Monday, November 29, 2021

This week...

I'm reading...

I haven't read much this week at all. I listen to a little bit of The Winter Sea, but not a lot. I do have a plan for something to read this week, so if everything goes to plan I will start reading Midnight in the Snow by Karen Swan.

I'm watching...

I did, however, watch quite a lot this week.

There is a new series on our national TV station, ABC, called The Books that Made Us which is all about the booksthat have shaped our literary scene. I don't think there is going to be much genre fiction in it, but the first episode was interesting!

I was flicking through Netflix and came across a show called School of Chocolate . The theory is that there are a group of professional chefs who come together to learn from a master chocolatier. Just the glimpses of some of the creations are amazing, as you can see from the trailer! I watched the first episode, and I think I will definitely watch more.

On Sunday night we watched Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which brings new mythology into the Marvel universe. I am looking forward to seeing more in this world as it was very interesting.

In terms of series we already had underway, we watched the Great British Bake Off finale and a couple more episodes of Wheel of Time. 

On our list to watch this week, if we can get to it, is the second series of The Great. We really loved the first series and I am hearing good things about the second series! I also heard of a series called We Are Lady Parts which we will try this week too.


This week, there were signs of getting back to normal. I have worked in the office a couple of days  and then we went to a very cool place for a work gathering . There were about 50 of us all up, and it was so good to see people face to face instead of looking at them through a screen.

On Saturday night we had some friends around for dinner. So much fun and so much food! In the end, there was enough food leftover for Sunday night dinner too! 

Festive treats...

I watched A Castle for Christmas on Sunday morning. It stars Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes, with a cameo from Drew Barrymore. It features an American author who decides on a whim to buy a castle in Scotland, despite the fact that the duke still lives there. I am not saying it is going to win any awards but it was a lot of fun, and I did laugh several times.

Here are the festive treats I have read and watched so far this year:

1. Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin

2. The Happiest Season - watched because Dan Levy is in it.

3. The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

4. Love Harder 

5. A Castle for Christmas

I did also spend some time working on next year's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, so I thought I would give you a sneak peak of the logo for 2022.  The sign up post will be up later this week, so if you enjoy reading historical fiction I would love for you to join in! I have also been doing some statistics which I will share over the coming week or so too!

Posts from the last week

Mjusic A-Z: Y
Weekend Cooking: Tasting Whisky

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


  1. I’m planning to watch The Books that Made Us, and we watched Shang Chi on the weekend which we really enjoyed, the fight scenes were spectacular.
    I’ll be signing up for the historical fiction challenge again, though Ill just miss out on my goal of 25 this year which surprised me

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. Glad that you will be joining again Shelleyrae!

  2. I’d love to watch The Books that Made Us but I bet we don’t get here. My library is good about interlibrary loans, even DVDs, but it has to be out awhile.

    Yea for another historical reading challenge. I enjoyed that this year.

    1. It is a very Australian focussed series Tina so it may not be one that you get.

  3. I've been thinking about watching A Castle for Christmas. And it sounds like what I need - just something fun! :)

  4. That Books That Made Us series sounds great! I also need to see if USA Netflix has School of Chocolate

    1. I'm sure Netflix will have School of Chocolate.

  5. A Castle for Christmas looks like one I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing, and have a great week. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  6. I've been really liking the recent Marvel stuff.

    1. I've loved most of it! Just a couple of exceptions

  7. Looking forward to reading more about the Historical Fiction Challenge :)

  8. It wasn't a bad week Kathy!