Not had much time to pick this up lately but we’re getting there!

Look at the thing I’m sewing at the moment everyone

nineteenoone asked: Thanks a lot :P I just blew my book budget to get the Book of English Magic (only by a little bit) and I hold you entirely responsible. In all seriousness though, how did you enjoy the Tenant of Wildfell Hall? It was one of my favorite books this year by far.

Oops! So far there’s been some interesting stuff in it but it has got a bit too new age-y for me in some places too. I like the map at the front of places of interest in Britain, I’ve been working out where I can visit once the terrible weather here has subsided.

I really enjoyed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, definitely more so than Agnes Grey. I can’t help but wonder if Gilbert is the best choice of a husband though, he was a very strange fellow. Who goes around whacking people on the head with whips?!

not-a-cookie asked: Hi! Thank you for the wonderful blog! You are adorable! And I've got a question: where do you get these mugs? "Listen to the world" one and the one with animals (on the picture with "The Luminaries") Thanks!

Thank you :)! I got them both from Waterstones, if you’re not in the UK there’s a few places you can order the animal one from, like here. And if you google ‘Rob Ryan enamel mug’ a few options come up for the ‘Listen to the world’ mug too.

raquellereyes asked: You have such a beautiful blog, forgive me if I just inundated you with tons of 'like' notifications! I was wondering where you got the votive lamp with the tiny star cut outs? xx

Thanks :) It’s from Ikea, much like nearly everything else I own.


Indeed! To treat chronic TMJ pain I had it injected into the masseter muscles over my jaw on either side of my face. Shut them right up.

Just started The Book of English Magic!

My jaw feels great after the Botox but I had a new splint fitted that morning too and it’s made my teeth really painful and sensitive (on the bright side, that will last about a week, the Botox will last 3 months). I could stop drinking tea but instead I’ve bought a box of straws and am soldiering on as before.



'Write me ever so few lines and tell me you will never for ever be less kind to me than yesterday.- You dazzled me. There is nothing in the world so bright and delicate.'

This is a little older than this week, but optimistsdaughter posts such lovely Classics photos all the time that we wanted to feature one of our favorites! A perfect pairing…

Classics Photo of the Week | Tumblr is full of amazing images of Penguin Classics and each Thursday we select one of our favorites from the past week. Tag your photos as “Penguin Classics” so we don’t miss any!


When the steel bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialist remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.

Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut. (via optimistsdaughter)

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bringmecherrypie asked: I see that you don't read that much YA novels. Which one is your favorite by far? And have you ever read The Perks of Being A Wallflower? What is your opinion on that?... P.S. I LOVE YOUR BLOG SO MUCH :oD

Thank you :) You’re right, I don’t read much YA. When I was younger for some reason or another I went from what the bookseller in me calls 9-12 fiction to adult fiction without the ‘teen’ gap in the middle. Because I’d missed it out I tried reading more a while ago and just couldn’t get into it so I’ve more or less given that up as a lost cause now. Most of my favourites come from that slightly younger bracket, so Alan Garner’s books, especially The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper, The Box of Delights by John Masefield, Watership Down by Richard Adams and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

I have read Perks, and I wish I’d read it when I was younger because I’d have liked it more then, a bit like how I’m glad I read The Catcher in the Rye at 17 and loved it whereas now I’d just want Holden to shut up and get job.

Back from the hospital, my surgeon said I now have enough botox in my face for ten Harley Street facials. I read most of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall while waiting because the pharmacist was refusing to hand over the goods to the nurse and they nearly had a brawl over the counter.