#EmptyShelf20: December

The Art Fiasco by Fiona Veitch Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars I think I’ve now read all of this series up to date ... and I’ve really enjoyed them all - feels like the characters are now very established and settled (not in a boring way), and there’s lovingly placed historical detail that helps give the story context, along with modern insights to an era that was not used to women in working…

2020: What a year… and a CANCER update!

Like many, I'm looking forward to time moving forward, and hopefully emerging (once vaccinated) into some kind of resemblances of a more liveable life. Having been taught that time is a social construct, I don't expect things to change on the stroke of midnight however (it's also one of the reasons I've never done New Year's Resolutions - also, they are set up to fail, and if I want to try something new, I'll do…

Happy Christmas 2020, and here’s to 2021

What do you write for Christmas 2020 - it's been a strange year hasn't it ... all those plans I (and many others) blogged about in expectation of 2020, COVID19 has knocked many people off their feet ... and then cancer truly came back in summer 2020 to knock me further off my feet! I don't know how many people have had conversations like this (we haven't thankfully): When I was in New Zealand, Lesley…

[CANCER] A rather exhausted update

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I updated everyone as to where we were at on treatment, that I'd had a pleural effusion (fluid on the lungs) identified, though oncologist thinks that it's the toxicity of the treatment causing breathing issues, rather than the effusion itself .. Still very tired, planned to write this yesterday, but nope ... but after watching a Zoom nativity this morning, and a catch up session with…

#EmptyShelf: November 2020

Not read a huge amount this month, though managed to do some bits and pieces of thinking/work, and listening to some Georgette Heyer in audio form. Albert Stridemore's Lockdown Discoveries by Chick Yuill My rating: 5 of 5 stars I've really enjoyed Chick's novels so far, so was really happy to get this pretty much as it was released ... and it didn't disappoint. Characters feel rounded, I can imagine them hanging out together (or…