#EmptyShelf 2016 #8: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (via @TansyJTweets)

Thanks Tansy for buying this for my birthday last year ... get me reading it before the next birthday has rolled around :-) Another book that may have taken me into another early morning read on the second night of reading!! Harold Fry, retired but 6 months, receives a letter from a friend (who he hasn't seen for 20 years, and who he feels he has wronged) who is dying from cancer. He decides to…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #5 #6 #7: The Jewel, The House of the Stone, The White Rose @amyewingbooks

I spoke at an event for children's librarians a couple of year's ago, and one of the perks was getting copies of books that were recently, or shortly to be, published. When I'm tired I get particular joy out of reading teenage fiction - it's generally got quite an inspirational, moral line but accompanied by easy reading. The Hunger Games and Divergent are both on the list of series I've enjoyed - ones that have worlds that…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #4: The Perfect Sinner by Will Davenport

So, it's full on into a new term, so light-weight fiction is generally what I'm looking forward to at the end of the day to send me off to sleep... although I seem to keep picking ones that I want to know so much more about. The Perfect Sinner was a slow starter for me .. it starts with Sir Guy de Bryan (one of the First Knights of the Garter) watching his Chantry being built as…

New Job, New Achievements

Sometimes life just gets so busy, so crazily involved, that I forget what I've achieved - if Marcus Buckingham is to be believed - this is not a good thing for me - plus this might save me time for my PDR in future! At the end of August 2015, I finished with CODEC at the University of Durham, sold my house - having decluttered severely, and moved on to a new post as Senior Lecturer…