October 2018 books

Only three books this month 😱 and it seems a lot longer than the beginning of the month, that I finished reading the DCI Daley series (although I haven’t read the short stories). My excuse for the lack of finished books this month, is that I’m currently in the middle of two extremely long books, hopefully…

September 2018 books

Vox by Christina Dalcher My rating: 3 of 5 stars Vox was …. okay, I didn’t really gel with the main character and particularly in one scene when she discovers something but only realises what she’s discovered chapters later …. this woman was meant to be a scientist and the discovery was pretty obvious, it…

August 2018 books

Liar’s Candle by August Thomas My rating: 3 of 5 stars It took me a while to get into this book. A spy thriller that’s billed in the same vein as le Carre, it’s not really. It’s about an intern at an American embassy in Turkey, there’s a massive bomb blast and suddenly a lot…

July 2018 books

Strange Fascination by Syd Moore My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Essex Witch Museum is a series that’s quite fun to read but it’s not my most favourite. This one, Strange Fascination, felt a bit too long and it felt like it only really properly got going about half way through. This one looks…

June 2018 books

Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day by Andy Puddicombe My rating: 4 of 5 stars I use the Headspace app but I thought that I’d give the book a go too (in fact, I read part on my Kindle and listened to the rest on audiobook, which…

5 things I liked this week – 22.6.18

1.Lots of visits from the neighbour’s cat. 2.The big wide open spaces of Richmond Park. 3. A bus ride through a part of London I don’t often visit (an excellent people and architecture watching opportunity). 4. Stuart MacBride’s The Blood Road was a good audiobook listen, it was good to get back to some familiar…

5 things I liked this week – 15.6.18

1. Old photos of one of my kids, from a friend. 2. My new job (still). 3. Supporting new team members in my old job (that I’m still doing). 4. Reasonably decent sleep, I have bouts of early waking insomnia and (touch wood), I seem to be coming out of a phase of it, although…

5 things I liked this week – 9.6.18

Just realised that I forgot to post this yesterday. 1. A good morning at my new job. 2. The new Nespresso iced coffee, as a only few years in, coffee convert, the arrival of iced coffee season is still rather exciting, I virtually bounded up to the Nespresso counter when I saw that they had…

5 things I liked this week – 1.6.18

1. I went for a lovely walk in Home Park (the park next to Hampton Court) at the weekend. 2. I’m ‘enjoying’ watching Handmaid’s Tale now that it’s back on TV, ‘enjoying’ as in I’m appreciating how well made it is and what an important story it is but it is a very uncomfortable watch….

May 2018 books

I’m on a history kick this month. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Immortalists is at times an incredibly depressing book but it is also utterly beautiful. Telling the tale of four siblings in 1969 New York, who go to see a fortune teller who tells them the dates…