Category Archives: Books

2012 in review

2012 was a curious year for me with a lot happening. After glorious #funemployment lasting six months I got a new job that I am still enjoying ten months later. Whilst it is the best job I have had my whole life, which is in a large part due to the relaxed working hours, I […]

Books I’ve read in 2012

The lovely Joe bought me a Kindle and I’d rediscovered my love for reading. I don’t whether it is because it’s so easy to pick up a book for just a few minutes at a time or perhaps the instant gratification of reading a purchased book within a minute on my Kindle, but since January I […]

21 shades of of the same

The current UK top 100 paid Kindle books store contains the following items. Fifty Shades Freed by E L James Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day Fifty Shades Darker by E L James Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day Fifty Shades […]

Broken Kindle!

A post describing the amazing experience of my Kindle is long overdue. After all it got me back to reading and I have read the following books since receiving it on the beginning of this year: The Sleepless Nanny by Christa Charter The English German Girl by Jack Wallis Simons Seven Agatha Raisin books that I […]

Venice inspired weekend

I’ve still not blogged about this week’s Venice trip which is mainly due to my pictures being worse than I expected. I’ve tried looking through them and editing the ones I’ve got to make them bearable, but about 3/4s of them just aren’t all that. The ones I have started posting can be found over […]

La Fenice

For the past couple of days I’ve been reading Donna Leon’s ‘Death at La Fenice’ which is the first of her Commisario Brunetti books. Whilst I’ve read them before many years ago I don’t really remember them too well and am yet again wondering who the murderer could be. It really helps with the immersion […]

More on the Agatha Raisin series

I mentioned a few weeks ago: I wish I had never discovered the Agatha Raisin series as it is sure to bankrupt me over time! Since then I have made a resolution that I will only buy one book each calendar week to not only draw out the series, but also ensure my bank account […]

Jessica Daniel – Locked In & Vigilante by Kerry Wilkinson [@kerrywk]

Locked in was the first book I downloaded a sample of before realising I liked the book enough to buy it. It was specifically this sentence within the first few pages: She had no texts, no missed calls and the only emails were ones offering her enhancements she definitely wouldn’t be needing without far more […]

Children’s stories

I’ve had several separate conversations about books I read as a child over the past few days. One of them evolved around fairy tales, particularly the quite grim Grimm’s ones [see what I did there…?] and the other about Sherlock Holmes. If my memory is correct, which is always a caveat to add to most […]

Memories of the Future – Volume 1 by Wil Wheaton [@wilw]

I’ve been reading Wil Wheaton’s blog ever since first stumbling across it some time in 2007 and I’ve been following him on Twitter for as long as I can remember. I remember enjoying his behind the scenes posts about filming Star Trek and always planned to buy the book. Memories of the Future was one […]

Agatha Raisin series by M. C. Beaton

I wish I had never discovered the Agatha Raisin series as it is sure to bankrupt me over time! It sort of happened as I was browsing the Kindle store when I discovered the Agatha Raisin omnibus containing the first for books of the series which now spans more than 20 books. The books included […]

The English German Girl by Jack Wallis Simons

I bought this book for two reasons – to balance out the chicklit of the previous book and because I’ve always been very interested in books surrounding Germany and the holocaust ever since reading The diary of Anne Frank and its accompanying literature as a little girl. I should also mention it was in the […]

The Sleepless Nanny by Christa Charter [@trixie360]

One of the first things I did when I got my Kindle on Friday was to go through the Amazon Marketplace and purchase books written by friends or those I know through Twitter. This included Christa Charter’s or, as she’s better known, @trixie360’s book The Sleepless Nanny. There is some background to the book on […]

All Kindle’d up!

Thanks to the amazing, brilliant [insert others here] Joe who bought it off my Amazon Wishlist, I now have a Kindle which arrived today. You know, the item I put on my wishlist thinking no one in their right mind would ever buy it for me! I’ve played with it a little bit, but have […]

Hints on etiquette and the usages of society with a glance at bad habits

I’ve been reading ‘Hints on etiquette and the usages of society with a glance at bad habits‘ by Charles Wm. Day which is fully available online. Up until seeing the link by raincoaster I wasn’t aware that books were fully available on, but I will now need to have a look for others that […]

“Thanks for ordering from”

I’m still trying to do more reading and with an English exam coming up, as well as a lot of unread books at home what could possibly be better than buying books, right? A few years ago I read several Donna Leon novels and liked them a lot. They are set in Venice which is […]

Things I would like

This isn’t a new year’s resolution and it’s probably a quite #firstworldproblems kind of post. It all comes down to wanting to change things without changing too much and at the same time trying to take charge of life I guess rather than months passing by without me barely noticing. Or maybe not change, but […]

Classic books I’ve read

There’s thing that’s been going round Facebook where allegedly the BBC has found in a study that most people would have only read five books of the below list. No one, however, posted a link to the original BBC study or article and I’m far too lazy too Google it. I was going to be […]


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