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Saturday Conundrum!

When you are looking on the Book Shop Website for a Father’s Day book and then find yourself adding twenty new books for your “To Buy” List!!!!!  Oops!

It does help that DH and I like similar books so the answer, of course, is to buy a book that I know he will like and read and then I can read it after he has!!!!

Hope your Saturday is going well.  Have a great weekend. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xxx

Susie’s Book Club Friday.

April 2022 Book

I read this whilst we were away for our shortened Easter break.  Claire Tomalin has written several Biography’s of famous people, including Charles Dickens.  She always presents the life of the person she is writing about in very clear way without too many opinions of her own. 

Jane was one of eight children born to her parents, George & Cassandra Austen.  George was Rector of Steventon and received money from the living so the family were not rich and he suplemented his income by farming and teaching various Boys who boarded with the Austens.  In fact the home was quite chaotic and meal times were a centre for discussion regarding politics, current affairs and acquaintances!

Despite a dalliance with Tom Lefroy when she was Twenty, Jane never married and her work became her life with her first novel being published in 1795, Sense & Sensibility. 

From reading this book I think that Elizabeth Bennet’s character in Pride & Prejudice is very much how Austen herself was. 

If you are a biography reader then I can highly recommend this book.

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May 2022 Book

Now I normally read these books up to and around Christmas of course but this was given to be for Christmas and I didn’t get around to it.  It was actually a recommendation from my good friend Jayne, her daughter Emily on her Instagram Account; “Read By Emily”  (https://www.instagram.com/read.by.emily_/). 

It truly is a feel good book!  Carmen works in her local department store but it sadly closes and she is at a loss as to what to do next but her sister comes to her rescue and tells her about the local bookshop in Edinburgh who needs some help and she has a spare room in her home.  Carmen is reluctant to accept any help but decides it might be worth a change of scenery.  What her sister did not tell her is that the Bookshop is in dire straights and unless they can turn things round by Christmas will also be closing.  Will they get a Christmas Miracle and save the little Bookshop?

I love these sorts of books, they are an easy read but so enjoyable.  If you don’t want to read it now at the height of summer, buy it and save it until November!

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June 2022 Book

This is what I am currently reading, another Clive Cussler book from the Kurt Austin range.  You know, if you read this section of my Blog, that Mr Cussler is a huge favourite of mine and Eldest bought me all the books I was missing from the collection. 

Kurt and his partner Al are on a NUMA survey ship when they are asked to help at a disaster on a small island in the Mediterranean called Lampedusa where a ship has run aground and released a black poisionous mist which causes the local inhabitants to fall where they stand.  However someone managed to get a distress call off and they go to investigate.

They are then asked to try and find out what happened and come up against a secret organisation who are using knowledge from the Ancient Egyptians to change all the area in Northern Africa.  If Kurt, Al and NUMA are unable to find the cause and the cure millions will die and the world will not be safe.

I have read lots of Mr Cussler’s books now (several times over as well!) and some people would say they are all the same but I find that although it is usually a case of us against them, goodies versus the baddies, his books are always engaging and full of adventure and fun.  Very much like the James Bond films.    If you are into this type of story then you can’t go wrong with this book or any of the Cussler books.

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Sorry I have done three books on one post but it has been quite a hectic few months since April (Coco’s arrival being one of them!) but I am back on track now.

I hope you are having a wonderful Friday and will have a great weekend and see you all back here on Monday with pictures of the various things we are up to. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Literary Friday!

You know that I am a fan of crime fiction and when I was at school I devoured the Agatha Christie books and so too Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books and stories.  I also think that my Great Grandfather looked a lot like Conan Doyle (I will have to find a picture of him!).

Anyway the show “Elementary” began in 2012 staring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu and I really enjoyed it as it was set in current times with Jonny as Holmes but Lucy Liu as Joan Watson which was a good twist.  The two actors really had a great chemistry and the writers resisted the temptation of writing them as a couple.  Thanks to streaming services I have been able to watch all seven series in order and I again realised how much I really enjoyed it.

When I worked at the solicitors when I first went to work in the 80’s Abbey National Building Society had their head office at 221B Baker Street in London.  Today it houses the museum of Sherlock Holmes.  Alot of people think that Sherlock Holmes was an actual person especially as it was around the same time as Jack The Ripper, there have even been plays and films connecting the two, which is why I think people think he is a real person.  Anyway this is going to be on my list for when we next visit London.

Of course Bookshops abound in London and there really are too many to mention in one go.  One I have been directed to go to, again the next time we are down there, is Foyles on Charing Cross Road.

It was founded in 1903 by brothers William & Gilbert Foyle and in 2018 after 115 years was sold to the big bookstore Waterstones, who bought it to save the high street bookshops from closing because of Amazon and other on-line retailers.

It has five floors covered in books and I will definitely be going to visit. 

