Monday, February 19, 2024

This week....


I'm reading

I am pretty pleased to have finished reading two books this week. The first was A French Adventure by Jennifer Bohnet which I read for a blog tour. My review will be up in a couple of days. I also finished reading Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa. I started it a couple of weeks ago, but had to put it aside. When I picked it up again I read it very quickly and liked it, although I did think that it  ended very abruptly.

I think I now have a few days where I can read whatever I like so I started reading Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See. I am about 15% in and so far I love it! I can't wait to go and read some more tonight!!

I would like to point out that I posted 5, count them, 5 reviews in the last week! I can't remember the last time that happened!!

I do have two blog dilemnas at the moment. Whilst I always post on my Facebook page, I still, after all this time, have not quite figured out what to do on Instagram. I mean, do I want to post every post, or is it just some, or is it none at all?

My other blog dilemna is that I have been thinking about getting a new blog layout for approximately 4 years. I think my husband even gave me a blog redesign for Christmas one year, but I still haven't done anything about it. I would like it to reflect books, baking and travel. One day, I will surprise myself and just get it done. Anyone have a great blog designer they can recommend?

I'm watching

My husband has been very good since we met and always ensured that we go out for a nice dinner every year for Valentine's Day. I think it may have kind of crept up on us this year, so instead of going for dinner, we went to the movie to Anyone But You which stars Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney. We still had dinner but it was only a burger and chips from Hungry Jacks. I was very pleasantly surprised by how funny the movie was. Yes, it was a bit silly, but we did laugh out loud. It took me quite a few minutes to realise that the movie was inspired by Much Ado About Nothing! The movie is set in Sydney, and it was a good taster for our upcoming visit to the city this weekend!

One of the key songs in the soundtrack for Anyone But You is Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield, and it has been stuck in my head for days!!

Here's the trailer

I started watching One Day on Netflix on the weekend, which is based on the novel by David Nicholls. I am about half way through and so far, so good. The story starts in 1988 and works it's way through the 90s. I think I am up to 1994. Watching this is giving me lot of memories from the music and fashion, and even the fact that there was no such thing as a mobile phones yet. How on earth did we manage back in the day!!  

We also watched several episodes of a series called The Secrets of the Imperial War Museum which was really interesting. We will definitely be spending at least one day at the IWM when we are in London later this year!


I've been listening to Inheritance by Nora Roberts. Last week I listened to a section of the book where the main character tested her cooking skills by cooking a pot roast. Despite the fact that it is not really the right weather for it, I convinced my husband that we needed to make pot roast on the weekend, and it was delicious!! Have you been inspired to cook something just because you read about it? 

I was talking to one of my colleagues on Friday. She was at the hairdresser and I was like it must be about time for my cut and colour. Turns out it was last week! Ooops. Luckily I have been able to make a new appointment for Wednesday this week. I hope I remember this appointment!

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


  1. There is a follow up to the Morisaki Bookshop novel that's in NG right now. I just finished Lisa See's Island of Sea Women, which was very good, and I hope to get to Lady Tan very soon.

    My Netflix binges have been of K-dramas, romances with lots of heart wrenching plot drama and interesting views of different parts of Korea. Hometown Cha Cha Cha started me off on my binge of K-drama.

    1. I have already pre-ordered the next Morisaki Bookshop book Harvee. Didn't realise it was on NG.

      I've watched a few Korean shows. Will have to watch more before my trip next year!

  2. Sounds like a good reading week. I've been tempted more than once to cook something I read about it a book too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. Good luck with the blog redesign. I haven't done one of these since 2019 because it's a massive pain. I really want to change my blog, but I dread it.

  4. I've had the same blog layout since I started my book blog and I should think about updating it but the thought exhausts me. I tried to embrace Instagram but it's allure always fades and I never know what I should post.

    1. I am happy posting all sorts of things on Insta, but I am not as comfortable with posting blog related things. I guess I just wonder who would be interested?

  5. I am a bit shocked. I just went to see when I got my current design and it was 2013! I have had the same design for 14 years!! The only thing that has changed is that my background disappeared. That's it!

  6. Hmm...since 2020...which makes it 14 years!!

  7. I need to read the Lisa See novel. It looks good. And that movie trailer is funny. I need to see it. Seems like a fun date night.



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