Comment: Thank you for your email! We have the same word of the year. And congratulations to you for breaking the cycle of hoarding! I'm attempting to break a family cycle too and I was so inspired to read about your progress! Best of luck in 2020 :)
Response: Thanks for the heart. Hoarding is such a hard issue to deal with. Good luck with dealing with your family.
Comment: I didn't know about this town! I now I definitely want to visit it. I agree with your opinion on the covers, I would've let this one pass just by looking at it. I'm glad you didn't! Thank you for your review =)
Comment: Gorgeous pictures! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm not sure if this is done all over Europe, or just in France, but there was a weekend in September called European Heritage Days, where places that are not usually accessible to the public are opened up for viewing. Your Open Doors event reminds me a lot of that.
Comment: Wallace and Gromit was my favorite when I was a kid, the art trail looks amazing! I could probably also spend a whole day at the cemetery, it looks absolutely gorgeous! I love old cemeteries, especially if they've grown over like in your photos. It's weird to think what sort of lives the people reimbursed there have led! Thank you for sharing, sorry for my late rate :,)
Comment: Thank you for sharing! I must admit, I'm a huge Joy Division song, so I found the first cover very odd because it sounds like an entirely different song! I love David Bowie's cover of Waterloo Sunset too!
Response: I know what you mean! I think I had to listen to it a few times at first before my brain could comprehend what it was hearing. I do like covers where the artist tries to make the song their own and not just make a replica of the original.
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing! Those are some gorgeous images, and I loved the insight into your life :) I hope to travel to your neck of the woods someday and see some of those in person! I also giggled at the hill because there's a lot of those around here too, so I know what you mean!
Comment: Great resolutions, Laura! I wish you success in following through on them! Your resolution to read more non-fiction . . . might I suggest that instead of aiming for a percentage, you try to read one or two a month? :-) And I too hope to get to a lot of the unread books I now have on my "shelves." I had subscriptions to a lot of book boxes in the latter half of 2017, but have I read the books I received? Only two out of at least 14! So I have most of the unread ones on MY resolution list, as well! :-) Thank you so much for sharing! (And I'm sorry for the late rating!) <3
Response: I have never been tempted by those book boxes because I know I would soon be overrun with unread books!
Comment: Thanks for the ðŸ–¤!! Halfway up that monument, I was regretting it. I made it to the top only to find out I was too short to see out the windows anyway. My 6 foot tall MR was just able to see out of them but they were sooo dirty so... back down we went. Going down those 291 steps didn't take as long as going up them, but was just so much harder. lol
Comment: I received your reading list today. I enjoyed reading your reviews. Thank you for sharing with me. Thank you also for the adorable card ðŸ’œ
I thought I would tell you that I searched for some of these books at my local library's site. I only found one of them, The Perplexing Theft Of The Jewel In The Crown. I added them on my To Read shelf on Goodreads. Hopefully, I can find them somewhere :)
Response: Thanks for your rating. If you fancy the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series the first book is The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra. I know some of the other crime novels I read are free on Kindle Unlimited on US Amazon.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter (and postcards). :) I had no trouble reading your writing, don't worry! Haha. I totally agree with the Kindle love - I read so much more because of it! Thanks for your book suggestions - I'm definitely going to check them out! :D
Comment: I received your card yesterday Laura, thank you. :) Thanks for your list! I will definitely be reading the synopses of each when I get a moment. I read Odd and the Frost Giants this year too, but I hadn't read any of the other books on your list. I liked the card as well, thank you!
Comment: Thanks for your swap. Let anyone wanting to give away books to send them my way. LOL! Though I never read "real" books anymore, I still keep them and want more. I wish I'd get a ton handed to me! :D I'm not only the virtual opposite of you when it comes to reading, I am when it comes to being cold/hot too. I definitely always too hot and need to make it cold in here! :)
Comment: Thank you for your honesty and sending your book related questions to me. The idea behind 60 Postcards sounds wonderful but as I have been to Paris I wonder whether it would be different for me to read it.
