The Year in Books :: December 2016

Better late than never – right??

I thought I would pop by to tell you what I read in November – October seemed to be a bit of a lull in reading and I didn’t really read anything at all.  November got me back on track though, so here we go;


First up was the gorgeous The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.  This was delightful – beautifully presented with some wonderful ideas to put into practice to make your like a little more hygge.  I can’t wait for Christmas, as I think it will be easier to be a little more hygge then than at any other time of the year.  I am looking forward to hunkering down with some good books, films, food and (hopefully) no internet for a while.  Bliss.


Next I dipped into Accused: British Witches Throughout History by Willow Winsham which was fairly interesting.  I did find the style a little disjointed and confusing at times, but a lot of the cases discussed were really absorbing.  I knew very little about any of them, and I was so interested to see such recent cases – going right up to the 1940s.  Well worth a dip into if witches are your thing.


After that, I fancied a little lighthearted murder!  So I picked up the first in a series, Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver.  I enjoyed this one a lot – it is a lighthearted murder mystery set in the 1930s.  It was very fluffy and there were lots of small descriptions of dresses (which I found slightly annoying after a while) and some fun characters.  I would recommend it for light escapism, and I would certainly read the next in the series if I came across it on my travels.

December might see me reading Christmassy things – including my annual rereads of A Christmas Carol by Dickens and Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I am hoping that I can fit in some more wintery feel good reads too – what they will be, only time will tell!

What have you been reading lately?

Organdie. x


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?!)


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.


The Year in Books :: December 2015

Wow! Hello December, where did you spring from?!

Things here have just been a bit manic and time seems to have completely slipped away from me.  When things get busy or fragmented, my attention span seems to do likewise, so my reading slowed down again in November.

I still managed to read two books, but they were both read right at the beginning of the month!

First up was Kate Morton’s The Lake House.


This was exactly the kind of book I was in the mood for once the clocks went back and the weather turned distinctly autumnal verging on wintery.

I love Kate Morton’s books, they wrap you up in their family saga and there is enough suspense and intrigue to keep you wanting one chapter more!  Perfect!

I then read The Penguin Lesssons by Tom Michell (and illustrated by my talented friend Neil Baker – you can find him over here)


This was a lovely heart-warming tale of Tom’s experiences in Argentina in the 70s after rescuing a penguin from an oil slick.  I thoroughly enjoyed this little book – I think it would be a smashing gift for anyone who loves animals (especially penguins, obviously) and who likes to read things that warm the cockles of their hearts!

December always sees me read (or attempt to get to) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I have no reason to think that I won’t try them again this year because I love them both dearly.

As for anything extra?  We’ll have to see…

What have you got lined up for your December reading?

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 :: April 2015

It’s that time again!  As part of Laura’s The Year in Books project over at Circle of Pine Trees I am going to share with you what I have been reading and what’s on my reading horizons for next month.

March seemed to be a slightly slower month – not just in terms of reading, but everything seems to have slowed down for me lately.  (I am sure that mindless internet browsing is partly, if not solely, to blame – so I have a little experiment to share with you later this week.)

I managed to read one book in March;

Oliver Twist


I am afraid to say that I found it quite hard going, and I actually much preferred the musical (is that even allowed!? I am going with HELL YES!)

I found myself picking the book up, getting a page or two read and then feeling bored and distracted and putting it down again.  Not great.  But I am not going to beat myself up about it too much.  Some books just don’t click do they?  So let’s move on…

What does April have in store?

I’m not overly sure again to be honest – I seem to have gone back into a slight reading slump of sorts again – but that could be down to my magpie eyes and brain not letting me truly settle on any task at hand at the moment.

I am going to try and read The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield for Book Club this coming month;

The Celestine Prophecy

I am trying to leave it as long as possible to read so I can at least try and retain some information about it for discussion on the night!  And of course I am continuing on with my journey through Middle Earth and The Lord of the Rings too.

What are your reading plans for April – are you joining in with Laura’s Year in Books too?

Organdie. x


The Year in Books :: February 2015

It’s that time again!  I am joining in with The Year in Books (year two!) with Laura from Circle of Pine Trees – you can find some more information about the project by visiting her gorgeous site here.

