Hello my pretty!!
I just read a bookstagram review that in a nutshell said that this was a less good version of Meddling Kids.
I hated Meddling Kids. Such a good cover with such a disappointing storyline. Kinda scared to start this now 😭
Still coming up Gryffindor in all the quizzes! 🦁
Originally titled ‘to my critics‘, renamed ‘Goldfish‘ on the advice of friends 😂🔥
Thanks for coming on this mini art journey with me! I think I‘ll be hitting up 759.36 at the library next time I‘m there to see what else they have!!
I‘m just going to share my favourites!! Hope you don‘t mind a little art journey 🎨
Lady with a hat and feather boa. Painted two years after ‘The Kiss‘, all the gold, rich ornamentation and flourishes have been abandoned. The picture is plainer, more Expressionist - and seemingly full of secrets and hints.
A friend sent me a postcard from Vienna featuring this painting (The Kiss) by Gustav Klimt... I‘d not heard of him before so *obviously* the first port of call was the library...
I‘ve just finished an 11 day stint in library land (bleugh) and am now lying in bed, listening to the new Mika album, staring at the ceiling, trying to decide what to read... HOW ARE YOU?
I‘m working this weekend. Always a bit of a trial (with some good bits thrown in) even though I do mostly really like my job.
Hope y‘all have weekends that feature some quality reading time ☺️
If I hadn‘t had the opportunity to attend an ‘in conversation‘ event with Jasper Fforde, I never would have given this book a second thought (other than “nice cover”) but I got to thinking, what would a world where winter hibernation was the norm be like? And just like that - I found out ☺️ big pharma, conspiracies, bulking up for winter, murder, blizzards, not actually dead zombies... just the tip of the iceberg!
In an effort to feel in control of my life, I did the washing up!! Weirdly satisfying! And now, a cup of tea, a chapter or two and then sleep!!!
Any fans of Psych (the tv show) out there?
A bit taken aback by how far the author leans into the whole ‘butterface‘ thing - like I GET IT! I don‘t understand that way of thinking at all but if you can put that aside - there are some sweet moments (along side some real head scratchers) with some excellent side characters who look like they get their own books.
Another winner from the library display shelf! Coming of age story meets ghost hunting meets finding out that your parents had lives before you were born and that some of their decisions have far reaching consequences to finding out the things that seemed like random chance were actually not... this book stuffs a lot into its 206 pages and honestly WOW
What a trip! Maverick computer hacker slash genius Alexia is a modern girl who by an improbable turn of events has coded Lord Byron (and other bad boys of Literature) back into existence (a storm was involved, it‘s best we don‘t question it). She‘s smitten but soon comes to realise that Byron is kind of a jerk. Mayhem ensues. Seems to be a one volume only story which is a shame because Alexis is going places!
The library couldn‘t find this for ages!!! But it finally emerged from wherever it was hiding (or misfiled?!) and I wasted no time in diving back in. I found this volume a bit disjointed but enjoyable even if did probably need another volume to become truely remarkable.
This is a review of the second book ‘in which she doesn‘t want a prince, but gets one anyway. But not for keeps‘. Kinda cute but also plays into gender stereotypes... that are kind of dull! (This is mostly a book about how siblings fight and play tricks on each other)
I squeaked with excitement when I found this on a library display shelf! I‘ve only been wanting to read this since I first read about it! A private detective gets called into an elite school to investigate the death of a teacher after it was ruled a suicide. The twist? It‘s a school of magic and her estranged sister, is a teacher there. I broke quite a big reading drought on this - loved it!
Reread in preparation for the second instalment and it was just as beautiful as I remembered it! I want a tea dragon!!!
I don‘t like my chances of being able to yell BINGO but I might give this a whirl... September has been a horror reading month (maybe just a horror month) I honestly can‘t remember a time I‘ve read so little and felt so consistently low...
Found this by happy chance today - intriguing cover quote from Neil Gaiman (whose books I‘ve never really meshed with but I know he‘s a Diana Wynne Jones fan - so I kinda trust him?)
Quite cool scrolling through the Litsy feed for this book and seeing all the different and rather amazing covers this story has had.
Me : *major book slump, mildly stressed about being behind on my goodreads challenge, not short on book options*
Also me : maybe more books would help? #libraryhaul
Will I read any of these?! Only time will tell 😉
I couldn‘t be bothered checking to see if any of these were sequels - two of them are - so they‘ll be going back until I can track down the first as I much prefer to read in order.
I did some pre work vacuuming today and nearly killed myself when I forgot that I had the vacuum out and tripped over it and head long into a bookshelf.
Happily nothing broken but my toes are rather sore... so I treated myself to a Yowie because I am an adult 🤔
Anyone had a Yowie before? The chocolate is kinda terrible but the nostalgia is 👌.
In honour of Roald Dahl Day on Friday (13th!!) my work bestie and I crafted this in our lunch break... I mostly watched, offered encouragement and took the photos for the GRAM! 🐊
I‘d wanted to make this ever since I was a kid and saw this recipe from Revolting Recipes but my Mum was never into it... and after being a part of the making process - I understand why she wasn‘t keen... it really was revolting 😂
My library received a box of these today! Obviously step one was Instagram! I find the libraries page really struggles to engage people... does anyone have any tips?!
Loving the simplicity of the cover design 💚