Thursday, January 08, 2009


I'M BACK !!!!
And wishing a belated Happy New Year to you al
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I snitched this Peanuts take on New Year from fellow book blogger Sam Huston of Book Chase - thanks Sam - because just at the moment Lucy sums up my feelings exactly!

Before normal blogging resumes, my thanks to all who have emailed or phoned to ask why I have not been posting on the blog, particularly BFNorwich who made me feel that I needed to get my arse back in gear. I think a few words of explanation are needed - our trip to China was extended for a couple of weeks and became ever more hectic, so we didn't get back to the UK until late November. Almost as soon as I stepped off the plane in London I came down with a horrible chesty cold, and just as I was on the mend and contemplating everything that had to be done to prepare for a large family Christmas, I was hit with this ghastly flu that seems to have been cutting a swathe through the population. Apparently it has been designated 'Brisbane Flu' but DDF has just been out in Oz for the festive season and he never mentioned it being a big issue there. Wherever this particularly nasty virus - illustrated below - came from, it has taken ages to throw it off and I must admit to feeling pretty washed out.

Lets hope we all have a healthier year ahead.



Now for a few statistics:


WHAT I READ IN 2008:


  • Total Books read: 144
  • Non-fiction: 18
  • Biography: 5
  • Crime/mystery/thriller: 26
  • Male authors: 58
  • Female authors: 86
  • Books translated into English 11
Definately room for improvement : must blog about more of the books I'm reading, must read more non English-speaking authors, must read more non-fiction.







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vivacemusica said...

Yay! Welcome back! And while my saying it does not guarantee it, Happy New Year all the same!

Greg said...

Yippee :-) Welcome back...I've really missed reading your blog!!!XXX

teuchter said...

It's wonderful to see you back!
The interweb wasn't the same without you.

NBF said...

Well done - glad I encouraged you back!
Will be good to read blog whilst away in your favourite place.....

Bybee said...

I'm really glad you're back! I missed you!

nick said...

I was also in Oz over Christmas, and no sign of flu whatever. Brisbane Flu indeed. But sorry to hear you've been so poorly, hope you're now well and truly on the mend.

Hope you're going to give us your impressions of China. Is it as authoritarian as all the news coverage makes out?

Jeanne said...

Welcome back - I've missed the rants that so often accord 100% with my own feelings :) It seems everyone started the new year ill - hubby had a low-lever chest infection for ages and I had tummy troubles for the fifrst 10 days of the year. Happy happy. Not.

As for your reading list, I stand in awe. We are not worthy :o)

herschelian said...

Thanks everyone for such a warm welcome back. One of my New Year Resolutions is never to have such a long blogging gap again.

Rumela said...

Your welcome back is totally surprise for me and others. we will aspect good post from you. thank again your returning.

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