January 2019 books

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is an interesting book about the science of meditation. It goes into how research was started and how it initially wasn’t very accurate because the scientists weren’t distinguishing between types of meditation and…

December 2018 Books and My Books Of The Year

My December 2018 books were – Dracul by Dacre Stoker My rating: 5 of 5 stars Although it took me a little while to get into this, I absolutely loved Dracul, a prequel to Dracul written by JD Barker and Dacre Stoker, a descendant of Bram. It starts with the story of Bram’s childhood in…

November 2018 books

Tombland by C.J. Sansom My rating: 4 of 5 stars Phew, Tombland is long! I mainly listened to the audiobook version (I also have it on Kindle), and it took me almost a month. It’s the latest in the Shardlake series, a lawyer, now in the reign of King Edward. Shardlake now works for the…

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…

Mended jeans

Note to self – maybe wear a slightly more flattering jumper when taking blog selfies. I so wanted the Make + Mend book by Jessica Marquez, that on seeing how difficult it was to get hold of in the UK (the release date keeps changing and although it’s currently listed as released on the UK…

A book inspired walk – Alperton Tube to Paddington Basin

I recently read Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, close (ish) to the beginning of the story, one of the characters walks from his posh flat in central London to an area near Wembley and he walks along the Grand Union Canal. In one bit of his journey, he walks along an aqueduct over the North…

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…

5 things I liked this week – 30.6.18

1. Another excellent walk through Richmond Park. 2. More quality time with the cat (me looking hot, sweaty and a mess, whereas the cat looks far more put together). 3. The kids’ school getting an excellent, well deserved Ofsted report. I’m always highly appreciative of the opportunities my kids get and I know full stop…