*I really must make a proper graphic for this
**I have no idea how one goes about doing such a thing
Hello Lovely Readers!
How are we all coping with The Beast from the East? (For anyone not UK based, that’s the sub zero weather and two inches of snow that’s ground the entire country to a halt). I hope you’re all staying warm inside ☺.
February has been and gone like a whirlwind (or rather, blizzard) and with it my birthday, which I spent in the pub with family (unknowingly spreading my Killer Cold germs) and antiquing with the non-hubs (where I acquired this beautiful copper jardinière):
We’ve also made quite a lot of progress on our house renovation project. The electrics are finished, the plastering is almost done and we’ve added a stone hearth ready for the fake (it is going to be a rental property) wood burner. This has meant lots of nights in an unheated property during the coldest winter for years, but it’s been worth it ☺.
Due to catching consumption (oh ok, just a bad cold) I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog. I did hit 200 followers, which was great and I’ve discovered quite a few new things, from the meaning of 1337 (thank you for the explanations nerdy tech friends), to the importance of water in a garden for attracting wildlife (thank you Sarah, I can’t believe what a difference it’s made – I now have a Robin who thinks I’m his bitch) and the difference between the super difficult (more boring) US Amazon 100 books to read in a lifetime and the UK version – thank you Liz for noticing this!
Quote of the month goes to The Orangutan Librarian for “that’s not a spoiler you can’t spoil a shit book” as mentioned in The Nope Tag. I also highly recommend reading her series of classic literature recommendations where we debated my hatred of anything with the “classic” label attached to it and she made me realise I was being totally irrational and I should just go and read Emma.
I reviewed five books this month (even through I read lots more) – in case you missed them here’s the TL;DR (in order from best to worst – you’re welcome):
White Teeth by Zadie Smith. A sprawling, majestic opus of a book. Would definitely recommend. Three and three quarter stars.
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham.Flowery language, oblique references and a timeline that was all over the shop detracted from the novel but it was still a good read and an interesting #ownvoice look at autism. Three and a half stars.
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale. An amazing premise pretty much ruined by following a random sub plot. Such a shame as this could have been brilliant. Three stars.
The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu. A really honest look at the border between the US and Mexico but mundane dialogue ruined it somewhat. Two and a half stars.
The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles. What even was this book? Just a bit shit, really. Two stars.
So that’s February wrapped up! I’m really looking forwards to March, as it’s when I get going properly with vegetable planting and gardening. I’ll also be able to crack on with decorating and hopefully might even have a new bathroom fitted (or at least on order) by the end of the month. Exciting!!!
How was your February? What will you be up to next month? Are you as cold as me? Let me know in the comments!