01. RR Amor Towles – Rules of Civility [30 for 30] 02. NEW Kim Edwards – The Memory Keeper’s Daughter [30 for 30] 03. RR Berlie Doherty – Tilly Mint & The Dodo [30 for 30] 04. RR Douglas Coupland – Girlfriend in a Coma [30 for 30] 05. RR Toby Litt – Journey Into Space [30 for 30] 06. RR Alice Sebold –  The Lovely Bones [30 for 30] 07. NEW Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex [30 for 30] 08. NEW Lauren Beukes – The Shining Girls [30 for 30] 09. RR Douglas Coupland – Life After God [30 for 30] 10. NEW Maggie O’Farrell – Instructions for a Heatwave [30 for 30] 11. RR Stephen…Continue Reading “July Book Update”

This post is an update on my 30 for 30 goal: Re-read 30 of My Favourite Books. So far I’ve read 6 out of 30. 2. Berlie Doherty – Tilly Mint & The Dodo Date Read: 6th July 2013 Rating: 4 stars Mini synopsis: Young girl takes a trip to a mystery island, meets a dodo. Read it because: It’s one of the books that stuck with me ever since I read it when I was a little girl. Read it to your children, especially. 3. Douglas Coupland – Girlfriend…Continue Reading “30 for 30: Re-read 30 Favourites – Books 2-6”

Dear summer, Thank you for making such a  heartfelt appearance this year. I always feel better when the days are long, the nights are warm and we can have as many BBQs as we can squeeze in to our weeks (side note: that’s a lot of BBQs just so you know). I’ll be sad to see you go this year, you’ve been a good one. Love Sarah See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

This post is an update on my 30 for 30 goal: Re-read 30 of My Favourite Books. 1. Rules of Civility – Amor Towles Rating: 5 stars Mini synopsis: Loves young dream, not meant to be. Glittering high life comes crashing down, yet 1930s New York remains fabulous. Read it because: It transports you to a world of gin martinis, jazz club dances and sneaking into all manner of soirees. My favourite quotes: “Old times, as my father used to say: if you’re not careful, they’ll gut you like…Continue Reading “30 for 30: Rules of Civility”

I inadvertently took a little break from my Grace in Small Things list – not because I stopped noticing them but because I stopped making the time to note them down – oops. Back now! Nectarines for breakfast Dipping your feet in a paddling pool on a hot day BBQs with friends BBQs in general, in fact Our favourite wedding mementos on permanent display See the whole list here

Dear IKEA, Thank you for a) having a Cardiff store and b) selling hammocks. Even tho I didn’t buy my hammock from Cardiff (you were out of stock so we had to go to Bristol, a cunning ploy) I like that you’re close enough for us to furnish our little home one Lack shelf at a time. Love Sarah See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

01. NEW Stephen King – The Colorado Kid 02. RR Enid Blyton – Claudine at St Clare’s 03. RR Enid Blyton – Fifth Formers at St Clare’s 04. NEW Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects 05. NEW Janet Evanovich – Wicked Appetite 06. NEW Pamela Ribon – You Take it From Here [30 for 30] July was a better month, book wise. I managed to read a couple of books on my to-read list (altho it’s still at a silly 141!) and I actually enjoyed all the books I read – a rarity these days! The Colorado Kid was…Continue Reading “June Book Update”