Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

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.

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

See the whole list here

Grace in Small Things

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  • Snuggling under the duvet reading, listening to the rain outside
  • Finally reading books that have been on the ‘to read’ list for years
  • Indoor picnics
  • Swimming underwater
  • Feather duvets

See the whole list here

Grace in Small Things

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  • Eating something you grew yourself
  • Friendly pets
  • Learning new words
  • Making it home before the rain
  • A sunny yellow wall

See the whole list here

Dollar Dollar Bills: A List

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Things I should spend my money on, which are not very exciting:

  • A new boiler
  • New double glazing
  • A carpenter to hang our new doors
  • Paint
  • Power tools (zzzzz)
  • An external hard drive

Things I would rather spend my money on, which are much more exciting (to me):

  • A new camera (I’ve got my eye on this one)
  • An underwater camera
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Books
  • More holidays
  • 35mm film

The eternal struggle between what we want and what we need, aye?

Grace in Small Things

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  • Ripping up carpet
  • Taking your shoes off after a long day
  • Paper pom poms
  • Maxi dresses that fit
  • Fresh strawberries

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear Roullier White,

Thank you for being a UK stockist of all those crazy Demeter perfumes. Where else could I buy a fragrance that makes me smell like rain? & you saved me so much money in shipping from the US! You’re the best.

Love Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Grace in Small Things

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  • Films that are funnier than you’re expecting
  • Re-reading a favourite book
  • Afternoon naps
  • New series of your favourite TV shows
  • Comedy nights

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear Jess,

Thank you for being one of my favourite people to spend time with. Your enthusiasm and grace will be missed now you’ve moved to London (*sob*) but I’m excited to have a new penpal and a new part of that beautiful to city to visit. Cardiff’s loss is London’s gain – knock ’em dead, kid.

Love Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

30 for 30: Read 30 ‘To Read’ – Books 1-5

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This post is an update on my 30 for 30 goal: Read 30 Books I’ve Been Meaning To Read. So far I’ve read 5 out of 30.

1. Pamela Ribon – You Take It From Here

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Date Read: 29th June 2013
Rating:  3 stars

Mini synopsis: Bossy girl with terminal cancer wants her reluctant friend to take over her life once she’s gone.

Read it because: Pamela Ribon is a talented, funny writer. I personally couldn’t get along with the main character, but a lot of people like this one so I’d suggest giving it a chance.

2. Kim Edwards – The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

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Date Read: 6th July 2013
Rating:  2 stars

Mini synopsis: The stigma of down syndrome causes a secret family rift.

Don’t read it because: it’s really not worth it. The premise is there but the writing is clunky at best, it’s about 50 pages too long and I really couldn’t bring myself to care about any of the selfish, maudlin, boring characters.

3. Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex

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Date Read: 24th July 2013
Rating:  4 stars

Mini synopsis: Greek hermaphrodite tells his story; intriguing, interesting and heartbreaking all in one.

Read it because: Amy loves it – more than a good enough reason I think.

4. Lauren Beukes – The Shining Girls

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Date Read: 25th July 2013
Rating:  5 stars

Mini synopsis: If Stephen King had written The Time Traveler’s Wife this is what it would have been like.

Read it because: I couldn’t put it down. Thrilling, frightening and utterly compelling. Lauren Beukes is on fine form, I can’t wait to see what she puts out next.

5. Maggie O’Farrell – Instructions for a Heatwave

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Date Read: 28th July 2013
Rating:  3 stars

Mini synopsis: A missing father brings all the secrets up to the surface.

Read it because: Maggie O’Farrell has a wonderful gift with words. I’d have given it 4 stars but she has a bit of a noncommittal stance to endings and that bugs me. For the thread that bound them all, Robert felt like a bit of a lost character in the end, which I thought was a shame, but it’s definitely still worth a read.