Hope every one’s new year celebrations went well. I still don’t do resolutions, at least not at this time of the year :) but if you’ve made some good luck!
I started off the year by cooking dinner for almost 20 people, family & in-laws. Was a bit worried at one stage that the road to the house might be flooded, but luckily it was passable. Fingers crossed it stays that way. The dinner eventually got cooked, served & eaten, and nobody died. So I count that as a success :)
It also means that I know have a kitchen full of left overs, turkey, ham, stuffing [ref]so much stuffing. As the brother who demanded mountains of stuffing couldn’t make it up on the day.[/ref] mince pies, wine, more wine.
It also mean plenty of washing up, and all I have to say to that is “aren’t dishwashers brilliant”! Because I think I’d still be at it if it all had to be done by hand.
So 2016 started with a busy day.
And 2015 was a very good year for reading, I managed to make my target of 95 books, I actually beat it by 1 as I devoured a few books that last week in December. None of which I’ll get around to reviewing. If I don’t do it straight away I never seem to get around to doing it. Linda Nagata’s The Red trilogy were well worth reading. The first book was the best, but the others were still entertaining and full of action and adventure as well as raising some interesting points about soldiers in general, AIs, and modern technology.
I loved The seduction of Mrs.Pendlebury by Margaret Forster, it is the first book by her that I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last. 90% of the book is just perfect, I’m just not sure about the ending, if you’ve read it let me know what you think.
And now, the stats, which are more for me than anything else.
I read 96 books, the longest of which was Kate Elliot’s Back Wolves. It is an awesome book. You should read it, and everything else she has written, right now! I won’t wait, it is a long book, but you’ll thank me when you’ve done it. Other notable reads of 2015 include :
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Jane Eyre’s Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower
- The Long way to a small angry planet by Becky Chambers
- Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
- Anna Who by Bernadette Leach
- The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
- Rolling in the deep by Mira Grant
- The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith
- The day we disappeared by Lucy Robinson
- I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson