The Weekly Brief

Hello everyone

So here is my week blogging.

Posts this week


Books I am Reading


Books I Have Acquired



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Never Have I Ever Book Tag


I saw this on Julie’s blog One More Book and loved it so thought I would give it a go.



  • Link back to original creator – Madame Writer
  • Link back to the person who tagged you or the blog where you first saw this tag
  • Answer all prompts
  • Add one more prompt of your own
  • Tag at least 5 people
  • Don’t lie
  • Have fun!


Never Have I Ever… burned a book

Definitely a no from me, I never destroy books.


Never Have I Ever… read a book I knew I would hate

This I have definitely done. Lots of books on study lists that I just knew I would not enjoy but read anyway.


Never Have I Ever… written a fanfiction about my favourite books

A big no! I have never been keen on fanfiction.


Never Have I Ever… loved a book when I was young, yet hated it when I got older.

Hmm this is a tricky one. I’m not sure I have a book that I have hated as an adult but I have plenty of books that I hated as a child and now love as an adult.


Never Have I Ever… dressed up as one of my favourite literary characters.

I dressed up as lots of characters when I was at school but can’t quite remember them all. I have dressed up as Legolas in the past.


Never Have I Ever… hated a book by an author I love

Terry Pratchett is my all time favourite author but I hated his book Snuff and that really upset me as I never thought I would dislike a book by him.

Just recently I read The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths and I really did not like that either when everything I have read of Griffiths’ so far I have loved.


Never Have I Ever… gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more

All the time! I seriously can not be trusted in a bookstore as my poor husband knows all too well.


Never Have I Ever… read the ending of a book before reading the beginning

Never! But I have read the ending of a book that I haven’t been enjoying to see if it is worth carrying on with.


Never Have I Ever… read a book without the dust cover

All the time as it protects the dust cover.


Never Have I Ever… skim read nearly half a book

Definitely, especially when reading study books.


Never Have I Ever… dropped a book in the bath

Yes! Hence why I never now read in the bath.


I really enjoyed this book tag. I won’t be tagging anybody but feel free to join in!

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Friday Poetry: Anon

Happy Friday!

This little poem is one I learnt at primary school and it has always stuck with me so I thought I would share it today.


Thirty Days Hath September

Thirty days hath September,

April, June, and November;

All the rest have thirty-one,

Except for February alone,

And that has twenty-eight days clear

And twenty-nine in each leap year.



Have a good weekend!

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This and That Thursday

Happy Thursday!

I will be honest this week has focused mainly on teaching and studying but I have enjoyed both.

So here is what else I have been up to.


Lots of walking this week which has been nice and quite exciting when we saw a low flying Chinook helicopter.



For the first time in about two years I have started knitting again and my first project is a knitting kit of a Slytherin scarf. After a busy day studying and teaching it has been very relaxing to knit in an evening.



The Jigsaw was finished this week. It was only 636 pieces but very fun to complete.


So there is my week. I hope everyone else has had a good week so far.

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WWW Wednesday: 23/09/2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?


Happy Wednesday!

Time for another reading update!

What I am Currently Reading

Really getting into the Aeneid at the moment.


What I Have Recently Finished Reading


Really did not enjoy this sadly.


What I Plan to Read Next

As per usual lots of options because I am never sure what I will read next.


So there is another WWW Wednesday. Please drop me a link to your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.


This Top Ten Tuesday is a bit of a tricky one for me because as I have said many times, I am a mood reader. However, I will try my best to see which books I might read this Autumn.


The Time-travelling Caveman by Terry Pratchett

The Ickabog by J. K. Rowling

Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir

Troy by Stephen Fry

Mantel Pieces by Hilary Mantel

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Die Standing by John Jackson Miller

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Sea of the Dead by Amy Kuivainen

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

So there is my Top Ten Tuesday. Please drop me a comment if you want to chat about the books listed and of course please drop me a link to your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

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The Smell of Cedar by River Dixon (Review)

The Smell of Cedar by River Dixon

Trigger warning: Male rape, child abuse, torture

About the author

When once asked for an author bio, River Dixon was quoted as saying, “Life is pretty good these days. But that doesn’t mean I don’t remember. It’s quite easy, too easy, to slip back to what once was, realizing it still is. Fortunately, I have the knowledge that there is an underlying hope in all this, and that is one of the greatest gifts the years have given me.”

When asked what she thought of his writing, his wife answered, “I don’t know, he puts his soup in the freezer and ice cream in the microwave. I think that just about says it all.”

River Dixon and his family are currently trapped in the incessant heat and beauty of Arizona.


Sarah’s day was already off to a bad start when the arrival of a strange package from an unknown sender sent her spiralling into a state of paranoia. Memories of a tortured childhood in her grandmother’s care taunt her as she tries to piece together the events of the past few months—the events that have led up to this day. She’s convinced that a killer is coming for her, and it’s become a race against time and madness to figure out who is pulling the strings in this game of hunt or be hunted.


I saw this book on a fellow blogger’s site and thought it sounded really good so I immediately downloaded it on the Kindle and started to read it. Oh how misleading the blurb is.

The beginning of the book started off well and I was hooked but then it went downhill fast and I was also left with a few unanswered questions which I also found annoying. The character Sarah has a great deal of issues and they are not her fault. Her grandmother created what Sarah is today and you can’t help but feel sorry for Sarah when reading Sarah’s flashbacks of her life with her grandmother.

However, Sarah as an adult is a different kettle of fish. It all starts off so normal but then it spirals quickly. Towards the end of this book I will be honest I had to skim read certain parts just to make sure I could sleep that night and also not throw up.

I will say that this book has probably upset me more than any other book I have read. I can’t even say I recommend it and that does not often happen and I always try to find a positive with a book and give it a chance. The book was well written and does hook you in but it really was not my cup of tea and I wish to forget it as soon as possible.

A disturbing read that I only give 1 Dragon to.

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The Weekly Brief

Another busy week complete and I am so happy to have early access to my course which I have now started to have a look at and I must admit I am in for a busy academic year.

So here is the weekly brief

Posts this Week


Currently Reading


Books Acquired


Blogs I Have Enjoyed This Week

  • Heather at Bookish Belongings has been a relatively new blog for me but I am really enjoying Heather’s posts.
  • Julie at One More Book has been another favourite this week.


So that is my week on the blog! I wish everyone the very best of weeks.

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A New Challenge: Shakespeare

So I have decided a new challenge is in order and that challenge is Shakespeare. I will be honest I have only ever read Shakespeare for school but this year I have read Twelfth Night and Venus and Adonis for fun and really enjoyed them so I have decided to read everything by Shakespeare. I’m discrediting the ones I read for school and I plan on reading them again without the pressure of having to write an essay on them.

So here is the list. (If you click the crossed out ones you will go to the review)


  • All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • As You Like It
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Coriolanus
  • Cymbeline
  • Hamlet
  • 1 Henry IV
  • 2 Henry IV
  • Henry V
  • 1 Henry VI
  • 2 Henry VI
  • 3 Henry VI
  • Henry VIII
  • Julius Caesar
  • King John
  • King Lear
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Macbeth
  • Measure for Measure
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • Pericles
  • Richard II
  • Richard III
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Tempest
  • Timon of Athens
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Twelfth Night
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Winter’s Tale


Non Plays

  • Sonnets
  • Venus and Adonis
  • Lover’s Complaints
  • Passionate Pilgrim
  • Phoenix and the Turtle
  • Rape of Lucrece


I’m not setting a time limit on the challenge because I have a lot of studying to do this year and next so I’m not sure just how much reading I will get done. I am rather excited to get going on this challenge.

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