I am whispering this next sentence – *I think my reading mojo might be coming back* – shhhh! Don’t look directly at it in case it gets spooked and runs away again….
I am amazed looking back at my Goodreads record for the month of January -I have only gone and read 8 books!  How on earth did this happen!  Not that I am complaining, I am relishing the fact the I am enjoying dipping into books again.  And I have to say that 4 of the books were quick dip in books – I mainly read them for the lovely pictures, but I am still counting them as I did read the small number of words in the books too, promise!
I read:
This was a really interesting read about the history of Polaroid photography – I enjoyed this one despite the writing style not being my favourite, one I will go back to I am sure over the years.
I listened to this one read by Helen Macdonald via audible while I was busy making thing for the shop, and it was absolutely wonderful.  I have the hard copy too, so I will ‘read it read it’ at some point too to see if it is completely different in that format – I am sure it will be!  I was also thrilled to hear that Helen has won the Costa book prize for this book – brilliant!
This one was a slightly odd read – I am interested in learning more about Tarot, but I think I need to devote much more time to finding things out, I did find my mind wandering because I couldn’t quite match what I was reading in my mind to the practicalities of Tarot – I will return to this one when I have time to digest the information better.
This one was lovely to look at even if some of the ideas seemed a little half baked!  The photography in the book is gorgeous, and for that reason alone I will be looking at this one again and again.  There are a couple of ideas I will try out at some point too I am sure!
Next up are three wonderful wonderful books that I absolutely adored!




 These books!  Oh my god!  I love them!  Quirky bird illustrations, wonderful descriptions of the birds all add up to three charming reads.  I will be looking at these books for a long time to come – highly recommended!  And Matt Sewell has another book about Woodland birds – must get that one to complete my set soon!
Last up for January was a lovely funny honest book about running – this was in an attempt to get me back into a running mindset and to help get me out to running club once a week (and more on my own).  I think it sort of worked actually – running club has been fun in a hurting kind of way, so something might have stuck from this little book somewhere!
I am re-reading The Lord of the Rings for the umpteenth time.  I am not rushing this one so it might take me all year to get through but that’s OK!  I am enjoying journeying back to Middle Earth, I think it will always weirdly seem like a second home to me.  Does that make me sound completely loony?!  Ha!
I am also going to take part in a readalong happening on Youtube in February – I am going to try and read Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.  Sanderson has been on my reading horizon for a while now, and this seems like the perfect time to try his writing out to see if I like it.  If I do, then the readalong carries on all year, and I think takes in all of Sanderson’s writing.  Sounds good.  (There is a Goodreads group over here if you would like some more information)
I might leave my little list at that actually, as you know (and might be sick of hearing about!) my shop is opening soon and we are all in full swing getting things ready, so reading time might be a little thin on the ground over the next few weeks.  As little pressure surrounding one of things that I love to do sounds sensible!
What is on your reading horizon for this month?  Hope you have something good on the go, I’d love to hear what it s.
Organdie. x
PS – come and say hi on Goodreads if you are so inclined!

The Year in Books :: January 2015

I am so pleased that Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees has decided to keep going with her Year in Books project from last year.  I really enjoyed documenting the books that I read in 2014, and am looking forward to doing the same with the books from 2015.

So in December 2014 I read three books, which kind of surprised me – I felt like I was not reading much at all, rather spending the time fretting over one thing or another (daft).

Christmas Books

First I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which I read every year if I can, it is one of my favourites.  I have to say that this time around I was not feeling overly Christmassy, so it seemed to fall ever so slightly flat for me which I was quite sad about.   But it was still a lovely read and one that I will definitely read again in December this year.

Letters from Father Christmas

Next up was another Christmas staple for me – Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien.  You may know that I love all things Tolkien anyway, and this is just a lovely lovely book.  I always enjoy reading this one, even just flipping through is a joy – there are facsimiles of the letters Tolkien sent to his children, and they are works of art in themselves without even reading the words!

Work and Love

The last book I read in December was Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen which is a biography of Tove Jansson (big fan of the Moomins too!) and it was a really enjoyable look into the world of the woman who created the wonderful world of the Moomins.  At times the translation seemed a little stilted, but the information in the book was so interesting.  I might buy myself a copy of this one at some point, it was another visually stunning book to look through.

As for January, I am not sure what will be on my reading horizon.  I am reading Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos at the moment and finding that quite interesting, although I am not a huge fan of the writing style – the sentences seem quite short and disjointed sometimes.


I am craving some fiction of some kind that I can lose myself in, and obviously nothing on my shelves seems to appeal to me at the moment!  I am wanting to try and switch off from mindless media consumption in 2015 and really get stuck in to other things that might be seen as more useful (?) and reading seems to be one of the things that has really suffered in recent years for me in favour of the TV and the internet.  Not for much longer I am hoping!

Here’s to a good year of reading!  What have you got lined up for January?

Organdie. x