Monday, November 22, 2021

This week....

 I'm reading....

Last week I mentioned that I was starting to read a book by Karen Swan called The Christmas Secret. I finished that book last week. If I show you the two books I picked up from the library today, you should get a fair idea of what I thought of that book....

The other book that I read this week was called The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks.  This is a middle grade book which is about a young girl called Fred who is trying to navigate a complicated life in 1999. She is being raised by her adoptive father who has a new partner, who in turn brings a son called Sam into the house. She also has a growing awareness of the world around her, particularly the tragic events in Kosovo which lead to a group of refugees being housed near her town.  This is very much a Melbourne book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I now need to get a move on in reading Cinnamon and Gunpowder. The last date to post about the book is 30 November, which is approaching very rapidly.

I'm watching....

I am very excited to see that The Great is back, which we have every intention of watching, but this weekend we watched the first two episodes of Wheel of Time. I have never read the books, but my husband has. I think it is watchable, although I do know some AVID fans who are definitely not enjoying it.

I did watch a few more episodes of Midnight Diner over the weekend and I intend to watch more this week.



We are now allowed out as long as we show our vaccination certificates whereever we go, so we took advantage and had a pub meal. It was so nice to go out, but it was busy, loud and the drinks were expensive! Maybe it is just so long to since we had a pub dinner that I had forgotten all of those things.

It was also bookclub week this week, and for the first time we were able to meet up in person, at a lovely French cafe.  There were only three of us but we had a great chat about books, music, social events and more. The next theme is Holiday, so I am not sure if I am going to count one of the Christmas books I have here, or a book about somewhere I want to visit, or maybe summer. So many options.

The other big focus for the weekend was painting the master bedroom. When we have finished there will be no more 1979 in my house, except for the front door. If we weren't going to be moving we would have changed it, but that can be the next person's thing to do.

Posts from the last week

I've linked this post to It's Monday, what are you reading? as hosted by Book Date


  1. That speaks well of Karen Swan if you checked out more of her titles. I hadn't heard of her so I looked her up and see she is writing a 5 part historical series about Scotland and St Kilda. That's appealing to me so I will probably see how to order that.

    Great that you are able to go out by showing your vaccination status! I wish our local goverment was on the ball. In Florida the governor is enacting legislation to fine businesses who require the proof. Ugh. I can't wait to vote him out.

  2. The Year The Maps Changed was on my most-anticipated list. I never got around to reading it because it's hard to find a copy where I live. I hope you have a good week!

  3. How nice to get out to a pub. I still haven't done that. Soon, perhaps.

    Enjoy your books, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  4. It is always fun to discover a new author and find out they have more books to read. I'm glad you were able to get out. I haven't been to a restaurant for months and months. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. I love Christmas books. Glad you are able to get out and about! Here is my link:

  6. I've heard some mixed things about Wheel of Time too, which is unfortunate for all the fans.

    "no more 1979" :)

  7. Christmas books are so much fun. Hope you are able to stay healthy while you are out there. Thanks for visiting my blog today.