It took me three attempts to get into this book, but when I persisted I became entranced by the story of Catrin and her desire to leave her rural home and seek her fortune in the city. It is set in 17th century Holland , which has been described as the Dutch golden age, when dutch art, trade and science was the best in the world.
This tag has been floating round the blogosphere since Ely a booktuber started it in 2015, its a good opportunity to review the last 6 months and think about what’s to come. I have read 40 books this semester, admittedly 15 of them have been by the same author (Lee Child) so it is a little skewed.
We have had some lovely weather for most of this week but unfortunately I was stuck at home with an poorly little girl for the first half of it. I am still not sure the cause of my daughters two day high fever but it passed on its own on the third day and then on Thursday she went back to school. We celebrated the summer solstice by walking up onto Dartmoor on Thursday evening to enjoy the wonderful weather and lovely views. Now it is a complete scorcher.
This is a book that left me feeling a little unsatisfied. I loved the earlier book in this series but this one didn't quite do it for me. This was due to the fact that main characters of Sophia and her son Arthur never felt fully realised. There are some interesting characters and social commentary that we would expect from Ali Smith and this, like all of her works is a non-linear poetic wander through several connected lives.
I haven't wanted to tell everybody about a book for quite a while, not since Eleanor Oliphant, but The Hoarder by Jess Kidd is a wonderful and engaging mystery and the best book I have read this year. It is a blend of magical realism, crime writing and dark humour. My Rating: ★★★★★
Devon has seen more snow this week than in decades. Definitely more than my daughter has ever seen. It has started to melt now, and by the time I post this on Sunday morning, the bulk of it will be water. Even my OH couldn't get to work for one day due to the freezing rain and black ice. The kids have been off school for half of the week; I picked my daughter up after lunch on Wednesday morning, and the school has been closed ever since.
I am finding this book difficult to review. When I had just finished reading it, I felt that it was revolutionary and had the answers to making people, less entitled and self centred. But my view changed time went on the the more I thought about it. Like many self-help books, this appears to be candy for the mind.
This weeks topic is: books that I could reread forever. I am sure I am not alone in that I own many books, I reread more than once. In some cases, re-buying books I had given away when the urge to reread it became too much. Many of these are book series, and I will count the series as one book here today. Sorry I couldn't stop at 10 so here are my top 11 books that I can reread forever.
My daughter has gone back to school with a smile on her face and I am back to having the house to myself for a blissful 6 hours a day. I am pondering what to do with my time apart from the drudgery of housework. This blog is a start, but I am going to try to improve my writing (any hints, tips and feedback will be welcome). I bought myself a copy of Scrivener to use for writing and to organise my blog posts. I can see a topic for a blog post appearing.