Love the Little Things 12.09.14

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Due to unforeseen circumstances I have had a little time on my hands this week and took the opportunity to pick up my current book A Landing on the Sun by Michael Frayn, managing to get about half way through. It’s an intriguing concept which gets you thinking about what we mean by terms such as happiness and quality of life.
It’s also JJ’ s first full week at school and he’s already been sent home with a little book so he can practice recognising the words ‘the’ and ‘and’. I think it’s going to be hard going!

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Love the Little Things 29th August 2014

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A landing on the Sun

This week, after recently finishing ‘One Step Too Far’ I decided to steer away from more properly ‘light’ summer reading (the summer is after all, more or less over) and I clicked into another book I downloaded on my Kindle several months ago: A Landing on the Sun by Michael Frayn. Frayn wrote one of my favourite books, ‘Headlong’ so I knew I would like his style of writing which tends to take you right along on a journey with the main character, as if you are inside their mind and a fly on the wall to their thoughts and discoveries. I was introduced to this book after reading The Happiness Project back in February and it was one of the books on the recommended reading list so, despite the fact that it is set within the walls of Whitehall and deep inside the grey civil service there is an element of mystery and intrigue and I’m fascinated to know what the secret ‘strategy unit’ project is and how it relates to happiness.

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Love the Little Things Aug 15th 2014

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one step too far

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis. As I was there for nearly 2 and a half hours I made fab progress on the book and I’m now about halfway through (I’m a slow reader OK?!). It’s one of those stories which compel you onwards as you know from the very beginning that something catastrophic happened to the protagonist to set her off on the course she is taking but you don’t know what it was. Having said that it can be frustrating but I’m having fun second guessing it!

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The last episode of Utopia Series 2! I absolutely loved this series – the acting was fabulous, the visual style is inspired and the story is so compelling because actually, it’s hard not to agree that the planet’s over-population issue and the exponential rate of growth of the world’s population are scary to contemplate (although the solution offered by the utterly immoral ‘Network’ is hardly the answer!). There are real heroes and baddies here but they fall into grey areas, morally and psychologically. The scene in which the sinister Terrence meets the mother of a young boy he chances upon at a coach station, and describes in great detail what a massive carbon footprint one human being leaves in their lifetime offering to cut her son’s throat to save her the guilt is both chilling and thought-provoking. I highly recommend this series!

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Love the Little Things Week 10

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I wish I could say that I’d had my head buried in a good book this week but unfortunately that is not the case. However I have had something lovely to read in the shape of JJ’s pre-school ‘transition to school’ report. According to this he is very sociable, not afraid to approach either other children or adults and initiate a conversation, and his favourite imaginative game (unbeknownst to me) is ‘Travel Agents’! I already know that he is capable of getting dressed and undressed unaided, going to the loo, etc. Essentially he is totally ready for the transition to school (we’re lucky because he turns 5 in September). Momentous events!

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Love the little things Week #6

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(disclaimer: some of the things I will mention here may bear a resemblance to things I talked about last week, the difference being last week I was thinking about them, this week I’ve put them into practice!)

While I’ve The Sleeperbeen away I’ve been trying to make a bit more time for leisure reading – fiction. In the past choosing good summer reads was part of the fun of preparing for a holiday but nowadays the chance to find the time is rare. Nevertheless I have put down my more literary tome and picked up The Sleeper by Emily Barr. I’ve only managed to read about a fifth of the book, mostly before dropping off to sleep last thing at night. It’s a bit of a slow starter if it is to be a mystery thriller – so far there has just been a very small hint of more interesting things to come. She does however really get you inside the mind of her protagonist so you feel like you might be able to predict her later moves. I’ve read some books by this author before so I feel confident that the plot will pick up soon!

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Love the Little Things Week 4

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Because I’ve been trying to squeeze more healthful things into my life this week I have found it very difficult to keep up with my blog reading and it makes me feel bad to say so but all you lovelies out there have been quite, quite prolific this week and I just wish so badly that I had more time to catch up with each and every one of you. I’ve been researching and reading lots of online articles on weight loss and diet and perusing maps of my local area in the search for the perfect cycle route!

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Love the little things

I’ve been a voyeur into this linky (run by Morgana over at Butwhymummywhy?) for a while, feeling like I couldn’t possibly join in because it would actually involve doing something other than childcare, work, housework or blogging. Then I realised that I actually need someone to give me a reason to pick up a good book, watch something entertaining, listen to some music I love – basically just re-gain a bit of balance in life.

So here is my week of little things:

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So I finally got around to picking my current great read back up, winner of the Costa Novel Award, Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life. Its the story of a girl who gets to live and re-live her life over and over again, making up for each mistake along the way. Its set across the war years and the writing is so typically witty and on the money for Atkinson. I’m really enjoying it.

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