Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts!

It’s that time of the week when I take a look at the bookish and not so bookish things happening in the world of 746 Books. Bookish and Not So Bookish thoughts is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous

It’s suddenly got very autumnal here in Northern Ireland – my favourite time of year! Last weekend featured the two sides of autumn – gorgeous, bright and crisp on Saturday and rainy, grey and miserable on Sunday. More of the former please!

The twins enjoying the dry autumn weather at Antrim Castle Gardens

Age, and maybe voracious reading, has finally caught up with me and this week I had to get my first pair of reading glasses! I have to say, it’s taking some getting used to, just remembering to wear them is a bit of a chore, but I’m sure I’ll get used to them!


This week the twins watched their first ever episode of Doctor Who. And what a series to start with as it features the first ever female Doctor. The twins were completely nonplussed by that fact, to them she was just a really great character, but it was a real delight to watch such an iconic show at such an iconic moment with the two best little people in my life.

I haven’t had to work too many weekends lately, so Sundays have now been designated as baking day. So far we’ve made Chocolate and Pear Cake and Double Chocolate Muffins and this weekend will be Lemon Drizzle Cake. Yum.

This week I watched the amazing movie Leave No Trace. Featuring Ben Foster as a war veteran who lives off the grid with his daughter in the woods outside Portland, this is a really moving and intelligent movie which leaves space for the audience to form their own opinions. Directed by Debra Granik, who also directed Winter’s Bone, Leave No Trace also features a fantastic performance from young actor Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie who is reminiscent of a young Jodi Foster. Do check it out if you get a chance.



It feels like it’s been a tough time to be a woman this week, so I was pleased to come across this amazing poem by Ada Limón shared on Facebook by the equally amazing poet Tishani Doshi. Isn’t it wonderful?

How to Triumph Like a Girl

I like the lady horses best,

how they make it all look easy

like running 40 miles an hour

is as fun as taking a nap, or grass.

I like their lady horse swagger

after winning. Ears up girls, ears up!

But mainly, let’s be honest, I like

that they are ladies. As if this big

dangerous animal is also a part of me,

that somewhere inside the delicate

skin of my body, there pumps

an 8-pound female horse heart

giant with power, heavy with blood.

Don’t you want to believe it?

Don’t you want to lift my shirt and see

the huge beating genius machine

that thinks, no it knows

it’s going to come in first.

I have to admit to doing a little bit of book shopping this week. I had to head up to No Alibis for something work related and picked up a copy of one of Sarah Moss’s earlier novels Night Waking. I was so impressed with Ghost Wall that I really want to read more of her work. I also got a lovely purple No Alibis tote bag and took inspiration from their front door sign!

Have you been up to anything interesting this well? Any baking recipes or movies to recommend?





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

33 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Looking forward to watching Leave No Trace.

    Definitely the season for baking with apples and pears! Your cake looks beautifully moist. I left mine in the oven too long :-/


  2. How lovely! I am so mad I forgot to watch the Doctor debut and now I have to wait until this weekend to catch up. My dad introduced me at about 3, I wonder if my 18 month old would sit through an episode…


  3. I really enjoy this feature of yours, Cathy! It’s fun to see what everyone does outside of reading books and writing reviews. Leave No Trace sounds like a good movie to watch – I’m going to look for it today at my library job. This week, my days have been book-ended by two of our college kids home for their fall breaks (one early this week and one yesterday) and lots of family time with them. I’m glad to see fall is finally here, too, because it’s been very hot and humid!


  4. I love that photo of your kids on their scooters! Fall is so beautiful.
    I can relate with you about the glasses – I’ve had glasses for a while, but have been needing them more and more. Getting use to wearing them is so hard!
    I like the poem, and your baking looks delicious! Because it’s apple season, we’ve been baking a lot of apple things, like apple crisp and apple oven pancakes (which also uses maple syrup that comes out gooey and sticky).


  5. Glasses add a touch of gravitas to an already zingy look, Cathy, like an 21st-century Joan Bakewell! Still to watch Doctor Who on catch-up but I wish I was young again to appreciate watching an iconic show for the first time!


  6. Neither of my step-daughters is into Doctor Who, which seems a shame, especially now. I’m behind on the show myself, but looking forward to the newest season for sure. In movie watching, I recently saw “The Bookshop” and “Eighth Grade”, each poignant and bittersweet. We’ve been making soups with potatoes and kale and garlic and onions, this week broccoli instead of kale. It’s been far too hot for soup until now. Even last week we had one day with a humidex taking us to 37. I’m ready for cooler temperatures!


  7. OMG chocolate and lemon cake sounds amazing.

    Love the glasses – It took me a while to remember to keep wearing mine too. They’re not reading glasses but my astigmatism causes my vision to become blurry & unfocused when I try to read half the time so I have to wear them for that (so I guess they are *kind of* reading glasses).

    I still haven’t watched the new Doctor Who yet. Really need to get onto that!


  8. Your glasses are cute, Cathy – but if you don’t need them for reading, what do you need them for? I remember when I first got my glasses – in my 40s – it was a bit of a shock and I didn’t like them at first. I needed them for reading and I couldn’t read in bed the way I used to. The glasses got in the way. I hated how they’d steam up when I was drinking my coffee. Etc. But now I have multifocals, and while I don’t really need them for long distance, I find it easier leaving them on all the time than taking them on and off.

    The chocolate and pear cake sounds great. And, I must look out for that film.


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