it does not really matter.

Skuse, C J - SweetpeaYesterday I finished the last 30% of Sweetpea, so I am counting that for the purple on the cover challenge. It is cheating a bit, but does that really matter? Not to me!

I don’t think I will get all these books read by the way, but I will give it a good go. Today I am planning to finish The Secret Life of Cows, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and maybe Einstein, which is a graphic novel.

However, my parents are about to turn up, so who knows how much I will actually get read. Might be hardly anything at all.

17.22 – Ok, so my parents came and the day sort of ran away with me. When my folks left I took my daughter to the local swimming pool and met a friend there, so spent my time chatting rather than reading. Almost time to cook, but I will try and finish my poetry book before I have to!

17.52 – I finished Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and I have to say, it was a fun collection. I really enjoyed the poems! Right, off to feed the ponies, making sure they are ok in this hot weather and will try and finish The Secret Life of Cows after that.

22.05 – I finished The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young as well, so I am feeling pretty accomplished, trying to ignore the fact that I have two bigger books to read as well as a graphic novel and a short novel. I think I can fulfill all the challenges if not with seven different books.

Technically the books I have finished work for the following challenges:
Sweetpea: Purple on the cover/book I meant to read last year
Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis: debut book/book with 5 words in the title/in one place (my sofa!)
The Secret Life of Cows: book I meant to read last year/5 words in the title

So, in theory I have completed 5 of the 7 challenges. If I read Brian Carter’s A Black Fox Running and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist I will have ‘won’ The Reading Rush.

So I have started A Black Fox Running. I am only 6 pages in! It is a hardback, so I won’t be taking it to bed, which means I will also be starting Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist later tonight.

I am watching episode six of Stranger Things and then I will be off to bed.

Nighty Night!

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Reading Diary: Birthday (Meredith Russo)

FRIDAY, 28 June 2019

15.20 – I had not planned on reading this book this month, but I finished my last book earlier today and there are a few days left until the end of the month. Since June IS Pride Month and I really have not read anything  diverse this month at all, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to do so now. I have decided to read Birthday by Meredith Russo, as I recently received my copy in the mail and I simply want to read it now! And why not document my journey with it? I have the Usborne UK edition of this book and can I just say how much I love the cover. Simple and effective with the rainbow candle and the coloured edges. Just lovely!

aa - Birthday

16.25 – Page 40  I liked this quite a bit. It is interesting to delve into the heads of two friends, who are not necessarily communicating about how they are feeling. Of course, they are still only 13…

17.11 – page 90  I love this book – I can’t put it down! I love both Eric’s and Morgan’s perspectives and I think the author did well to bring them both to life. The idea of only showing their lives and relationship on one day out of each year (ie their birthday) is a effing brilliant one.

I have to take a break in a minute and cook my daughter some dinner I think I may take it easy on myself and cook us some omelets! 🙂

18.33 – page 119 Just finished the fourteenth birthday part. I am so sucked in, but… There are a couple of things that bug me. One, they do not act like  just-turned-14-year-olds, rather like just-turned-16-year-olds in my humble opinion. That bothers me somewhat. Two, there was a small continuity error involving Eric’s glasses wearing. If he can’t see a girl’s face when she is trying on his glasses very close to him, how does he manage to see Morgan walking past? But… the feels… the emotional struggles of both of them as they try and understand each other and themselves… I am still loving this novel!

20.58 – page 130 I am speeding through this by my standards. I kind of know what will happen , but it is interesting to see their respective journeys to get there. These kind of stories are so important for teens out there who are trying to figure themselves out. Even twenty years ago, these kind of novels were rare and it can really help for someone to recognise themselves in literature, to know they are not alone in feeling this way.

When I was a teen, I was in no way transgender and I don’t think I was really genderqueer, but I was definitely more into men’s fashion, wearing football (soccer) shirts and the like. I loved football (soccer) and I was very much into music. I did not really identify with a lot of my gender peers or female celebrities and I guess I was very much a tomboy. For a long time I was not interested in kissing anyone, boy or girl. All this talk about this boy and that boy just seemed alien to me.  It just was not really on my mind, like it seemed to be on everyone else’s and I remember wondering whether that was weird. To be honest, all this kissing business seemed pretty disgusting to me until I was about 17 or 18. In my case, it was just a case of maturing a bit later than everyone else. However, if those feelings had remained, I think I would have felt pretty abnormal in the 1990s, whereas these days it is a little bit easier to find kindred spirits. The world is much more open with regard to gender and sexuality. It is by no stretch perfect and much still has to change, but compare it to twenty years ago and we are making big strides forward. At least we do where we live. The same can’t be said for other geographical locations unfortunately.

Anyway, stream of consciousness over. I will watch some TV before going back to the book. If I can get halfway (page 150 or so), I would be very happy!

22.58page 144 I am off to bed after watching the France v USA match in the Women’s World Cup. I should easily get to the halfway point. I am pretty impressed with myself! I usually read around 100 pages a day if I am lucky. Today I have read at least 300! I can’t remember the last time I did. I guess finishing reading my first Sarah Dessen book and starting another contemporary YA book helps. I find of all genres YA contemporary does tend to read away pretty easily. I did read 10% of Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills as well.

aa - Birthday1SATURDAY, 29 June 2019

08.01 – page 171 So, yesterday was my best reading day of the year so far! I read 337 pages in total, which is a stupendous amount for me. About triple of a normal good reading day. I stopped reading before the boys’ sixteenth birthday, because a girl needs her sleep as well!

Anyway, that is where I am starting off today, after grocery shopping etc. Happy Saturday!

11.41 – page 225 About to start their 17th birthday. I am curious what happened in the intervening year. One thing, there is quite a bit of American Football in this book! I know nothing about that sport – apart like that it’s a bit like rugby, but dressed up. Morgan and Eric’s story arcs are really excellent and I can’t wait to read on. I am pretty confident I will manage to finish this today. Especially as it’s a hot day out there and there is not much else to do but read.

14.18 page 300 Well, I have come to the end of the six-year-journey that spans this book. I really enjoyed this read. However, whereas in the first four years I felt the one day a year worked really well, I am not sure it was quite enough in the final two years. The story did fizzle out a little, but I can still wholeheartedly say I loved it. The concept is really good and this book makes me smile a ton now I have come to the end if it and I cannot imagine how important this novel is going to be to some youngster out there.

Let me go and write my review now. Thanks for the journey!