Top 5 Tuesday: 5 books that got me into reading

This month Meeghan has got us into thinking about children’s books. Here are the first books in that got me into reading and on 30th March my topic is the books I would give to my children.

1. The books that school had to start us reading were called The Village with Three Corners.

2. Roald Dahl George marvellous medicine

3. Charlie and Choc factory by Roald Dahl.

4. Enid Blyton books.

5. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy🧙‍♀️

The Worst Witch

First impression Friday: Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This has come highly recommended and first impression is that it is not disappointing! Finding the premise of not been where want in life and therefore with regrets about what ifs; very relatable! The book is going to explore what would have happened if the protagonists had made different decisions; would she be more or less happy?

A day that we are missing this year…

Between today and tomorrow, last year was a day that does not exist this year.

Just one symptom of how the world changes since that day is that I ordered a library book that I never got as the UK went into lockdown and libraries closed. By the time the library was doing click and collect, I had bought and read the book for a book club.

https://wonderwall360blog.wordpress.com/2020/02/29/once-in-4-year-day-in-life/?preview=true

A review of 2020 book resolutions

Resolutions wrote in a different time! I was not sure about committing to my book club due to journeying to it! Since April this has not been a problem as it has been virtual. I ordered a book in March from the library but it then shut before I could pick up the book! It was months before the library reopened and by that time as needed the book for a book club had bought it myself. Once library reopened it has been click and collect and they can not get books loaned from other libraries therefore not borrowed a book from the library, this meant I did not achieve resolution 6 but I did achieve all the others.

2020 book resolutions

Blogmas: 2020 Sheffield restaurant visits

There has not been as many as there would have been a normal year but I have managed to get to a lot of my favourites.

1. I left a job at the end of December so I had a leaving do at the end of January when everyone had been paid again in order to avoid my leaving merging in with Christmas. Originally I wanted to try Monki on Ecclesall Road which looks very pretty with fairy lights and swing chairs but they could not fit the numbers in, therefore this is still on my list to try. Instead for my leaving do event to the Moroccan restaurant Otto’s on Sharrow vale road. Desert was amazing as always.

2. Post storm ☔️Chiarra Wadsley Jack I sat soaking wet warming up with Bradfield beer 🍺 and a tasty Sunday dinner.

3. The next storm was storm Dennis. My parents had planned to come over on Saturday and go tot Bistro Pierre but due to Storm Denis they did not. Bistro Pierre has possibly been my favourite restaurant in Sheffield, now I will never go again as it is permanently closed due to financial issues.

Instead on the Sunday we went to Cubanas for tapas.

4. Just before lockdown I discovered a new restaurant that I wanted to return to. It is called Five Rivers. It is lit with colourful lanterns and you sit on cushions on the floor with low tables.

Long gap with no restaurants …

Mind the gap….

… of course due to lockdown.

4. My first post lockdown meal was lunch at the Park pub with my parents.

5. Next went to Browns for a friend’s 40th.

6. I have eaten at one of my favourite city centre restaurants Aagragh’s a couple of times. The first time was during Eat out to help out and the government paid 50% of the meal. The second time Aagraahs themselves kindly gave a 40% discount on food.

7. Another of my favourite city centre restaurants is the Botanist. It has lots of plants and band stands. I went with a friend for a catch up in September. We ate sharing boards of lots of tasty treats.

8. Another of my city centre favourites is Bills. I went for a catch up with a friend in October. I had gorgeous salmon and we treated ourselves to extravagant deserts.

9. Another of my city centre favourite is Piccolos which is a small Italian. I had beef stroganoff at a catch up in October with a friend.

Blogmas: Top Experiences and Achievements for 2020

Thinking about 2020 it would be easily to think that nothing happened and spent all year locked down. Admittingly life has been very limited but there had been some good exxpereinces.

Firstly in January saw first 4DX movie.

1917 4DX

In February stayed in a windmill.

Few days in the Lake District in November (should have been a week but then lockdown hit).

Created decoupage bottle art and tied dyed.

Lockdown creative pursuits

Completed Lucy Locket book challenge.

Near the beginning of the first lockdown I read in a magazine about how this was an historic time and we should diarise it. I think my blog posts about the pandemic are like diary entries and have printed them and filed in a folder as a memory of the experience of this very unique year!

Top 5 Tuesday 2020 books

All the books I have read this year can be seen by searching for the #wonderwall360books2020. I looked through myself to think about what my top 5 of the year as prompted by Meeghan were.

1. Doll by Phoebe Morgan.

2. Love the book I have just finished Thursday Murder club by Richard Osman.

3. 9 perfect strangers by Loraine Moriety

4. The Holiday by Tim Logan

5. An unwanted guest Lari Shapena

What were your favourites of 2020?

Blogmas: This or That Tag: Festive Edition! 🎄

I did my own festive My this and that earlier in December but I have now also done some of Elsie LMC questions; check out all her questions and answers in the post linked Here

Eggnog or hot cocoa

Not had eggnog on it’s own. Think may have had in hot chocolate and if so it was ok 🙂

Real tree or fake tree

My parents always get a real one. I have a fake as always at there’s for Christmas Day. This year with pandemic and not being allowed visitors, I have not put it up.

Gingerbread or sugar cookie

Gingerbread

Classic candy canes or rainbow candy canes

Don’t usually have either. But think red white definitely traditional and therefore most Christmassy.

Angel topper or star topper

I have an angel.

White lights or multicolored lights

I have multicoloured lights.

