Bonne Année – Happy New Year


What a year 2018 has been…

I started it bottle blonde and I’m ending it as nature intended: brunette.

I finished my Master’s.

I argued with far too many people on Twitter.

I read a truckload of books, too many to count, but here are the ones I particularly enjoyed – in case anyone is looking for random recommendations:

The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin

Patronising Bastards – Quentin Letts

Lethal White – Robert Galbraith

The Nix – Nathan Hill

The Destroyers – Christopher Bollen

See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt

Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood

This could hurt – Jillian Medoff

Marlena – Julie Buntin

Sing, unburied, sing – Jesmyn Ward

The Chalk Man – C. J. Tudor

Grist Mill road – Christopher J. Yates

Death in Bordeaux – Allan Massie

Dark summer in Bordeaux – Allan Massie

Cold winter in Bordeaux – Allan Massie

End games in Bordeaux – Allan Massie

Magpie murders – Anthony Horowitz

Ill Will – Dan Chaon

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Narcissus and Goldmund – Hermann Hesse

Sapiens: a brief history of humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: a brief history of tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari

The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton

The death of Mrs Westaway – Ruth Ware

The woman in the Window – A.J. Finn

Snow Blind – Ragnar Jónasson

Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

The Marriage Of Opposites – Alice Hoffman

And my all-time favourite this year, and also the one I finished only yesterday: The improbability of love – Hannah Rothschild.

(I absolutely adored this book)

I did take too many selfies…I could say I’ll try to stop doing that but…who would I be kidding – I’ll most probably be as bad next year.


I ate too much generally (definitely far too much chocolate) drank too much alcohol but I worked out almost everyday. I took long walks on the beach and out in the countryside, I got lost among trees, I danced in my house, outside it, I laughed, I cried, I tried hard to remember that life is all too short and you’ve got to take the time to do the things that matter to you. I’m stating the obvious, I know, but who cares, it’s the truth.

2018 started with a real low: I lost my beloved grandmother in January, and ended with a high: there was a very special 2 year anniversary this December…such is life: pain & happiness and a range of other emotions in between.

Happy New Year to all of you lovely, lovely people – I’ve got high hopes for 2019.

*the pics are last week’s (19th) before a night out in London – I haven’t taken any selfies since…they might as well be the last ones to appear on this blog in 2018*




60 thoughts on “Bonne Année – Happy New Year

  1. 1000 MERCI pour tes vœux, et à mon tour, je te souhaite un 2019 optimiste, postif, serein – parsemé de surprises agréables… bonne santé et des océans d’inspiration! 🙂
    * * *
    ah, je te préfère aux cheveux (plus) clairs, je trouve que les tifs foncés(sic!) donnent un air “sévère” à ton beau visage diaphane… mais je respecte ton choix, of course! 🙂

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  2. All in all, it sounds like a very good year!
    Getting your Masters is a big deal. Your selfies rule the selfies’ universe.
    I like your opinionated spirit, and usually agree.
    I dislike Twitter, immensely, and I’m glad you argued with too, many people!
    I live in a world where my fave thing to do is make my Art Gowns, which I won’t sell to anyone. It takes up most of what could be reading time. I did read 4 books, though. Life by: Keith Richards, Post Office and Ham on Rye by: Charles Bukowski & Red Notice by: Bill Browder. The latter was awesome, and I it’s a genre I never thought I could enjoy.
    Anyway, 💥❤️💥Happy New Year! 💥❤️💥

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    1. My selfies rule the selfies’ universe…haha!! I don’t think they do but thank you for being so lovely. You make your gowns instead of reading, and why not? You’re creative, far more than I am. Happy New Year, lovely 💜

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    1. Ah, it’s not easy. I never leave the house without a book in my bag so I can read on trains and whenever I have to wait anywhere. I basically cram reading in every spare minute I have. I know you cycle to and from work so that’s reading time you’re missing out on right there, but then again that’s when you get your exercise so…

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  3. Belated commisserations on your sad loss, I was unaware. I trust you raised a glass in her memory!

    I hope you had a jacket to go with that outfit for your London night out – you’d catch your death! (In spite of you being hot enough to melt Titanium!!!) 😉 and none of your loyal fans would want that!

    In light of recent evidence (vis-a-vis selfies of you in tight leather pants and knee-length, high heel boots) i may need to modify that to being hot enough to boil Uranium! 😉

    Given the high standards you have achieved on your blog and elsewhere in life in 2018, if you have high hopes for 2019 then i’m thinking you may be raising more than just my spirits in this coming New Year! 🙂

    (I can hardly wait) 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Bonne Annee Cheri! – Le meilleur est à venir! ❤

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    1. Thank you, but you couldn’t have known.
      Yes, I did wear a coat as well – but it’s good to know you worry about my health 😉
      “Hot enough to boil uranium”, uh? I really like it, and I wish it were true!
      I shall do my best on this blog, it probably won’t be as neglected as it’s been since I’ve finished with the Master’s.
      Bonne année! I hope you started it in style 💜

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      1. Glad to know you’re a ‘sensible’ girl and wear your jacket ‘out’ – i figured you were too intelligent not to, but it’s always good to have confirmation! 🙂

        I don’t worry about you – i might express a concern for your welfare, but never worry – unless you end up in A&E! 😉 (No chance of that – OK?)

        My New Year went off with a slightly dull ‘thud’ but the year is young! Who knows what dizzying heights i may achieve?? 😉

        Trusting you partied enough for us both! 🙂

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      2. I didn’t party at all! I hate NYE with a vengeance – it’s the pressure to ‘have fun’ and everybody succumbing to it…it annoys the hell out of me. I was at home and had a nice quiet evening, and I didn’t have a hangover the next day – I was feeling rather smug about it too 😉

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      3. Glad to hear it! I continued the old tradition of letting the old year out of the back door of the house at midnight and walking round to the front to let the new one in with a welcoming left over mince pie and a glass of milk! (To wash down the kahlua i had the ‘year’ before). 😉


  4. It’s 6 days into 2019 already and i am yet to see a single example of your fiction??

    Fortunately, i am nothing if not a patient man. 😉

    I could also be bribed into not complaining with a selfie! 😉 ( Subtle huh??)

    Hope you are enjoying yourself!

    Take care Nat. 🙂

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      1. You did SAY that earlier, i recall…
        I believe that was the first post of yours i ever read! On this basis i concluded you are actually one hell of a fiction writer and i am stunned and slightly disappointed (because i know i’m missing out!) that you do not post more of your talent here!

        Who knows… the fan-base appreciation may even inspire you to author a collection of your work in print? 🙂

        So what would you say IS your preference for writing, if not fiction? (and on a related issue will you be game enough to share some of your dissertation with us?) 😉

        I bet you’d get an A+ from the blogosphere – i would TRY to be objective in my assessment! 🙂


  5. A belated Happy New Year. Of all the books you listed I have only read one, Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore which now inspires me to read more and also to have a more productive 2019 than 2018 reading wise. I’m happy to be sharing another year with you and I m hopeful it will be a good one. 2018 became markedly better after I deleted Twitter, I couldn’t be doing with those groups of screaming adult babies who seem to spend their lives looking for things to cry about.


  6. Quite a book list. Toutes mes félicitations. Et bonne année, si je ne te l’ai pas encore souhaitée. Et si je l’ai déjà fait, pas grave. Les bonnes choses doivent se répéter. Tous mes voeux. ❤

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