Review: Once Upon a River

In the small hours of this rainy Sunday morning, I finished a book. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. This is such an interesting book. Dark and mysterious and beguiling. It gently pulls you into its world and I’m sure there is an elegant comparison with flowing water to be made. I really enjoyed…

Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

I got a copy of this book from the publisher in the run up and to the release of the paperback version. I was really intrigued by the concept and really enjoyed reading the book. Essentially the story of four siblings who meet a fortune teller as kids and she tells them all the dates…

Review: Am I Ugly? by Michelle Elman

As some of my recent posts have indicated, I have a bit of a body positivity journey under way. So, when I noticed that Net Galley had Michelle Elman’s book available, I had to request it right away, and thank goodness the request was accepted. It’s easy to think about body positivity as entirely about…

Quitting Dieting

This week I announced via Instagram stories that I was going to quit dieting. This was a scary thing to do. The world is generally in favour of dieting particularly if, like me, you have a BMI over 30. Why have I made this decisions? Various reasons. It’s been on my mind for a while….

Review: A Stash of One’s Own, Clara Parkes

As a book-loving knitter with a sizeable stash, it was almost a given that I would read this book. I requested it for Christmas, and my husband kindly came through. It’s hard to review a book like this, a collection of essays. Inevitably some of the essays strike home more than others. Some of the…

Two Quick Book Reviews

Happiness for Humans by P. Z. Reizin This book came courtesy of Net Galley, as so many do. I found premise of this book so interesting, and mildly alarming if I actually allowed myself to think about it. The general theme being what if artificial intelligence became sentient and started doing things. Largely benign things,…

Christmas and Recuperation

We are heading swiftly towards Christmas now. My neighbour has a snowman on the roof. I have ridiculous numbers of parcels arriving each day. We are trying to decide on the safest location for a Christmas tree for the mutual protection of tree and toddler. Work is winding down, about which I have mixed feelings….

Review: The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

This book came my way via Net Galley, and I’m glad it did.It is a magical, mysterious and complex story centred around a toy shop and its inhabitants. The story was by turns beautiful and fanciful and then a little dark or sinister. Even at the end of the book I wasn’t sure which, if…

Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

My copy of this book came from Netgalley. I so enjoyed We Were Liars that when I saw this book was available, I knew I had to request it! It is an incredibly compelling book, very hard to put down. It is also a book that is hard to say too much about without risking…

Bakewell Wool Gathering

Yesterday was a happy day! I haven’t been to a yarn show since I was pregnant with Small. He is now one!  So yesterday we piled into the car, and betook ourselves to Bakewell Wool Gathering. This show is semi-local to us, and these is one we have been to almost every year. Except last…