Mark Manson’s The subtle art of not giving a f*ck

Finally knocked this off my TBR Wishlist. Thank you library ! I loved the anecdotes throughout, both personal and historic. He's lived an interesting life. My favourite ideas were around: Ditching shitty values for better, process based ones. You are not special, aiming for mediocrity and continual improvement. Responsibility/fault fallacy. I can't remember where I'd… Continue reading Mark Manson’s The subtle art of not giving a f*ck

Natasha Lester: Her Mother’s Secret and A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald

Natasha Lester is one of the most generous authors in Australia. Her blog is inspiring and informative. It is this generosity, and a love of her travel updates on Facebook as she researches her novels, that inspired me to pick up Her Mother's Secret - as much as the beautiful cover and intriguing blurb! I… Continue reading Natasha Lester: Her Mother’s Secret and A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald

Haddon Hall: for Jane Eyre and Princess Bride fans

Haddon hall is gorgeous and full of real and cinematic history. There is no rope or prescribed route. Minimal crowds. You meander your way through as you please. An oakpanelled room had an open fire and a musician playing twice during the day. A classical guitarist strummed to our visit, but I think they change… Continue reading Haddon Hall: for Jane Eyre and Princess Bride fans

Chatsworth house or Lyme park?

If you're a Pride and Prejudice fan (guilty! Though Persuasion is my favourite Austen) then you'll likely be familiar with this question. Which makes for a better Pemberley? Luckily you don't have to answer it because you can visit both in person like my husband and I did. Or watch either as Pemberley. In the… Continue reading Chatsworth house or Lyme park?

Recently read: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin, is a dystopian novel where people are numbered not named, sex is managed via a pink ticket system, and every hour of the day is strictly controlled. Can you imagine every wall being made of glass? Zero privacy? Zamyatin did, back in 1924. Before Orwell's 1984. Well before the Hunger Games or… Continue reading Recently read: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin