Friday, 30 January 2015

Here comes the weekend....

This week I finished JUST ONE MORE DAY by Jessica review will be here on 5th Feb.

I am still working on my cosy granny stripe blanket for myself.

I have started knitting a cuddly dog with Sidar crofter is lovely ....pattern here

Hopefully can show you a progress photo next week.

I am reading THE GREAT CHRISTMAS  KNIT OFF by Alexander Brown

What are you crafting or reading this weekend?

Thursday, 8 January 2015

January 2015

So the New Year is here and Christmas is over for another year.

I am settling into my new job and loving it. 
It is tiring some days with family life, too.  The biggest change is to my free time.
I am having to manage it much better. With that in mind I have decided to set aside time each
day or few days for reading a crafting.

At the moment I am reading GIVEN THE CHOICE by SUSAN SELLERS.
I have also started FISH SOUP by MICHELLE HEATLEY

I want to read an historical romance next.  It has been a while since I picked up an historical read.

Craft for this month is a very colourful Cosy granny stripe blanket for myself.  The pattern comes from
Attic 24 and I am using the suggested yarn which is Stylecraft DK.
I don't often follow a pattern for a blanket, but really love this one and so am using this pattern but changing the colourway .

Here is my progress so far.........



Review: The Snow Globe - Sheila Roberts

December 2014
Publisher Piatkus
ISBN 9780349407395

The blurb
Discover an unforgettable holiday treasure in Sheila Roberts' heartwarming tale of love and laughter, magic and miracles, friendship and coming home . . .

When Kiley Gray discovers an enchanting snow globe in an antique shop, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of a Christmas miracle.

Kiley could use a miracle herself. This year, all she wants for Christmas is someone to love. A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her. When Kiley shares the story of the snow globe with her best friends-two women with problems of their own-they don't believe it. But they're about to discover that at Christmastime, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true.

A magical story about an antique snow globe that allows the owner to see their present and future more clearly.   As this snow globe is passed down the generations, it's magic is passed down too.  Kiley is in need of magic this Christmas and maybe the globe will help her see things differently.

A sweet and easy read that can be enjoyed anytime of the year.  It was enjoyable.

Review copy - This did not influence my review in any way.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

New Year, new look to the blog

As you may have noticed, I have not been so active on the blogging scene recently.
I had some family issues in July which really had an impact on my
reading and blogging.  Then in November I returned to part time work.  
This has also had an impact on my reading and crafting time.

So, I have merged my 2 blogs into one blog here and 
renamed it Carol's Reading and Craft Corner.
I was being followed on Twitter by folks I believe were looking for
a rap artist so thought it was time to lose the nickname Dizzy C, too.

So, the new title and look mean a few changes here.   I shall be
catching up on the gorgeous looking books that I already have for review.  
I shall not be open to any new review books until I have made a good dent in my
TBR review list. 

The blog will now mainly contain book reviews, craft projects and bookish news.

Happy reading and crafting

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Review: Coming Home for Christmas by Julia Williams

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Publisher: Avon (25 Sep 2014)
  • Also in Paperback

The blurb

Cat Tinsall is juggling her busy family life – a quintessential ‘sandwich generation’ woman, she’s responsible for the care of her kids, her mother-in-law, and her baby granddaughter.
Her TV career as ‘The Happy Homemaker’ is looking rocky – and she’ll do anything to resist the whispers that, as a woman over 40, she’s in danger of ‘fading to grey’. She’s got an awful lot on her plate …
 Cat’s good friend Pippa Holliday is finding life as a single mum a challenge, especially now the farm her family have called home for generations is in dire financial straits.
And schoolteacher Marianne North, with her young twins and teenage stepson, is dismayed to find her increasingly absent husband calling on her to take his damaged and delicate ex-wife into their home – with no moving out date in sight.
As the close-knit village community of Hope Christmas pulls together to battle ruthless plans from local developers, it looks like each of these three women needs a miracle.
As Christmas approaches, bringing with it more than one surprising turn of events, it appears they might just find one …
My review

This is the first review book I have picked up in a while. I decided to visit an "old" favourite author, Julia Williams. An author I can trust to spin me a tale of village life that will keep me entertained until the last page. This is one of those novels I fit into the modern day saga category, the book version of Emmerdale or Corrie or even The Archers, but more believable. The storylines are not far fetched. 

This year the villagers have not only their own complicated family lives to deal with but developers LK Holdings are trying to muscle in and develop the beautiful countryside into something more profitable. 
An old flame makes a reappearance for one of the residents and an ex comes to stay. 

It was lovely to revisit the village of Hope Christmas and the villagers.  I particularly enjoyed the diary from Dan as he struggles to come to terms with losing his love and family and rebuild his life after his devastating accident.
This is a follow on novel from Last Christmas but can be read as a stand alone.

Perfect festive reading to begin my festive reading.

5 out of 5 for me!

About The Author
Julia has always made up stories in her head, and until recently she thought everyone else did too. She grew up in London, one of eight children, including a twin sister. She married Dave, a dentist, in 1989, and they have four daughters. After the birth of the second Julia decided to try her hand at writing. Since then she has written 8 hugely popular novels, selling over a quarter of a million copies in the UK alone, and hitting the Sunday Times bestseller list.
Twitter @JCCWilliams

Friday, 7 November 2014

Festive reading

Right,  a happier post folks

Festive Reading is here

Also on my kindle are

Coming Home for Christmas by Julia Williams
The Great Christmas Knit-off  by Alexandra Brown
Trouble in Tinsel Town by Aimee Duffy

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Feeling lost

Hi Folks,

Bear with me.  I decided to take a blog break in August after a family bereavement that knocked me for six. I was also waiting on some appointments for the boys and AJ was waiting for surgery. Still waiting on appointments but AJ has had his surgery and is better.

I still feel I am not ready to come back to the blog and do not have the passion and energy that I had before that.

I am confused and feeling lost. I managed to keep the blog going through a very bad year last year which saw me taking the boys to A&E on 13 occasions for asthma attacks, moped accidents, and M, my eldest son had surgery in the December. I managed a full on Summer feature and Christmas feature which took a mahoosive amount of work.

I plan to keep reading and sharing my reviews online at Goodreads and Amazon, at the very least, but as for blogging......I am just not sure.

Saying all that, I do have a review to come this week for a favourite author (see below)