Guys, guys! Guess what! The library is finally finished! Hurrah! Rejoice, etc. We started working on it when we first moved in two and a half years ago (whoa) and it’s finally, finally finished. It’s been on my Life List for as long as I remember, and I can’t express enough how much joy it brings me to spend time in this little room. Before Oh, before. When we moved in the walls were pale blue paint over stripy blue wallpaper. The skirting boards were SILVER…Continue Reading “Life List: Have a Library”

Wait, you don’t have a library? In all seriousness, we are very fortunate to have been able to buy a house large enough for me to indulge my childhood dreams. I’ve wanted my own library for as long as I can remember, and we’ve been working hard since we moved in to turn this dusty, neglected box room into a cosy, joyous haven. The bulk of the renovation is done – we’ve removed the silver (!) paint from the skirting boards, stripped the stripy wallpaper…Continue Reading “Picking Prints for the Library”

Readathon complete! : We did it! I didn’t quite finish Astonish Me (I have 130 pages to go) but I did finish The Witches so that brings my total reads up to 4.5 books, which isn’t too bad I think! Q finished The BFG and got partway into The Explorer – we’re both now ready to drop. Thanks for the fun, Readathonners! Special thanks to the Team Sherlock cheerleaders for their motivational comments – it really helped! 🙂 End of Event Meme: Which hour was…Continue Reading “Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon”

I’ve been a member of Goodreads for about five years now, I think? At least. I love tracking my books over there – they give you all sorts of nerdy stats if you’re into that (which I totally am) but there’s also a really lovely community there. I get to see what all my friends are reading (mostly great stuff!) and sometimes something super fun pops up in my feed, like this. My friend Jess joined a group called “Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge” and…Continue Reading “Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge”

Dear Rainbow Rowell, Thank you for writing such wonderful books – you’re helping me tick off a goal and reaffirming my faith in female authors, one joyous character at a time. Never stop. Love Sarah See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

1. RR David Levithan – The Lover’s Dictionary 2. NEW Stephen King – Joyland 3. NEW Douglas Coupland – Worst. Person. Ever. 4. NEW Tom Holt – Someone Like Me 5. NEW F Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby 6. NEW Patrick Ness – The Crane Wife 7. NEW William Gibson – Johnny Mnemonic 8. NEW Haruki Murakami – The Elephant Vanishes 9. NEW Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book 10. RR Mitch Albom – Tuesdays with Morrie [30 for 30] 11. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 08 The Hostile Hospital 12. NEW Jennifer E Smith – You Are Here 13. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series…Continue Reading “Books: January Update!”

01. NEW William Gibson – Spook Country 02. RR Judy Blume – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret 03. RR Judy Blume – Blubber 04. NEW Lauren Weisberger – Last Night at Chateau Marmont 05. RR Judy Blume – Starring Sally J Freedman, as Herself 06. NEW Haruki Murakami – After the Quake 07. RR Toby Litt – Exhibitionism 08. NEW Beverly Cleary – Ramona the Pest 09. NEW Beverly Cleary – Ramona The Brave 10. NEW Beverly Cleary – Ramona & Her Father 11. NEW Beverly Cleary – Ramona & Her Mother 12. NEW Beverly Cleary – Ramona Quimby, Age 8 13. NEW Beverly…Continue Reading “December Book Update + 2013 Reading Roundup”

01. NEW Mitch Albom – Have a Little Faith 02. NEW Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451 [November goals] 03. NEW Jojo Moyes – Honeymoon in Paris 04. RR Scarlett Thomas – The End of Mr Y [30 for 30] 05. RR Christopher Pike – Road to Nowhere 06. RR Christopher Pike – The Visitor 07. RR Francine Pascal – My Mother Was Never a Kid 08. RR Francine Pascal – My First Love & Other Disasters 09. RR Francine Pascal – Love & Betrayal & Hold The Mayo [30 for 30] November was a funny month for reading. I didn’t finish a book until almost…Continue Reading “November Book Update”

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…Continue Reading “September Book Update”

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…Continue Reading “August Book Update”