5 Songs for Welcoming Baby Playlist

I need to get this made and I’m not sure what kind of thing I’ll feel like listening to so I’ll start with songs that I can lose myself in:

  1. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
  2. Falling – The Civil Wars 
  3. Disarm – The Smashing Pumpkins
  4. The Day I Tried to Live – Soundgarden
  5. State of Love and Trust – Pearl Jam

5 things I want to do at half term


  1. Take some pics of the new house. The one above is a taster!
  2. Write some more of my book.
  3. Catch up on home admin as it’s stressing me out – I don’t recommend losing all your important documents when you move house, by the way.
  4. Watch Vampire Diaries – I was bought season 1 ages ago and haven’t got round to watching it yet.
  5. Read a damn book.

5 things we did this bank holiday weekend


  1. We celebrated Rich’s brother turning 40
  2. Rich and I celebrated being married 11 years
  3. We had lunch with Dad to celebrate his birthday
  4. We watched Captain America 2, Thor 2 and the Hobbit 2.
  5. We bought a brand spanking new house. Gulp.

There is still a long, long way to go (for instance, they need to build it, we need to get all the finances approved) but this is so blimmin’ exciting I can’t even tell you. Between now and October (anticipated completion) I am going to pinning to Pinterest within an inch of its life.

5 Books I loved in 2013

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These books weren’t actually released in 2013 but these are five books I loved last year:

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

I am sure given enough time and enough years teaching this, I will grow weary of it but right now, I am as in love with this sad story as I was the first time I read it years ago. The friendship is touching. The times were unforgiving. The bad guy is really bad. The woman is nameless and pivotal. Every time a Year 10 student calls it boring, I die a tiny bit inside.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I wanted to read this for a while although I did worry I might hit some kind of dystopian lit wall. Instead I discovered a book filled with emotion, humour, tension and originality. I can’t wait to hit that wall again when I dig into the second book of the Chaos Walking trilogy. The Ask and the Answer is waiting on my bedside bookshelf.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book had a lot of hype, thanks partly to the upcoming film adaptation, and for me, it delivered. I haven’t read a thriller for a while and it was refreshing to have such a narrator who was both unlikeable and understandable. The most unreliable narrator I have come across in a while and an ending that made me go oomph but not for the reason I expected.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Another dystopian teen lit done well, Divergent had me racing through to get to the end and also made me hungry for the sequels (Insurgent is also waiting for me on my bedside bookshelf). Tris is strong with flaws. Her world is messed up but still human. I can see this being a really great film (the adaptation is released sometime this year).

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

For some reason although I was a casual fan of the Vlogbrothers and I frequent Tumblr more than I would like to admit, I still never actually realised for ages that book I kept seeing on the aforementioned social media microblogging site was written by the same John Green as one half of the Vlogbrothers. I can’t even remember now if I read the book knowing and therefore cannot be sure if that knowing he wrote it presupposed that I would love it but regardless, I did love it. I also didn’t realise that it was considered teen fiction although it was about two teens (with cancer – there were tears). It read like a book about people rather than just teens and it moved me so much that I must read it again but almost dare not in case the spell has been broken. I have read a couple of other Green books since (Looking for Alaska – loved this too, The Abundance of Katherines – liked a lot) but neither got me like this one did. (Okay. Okay.)

5 things I regret

  1. Not saving all my gig tickets
  2. Crying at work, although at least it wasn’t in front of any kids
  3. Breaking the last bottle of red wine the other day
  4. Not charging my iPad earlier. I am going to have to actually do something productive any minute now.
  5. Committing to NaBloPoMo for my busiest month of the year. Blatantly was going to fail.