Archive for January, 2015

If you choose to read this book having read book the first thinking that the Baudelaire children might at last have found a place they could be happy and safe. If that is what you are wanting from this book then…

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The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket


Wow! What a read. I really did not know how this book was to be resolved.

One thing I would like to say straight away is that the title is slightly misleading as is the premise on the back of the book. I almost expected to enter Northanger Abby almost straight away or at the very least by the midway point of Volume One. This however is not to be.

It may take some time getting to…

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I’m sorry to say that the book you are currently reading the reviews off is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever…if you will indulge me in paraphrasing Lemony Snicket.

I have to admit to enjoying this book though short and a sad story it is an unconventional take on…

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Lemony Snicket The Bad Beginning

As anyone who knows me or has read my blog around this time last year will know that I have given myself two goals to reach for this year. Those where to:

· Read a book a month & review it.

· For every good thing/achievement/happy thing that happens write it down on a scrap of paper and put it in a jar.

I am pleased to report that I feel that I have done very well with this. Better than I thought I was going to do in fact.
I had set my read goal on to being twelve giving myself my minimum goal. I can happily tell you that I have read the sum total of thirty books and re read (as apparently re reads do not count on ) three, and have reviewed one a month every month of the year!

With my second goal, positivity in a jar I am also pleased, at the beginning of the year for the first two to three months I placed a positive thing in said jar on a daily basis. I did not continue this way for the whole year however only adding to it very occasionally. Even though I did not add something for every day of 2014 I have found myself to be more positive and more optimistic about things I would normally have been more pessimistic about previously.

So now it’s time to set some new goals, here goes:

· Review a minimum of a book a month

· To be more proactive

So as I have already stated I am really pleased with the reviewing I have done this year, I wish to carry on where I have left off there. I have found that some months I have read more than one book, and that those books had I pushed myself would have been nice to have reviewed. This I mean to rectify. I will review a book a month; however should I find I wish to review any extras I will not hold myself back.

Becoming more proactive sounds like it should be either a sole resolution or at the very least written first. However I mean this for my wanting to learn to play my guitar, violin….as well as to teach myself to draw and paint as well as many of other pursuits I wish to achieve to be part of my daily life.
So instead of setting myself numerous resolutions that I would no doubt fail at the first hurdle as there are an awful lot of things that I wish to incorporate into my daily routine and to list them all out and giving myself a time table to do them would be daunting to say the least. This way there is much less pressure and I should at least incorporate two or three new things into my life by year end.

One last thing:

· For every good thing/achievement/happy thing that happens write it down on a scrap of paper and put it in a jar.

I am going to carry round with me a pad of paper of some kind everywhere I go, which I should do anyway if I am ever going to become a writer, and whenever I feel inspired I will write down the good thing or experience…and when I get home add it in to the jar. I know I stopped doing the positivity jar because I was doing it at night time before bed which is not always the best time. This way I am not restricting myself to a time frame which if passed for any reason without achieving the goal sets of a chain reaction.
Making it less of a strict thing and something relaxed and spontaneous should really capture the spirit of the idea a lot better for me. I also hope this will also help me become more relaxed in my writing and encourage me to do it a lot more often and finish writing a book for the first time in forever.

Happy New Year