This Monday was open evening at Miss E’s school, a chance for Paul and I to see inside her classroom and be amazed at the progress our beautiful 5 year old has made in a term and a half at school. Book club was also meeting to review Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido. For a Monday evening this was an unusually busy one! Continue reading
It feels like a while since I wrote a book club review … in fact its been about 7 weeks. We postponed our last book club meeting until after Easter and then (confession time) I couldn’t attend due to illness! Laura had chosen the 1984 novel Neuromancer by William Gibson. I was disappointed to miss this months book club as this was the one read I really needed to discuss with the group … but more about why later. Continue reading
Easter has come and gone for this year. I enjoyed spending time with family and of course I ate far too much chocolate. It was also our wedding anniversary – 7 years! Paul and I enjoyed some time together … catching a movie and dinner. I managed to squeeze in a few projects, which I hope to show you all in the coming weeks. This weekend also marked the end of the 40 bags in 40 days decuttering challenge … so what next? As a final wrap up I thought I would share my tips for keeping the clutter under control … after the challenge ends. Continue reading
This week our little book club meet for another night of friendship, wine, and literary discussion. It was also the first time we had one of our members attend via Skype (with BYO wine) which I think speaks volumes about how enjoyable book club evenings are, as well as the book itself. This month our little book club reviewed – The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi. We had planned to discuss this novel at our annual Christmas dinner but conversation got the better of us. So we held off until now. Continue reading
Last week Miss E started primary school … a very big step for everyone involved.
After an emotional first day (just for mum … Miss E skipped all the way to class), we are quickly settling into our new routine. Beginning school is a major milestone in any young life and marks a definitive end to the baby and toddler years. So this week I thought I would look back and share my favourite top 12 children’s picture books as loved by both me and Miss E!
A new year is well and truly upon us and so is a fresh year of book club reading. Monday was the first time since our annual Christmas dinner we had all been together. Given this, the first glass of wine was spent catching up on everyone’s adventures over the Christmas and New Year period. To kick off the year’s reading, Our Little Book Club choose to review Kate Atkinson’s 2013 award-winning novel Life After Life, which one of our book club members, Jenni, aptly described as like Downton Abbey crossed with The Time Traveler’s Wife. Continue reading
This year sees the 8-year anniversary of our little book club.
It began one night when a friend and I had a wonderful discussion about a book we both happened to be reading – Tully by Paullina Simons. Our review was mixed … we certainly had different opinions … but we ultimately agreed it was a compelling read.
A couple of drinks later and the idea to start our own book club was formed. Continue reading