kazzy_cee: (ani # of habitable planets)
The last time I did this meme was back on 11th January so I've read a few more books since then.  Under the cut to spare your flist.

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What I'm reading next:
Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. This has been made into a film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe as the African American women who seem to have been written out of history as part of the mathematics team involved in NASA's early space programme.

I'm also impatiently waiting for The Something Girl (Frogmorton Farm Series Book 2) by Jodi Taylor as I have it on pre-order and it's not available until March.

In other news I was given an artist by [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat to post an image on my Lj and I keep forgetting.  Here is William Henry Bartlett's The Neighbours which I rather like (clicky for bigger). It's quite badly damaged and has a lot of crazing, but I really like the composition.
kazzy_cee: reading by the pool (reading)
For me reading is always a pleasure.  I am not very good at keeping a list of what I read, however and the last time I did the 'What am I reading Wednesday' was here on 28th September last year!  However, as I managed to read over 50 books last year I might as well start afresh with a new list for this year.

Under the cut 2017 reading so far.. )

What I'm reading now:
The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking the CEO of The Happiness Resarch Institute in Copenhagen. Describing a very similar way of life to the one we experienced when we lived in Norway (where they have candles everywhere too) where Hygge is embraced with the word "utepils" which means sitting outside in the sun with a beer.  Usually topless if our experience is anything to go by!  It's fun, but if you followed all the recipes in the book you might end up rather fat! I am enjoying reading about the Danish designers though.

I'm also reading
The Queen's Conjuror: The Life and Magic of Dr. Dee: The Science and Magic of Dr.Dee (Science and Magic of Dr Dee) by Benjamin Wooley.  This is mostly because I've never really read much about him and I'm going to a lecture with [livejournal.com profile] daiseechain and [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni, so I thought I'd read a bit of background :)

What am I reading next?
I have Agatha Christie on Screen by Mark Aldridge to read through, but it's more of a reference book, so I might not read it all in one go (it uses a teeny tiny type face too and as it's a proper book, I can't make it bigger!).  I also have Purfume A Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom whose scent workshops I've been to a few times. Looking forward to that.

In other news - Youngest Cee stayed home from work today as he couldn't breathe last night so he didn't sleep well with the heavy cold he has. As he's not been in his job for long he doesn't get full pay for sick days so his manager has suggested he should work at home tomorrow if he still doesn't feel well so that he gets paid a full day. It's nice they are looking after him.

Positive things for this post - reading and considerate employers. 
kazzy_cee: (kazzycee coffee)
My stained glass class started up again today which was very welcome - everyone had Christmas break news which was fun. It took ages to get there in the car this morning with a horrendous amount of traffic on the road.

I have spent this afternoon reading a book about the Danish way to live well which can be summed up with the word "Hygge".  As our lovely Danish import Sandi Toksvig (currently hosting QI) describes it - it's sitting with friends with good food and almost always a warm fire, candles and alcohol of some description.

This paragraph in Meik Wiking's book ("The little book of HYGGE") has resonated with me though.  The author is talking about Denmark being rated as one of the happiest countries in the world (he is CEO for The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen):

"Interestingly, there is wide support for the welfare state. The support stems from an awareness of the fact that he welfare model turns our collective wealth into well-being.  We are not paying taxes, we are investing in our society. We are purchasing quality of life. The key to understanding the high levels of well-being in Denmark is the welfare model's ability to reduce risk, uncertainty and anxiety among its citizens and to prevent extreme unhappiness."

Yes, it's simplistic, but looking at taxes as a way to make everything better for everyone? Love it. It says a lot for the collective state of mind in Scandinavian countries (we had very similar discussions with friends in Norway when we lived there).

I am going to aim to live my life more hyggeligt. I have already lit several candles and it's lovely and cosy in my house.

Happy Tuesday :)
kazzy_cee: (KC rainbow)
The last time I did this reading meme was here, so it's definitely time for an update.  Under the cut because it's only really interesting to me...

