It is Easter this weekend, which (this year at least) means it’s April and time for another round-up. The shifting of Easter always gets me, I never know when it’ll be without Googling it. I have a vague idea that it’s the something Sunday after the something else but I can’t remember that without Googling it either. I bet Blyton would have known it!
What I have read
Not the greatest month for reading, I had a bit of a slump after I finished the 1930s/40s books in the Nightingale series. There are two more, but they jump back to the first world war and so are about different characters.
What I have read:
- Plan for the Worst (St Mary’s #11) – Jodi Taylor
- Five Are Together Again – the review consists of parts one, two, three and four
- A Nightingale Christmas Carol (Nightingales #8) – Donna Douglas
- The Nightingales Christmas Show (Nightingales #9) – Donna Douglas
- Practice Makes Perfect (Larkford #2) – Penny Parkes
- A Bumpy Year – Olivia Spooner
- The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches – Sangu Mandanna
- Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbours (Jane Jameson #4) – Molly Harper
- Must Love Books – Shauna Robinson
And I’m still working on:
- The Haunted Bookshop (Parnassus #2) – Christopher Morley
- Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co #1) – Anna James
What I have watched
- I’ve carried on with Richard Osman’s House of Games, Only Connect, and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.
- Although it turns out to not be quite what I expected I’ve watched more than three seasons of Good Witch this month. It’s very easy-going and genteel, so it’s easy to binge through.
- We have continued watching iZombie at weekends, plus some terrible horror-style movies which were The Sand and Into the Grizzly Maze.
- Tuesday nights films were He’s All That (the remake of She’s All That), Bring It On: Worldwide Showdown – something like #6 in a franchise that really should have stopped at #3 and She’s The Man.
- I introduced Brodie to The Real Ghostbusters (the 90s cartoon from my childhood) and I caught about half of Jurassic World which he was watching and totally loved.
What I have done
- I held my first 3D printing demonstrations in March and had about 15 people across five sessions, which is a promising start.
- I built the Lego Pirates Forbidden Island to join the Eldorado Fort, this has also been taken over by avengers. I had planned to build the Black Seas Barracuda too, but it has taken several afternoons of digging through all the Lego to find the 900-odd pieces I need and I still haven’t located them all.
- We’ve gone on a few walks, sometimes with a home-made scavenger hunt to keep us occupied.
- I bought a cassette story tape that was a childhood favourite and converted it to MP3 so my sister and I could listen to it for the first time in 25 years.
- We visited Verdant Works for the first time (ever, I think) which is a jute mill museum. One of the volunteers was actually a mill worker back when she was a teenager!
- I did an old favourite jigsaw – The Garden of Eden – which I just got back from having lent it to my mum and sister during lockdown. It’s only 850 pieces, well, 847 as I’ve managed to lose a few, and the box is falling apart but I can’t part with it.
What did your March look like?
What did my March look like?
As we had a trip to Washington, D. C., planned for the first April week to see the cherry blossoms, I’ve read several books taking place in D. C. like “Stillwatch” by Mary Higgins Clark (one of my all-time favorite crime novels), “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown and the German Poosie trilogy by Ruth Hoffmann.
Hoffmann’s three books on her American niece Frances (nickname Poosie), her brother’s youngest of three daughters, enchanted me when I was 9 or 10 years old and this trilogy is certainly one of the many reasons why I always wanted to immigrate to the US (which I finally realized in 2002 exactly 21 years ago :)).