Friday, 1 July 2022

June Reading List

June - 4

 Total to date:  47 (34/13) 8 non-fiction

- The Sun Sister, Lucinda Riley

- The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter, Hazel Gaynor

-*I am Malala, Christina Lamb

- *Noblesse Oblige, edited by Nancy Mitford

May  - 14

 Total to date:  43 (30/13) 6 non-fiction

The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton

Crossfire, Dick and Felix Francis

- Blood Hunt, Ian Rankin

- The Various Haunts of Men, Susan Hill

- The Moon Sister, Lucinda Riley

- The Killing Kind, John Connolly

- The Case of the Bizarre Bouquet, Nancy Springer

- Miss Silver Comes to Stay, Patricia Wentworth

- The Case of the Left-Handed Lady, Nancy Springer

- *Will She Do? Act One of a Life on Stage, Eileen Atkins

- My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante

- *The Examined Life - How we lose and find ourselves, Stephen Grosz

- *Moneyland - Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World & How to Take it BackOliver Bullough

The Four Winds, Kristen Hannah


April  - 2

Total to date: 29 (19 / 10) 3 non-fiction

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

- Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame


March - 8

Total to date: 27 (17 / 10) 3 non-fiction

- The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, Emily Brightwell

- *Atomic Habits - an easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones, James Clear

- Witch Hunt, Ian Rankin

- *I Am, I Am, I Am, Maggie O'Farrell

- The Phone Box at the Edge of the World, Laura Imai Messina

- Gamble, Felix Francis

- 204 Rosewood Lane, Debbie Macomber

The House in the Cerulean Sea, T. J. Klune

February - 10

Total to date: 19 (11 / 8) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction

- The Girl in the Letter, Emily Gunnis

The Sixth ManDavid Baldacci

- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carre

- 16 Lighthouse Road, Debbie Macomber 

- Flying Too High, Kerry Greenwood

- Persuasion, Jane Austen

- Yesterday, Sue Grafton

- Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood

- Girl Waits with a Gun, Amy Stewart

- Phoenix Burning, Bryony Pearce


 January - 9

Total to date: 9 (6 / 3) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction


The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Small Pleasures, Clare Chambers

The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski

- *Homemade - Learning to make your own everyday items (Readers' Digest)

- The Empire of the Sun, J.G. Ballard

Mycroft Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

- The Heretic's Apprentice, Ellis Peters

- Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell

- The Moneychangers, Arthur Hailey

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

May Reading List

Well, I've obviously slipped back into my old ways, making up for April! What can I say? I met all my sewing and knitting deadlines and decided to take a break. If it ever stops raining I may actually get back into the garden again. A friend brought me a huge strawberry plant yesterday! 

I'm looking forward to June as, now being officially an old person, I will be drawing my State Pension (UK version of Social Security) and - even better! - will get my free bus pass. This entitles me to also buy an annual Metro pass for something like £12 (as opposed to over £600). Can't use it before 9.30 am, but since I've never been a morning person, what do I care!? I may never stay home again!


May - 14

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction

Total to date:  43 (30/13) 6 non-fiction

- The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton

- Crossfire, Dick and Felix Francis

- Blood Hunt, Ian Rankin

- The Various Haunts of Men, Susan Hill

- The Moon Sister, Lucinda Riley

- The Killing Kind, John Connolly

- The Case of the Bizarre Bouquet, Nancy Springer

- Miss Silver Comes to Stay, Patricia Wentworth

- The Case of the Left-Handed Lady, Nancy Springer

- *Will She Do? Act One of a Life on Stage, Eileen Atkins

- My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante

- *The Examined Life - How we lose and find ourselves, Stephen Grosz

- *Moneyland - Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World & How to Take it Back, Oliver Bullough

- The Four Winds, Kristen Hannah


April  - 2

Total to date: 29 (19 / 10) 3 non-fiction

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

- Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame


March - 8

Total to date: 27 (17 / 10) 3 non-fiction

- The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, Emily Brightwell

- *Atomic Habits - an easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones, James Clear

- Witch Hunt, Ian Rankin

- *I Am, I Am, I Am, Maggie O'Farrell

- The Phone Box at the Edge of the World, Laura Imai Messina

- Gamble, Felix Francis

- 204 Rosewood Lane, Debbie Macomber

The House in the Cerulean Sea, T. J. Klune

February - 10

Total to date: 19 (11 / 8) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction

- The Girl in the Letter, Emily Gunnis

The Sixth ManDavid Baldacci

- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carre

- 16 Lighthouse Road, Debbie Macomber 

- Flying Too High, Kerry Greenwood

- Persuasion, Jane Austen

- Yesterday, Sue Grafton

- Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood

- Girl Waits with a Gun, Amy Stewart

- Phoenix Burning, Bryony Pearce


 January - 9

Total to date: 9 (6 / 3) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction


The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Small Pleasures, Clare Chambers

The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski

- *Homemade - Learning to make your own everyday items (Readers' Digest)

- The Empire of the Sun, J.G. Ballard

Mycroft Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

- The Heretic's Apprentice, Ellis Peters

- Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell

- The Moneychangers, Arthur Hailey

Friday, 1 April 2022

April Reading List

Unbelievable that I've only read 2 books in the month of April. That's what happens when you stop reading while eating lunch, stop reading for an hour or two after lunch. When I get into bed I can only manage a couple of pages before my eyes quit working. It's good, really, as it means I've been busy knitting, sewing, organising recipes and food stores, even a bit of gardening. Much as I love reading, I want a more rounded life - like this one. 


