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November reads

I’ve decided that since I’m so against spoilers my book reviews cannot be particularly meaty so I’m going to do a monthly post covering what I’ve read during the month. It’s only in recent years that I’ve developed an appreciation for Chick Lit, I  was a bit judgemental in the past.  Erika James is one of the authors in this ... Read More »

The Little Red Chairs – Book Review

The Little Red Chairs by Edna o’ Brian is one of very few books which I’ve wanted to re-read before turning the last page.  Rich, weighty, powerful and beautifully written it challenges on so many levels. It’s hard for me to choose reading books, with an aversion to spoilers I rely on recommendations and random choices. I refuse to read ... Read More »

On Harry Potter, dyslexia, death, magic and more

Bonding A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on May 6, 2017 at 1:49am PDT How strange that I closed the last page of The Deathly Hallows, the final Harry Potter book to see posts on Facebook and Twitter celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter.  Just over 20 years ago my older children wanted to enter the world of Harry Potter.  ... Read More »

My week in pictures 20 – 27 November 2016

Our chicks are about 2 months old now.  They are so tame and sweet the Black Australorp Angel looks like a hen and Lucky looks like it may become a rooster.  Does anyone know a bit about chickens and chicks who can confirm this?  We’re pretty much just going by the size of the comb.  Actually we were told that ... Read More »

Thoughts on Leonard Cohen and Longing

The biography of Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man by Sylvie Simmons, is a journey in the shoes of a man of greatness, a man with the ability to capture the elusive in word and song.  One word stops me in my circular tracks.  That word is ‘longing’.  It comes up repeatedly from the title of his poetry book “Book of Longing”,  to ... Read More »

MS Conception and parenting misconceptions – book review

At the Kids Emporium Bloggers breakfast, Pamela Power was one of the speakers.  I loved her humour and frank manner.  After jumping a few technological mental block hurdles I bought her e-book MS Conception (also available in paper) on Takealot. Modern motherhood is cloaked in misconceptions.  Social media generally projects motherhood in rose tinted hues.  Most mothers present the painted face of ... Read More »

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Book Review

The title Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, prompted me to read the book.  Being aware that trying to pretend that Marc never happened in my life created a dishonest version of me and my past, which is integral to my present self.  We are indeed the sum of our experiences. At first, although aware that the book is funny, I ... Read More »

The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis – book review

The Zone of Interest is a beautifully written, terrible book. On Goodreads I gave it 5 stars (and I’m mean with those stars) but I cannot recommend that anyone near or dear read it. At a book lovers gathering I was given the book on condition that I read it. It took over a year to meet the challenge, after ... Read More »