My 2015 challenges are:-
1) Read one book each month.
1a) Read Agatha Christie books in chronological order.
2) Watch films from IMDb's top 100 movies of all time.
2) Support charities.
My reading has slowed somewhat this month as the crafting bug has bitten me once again, however, I've still managed to exceed the one book per month I challenged myself.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh was a Kindle Daily Deal, it cost me 99p and is probably my favourite of all the books I've read this year so far. It's a psychological thriller and starts with a child killed in a hit and run accident after running out in to the road when his mother let go of his hand. I don't want to say too much about the story as it really would spoil it, there's so many twists and turns. I can definitely recommend this book but don't read any reviews before you do as any hint of the plot would spoil it for you. This is Clare Mackintosh's first book and I'm now looking forward to seeing what she brings out next.
I've read another book in the Amanda Prowse No Greater Love series, this time the story of a woman diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, Will You Remember Me? I have to say that this isn't my favourite Amanda Prowse book, I'm not sure if the subject of the book is a little close to home having suffered from cancer myself when I had two very young children, if it's because I wasn't very keen on some aspects of the actual story or if it's because there were lots of parts where I just couldn't relate to the characters and their emotions. I'm finding Amanda Prowse's books very hit and miss, some I've really enjoyed and others aren't quite up to par.
I thoroughly enjoyed my Agatha Christie read this month. The Seven Dials Mystery resurrects characters previously introduced in an earlier Agatha Christie novel, The Secret of Chimneys. There's always twists in these whodunnit books, however, I never saw this one coming. Definitely one of my favourites up to now.
I thought I might get a few more films watched now the nights are drawing in but I've only watched two again this month.
WALL E is a Disney Pixar animation about a waste collecting robot whose space journey will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. I thought there were a few funny and a few endearing parts of this film, but on the whole, I'm sorry to say that I found it boring.
I've been looking forward to watching The Lion King again, one of my very favourite films. I think there's such a good mix of characters, beautiful music and a wonderful storyline with underlying morals. This one would make it into my top ten for sure.
I've been buying a little extra when visiting the supermarket. It's amazing how a couple of extra tins, packet of pasta or a box of cereal soon mounts up.
It didn't take long to amass this lot which has now been taken to the local food bank. They were so pleased with the donation and it will go to help families less fortunate than myself. You can find your local food bank on The Trussell Trust website.
Back in February, I told you about Lend With Care, part of Care International, which allows entrepreneurs in developing countries to make their own way out of povety with the help of a microfinance loan. I made a contribution to a loan advanced to a lady called Maureen who is 44 and lives in Zambia. She is married with six children, all of which are in school. Her husband is a seasonal farmer. Maureen requested a loan of £437.80 over a period of four months so that she could invest in her bakery business. The contribution I made to this loan has now been repaid so I was in a position to help someone else. This time, I've contributed to a loan advanced to another lady in Zambia, Brenda, who requested a loan of £310.07, again over a period of four months. Brenda is 38 and is married to a business man. Their four children all go to primary school. Brenda has requested this loan to order more stock of second hand blankets and curtains to sell on her market stall and also hopes to employ someone to help with the day to day running of the stall. I think helping people to help themselves in this way is a fantastic scheme.
Our local Tesco store has a second hand book stall at the back of the shop. People donate books and others can buy them by making a donation to Diabetes UK and The British Heart Foundation. I sorted out a few books which I've read this year and took them along. I haven't seen any there which I want to buy yet but I do look every time I go in.
Eleanor's drawers and wardrobes need a good sort out. I did go through one of her drawers with her and managed to fill a black bag. This was donated to the Age UK charity shop.
If there's anyone else who wants to join in with the swap I'm running, The Twelve Days Of Christmas Swap Sign Up closes today, the 30th of September 2015, so do get your skates on and leave a comment on that post. I shall be posting a list of swap partners on Saturday so if you've said you'd like to take part, please remember to check back then.