The woman next door by Cass Green

A seemingly fairly innocuous book. One neighbor is at a computer class and the other at the hairdressers at the start of the book. The whole story is told in a casual way, but it is more twisted then it appears.


 One reviewer called it ‘gripping’ I would not say I was gripped but I was entertained and would not have predicted ending from the start. 

35 before 35 progress

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling
http://isthatyoudarling.co.uk/tag/34-before-34/

A couple I have already done and some I have booked already! Scoring a Turkey I have never done; can it be done before November? 

1. Dye hair blue

Did in December.


2. Read a Stephen King book

This was a new year resolution. I have bought Insomnia.

3. Do a park run

Need to practice.

4. Go to Amsterdam

Booked.

5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes
Saw one in Hull need to seek another.

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan

Booked.

9. See Greenday

Booked

10. Score a Turkey at bowling.
11. Watch love actually again

🙂 Looking Coward to

12. Watch love actually sequlae

Looking forward to.

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema

Seen:

La La Land

Manchester by Sea

Lion

50 shades

Trainspotting 2

3 more to watch! Last year only about 3 in whole year.

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 

Booked

16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

Got 50 so far.

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.
Been to three so far.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing

35 before 35

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling

http://isthatyoudarling.co.uk/tag/34-before-34/

1. Dye hair blue

2. Read a Stephen King book

3. Do a park run

4. Go to Amsterdam

5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan

9. See Greenday

10. Score a Turkey at bowling.

11. Watch love actually again

12. Watch love actually sequlae

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 

16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing

From Drag Queens to Bondage aka Everyone’s talking about Jamie to 50 Shades of Grey

From theatre Monday to cinema Wednesday.

Everybody is Talking about Jamie: Showing at the Crucible Sheffield until 25th February

The second 50 shades starts with Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel broken up. They are soon back together and the power struggle continues. He drags her away from drinks with her boss, she forces him into supermarket shopping, he buys company she works for and so on. Anasatasia is trying to find out about the mysterious man she has fallen for, maintain her independence, start her careeer whilst Christian meddles in every aspect of her life all well maintain perfect make up 24/7 including asleep and in the shower. Will Anastasia manage not to be owned? That is a question for all to make up their mind up about. Although the film plot and film are fairly similar,  you may have different answers from the book compared to the film.

Giving a way my Enid Blyton books; must have spent hours of my childhood reading them …

I came to an agreement with my parents that I would take my Enid Blyton books when I moved to a bigger house. Then I have gone back and forth about whether I would or anyone else would ever read them again if I kept them and whether they would just unnecessarily be taking up space. The stories were dated when I read them about 25+ years ago so must be even more dated now.

I was going to give them to a charity shop but then mentioned them to friends and two of them wanted them. I took photos of the books to determine how to split the books. Not handed them over yet, but now the decision is made. I will have these photos to remember the books by and happy memories of reading them. Hope their young daughters also get some pleasure out of them. Who knows maybe one day I will borrow them back and meanwhile they are not sitting pointlessly on my shelves.

First pile on left famous five, coming left next pile Mallory towers, St Claire’s, Secret seven and fabulous 4
Mixture of ones good for reading to children or for them to start reading themselves
Others misc

Considering that is just some of Enid Blyton’s books; she wrote so many! Au revoir again for now Blyton.

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan contains SPOILERS

The concept of the book is on par, with the impressive Gone Girl. It turns out the central character who is receiving letters from a girl who went missing 20years ago is actually that girl , but has repressed the torment. Alas not executed as well as Gone Girl. I struggle to see the character as whole because,  the book does not fully explain where she thought she had come from? Drug addict that turned into a teacher; how? and what was her childhood before that? Margot as a character was convincing before I knew about Bethany. The book splitchapters  down further into bite size segments, I think the idea was to show her confusion or at least it could have done if executed differently, as it was it just felt jerky and I found it hard to engage. For example, I also did not feel her getting into relationship with Martin was that plausible .

That been said I did have a gap, between starting Dear Amy and finishing whilst read The Girl with all the gifts for book club so, maybe they contributed to me thinking the book was slightly disjointed. Overall it was a pleasant enough read but disappointed because it had potential  to be more powerful and deeper.

The girl with all the gifts by M.R.Carey