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In other news the last few days have been really busy!  We now have a new loft ladder and a part-boarded loft so that we can store things up there.  Mr Cee has taken a few items up there, but I'm hoping when he gets home tonight we can get more things out of the way so that I can use the study/forth bedroom properly.

While all that was going on I decided to get rid of the dark grey wall in the main living are as it was depressing me and made the room so dark. Unfortunately I keep getting 'HTTP error' when I try and upload a photo, so you'll just have to take my word for it that four coats of 'Once' white paint (LOL!) finally got rid of the dark grey and now I have all the walls in a white, with the area around the bifold doors highlighted in a pale green.  It looks much nicer.

Tomorrow we have self assembly wardrobes arriving between 7 and 11am so I'll probably be busy with those for a couple of days, then Friday the bar stools which match my dining room chairs are arriving for the kitchen breakfast bar.  Next week the bifold door blinds are being installed as the garden faces South East and the low sun is quite blinding at times.

Speaking of which I must go and rescue the towels I have drying on the line as the lovely sunshine I was enjoying up until now is rapidly disappearing!!
kazzy_cee: (ani panther eyes)
Good grief the last time I did this was here on the 6th of April!!

OK I am definitely putting under a cut the books I've read since then as no-one needs that cluttering up their f-list...

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What I am reading now:
The Unexpected Gift of Joseph Bridgeman (The Downstream Diaries Book 1) - Nick Jones: I have been pleasantly surprised by this book. I can't really give much away about it apart from saying it involves time travel, but I'd recommend it so far. I'm about three quarters of the way through and I really have no idea how it's going to end. Written in the first person, but don't let that put you off. I'm hoping for a further series (and am encouraged by the 'Book 1' reference).

What am I reading next:
Nick Jones has written two more books, and I may be tempted to try the first of those particularly as it's currently free in the Kindle store: The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller (Hibernation Series Book 1). I also have the last in the series of the Odd Thomas books (book 7 - Saint Odd) and I would like to know how Dean Koonz ends the story.

In other news the house move continues forward. Our solicitor expects us to be moving around the first week of August, so I'm hoping that will be the case as it's not that far off and I'd really like confirmation of dates soon! The sorting of 'stuff' continues....

Unfortunately Zero has a recurrance of the eye infection he got last year which the vet now thinks might be an allergy to something at this time of year. Of course this means eye drops three times a day and he's a little scamp and keeps hiding from me as he HATES having them in his eye. Poor baby :(

Happy thing for today (number 22 for the year) is learning things. Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat's post about the flower festival in her neck of the woods I have signed up for a five week "Spring Flowers" floristry course in April of next year. They also have a longer course if you want to learn how to make your own designs, so I might do that if I enjoy the short course.
kazzy_cee: (ani reject reality)
Icon because I miss Mythbusters....

In other news it's time for the What Am I Reading Wednesday meme.

The last time I did this was here.

Updated reading list )

In other news there's a banner challenge for [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk this year as it's the 10th anniversary.  The rules and a link to the original post are as follows:

Banner Size: 800 x 258 pixels (or the same ratio)
Text: All banners must include the text Writercon UK and 10 Years of Fandom
File format: .gif, .jpg or .png
Deadline: 31st May
Submission: Please submit your banner(s) in comment(s) to this post.
You can enter as many banners as you like.

I shall be having a go and if you can't make the event, this is a good way to participate.  We also have a virtual art gallery at the event and I assemble pretty fanart to display via a projector during the breaks.  If anyone could point me in the direction of some pretties I will approach the artists to see if they want to be part of the gallery.

If anyone would like to pimp the challenge or the event, please feel free to link to this post or the [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk community! :)
kazzy_cee: (reading summer)
I belong to the community [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday and we post an entry about our day on the 12th of each month.  My entry for yesterday is under the cut for those interested.

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Now on to the 30 days meme! Day 7: Do you read? What are your favourite books?

