Jammy Out!

I’ve been fairly up to my eyeballs in books lately and, to be perfectly honest, I couldn’t be happier. Husband’s phrase of the week has been,‘you are SO jammy!’ which roughly translates from Corkonian to English as, ‘how did you get so lucky, getting paid to read the books you love!’

He’s right, of course, and I can hardly believe it myself. The latest development has been the delivery of some Advance Reading Copies from Penguin and Vintage which had me dancing reels around the kitchen table with excitement. You never saw anybody get so excited about a book lacking its proper cover!

My balancing act now will be to keep up with the list of classics I am determined to read, which won’t necessarily bring any income but will surely feed my soul, while producing timely reviews of new releases. On top of that, I have a tiny seed of an idea germinating in my head which is, I think, a good idea but would involve a mountain of reading….waahhhh… I need an extra brain.

I am loving it though, every second!

I love the variety of books I’m reading. I must credit my Middle Girl, a voracious reader, for recommending some excellent children’s books. She is a great fan of Jacqueline Wilson and it’s easy to see why. Clover Moon is a historical drama suitable for children of around 9-12 years old. You can read the full review here.

Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson

I bought The One Memory of Flora Banks for Teenage Daughter but, such was the hype, I read it myself first. Like all YA fiction, it’s an easy read. I was a little disappointed but I suppose that’s the danger of believing the hype. My full review is here.The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes was a Christmas gift to myself. This type of book is a real guilty pleasure for me. I know it’s not making me a better person but it’s so nice to sink into a really comfortable, unchallenging and entertaining book. I have found that it can be almost impossible to find easy books that are also well written. This is a good one. The full review is here.Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

Both Husband and I read Alain de Botton‘s The Course of Love. It cut uncomfortably close to the bone and came close to causing a riot (not the good kind)in our bedroom. I would recommend it wholeheartedly for anyone searching for a deeper understanding of marital relationships. Full review is here.The Course of Love by Alain de Botton.

One final reminder: if you are looking for a bookish Valentine’s gift or a seductive Valentine’s dessert, look no further than Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Review plus recipe here.

Coeurs a la Creme and Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

I get a kick out of putting the photos together. I wish I had a little more skill but I’m learning on the job. The light levels have been abysmal lately which doesn’t help.

I’m not a great fan of yellow/orange but these colours seem to be popping up all around me. I ordered some yarn online (I never learn) which I thought would be cream (it was labelled buttermilk) but it is quite definitely yellow.

I’m reading The Rituals of Dinner by Margaret Visser, an absolutely fascinating book, and reading By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder to the Small Girl at bedtime. Bizarrely, both Clover Moon and Silver Lake feature the dire effects of Scarlet Fever reminding me again how grateful I am to Alexander Fleming!

Our telly went on the blink last week and we spent several hours playing Bananagrams…if you haven’t tried it, you should!Laura Ingalls Wilder.

That’s all for now. I’ll be painting pantry shelves all weekend so stand by for the big reveal!

Yep, life these days is pretty jammy, or, to give it the strictly correct Cork phraseology: Jammy Out!

Have a great weekend.

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20 thoughts on “Jammy Out!

    1. I understand, Kim. Even though my kids are all now in school, I feel privileged to be in the house when they get home and to be here for mid-term breaks, etc. There are quite a few work-at-home writing opportunities out there. Take a look at this: https://www.writersincharge.com/more-websites-that-pay/
      I wrote a letter to a site that was advertising for a writer and, allelujah!, it worked. I was already a SAHM so any income was an improvement. You might want to remember that the money is not huge (I regularly put two morning’s work into an article) and there are no benefits, no pensions and no security associated with freelance writing. I do this because I love it.

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      1. Thank you so much for the link. Ah, yes, the benefits…it’s a big reason why so many people stay at jobs longer than they’d like. I’m glad you’re doing what you love and it’s wonderful to be home for the kids after school and on breaks. Thanks again!


  1. Not jammy (well maybe just a teeny bit) but the wholeheartedly correctest woman for the job. Luck, according to Seneca, is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Lucky you maybe but fully prepared you were and getting betterer and betterer by the minute. I see a couple of books here that I haven’t read and the thing is this ….when you review I know I get honesty, intelligence and a real taste of what to expect. Mighty bluddy good you are. And I happen to love your staging of Les Liasons by the way … I know nothing of what is wrong with the light, I just see what is right. Bon week-end my clever friend …. go put some jam on your scone!

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    1. I explained, when we began the first book last year, that the books are auto-biographical but I knew that the Small Girl (who is 5) didn’t really grasp the concept. She asked me to read the title and author’s name last night, so I did. ‘Oh!’ She exclaimed in delight,’so she writed herself into the story!’ The pleasure she is taking in these books warms me to the very bottom of my heart!


  2. Oh yes, you are jammy indeed, being submerged in books is my idea of utter bliss. I love to come here and see what you’re recommending as well. I was just thinking how much I like your photos when you mentioned them. You have a good eye for what makes a lovely and book-appropriate picture. Nicely done! Wishing you a good weekend. CJ xx

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  3. Agree with Osyth and CJ. It may be jammy but it’s well-deserved and completely appropriate – you are a flipping good writer and reviewer. I read ‘Reader on the 6.27’ earlier in the week, in one sitting, by the fire. I loved it. Thank you for recommending it. The Julian Fellowes book appeals to me because it is good to read an undemanding book and not be annoyed by it. We love Bananagrams in this house, too. Have a super-duper weekend. x

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  4. Hi!!!
    My daughter is about the same age as your oldest daughter and I was wondering if there are any good YA books she might suggest. My daughter loves to read and really goes through series, but we’ve run out of ones that we’ve heard about.

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    1. Hi Melanie, I compiled a list of recommended books for teenage girls for Agnes.com. You can read it here:https://agnesforgirls.com/your-life-in-lists/listen-watch-and-read/books/#more-2122
      My 15 (nearly 16)-year old has enjoyed reading Jojo Moyes and one of her favourites is a book called This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. I think it’s a good idea to alternate easy reads with a few more satisfying classics. I Capture The Castle is easy and lovely. In my own distant youth, I loved a book called All The Rivers Run by Nancy Cato and A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute and A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh. Hope this is helpful!


      1. Thank you SOOO much for your time…I will check out your list! If your daughter runs out of books, my daughter LOVED the Tiger’s Curse Series. Sadly there is always a last book in a series. She is 16.


  5. First, I love your pictures….they are perfect!!! e have the same banana game…LOL it lives in the RV for emergency fun…..LOL what a great job….I have always believed that good things happen to good people…and my Irish friend, you and yours are good people..xxxxxxkat

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