Bookish and not so Bookish Thoughts



Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts’ is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous

So, here we are a few days into 2017 and the routine is well and truly back to normal. The Christmas tree is down, the diet is improving and the twins have realised that there are no more presents to be opened until next December and are going back to school on Monday.

Here’s a little snapshot of what’s going on in 746 land this week as we ease into this new year.

  • My wonderful sister sent me a gorgeous Christmas present – one of my favourite perfumes, Diptyque’s Philosykos in a solid scent and I have been wearing it constantly. Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that I am a bit of a perfume addict and this is one I particularly love as its fig based smell reminds me of Crete – my favourite place in the world
  • The death of Richard Adams at the end of last year prompted me to find my rather lovely copy of Watership Down. This is officially the oldest book on my TBR – I’ve had it since 1981 and have never read it, so I plan to rectify that this year!
  • We are currently watching the fantastic French drama Le Passager (The Passenger) starring Jean-Hugues Anglade of Betty Blue fame. A serial killer is murdering his victims in the image of Greek myths and a cop and a psychiatrist are not all they seem. It’s smart, scary and thrilling and I can’t wait to see how it will end.
  • My book-buying ban is going to be put to the test at the end of the month, when Paul Auster (one of my favourite authors) publishes his new novel 4 3 2 1. If any of you read it, do me a favour and tell me its rubbish, even though I know it won’t be. It might make me want it less.
  • The new season of events is now beginning at Seamus Heaney HomePlace and I am particularly excited that Simon Armitage will be visiting in March. He’s one of my favourite poets and I will try and do my best to stay professional and not turn into a gibbering wreck when he talks to me….

Simon Armitage Glynn Maxwell  Norwich Playhouse


  • I was quite surprised to hear that Julian Barnes’ novel The Sense of an Ending was being made into a movie, but after seeing the trailer this week, it looks like it could be quite a good adaptation. Then again, I am usually easily swayed by the presence of Jim Broadbent in anything….


How are you all settling into the New Year?

The 746

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. This sounds such a hopeful and positive anticipation of the coming year, especially when set against the general malaise that rumbles on in the world at large. And I particular savour the notion that one can follow you on social media by the waft of your perfume … or have I misinterpreted that? 🙂

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  2. Hi Cathy! I always like to settle back into a routine. Our younger guys are back to school and the college ones are enjoying a needed break. For the rest of the group, it’s back to work and reading in between! Happy New Year!

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  3. Pretty perfume. I’ve never smelled it before. I used to wear it before my firstborn arrived. Tresor by Lancome; my mum bought it for me after I graduated high school. I’d only wear that scent. Once, the tween was a little, wobbly toddler and brought me the container. It fell from her hands and half sloshed out. I didn’t get mad as it was funny and sweet she knew her mama liked to wear it.

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  4. That is a beautiful edition of Watership Down but sending you tissues for when you do read it. It was the first ‘adult’ book I ever read. Am quite envious of you getting to meet Simon Armitage. I’ll not tell you how many of his events I’ve been to but I’ve never spoken to him because I fear the words ‘I think you’re amazing’ falling from my mouth and then I’d have to disappear forever.

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  5. Oh my gosh, Amouage Lyric Woman and FM Iris Poured are two of my favorites! I love so many of the Malle fragrances. Portrait of a Lady is my latest favorite. I’m still talking myself out of a bottle. And Amouage Jubilation is also wonderful! In the states we have a site called The Perfumed Court that sells decants, run by some former bloggers who used to have eBay shops. You might try them? They may ship internationally… If you are curious, my old blog is still up: 🙂

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  6. I am waiting for the Julian Barnes movie as well. Sense of an ending is a favourite of mine. I loved how short and crisp yet moving the book is. I need to look for the French movie you want to see. Have you seen Intouchables? That’s one of my favourite French films – no a thriller, more of a comedy.

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