I’ve missed a few months of the wonderful #BringBackPaper linky, and for fear of missing it again, I’ve had to grab a few Instagram photos and other cast-offs.
What I’m reading
I don’t think I’ve been achieving my hope of two books a month, but overall I’m getting through more than one, and fortunately I seem to be doing pretty well in reading books which I’m enjoying, as opposed to any doofers.
Whilst not an easy read, I made my way through Benjamin Brooks-Dutton’s book- “It’s Not Raining Daddy, It’s Happy”, a way to commemorate his wife, it takes us through their relationship and surviving after her death, life as a widower, and a parent. It is a difficult read, obviously, but for some indescribable reason it is appreciating life which comes through the unbearable grief.
I also read ‘The Mistletoe Bride’, the short tales are perfect for life as a traveller, but I was a little let-down, I love Kate Mosse. Whilst her books can be broken up with other genres reading one short story after another was a little samey and didn’t have the same page turning element as I love of her novels.
Finishing her book on the train to Birmingham I ran to the nearest bookshop (Waterstone’s) for a book for the train home, being in a rush and a panic I headed for the charts and picked up ‘Gone Girl’ completely oblivious to this being in the chart because of the novel being made into a film. A thoroughly enjoyable read which kept me going, until I reached London, and this time I popped into WHSmith’s at Victoria Station. This time the chart didn’t tempt me, but remembering Caitlin Moran’s first book cheered me no end, I decided to belatedly pick up another. ‘Moranathology’ was a real giggle, as well as thought-evoking at times, and made quite a nice change.
And now I’m onto ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ following an online book-buying-frenzy. It’s more difficult going, for quite a few reasons, but nevertheless I want to finish it.
What I’m scribbling over and what I’m scribbling with
The last few months have seen me shopping everywhere and anywhere for stationery, I’d like to say picking up the odd thing here and there… or something like that.
It started with me picking up a lovely blue notebook in Homesense, then I signed up to a #PostCircle and decided I had to have a letter writing set, and maybe went a bit overboard in Paperchase as a set and a few cards went in the shopping basket. Then there was a little too much time spent on Etsy where I found some beautiful floral notelets. And finding out about The Green Gables’ Happy Paper Club- two parcels in I’m absolutely loving my additions.
I also took the opportunity at Paperchase to stock up on a few of my favourite pens, I’ve always loved the plain, simple Bic pens- I’m sure they make my writing neater, and I love the Uniball eye pens- especially the colours.
I finished my stationery haul by discovering Bureau Direct. I’ve been using Leuchtturm notebooks for work since switching from Moleskine, I love dotted/ grid paper rather than lines, I’ve no idea why. As well as picking up a new notebook for work I also bought the most gorgeous hexagon notebook by Paperworks, reminding me of honeycomb it absolutely is my favourite place for scrawling ideas and plans.