09 March 2014

The year in books: March

February's read was Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (currently 99p on Amazon!). I can certainly say I was instantly sucked into this book and was fascinated by Ursula and her escapades. The idea of being given the opportunity to live your life again and again is a fascinating concept. There were points that dragged slightly but overall, an engrossing read. I'm not sure I can say too much more without giving the game away so I'll stop there. I'd not read any of Kate Atkinson's books before but I shall definitely be giving some of her others a whirl.

And that brings us nicely to March's book. After hearing/reading so many good things about it, including from The Girl and Laura, I decided to make The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion my March read. Want to know more? Here you go:
Meet Don Tillman.

Don is getting married.

He just doesn't know who to yet.

But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman.

One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie.

Absolutely, completely, definitely not.

However, I have a little confession: I've actually already finished it! I started it on 1 March and devoured it within the space of 4 days, and it probably would've been half that if I hadn't been pretty busy. I will save my comments for next month's post but it does mean I'll now have to read some others this month, which is great news for completing my 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge of 20 books this year!

So, as I expected, thanks to my new Kindle, my reading has certainly picked up speed. :D Since the last post, in addition to the above two books, I've also read Twelve Years a Slave, a narrative by Solomon Northup (again, in 4 days), which was excellent and I must now see the movie!

I'm now reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I'm only a few pages in but am a little unsure of this one. Has anyone read it? Is it worth reading?


Still want to take part in The Year in Books project? Visit Laura's March link-up post at The Circle of Pine Trees blog to add yourself to the list and grab the button she's very kindly created. You can take part using the hashtag #theyearinbooks on Instagram and Twitter. There is also a Pinterest board and a Goodreads group. I know; great, right?

03 March 2014

March Playlist

Once more, some old favourites and new discoveries for you for March.

I was just about to say how it was a difficult choice between Imagine Dragon's Amsterdam and another song from the same Night Visions album that I was going to urge you to listen to. But, in fact, you should just listen to the entire album! I find it an ideal listen for long train or coach journeys; it helps foster the illusion that you're travelling that little bit faster than you actually are.


01 March 2014

Sewing Saturday and London's Goldhawk Road

A late night post for you this evening so that I can truly call it Sewing Saturday.

And what a wonderful albeit tiring Saturday it has been. Myself and 10 other ladies from the different Bristol Folk House sewing and dressmaking classes carried ourselves off on the 8:30am coach from Bristol to London on a fabric-finding mission along Goldhawk Road in West London. This place is a fabric mecca and I think upon arrival at the tube station, most of us felt like this:

I'd prepared a loose shopping list based on some patterns, energised myself with a smoothie and chocolate based pastry, and we were off! Lunch happened in the middle but four hours after us descending upon Goldhawk Road, each of the ladies had made some beautiful choices. It was an awesome day! I managed to pick up five different fabrics with an idea in mind for four of them: two dresses, a blouse and snood. Cannot wait. Sadly, these hastily taken photos do not do them justice!

Oh, and in the sewing/dressmaking arena, these Colette patterns arrived on Thursday from sewbox.co.uk. How gorgeous is the packaging?! And with our day off on Friday, Amy and I went on an IKEA mission to construct a sewing corner. We were grinning from ear to ear for a couple of hours after we'd finished assembling and organising this.