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May TBR

We’re already a third of the way through the year, the sun is finally starting to shine more regularly and the temperatures are warming up. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about sitting with a book in the park, or by the river, on an afternoon stroll. I just finished writing my wrap up post, and wasn’t too impressed at the amount I read, so I am aiming high with an ambitious May TBR that should be useful when it comes to writing a TBR for Bout of Books 22 (you should all sign up!).  Continue reading “May TBR”

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April: It’s a Wrap

I’m sat at home, putting off doing housework that needs to be done, frantically updating my reading spreadsheet for this month and thinking ahead to work. What an exciting morning, eh? It’s sunny outside today. It’s not really warm, yet, but it’s sunny. I finally feel like we’re getting to the good weather this year. Y’know, the kind that let’s you go for a walk and sit down and read a book in the local park. We’re getting there, slowly but surely.

Another month has gone by since my March Wrap Post and it’s been a poor reading month. I didn’t read that many books from start to finish, and ended up reading some absolute tripe towards the end of the month. I wouldn’t say I fell into a reading rut, but I worked so many hours for so much of the month that it left me with little time to read around it, so I think reading those rubbish throwaway novels has got me reading again. I’ve also got 4 books on my currently reading shelf, so if that’s anything to go by, then next month’s list should be a little longer and better looking. I’ve crossed off another couple of challenges, but they’re starting to get a little harder now, and I’ve somehow still only read books new to me. How?! Continue reading “April: It’s a Wrap”

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Fat Friday: Week 30

Erm, yes, well, it’s Saturday. It’s not quite Friday really it is. Guys, I forgot. I’m not going to lie to you and come up with a reason for missing it, I completely forgot. I went to see Avengers: Infinity War yesterday and it got me like wooooooah so I was completely caught up with theorising and decompressing after the awesome mindscrew that was the film, so the post was completely put to the side. I’m sorry. I’m back, a little later than planned, but yeah I am here.

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 30”

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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street | Review

Title: Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Author: Natasha Pulley

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 02 Apr 18 – 13 Apr 18

Publication date: 02 July 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Description:

In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history.

When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected slips soon proves that he must be hiding something.

Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry.

As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses.

Utterly beguiling, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street blends historical events with dazzling flights of fancy to plunge readers into a strange and magical past, where time, destiny, genius – and a clockwork octopus – collide. Continue reading “The Watchmaker of Filigree Street | Review”

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Book Haul #11

Well well, we’re back here again already, this time with a slightly shorter list. And there’s good reason too! I just about had enough books to put together a book haul and decided that now is the time to go on a ban. I have a Book Box Club, and Willoughby Book Club subscription currently rolling, and I’ve pre-ordered a signed copy of a novel due out at the end of May, so I think it’s time to stop buying books on the side and actually think about saving money!

But this month, well, this month I have splurged a little on a book I’ve had my eye on for a while, and also finally added books I was donated a while ago and kept on forgetting about! There is a real mixed bag of titles on here, and I’m excited about it! So, without further ado, let’s see the books:

Continue reading “Book Haul #11”

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Fat Friday | Week 29

Erm, what’s going on? The sun has come out, the weather has turned from snow warnings and freezing winds to the warmest day April has seen, and I am all about this weather. I actually really like the summer and the warm even though I like winter clothes, and have been waiting for this turn for weeks. I know it won’t stay for the whole of summer, in fact I’ve heard vicious rumours of a thunderstorm this weekend, but I’m enjoying this warmth and mood lift even so.

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 29”

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Billy and Me | Review

Title: Billy and Me

Author: Giovanna Fletcher

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 22 Mar 18 – 24 Mar 18

Publication date: 23 May 2013

Publisher: Penguin

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Description:

Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then Sophie unexpectedly meets the gorgeous Billy Buskin – a famous actor with ambitions to make it to the top. As they begin to grow closer, Sophie finds herself whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

After years of shying away from attention, can Sophie handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? How much is she prepared to give up along the way? And is their love strong enough to keep them together against the odds?

Charming, heart-warming and utterly romantic, Billy and Me is an unforgettable story that will completely capture your heart. Continue reading “Billy and Me | Review”