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”

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 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”

As If I could pick just one? I almost inhaled my local library as a kid (moving on to Danielle Steele and Virginia Andrews when I’d finished reading the Young Adult section – possibly not the best idea in hindsight). I was practically Matilda. I used to read anything and everything I could get my hands on. I adored anything by Francine Pascal, Enid Blyton and R.L Stein – many a night was spend under the covers with a torch reading Point Horror and the…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 24 : Your Favourite Book As A Child”

I am the first to admit that I am an absolute wuss when it comes to scary things. I can’t watch scary movies, I don’t like walking around in the dark and every single damn time I step out of the lift into someone stepping in I jump.  I’m pretty much your standard definition of a scaredy cat so it comes as a great surprise to me how many horror books I read.  I love Stephen King, even tho his books can be so frightening that I often…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 13 : A Book That Disturbed You”

Dear Cardiff Central Library, Thanks for being right next to my house, and on my route home from work. Thanks for employing people who don’t laugh at me when I browse the Judy Blume and Enid Blyton books, even tho I’m almost 28. You’re helping me get towards my goal of 100 books this year and also enabling me to induldge in one of my favourite past times. Also, your book return system is the coolest thing I have ever seen. Love Sarah – See…Continue Reading “Friday Thanks”

So! Last year I managed to read 100 books and this year I’ve set myself the same target. I’ve also added Read 1000 New Books to my life list, which I’m well aware will probably take me at least a decade but hey, what can I say, I love books. Read in January: 12 1. NEW: Under The Dome – Stephen King 2. NEW: Can You Keep A Secret? – Sophie Kinsella 3. NEW: The Raw Shark Texts – Stephen Hall 4. NEW: Darkness Under The…Continue Reading “Books! 2011 – January Update”