I'm doing reasonably well with my reading challenge (to read all the books in the photo above before I buy any more books). The reading has gone well, but the 'not buying any more books' has not lasted!
The Beverley Nichols trilogy was a joy and delight - houses, cats and gardens, with various odd acquaintances putting in an appearance throughout.
I have also read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which was unsettling but an incredible first novel and a cleverly created parallel world. I have also enjoyed the BBC adaptation of the book, despite some small divergences from the story, but I shall definitely read the book again.
I am currently on 'Colour: Travels through the Paintbox' which is fascinating. For instance, did you know that the colour 'Mummy Brown' actually contained ground up Mummies? No, nor did I until I read this book! I had been putting it off because I thought it looked a little hard going, but, in fact, it is easy to read, well written and really interesting. I wish I could remember a few more of the fascinating facts the author reveals...
I have also been very busy with a 'Christmas in July' swap (three handmade Christmas things from a list), which is also a Secret Santa, where the recipient does not know who is making gifts for them. I shall be posting my parcel this week and on the 25th July, or thereabouts, we will all be opening our presents, so I shall share my makes and what I received then. It is exciting to think that somewhere in the world, someone is busy making gifts for me too!