Comment: Laura ~ Of course I love, love, love the PC :-) It is so seldom I actually see or receive a Pomeranian PC! Now, onto your lie. . .after giving it a lot of thought, I think you lied about getting the highest score in sex education. Am I right. . . or wrong???????
Response: No, you are wrong! Ha ha. It was the horse riding fact. I was such a terrible rider I had to give up as I was clearly never going to graduate from the beginner's class.
Comment: Laura, I received your reading log today. Thank you! What an interesting array of reads. I really must try the Lemony Snicket 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' books, and something by Camilla LÃ¤ckberg. Neil Gaiman is a favourite of mine, but I've yet to read his newest book. I liked your review of 'The Day of the Triffids'. I've always wondered what this one would be like, as an older novel.
Response: Thanks! I generally had a good few months bookwise. I would definitely recommend the books/authors you mentioned in your comment. I want to go back and watch the old series of The Day of the Triffids now, but I am worried it will still freak me out - ha ha!
Comment: Sorry for the late rating; I can't believe I missed this in my email. I didn't even know there were Poirot short stories! I'm so glad you enjoyed rereading James Herriot; his books & the tv show were a big part of my childhood.
Comment: Thanks for your list. I'm glad you enjoyed most of your books. John Saul is an author my hubby has read a little of. I'm not into horror at all, but he loves it. He prefers Richard Laymon and Bentley Little though.
Comment: I like your blog. The layout is really nice. I have a blog myself and I also find it hard to keep to any kind of routine for it, so I just gave up on that and post when I feel like it. A blog should be fun, not stressful! :)
Comment: Thanks for the links! A Novel Challenge definitely sounds like a blog I'll have to check back with! I look forward to reading your blog as well. I love that you categorize based on genre; that's such a great idea!
Comment: First off, you have the most lovely stationary! It was a treat to see it. I think your goals are totally obtainable, And I probably should have put "read more classics" on my list as well. Thanks for your letter!
Thank you for the awesome Hogswatch card. The image on the front is one of my favorite scenes in the Hogfather book. I love how the mom tries to insist the little girl does not want a castle and army and sword because she's a girl. When I was little, I would have loved to get a castle and an army and a sword. :)
Response: I can also totally relate to that little,girl! I could never see the point of toys like baby dolls.
Comment: Thank you for the Hogswatch card! I'm starting to feel festive now :) The card has gone in pride of place on my mantelpiece. The Discworld Emphorium is so full of things I want! Have a happy Hogswatch from me too!
Comment: Thanks for the list! I love some of the movies on your list and will definitely check out the others. I'm also very interested with the 1968 BBC adaptation of Whistle and Iâ€™ll Come to You. I hope I get to watch it somewhere.
Comment: Your plans sound great. I would like to buy a house in central London there too (I'll visit there in August for the first time, I'm really excited). Giving out some scholarships sound awesome too, education is very important. Thank you for sharing :)
Comment: Dear Laura, when I opened the box I couldn't believe what I smelled - Lush! OMG, Lush! I'm sorry but I had to open all the packages at once because I was so curious. And yes indeed, there was the wonderful Lush bath thingy, and a beautiful notebook, and a lovely-smelling candle, and awesome notecards, and two cute bookmarks - THANK YOU!!!
Response: I am glad you liked everything. I was worried the postman would be able to smell the Lush through the packaging!
Comment: I received your card today. What a treat it was. We don't get any of the TP stuff here in South Africa. And thanks also for the bookmark. It will reside in whichever book I am reading from now on.
Comment: Hello Laura,
Thank you for your three poems you sent as part of the "April is Poetry Month" Swap. I like the creative ways in which you presented your poems--one on a tag, one in a card, one from the computer. After reading them all, my favorite one was "He Wishes for the Clothes of Heaven." I, too, like the descriptive language which helped paint a picture. I will proudly add your poems to my Poetry Journal.
Comment: A wonderful package, Laura, both envelope and contents. All the titles are new to me so I'll have some fun checking the public library to see what's available. Including the covers is a nice touch. Thank you!
