Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Book Cover and A Proposal

May 4th marked a year since I moved in with Mr PS, and he'd asked me to choose somewhere to celebrate that evening. I decided no ordinary venue would do. A friend had mentioned a place called The Book Cover - a 1920s style Speakeasy hidden behind a vintage book shop - and I knew it was the perfect location.

I didn't tell Mr PS where we were going, only that he needed to dress smart. Just before we arrived, I gave him a small gold card that contained the password required to get in. He was totally baffled, and beginning to think we were going to a murder/mystery evening. The look on his face when we arrived and he saw all the books and a table with an old fashioned typewriter was priceless. When a 1920s styled waiter appeared and asked for the password, it took Mr PS a couple of seconds to realize the phrase on the card - Cat Among the Pigeons - was it. Inside was stunning, from the lighting to decor. I don't think any pictures I post will do it justice, but this one gives you an idea.

Mr PS decided he'd have a wander around while I sipped my drink. After a minute or so, he returned and said I should do the same. I walked past the plush booths and tables to the small stage - home to the jazz band playing later that night - and gazed at the collection of mirrors on the wall behind. Mr PS appeared at my side and asked me what I thought of the stage. I said something about it being small, but that I loved the way it was lit from below. Then he said something strange. He asked if I thought it was odd. When I said I didn't think so, he pointed to a small box on the stage. I said that maybe it opened up and it was a place for musical instruments to be plugged in.

I'm not sure if you've guessed the outcome of this story yet, but he realized I just wasn't getting it. As soon as Mr PS knelt down and picked up the box, I knew exactly what the box meant. The following 30 seconds or more was him going down on one knee to propose, me saying yes and then sobbing deliriously happy tears.

Cocktails, champagne, and truffles followed. Given I rarely drink, I was a little hungover the following day at work. It didn't matter. Nothing could have ruined my mood that day.

For the first (and only time in my life), I'm engaged! Given that I told my best friend within a few weeks of meeting Mr PS he was the one I'd marry, I can safely tell you he's the one. We could not be happier. Plus, we got engaged on May the Fourth Be With You. Do we need a better omen?

Monday, 17 April 2017

March in Books

This post is a little later than planned, so you haven't read the title wrong. It really is April 17th, or day 17 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. If you're taking part in A to Z this year, how's it going?

Here's what I read in March:

I found This Book Is Full Of Spiders while in my local Waterstones. It's the sequel to John Dies at the End, but can easily be read as a standalone. What drew me to the book, apart from the spiders, was the funny blurb and introduction - I needed a good laugh. The book delivered. I'm guessing this is the type of book you'll either love or hate because of the spiders. I've no fear of them, so this was a fun read for me.

Empress of a Thousand Skies was another Fairy Loot read. My favourite genre, and a quick read. Don't be fooled by the quick read comment; the universe and cast of characters Belleza created was vast and impressive. The author's tight prose and clean style made it a joy to read. I'm guessing book two won't arrive until 2018, which will be a long wait.

I read two books by Frank Tayell during March - London: Surviving the Evacuation Book One and Zombies Vs The Living Dead (An Evacuation Story). I discovered Tayell in 2015, when I read Work. Rest. Repeat. I was so impressed, I added him to my TBR list. After my severe lack of reading in 2016, I promised myself I'd read his zombie series in 2017. After reading book one (I've since read book two), I could quite happily read all nine books back to back. It's been a long time since I've read a story told through a diary format. It's also been a long time since a story's twists and turns genuinely surprised me with their originality, especially so in book two. I do, however, have a lot of books waiting to be read. The readers dilemma. One a month?

Finally, book seven of M. Pax's The Backworlds series arrived. Like the first six books in her superb space opera series, Freefall delivered in every way. When you're seven books into a series, there's a certain amount of fondness for the characters and the worlds they inhabit. You've also invested a lot of time and energy, so each book is opened up with some trepidation (or turning on the ebook reader in this case). As always, Pax did not disappoint. You know the way favourite television series surpass their fictional roots and the characters become real people to those watching? The Backworlds does that for me. Now begins the wait for book eight.

I ended March with 23% of my yearly target completed.

What books did you read in March?