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Reading My Library in 2017


I have always loved reading, but I have not always had time to read.  I have also always loved to be surrounded by books.  I have fond and vivid memories of the shelves running the length of my bedroom wall when I was a girl, packed full of wonders and treasures, such as The Wind in the Willows, many of Agatha Christie’s novels, and old favourites like Enid Blyton’s Mallory Towers series.

2016 was the best reading year I have had for a long time.  In recent past times, my work gradually took an ever increasingly tight stranglehold on my time, energy and head-space.  The result was that although I started many books, I rarely finished anything.  Happily, my circumstances have very much changed for the better, and one of the miraculous consequences has been that last year I was able to enjoy and, yes even finish, just over 50 books.

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Friday Quote: Celebrating Earth Day


Friday 22 April 2016 is Earth Day.  This year, the campaign is focusing on planting trees.  Hear, hear!

We all know how important it is to look after the world around us.  Today, over 160 countries will sign the Paris Agreement, which was agreed late last year.  Here is some more information about why this is such a major achievement, and how it should help combat climate change.

We can all do our bit to make a positive change.  From recycling batteries to buying local produce, there is always something we can tackle.  I have signed the Earth Day petition and am working on eating less meat.  What will you be doing to help?



To Boldy Go……


First off, let me confess to anyone who does not already know that I am an out and out Trekkie.  I am a die-hard Voyager fan in particular, but will watch pretty much anything to do with Star Trek.  (I realise writing this that I completely forgot to mention this in my responses to Ute’s questions recently, but there you go…!)

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H is for….


…High-Intensity Reading.  And what a read indeed.  I could not put this book down, even when I was not reading.  It became for me like my very own hawk – always watching and waiting in the room, ever present, until I could next pick it up again.

Helen Macdonald’s award winning book, H is for Hawk is the story of how she comes to terms with the death of her father, while also, and because of her time spent, training a goshawk.  It is a magnificent account of the intricacies of falconry, as well as a highly personal confession about one of the most difficult things someone can experience.  A complete page turner, I recommend this book unreservedly.

Read on if you would like to know more detail about my thoughts.  I have tried to avoid plot spoilers, but have included quotes and references to material throughout the book.

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