Book Review: The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide


Goodreads: The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

This was a Christmas gift from my three year old charge although I suspect it was only given as it has a cat on the front of the book!

It was an interesting read and not something I would have picked up myself so I was grateful for the opportunity to try something new. It is a non-fiction first person which centers around a man and his wife living in Japan in rented accommodation and their relationship with a neighbourhood cat. It was very wordy but enjoyably so.

I felt glad that they got their own cat in the end!

Rating out of five:

Weekend Book Club


Book Review: There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras


Goodreads: There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness #1) by Claire Contreras

This book started off really well, it seemed to have an intriguing story-line, with a bit of crime going on and I thought it was something that was going somewhere, but half way through it turned into poor erotica not dissimilar to a fan-fiction. I can appreciate a good sex scene, but I’m more for quality than quantity and it felt like they were all over each other every other page.

The underlying crime story was interesting and I wish there had been more about that than the present relationship between Cole & Blake. He seemed overly controlling and it was off-putting at times.

As it’s part of a series I don’t know what happens next but will definitely give the second book a go.

Rating out of five:

Weekend Book Club

Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Goodreads: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

I read this book from 24th to 30th January 2015.

This is the sequel to Goodreads: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs which I read in 2013.

I really love this series, the author uses vintage photographs within the book and has developed the story and its characters around these images. Whilst I have the worst memory and can only vaguely remember what happened in the first book, I found I was able to slip into this peculiar world quite easily and not feel too out of touch with the characters.

The story is interesting as we follow the orphans on their adventure to save their “peculiardom” as they call it and one is kept on the edge of ones seat as they pass through different time-loops, I was never sure which year we’d end up in.

Definitely recommended if you enjoy young adult reads!

Rating out of five:

Weekend Book Club

Book Review: Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes

Goodreads: Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes

I read this book from 19th to 24th January 2015.

This book is probably described as chick-lit however it didn’t come across like the usual chick-lit I read (Sophie Kinsella).

It’s primarily set in Australia in a little seaside hamlet called Silver Bay, an area once famed for whale-watching however tourism is in the decline.

It centers around a rundown hotel where an elderly woman lives with her niece and great niece, when along comes a business man covertly seeking out an area for a brand new all-singing, all-dancing five star hotel to be situated.

The main theme throughout is the welfare of the whales and other sealife and how it’ll ruin everything for this big hotel to bool on in. There is romance, there are tears and there’s a precocious 11 year old, my least favourite thing in world!

I enjoyed the beginning getting into it, thought the middle was a bit of hard work but enjoyed it more towards the end when the excitement picked up.

Rating out of five:

Bean Book Buds – Book Club

The Bean Book Buds consists of myself and my best bud Gillian at

I’m desperate for encouragement back into reading and I thought if we each picked six books we could read one for every month of 2015.

Our compilation of books in reading order are:-

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras
Misery by Stephen King
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Remember me? by Sophie Kinsella
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland

I’m keen to get started and am pleased Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes came up first, I’ve read two of hers in the past which I really enjoyed.

Happy reading!

Books books books

Once upon a time, I was an avid reader, in 2012 I devoured 101 books but my reading habits have steadily declined since then with 52 in 2013 and only 24 in 2014, mostly I blame studying and moving house.

Now that I’m settled in my home I’m hopeful that I can start picking up a book instead of turning to Netflix.

First on my to read pile is Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons which is the second in a series called The Bronze Horseman. It centers on a Russian girl called Tatiana who needs to make a new life for herself in America.

I was, in August, part-way through re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, so I should probably finish that also!

My goodreads goal for 2015 is to read 25 books! Let’s get back into it nice and easy!

What are your January reads for 2015?


When I first started telling people the house purchase was going through the first response was “it’ll be nice to have your own space” and “you can really start to be independent” but honestly, the thing I was looking forward to most was having somewhere to put my books!

After a disastrous few years I really turned to books for company and escapism, I purchased them at a rate of knots – charity shops offering 3 for £2 did not help either. Eventually my mother had to say “you need to stop buying books or I’m going to have to get you help” … a joke I’m sure but I did slow down my book buying and turned to my kindle for a while.

I have moved the vast majority to the new house and started putting them into the BILLY bookcases my friend gave me and am so pleased at how I can have my lovely books on display.

I still haven’t decided how to organise them or which books will be relegated to the small bedroom and which will have pride of place on the expedit kallax bookcase downstairs. But for now they’re on a shelf… however let us not forget the books still in boxes in my mothers loft…gah!

World Book Night 2013…

… or the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Currently reading: Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano

What are you reading?

I haven’t read any Shakespeare since last 23rd April I don’t think, such a fail, but I will look up one of his sonnets and read it before midnight!

ETA: Found one..!

Sonnet XC

Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now;
Now, while the world is bent my deeds to cross,
Join with the spite of fortune, make me bow,
And do not drop in for an after-loss:
Ah! do not, when my heart hath ‘scaped this sorrow,
Come in the rearward of a conquered woe;
Give not a windy night a rainy morrow,
To linger out a purposed overthrow.
If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last,
When other petty griefs have done their spite,
But in the onset come: so shall I taste
At first the very worst of fortune’s might;
And other strains of woe, which now seem woe,

Compared with loss of thee, will not seem so.

The Very Hungry Catepillar

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This was an activity I found on Pinterest you need:

1 x Dozen Egg Box
Red Paint
Green Paint
Yelllow Paint
Purple Pipe Cleaners

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Paint the egg boxes all green except for one compartment which should be red.  Add a yellow splodge to the top of each compartment and two for the eyes.  Half the purple pipe cleaners and stick two in the red compartment for antennae.

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Happy Deathday Shakespeare

Well a very happy deathday to Shakespeare and happy world book night to every one else!

I have to admit I came into April with good intentions wanting to improve my reading of Shakespeare.  The last time I had read Shakespeare it was probably 2000 and I was still in High School being forced to read Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, and yet… I always tell people these are my favourite.

Maybe it’s the way we learnt about them in school, but this time round I started with As You Like It and just couldn’t get into it, I finished it but I couldn’t tell you what happened in it.

I’m currently working my way through A Midsummer Nights Dream and again, I have no idea what’s going on.  So what did I do in school so differently to what I’m doing now?

Perhaps Olivia Hussey flouncing around as Juliet or Keith Chegwin popping up in Macbeth helped to sink the message in… not ideal but maybe visual Shakespeare is the way to go!