The Year in Books :: February 2016

Hello February – what have you done with January?!

Apparently I spent quite a lot of time reading in January as I got through 4 books!  Almost unheard of for me lately…

I read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers first of all in January, and loved it so much that I have to go straight back to the beginning and read it again once I had finished.  I also may have had to buy myself a copy of it too – I know I will want to read it again soon (now?!)

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Next up for me was Tiny House Living by Ryan Mitchell, which was quite inspiring really although aimed very much at the American market.  I found quite a lot of the information irrelevant to the UK, but the photographs of tiny spaces and the stories of the people living in them were wonderful.

I still had a little bit of a fiction hang up after The Long Way, so I picked up some more non fiction next –The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell.  This was a very interesting look at the experience of moving to a different country with all the trials that brings.  It also very much explores the idea that the Danes are the happiest nation in the world.  Very interesting stuff – I’d quite like to visit Denmark now too…

Any fiction title trying to follow the brilliant start to my reading year was going to have a hard time, and unfortunately The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde came nowhere close to it!  I kind of enjoyed this one, but I have to say the ‘funny’ names started to grate on me and I wasn’t to sorry to finish this one – no turning round and starting again here!  I won’t be in a hurry to pick up any more Fforde any time soon sadly.

I am currently trying to read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I may actually put this one down, not because I am not enjoying it but because I have a feeling I am going to enjoy it and I am not 100% sure I am in the right frame of mind for it at the moment.  Anyone else do this?

I am also dipping into Shop Girl by Mary Portas on my mum’s recommendation and also The Art of the Hobbbit by J.R.R Tolkien by Wayne Hammond which I am loving.

What are you reading at the moment?

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is gorgeous!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.

The Year in Books :: January 2016

December is always a rereading kind of month for me, and this year was no exception.  I reread A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens as well as Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien.

I love these two books an awful lot – so I do look forward to December so I can curl up with them again!

Does anyone else reread a lot in winter, but December in particular?

I also had a little dip into the new illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas, and it is stunning.   I am really enjoying going back and reading a familiar story with unfamiliar elements added!

I am not sure what I will start 2016 off with yet – I am going to let it be a surprise!  Who knows what will grab my attention first.

What have you got lined up for 2016 reading wise?

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is gorgeous!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.

 

2016!

Happy New Year!

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Just a quick post to wish you all the best for the coming year and to tell you a couple of photography projects I am planning for this year.

I enjoyed my year of film from 2014 that I am planning to do it again. This time won’t necessarily see me using a different camera each month, but I plan to shoot at least one roll of film per month. I’ve missed my film cameras lately.

I also plan to take a digital photo a day in 2016 – I might use prompts from Fat Mum Slim or others, or they might just be random. Who knows!

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Have you got any projects planned for 2016?

Organdie. x