The Week Just Gone – Week 2

Happy New Year! We’re allowed to still say that even though we’re almost two weeks into the new year right?

So what have I been up to? Here’s what I’ve been up to this last week…

  • This week started with a chat and a cuppa with Nel at Little Pink Maker about exciting things that might be happening. (More to follow on that soon hopefully). It’s lovely to hang out with Nel and we can compare notes on Denmark vs the UK and what’s better/worse etc.

The Week Just Gone:


  • The Forgotten Guide to Happiness by Sophie Jenkins (review coming soon!)
  • Dreams and Schemes at the Seahorse Inn by Emily Harvale (turns out I’ve started the series on Book 5 which might explain while some bits don’t make sense…. might have to finish this one then fill in the gaps).


  • No more Christmas music but did “dig out” the 2000s Rock after Verity at Truly Hooked mentioned it on her IG stories – I’m going to have to build my own playlist though because there are so many songs with swear words in them. Also not sure I’m quite ready to introduce Jaxon to Marilyn Manson…
  • I’ve also been listening to the Encanto Soundtrack – I found it on Spotify in Danish and ended up falling down a hole of Disney songs in different languages. At one point I had Till Summer from Frost (In Summer from Frozen) followed by En Ven Som Mig from Aladdin (A Friend Like Me – isn’t the same without Robin Williams…). I’m sure there was a Chinese or Japanese one on the playlist too. There was definitely a French one as well!


I’ve been working my way through Disney Movies – one of my 22 Goals for 2022 is to watch all 60 of the Walt Disney Animation Studio movies. My goal was one a week and I think I’m now up to about 8. I keep trying to pick ones that don’t appeal as much so that they are done. I’m gearing up for Bambi though as I might need to send the boys out so that if I cry through it they aren’t here to laugh at me… My GCSE English teacher was known for her love of horror films but somehow it came up in conversation that she’d watch most movies at least once but would never EVER watch Bambi again!

I watched The Descendants and Enough Said as they popped up on Disney Plus. Mum and I had started to work our way through Big Sky while she was visiting so we’ve been catching up to one another so we can watch the next episode at the same time and have a running commentary via WhatsApp or Facetime lol.

I’ve started watching some new YouTube channels too including DejiligeDays, Highlands2Hammocks and Travel Beans


Having finished two baby blankets over Christmas, I’ve gone back to some of my WIPs to try and clear the decks a bit. How is it I keep finding more projects I’ve started but not finished? I think that might be the goal for the rest of January. (Clearly, there’s something about making baby blankets over Christmas, as this post popped up.

You can read my other posts in this series here.

The Copenhagen Companion – A Foggy Walk (Walk 1)

Back in November, I found a copy of The Copenhagen Companion by Astrid (@thecompanionsdk on Instagram) and I’d got this idea. We’d follow the walks in the book to explore the city a bit more (Rather than just the normal routes we take each week). Here’s my second attempt at Walk 1 from the book. (You can read Attempt 1 here).

The Copenhagen Companion book by Astrid Heise-Fjeldgren. Doodles and Designs by Alette Bertelsen.

Our previous attempt had finished at the Amager Centret shopping centre, so rather than start at the beginning again, we started at Amagerbro St Metro Station. You can read about the first attempt here.

We caught the bus from our local bus stop towards Norreport. At Norreport we got off the bus to change to the Metro but I realised too late and we ended up getting off at the next stop. This is the second time I’ve got off at the wrong stop at Norreport – I think they were doing some road works so the bus went into a temporary stop, now it’s moved back to the usual stop and I keep missing it oops!

Having got off at the wrong stop, I checked my directions. I could either walk back to the Metro station (10 minutes walk) or wait for the next bus which was due in a few minutes. The bus is longer but it does mean that in theory, we get to see more of the city. I say in theory because the bus windows are just so dirty at the moment! Come on! Get it sorted!

