1. Better Weather
While it's still been freezing this week it's also been sunny! We've been out in the garden a bit planting seeds and generally preparing for the spring and summer. Our garden has been concreted and paved over almost entirely. Last year we managed to dig out the gravel along one side and turn it into a long bed where we planted potatoes. This year we're going to have courgettes and peppers there once the garlic comes out, and we spent yesterday making a new little flower bed towards the back of the garden and sorting out, lining and filling our new planter ready for planting all the goodness for carrot pesto from the One Pot Gourmet Gardener cookbook.
2. Ninja Book Swap
It's been the Valentine's Ninja Book Swap at the moment and I received my parcel this week from Frankie. I signed up for the swap with my 'all indie' wishlist and was so ridiculously excited that she picked me The Book Collector by Alice Thompson, which so many people have been reading and loving recently! It's published by awesome indie publishers Salt (check out my Make Mine an Indie piece on them for more info! I put Lush in my list of likes, and she reciprocated by getting me the most amazing face and body scrub. I've been using it constantly since I got it - it's sea salt, lime and avocado butter and it makes my skin smell and feel gorgeous. I'm saving the bath bomb for a special occasion, but this was an awesome Ninja Swap parcel! We're waiting for our parcel from the family swap still, so I'll talk about that in a separate post, but if you've not heard about the Ninja Book Swap and want to be involved check out our blog for details or email email@example.com to get on the reminder list.
3. The Re-Readathon
The third Re-Readathon is coming up in just over a week! I'm planning mini challenges and giveaways and stuff so look out for a scheduling type post in the next few days, but for now I've been working away at my TBR and have whittled it down to this lovely lot:
Dead Clever by Scarlett Thomas, Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll with illustrations by Camille Rose Garcia fit in with the month - long Weirdathon I'm participating in, and True Notebooks by Mark Salzman and The Secret Seven Collection are just for fun! Of course I might veer completely off list and pick up something else altogether, that's the beauty of it! If you want to join us all the info and sign up post is here.
4. The Classic Children's Literature Event
I found out from Lynn's blog about this event being hosted by Simpler Pastimes and as you can imagine me and my spare room full of children's books were immediately in! I spend a lovely half hour yesterday pulling stuff of my shelf to compile a (ridiculous) TBR, and I'm hoping to get a copy of Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner from the library to take part in the readalong for the event. You can find all the info and declare your intention to join us reading classic children's literature during April here.
This is my TBR at the moment - I can't believe I still have three unread Noel Streatfeild titles!
In case you can't see from the blurry photo, they are On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (the April read for Lynn's and my Little House Read-Along), Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson, New Town and The Children of Primrose Lane by Noel Streatfeild, The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett, The Phantom Tolbooth by Norton Juster, My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, and The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg.
There's lot more making me happy this week, but for now check out Ellie's gorgeous blog for other people's happy lists and to link up your own!