I think I'm amazed that anyone would not read books for pleasure but I remember a discussion at [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk last year about some research into how people read fiction and whether they can visualise the story or just read the story without having images in their head at the time.  I've always read and 'constructed' a world as I am reading (down to what I think characters might look like), but it was interesting to talk to friends who said they don't do that.  Isn't the brain weird!  I suppose that might change how people view reading in some cases.

Anyway - I digress!  Yes I read.  I suppose 'favourite' means that I might go back and reread a book?  In which case I have to include the Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyles' Sherlock Holmes books as they are something I will return to again and again.  I also really enjoy Jim Butcher's Dresden books and will reread those when a new one is due out as there's quite a large gap between books and I forget what happened!  Same with Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series.

However, I have very wide tastes when it comes to reading and I will pretty much read anything.  I like scifi and fantasy, I like detective 'who done it' books, I like humour and I also dip into autobiography every now and again. I used to read a lot of Stephen King books, but I found the later ones quite disturbing, so I've stopped reading horror for the time being.

Hope that answers the question! :)

Right - a quick tidy around the house is required before the next house viewing at 12.00!
kazzy_cee: (reading summer)
I have deliberately chosen this icon as one day it will be summer and there will be reading in the garden.  Not today though - instead we have rain and howling Easterly winds.

The last time I did this meme thing was here.

More books under here... )

For those interested the couple who made an offer have upped their offer, but it's still quite low.  However, we have negotiated a much lower price for the house we are after which is good.  To further complicate things, we have someone else (who has sold their property and need to move fast), coming to view the house this evening.

Mr Cee is so calm about it all - but I'm trying very hard not to flail around......eep!
kazzy_cee: (ani umberella-ella-ella)
The weather may be warmer, but it's definitely wetter to the point where we have a weather warning in place down here in the SE of London!

Anyway - that's a happy thing in a way because it has meant I have spent some time tidying up and sorting for the charity shop or throwing away things we don't need any more.

I've also been reading, and reading is ALWAYS a happy thing.  Since my last Wednesday update I have finished The Maze Runner Collection which was four books The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure and the prequel The Kill Order.  I did find them compelling to read, but I didn't really enjoy them overall as the story is just so depressing!  The writing was OK, but again not brilliant, as the characters tended a little to be 2 dimensional, but that maybe because this is a Young Adult series.  I think I would have hated this series if I'd had to wait between each book, and the prequel (which I read last) was really depressing.

I stayed up far too late reading last night as Mr Cee was away, and I wanted to finish the last book.  I need something light and fun to read next though.  Not sure what yet.
kazzy_cee: (stained glass)
It was the 12th yesterday so I posted about what I did for the day on [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday.  Under the cut is my entry if you are interested.

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While I'm here I thought I'd do the book meme thingy.

What I've read:
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto.  A four part graphic novel.  I read this on my Kindle app as it has an interesting way of displaying the panels which really shows off the lovely artwork (and it was good).
Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel by Anthony Horrowitz.  Very much in the Ian Fleming style and an enjoyable romp.
Holy Island: A DCI Ryan Novel by L J Ross.  The plot for this was very well done and I enjoyed that part of the novel very much, however the 'romance' of the leading characters was written like bad fanfic which took the edge off the book for me.  It's a shame because it could have been so much better.  There's a second follow up novel and I'm tempted to get it to see if the writing improves, but I'm in two minds.

What I'm reading:
Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum.  Yes, the actor! It's a good read so far and I'm enjoying it.

What I'm reading next:
Not sure - I have Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson, but I also have The Maze Runner Collection by James Dashner and that might be fun.

Right, I'm on my own as Youngest Cee is off at a training day at one of the museums he is volunteering at and Mr Cee is at work so I'm off to catch up with Lj posts.... Happy Wednesday!
kazzy_cee: (winter)
Firstly this was the last time I updated my book list and I'd got to 37 completed books for 2015, so under the cut I've set down what I've read and what I'm reading etc.