We got off the bus at Amagerbro Station (as per my instructions). I think I’m beginning to look like a local or something because a lady on the bus asked me was this one the stop for Amagerbro. I didn’t understand all the question but manage to figure out enough and give her an answer. I hope she found where she was going as she got off the bus based on my information lol.

I backtracked a little bit along Amagerbrogade. Mostly because my book told me that there was a knitting shop. (I’ll be sure to add it to the list – there’s five here already) I walked along Hallandsgade to Strikkesalonen. It looked like a lovely little shop from the outside and we would have gone in. However, it doesn’t open until 12 pm and it was only 11 am.

As I reached the traffic lights, I should have been able to see the wings of the wind turbines between the buildings but it was far too foggy.

I followed the directions from these lights to Lizzies Plads. It’s named after a lady called Lizzie Liptak and the square has these sculptures. There is also a light sculpture too which lights up the sculptures but it was too light to really be able to see it.

While passing the supermarket, I decided that I’d get Rex and I some lunch/snacks to keep us going. As I crossed the road, I looked up and was like “I know that lady” and it was one of my friends. We normally see each other over in my neck of the woods as it’s near her work. Turns out we were really close to her apartment and that supermarket was one of her locals! We pottered around the supermarket together putting the world to rights while we were there.

After saying goodbye, Rex and I continued our walk. I kept feeding him snacks as I walked. He polished off a pouch of baby porridge. He’s a little old for it but I know it’s something that he likes and he will eat (also on the move it’s not as messy as other things lol).

I love “collecting” buildings and murals. I love colourful murals and buildings that are just a bit different. This one below I believe is part of a school. It looked like there was a big floor cushion or bean bag right near the window – it’s the kind of window you want to sit next to on a rainy day while reading all snuggled up inside.

Our apartment has a window a bit like it. I’ve started looking out for an Ektorp armchair on the second-hand sites in case I can score a bargain. I don’t mind one in the “wrong” colour as I can always get a new cover. There are a couple on FB Marketplace for 200-250kr (£20-25ish) instead of brand new price of 2000kr. I considered going for it but wasn’t quite sure how I’d get it home on the cargo bike…

The next part of our walk took us to Lergravsparken (I fluffed up trying to say this to Chris and he says that the first bit is like Leagrave near Bedford so it’s Leagraves-parken lol). I think Rex is starting to form a “park radar” like Jaxon was a little sad when we didn’t stop to play. He wasn’t really dressed for playing in the park – also I’m not sure I had his shoes with us.

At this point, there are two routes that can be followed. I think on a warmer day we’d have done one part and then done the other part as well. This time we followed the route through the housing estate alongside Lergravsvej, crossed over Amager Strandvej and then walked through the Yacht Club to the seafront. At the end of this bit there is Den Maritime Ungdomshus. This building was designed by Bjarke Ingels, who now is a very famous architect. (His company BIG also designed our favourite park which is Superkilen).

You can walk back through the Yacht Club and walk along the beach but it was so foggy and gloomy that it was time to head in the direction of home.

Where are the wind turbines?

Having sent this picture above to Chris he replied with this one. It’s taken across the water under the turbines looking back towards Amager.

And the obligatory Mummy and Rex having an adventure picture to send to Daddy.

Getting back from the end of our walk was easier. We walked through Amager to Øresund Metro station, which is on the M2 line and this took us to Flintholm Station where we changed to a bus. On the way home, we were going via the Covid-19 Test Centre. With both Chris being back in the office and Jaxon being back in school it makes sense to try to have a test a week to make sure we’re not sharing the germs. (All negative yeah!). The test centre is just a short walk from our apartment so after getting tested, Rex and I headed home for a well-earned snuggle in front of. the TV lol.

Five Yarn Stores in Copenhagen to Visit
Exploring Denmark

Some people move to a new place and look for the best coffee shop or the restaurant with the best fries. For me, it was finding the local yarn stores. I’d found a couple in my previous visit but always thought that it was expensive or not what I was looking for. (Copenhagen 2019, Copenhagen 2020, Blogtober Day 9) Having explored a little more I’ve realised that I was just in the wrong places or just needed a better idea of the conversion rate from DKK to GBP rather than guestimating it!

