Sunday, 24 February 2013

Sunday Excitement!

It's Sunday and I've decided to post a little bit of a weekly roundup type post. The most exciting thing that happened to me this week is that I found out yesterday that I get to be a giver for World Book Night

This awesome event is now in its' third year and the past two years I've been a spectator as other bloggers had their own giver adventures, but this year (as per my list of bookish resolutions!) I decided it was time to get involved. I'm giving away The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and I'm really excited and a little anxious, as a lot of people have said it's quite difficult to actually get people to accept the books! However, I'm hoping that my local ice cream parlour are going to let me 'set up shop' as such there for the day so that should be good :-) Also exciting is that Hanna and Laura are both going to be givers and I haven't read either of their books, so that's going to be my goal for between now and April 23rd!

Rhys has a couple of weeks holiday which started on Friday and it's been really nice to have him around and to be able to spend time together with Benji. Looking forward to lots more to come! This week I actually managed to get a review finished - of The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer, which I really enjoyed. I've also been reading Maus by Art Spiegelman which has been a long time coming and which is really really great, but fairly depressing in places. I really do think that the graphic form is a great way to deal with difficult and heavy subjects, though as by definition it doesn't linger too much which means that you don't have time to get really bogged down and depressed. I'm hoping to finish it today and get a review up sometime in the next week. I'm also reading My Life in France by Julia Child which is lovely and actually has a really similar feel to Julie & Julia

I'm also knitting a couple of bits, which I'll got into more detail about over on my craft blog at some point this week too, but just quickly, I'm knitting myself my first ever jumper (the first I've knitted, not the first I've ever owned...) which is purple and gorgeous, and I'm knitting Benji a family of ducks for his first Easter. They're quite seriously cute if I do say so myself! We've also started baking lots again - I made Cherry Bakewell cupcakes from The Great British Bakeoff book (which I am seriously in love with) last week and they were great. I meant to take a photo but they were pretty much gone before I remembered! We're also planning to make lemon cupcakes tonight after the boy is in bed, which will be fun :-) 

So that's what I've been doing. How's everyone else? :-) 


  1. Being a giver always sounds like a lot of fun, and I don't know why people would refuse books?!

    Enjoy the lemon cupcakes :)

  2. What are you thinking about Julia Childs as a person as you're reading "My Life In France?" I found that I didn't like her nearly as much as I did when I watched the movie. Some of what I thought was perfectly appropriate behavior on her part in the movie came off as much less so on paper.

  3. Whoop whoop, book givingggg! I miiight just leave my books places so I don't have to deal with the awkwardness of being refused... We'll seee!

    "I'm knitting myself my first ever jumper (the first I've knitted, not the first I've ever owned...)"
    This made me SNORT with laughter. Because, you know, thanks for sorting that out for us :). Also, I TOTALLY want to knit a jumper. It's an ambition.

  4. It's going to be my first time as a giver too. Super excited. I'm giving away The Eyre Affair.

  5. Oooh, make sure you take pictures of the ducks! I love going all gooey over your craft projects, it makes me HAAAAPPPPY! I might even buy something from your Etsy shop sometime soon, because my childhood best friend is having a baby girl in April. I barely ever see her now, just a passing hello every now and again, but it would be nice to send something lovely! I'll have a ponder on that one...

    I found a pristine copy of 'My Life in France' in the Air Ambulance shop on Wednesday, so I snapped it up for £1.45 and I'm really looking forward to it. Next time I need some womanly warmth and foodie indulgence from my reading it'll be there waiting for me. :)

    1. Oh, and P.S. CONGRATULATIONS on getting the book you wanted for WBN! Teaming it with ice cream is a great idea too, go for a captive audience who are already giddy on sugar... ;)

      What are Hanna and Laura giving away?

  6. Wheeee! World Book Night! I'm excited but also kind of terrified. It's kind of surprising (but great) how many of us signed up this year. Like Ellie said on Twitter, I can't wait to see how everybody gets on.

    Oh, I've flicked through Maus before and found it HORRENDOUSLY depressing. Lewis read the whole thing and said it was great, but the few pages I saw made me not really desperate to conntinue...