Books read so far this year.

One Way RoadThe Tour Down Under starts this week so it seems appropriate that the first book in this post is a cycling one.  Robbie McEwan is famous in the Australian cycling circle as he has won the Green Jersey in the Tour de France three times.  He retired a few years ago but is still heavily involved with commentating on the Tour.  His biography was a very interesting read.

Amy SchumerThe Girl with the Lower back Tattoo was certainly a clever idea for a title, playing on the extremely popular Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Amy Schumer book coverAnother biography but this time a comedienne although Amy would prefer no distinction on the gender of the comedy artist so I will say comedian.  She has certainly led an interesting life although still very young.  A very determined lady.  Not a book I would usually pick up myself but was interested to read it after seeing someone else reading it.


Prick with a forkThe title got me on this one.  Another clever play on words.  This book dissects the dining industry with a touch of humour.  I am glad I have never worked as a waitress as I don’t think I would have the patience or the stamina.

Stella Rimington was the head of MI5 before she retired.  She wrote her biography and then decided that she could write fiction.  I have read several of her novels now and these are two of them.  I can strongly recommend them.

no man's landAnother David Baldacci book.  Three quarters of the way into this book I was heard to say “That wasn’t meant to happen!”  You will have to read the book for yourself to find out what it was.  I read this book in one sitting interrupted only for food.

These three are crime fiction, but what I would call pulp fiction.  Fast moving, short sentences and very, very easy to read.  I am at a point where I have an Elmore Leonard book on the go while I also have another book happening.  Many of Elmore Leonard’s books have been made into movies.

Maybe out of these few you will find something you would like to read or perhaps you have read them already..


Some quiet play in the house. . . it is possible.

crochet bagThis little bag is one of the pieces of craft I have completed recently.  I was making some crochet balls to use in the house so our granddaughter could practise her throwing.  Our grandson had used some Japanese juggling figures for throwing when he was little and I thought this would be good to add to the collection.

Japanese juggling ballsThe pattern is one I procured from the 2006, (it has taken me ten years to get around to making the pattern) and I can’t find it on the Internet now.  The pattern was by Nanabear97 and it was from Ravelry but is no longer there. If you would like a copy of the pattern just let me know and I will email you a copy.

crochet ballsThis pattern is great for using up small scraps of wool, the emphasis being on “small”.  I thought I would be reducing my stash but I have barely made a dent.  I will need to look for a bigger project.  I think some more doll’s clothes might use a bit more wool.


Definitely only once.

YodaThis little creature, just incase you don’t recognise it, is Yoda.  He is a Star Wars character.

YodaMy younger daughter was given a crochet kit as a gift at Christmas 2015 and she has not got around to making anything from it.

starwars crochetWhile we were staying with her before Christmas I asked if she had anything I could craft as I didn’t have a project on the go and this is the result.

I chose the smallest character from the kit and it was a bit of a fiddle but I learnt some new aspects of crochet while completing it.  That has got to be a good result.