Comment: Hi! Thanks so much for the great share! I have not read that author, but the book sounds interesting! Do you like your Kindle? I am thinking one might be nice, but I really love regular books, so... LOL! Hugs, Happy Reading and Swapping! ;)
Response: I wasn't sure how I would get on with the Kindle, but I now absolutely adore mine. It is just like reading a book & it's wonderful having lots of books to choose from on long train journeys. I still love normal books too though!
Comment: Thanks for your reading log. Seems you are reading a mixture of different genres - very interesting. I like your short and sharp descriptions. I had one reference (The Shape of Water by Andrea Camillieri). It seemed you had exactly the same impressing from the book as I did.
I will use your log as recommendation list. :-)
Comment: Hi! Thanks so much for the awesome book log, book mark and note! I have to put several of the books on my to read list! Loved the way you had the books listed! Hugs, Happy Reading and Swapping! ;)
Comment: No worries about being a little late. I know what it's like being somewhere that you can't get online. Thanks for sharing both books! The YA sounds really interesting! I hope you share your thoughts on the whole thing next week. I'm looking forward to checking it out myself!
Comment: No problem with the deja vu! I was expecting some of that when I started up my swap series. :) I'm not much of a horror reader myself, but there is one series that I found enjoyable, if you want to give short stories another try - Blood Lite, ed. by Kevin J Anderson. It's paranormal/horror with a bit of humor. Love the stories I've found in them! Can't wait to see what you're reading next week!
Response: Thanks for the recommendation. I am not really into horror fiction myself, but feel I should give it a try.
Comment: yay,nice to see another brit answering these q's! And we're very similar in many ways - pratchett, books, no siblings, love of jelly bellys (and outrage about their cost!). Oh - and the Kinks - good choice!
Comment: I like the way you answer your questions, with a bit of wit, but honestly.
I've always wanted to work at the library as I absolutely love books, but since becoming an idiot with a tattoo on his neck (huge, spontaneous, mistake), it's hard to find work like that.
Thank you for your list, it was
fun and interesting to read.
Response: Thanks. One of my colleagues has a shaved head with a tattoo on it. It is interesting seeing the reactions of the older customers when they see her!
Comment: Thank you for sending me your list so promptly - it was great fun to read! I laughed out loud at your story about your library fines at university - I used to work in a library and I am guessing we had thousands of patrons who wished for that very thing to happen to the computers! lol Your list was a great read in and of itself - thank you for that. Peace :)
Comment: Neat card you made, Love the book markers-make up for one of the swaps I got flaked on, and the calendar. WOW!! For sure you spent more than required. I have been looking for one for my room. This is perfect. Thank You! Enjoy! :)
Comment: Wow, who'd thought two librarians would get paired? I work in a public library as a systems administrator and computer trainer, but I still get to touch the books.
Kim - Michigan USA
Comment: Wow, loved your answers. Seems that Alice in Wonderland is a hit with everyone. It was my second favorite book as a child, my first being "I and the King", about King Arthur and Merlin. You might like The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts, the second book features Dana, a librarian.
Comment: Thank you...Cara Dillon does have a beautiful voice. Show of Hands kind of reminds me of some of the local music in Minnesota. And thanks for the embroidery floss; a person can never have too much floss. :)
Comment: thanks for the 2 bands. I am really enjoying this music. I was excited to get the music from Ireland, since I have a stong sense of Irish pride in me. Cara Dillion has the most beautiful voice.
Comment: Lots and lots of hearts and thank yous!!!! This one of the nicest swaps I have ever received and I love everything but mostly the postcards. Oh my what a wonderful addition to my collection. The note cards are quite nice, the sticky notes and the bookmarks are fun, but I love those postcards. You really made my day. Anna
Comment: Oooh...thank you for all my goodies. I love the cross stitch with my name as a title lol...bonus. I will use my journal to make an altered book or make each page like an atc that I make to give away that way I have a sample. I love the card kit and that soap is absolutely DIVINE!! I love that fragrance. Thank you so much for the thoughtful package :) Hugs, Linda Russell
Response: I'm so pleased it got there in time for your birthday!
Comment: Thanks so much for the great package! Love the lip gloss (profits to breast cancer research!!!!!). The floral note cards are beautiful. I will enjoy the tea, pearle cotton and the sticky note pad!