20 Sep Top 5 reasons to be with a bookworm

Meeghan has asked us top 5 reasons to be with a bookworm. I would love to attract the right bookworm. But also I think being a bookworm is a selling point therefore my 5 reasons are a mixture of what I would value in a bookworm and positives I can offer. Will be reading other’s lists for more ideas of how I can see self!

1. If they wake up first they will read instead of waking you! Although waking up in winter when too dark to read is annoying!

2. Readers have more to talk about and discuss.

3. Readers can understand situations, feelings etc as read different viewpoints.

4. Those who have read widely know life is not a fairy story and have to work on relationships.

5. Readers have read about some evil partners so will appreciate a good partner!

Top 5 ways to tempt a bookworm out of their home

This week Meeghan has asked us how to lure bookworms out – as if it is a difficult mission!

I think bookworms are easy to lure out of the house! We are so interested in the world from reading and want to see the world. Plus you can take a book with you, almost anywhere!

Here are some ways to lure this bookworm out. There are many others!

1. To see a film of a book.

2. To read on a beach.

3. To the theatre. It is wonderful seeing 3D words, live in front of you. From my blog you will see I love a theatre trip!

4. I also love live music. I like songs with good, distinguishable lyrics. Live music for me involved people singing not miming and playing instruments particularly guitar 🎸 and drums 🥁.

5. To a restaurant. Food is brilliant!

Top 5 Tuesday books with bones 🦴

I have not even attempted Meeghan’s last two scavenger hunts as not reading fantasy not sure I could have come up with much for crowns or anything for shields. This week however is bones so between covers and titles it was easier.

1. Straight away I thought of Lovely bones which read years ago.

2. Bone garden is a Tess Gerritsen book but not part of Rizzoli and Isle series. I read this book or at least most of it in an afternoon.

Antlers are made of bone, and covered with “velvet”—a thin, soft layer of skin and blood vessels that gets scraped off the antler over time.

Looking through Instragram Wonderwall360 of reads over last few years books I found two with antlers on.

3. The Stag and Hen party by Mike Gayle. This book contained the story hen party and stag party running respectively from each cover to the middle.

4. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foyle.

5. Finally one that does not have bones in the title or any versions of the cover I have seen. But it is all about bones. It is Handle with care by Jodi Piccoult. It centre’s around Willow who has brittle bone disease therefore lots of mention of broken bones in the book.

Hump Day Careers / day in life

Been a while since I did a hump day careers or day in the life. But last Wednesday felt exciting as went into the office with people in my team for first time since March 2020.

In March 2020 I was doing a different job. I did go into the premises a few times during 2020 – to sit in an empty office to work and not see anyone knew.

In July 2021 I started a remote working job. However originally some of my team including my manager worked in Leeds office. Therefore a few of us went in last week (August 2022)

Getting to Leeds involved trams to Sheffield station. Then train to Leeds and few minutes walk to the office. I bought a day ticket for the tram costing £4.60. The return train ticket was £15.

I set off from home about 7.30 and arrived at the office 9.30.

My manager showed me around the office floor. In the kitchen there was a free drink machine so I got a hot chocolate 🙂

Most of the day I was just continuing with the usual studies I lead. But I did take the opportunity to discuss various work things with my manager and other team members. It was also good just to chat to my colleagues face to face as usually we just do voice calls.

At lunchtime 4 of us went to Marks and Spencer food stall to buy lunch. But then everyone ate at their desks; I hoped we would sit in the kitchen together. I had king prawn and basil pasta salad and a couple of blackcurrent sundaes.

I had a second hot chocolate in the afternoon.

I had a meeting until 6 therefore I was last of my team to leave but there were other people still in the office.

As I only left at 6, I went to a nearby pub for food before the train home. Had aimed for 19.19 train but due to a delay and platform change did not leave until nearly half past. I got home just before 9.

Sorry if you have read all this, the day was not actually that exciting. But I enjoyed getting out of the house and talking to colleagues face to face! The day went faster than at home. We hope to all meet again and block out some time so we can all go out for lunch together. I’m keen to do that but not too often due to travel time and cost. None of my team have decided to go in regularly. If I had an office to go to in Sheffield, I would want to go there regularly.

Top 5 books with keys

I had to stretch this a bit to locks 🔒 as well as keys 🔑 🔐. See Meeghan’s post below.

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books with keys!! Yes, we’re back on scavenger hunts ― but I swear on my life, …

Top 5 books with keys

I found two with actual keys. The foundling with a padlock. On the Eve of Man by G and T Fletcher inside the A think technically a lock that is key 🔑 shaped? The fifth can see door lock (just) on House Swap.

Ambitious, original and successful at Sheffield Theatre; actors appearing in three plays in three different theatres at the same time! (Rock, Paper, Scissors ✂️ )

Long title so perhaps it is not clear what Sheffield theatres did! There were three plays taking part at the same time and the same actors moved between the three plays.

