Monday, December 06, 2021

This week...

First things first! I announced the 2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge last week so if you like historical fiction and you like reading challenges then it would be great to have you join us!

I'm reading....

After that introduction you would expect that I would be reading historical fiction, but I am reading outside my comfort zone this week. I am reading Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muirwhich is hard to classify but lets go with dark fantasy featuring necromancers. It took me a while to get into the voice but right now I am enjoying it. I can't extend it from the library so I need to get on and finish it

I am back in more familiar territory with the audiobook that I am still listening too which is The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. This was the first Kearsley I ever read and it is still probably my favourite of her books. It has been a few years since I read this book and as I am listening to it I am being surprised all over again as certain things happen in the book. I have about an hour to go so I am hoping to finish it this week

I'm watching...

Last week I got a recommendation for a series called We Are Lady Parts which was a good series to watch. The series is about a group of five Muslim women from London who form a punk band. It is unexpected in many ways.

We have really loved Travels with my Father with Jack Whitehall with his father Michael. It was therefore a no brainer that we were going to watch Christmas with my Father, which was our Friday night treat.

On Saturday we started watching Hawkeye which is another Marvel series. This one is also set at Christmas time so you get Christmassy feels and comedy/action.

We also started watching season two of The Great and the first episode did not disappoint.


We now have something every weekend in December and January is filling up quickly too. This weekend I visited the Johnston Collection with some friends. I hadn't visited before but we will definitely be back. It is a museum of fine and decorative art. It is an amazing place, full of antiques and beautiful trinkets, which are all enhanced by embroiderers who have taken inspiration from the gorgeous items and then throw in a Christmas twist. I will be talking more about this during the week.

We also caught up with friends for brunch and then we went shopping for items for the new house. We thought we were going to buy a heater but instead we bought the pendant lights for the kitchen (no, note the one above, that's from the Johnston Collection). In exciting news we finally have a start date for the build!


Festive treats...

This week it has been all about Christmas music, in particular new Christmas music. Australian music legend Paul Kelly has released a new Christmas album. I think I need to listen to a bit more to give it an opportunity to grow on me.

The other album that is new to me is Wintertime Dreams: A Parisian Christmas which I know that I am going to listen to several times between now and Christmas.

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

1. Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin

2. The Happiest Season 

3. The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

4. Love Harder 

5. A Castle for Christmas
6. Hawkeye
7.  Christmas Train - Paul Kelly
8. Christmas with my Father
9. Wintertime Dreams: A Parisian Christmas- Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band
10. Single all the Way

Posts from the last week

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge - December 
Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2022 sign up post
Music A-Z: Z
Weekend Cooking: What I Baked in November
Six Degrees of Separation: Ethan Frome to The Red Tent

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


  1. Lots of Christmas cheer in your home, reading, and life in general!

    1. I haven't yet got around to doing the tree yet, but there is still time.

  2. So much Christmas! I don't do challenges but do read quite a few historical mysteries. I just got a new Kearsley this week but the audiobook wasn't available yet. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. I hope you enjoy the new Kearsley. I did.

  3. Brunch events are always my favorites. Enjoy decorating and may you have great books to read.

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  4. I am pretty sure I listened to The Winter Sea and really enjoyed it.

    1. I've read it a couple of times, but this was my first time listening to it.

  5. do remember that necromancy never pays! (I reviewed Gideon the Ninth on Nov. 11, 2019)

    1. I just finished Gideon in the last half an hour or so. What an interesting book!

  6. I love all the Christmas stuff. Happy reading.

    1. This week has been a bit light on the Christmas front Cindy.