I thought I’d share the ones I’ve found and I’ve been told about some others too so I might be back with five more stores to visit if I get that many!


Jagtvej 183, 2100, Copenhagen (Website)

Woolstock is based right next door to one of Jaxon’s favourite playgrounds which means I might be able to trade a trip to Trafiklegepladsen (Children’s Traffic Playground) after I’ve been yarn shopping (or maybe the other way around if I ask him). There’s a lovely little coffee shop as part of the shop too so you can have a browse and then have a cake and a cup of coffee.

Nicoline Garn

Fyensgade 1, 2200 Copenhagen N (Website)

Nicoline Garn was my first stop when it came to finding yarn for the Shawlography MKAL. We’d cycled past a couple of times as it’s on our way into the City Centre (Indre By) and I had visited in the past so I knew it was going to be a good place to go and have a look for yarn. I stood in the shop and had a wobble. I wanted 4 Ply yarn as per the pattern and it wasn’t entirely clear what I was looking. Thankfully the lady behind the counter was super helpful, especially when I tried to explain what I was looking for – thankfully when I said what it was for it happened that she’d already helped someone the day before with their Shawlography yarn choices so she was able to direct me that bit easier lol. The colours I chose were quite as bright and crazy as I think I wanted them to be but as the shawl has come together I’m glad it wasn’t too crazy! (I’m tempted to do a second one with a better range of choices now I know what it would look like when it’s finished – or in progress!). There’s a range of yarns both weight wise and base wise. There’s a wide range of colours too! The staff were lovely and helpful and when I went back to “top up” my Shawlography yarns, the same lady was really lovely again and was so excited when I showed her my “in progress” shawl.

Uldstedet Knitting

Vendersgade 3, 1363 København (Website)

When I started writing this post, I hadn’t actually been to this one. I’d stood outside with my Canadian friend but the shop isn’t really buggy-friendly so on that occasion, I gave it a miss. But while my parents visited over New Year, my Mum and I popped by while my Dad took Rex for a walk nearby. The ladies we spoke to were lovely and friendly and really helpful.

Tante Grøn CPH

Christian Winthers Vej 2, DK-1860 Frederiksberg (Website)

Another shop with lovely people. I popped in after my trip to Knitting for Olive in the hope they could help with my knitting dilemma. I spoke to Susanne who is the owner and co-founder, she was super lovely and said that she didn’t have any in that size in stock at the moment. Then said that she was due a delivery later that day and if I wanted to come back she should have one. In the end, I went back a few days later and she was able to help me. On both visits, I didn’t really stop for long but I’m sure I will go back again.

When Mum was here, we visited this store together. I had said that the lady was lovely and I’m sure Mum would like it too. When Mum asked for some help, the lady again was so lovely. We had a whole discussion about independent yarn dyers here in Denmark and back in the UK. We talked about yarn from Fyberspates and how lovely it is. We also talked about how you can’t really directly translate knitting patterns from Danish to English as it’s not a straightforward job. As we left the store, my Mum said to me “Oh she’s so lovely! She’s the kind of person you’d detour to especially just to give her your business” (Yes Mum you are totally correct!)

Knitting for Olive

Godthåbsvej 55, 2000 Frederiksberg (Website)

I had found Knitting for Olive on Google Maps and hoped that they would be able to help with my knitting needle dilemma. When I got there the lady seemed quite surprised that I was looking for such a “big” needle size (3.5mm) and I felt a little unwelcome. I’m not sure if it was just that I was kind of flustered from the cycling across the city or whether I had just caught her on a bad day. I don’t think my request was particularly out of the ordinary but looking around the shop, I think they mostly sold Merino or Cashmere that you knit on tiny needles. The shop is very minimalist and had 3-4 shelves along the wall with a handful of skeins/balls of yarn in each colourway. (No everyday acrylic here!)

