Monthly Archives: February 2016

Full of snot


can do funny things


can make you ill

stress can make you rude


can make you act in a way you regret


can make you hurt others


can make you eat or not eat


can ruin your sleep


can ruin the way you think

but worst of all


can leave you full of snot


Book Review: The Shining Grils – Lauren Beukes

As you know, I’m chief puffin of LBCPuffins and part of LBCOutlaws and in recent months even stretching to a year, I’ve been pretty bad with book reviews, but this book has got into my soul, it’s the only way to describe it. After a week at work where one customer ruined it for the rest them and left me shaken for a whole week, to end up full of cold and to spend my Sunday sat/laid on the sofa reading is a bloody miracle. I needed to rest and I did it. And yes this book made me go ‘oooooooooh’ and having to put it down to make a coffee or put washing out was difficult.

Please don’t continue reading if you haven’t read it or are attending Tuesday’s meeting incase I spoil it for you as it has done in the past. 😀

But if you haven’t read it yet, I urge you to!.


The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

About the Author

The Shining Girls, her new novel, due out mid-2013 is about a time-travelling serial killer and the girl who survives his attack and turns the hunt around.

Lauren Beukes is a novelist, scriptwriter, comics writer, TV writer and occasional documentary maker and former journalist.

The Blurb

The girl who wouldn’t die, hunting a killer who shouldn’t exist…

A terrifying and original serial-killer thriller from award-winning author, Lauren Beukes.

1930’s America: Lee Curtis Harper is a delusional, violent drifter who stumbles on a house that opens onto other times.

Driven by visions, he begins a killing spree over the next 60 years, using an undetectable MO and leaving anachronistic clues on his victims’ bodies.

But when one of his intended ‘shining girls’, Kirby Mazrachi, survives a brutal stabbing, she becomes determined to unravel the mystery behind her would-be killer. While the authorities are trying to discredit her, Kirby is getting closer to the truth, as Harper returns again and again…

I don’t know where to begin with book. Perhaps with the format. One of the biggest things discovered in bookclub is the format we read books and how it can affect the story in which it’s read by paperback,phone,audio,e-reader and in this case for me hardback. I’ve never really been a fan of the hardback, I think it’s always been seen as a luxury of which I’m not accustomed to, and always scared to break it as it is seen as  a precious item, then of course is the sheer size of it (is that the right term?) that is doesn’t easily fit in your rucksack, or there’s enough space for your elbows on the bus.
This book I borrowed from the library and I kept putting it off as it looked so daunting. When I did start I forgot to check the blurb and got slightly confused at the time jumps (it also got mentioned at another book club but I didn’t pick up on it.) It took me a while to realise and at this point I thought the author had made an error, then I reread the blurb, and bingo, it’s a time travelling type book. AWESOME! Also the fact I was reading it on paper meant I could flick back easily to check what year we were in and what character was doing what. Yes, I’m a bright spark I know. But that’s what’s more enjoyable.
This year I have so far read 15 books, some of which are for book club, this time last year I had read about 4, I think. I don’t know about you but I sometimes can be a slow reader and then suddenly  a book grips me and WHAM! I’m off. When people say they can read a book in a day, I scoff. ‘It can’t be done!’ Well I bloody did it, along with a walk in the park, washing and several cups of coffee. Anyway I’ve gone off course…BACK TO THE BOOK!
Like I said I didn’t realise what the time jumps meant at first, I got really confused and wondered how one character could be in a time frame she wasn’t born in but then I think I read something wrong by that point. You see the point of the story, is that the killer steals a coat and finds a key to a house, a house that although stays rooted in Chicago could send the baddie back and forwards in time to kill. That this deranged man picked out girls and waited until they were older before killing them. That was until I thought there was a typo and had to re-read the blurb on the book. Silly me.
That then lead me to practically inhale the book. I got very annoyed when the washing machine needed sorting as I didn’t want to put the book down. You see the bad guy – Harper, sets about picking out girls, gives them a present and tells them to hold on to it for him then years later up he pops and in most cases kills them. But not in Kirby’s, she was given a toy pony while she sat outside her house playing and years later survives a brutal attack by said baddie and goes on a hunt to track him down, all with the help of an older man who is a journalist who first fancied her Mum but then falls her big time, but of course gets injured in the process.
With me so far? I will leave the ending for you to read as I would love to know your thought on the book. I loved the writing style, the descriptions were very detailed, the characters were outstanding, I really felt for Kirby and her upbringing and the strength she showed to find out the truth. I actually felt I was in the story and that rarely happens for me these days, I could see the house, see the streets, the batman and robin duo fighting crime, it was a good read for me and one of those where it left me needing to watch Harry Potter to make me feel everything is ok, it was that creepy.
Whether I would read another of her books, I would have to let this one settle before I decided, as if it was as creepy as this I might need a sunny day to read it. But I highly recommend you read this one.
Thank you for reading

Green Knowe – truely, madly, creepy!


