Thursday, 20 August 2015

Book Review: Grumpy Old Menopause - Carol E Wyer

SynopsisGrumpy Old Menopause: To be administered in one large dose for maximum effect.

Have you started to write post-it notes with your kids' names on them? Do you need to change your underwear after every sneeze? Guess it's time to read this book then. It'll help you get through "that" time in your life with a spring in your step and a smile on your face. With numerous suggestions, sensible advice and amusing anecdotes, Grumpy Old Menopause will help you sail through that tricky part of a woman's life with ease and humour. It should prevent you from turning into Mrs Crabby or worse still, a demonic monster.  (Taken from the book and Goodreads)

Before I start the review itself.  Yes, I am back!  But, don't hold your breath, this is brief, a one off appearance for now.  I was gifted this book by the author at Christmas, a very kind thank you gift and I am very guilty at having only just got around to reading this wonderful guide to how to get through the menopause.  I really wish I had read it sooner. 

Review - You know this book was gifted but that does not alter my opinion.  As a woman of a certain age I identified with pretty much most of the topics mentioned.  We are all different and we all pass through this phase at varying degrees.  I think I have been quite lucky really.  Night sweats?  Not so much. Flush/flashes - yes, but not all the time.  Moods - definitely, but, my long suffering family will vouch for me here - I have come through the other side and I am 'normal' (whatever that is) again.

I digress so back to the book.  There is a lot of humour in there, a great aid at this time of life.  The best jokes are in the chapter headed C, after that they are dare I say, cringe-worthy but will raise a smile and a 'titter'.  Each chapter is headed with a letter and runs from A-Z skipping the odd letter or two.  Letter A focuses on emotions and is spot on as far as I was concerned.  This chapter also mentions alternative medicines and therapies which are certainly worth looking into, even my GP suggested I read up on those.  Sage tea is my fall back but it isn't to everyone's taste.  Health issues are mentioned under letter B such as breast pain, brittle bones. C mentions concentration or should I say lack of it.  Now you get my gist, I am not going to spoil things by listing everything in Carol's book but you have an idea of where this is going.  However, it isn't just about physical or psychological issues, Carol suggests some unusual and dare I say, more sensible hobbies for the middle aged menopausal woman.  Now the pilates, yoga, blogging, photography suggestions suit me but for the more adventurous - skydiving, breeding alpacas and bareback riding may suit.

I highly recommend this book for women entering menopause or peri-menopause.  My symptoms particularly anxiety and mood swings started in that earlier stage.  This is also a stage of life where you may be in a demanding role at work, a sandwich (looking after children and ageing parents), amongst other worries.  No wonder this phase takes its toll.   Great advice written with great humour.  Thank you Carol!  
4*

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you have encountered or spotlight words you love.  This weekly meme is hosted by BermudaOnion's Weblog.  If you would like to join then please hop over (see link above) and add your URL to the Linky.

More words from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

meed - noun. a person's deserved share of praise, honour, etc.
"[...] and, if I do anything worthy of praise, she gives me my meed liberally." 

hebdomadal - adj. weekly
"[...} it was the hebdomadal treat to which we all looked forward from Sabbath to Sabbath."

moiety - noun. a half; either of the two parts of a thing.
"I generally contrived to reserve a moiety of this bounteous repast for myself: but the remainder Iw as invariably obliged to part with."

surtout - noun. 1. a man's close-fitting overcoat, esp. a frock coat. 2. a hood with a mantle, worn by women.
A French word which literally means 'over everything'.
"[...] it was Mr Brocklehurst buttoned up in a surtout [...]."

What words have you found this week?

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday



Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you have encountered or spotlight words you love.  This weekly meme is hosted by BermudaOnion's Weblog.  If you would like to join then please hop over (see link above) and add your URL to the Linky.

It's been awhile so I have some catching up to do.  I have been reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte again and enjoying it even more than first time round when I was a teen.  I found it helpful to keep a dictionary nearby, here are some words I came across.

inanition - noun. emptiness, especially from lack of nourishment.
" I was now sick from inanition, having taken so little the day before."

irids - noun.1. iris of the eye.  2. any plant belonging to the iris family.
 "[...] brown eye, with a benignant light in their irids, [...]"
benignant - adj. kindly especially to inferiors, beneficial.

animadversions - noun. pass hostile criticism or censure
"[...] together in the manner which each girl acquitted herself, and the animadversions or commendations of Miss Scatcherd on the performance." 

How was you Wednesday in words? 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Book Review: Fudge Berries and Frogs' Knickers - Lynda Renham

Synopsis - Poppy Wellesley is rich. In fact Poppy Wellesley is very rich, so when her fortunes change from riches to rags.  Poppy has to start a whole new life. Put yourself in her Guccis as she swaps her penthouse apartment for a run-down houseboat on Regent’s Canal. Meet her dippy friend Chelsea, the infamous Jack Diamond (see The Dog’s Bollocks) and her hunky boat neighbour, Taylor. Will Poppy hold on to her millionaire fiancĂ© or will Pug-face Pandora steal him from her? Can she avoid the advances from Balls (Lord Balthazar Wyndham-Price) or does she find true love on the canal? Fudge Berries and Frogs’ Knickers is a romantic comedy roller coaster ride that
will put a smile on your face and a cheer in your heart.