April  - 2

Total to date: 29 (19 / 10) 3 non-fiction

- Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

- Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame


March - 8

Total to date: 27 (17 / 10) 3 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction

- The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, Emily Brightwell

- *Atomic Habits - an easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones, James Clear

- Witch Hunt, Ian Rankin

- *I Am, I Am, I Am, Maggie O'Farrell

- The Phone Box at the Edge of the World, Laura Imai Messina

- Gamble, Felix Francis

- 204 Rosewood Lane, Debbie Macomber

The House in the Cerulean Sea, T. J. Klune

February - 10

Total to date: 19 (11 / 8) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction

- The Girl in the Letter, Emily Gunnis

The Sixth ManDavid Baldacci

- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carre

- 16 Lighthouse Road, Debbie Macomber 

- Flying Too High, Kerry Greenwood

- Persuasion, Jane Austen

- Yesterday, Sue Grafton

- Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood

- Girl Waits with a Gun, Amy Stewart

- Phoenix Burning, Bryony Pearce


 January - 9

Total to date: 9 (6 / 3) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction


The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Small Pleasures, Clare Chambers

The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski

- *Homemade - Learning to make your own everyday items (Readers' Digest)

- The Empire of the Sun, J.G. Ballard

Mycroft Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

- The Heretic's Apprentice, Ellis Peters

- Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell

- The Moneychangers, Arthur Hailey

Thursday, 31 March 2022

March Reading List

March - 8

Total to date: 27 (17 / 10) 3 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction

- The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, Emily Brightwell

- *Atomic Habits - an easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones, James Clear

- Witch Hunt, Ian Rankin

- *I Am, I Am, I Am, Maggie O'Farrell

- The Phone Box at the Edge of the World, Laura Imai Messina

- Gamble, Felix Francis

- 204 Rosewood Lane, Debbie Macomber

- The House in the Cerulean Sea, T. J. Klune

February - 10

Total to date: 19 (11 / 8) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction

- The Girl in the Letter, Emily Gunnis

The Sixth ManDavid Baldacci

- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carre

- 16 Lighthouse Road, Debbie Macomber 

- Flying Too High, Kerry Greenwood

- Persuasion, Jane Austen

- Yesterday, Sue Grafton

- Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood

- Girl Waits with a Gun, Amy Stewart

- Phoenix Burning, Bryony Pearce


 January - 9

Total to date: 9 (6 / 3) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction


The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Small Pleasures, Clare Chambers

The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski

- *Homemade - Learning to make your own everyday items (Readers' Digest)

- The Empire of the Sun, J.G. Ballard

Mycroft Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

- The Heretic's Apprentice, Ellis Peters

- Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell

- The Moneychangers, Arthur Hailey

Monday, 28 February 2022

February Reading List

 February - 10

Total to date: 19 (11 / 8) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction

- The Girl in the Letter, Emily Gunnis

- The Sixth Man, David Baldacci

- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carre

- 16 Lighthouse Road, Debbie Macomber 

- Flying Too High, Kerry Greenwood

- Persuasion, Jane Austen

- Yesterday, Sue Grafton

- Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood

- Girl Waits with a Gun, Amy Stewart

- Phoenix Burning, Bryony Pearce


 January - 9

Total to date: 9 (6 / 3) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction


The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Small Pleasures, Clare Chambers

The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski

- *Homemade - Learning to make your own everyday items (Readers' Digest)

- The Empire of the Sun, J.G. Ballard

Mycroft Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

- The Heretic's Apprentice, Ellis Peters

- Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell

- The Moneychangers, Arthur Hailey

Monday, 31 January 2022

2022 Reading List

 January

Total to date: 9 (6 / 3) 1 non-fiction

New books / re-read books / *Non-fiction


The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Small Pleasures, Clare Chambers

The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski

- *Homemade - Learning to make your own everyday items (Readers' Digest)

- The Empire of the Sun, J.G. Ballard

- Mycroft Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

- The Heretic's Apprentice, Ellis Peters

- Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell

- The Moneychangers, Arthur Hailey

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

More Making

 In looking through my photos from last year I realised I did a lot more innovative cooking (for me that means following new recipes, more or less), read slightly less than in 2020 (which I count as a good thing), and knitted three sweaters for grandchildren. I've shown you one of them, an apple green cardigan for Isla. 

I also made a coral red hoodie for Isla and a blue jumper (pullover sweater) for Struan. These were both challenging makes. The hoodie because I'd not made a hood before and attaching it was interesting; the blue jumper because of a strange 'knit in the stitch below' thing that I never figured out how to correct properly if I made a mistake. This meant taking out several rows instead of just one and re-knitting. Also, the wrap around collar was very short on instructions. Bill seemed to understand them better than I did, perhaps being more familiar with a wrap-around collar. I finished Isla's hoodie right before Christmas, but I was stitching together Struan's jumper in the car, driving up to Edinburgh Christmas Eve! I had to make Bill pull over halfway to have him explain (again) how the collar was to be stitched on. I really don't want to do that last minute stuff again. 

Another thing I made around Christmas time was some little Christmas trees. They were quite fun, if time consuming. Marilyn, from the Linskill Craft Group, shows us all how to make these. She had done a whole bunch and made bunting from them! I just made enough to decorate a few gifts with them. I will try to make more for next year.













I've started knitting another cardigan for Isla from a pattern written as a chart, sort of like a counted cross-stitch chart, only different. I've ended up writing it out row by row, which is very tedious. I'm wondering if everyone does this or if I'm just making work for myself. I can't see following this pattern across a whole row and keeping my sanity.