I felt like I should have dressed up for the occasion or something like that… Mum and I have a friend who knits the most amazing projects with gorgeous yarns and we have a scale of what we make to what our friend makes… well this shop was definitely our friend’s kind of shop for sure!

Exploring Denmark: Roskilde by Train
Exploring Denmark

While Jaxon has been at school and Chris has been at work, Rex and I have been exploring Copenhagen a bit more. Whether it’s going to Wild Kiwi Pies for Lamingtons and Tim Tams or exploring yarn stores around the city.

When Chris was exploring the area around our Copenhagen apartment, he found that we were really close to the Hobbii Head Office. Annoyingly for me (but helpful for him?), their orders are despatched from elsewhere and their nearest shop is in Roskilde. Once I’d worked out that I could get to Roskilde on my Rejsekort (similar to Oyster but miles better for sure!) it was just a case of actually plucking up the courage to leave the city and explore that bit further.

It’s around a 30km trip and by train, it’s about an hour. This includes the walk to the bus stop and then the bus to Nørreport station.

Back in November, Rex and I set out on an adventure.

Once we found the right platform, I was a little confused as my train would be continuing onto another destination so I had to wait for the whole list of stations to come up on the display before I knew if I was waiting for the right train. When I got onto the train, the conductor actually did ask where I was going because I looked that puzzled! He was really helpful and offered to come back and help me off the train again with the buggy if needed when we got to Roskilde.

Outside the station, there are these 3 jars. I googled “The Roskilde Jars” thinking this was a silly name and nothing would come up but apparently, it makes total sense as this is their nickname! In Danish, they are called “Roskildekrukkerne” (The Roskilde Pots). They were presented to the city in 1998 as part of the city’s 1000th anniversary.

The walk from the station to the Hobbii store was fairly easy and a large proportion of it was the High Street kind of area of Roskilde. A lot of the buildings reminded me of Silver Street/Midland Road area in Bedford where a lot of the shops are in Bedford Town Centre.

After only having a handful of choices for projects. I was surprised by how many choices there were in the Hobbii store. It was good to be able to have a proper squish of the yarn and see what I thought of it.

I found the Amigo range a good match for Stylecraft as far as feel while it was round in the ball. I’ll have to update this once I’ve made something with it. The standard Amigo range (Light) is a good match for DK, Amigo XL is then Aran weight with the Amigo Chunky is Chunky. There’s then the Giga which is classed as Super Chunky and takes 9mm needles and is 9 stitches/13 rows to a 4 inches/10-centimetre tension square. (Might be good for a snuggly hygge blanket for the sofa maybe?). (This isn’t a sponsored post but Hobbii if you need someone give me a call!)

I could have probably spent ages in the shop looking at all the different choices. I restrained myself with my purchases and really tried to purchase only what I’d already planned for.

One of the projects I wanted to try was The Joy Cowl from The Pigeon’s Nest. This usually calls for Stylecraft Special but apart from paying customs from the UK I’m not sure how to get hold of this yet – there are some stockists in the Netherlands so maybe I try that). So far I like the Wolplein website – so easy to navigate!

Once we’d finished at the shop we headed back towards the train station. It was nearly lunchtime so we grabbed some snacks from the supermarket. Once I managed to find our way back to the platforms, we jumped on the train and I realised as the train pulled out the station that I was probably going to have to stand all the way back because I was in the wrong place – I was also right next to the Quiet Carriage!

When I realised that the train stopped at Valby on its way into the Central Station, I decided we’d get off there and go to Wild Kiwi Pies. They stock Lamingtons and Tim Tams and I’d been discussing Tim Tams with one of my new friends so I grabbed her a packet as a little present. I was then going to get on the bus but couldn’t find the right route. Instead, we headed back to the station and jumped on the next Metro train to Nørreport to head homewards.

