April 2022 round up

May the fourth be with you! Yes it’s May now, the last legal restrictions ended in Scotland finally and so life is feeling fairly normal – which is actually quite weird. Jacqueline Wilson’s new Faraway Tree book comes out at the end of the month, which I for one am looking forward to.

What I have read

I have more than caught up with my reading target (thanks in part to quite a few Nancy Drews) and in fact am now ahead. I have been trying to read for at least six minutes every day – that may seem arbitrary but it’s part of a Scottish campaign called Keep the heid and read – and of course I then end up at least finishing the chapter I am on.

What I have read is:

  • Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins #1) – P.L. Travers
  • Over The Edge (Nancy Drew Files #36) – Carolyn Keene
  • The Little Wartime Library – Kate Thompson
  • Margaritas and Murder (Murder, She Wrote #24) – Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
  • The Desolations of Devil’s Acre (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #6) – Ransom Riggs
  • Bizzy and the Bedtime Bear (Enid Blyton’s Enchanted World #5) – by Elise Allen, reviewed here
  • The Party Crasher – Sophie Kinsella
  • Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires #1) – Rachel Caine
  • A Catalogue of Catastrophe (A Chronicles of St Mary’s #13) – Jodi Taylor
  • The Art of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Leah Gallo
  • Textile Travels – Anne Kelly
  • Scottish Mysteries – Donald M. Fraser
  • The Greek Symbol Mystery (Nancy Drew Mysteries #60) – Carolyn Keene
  • The Swami’s Ring (Nancy Drew Mysteries #61) – Carolyn Keene
  • The Kachina Doll Mystery (Nancy Drew Mysteries #62) – Carolyn Keene
  • The Naughtiest Girl Want to Win (The Naughtiest Girl #9) – Anne Digby, reviewed here
  • Sleeping with the Enemy – Nancy Price

And I’m still working on:

  • Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Dilly’s Hope (Dilly’s Story #3) – Rosie Goodwin
  • Love Your Life – Sophie Kinsella

What I have watched

  • The usual suspects Hollyoaks and House of Games.
  • The Home Edit series 2 arrived on the first of the month, and that lasted me all of three or four days so I moved on to Baking Impossible (mixing engineering and baking to make cakes that look like boats but also float, or robots that can navigate a course etc) and Tiny Big Challenge (teams working to make rooms to go into a dolls’ house). I also finished Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo.
  • Seeing as I have the Starz channel at the moment for Outlander, which we just finished, I also watched Men in Kilts which features two of the stars of Outlander touring Scotland and taking part in all sorts of traditional activities.
  • We try to watch a film at the weekend and watched Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger (first time I had seen either), No Time to Die, and Saving Mr Banks.
  • On Tuesdays my sister and I watched Save the Last Dance and Dirty Dancing,
  • And lastly I have started re-watching Desperate Housewives. Despite having watched it at least twice before I still can’t remember just about anything that happens so I am surprised with every episode.

What I have done

  • Now that it’s not quite so cold and wet we have had multiple trips to different beaches in April, and I have managed to find some pottery and glass every time, plus we did some litter picking.
  • We took a trip to take a ride on the Falkirk Wheel and also went to visit the Kelpies which aren’t too far from the wheel.
  • We also had our first big family Easter party since 2019. We all got together in my aunt’s garden for a picnic and the children did an egg hunt.

What did your April look like?

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1 Response to April 2022 round up

  1. chrissie777 says:

    “Patriot Games” is my favorite Harrison Ford movie. I’ve been to the filming locations in Annapolis, MD, way back in October 1998.
    We watched the movie “Hidden Figures” a few years ago at the movie theater. It was well done.

    April was another Nutrisystem month for us. Since 18th of February we are on the Nutrisystem diet with more or less success. More success for my husband who lost 30 pounds in 2 months, less success for me. I lost only 15 pounds during that same time (on 880 calories per day and lots of exercise!) and for me that’s a drop on the hot stone. 😦
    I’m still frustrated about it.

    As it was a very cold month we didn’t do any trips, but last week on our morning walk I took lots of pics from our neighborhood with blossoming flowers and trees and posted them on my Facebook page.

    May will be more eventful. We plan to have a day trip to Ipswich at the coast in case the weather gets warmer. And later that month we’ll fly to Germany for a week.

    We went to the movies once, watched “Memory” with Liam Neeson at the Blackstone Mall cinema yesterday.

    In April I read several more thrillers by Michael Allegretto (two sequels of his Jacob Lomax series which takes place in Denver, Colorado, “Death on the Rocks” and “The Dead of Winter”) and I read two “new” books by Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter Carol Higgins Clark which I had never read before.
    “The Christmas Thief” was very good, it took place in Vermont near the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. I’m familiar with the area.
    This morning I finished “Santa Cruise” also by MHC and CHC, which was o.k. (I’m not keen on cruises, so books taking place on cruises never really interested me).
    Hopefully “Dashing through the Snow” (also by MHC and CHC) will be better.
    Plus I’ve read MHC’s last book “Piece of my Heart”, the 7th Laurie Moran sequel. It was a bit confusing with too many protagonists, I liked the 5th and 6th volumes better.
    Unfortunately this was her last book, MHC died in 1990. She was 92 years old.

    Then I tried to read “Hanna’s Daughters” by Marianna Fredricsson, a Swedish novel and a best seller in Germany. But for some strange reason the author decided to give her three female protagonists very similar sounding names: Anna, Hanna and Johanna. And after struggling through the first 2 chapters I gave up as I couldn’t keep the characters apart. It’s annoying if you have to check the first chapter over and over again to figure out who is who (that’s why I avoid reading Agatha Christie who usually has lots of characters in her books).
    There are other nice names in Sweden like Malin or Inger or Brigitta, I wish the author would have given the grandmother, mother and daughter 3 very different first names instead.
    I guess from now on I’ll focus on Swedish crime authors again. I seem to have more luck with Stieg Larsson and Camilla Laeckberg.

    In April I’ve re-read one good novel from 1947 by June Truesdell called “Be still, my Love”. It was filmed around 1949 with Loretta Young (The Accused) and is one of my all-time favorite film noir movies. Even though the book is 75 years old, the writing style is not old-fashioned at all.
    As I’m noticing a lack of good new novels over the past 20+ years, I more and more often read old books and this was a rewarding one.

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