Life After Life

Just a very hurried I-am-halfway-out-the-door shout out to all the book lovers that read this blog… I have just finished Life After Life by the insanely clever Kate Atkinson. I know, I know… you all said it was brilliant and that I should read it eons ago but sometimes you just need to figure these…

Summer Reads

School’s out, it hasn’t rained in weeks and I’m not beach body ready… so I guess it’s officially summer! Many of you no doubt will be toddling off on your holidays, in search of relaxation and sun (although God knows why, my village had hotter weather than Barbados the other day. BARBADOS). Whether departing or…

Royal Reading

If you live in Britain you simply cannot escape the royal family right now. I mean, they’ve always been there and everything but it’s particularly high saturation at the moment. First there was the Queen’s 92nd birthday. She doesn’t even need to do anything anymore, she just needs to be the Queen. Frankly if she…

Mr B’s

Yesterday my husband and I both took the day off and drove down to Bath to carry out one of my lovely 40th birthday experience presents that I was gifted. I was going for a reading spa. No, this is not where you go to a spa and someone paints your nails and massages your…

The Husband’s Secret

Earlier in the year I was on here raving about the TV drama Big Little Lies (read it here) starring an earth shatteringly attractive cast that included Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard.  Well, the one-off drama was based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty, an Australian author with a whole host…

Lies & Handmaids 

I’ve just finished Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.  The story is told by Amber who says “I’ll tell you three things about me… I’m in a coma, my husband doesn’t love me any more and… sometimes I lie”.  You flit between current time (in a coma) and flashbacks to the months preceding the accident (or…

The Girl Before

A couple of weeks ago somebody messaged me saying I haven’t blogged about books in ages. And they’re right. I’ve been working a lot more than I’d originally intended and certain things have taken a back seat and reading for pleasure has certainly been one of them. I pretty much only ever read in bed and…

All The Light We Cannot See

Starting this today…  The Financial Times calls it “a masterpiece” and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015. No doubt you all read it when it first came out but I’m always behind. My husband has been nagging me to read it for ages… I can already tell it’s going to make me…

Buzzzz… 

I’m currently reading The Bees by Laline Paull. I might post a little review about it in a bit but seeing as it’s taking me forever to read through anything at the moment that might not be for a while.  The Bees is a thriller that The Guardian described as “frightening” and “changes the way we see…

Tiger Mother?

As I mentioned in my Hygge post I didn’t spend much of my childhood in the UK. I think it’s this that makes me doubly interested in reading about people’s personal experiences of living somewhere that’s foreign to them. And now I’m a mother I’m particularly interested in how people raise their children. I find it fascinating. When…