Green Christmas tree or white Christmas tree

My tree is green it provides a good good background for multicoloured baubles and lights. My colourful baubles

Have seen beautiful white trees but think need to be more constrained decorating and limit the colours to get them to look right.

Snow or no snow ❄️

The thought of a pretty white Christmas is very romantic. But in reality in the middle of this pandemic when limited in what can do will want to do lots of walks so snow could make that difficult and make it even more isolating for people.

Christmas movies or Christmas music 🎶

Definitely music. I have not watched many Christmas movies at all…Christmas movies and me

Christmas Eve or Christmas day

Christmas Eve because the run-up to the big day just feels magical! I wish the feeling could be bottled up ✨ (I wouldn’t sell it, I’d show off about it instead 😂).

Snowmen or reindeer

Reindeer.

Snow angels or snowmen building

Never done snow angels and it sounds a bit of a cold wet pastime, and just left with some ruined snow. So definitely snowman ⛄️ building; you end up with something that lasts at least hour or two that you can be proud of.

Peppermint or salted caramel

Salted caramel.

Blogmas: Behind the blogger tag post

Aargh I started writing this a while ago but have lost where I saw it. If anyone knows who created the tag let me know and I will credit them.

1. Why did you start blogging? & Why have you kept blogging?

I started blogging as I was dating someone who wrote theatre reviews. When we attended the Great Gatesby interative theatre expereince that he was reviweing I decided to write my own review. I was then inspred to publish my review and that became my first blog post.

That was Christmas 2016, I have continued blogging since because continue to enjoy sharing my views! Also enjoyed being part of blogging community including discussing books, getting book recommendations and taking part on top 5 Tuesday’s!

2. What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

I like writing posts about theatre, films or books where I have viewed that I want to share. Also like sharing other opinions such as discussion post under question 3 about whether if forced I would give up music or books.

3. What are your top three favourite blog posts?

What inspires Street artists? Which is a discussion / opinion piece.

Blog party 🎉

Live without books or music

4. What are some of your favourite things to do to relax?

To relax I read books or flick through newspapaers and magaxzines or go for a walk.

5. What are three of your favourite things?

I have two nieces and a nephew so that is three! Proud Auntie.

6. What are your proudest blogging moments?

When I was working at the Edinburgh fringe festival I reviwed many of the shows I saw. After seeing one of my favourite shows I immediately wrote a review and shared a link to it on the company’s facebook and they subsequently reshared it.

I saw the company later that night at a party for my box office and the companys who’s shows we were seling. They were very grateful as it was their first review and cringly said they had been reading my review outloud. One of them bought me as drink as a thank you 🙂

Owing to them sharing the review it got 100 hits in one evennig by far surpassing anything else I have wrote in terms of immediate impact 🙂

-herMission Her review

7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

I recently wrote about in my hobbies in this post Hobbies

8. Describe your personality in three words.

Independent

Quirky

Friendly (I hope)

9. What are your top three pet peeves?

  1. Smoking particular in public places like bus stops and smokers with their own children!
  2. Trick and treating.

Halloween I’m not a fan

3. People incorrectly using bare when they mean bear. As in please bear in mind.

10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

There is a lot as keep a lot private!

Blogmass: Song Lyric Sunday: Strawberry 🍓 Lemonade Dreams

As the prompt mentioned strawberries 🍓 my immediate thought was strawberry 🍓 lemonade dreams. See post linked below for more details of the prompt and what other’s cane up with.

The grapes, the grapes are calling to be harvested, but maybe they are just sour grapes. Tutti Frutti Rudi was looking to get some booty. The …

Grapes of Wrath

Strawberry 🍓 lemonade Dreams is a line from Talk Tonight written by Noel Gallagher for Oasis but always with Noel as lead singer.

Sittin’ on my own
Chewin’ on a bone
A thousand million
Miles from home when
Something hit me
Somewhere right between the eyesSleepin’ on a plane
You know you can’t complain
You took your last chance
Once again I
Landed, stranded
Hardly even knew your nameI wanna talk tonight
Until the mornin’ light
‘Bout how you saved my life
You and me see how we are
You and me see how we are

All your dreams are made
Of Strawberry 🍓 lemonade
And you make sure I
Eat today you
Take me walking
To where you played
When you were youngI’ll never say that I
Won’t ever make you cry
And this I’ll say I
Don’t know why I
Know I’m leavin’
But I’ll be back another dayI wanna talk tonight
Until the mornin’ light
‘Bout how you saved my life

It was released in 1995 as a B side to Some may say. It was also included on Oasis’s B side album the Masterplan in 1998.

The lyric strawberry 🍓 lemonade dreams really struck me after a Noel and his High Flying Birds gig at Sheffield arena The line strawberry 🍓 lemonade dreams ran through my head 💓 for days after.

I believe I have found the video of the performance I saw 💓.Or at least one from Sheffield arena in February 2012.

Strawberry Lemonade Dreams 2012

According to Wilkpaeda: “Talk Tonight” is one of many acoustic B-side tracks sung by Noel. It was inspired by the near-breakup of the band in Los Angeles in autumn 1994, when Noel walked out without telling anyone and headed for San Francisco. He stayed with a girl he had befriended during a previous show there. According to the sleeve notes to The Masterplan, she talked a distraught Noel “off the ledge” and took him to the park where she had played as a child. It is also mentioned in the Oasis book by Paul Mathurs, Take Me There, that the girl also had an obsession with Snapple strawberry lemonade, which contributed to the line in the song, “all your dreams are made of strawberry lemonade.”