Today as part of Bookouture Christmas I’m welcoming Mandy Baggot, author of One Wish in Manhattan, to the blog for a Q&A! Find out about what gets Mandy in a Christmassy mood, her writing tips and an X factor audition! 1. I love […]
I’ve had a brilliant month for books, I feel like I’ve made time to relax and start reading again which is fab.
So, here’s what I’ve been reading in January:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I love the film, and so was intrigued about the book. The first thing I’d say, is that the film is rather different to the book. There are some basic similarities but the book is surprisingly different. I love the style it’s written in, it’s a refreshing take on the fairy tale kind of story, and it’s funny as well. A lovely little bit of escapism.
Going Out In The Midday Sun by Kate.A.Hardy
I loved this book, and I read it as part of the bahlsen book club. This book is about four strangers living in London in the late 90s, their lives interconnected in some random ways. It’s a great nostalgic read. Full Review here.
Second life by SJ Watson
This is a brilliant thriller, a fabulous second book by S J Watson. When Julia’s sister is murdered, it leaves her with questions about her sisters life that she will do anything to find out. Her enquiries lead her to make decisions which change her life forever. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book, which is published on 12th February. It’s a great show stopping read, and the tension is held throughout. Full review here.
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
I was a bit disappointed with this book, really. I didn’t find it as engrossing as I may have thought. I love the TV Series Girls but this doesn’t really have the same charm. I’m not really sure what this book is about; it gives a glimpse as to who Lena is, but it’s a very carefully thought and written and in a way I don’t think you get too know her at all. I liked some chapters in this book, particularly about weight and diet, but the chapters about love and everything associated with it was a bit boring for me. Maybe I’m just too old!
So these are the books I have read this month. For February, I’ve got a few crackers in store which I can’t wait to read! These include Disclaimer and my friend Ericka’s book Confessions of a Mother Inferior.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books, would love to know your thoughts.
Going Out In The Midday Sun is a really good read. It’s based around the lives of four Londoners in the late 90s, and their lives all interweave with each other. Here’s the blurb: Four Londoners out of 8 million – through a series of […]
Bagabook are a unique company with a unique product – a book cover carrier which protects your book or diary, as well as being functional like a bag.
I was asked by Bagabook to review some of their new range which they have recently launched. I was sent a Tote Bag, but the range also includes matching book covers, iPad covers and a scarf. There are three designs in the range: liquorice, candy stripe or bouquet. I was sent a bouquet tote bag, and the design is bright, colourful and modern.
The tote bag is a good size – it fits under your arm easily and there is lots of room inside for your book, your purse and anything else you may need.
The bag is made well, and feels sturdy. The ‘BB’ emblem on my bag looks a little at a slant but you can’t really notice this – I suspect that’s just my bag however. The pockets inside are a good detail, meaning that you have places to put your phone and keys. The phone pocket is nice and wide, making sure all sorts of phones can fit in – there’s nothing more annoying than having a bag where you can’t use the phone pocket! There is plenty of room in here for any other bits and pieces you may need to take out – for me it’s usually juice cups and wet wipes!
The tote bag is great for when you want to take your book and a few other things out, it all fits nicely inside and it’s easy to wear on your shoulder.
For me, the bags price is a little out of my usual price range – it’s £39.95 – I would usually be looking at bags for less than this, so I would see this more as a gift item than something I would buy myself. If you know someone who has the Bagabook book cover, then getting the tote bag to match would be a great Christmas gift.
I was sent the bouquet tote bag from Bagabook in order to undertake this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Wow, this week has gone fast! I am not sure where it’s gone really.
I’m just getting back into the swing of things after our holiday. This last week at work has been one of catching up and getting back into it all. It’s been busy but at least the days have gone by quickly.
Last week, I was really pleased that I had got my degree. I received my degree certificate on Friday so that was a great excuse to have some bubbles! I know I keep going on about my degree but it is such a big deal to me. Now I have it, I feel I need to find something else to focus on!
This last weekend was very exciting for me. I was meeting my university friends as it has been 10 years since we all met when we started our nursing and midwifery diplomas! I went up to Nottingham for the first time in years, and it was lovely from the moment I sat down on the train. I managed to read, write poetry and just chill before getting to Nottingham and meeting my friends. We had a stroll down memory lane and revisited some iconic places, such as the university and the hospital where we were based. We also went to look at our old uni house, which looked just the same as when we left it 7 years ago!
I felt all sorts of emotions as I was there. I felt a real pang of reminiscence, and a little bit of me wanted to just come back and stay there. I will always have a soft spot for the East Midlands, and Derbyshire, and going back pulled at my heart strings a bit. But in a happy way.
We also stumbled across the BBC World War One exhibition which was on in the square. We even saw Larry Lamb talking about the war with a historian, which was really interesting, adding a bit of culture to proceedings!
We went to a lovely Thai place called Tarn Thai for dinner, which was really tasty, and then on to drinks at The Pitcher and Piano, an old haunt if ours. We haven’t met up for a year so there was lots of chat and catching up to do.
On Sunday we met up for breakfast and more catching up before it was time to get the train back. I had such a lovely weekend, I always feel more myself again when I come back, like I’ve found myself again by being with my friends. Yes I have friends in Bristol but not really close friends like my university friends. I am really hoping we can meet up before Christmas or afterwards, a year is just too long!
Diet wise, things are back on track after the holiday. I lost 1.5lbs last week and even though I was away for the weekend, I have been really keeping in control of what I eat. Over the weekend I didn’t want to eat crappy train food or ‘waste’ myself on junk. I chose foods I wanted to eat, thought about what I ate, and also to some extent what I drank. I felt so much better for feeling in control and not caving in to sweet snacky foods. This week, I am eating at least one organic meal a day as I am celebrating organic month with Waitrose. This has given me such an excuse to eat more fruit and veg and given me just the boost I need – review will be on the blog within the day!
I managed to finish the Poets Wife by Rebecca stonehill whilst away, and it is a lovely book. A family saga set in the time of the Spanish civil war and Franco era, it really engaged me. Review is here if you what to take a look and the book is published this friday!
I am now reading The Goldfinch and it is totally not what I expected, it’s reeled me in and I’m enjoying reading it!
Bubs is just growing every which way! She must be on a growth spurt as she is eating loads and drinking loads too. She is talking all the time, and new words are appearing every day! She said to me the other day, “Mummy look at this!” Which shocked me a bit – she is talking sentences! It’s so delightful to see her chatting away to her toys, singing and talking to me about things she loves. She is also doing a lot of pretend play, I got send a baby Oleg meerkat toy after buying my insurance and she loves it, rocking it to sleep and kissing it. This is a lovely time, she does have her moments and we are still figuring out how to manage her tantrums, but she isn’t ear piercing screaming as much at least!
I have just reviewed Little Miracles organic soft drinks which have organic tea in them, I thought they were pretty good. Review up this week.