2018 standout books were:
My top books was Jersey potato pie as read really quick and saw film and made a potato bake to feature in a flatlay in honour of the book, so it was a whole experience. For Christmas I gave my sister the book, film, seasoning for potato wedges and a bottle of red wine.
Potato Peel Pie Flatlay
Guernsey Potato Pie Film Brief Review (No spoilers)
Also read Lullaby really quick; it is short intriguing book. It was great to see the author talk a couple of weeks ago.
Lullaby or Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Reread One day and it made me cry again. Read it Edinbugh where it starts and followed in footsteps of first day chronologically in the book in Edinburgh.
One Day footsteps from 15Jul1988 by David Nicholas
How many read?
Don’t know! I started a page in bullet journal to colour in books as read them but did not get very far with it. Probably read minimum of 3 per month.
My bullet journal: 2018 section
Naughty or Nice as regards books in 2018?
In 2019 I want to read:
Tattooist of Austwitz
More of Girl with series … read first three.
The flaw in the Girl who played with fire?
Another Maureen Lee (comfort reading).
Read two Maureen Lee. Liked the first that I read best: The house by Princess Park. It told the story of Ruby’s birth just as World war 1 ended. It then picks up different part of her and her many descendants stories; from bringing up children during World War One onwards onto millennium new year eve. The other was Stepping Stones.
The fell walker by Michael Wood. Loved that was set in Keswick in the Lake District and referenced places I know. Some suspense was built as regards the murderer. I enjoyed the narrative of the journalist Ben, but was not keen by this being interrupted by a different narrative strand. I did not fully buy the logic to the conclusion of the murder mystery. Certain plot devices near the end which were meant to be, dramatic seemed far fetched, yet it was too inevitable how the situation would conclude.
Bohemian Rhapsody: learnt about the band Queen which, was just before my time and was also entertained, so can not ask for much more.
As part of Victober read Dracula 🧛♂️
Victober: Dracula 🧛♂️ (no spoilers)
Elizabeth’s lists by Lulah Ellender on the surface a tribute to the author’s Grandmother and her life before, during and after 2nd world war. Also gave an insight into the author dealing with the demise of her Mother due to cancer, in parallel to writing the book.
Watched a whole royal wedding for the the first time.
Princess 👸 Day
Q and A with Jodi Piccoult. Learnt been pronouncing her surname wrong for years!
There were so many prime ministers during Queen Victoria’s regiments I have split the list in two. To make it more confusi ng, several prime ministers had more than one spell as prime minister. All the comings and goings are detailed in Gimson’s book, which I have picked some highlights from in my posts about each pri.e minister, but there is lots more in the book! There is also a similar book about King’s and Queens by Gimson.
For part 1 see:
Victober: Prime minsters during Queen Victoria’s reign based upon Gimson’s Prime Minsters Part 1
The next prime ministers:
Gimson Prime Ministers: Robert Peel
Gimson’s Prime ministers: Lord John Russell
Gimson’s Prime Ministers: Earl of Derby
Gimson’s Prime Ministers: Earl of Derby
Gimson’s Prime Ministers: Earl of Abeerden
Gimson Prime Ministers: Lord Palmerston
Gimson’s Prime Minister’: Benjamin Disraeli
Gimson’s Prime Minister’s: William Gladstone
Gimson Prime Ministers: Marquess of Sailsbury
Lived 1830 – 1903
Prime Minister 1885 – 1886, 1886-1892 and 1895-1902
Sailsbury was the last prime minster to date to accumulate 14years as prime minister (over three spells). Towards the end of his third spell in 1901 Queen Victoria died. She was suceeeded by her son Edward VIII, was he was in position, in 1902 Sailsbury resigned and handed over to his nephew Balfour.
Prime minister 1868-74, 1880-1885, 1886 and 1892-94
Gladstone had 4 spells as Prime Minister, the last being when he was 82years old. Amongst his reforms, Gladstone introduced universal education up to the age of 13years.
Queen Victoria did not like the way he addressed her as if in a public meeting. She was not happy that her son the future King Edward VIII, was a pall bearers when Gladstone died from cancer, a year after he retired from his final spell as Prime Minister.
Disraeli was born a Jew and became prime minister in 1868 this is remarkable because until 10 years before he became prime minister (1858), Jews could not become prime ministers under law. Strictly speaking aged 12 he was baptised in the Church of England. On some levels he was proud to be Jewish however, he had dropped the apostrophe from his name D’Israeli putting less emphasis on Israel. Before entering politics Disraeli was a lawyer and then attempted to run his own newspaper but, that folded.
Before, during and after; his time in politics he wrote novels. He became prime minster aged 64, when Derby retired in February 1868, six months later in November 1868, he lost the general election to Gladstone. He had time to write another novel before winning the 1874 election and returning as prime minister. He impressed Queen Victoria by buying a controlling share of Suez Canal and gained her the title of Empress of India. Queen Victoria regularly sent him flowers.
Disraeli lost the election of 1880 to Gladstone. Before his death the following year he was able to complete his final novel.