Review - I was sent a pre-publication e-copy for early review.  Unfortunately, and with apologies to Lynda Renham I didn't manage to get my review in 'early', the e-book was released on 23rd January.  However, I am only two days overdue and hopefully this still counts as an early-ish review.  Please note that the paperback will be released on Valentines Day 14th February.

Well, the book does exactly what it says on the tin.  A romantic roller coaster ride that not only puts a smile on your face but has you laughing and does put a cheer in your heart, something that is needed for these long wintry nights and dreary, miserable wet and cold days.  Poppy does indeed go from riches to rags and it is interesting to see how she manages or not.  Does it all come right in the end? The author takes a pop at the titled and awfully well to do, and yes, there are some stereotypical characters in there but you can imagine the snobbery within the ranks.  Meet Roddy the fiance, the best friends and the rivals, the funny but embarrassing mother, they are all there.  My favourite characters apart from our heroine Poppy are of course the barge owners who live on the canal and Ms Renham has had fun with these characters.  A great read, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  This one is up there with the best of Lynda's stories. 4*

Kindle: ASIN: B00SERPICQ

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday



Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you have encountered or spotlight words you love.  This weekly meme is hosted by BermudaOnion's Weblog.  If you would like to join then please hop over (see link above) and add your URL to the Linky.

Happy New year to you!  I have some new words to start the year.

From The Lost Coyote - Michael Connelly

immolated - verb. to kill as sacrifice.
"[...] he had investigated the deaths of hapless drunks who had fallen asleep and self-immolated."

complected - adj. having a specified complexion.
"She was a dark-complected black woman who had a beautiful grace about her."

grits - noun (pl). coarsely ground grain, esp. oatmeal; oats that have been husked but not ground.
"[...] served the eggs with grits and butter."

From The Behaviour of Moths - Poppy Adams

quoins - noun (pl). 1. an outside corner of a building. 2. a corner stone. 3. an inside corner of a room. 4. a wedge used for various purposes.
"[...] the enormous quoins at the base of the house, each made from a solid piece of granite, [...].

Have you found any new words to start the New Year?

Sunday, 4 January 2015

December Wrap and The Year That Was 2014

Blink and you missed it!  December went by in a flash taking Christmas with it and here we are already - 2015! 

 Happy New Year! 

So let's start with my December wrap up.  A very poor month on the blog and I really don't see 2015 getting any better.  

Post Stats
Poetry Corner = 1
Wondrous Words Wednesday = 2
Merry Christmas = 1

Reviews = 0

Books Read and Rated
The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly 4*
Inferno - Dan Brown 4*

DNF
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn - I did not get on with this book.

Poetry Feature
Demeter - Carol Ann Duffy

Overview
I made an abysmal four posts in December.  What can I say?

Rather than give an overview of the year that was 2014, I am going to list my favourite reads of the year.

2014 Winners
Once Upon a Timepiece - Starr Wood
To The Fair Land - Lucienne Boyce
It Had To Be You - Lynda Renham
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven - Fannie Flagg
Tess of the D'Urbervilles -  Thomas Hardy
Brixton Beach - Roma Tearne

Plans for 2015?  I am not going to close this space as I really do hope to get some reviews in, but I want to try and dip into Wondrous Words Wednesday fairly regularly and keep the poetry feature going.  Bear with me and I hope to resume normal service but I cannot say when for now.

I look forward to hearing your plans for 2015 in books.





Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you have encountered or spotlight words you love.  This weekly meme is hosted by BermudaOnion's Weblog.  If you would like to join then please hop over (see link above) and add your URL to the Linky.

I am currently reading Inferno by Dan Brown.  I am just a few chapters in and the book has already thrown up two new words that both the better half and I hadn't come across before.

chthonic - adj. relating to or inhabiting the underworld.
"[...] labouring beneath the earth like a chthonic monster."

numinous - adj. having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity.
"[...] where everything was bathed in a numinous red light."

Do you have any new or interesting words to share this week?

Friday, 5 December 2014

Poetry Corner #24

This week I am going to share another poem by Carol Ann Duffy from her collection, The World's Wife.

Demeter

Where I lived - winter and hard earth.
I sat in my cold stone room
choosing tough words, granite, flint,

to break the ice. My broken heart -
I tried that, but it skimmed,
flat, over the frozen lake.

She came from a long, long way,
but I saw her at last, walking,
my daughter, my girl, across the fields,

in bare feet, bringing all spring's flowers
to her mother's house. I swear
the air softened and warmed as she moved,

the blue sky smiling, none too soon,
with the small shy mouth of a new moon.

Carol Ann Duffy

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you have encountered or spotlight words you love.  This weekly meme is hosted by BermudaOnion's Weblog.  If you would like to join then please hop over (see link above) and add your URL to the Linky.

It is exactly four weeks since my last post on this meme.  I have only managed to find two words to share this week.

The first word is from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

propitious - adj. favourable, giving a good omen or a suitable opportunity.
" It's interesting, the timing.  Propitious, if you will."

The second word was in a clue of a Christmas quiz my reading group played last night.

exiguous - adj. scanty, small.

Now see if you can answer the quiz question.  Sorry, no prizes!
"That exiguous hamlet south of the holy city." 

Have you had a wordy week?


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