M1LK Balham

Coffee, cakes and an array of other food stuffs. M1LK is situated in the heart of Balham within easy reach of the station which is also both underground and overground. Reasonable on the wallet and a delectable choice of goodies this is definitely a good choice for a post night shift breakfast and rant.

Myself and a colleague headed over after we finished a stint of nights shifts together and not only did it help us de-stress but filled our bellies to prepare for the day ahead in assistance with the once again body clock change (Most definitely the life of a nurse!).

My Breakfast

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Whenever I see eggs with spinach or salmon on the menu I cannot help myself, the fact that it came with sourdough bread was an absolute bonus. As usual the coffee was an absolute delight and beautiful. We both admired the coffee art before we could even think of taking the first sip! Check it out!

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How cute is that!

#IMWAYR

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My, my what a busy weekend! With the read-a-thon over (sadly :() a new week is upon us and life most certainly does go on. Did you take part in the read-a-thon? If you did, how did you get on? Now onto the books!

Reading

The Christmas Surprise, Jenny Colgan, Fiction, Books, Reading, Chick Lit, Festive, Christmas, Winter, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Almost half way through and I absolutely LOVE this book.
Quite a tear jerker for Jenny Colgan but I will leave it at that as I do not want to spoil it for you!

Finished

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Thanks to the Read-a-thon I have managed to finish this book and am patiently waiting to start the next one. The review will be up soon.

Writing About

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As well as the Notting Hill book I will be writing a review about this ASAP.

STILL WAITING

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I am slightly disappointed that I am still waiting for this book – so BIG boo hoo from me!

What are you reading this week?

Read-A-Thon – DONE . . . Well!

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Well it is finally over. The Read-A-Thon is done and dusted although I have to say I am slightly disappointed with myself. As I had things to do throughout the day I was unable to read as much as I would have liked. As usual I will be playing catch up and will read for a lot of tonight and tomorrow. Actually managing to finish a book is a great feeling so onto the next – I have actually started it but I am going into power mode right now as I have finally settled for the evening at home.

As I will be busy tomorrow there will be moments that I will be able to steal some time but it will be sporadic bursts. I am hoping to finish the second book tomorrow!

What Am I Reading Now?

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Q & A For the End

Which hour was most daunting for you?

I think I was a little on edge throughout as I knew that despite having the day off work I still had a lot of other things to do not completely allowing me to commit my time only to reading. 

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

All depends on what will be coming out at the time and the individuals reading tastes. I don’t know yet what I will consider reading and whether it will be a new release or older book.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

I love being part of the read-a-thon and I think it goes very smoothly so a bit stumped here. 

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

From a co-host point of view the team work is AMAZING.
From a readers point of view the posts and cheers were engaging and the social media was incredibly supportive.

How many books did you read?

Finished the end of one (half a book) and started another.

What were the names of the books you read?

From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually by Ali McNamara

The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan (Started)

Which book did you enjoy most?

They are both great books with their own merits.

Which did you enjoy least?

Neither as I picked both books based on the type of books I enjoy reading.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I wasn’t a cheerleader but loved being a co-host. Advice for the cheerleaders would be keep up the pep talks as even when I was flagging and felt a bit flaky it really helped.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Most definitely and same again. I LOVE being a co-host and love the activities involved. 

Read-a-Thon Hour 9 & Notting Hill

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Creeping into Hour 9 and it is 9:15pm here in the UK. Having had dinner, pottered about and managed to organise the rest of my night out I have finished my first book. The catch is I was already half way through at the beginning of the Thon. This may sound like a cheat but you know what, I was still reading! Why not!

Finished

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I am more sure than ever now that I will be reading the rest of this series of books. Towards the end I was clutching to a pillow with tears in my eyes! But before I tell you any more I will save that for the review and leave you with this song.

Next Up

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What are you reading?!