Do you prefer bookshops which sell everything or do you prefer bookshops who specialise in one or two subjects?  I personally like to browse along the bookshelves with all subjects in one roof rather than going to different shops.  It is sad to say that a lot of independent bookshops have closed or been bought out by bigger firms.  At one time Waterstones was lambasted for buying local bookshops and closing them down but they are now seen as the saviour of high street bookshops compared to Amazon.

Before Waterstones in Nottingham the above was our bookshop.  It sold all subjects of books and you also went here when you needed any text books for school which they ordered in for you.  I remember going here when I needed all the books for my English Litereature exam. There was a specific desk you went to with list in hand of the books you needed and then they would send you a postcard to say the books were in.  Needless to say when I used to go in to collect school books I always came out with more books to read.

Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you get time to read, I will be.  Have a great one. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

Library: A collection of materials, books or media that are easily accessible for use and not just for display purposes. 

©Max Touhey

So the definition of a Library above states a collection of books, but how many is a collection, more than one is a collection, several thousand is a collection!  The above is the wonderful Rose Reading Room in the New York Public Library, with lots and lots of books and who would not want to spend a few hours/days here!  ME!!!

Today is Book Club Day and here is what I am reading at the moment;

Jessica Fellowes is the Niece of Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame, but is a terrific author herself.  I read her first book in this series, “The Mitford Murders” a story based upon the famous Mitford sisters, particularly Nancy, but including Deborah who was The Duchess of Devonshire,

Treasure Hunts were a delightful distraction for the bright young things of the 1920’s, one of them taking place at the 18th Birthday Party of Pamela Mitford.  However when one of their guests, Adrian Curtis, is pushed from the tower of the village church next door to the Mitford home the Police accuse their maid, Dulcie of murder.  However The Mitford Girls chaperone, Louisa Cannon, believes Dulcie is innocent and sets out to prove this but the murderer may be nearer than they all think.

I have only just started this book but loved the first one so I am sure this one will be good too.  It is an easy read and very much in the style of Ms Agatha Christie and if you like her books then you are sure to love this too.  There are six in the series and I will be getting the four others to read.

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I got all my ironing done yesterday and today is home jobs day and I have some other jobs to do.  The weekend is again swimming and I am hoping to get some more quilting done on Sunday. 

I am not saying this too loudly but it is actually spring like today with the weather and the birds are busy singing and being very busy building nests!  Hopefully it will carry on being like this. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I will see you on Monday. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

World Book Day!

Today is World Book Day, celebrating 25 years this year.  Our Boys always read a lot when they were little and loved dressing up on World Book Day at school as their favourite characters, usually Harry Potter!

As you know I don’t need any excuse to spend a day reading, except it is Thursday of course and it is home job day but I may sneak a few hours reading tonight!!! 

Lots of my friends ask why I don’t belong to a Book Club and I would like to except for the books that are often chosen by the Club are meaningful books or heavy going and I really do read to escape every day life!!!!   However thanks to DH and the Boys I do have rather a lot of books on my To Read shelf! 

This is my To Read shelf but it has now also migrated to the the shelves next to it!

This is my current book and I have now got to Chapter 40 and it is as good as all the others that Mr Deaver has written. I know these thrillers are not to everyone’s taste but if you do like thrillers then he is one of the best Authors!!! 

So Happy World Book Day, I hope you get some time to read today or at the weekend if not.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

 

Susie’s Friday Book Club.

Happy Friday Everyone!  I hope you all have had a good week and a great weekend to come. 

As it is Book Club Friday here is the book I am currently reading.  I have read all of Jeffery Deaver’s books and even had the good fortune to attend a book reading by him of one of his books and get the book signed.  Over the last two years I think those are the things I have missed the most attending Book signings!!!

Anyway “The Midnight Lock” is the new Lincoln Rhyme thriller.  Lincoln is in court testifying against a hardened criminal who always seems to get away with it when his evidence is called into question.  Subsequently the criminal is found not guilty because of the evidence given by Lincoln and the Brass decide to take away Lincoln’s consultancy for the New York PD. 

Meanwhile Women are waking up in their locked apartments knowing that someone has been in whilst they slept.  He moves their things around, drinks or eats something and then leaves a copy of the local paper in their underwear drawer.  So far none of the women have been attacked but all our freaked out, despite them having complex locks on their doors.  The Press have named him The Locksmith, which he revels in and he is now looking for the next lock to pick.

Meanwhile the criminal who escaped jail is on the trail of Lincoln and Amelia, he wants to kill them both, sooner rather than later!

So far I am on Chapter 32 and really enjoying it.  If you have not read of any Mr Deaver’s work give them a go, they are all different and very, very well written.

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DH is out all weekend again so I am going to be doing some quilting again!  I hope your weekend plans have some fun in them.  Have a great one. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

 

Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

 

Susie’s 2022 Friday Monthly Book Club

Welcome to my 2022 Monthly Book Club.  I am hoping that I will do more reading this year and have started the year off with this book.