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In other news Eldest Cee has come home for a visit and it's lovely to see him. In fact both boys have been absolute stars and have been doing chores around the house without any prompting from me which is lovely. For example yesterday evening we had a few of our friends around for a pre-Christmas drinks party and there was still quite a bit to clear up this morning. I went in the kitchen at lunchtime to find that Youngest Cee had washed up all the wine glasses and tidied everything away so it was spotless and Eldest Cee had sorted out the dishwasher and rehoused the extra cutlery we needed (there were 10 of us last night). *loves*

I am totally ready for Christmas and looking forward to it now - I have received many lovely cards from f-list friends and they are on display and looking very festive. No doubt I shall be posting over the next few days, but for those not checking in, I wish you a very happy break over the Christmas period (well deserved for many on my f-list!), and however you spend the next few days I hope it is good for you and yours!
kazzy_cee: (ani Spangel what)
What I have read this year since the last time.... )

Today I have been to the dentist, cleaned all the things and laundered all the clothes.  I have also made cauliflower cheese for dinner tonight and been to the shops and stocked up on groceries.

Tomorrow will be spent cooking as two sets of neighbours are coming round for dinner on Friday night and I have foolishly decided to make smoked trout pate, three cheese cannelloni and lemon sorbet all from scratch.  Fortunately all of it can be made ahead, so I think that if I do all that on Thursday I shall have a relaxing day on Friday and enjoy the evening.

Later it's The Great British Bake-Off.

Happy hump day! :)
kazzy_cee: (reading summer)
I haven't done this for such a long time and I'd really like to record what I've read so far this year.  Under the cut to save your f-list and really only for me is a list of what I've read to date.

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Which brings me up to date and what I've just finished reading - Book Four of the Poldark series Warleggan: A Novel of Cornwall 1792-1793 by Winston Graham.  It's interesting reading these as the tone is quite 'old fashioned' and I hadn't realised the novels had been written starting in 1945.

They are quite compelling in a strange way, but I wouldn't call them well written.  Great for a quick read and I'm sufficiently interested in the characters now that I've bought all the books as the rest of the series was available for my Kindle for a discount.

I have just started book five The Black Moon which was written in 1973 (the previous book having been completed in 1953, so a big gap).  It will be interesting to see if the swinging 60s and 70s have influenced the writing.

After that it will be book six The Four Swans written in 1976.

So that's 26 books so far this year.  Not bad.
kazzy_cee: reading by the pool (reading)
I love reading.  I realised that I hadn't done the reading meme thing since June 11th!  So this is a bit of a catch up post, so I'll stick the books under the cut....

What I have read... )

I've just finished reading Raging Heat another in the 'Richard Castle' series of books.  I enjoyed this book - slightly less cheesy than the previous novels and I liked the way the plot twisted and turned.

What I will be reading next.... London Falling (James Quill 1) by Paul Cornell which I was recommended as in a similar vein to Ben Aaronovitch and will keep me happy until I can read Foxglove Summer.

That now makes 51 books I've read this year.  As I no longer have my commute I imagine my reading will be a little slowed down.  Still, it's a very happy thing to have so many talented authors I can read!

I've spent all day rearranging the front living room which has been immensely satisfying (as I got to clean out a few more things!), but I'm knackered.  So this evening will be spent watching the final of Bake off and the second cat watch programme! :)
kazzy_cee: (Mike Carey Dead Men's Boots)
Some of you may remember that I like an author called Mike Carey who wrote several issues of Hellblazer (the original and best stories of John Constantine - move over Keanu) and has written a lot of the X-Men graphic novels.  Good, but not essential reading for me as I'm not a huge fan of the graphic novel - however he also wrote five novels featuring Felix Castor (see icon) which were brilliant.

I have just learned today that he also sneakily writes under other names - Adam Blake and M. R. Carey.  I am ridiculously happy about this as he is a fantastic story teller, and I was disappointed that it appeared likely that there would be no more Felix Castor.  I have just ordered The Girl With All the Gifts, The Dead Sea Deception and The Demon Code.