It was a lovely trip out – I’m sure it would have been better if Rex had napped when he was supposed to as well as it not raining but it was still a fun adventure to explore a bit further afield.


On both the way there and way back there are alternative routes that might work. It is an option to cycle or take the M3 to Nørreport before changing for the train if you prefer. Cycling wouldn’t work for us this time. The Metro is another option with the buggy however it does involve a bit of a detour around the city as the M3 is the Cityringen (or City Ring). The M3 Cityringen opened in 2019 after our first visit to Copenhagen. It’s very much like the Circle Line in London and makes cross-city travel that bit easier. You can read about it here.

Twelve Months, Twelve Reads, Twelve Friends
22 Goals in 2022

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I saw this over on Facebook so shared it and got some book recommendations from my friends. I asked that there weren’t any horrors and nothing that would have an 18+ rating if it was a movie (maybe that depends on the director but my friends came through so I guess it made sense!).

January: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune

Recommended by Amanda.

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.


February: Year One by Nora Roberts

Recommended by Vivien

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed–and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river–or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.


March: The One by John Marrs

Recommended by Mike

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner the one you are genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…


April: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Recommended by Claire

Spanning Prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London, and modern-day Los Angeles, Great Circle tells the unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost.

After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There—after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes—Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles.

A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian’s disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian’s own story, as the two women’s fates—and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times—collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously gifted Maggie Shipstead.


May: The Judges List by John Grisham

Recommended by M

In The Whistler, Lacy Stoltz investigated a corrupt judge who was taking millions in bribes from a crime syndicate. She put the criminals away, but only after being attacked and nearly killed. Three years later, and approaching forty, she is tired of her work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct and ready for a change.

Then she meets a mysterious woman who is so frightened she uses a number of aliases. Jeri Crosby’s father was murdered twenty years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and that has grown stone cold. But Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades. Along the way, she has discovered other victims.

Suspicions are easy enough, but proof seems impossible. The man is brilliant, patient, and always one step ahead of law enforcement. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law.

He is a judge, in Florida—under Lacy’s jurisdiction.

He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and wronged him in some way. How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list?


June: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Recommended by Laura

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.


July: Naked in Death by J. D. Robb

Recommended by Vivien (J. D. Robb is the pen name of Nora Roberts)

Here is the novel that started it all- the first book in J.D. Robb’s number-one New York Times-bestselling In Death series, featuring New York homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.

It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.


August: A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters (Cadfael Series)

Recommended by Lily

Ellis Peters’ introduction to the murderous medieval world of Brother Cadfael…
A Morbid Taste for Bones

In the remote Welsh mountain village of Gwytherin lies the grave of Saint Winifred. Now, in 1137, the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the sacred remains for his Benedictine order. Native Welshman Brother Cadfael is sent on the expedition to translate and finds the rustic villagers of Gwytherin passionately divided by the Benedictine’s offer for the saint’s relics. Canny, wise, and all too wordly, he isn’t surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder.

The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself held the bow. Brother Cadfael knows a carnal hand did the killing. But he doesn’t know that his plan to unearth a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice…where the wages of sin may be scandal or Cadfael’s own ruin.


September: The Therapist by B. A. Paris

Recommended by Hanna

When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive…

As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before.

Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbors are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem…


October: The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick

Recommended by Tova (From Parent XP)

A medieval historical novel about William Marshal, probably the greatest knight of the Middle Ages. This is the story of how he rose through the dangerous world of Angevin politics to become one of the most powerful magnates of the realm and eventually regent of England.


November:: Where the Crawdads Sing by Diana Owens

Recommended by Jess

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life’s lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world—until the unthinkable happens.

In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.


December: The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen

Recommended by Carol

Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in.

At six, she’s memorising the dictionary. At seven, she’s correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi.
And now that she’s an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, Julia.

When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta’s life, she’s propelled headfirst into the unknown. She’s determined to find where she belongs – but what if her true home, and heart, are half a world away?