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2013: My Literary Resolutions December 29, 2012

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Now the Millennium is a teenager! I’m ready to face the growth spurts, raging hormones and GCSE’s.

Surprisingly, I was able to keep my three 2012 resolutions. This could be because I keep them short and precise. They were similar to STOP. LOOK . LISTEN. Next year I’ll be more adventurous in my hopes and dreams.

I have a few of books I must read this year. 

  1. The Simarillion by J R R Tolkien
  2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  3. The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence: There are eighteen books altogether. I have read five already

I also hope to continue to blog  regularly on Science, Books and Teaching.

Have a wonderful New Year!

Below are the links to my best  2012 posts

But you’re a scientist

Of men and of angels

A path worth following

The Young Tender Tween

An Ode to a ‘Supply’


A Morning to be Good on… November 26, 2012

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It’s Here! Well, almost

After a year of anticipation the Hobbit is coming to a screen near me. Yay!

I was read the Hobbit quite late in life. I was twenty-one and looking for a summer job. I had heard about this story but never read it. Not even after discovering Middle-Earth through Lord of the Rings. So that summer board and jobless I began my own unexpected journey.

Today is also the first anniversary of this blog.


Review: Wild Swans by Jung Chang November 1, 2012

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Wild Swans by Jung Chang

This book was introduced to me in a conversation I had with a fellow bookworm. Several weeks later I asked him to lend me his copy. That first night I was up until 2am. I like my sleep so I was surprised when I saw the time.

I’ve read several books set in 20th/21st century China. Harry Wu’s Troublemaker, Mary Wang’s story and Gladys Aylward’s biography Small Women. But these hadn’t prepared me for the huge stage on which this was set. Jung Chang writes about individuals while interweaving History and explanation of Chinese culture. It’s a seamless transition and adds so much.

I could connected with these three women (Grandmother, mother and daughter). Their characters and personalities were parallel to the many women in my life, mother . I was happy with their triumphs; smiled at their love interests;longed to share their loneliness and was wrath by their persecution. My main thought  throughout was this could be me especially as Jung Chang and I have similar temperaments. It’s been a while since a book has caused me to draw out large funds from my emotional bank.

Here is my final word: I will be very careful about how I use the word epic from now on.

OctoberFest: 1-31 October October 1, 2012

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OctoberFest 2012

Redbridge Libraries are the place to be this autumn

Redbridge Libraries are proud to present ‘OctoberFest’, a month of fantastic performances, poetry, music, mine, drama, storytelling and author events taking place across the Borough.


I am excited about this time of year! Apples of different colors and crunch abound and I can have hot chocolate again! You can tell I’m an autumn baby. 🙂

I will be posting about the workshops, guided tours and storytelling I’ll attend.

My Summer Read(s) August 22, 2012

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At the start of summer I was caught the olympic fever. It was great wasn’t it

Then followed numerous lazy days and humid heat. I wandered about my neighbourhood doing nothing in particular. Suddenly, it had been over month since I had posted here. Today I’m going to list the books I’ve read this August.

  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens: This is my third favourite Dickens novel with Great Expectations and Pickwick Papers taking the gold and silver respectively.
  • Snuff by Terry Pratchett: I saw this in the library and spent a few exciting days catching up with Sam Vimes.
  • Treasure Island !!! by Sara Levine: A young woman attempts to model herself on the character of Jim Hawkins.
  • Until we have faces by CS Lewis: This is one of those books that gets better as I get older.
  • The Kid by Sapphire: By the first chapter I was so disturbed hurriedly returned it to the library. May try again in winter.
  • One, two, Buckle my shoe by Agatha Christi: No summer is complete without Hercule Poirot!

There’s my list. I’d hoped my summer reading list would be longer. I blame the Olympics!

So, what have your summer specials been? Do you have any suggestions I could add.