Rock took place in the Crucible round. Scissors took place in the studio at the Crucible. The third play took place in the Lyceum theatre. For those who do not know Sheffield the Lyceum is next door to the crucible however, actors moving between the three stages and keeping three plays going is still impressive feat! Not many places have the set up of three close stages to allow this – maybe National Theatre?

The story was a very Sheffield; centring around a struggling scissors factory in Sheffield. Sheffield originally was famous for producing steel products. The people working in this factories were craftspeople and of course those skills come with a price and in these days of cheap online vendors, customers are not always willing to pay the price for crafted items.

The three plays were set within three locations in the scissor factory. They worked together and individually. Each play could have been separate with actors going off stage to virtual other areas of the factory; but instead you got to see what happened when they left that stage. Therefore seeing all three gives the most comprehensive story!

All three plays are on each being this week. On Saturday the shows are all being performed three times therefore it is possible to see all three in one day! If you could only see one I would recommend Scissors in the Studio. The studio’s intimacy and the characters particularly the actor playing Mason are fantastic entertainment!

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 of 2022 so far…

This week Meeghan has asked what our top 5 of 2022 books read are; as we are halfway through the year.

1. I have only just read this so is this why it makes top 5 would it if 5months had passed?

Anyway it is Elenor and Park. Obviously this book has been around a while so I k re people loved it so that maybe meant I read it quite critically. First thinking we’ll it’s ok but what’s the fuss about! I got into it as like the interesting characters was not sure I like his written just very short snippets from each point of view. I like music references and nostalgia of 80s listening to cassettes! I did during reading ask Alexa to play Love will Tear us apart by Joy Division. I also asked Alexa to play Elvis Costello Alison as not familiar with that but Alexa said ‘no’ unless upgraded subscription!

Then the ending first thought flat. But then it became thought provoking. Don’t ruin if not read but as well as above I also went on about this book Here with What could those three words be?

2. Failure is not an option by Matt Whitman (U was gifted this). Thought provoking about how far push self to physical endeavours and sometimes you have to be sensible and give up but in my opinion this is not failure.

3. Normal people by Sally Rooney. Loved tv show then read conversation with friends which not too keen on. Therefore was pleasantly surprised by this.

4. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. It has flaws but still an interesting read.

5. The last wife by Karen Hamilton.

What could those 3 words be? (If you, know you know)

If you know then you know I’m talking about the mysterious 3 words at the end of Eleanor and Park. If you do not want the book spoiling, maybe don’t keep reading this – read Eleanor and Park instead!

At first the ending seemed flat, I turned over pages, thinking is this it? At the end of my book the author Rainbow 🌈 Rowell explained she intentionally has not defined the words and never will. I began to think the ending was really thought provoking! I came up with various ideas. What do you think the words were? As an aside I presume she sent his postcode to her back to him?

The three words?

A lot of people think they are I love you. It would fit but what about…

I miss you

Return to sender (harsh?)

Not goodbye forever

Just sit down (echoing dialogue at the end of chapter 1 that was the first interaction)

Meat is murder (Smiths cassette they broke)

More batteries please

Thanks for batteries

Thanks for comments

A dream deferred (poem title mentioned by English teacher end of chapter 5)

Dark night returns (end of chapter 13 park says least boring Batman comic)

I’m coming back

I’m coming home

Finally read Great Gatsby

I have finally read the book.!

I was interested to read after an amazing Great Gatsby immersive experience which inspired a written review then the starting of this blog.

Great Gatsby immersive experience

But then I was put off reading Great Gatsby as read another Fitzgerald; Tender is the night. Finally I read as part of buddy read.

I found the first couple of chapters slow going as Gatesby hardly featured! I thought the book was all about Gatesby’s his parties so wanted it to get going!

The book’s protagonist Nick does not have an active role in the action so you do not get to know how the key characters in the action feel. But not telling it from say Gatesby’s point of view keeps him mysterious.

Gatesby is a mysterious character, who thinks he can buy anything with money but despite throwing big parties it can not buy true company. The book pivots around his unrequited love for Daisy. The middle chapters start to reveal the characters of Daisy and atom and neither are particular likeable characters; it adds interest having flawed characters.

It was the last chapters where the tangled web weaved by the characters really unravels dramatically. It is a short book so not too traumatic to read. Especially pleased to read with others; it helped me understand the ending… here the review ends unless you want spoiler explanation of the ending.

🚨 Spoiler Alert 🚨

I was not sure whether it was an accident that Tom’s mistress was or targeted attack to kill her. It was explained that there was confusion as previously in the day Tom had driver Gatesby car. You have to be good to understand how the events play out; there is just a quick mention of the mistress moving the curtains and from that meant to know that is why she ran out to the car as she thought it was Tom driving and he would stop for her.