Fiona’s February 2017 (and more) round up

Well this is embarrassing. I was tidying up all the images I have saved on my laptop from various blogs (I know, I know, I should save them in the right place in the first place instead of just dumping them wherever…) and spotted a folder marked Round Up. I was momentarily stumped. Then I remembered we had been doing these round up posts. Huh, I thought. I don’t remember doing one recently. And as it turned out, we haven’t. The last one was in December, talking about what we did in November. Whoops!*

In my defence I am the organisational force behind the blog (read that as big bossy control-freak if you like) and I have had a lot on my mind what with being pregnant, feeling fairly lousy with it, and also writing a lot of extra posts for my maternity leave (I have done about 12 posts in a month).

Anyway, as I know you are all dying to know what’s happened in the past months here it is:


Unfortunately not an awful lot, as I have been very tired!

February –

  • The Best Friends’ Guide to Pregnancy – Vicki Iovine
  • Runaway Vampire (Argeneau Vampires #23) – Lynsay Sands
  • About a Vampire (Argeneau Vampires #22) – Lynsay Sands
  • The Unmumsy Mum – Sarah Turner
  • Those Dreadful Children (blogged about here and here)
  • Expecting Better – Emily Ostler

So mostly trashy vampire novels and pregnancy/parenting titles.


January –

  • The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage (finally finished! and blogged about, of course)
  • Five Go on a Strategy Away Day – Bruno Vincent (also blogged about)
  • Matilda – Roald Dahl (audiobook)
  • A Nightingale Christmas Carol (Nightingales #8) – Donna Douglas
  • The Ladybird Book of Red Tape – Jason Hazely
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling
  • My Name is Markham (Chronicles of St Mary’s #7.6) – Jodi Taylor

Slightly better month, though a fair few short books.


December –

  • The Ladybird Book of the People Next Door – Jason Hazeley
  • The Vintage Fashion Bible – Wayne Hemmingway
  • Five on a Treasure Island (audiobook, blogged about here)
  • Apostrophe Catastrophe – Patrick C. Notchtree
  • The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore
  • The Immortal Who Loved Me (Argeneau Vampires #21) – Lynsay Sands
  • The Witches – Roald Dahl (audiobook)
  • Crusoe’s Village – Ian Morton
  • Old Largo and Lundin Links – Eric Eunson
  • The Sheep-Pig – Dick King-Smith
  • Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau Vampires #20) – Lynsay Sands
  • The Reading Group, December – Della Parker

Didn’t do too badly in December actually even if a few of those were very short.


I’ve got a few more books on the go at the moment as well.

  • The Animals of Farthing Wood – Colin Dann (I loved the TV series!)
  • Mischief at Midnight (Knight’s Haddon #2) – Esme Kerr (audiobook)
  • Dr Turner’s Casebook – Stephen McGann (from Call the Midwife)



I can’t even pretend to know what month I watched what in, so I’ll just put them all together.

  • Hollyoaks, as always.
  • The Adventure Series DVDS (Ship, Circus and River and the making of.)
  • Timeless – (which features the lovely Goran Visjnic).
  • The Good Wife – the final series!
  • Sherlock but I can’t say I really ‘got’ it, especially the final episode.
  • Call the Midwife – there was a Christmas special and then a new series started last month.
  • Erin Brockovitch (for the first time!)
  • Star Wars Rogue One
  • Only Connect – now approaching the final and making it nearly impossible for me to get a right answer

There have been other things on in my house – like How to Get Away with Murder but I’ve been tired in the evening and haven’t paid enough attention to really say I watched it.


  • Well, November was the month I found out I was having a baby – which I announced some time in January – so I spent a lot of December and January feeling very sick. Too sick to do anything much more than go to work and lie on the sofa the rest of the time. I did see my family over Christmas for low-key celebrations at their home, and had them over to ours at New Year, though. My celebratory drinks were Shloer and alcohol-free cider.
  • In December I turned 30 and went away for a quiet weekend in Lower Largo. I managed a couple of coastal walks but not much more, and felt too sick to eat any birthday cake (I still have some in the freezer should I ever be able to look at cake again).
  • In January I had my scan and saw my baby for the first time. A week later we found out we were having a boy! Not to go into too much detail, but we had an awful time when screening showed there was a higher chance of the baby having a chromosomal abnormality. After further testing we happily found out that he doesn’t, he’s just fine. (I wrote my review of Five Go on a Strategy Away Day through a haze of tears trying to distract myself). We also chose a name on the same day we got the good news.

baby scan

  • In February I finally started to feel a bit better! Meaning I could really crack on with writing lots of posts for later in the year, allowing me a break to be a new mother. I also started a little bit of baby shopping and we have been looking at a new car too. I had to move lots of my books to make room in the second bedroom for the baby. I have put aside a few for eBay but rest assured my Blyton collection is safe!

Well that was pretty long, so Stef’s round up can have its own post now!

*Language made more suitable for the blog. What I actually said is unpublishable.

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2 Responses to Fiona’s February 2017 (and more) round up

  1. chrissie777 says:

    Fiona, I’m very glad that all is well with the baby. Will keep my fingers crossed for you.


  2. Francis says:

    Dear Fiona
    Your health is the most important thing so please don’t worry too much about the blog – everything you do for us is a bonus.
    Many regards


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