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Bekka's take on 2019 - 75 books challenge

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1BekkaJo
Jan 5, 6:27am Top

Belated hello! I've been staying with my in-laws in the UK and just got back on my rock (Jersey, Channel Islands) today. We were up before 6 and home by 10.30 so all a bit jaded. Add in that the heating has been off for a week - the house is about 8 C at the moment so I'm the only one to have taken my coat off...

Anyway! Books and stuff. As always I'll be plugging away at the 1,001 to read before you die list. And the kids 1,001. And the Guardian 1,000. And indulging my penchant for sci-fi, fantasy and YA.

I also SWORE I wouldn't do challenges this year - apart from my self imposed 'read the books you keep meaning to and think you have read' pile. Well, that went out of the door the second Paul started posting the BIAC list.

Le sigh.

Book related willpower is over rated, right?

2BekkaJo
Jan 5, 6:29am Top

Just realised I didn't say who I was... I'm Bekka, a *gulp* mid 30s Mum of two, civil servant, living on the lovely island of Jersey in the English Channel. Yes I love my island and do tend to wax lyrical about it. So my apologies. Also for whinging about my brats who I love fiercely but who drive me round the bend.

3BekkaJo
Jan 5, 6:29am Top

2018 best reads here...

4BekkaJo
Jan 5, 6:29am Top

2019 Reading list here...

5drneutron
Jan 5, 8:09pm Top

Welcome back!

6Deern
Jan 6, 2:57am Top

Happy New Year Bekka! May it be as stress-free as possible and bring you many great reads!

7cushlareads
Jan 6, 3:38am Top

Happy new year Bekka! It's nice to see your new thread. Looking forward to keeping up a bit better this year, and reading about Jersey and the kids (snap!)

8FAMeulstee
Jan 6, 9:15am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Bekka!

9richardderus
Jan 6, 11:06am Top

Hi Bekka, happy new year.

10BLBera
Jan 6, 12:48pm Top

Happy New Year, Bekka.

11BekkaJo
Jan 8, 5:49am Top

Hi all - thank you :)

I was back to work yesterday which was insanely busy so I am a bear of very little brain at the moment. I really will fill in 3+4 at some point soon. Honest!

I did finish a couple of books whilst in the UK - I was aiming to finish the Temple of my Familiar on New Year's Eve as I only had about 30 pages left. But then... we did second Christmas with the in-laws. Thanks to S-I-L I spent the next two days reading this one instead;

#1 Dark Light - Jodi Taylor

Second in her Elizabeth Cage series. And... well, whilst not imo as good as her St Mary's books, they are still just great to read. This one goes rather weird in the middle, but I like my supernatural mythical so she gets away with it.

#2 The Temple of my familiar - Alice Walker (1,001 + Leftover)

This is amazing. I mean, I got lost a few times with the interweaving characters. And some sections I preferred to others. But the interconnections, the power of her writing, the power of her characters...wonderful.

12Familyhistorian
Jan 10, 1:35am Top

Good to see you back, Bekka. I hope you enjoyed your time in the UK but were well rested enough to have plenty of energy for the start back to work.

13BekkaJo
Jan 10, 3:25am Top

>12 Familyhistorian: Thank you :) Unfortunately the opposite of well rested, but it's nearly the weekend!

I have a LOT of prep to do for daughter's birthday party at the end of the month, but as part of that involves painting a 3foot by 3 foot dragon, I think I'll manage.

Any party ideas that I can use for a myth/magic party, all well received.

14susanj67
Jan 11, 5:15am Top

Hi Bekka! Sorry I haven't posted. I *have* visited :-)

Friday finally! I thought it would never arrive.

I have no myth/magic ideas, sorry, but you're an awesome Mum to go to so much trouble with the dragon. Will there be face-painting, or are the guests too old for that now?

15BekkaJo
Jan 11, 6:29am Top

Ditto re Friday. This week has been brutal.

No face painting... well, maybe a bit. If I can get away with it. There will be a waiting area in the parking bay with a foresty theme (forest and castle are painted on the other side of the dragon boards). Maybe some sort of arrow/target thingy and unicorn droppings (jelly beans). Then into the apothecary lab in the kitchen with all sorts of jars and potions and things - guess the food, make a potion, that sort of thing. Then on into the dining area with old keys strung to the ceiling (think harry Potter), to make feather quills and possibly necklaces. And solve a puzzle to find the key to the back door porch thingy. In which is the mermaid lagoon - finding things in goo, hair chalk, not sure what else (think netting and sparkly lights). And the dragon cave in the hallway... not exactly sure on that one yet.

Then maybe a film if we have time.

And for me - wine. Much much wine.

16susanj67
Jan 11, 6:51am Top

That sounds amazing! Also a ton of work. Go you!

17PaulCranswick
Jan 11, 10:08am Top



Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you, Bekka, this year.

18BekkaJo
Jan 13, 2:58pm Top

>17 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul - lovely to see you :)

Brutal week followed by insane weekend. I really need to reboot at some point :/ Hubby has had a horrible cold for about 4 weeks. Really unusual for him and he cannot shift the cough (which means he snores and I don't sleep). It was his birthday on Friday as well, poor boo!

Friday night I did a tex-mex buffet for his birthday with ribs etc (mainly cos I wanted to boil down the bones for my witchy/apothecary wall hangings). Saturday Sis brought her family over - discussing next hols. Then B-I-L babysat whilst hubby and I went for a lovely Japanese meal. Nummmmmm! Except he was still feeling rubbish, so today I banished him to bed for the day and dealt with two separate swimming sessions, two lots of upsetting homework, practising jelly brains and hands and trying to ensure everyone has clean clothes for tomorrow.

During the afore-mentioned swimming I did finish a book...

#3 We Yevgeny Zamyatin (1,001)

One of the inspirations for 1984 and well worth a read. Honestly - it's really good. I mean, if you like dystopian future novels etc. Fab imagery too.

And made amusing to me because we are currently struggling with a government overhaul, and have been re-branded as OneGov. This book is governed by OneState. Made me chuckle. Albeit a bit bitterly...

19BekkaJo
Jan 14, 2:38pm Top

#4 Baking with Kafka - Tom Gauld

One of my hubby's xmas presents (yes I bought this for him so that I could read it too). Literary comic strip shorts - funny as always.

20richardderus
Jan 14, 2:48pm Top

>18 BekkaJo: I adored We when I read it. Just as involving and unnerving a read as anyone could want.

>19 BekkaJo: You know how much I loved it! I'm glad you laughed along.

21BekkaJo
Jan 14, 2:51pm Top

Isn't it just. So amazing given it was first published in 1924 - I loved that he created electric toothbrushes years before they really came to be.

And I did think of you when I posted re Baking with Kafka. He is very good!

22richardderus
Jan 14, 2:54pm Top

The electric toothbrush is such a sensible, logical device to have. Makes the chore of brushing so much easier to convince the kids to do.

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