Moonlight walks which aren't nearly as romantic as they sound. This is probably due to the fact that they have been undertaken at the ungodly hour of 5.30 am.
I mean really, how can anything be romantic when you're walking in the dark still half asleep. Still the moon light does make everything look pretty and glowy which is always a plus and even more importantly it helps me to see where I am going as I navigate my way around the estuary, so really I can't complain. Moonlight and water, the crisp early morning air and the company of my other half. It's all rather lovely.
This month I have once again discovered a realm of new things. Lots of new music, as usual. This time courtesy of Spotify and Twitter discussions. Both of which I can just get a tad carried away with and easily spend a few hours perusing. (i.e. wasting time).
Along with the music there are also some new authors and a TV show that I have fallen in love with. Life, as they say, is pretty damn good.
Halcyon / Ellie Goulding.
I just adore Ellie Goulding's music.
From the lyrics to her voice there is so much emotion in her songs and each one seems to speak directly to you.
This, her second album, is just great. My favourites are Figure 8 and Only You but I also recommend that you check out her first album Bright lights too.
Sounds like this / Eric Hutchinson
A very new discovery for me - like just last weekend - and one that I picked up, completely randomly, from a certain actor on twitter who raved about him. And I'm so glad I checked him out as I have just fallen in love with this guy's music.
It's a little bit reggae, a little bit Jack Johnson, a little bit soul and utterly feel good.
Picking a fav song is hard as I love just about every one but Ok It's Alright With Me is one that stands out.
Nobody / Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
Claire Ryan has always felt invisible, which causes trouble when she instantly connects with 17 year-old Nix, who really can become invisible and has been
sent to assassinate her."
There are so many great teen books out there and this is one that I just couldn't put down.
Don't you just love books like that.
Guardians of stone / Anita Clenney.
"As a relic hunter every mission Kendall Morgan accepts carries certain hazards, but
her boss's latest is proving to be the most dangerous yet."
Now I'm not generally into paranormal romances but this one was actually quite good. Perhaps because the romance aspect was quite minimal so that it mostly came across a bit like Relic Hunter/Indiana Jones adventure.
I certainly enjoyed it enough to want to read the sequel... when it comes out.
Crewel : a novel / Gennifer Albin
Spinsters have worked the
looms and determine where people live, who they marry, and even when they die. Gifted with the rare ability to
weave time with matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking
Adelice is about to unravel the deadliest one of all, a sinister truth
that could destroy reality as she knows."
I loved this book. Interesting sci-fi/fantasy books are always great to read and teen books seem to do this so well. This one reminded me a little of Tamora Pierce's series Protector of the Small and also a little bit of Graceling and even The Giver.
Saturday night widows : the adventures of six friends remaking their lives / Becky Aikman.
"Struggling to forge ahead after becoming a widow at 43 and forced out of grief counseling because she wasn't sad enough, Becky Aikman starts her own widow's support group."
It might sound like a depressing read but this book is a heart-breaking, funny, realistic book that gives an honest look at what it is to be a widow, especially at a young age.
Having been there myself I could relate to this so much. It's a wonderful tale of recovery, of hope and of moving on - and even maybe finding love again.
Throne of glass / Sarah J. Maas.
"Celaena, a daredevil assassin, is offered a chance of freedom from the salt mines where she has been imprisoned. The only thing is she has to face the deadliest thieves, assassins and murderers in the land..."
I love kick ass heroines and yes Caleaena does sometimes come across as an arrogant, vain, brat and yes the story does have some flaws (another romantic triangle? Really? Can we just move on from those, please.) But this is still a great read. Caleaena is a tough, pulls no punches kind of chick and the story pulls in you.
I *adore* Miranda but if I'm being completely honest, I have to confess that I've only recently become a convert to this wonderfully funny show.
I know! Surprising - isn't it.
But I really thought that it wasn't my thing, despite never watching an episode.
It's my mum who got me into it. And I'm so glad she did.
I love Miranda. In fact we could be twins, since we are both klutzy, get nervous trying new things, are hopeless at relationships and love bopping around to music...except of course I'm not 6 foot 1.