2016 Reading Challenge

I set myself a challenge last year – to read 2 books a month.  I may not have strictly follow that rule but I’m happy I exceeded my own expectations.  I ended up reading 28 books in 2016.  I’ve decided to continue this challenge in 2017.  🙂



Nell Gwynn

We were a bit apprehensive after leaving the theatre in the interval of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds 2 weeks ago.  It was so strange and just not our type of show I guess.

But this one was a hit !!  The play is about how Nell Gwynn became the mistress of King Charles II and it won the best comedy in Olivier Awards this year. I would highly recommend this play to everyone.

4 stars.

Discovering our local public library

Dav and I are quite an avid reader.  We always have some form of reader with us when we’re commuting to work or going on holiday.  We have collected quite a lot of physical books over the years and that slowly transform into digital books when Kindle was introduced.  I’m even on my second Kindle (due to an accident – screen cracked).

So needless to say we spent quite a lot of money on this hobby.  When a friend told us about her frequent visits to the local library I thought it was quite an interesting thing to do especially if it helps reduced our monthly expenses.  But at that time, our local library was quite a distance away so we never did make it.

Now after moving to the current place we discovered the local library is only 5 mins walk away.  So last weekend we decided to check it out and we were quite surprised by the services available.

So besides the usual borrowing of books, they also provide the following:

  • audio books
  • e-books
  • music CDs
  • DVDs
  • children’s library
  • computers for public use with internet access
  • free WiFi
  • newspapers and magazines
  • IT tuition
  • adult reading group
  • children’s reading group
  • faxing and photocopying
  • printing and scanning
  • reference room

I was so excited, we ended up borrowing 2 DVDs (minimal cost and fairly new titles too!) and a few books.  I definitely want to try to borrow books rather than buying ebooks.

Crazy for strawberries

Grocery shopping in Kingston Market is always either a hit or a miss.  Sometimes we get good bargains with fresh food, sometimes, it is just a disappointment.

This week Dav found a gem!  A box of strawberries for £3.50 !  These of course are not local. I think it’s imported from Spain.

Cheap and Fresh strawberries from Kingston market. #strawberry #nofilter

With so much strawberries and only a few days to eat them, I decided to ‘bake’ a cheesecake.  Cheesecake is also Dav’s favourite cake. 🙂

I used an American no-bake receipt which was convenient.  However I had some issue with the measurement (pounds and cups) as well as ingredients (graham crackers?).  Luckily the result was amazing.

Strawberries fully utilised!  No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake #baking #strawberry #cheesecake #nofilter