• Books,  General

    New Years Wish list

    I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a happy new year too. My Christmas day has been pretty good.  I spent the day with my two boys and my mum and opened some really nice presents; had alcohol of course and an excellent Christmas dinner, apart from the pigs in blankets episode but that’s another story. I sat perched on the end of the sofa 10 minutes after eating my Christmas dinner, and felt uncomfortable, which is normal I know after such a big dinner, but I became aware of how fat my cheeks felt (facial ones) as I chowed down the remnants of half…

  • Books

    Book Reviews: Dracula, Times Echo, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde & Books that Changed History.

    Dracula by Bram Stoker   I am going to Whitby for a holiday next week, so because of this my good friend recommended I read before I go, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I have reached the age of 48, having been an avid reader from my earliest memory and had never read the classic Gothic horror. Bram Stoker wrote the book in 1897 and visited the town of Whitby in England seven years before, where it is said he gained the inspiration to write the book. It is written in an epistolary format which works wonderfully, going back and forth as you read the journals and letters of the different characters.…

  • Books,  Words

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte/Book Review

    I’ve just finished reading Jane Eyre for the third time and once again I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a book that is told through a first person narrative, and deals with the development of Jane’s spiritual, moral and emotional needs as she grows from a 10 year old through to a mature woman. The novel approaches the issues of feminism, sexuality, class and religion that existed at the time period of the 1780s to the 1820s, or thereabouts. The story is set in 5 phases which deals with Jane’s early childhood where she is raised by her Aunt Reed at Gateshead Hall, reluctantly so, having become an orphan due…