Books they made me buy

I want to do a kind of books that BookTube made me buy or just books that I had to have because of all the hype around them and I didn’t wanna miss out! Phew, what a mouthful! I’ll split it into several posts as there are loads over the months/years but I’ll stick to the best and most exciting ones. There’s quite a mix of genres here. I felt compelled to buy Circe by Madeline Miller because I enjoyed what I’ve read so far of The Song of Achilles. I actually requested proof copies no less than 4 times

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Edwardian postcard – The Lovers Seat, Hastings, Sussex

I recently bought this postcard to add to my ever growing Edwardian postcard collection because of the amusing message on the back and the intriguing picture on the front. All those prim and proper ladies! When it arrived I felt drawn to investigate the writer and subject matter further. The writer, Harold describes the ladies sitting on the ‘lovers seat’ as being ‘Giddy Old Kippers’ which made me laugh. I immediately liked Harold’s sense of humour so had to know more about him. But first, the ‘lovers seat’ mentioned was on a cliffside in Hastings, Sussex UK. I found two

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Six books by non British authors

This year one of my reading resolutions was to read more books by Japanese authors. I find them to be – the ones I’ve read anyway – gentle, fascinating and beautifully written and I wanted more of the same. In this round up I have included four books by Japanese authors and I’ve also added two more books by non UK authors as they just sound so amazing. EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid This has been all over social media and i cant wait to give it a go. Its written by a now quite famous Indian author. The next

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A Life Discarded – I wish i’d found them

This is my current read Its about 148 diaries found thrown away in a skip back in 2001 i think it was.  How i’d love to have found those!  Its my dream to find old diaries, documents, journals and photos at bootfairs and the like.  I am such a nosy parker into the past and peoples lives, its true. But look at the cover, especially the quote on the top right. Yes! Benedict Cumberbatch says he couldnt put it down! What more incentive do i need to read it than this? Incidentally, I am gripped so far!

January in pictures (so far)

Its been a month of contrasts in weather has January. It begun mild but then we’ve had a really cold snap resulting in some nice frosty pics but no snow. lovely snowdrops   frost on the Schumach (spelling?)   cobwebs on bird table   chilly strawberry plants   cheeky grape hyacinth poking through Then we had a fascinating sky last night heavy, swirly, yellowy cloud (very scientific) And I discovered a great app for my phone. Its called Colorburn and colours in your images in a huge range of shades so you can get some really cool effects. And it

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