What I read: November & December 

  • ‘The Moving Finger’ and ‘A Murder is Announced’ by Agatha Christie 
  • ‘The Map That Changed The World’ by Simon Winchester (counting this as the micro history for Read Harder challenge)
  • ‘You’re Never Weird on the Internet’ by Felicia Day (marking this one as book published in 2015 for RHC and loved it!)
  • ‘1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving’ by C O’Neill Grace & M M Bruchac with the Plimoth Plantation, ‘Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage’ by Plimoth Plantation et al, and ‘Squanto’s Journey’ by J Bruchac (RHC a book about or by someone from an aboriginal culture) 
  • ‘Standing in Another Man’s Grave’ and ‘The Complaints’ by Ian Rankin (a joy to return to Rebus’ Edinburgh)

Audiobook wise I’ve almost finished ‘Written in my Own Heart’s Blood’ by Diana Gabaldon – had I not fallen down the Hamilton the Musical rabbit hole it would have been finished weeks ago! 

What I Read: September & October 

Okay, I got a tad sad when I realized that I wasn’t reading enough to finish the Book Riot Read Harder challenge this year THEN sense kicked in. So what if it takes me longer than a year. So what if I want to read a book that doesn’t fit the criteria. 

So I’m going to take my time, and read around. The most important thing is that I’m reading. Even if I generally get my reading done at 4am after Zoey has had a pee and I can’t get back to sleep. 

So, September-October I read only one book for the Read Harder Challenge and that was ‘The Liar’ by Stephen Fry (a book by someone who identifies LGBTQ). I originally started this book when it was originally published zillion years ago. As much as I LOVE Stephen Fry this book is ridiculously self indulgent, dull and needed a strong editor. It almost put paid to me reading anything ever again BUT I surfaced to read Agatha Christie’s ‘The Body in the Library’ which was also dry but a mercifully short read. 

After that I needed something fun so I dived back in to an Alexander McCall Smith cosy mystery and ‘The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds’. It was cosy medicine! Then I was recommended ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ by M. R. Carey  which was the opposite of McCall Smith. Jarring, brilliant and contained zombies. 

Maker Faire 2015 

This was our fifth Maker Faire NYC, and whilst we barely scratched the surface I’m calling it a win.

I’ve done Maker Faires: 8 month pregnant with twins, pushing a double stroller with almost walking 1 year olds who refused to sit & preferred to stand, carried one almost 2 year old in an Ergo and then did it the next year with an almost 3 year old. So having two almost 4 year olds who can walk all day by themselves, and pee in toilets is a success.

Safe to say that the NYC Maker Faire is a fixture in our calendar. We are makers, and whilst I’d prefer it if the Faire had more open ended child led making rather than the tables and tables of adult devised activities I’ve made peace with that. We can pick and chose, and gather ideas. It just nice hanging out with the maker crowd, and being surrounded by robots and cool stuff.

Of course going anywhere with small children means you may end up with a different type of day than you’d planned.

Once we arrived Nomi and Zoey’s main priority was tracking down where the bubbles were coming from. Turned out that there was a fancy soda concession/demo that was blasting out bubbles to attract soda lovers. What they got were lines of teens and adults for the drinks, and small children clustered around the bubbles. The bubble machine was pretty epic.

We tried, oh how we tried, to shepherd them inside but next up was mini-golf. They really wanted to play mini-golf last year but were too wee so we could not say no even though it was a free for all.

 After mini-golf we got inside the science museum for a walk-about and lunch. Both girls were starting to tire so we released Alex for a solo explore and we went to the open ended play area in the museum.

Nomi and Zoey’s mood lifted as soon as they could play and settled into games with each other.

 After an hour of playing we headed back out to find R2D2 and smoothies. I managed a solo walk around the craft fair but it was borrowed time as the kids were done but Zoey was holding on for dear life.  She was determined to make something even though she was dog tired. She half heartedly sat down with straws and paperclips (personally I think tape would have been better but there was none to be had) and Nomi next to her happily cutting up straws. The tears started and we took a photo of the straw  structure she wanted to make.

Then back to the car for another picnic before heading home to the Sound of Music soundtrack.

Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge: August

Well, I made it through one book for the Read Harder challenge, three audiobooks last month and an Agatha Christie. Not bad. 

For the Read Harder challenge I read ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ by PD James (this was the book written by someone over 65 yo). It was a slow start but once James got into mystery it really picked up and you could tell she had the upmost respect for the characters. It was lovely to get some closure on some of the characters. 

On the audiobook front I powered through Diana Gabaldon’s ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’ (6th Outlander book) and at over 40 hours this is no joke. I love the Outlander series so much. I am going to be so sad when fully caught up and waiting for the 9th book to be published. After my Claire and Jamie marathon I needed a change of genre so went to my beloved Agatha Christie. There was a double feature on Audible of ‘The Man in the Brown Suit’ and ‘4:50pm from Paddington’. Emilia Fox read TMITBS and everyone needs to listen to it now. It’s like Christie decided to write fan fiction about her genre. It’s funny and fresh since it’s a relatively neglected book. 4:50pm is read by Joan Hickson so it’s Miss Marple perfection. 

I’d obviously decided that I hadn’t had enough Christie lasts month and went on to read ‘Murder at the Vicarage’. Nice to read the original story’s again. 

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