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Happier Thinking | Review

Title: Happier Thinking

Author: Lana Grace Riva

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Dates read: 06 Jan 19

Publication date: 11 Feb 18

Publisher: Independently Published

Genre(s): Mental Wellness, Mindfullness

Description:

Changing how you think is possible. I wasn’t always so sure that was true until I experienced it myself, but I know now we don’t have to just accept unhappiness. Not always anyway. This book is my collection of tips and suggestions that have helped me achieve happier thinking. It’s sort of a gym for my mind. I’d love to tell you it was easier than the real gym but well… it’s not really. It takes time, effort, and practice but it’s absolutely well worth the rewards.

*I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

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Top Ten Books of 2018

As we come to the end of 2018, it’s finally time to whittle down all of the books I’ve read this year and to try and make a top ten list. The problem? I’ve read 96 books this year, and gave 47 of those a 5 star rating. OK, this probably suggests that I over rate books, but it also shows just how many books I’ve loved this year. I love to look back at the books I have read and choose favourites, and more so than any other year, January felt like a long time ago and I almost forgot some of the earlier reads were actually this year.  Continue reading “Top Ten Books of 2018”

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2018 End of Year Book Survey

I think it’s safe to say that everyone likes to sit back at the end of the year and have a look back at what they have achieved over the previous 12 months, reading and blogging are no different. So, last year when I was perusing Perpetual Page Turner, Jamie’s wonderful blog, I stumbled across this fantastic bookish survey of her own invention that was in its 8th year and decided to fill in the survey! It’s a great post, with lots of reflective questions, and the bonus is that she has put a link on her original post so that you can have a looksie and a nosey through everybody else’s posts, and increase your 2019 TBR pile. You’ve probably guessed already, but, I’ve decided to do it again this year!

So, before I dive on in, please look at her original post, and maybe think about joining in too (don’t forget to credit her)! I would also like to point out that I repeatedly mention Emma. She is one of my good friends, who also happens to put up with me by living in the same house, and is someone I credit for telling me about a lot of the books that I have read and enjoyed. Her blog can also be found @ The Terror of Knowing!

*All stats are correct at the point of writing, but we have a week to go so some things might change! Continue reading “2018 End of Year Book Survey”

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Children of Blood and Bone | Review

Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 30 Jun 18 – 08 Jul 18

Publication date: 08 March 18

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

Description:

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us. 
Now we rise.

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy. Continue reading “Children of Blood and Bone | Review”

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Strictly Saturdays: Week 13 aka THE FINAL

I can’t believe we’re here. After 13 weeks of dancing and drama, the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 final is here. It’s been a really good series. At the beginning I was worried that this would be the year I would fall out of love with the show, no-one was jumping out at me to support them, and I was really concerned, but in the end it’s turned into a good year and two of my favourites have made it to the very end. There’s been lots of controversy this year, so I’m hoping that at the end of the show, we’re all happy that the right person won for the right reasons. Continue reading “Strictly Saturdays: Week 13 aka THE FINAL”

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If We’re Not Married By Thirty | Review

Title: If We’re Not Married By Thirty

Author: Anna Bell

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 05 Dec 18 – 09 Dec 18

Publication date: 24 Nov 2018

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Description:

Lydia’s not exactly #LivingHerBestLife. She never imagined she’d be here at thirty – newly single, a job that’s going nowhere and her friends all winning at life when she’s still barely taking part. So she jumps at the chance of a free holiday and jets off to sunny Spain.

Then, out of the blue, she bumps into her childhood friend, the handsome and charming Danny Whittaker. She’s always had a crush on him and they soon enter into a passionate holiday romance.

But this relationship could be more than just a fling. Years ago they made a pact that if they were still single when they turned thirty they would get married. But noone really follows through on these pacts . . . right?

Could Lydia’s back-up man really be her happy ever after?

*I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Bonnier Zaffre and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review* Continue reading “If We’re Not Married By Thirty | Review”

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Strictly Saturdays: Week 12

Evening all and welcome back to Strictly Saturdays actually on a Saturday. I don’t want you to be too alarmed that we’re getting close to Christmas and what not, but it’s already Semi Final week! Everyone is doing two brand new dances, and it’s all going to be final preparations. Who will make it? Who will fall at the final hurdle (literally)? I’m so excited! I think this is the week when we really see who copes under pressure. I’m so excited. I almost forgot that Charles and Karen were ever in the show, I wasn’t disappointed to see them go last week.

I don’t want to dilly dally too much, so we’ll skip over the fact that Tess looks like a stripper, Claudia looks like lampshade, Shirley looks like a Christmas tree and Darcey looks like The Duchess (a little Dad Wrote a Porno joke for you there). Seriously, could they not have dressed them a little better for the semi-final, the guys look great!

So, let’s get on with the show and see how many journey’s and dreams we have mentioned! Continue reading “Strictly Saturdays: Week 12”