Saturday, 6 January 2018

My Top Picks from 2017!

These, in no particular order, were my favourites!

  • The Lumberjack's Beard and The Bear Who Stared by Duncan Beedie - fantastic little picture flats on being a good person <3 !!! 
  • Pleasures And Landscapes by Sybille Bedford - this book is amazing, you couldn't do half of this today!! Amazing for historical and social reference as well as being just fab.
  • Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat! by Kes Grey, Claire Grey and Jim Field - the ending to Oi Dog! is the best ending of any book, ever. 
  • Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls a book for every girl, looking forward to book 2 but i do think they should do one for boys.
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen... again. I ended up watching the Matthew MacFadyen movie about 20 times in a month again too...
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson - awesome. I wish books had been like this when i was 9
  • Piglettes by ClĂ©mentine Beauvais and These Dividing Walls by Fran Cooper - both by French authors, both brilliant and quirky and weird and real. 
  • Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers To When You Work In The White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco - brilliant, i was excited for this for a long time before i read it and it didn't disappoint. it isn't Obama-centric as it could have been, its about her and her journey and the people she meets. President Obama is obviously mentioned, and to her, he's a real person, a friend, not someone the rest of us fangirl at, so what she says is real life, like having any conversation with your friendly boss. Tales told are fantastic. especially the trip to the Vatican...
  • Leap Year by Helen Russell - i loved The Year Of Living Danishly by Helen. LOVED. and i started reading this one when it first came out and ended up putting it aside for something else and coming back to it, and i'm so glad i did. It's a different read to TYOLD, but still great. 
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen - aaaaand i'm reading it again. 
  • The Secret Life Of Cows by Rosamund Young - lovely. i hand sold this one to quite a few people, because it's great! 
  • Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie - HOW HAVE I NOT READ CHRISTIE BEFORE?!
  • A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle GOSH. this was way before it's time, and i can understand the funny review it first received, a man had yet to go into space, let alone land on the moon. 
  • The Little Book Of Lykke by Meik Wiking - sort of follow up to Hygge. Loved it. 
  • M&B. I also read A LOT of Mills and Boon this year. I swear its all that's keeping me going.

Monday, 2 January 2017

My Top Picks from 2016

In No Particular order, these all stuck with me for some reason! Usually brilliance!!

  • The Bear And The Piano by David Litchfield and Life is Magic byMeg McLaren - Two wonderful, amazingly told and illustrated picture books! The Bear And The Piano made me well up at the end. So beautiful! Life is Magic was so fun! Love them both, I can't wait to have kids that will cherish these!!!
  • The Checklist Manifestoby Atul Gawande and Freakonomicsby Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - OH MY. So interesting. Both looking at facts and figures in the most non-boring, instantly accessible breakdowns. Cannot to wait to read the follow ups (there's three) for Freakanomics and have a look at Gawande's (three) other books.
  • The Joy Of Lessby Francine Jay and Spark Joyby Marie Kondo - I don't know if you know, but i love to organise and tidy. My house is a mess. But it's an organised mess. With considerably less in it since i have read these. I read The Magic Art Of Tidying by Kondo a couple of years back and its GREAT, but Spark Joy is AWESOME. it cuts the crap of her childhood and really explains what she's trying to break down, this time, complete with diagrams and revisions. she now understands that you do need ugly kitchen implements to survive in the kitchen. Even if they don't bring you any joy. Jay's Joy of less has the same approach, basically, in my words- if you don't love it, why the f**k do you have it? I have only ever had to re-do my underwear drawer once since i read The Magic Art Of Tidying and that was when i bought some new units from Ikea to hold them in. It really does work.
  • In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park - Wow. This was really, really hard to read. It was harrowing. How this girl has survived to tell this tale astounds me. I would have never made it. You must read it, I'm telling you nothing more. You'll never look at that part of the world the same again. Ever.
  • Against All God's By A.C. Grayling and Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit - I like essays and arguments. 
  • Bill Bryson. This year I have read The Life And Time's Of The Thunderbolt Kid and A Walk In The Woods. Both Great, AWITW was a little hard to get into (The movie however, was terrible- Awful- As uncomfortable as The Gilmore Girls reboot) but TLATOTTK was BRILLIANT, a snapshot of America before it became the ridiculous parody of itself it is today, with Bryson's wonderful anecdotes and the weird idiocy of the superhero POV (i could have done without the Superhero stuff and so could my grandad apparently when i lent it him). 
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - This is a horror story, i say this as Trump has just been elected president of the USA and i swear this could totally happen. I'm not a 100% that i made sense of everything, no doubt something has gone over my head. I can't wait for the movie to come out this year. I wouldn't usually say such a thing but i'm hoping for a little more clarity.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Gut by Giulia Enders

Gut by Giulia Enders.

Woah... this book is brilliant!!
Waterstones have it as their book of the month and i can totally see why!
Super interesting and informative. I feel like i know a few more of my (always poorly) stomach's foibles now. I understand a little more about why it throws hissy fits and reacts as it does.
I feel the book could do without the childish illustrations- some of them really did nothing for the book, whereas some illustration was needed, i don't think these were right.

Monday, 19 January 2015

My Top Picks from the last 6 Months!

I've read a good many books this past 6 months, but i've narrowed it down to some AMAZING reads.

In no particular order we have:

  • The Year Of Living Danishly by Helen Russell - Bloody brilliant. Really fantastic social commentary, funny, interesting and very well written! I really want to go and explore Denmark and hit up Legoland 10x more than i did before!
  • The Legacy Of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark - Oh my heart. This was lovely, a really well written novel. Really honest and beautiful, i would love to go to Arran now. Right now.
  • The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying - Oh my days, this book is wonderful, i love to tidy and sort and organize and i plan to put this book into action, its already boosted 6 bags of stuff to the charity shop and another 3 to the bin and i only read it a month ago!
  • Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Hemminsley - Brilliant! Well written, interesting and proof you can be anyone and run, no matter what :)
  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale - I had this as a free proof through work and it sat in my to-read pile for at least a year but i loved it when i finally read it! Smart and funny and not your usual teen read. Loved it so much i read the follow up, Model Misfit in the same week!
  • At Home by Bill Bryson - This was a long read, as factual books tend to be, but it was his usual charm and wit that could make me read a book the size of War and Peace on something as inane as loo roll. But the history of the home was really wonderful, very interesting!
  • French Children Don't Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman- A wonderful social commentary on French parenting. It was brilliant.