Which sets me up nicely for my commute when I go back to work the week after next (I'm hardly reading at all at the moment!).

Books - definitely happy things!
kazzy_cee: (cuppa Joe from Dead Men don't wear plaid)
I  have been lazy about posting on a Wednesday - even though it's my day off I seem to get caught up in other things and don't end up on the 'net.

The last time I did this meme I listed the booked I'd read since the beginning of the year, so I think I'll carry on with that list because it's a useful reference for me.

Books I've read since 30th April )
What I'm reading now:
The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring Alistair Puddick - a very odd little quirky book which reminds me of a Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film.  Set in the UK, this is the story of George Thring and the odd turn of events that happen to him after he daydreams on the drive home from his very boring job and ends up over 200 miles away once he runs out of fuel.  It's rather well done although in some places the narrative rather takes too long to get a move on, overall I'm rather enjoying the farce element of the story.  It's the only book Alistair Puddick has written (so far), and is a good first novel.

What I'm reading next:
I'm not sure as we are heading into our very busy time at work for the next two months and that tends to limit my reading time.  However the next Denton book The Oxford Fellow by Kenneth Cameron is tempting me, but I may go back and reread some Dresden...

34 books so far this year.  Happy reading!
kazzy_cee: (meme)
I need to have somewhere to record the books I've read this year, so this is going to be a bit long, but no need to click the cut if you don't want to!

Books I have read so far this year... )

What I'm reading now:
I'm at the very end of the last Lee Child Jack Reacher book "Never Go Back", and that means I've caught up with all the Jack Reacher books. I've enjoyed reading them all - the plots are good and there has only been the odd one in the series of 18 books where I guessed who did what and when...!

When I've finished that makes 24 books so far this year, which is not bad going and shows how much I'm stuck on a train reading!

What I'm reading next:
Very good question.  I'm not sure, but probably 'The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden' which is the next book from Jonas Jonasson who wrote 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared' which I enjoyed.
kazzy_cee: (ani coffee cup)
I meant to post this yesterday, but somehow typed it all out and then forgot to post it (DOH!).

So - the reading meme -
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In other news I have been taking advantage of some of the rather good deals on Amazon Local such as a champagne cream tea (next week with [livejournal.com profile] lilachigh which I'm rather looking forward to!), a Valentine's day visit to the theatre and a short holiday break in a sea front Brighton hotel at the end of March.  Not bad at all!  

In other, other news - it's FRIDAY tomorrow! Yayz!
kazzy_cee: reading by the pool (reading)
I haven't done this before, mostly because I've not been organised enough.

So, as I'm sitting here waiting for the laundry to finish and deciding what to do next on my day off, here goes....

Under here to spare your flist.. )

Good grief - I've just realised that means I've already read 3 books this year and it's only the 8th January!  I really need to start borrowing the Kindle books I think rather than buying them....!!

Whew!

Jan. 2nd, 2014 05:45 pm
kazzy_cee: (baking eggs)
Absolutely ages ago I joined Shelfari, and then didn't update it, so that has now been rectified.  Of course I only realised that I could have imported all my books purchased on Amazon by clicking a link AFTER I had found them all by hand.  Total of 62 books read during 2013 - good grief!  That's what happens when you spend two and half hours on the train four days each week.  I also tend to read for at least 30 minutes at night too.  Must try to keep the ol' shelf up to date a bit better this year.

Oh - and talking of trains, I realised I hadn't posted about receiving compensation because of the train disruption when all the stations closed down (entry here) because of a fire a few weeks ago.  I decided that I would apply for compensation because I pay a LOT of money for my annual season ticket and so I thought they owed me.  The fare would have been £6.60 home and because the whole network came to a standstill I also got £20, so a £26.60 travel voucher which is rather good!

I have been baking today and made lemon and poppy seed muffins (photo under the cut) and some fresh tomato and red pepper sauce to have with pasta later.  Yummy.

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