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Fat Friday: Week 2

Hello friends! Can you believe it has already been a whole week back on the dieting wagon? No, me either! I am not sure if it is a good or a bad thing that it has taken no time for a week to pass, but it has and we’re here and the diet is still around and I think even here to stay! It isn’t easy, but it isn’t terrifying, and I really feel like I can do it.

Fat Friday is a weekly blog post tracking my weight loss and fitness journey, used to keep myself accountable, keep a record of my progress, and share hints & tips that have helped me. To track my progress, or read my previous entries, click here.

Please join me, support me, and help me along my way as I aim to improve my life for the better! Continue reading “Fat Friday: Week 2”

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Review

Title: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 04 Aug 19 – 14 Aug 19

Publication date: 23 Jul 2019

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mythology

Description:

The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

*I was given an eARC of this book courtesy of Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus and NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review* Continue reading “Gods of Jade and Shadow | Review”

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Moon Over Soho | Review

Title: Moon Over Soho

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 01 Apr 19 – 04 Apr 19

Publication date: 21 Apr 2011

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre(s): Fantasy, Mystery, Crime

Description:

The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

Body and soul. They’re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace—one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard “Lord” Grant—otherwise known as Peter’s dear old dad.

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Fat Friday: Week 1…again

Hello lovely people. It’s been a while eh? I wasn’t sure that this time would come again and if it did, whether it would be in the same format, but it worked while it worked last time and so I’ve decided to re-ignite Fat Friday and kick start my weight loss journey. A few things have changed, some are the same, and we’ll be finding our feet together as we go, but it feels like the right time and the right decision to be back.

Fat Friday is a weekly blog post tracking my weight loss and fitness journey, used to keep myself accountable, keep a record of my progress, and share hints & tips that have helped me. To track my progress, or read my previous entries, click here.

Please join me, support me, and help me along my way as I aim to improve my life for the better! Continue reading “Fat Friday: Week 1…again”

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July | Wrap Up

Guys, I have fought the slump hard this year but in July there were times where the slump was too much to take and I succumbed. I am using this excuse for this abysmally late wrap! You’ll probably find it hard to believe when you see my reading stats below, but I really struggled through this month, and if it wasn’t for The Reading Rush in the last week of the month, I would have fallen down a reading slump hole that would have been difficult to escape. I know that it was a mixture of things, tiredness in the heat, coming off a holiday and going away the week after, Dad’s 60th birthday and the celebrations that go with it, and participating in a readathon that wasn’t conducive to me reading a lot (The Book Junkie Trials), but its been a difficult reading month that I am glad to see the back of (in a reading sense only, the memories have been awesome!).

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