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….

Books I Finished in April

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan – I loved this. It was warm and cosy, mysterious and slightly creepy. I loved the characters (at least the ones I was supposed to love!) and enjoyed the way things tied up and the story finished. I’ll definitely be looking out for more books by Ruth…

Cleaning

I work from home part time. I have a 19 month old at home full time. This tends to impress people, but I make no secret of the fact that this comes at a cost. By prioritising my child and my work, I am dropping the ball elsewhere. Specifically, housework. Now, let me preface this…

Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Well. This book has been everywhere and much lauded and now I know why. It’s just… go out and read it, if you haven’t already! Admittedly it deals with some tricky concepts and that may be triggering to some. I wouldn’t be surprised, I found it upsetting at points. But the characters are so finely…

Review: My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas

I heard about Rachael Lucas through an A Playful Day podcast, in which Kate and Rachael talked about working class writers and books with working class settings. So when I saw her new book was available through Net Galley, I was keen to read it! It’s a Young Adult book, focussing on 16 year old…

Review: Hold by Michael Donkor

This book is officially my best book of 2018. So far. It manages to explore experiences that are completely unknown to me alongside others that are familiar. Primarily it is a book about relationships. Different types of friendship, relationships of obligation, romantic relationships, family relationships. It looks at how lines can blur, how secrets and…

Adventures in Body Positivity

Not so long ago, I read Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe and it struck a chord. I have had issues with my weight and body image for years. Not big ones, but ones that were big enough to niggle at my enjoyment of life and lead to some very cautious shopping choices. For…

We Went to Center Parcs

Last week we went on holiday! We’d never been to Center Parcs before, or to anywhere like it, but we had a big birthday to celebrate and so we thought “Why not?” We originally planned to go this week, but as parents of a pre-schooler we had forgotten about the school holidays. The price quoted…

Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

This is one of the books I acquired through Net Galley, and it is, quite frankly, a read it at your earliest convenience. It’s the first of what I believe will be a trilogy and concerns the intersecting lives and adventures of four teenagers. It is one of those books that you never want to…

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…