August was the month when the schools (and nurseries) went back and social distancing was generally scrapped, leaving us all in a bit of a no-man’s-land where nobody was sure what sort of distancing was polite.
What I have read
In August I really powered through some audiobooks (four, in fact!). It’s amazing how much more I listen when I get really into a book.
- Katie Morag and the Wedding (Katie Morag #6) – Mairi Hedderwick
- Katie Morag and the Birthdays (Katie Morag #12) – Mairi Hedderwick
- Dilly’s Lass (Dilly’s Story #2) – Rosie Goodwin
- The Key to the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard #5) – Lynne Reid Banks
- Confessions of a Curious Bookseller – Elizabeth Green
- Long Shadows (Elizabeth Cage #3) – Jodi Taylor
- The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted – Robert Hillman
- Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden #3) – Charlaine Harris
- The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2*) – Carolyne Keene**
- The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (Nancy Drew #13*) – Carolyne Keene**
- The Bookshop on the Corner (Scottish Bookshop #1) – Jenny Colgan
- Black Mould (Rivers Of London Graphic Novel #3) – Ben Aaronovitch
And I’m currently reading:
- Going Green – Nick Spalding
- Night Witch (Rivers Of London Graphic Novel #2) – Ben Aaronovitch
- How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality – Adam Rutherford
*This is the US numbering, the books weren’t published in the UK until some 40 years later, and they printed them in a different order.
** These were both written by the first Nancy Drew writer Mildred Wirt, also known as Mildred Wirt Benson.
What I have watched
- Hollyoaks, some more Mythbusters and Only Connect.
- I have also returned to the American show Hoarders which is on Amazon Prime.
- I watched the first episode of season 5 of True Blood before getting sidetracked by Hoarders.
- Our Tuesday night movies this month were: The Princes Diaries 1&2 and High School Musical 1&2.
- The Olympics, mostly the highlights show, and then the Paralympics highlights and The Last Leg.
What I have done
It has been another busy month as Brodie was off nursery and we had another week of annual leave.
We went to:
- Our new nature walk at Birnie & Gaddon lochs (again)
- The beach and beach-side park at Carnoustie, and the beach and park at Arbroath
- Craigtoun Country Park where we rode the miniature railway, the tractor train and Brodie had a go on the trampolines, plus we found a few of the Seven Dwarfs lurking about
- Tayport for what was supposed to be a short walk, which then turned into a longer walk and beach exploring and a picnic lunch at the harbour
Also this month:
- Brodie turned 4 so we had a party and I did some baking in advance (the birthday cake is my mum’s work, I don’t do sponges!)
- We carried on looking after the nursery plot (and eating the produce)
What I have bought
No Blytons but I did buy a very nice copy of Torridons’ Triumph by Marie Muir. I’ve had the second book in the series (Torridons’ Surprise) for years but have never read it as I like to read series in order!
What has your month looked like?
What a wide-ranging choice of books! How to Argue with a Racist sounds like a good one! Suzy
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In August I read “Night Fall” by Nelson DeMille, “The Fugitive: An Episode Guide 1963 – 1967” by John Cooper, “Where Eagles Dare” by Alistair MacLean, “Winter Solstice” (Rosamunde Pilcher…one of the loveliest novels I ever read!) and “The Rockingdown Mystery” by Blyton which I should finish reading tonight.
Now in SEptember I’ll re-read one of my favorite novels by Anita Shreve called “Strange Fits of Passion” and “Pursuit of Happiness” by Douglas Kennedy, because we’ll go up to Maine in October and will see both places mentioned in the books. Of course I’ll bring 4 books to Maine.
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