Favourite Reads of 2017

It has been such a long time since I have written book reviews for the books I am reading – I used to review every single book. I stopped because (amongst other things) I didn’t really enjoy writing about a book straight after reading it. Either the books I read were powerful, in which case I needed time to digest, or they were not interesting to me once they were finished so I didn’t feel like writing then either.

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Writing Happy

Today is Day 10 of #The100DayProject and I am so enjoying the chance to write happy every day. Today, I am going to bed tired and feeling a bit down for a number of (trifling) reasons so I struggled to think of something to write that made me happy.

Then I remembered I hadn’t updated my Dear Kiddos blog for a while. This is a side project that I haven’t really advertised that is partly a life manual for the kids and partly therapy for me. When I am grappling with something it is really useful to turn the quandary into a life lesson. I don’t know if the kiddos will ever read these words but they help me so I guess that makes it worthwhile.

Here is tonight’s instalment: Taking Back Control


2017 Reading Challenge

Despite a valiant last push at the end of 2016, I (YET AGAIN!) did not manage to reach my goal of 50 books in a year. I did manage to equal my personal best of 41 books so I’m pretty pleased about that because despite what some people might think, reading on maternity leave is not as easy as you might think (seeing as reading requires a functioning mind etc.).

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For the Love of Pod

A medium I have been enjoying a lot lately is the podcast. I have subscribed to quite a few of late and I find it is a really informative and entertaining format which suits my mobile lifestyle (i.e. I am always on the move round the house or in the car or walking around the nature reserve with the pram!). These are my current favourites:

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Getting going

Over 500 words! I am super thrilled to get some more written today. I am great at procrastinating and I really felt that the untidy state of my study was a superb excuse for not getting writing. I do still want to get my workspace in order but it is no longer a prerequisite for me to write. As Elise Joy says, you’ve got to Do the Work. Simple but so true.

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50 Book Challenge


So far I am on track for my goal of reading 50 books in 2016. So far I have read:

  1. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson – I know this is a children’s books and I am not going to cheat by adding all the books I read with Evelina but this is a ‘proper’ book in length with actual chapters. It was a favourite when I was small (despite never actually being afraid of the dark myself). It’s the story of Plop the barn owl and all the people he meets tell him how great nighttime is.
  2. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham – this was my first audiobook finished of the year – some might argue that listening is not reading but I think it counts. I enjoyed this story about a new actress making her way in New York. It certainly helped having Lauren Graham (herself a successful actress known for her roles in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood amongst other things) read her book as it added to the entertainment factor. It won’t win any literary awards but it was engaging and enjoyable – I don’t really want much else from this kind of book.
  3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – this book is written from the point of view of two different teenagers called Will GRayson with each author taking one of the Wills. The Wills bump into each other and their lives are changed by the meeting. It’s pretty typical Green/Levithan YA fayre and I enjoyed it without LOVING it.

Next up: Allegiant by Veronica Roth and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.