I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned, the most enjoyable children’s books always have some sort of a bite in them(is it the same as Young Adult? I’ve never known where the cut off point is there. Will check with the oracle in a bit! – UPDATE – she indicates that its discretionary. So I shall stick with children’s, as I think YA is a horrendous degrading marketing ploy.).
From Roald Dahl (where the bite might be literal!), to Enid Blyton, to Philip Pullman, Michelle Paver, JK Rowling  and so on; the who’s who of children’s books  have all recognised that to appeal to a literate and intelligent young person; there needs to be an element of danger, consequences for crimes, consistent and rational (albeit fantastical) characters, and the reality that, very often, you can rely only on yourself (and a select band of buds) to…

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being single

is not being alone

being single is looking after you

being single

means you’re the one

the one to work

the one to shop

the one not to get ill

the one to motivate yourself

the one who has to lift you out of bed in the morning

the one to bring the money in

to pay the bills

to put the food on the table

t0 enjoy life

the single life

is not always freedom

it comes with a lot of responsibilities

and sometimes burden

the single life is a lesson in life

Oh how I wish to be free

and soar away


Happy Valentine’s Day 2016


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone whether you have someone special or are single everyone deserves to enjoy the day. As for me, I planned on a pj day of doing nothing and sitting on the sofa, and perhaps reading. Instead I woke up at 10am after 12 hours of sleep, made pnackes from a ready-mix box, went for a walk, cleaned the house, did three loads of washing, fixed the lock on the gate and took the rubbish out, oh and cooked a Sunday lunch, mince and gravy, veg and yorkshire puddings.

On tv this afternoon the famous BBC Pride and Prejudice has been on and in between watching that and pottering about I have had an amazing day. I actually feel quite good about things. I’ve not felt like this in a long time. Perhaps it’s because i cleared the air with someone yesterday, or had natural vitamin d on my walk or had such a long sleep, who knows.


I have my reading mojo back, I have so far read 13 books this year and finished book club bookway ahead of schedule. It’s so good to be enjoy reading again. I just need to kick start my exercising and blogging and I’ll almost be complete, and then all the things I can’t immediately fix will fall into place.

I also have plans to fix things in the house, sort the damp out in the bathroom and fix a new blind, paint both the bathroom and bedroom with anti damp paint and as I keep moaning about it, have  major declutter. But all in good time.

I hope whatever you did today was spent well and that you are happy. People put so much expectations on Valentine’s Day, just like they do at Christmas, and after all it’s just a day, and it’s what you make of it that counts.

Thank you for reading



I’m a follower and don’t fit in

sheep01It’s the chinese year of the Monkey, the fire monkey I believe. I was always led to belive I was born in the year of the monkey, but sadly I fall under the goat/sheep. In fact I’m an earth sheep/goat born on a Tuesday in the early hours.

The Earth Goat/ Sheep –  traditional, autonomous, motivated by diligence, anxious and hopeful. 

In saying that, I have been thinking a lot about how, no matter what I try and do I still don’t fit in in most areas. I don’t fit in at work, I never fitted in at school, I hope I fit in at book club, and the small group of friends I’ve created. I think of myself as a follower but do my best to try to be a leader. I yearn to be a good leader, I just think past events and health/personal issues are getting in the way.

In the last few months I feel memory wise my brain has doubled in age and suffer really badly with a bad memory, so much so I see people using it against me, whether to make me look a fool or to be able to use it against me out of spite, I’m just not sure.

I’ve been taken Vitamin D for a month now, part of the memory problem as due to a lack of sunlight I need to take a supplement, yet in some situations I keep forgetting the evening tablet so have made myself a spreadsheet and can now keep track, I should really make to do lists again and to update the diary, and then at least I have a paper trail for my poor memory.

51vp347lW-L._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Along with this I keep being asked about the being single issue. Whilst talking to my friend Kirsty about the radio shows we used to do, she reminded me of the book we read called how to love like a hot chick. In there you had to describe what you wanted/in a future spouse. We talked about what we needed, i.e. someone who would listen after a long working day, whether on the phone or at home, cook tea, make us a cuppa, enjoyed reading, or in my case let me waffle about a book even if they weren’t interested. Another of mine was just to hug me for absolutely no reason, drop me off a coffee if I was at work and say hello. For me it was silly little things, simply because I’ve lived on my own and about 80% of my day I can feel really lonely. All sounds silly I know and probably only exists in the movies, but after being alone for so long and noticing the barriers I’ve put up, even when meeting new people who now I realise are the most important people in my life, I just wonder if there is someone like that to enjoy the simple things and have a laugh and not get annoyed when I forget things and share the housework with.

So right now, I feel like I’m wandering in fog. I’ve started to get rid of the exhaustion I’ve felt for the last few months, I’m reading loads more than I ever used to, but ask me to recall what it was about and I’d have to get back to you on that. In other news I am pleased to know that I can retire in 26 years on minimum pension as long as things stay as they are. Fingers crossed then as I’m in need of a holiday :D.

Thank you for reading