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Reading 2018

I still don't think I read a huge amount, but I am happy with the amount of reading I've done this year. The hot weather in July really helped as we stayed at home more than we might have otherwise done and spent lots of time lounging around with a book. 


Started about 6 books but didn't finish any of them 

A Study In Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle
An English Boy In New York  - T.S Easton


I can't remember




Tales From Moominvalley  Tove Jansson
The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree - Tove Jansson
Moominsummer Madness - Tove Jansson
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell


The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Better Then Before - Gretchen Rubin
The Prisoner Of Heaven - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street - Natasha Pulley
Lagom - Niki Brantmark
Dear Mr M - Herman Kock


The Year Of Less - Cait Flanders


The Kill - Zola

A customer at the shop offered me this book. Wow!


Nothing that I can remember!

March 2018

Happier At Home - Gretchen Rubin

I love Gretchen, I loved this. 

Headlong - Michael Frayn

From a few pages in I was hoping this would have some kind of Tales Of The Unexpected type ending, it did, I was delighted.

February 2018

Nothing! I thought I'd read more, but after being ill I was so exhausted it just didn't happen.

January 2018

The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

I love Gretchen Rubin, and knew so much about this book before I even turned the page so thought I would love it. However, I was sold a duff copy! The book started on page 19 then when I got to page 50 the section of Chapter One from page 19 onwards was repeated. Daft as it may sound it really put me off! Only off reading the book, not off the ideas within.

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

I understand what it is about this book that I'm supposed to love, and maybe I didn't fall for it just because I was ill when reading it, but it just reminded me if the endlessly tiresome conversations I have with certain grumpy customers that come to the charity shop to whinge about "the way things are these days".

December 2017

Elizabeth Is Missing - Emma Healey

This is not the type of book I'd generally read, but I picked it up at the charity shop and by the time I'd realised it was about a woman, Maud, suffering from dementia, I was already enjoying it. I found it to be so sad, but also wonderful, I loved it. 

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton

Didn't get on with this book. I thought I was really going to enjoy it, but after a hundred pages I didn't really care about the past, or future of any of the characters, and although I could tell it was building to something I wasn't all that interested in what it was. I think part of the problem was the period, it was just too far in the past for me and I couldn't latch on to the people or the time.

Small Move, Big Change - Caroline L. Arnold

I bought this book for my Kindle after reading about it here. The idea is that you set really small goals in order to bring about desired changes "microresolutions". I absolutely love this idea and it's the kind of thing I like to do anyway, but the first part of the book really helped to clarify some thoughts I had and offered some useful suggestions. The second part of the book was a little too long for me, and I found myself losing interest in the many, many illustrations of microresolutions in action. It was worth reading for the first section alone, even if I did find my mind wandering towards Gretchen Rubin frequently towards the end.  

Simplify Your Life - Sarah O'Flaherty

This, thankfully, was a freebie for the Kindle. Not for me at all, but gets good reviews elsewhere.



  1. I've enjoyed reading some of Gretchen Ruben's books in the past. I've not read her latest one yet though.

    1. Dan seemed to get more from The Four Tendencies than I did, I think that's because I prefer to hear Gretchen talk about it on Facebook live or the podcast. Most of the people in his office have read it too!

      I don't know if this was a wonderful dream of if I really read that her next project is about clutter/organisation, very excited about that, if I didn't just make it up!


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