Most nights I read before I go to sleep. I put my phone on to charge in another room and use the backlight of my Kindle – I used to read by the bedside light – but now that would feel odd.
At the moment I’m reading David Crystal’s Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar in bed. Growing up in the 80s/early 90s meant that English classes didn’t cover grammar. I’ve tried to self-educate. I’ve read different books off and on trying to understand the terminology but mostly I’ve failed to take it in. Crystal’s style is different. He uses examples of his daughter Suzie’s grasp of grammar as she goes through different stages. And those stages illustrate the building blocks of grammar. I’m about half way in. But I really do recommend it.
I also finished The Lazarus War: Origins by Jamie Sawyer. It’s book three in the series so I don’t want to give too many spoilers as it does contain a few reveals. I started to like the second-half more than the first. Though the reveals felt rushed and disjointed. It’s just not as smooth as the first two in the series. The series did come quite quickly so I’m hoping that Sawyer is given the chance to make his next book smoother. It’s a fun read for a series and the sims are fun. It is at its heart a Military SF novel and that does excuse a lot.
I’ve been cooking again. This time I picked up One Pound Meals in the supermarket and found myself picking up the ingredients for Chicken Tikka one the way around.
I don’t know what to pick up as my paper-based read. This weekend’s events have recommended 1984 by George Orwell or It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. I think I’m going to escape into cosy crime – at least I know that way there will be justice in the end.
I think I’ll sign off with a tweet from the amazing human who is J.K.Rowling.
.@jeffbromero And never forget, Jeff: ‘no one can make you feel inferior without your consent’ – Eleanor Roosevelt.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 29, 2017