Comfort Listening – #Poirot

Bah! I have a cold and a cough and am all a bit flat. So have decided to listen to my Poirot audiobooks (read by Hugh Fraser (Hastings!!) in chronological order. First up is: 1909 - The Chocolate Box (short story) - 32 minutes Poirot’s only failed case. A French Deputy is found dead on … Continue reading Comfort Listening – #Poirot


The Real Women of Greek Myths Jigsaw

As some of you might be aware, I’m a huge fan of Natalie Haynes (for example here, here, here and here). So when she tweeted that she had participated in a jigsaw of significant Greek characters from myths and legends… well… clearly I had no choice but to embrace my two hobbies colliding! Think you … Continue reading The Real Women of Greek Myths Jigsaw

Big Read – Week 1

A few years ago, I had a chat on twitter about long but satisfying reads and bought a book on the recommendation of a tweeter - tweets now long since gone, sadly. The book in question is 820 odd pages and intimidating in size. So I have decided to make it a year long project … Continue reading Big Read – Week 1


While scrolling on mastodon, I learned an incredibly amazing and astounding story.  Just for context, the following response was offered in connection to a conversation about #ChatGPT bot recommending book titles to students with real authors, but generated titles. Apparently, this is a known issue with the #ChatGPT world.  In 1948, a fan wrote into … Continue reading Astounding!

#NowReading – The Ladies of Grace Adieu

Laini and I are back in business - getting our readalong started for 2023 with Susanna Clarke’s - The Ladies of Grace Adieu. This has 8 short stories so we are planning on reading one together and one for homework each week and will hopefully have this completed my the end of the month. Faerie … Continue reading #NowReading – The Ladies of Grace Adieu

#NowListening to Marple

Recently, I treated myself to Marple - 12 new short stories, written by contemporary authors featuring the quick witted Miss Jane Marple. BBC Sounds has three of the short stories adapted for ratio and available now. We are listening to them while driving back home - a lovely literary start to the new year. The … Continue reading #NowListening to Marple

A very quick preview of Jólabókaflóðið choices!

Details of the books to follow once Christmas stuff has calmed down!

NowReading – Marple – A collection NOT by Agatha Christie

My Christmas present to myself this year is this – the gorgeous hardback of Marple.  The beautiful red version of Marple.  A brand new collection of short stories featuring the Queen of Crime’s legendary detective Jane Marple, penned by twelve remarkable bestselling and acclaimed authors. This collection of twelve original short stories, all featuring Jane … Continue reading NowReading – Marple – A collection NOT by Agatha Christie

The literary world is wonderful

Author Chelsea Banning sent a sad little tweet into the ether this week: Only 2 people came to my author signing yesterday, so I was pretty bummed about it. Especially as 37 people responded "going" to the event. Kind of upset, honestly, and a little embarrassed. Chelseabwrites And she received solidarity well wishes from a … Continue reading The literary world is wonderful

#NowReading – how to break up with your phone

Yup, still trying to kick my phone habit. Twitter going to the dogs has helped…but not as much as I’d hoped. Animated picture of a person holding their phone. The phone is sucking their face into its screen. Is your phone the first thing you reach for when you wake up? And the last thing … Continue reading #NowReading – how to break up with your phone