Falling Forward

Grace in Small Things

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  • Free time to blog
  • Strawberry juice
  • New hoodies
  • The first autumn chill
  • Feeling accomplished, post flat pack build

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Friday Thanks

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Dear Paris,

Thank you for allowing me to practice my rusty French, not laughing at my attempts to communicate and for introducing me to your beautiful city. Even tho my feet were killing, your beautiful food and wonderful quirkyness more than made up for it.

Love Sarah

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September Book Update

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01. NEW David Sedaris – The Santaland Diaries [book club]
02. RR William Gibson – Pattern Recognition [30 for 30]
03. NEW James Smythe – The Machine [30 for 30]
04. RR Bill Bryson – The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid [30 for 30]
05. NEW Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne of the Island [30 for 30]
06. NEW Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter – The Long War
07. NEW Joan Didion – The Year of Magical Thinking [30 for 30]
08. RR Terry Pratchett – Reaper Man [30 for 30]
09. RR Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus [30 for 30]
10. NEW Emma Donahue – The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits [30 for 30]
11. NEW Cheryl Strayed – Wild [30 for 30]
12. RR Philip Pullman – The Northern Lights [30 for 30]
13. RR Philip Pullman – The Subtle Knife [30 for 30]

September was a solid month for reading. We jetted off to Paris for our anniversary and then spent four days in Devon with nothing to do but read, which, not gonna lie, was pretty glorious. The Santaland Diaries is the bookclub pick for December, but it came already so I read it out of sync. Very dark, very amusing and pleasingly short.

The Year of Magical Thinking was a lesson in grief and loss, as was Wild. Two very different schools of thinking which have left me with a lot to digest. Both would be good to re-read later, I think. The Long War was  bit of a disappointment, if I’m honest. It just felt like it didn’t go anywhere – no tension, no drama. A shame. Last and definitely least was The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits which I didn’t enjoy in the slightest. That’ll teach me to add books to my list without reading what they’re about, I suppose!

Our library finally has a bed (to snuggle up on) and bookshelves so hopefully the winter reading tally will continue on at a good pace. I’m aiming to break 100 books in October – we’ll see! :)

I’m still working my way through my read 1000 new books for my Life List, I started tracking those in 2011 and I’m up to 205.

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August Book Update

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01. RR Douglas Coupland – Hey Nostradamus [30 for 30]
02. NEW Stephen King – ‘Salem’s Lot [30 for 30]
03. NEW Francine Pascal – Sweet Valley Confidential [30 for 30]
04. NEW Jenny Downham – Before I Die [30 for 30]
05. RR Jon McGregor – If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things [30 for 30]
06. NEW Jenny Lawson – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened [30 for 30]
07. NEW Matt Haig – The Radleys [30 for 30]
08. NEW Jennifer E Smith – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight [30 for 30]
09. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 01 A Bad Beginning [30 for 30]
10. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 02 The Reptile Room
11. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 03 The Wide Window
12. RR Judy Blume – Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
13. NEW Judy Blume – Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
14. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 04 The Miserable Mill
15. NEW Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse Five [30 for 30]
16. RR Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables [30 for 30]
17. RR Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games [30 for 30]
18. RR Terry Pratchett – The Colour of Magic [30 for 30]
19. NEW John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas [30 for 30]
21. RR Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire [30 for 30]
22. RR Suzanne Collins – Mockingjay [30 for 30]
23. NEW Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne of Avonlea [30 for 30]

Oof, bit late with the August update! I blame the two holidays we took in September (fancy) and the huge, huge amount of work we’ve been doing in the house. We’re almost done tho, so at least the end is in sight.

I managed an epic 23 books this month and ticked quite a few off my 30 for 30 lists too which is always a bonus. My favourite new book this month was without a doubt Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, which had me genuinely laughing out loud multiple times during reading. Sweet Valley Confidential was an absolute mess (perhaps unsurprisingly) and Salem’s Lot didn’t feel very King-like, although it was nice to finally piece together the story that continues on into The Dark Tower series, which are some of my favourites.

I re-read a lot of Lemony Snicket - they’re comfort read books, really, nice to pick up in between heavier reads. & I finally cried at the end of The Hunger Games trilogy, which I didn’t do the first time around. September is almost finished – I haven’t managed quite as many books but I’m definitely going to hit 100 before the end of the year, which is always pleasing :)

I’m still working my way through my read 1000 new books for my Life List, I started tracking those in 2011 and at the end of August I was up to 198.

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Grace in Small Things

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  • Animal themed luggage
  • Curtains that let the light in
  • A really good pair of tweezers
  • Blankets
  • Remote controls

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