If you have Amazon Prime you will have seen that Book 1 of The Wheel of Time has been made into a series of eight episodes and I have watched it and it is fine.  However, as always there is so much more in the book. 

I have just started the second book in the series, “The Great Hunt” and it continues on from the first one where Rand has for the time being vanquished The Dark One but is now in fear of the leader of the Aes Sedai for using the One Power and fears he will be “gentled”, ie driven simple, for doing this.  He determines that the best way out will be for him to disappear, leave his friends so he does not put them in danger and get as far away as possible, and that is as far as I have got. 

There are fourteen books in total for the Wheel of Time series the last three being completed after Robert Jordan’s death.  I love fantasy books so I am in for a great ride with this story.  I will let you know how I get on with it.

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This weekend we are at home and DH has one event on Saturday night.  I have some home jobs to do and also some quilting and of course some reading to do.  It is very cold here today with a hard frost overnight and we woke to find thick fog too and the weekend is due to be the same, definitely a stay-in-doors weekend!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend and I shall see you all on Monday.  It has been very busy with work all week, hence no posts, I will do better next week I promise! 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Treacle is already in snuggle, warm mode!!!!

Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

This is Friday Monthly Book Review is weeks late but I put that down to being not well and then racing to catch up.

As you know at this time of year I love to read Christmas books and also for quite a bit of winter too.  I have actually only just started to read this but so far I like what I have read.  It is very much in the style of Agatha Christie where the family gather at the family country estate for Christmas and various members of the family have it in for each other!  Throw in a number of prominent guests invited by the Lady of the House and you have the typical murder mystery.  So far I have not reached the murder bit but if you like dear Agatha then you will love it. 

Although I have rather a lot on my “To Read” shelf I have actually added quite a few new books to my Christmas list for DH and The Boys.  Of course you can never have too many books.  It is going to be on my New Year “Aims” again to do more reading.  I suppose that is the best thing about New Year you can always add the same things to your list and try another year to succeed at it!  That and my Quilting of course!  Hopefully this year we will not have to do as much DIY in our home as we did in the last couple of years during the Lockdowns!

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It is Christmas Eve and I do hope you have managed to get everyting done which you needed to do before The Big Day!  I have and now for the next few days I am going to kick back and do the minimum amount and perhaps read for a while and even quilt! 

I hope you have the most wonderful time and I will see you back here in a little while with some pictures of the family and Treacle of course.

Christmas Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

Those that have followed me for a while know that Clive Cussler is one of my most favourite of Authors.  Eldest bought me for my Birthday a lot of his books I had missed and the above is one of them. 

Dirk, his famiy and friends get caught up in a post-Castro control for Cuba but more particularly an artifact that was thought lost at sea in 1898 which could lead them to the famous Aztec Treasure.  They have faced dire situations in the past but this one may end them all!

I have not got very far into the book yet, but am loving it already and will get to read a bit more whilst we are away. 

As do most book worms, I am also taking another book with me to London, just in case I finish this one.  I mean you cannot be without a book.  It is this:

It is the typical Christmas Country House Murder Mystery, in the style of dear Agatha.  I have just got all my Christmas books out to read!

I do hope you all have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Susie’s Friday Book Club.

Yes I know I am very late with this post, I am sorry, but it has been a little hectic here as always!! Anyway better late than never as they say and here it is :

This was a book I got from my Christmas present from DH and The Boys last year, where you get a book a month from the wonderful bookshop in London.  You give them all your likes and dislikes and then they send you books they think you will like.  Has it been successful? Sometimes and sometimes not! 

Did I like this book, it was okay but I did skip a lot of pages!!!!

It begins with the funeral of Sir Ecgbert Tode of Tode Hall and Lady Emma Tode is very glad he is dead! Sir Ecgbert was quite the bully but left the running of the estate to Lady Tode who is now looking forward to her retirement in Capri, however who is going to run the estate now is her problem.  Her eldest son, the new Sir Ecgbert, is as mad as a box of frogs and would not be capable of running the estate, her second son lives in Australia and would not consider ever returning and her daughter is just too involved with her own life.  That only leaves Sir Ecgbert deceased his nephew, who is Egbert, without the “c”! 

Egbert and his wife India are approached to run the estate and live there which they jump at the chance when offered the job by Lady Emma, but not long after arriving things start to unravel and then the Dowager Lady Tode is found dead in the crypt in suspicious circumstances, who murdered her and why?

Would I recommend the book?  Hmm perhaps if you have nothing else to hand!!!!  It was okay!  My main reason for skipping some of the pages was that it was quite slow in parts and quite often repeated itself.

Happy Friday everyone and I hope you have all had a good week and a lovely weekend to come.  I will try very hard next week to post something every day as normal.  I am hoping that the weekend will give me cance to catch up!!!!!!

Halloween on Sunday, I do hope everyone has a wonderfully spooky day!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx