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2 Favourite Tracks

As mentioned last week I am no longer able to share my Spotify playlist with you however I have changed things up so I put up two songs instead but you get to see the You Tube video instead. Hopefully it is easier and better in the long run as it is a much more manageable list when looking at videos as content on a post.

I have however stuck to my promise of putting up songs that should make you smile. The two songs that I have picked never fail to make me smile when I listen to them so hopefully they do the same for you.


REVIEW: Holy Cow by David Duchovny

Holy Cow by David Duchovny

What is it all about . . .

Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night,Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God–and what the Box God reveals about something called an “industrial meat farm” shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core.

The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who’s recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave turkey who can’t fly,but can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport…

Elsie is a wisecracking, slyly witty narrator; Tom dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians.

My Thoughts

Firstly let me tell you that if you do not have a sense of humour then this book really is not for you. There are a lot of tongue in cheek comments and jibes that some may think of as offensive but if understood in the right context will have you giggling your way through the book.

I listened to this book via my audible account so figured that as it was only 2 and a bit hours long I could listen to it on a long car journey. Unfortunately as the beginning was so laborious I had to turn it off in case I fell asleep. I have had Holy Cow on my Audible for almost 3 weeks and have only just finished it. Once at the end I have to say that I am glad that it is over but can say that if you have two hours of your life that you will not miss then give it a listen.

If you are up for listening to a Jewish pig in search of a mohel, an american cow in search of – well, life, a turkey that wants to be saved from the chop at thanksgiving and the original Camel from the tobacco adverts then this is the audio book for you.

The main message of the book that I took away from it was that we are all part of the infinite circle of life and if we do not treat each other humans and animals alike with deference then that circle will begin to get smaller and eventually implode. If you take away anything from this powerful little book then make sure that you understand that it is not a book that bash’s religion or is just there for the writer to have a rant but a gentle reminder that with a little respect the human race can survive.

Rating

rating3* Mediocre Beans

To Do Tuesday

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With a slight continuation of my period of rest and relaxation I have worked through my list and have another list of tasks to keep me on top for this week coming. What have you been up to this week and what do you have planned for the week ahead.

Last Weeks List

 

- Take part in Disqus discussions

- Take part in Twitter chat

- Organise Pinterest boards

- Organise Goodreads books

This Weeks List

- Edit pictures in file that are ready to be used for posts

- Continue to update Goodreads

- Take part in Twitter chat

- Comment on 10 new blogs

- Get ready to go back to work :(

#IMWAYR

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Almost time for me to come home and I have to say that I am enjoying my time away reading and chilling out. I really needed this break and feel so much better for it. It got to the point of me feeling like I was going to spontaneously combust from being purely fed up so time off is just what the doctor would have ordered!

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Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Penguin, Movie Tie-In Edition, Reading, Books, Fiction, Classics, Blog A Book Etc, FayStill powering through this tome and it just gets better. I am itching to finish it as cannot wait to see the film.

LISTENING TO . . .

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Being in the spirit of finishing things off I am cracking through this one too.

Beauty

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Not really liking the feel of sun-tan lotion I decided to get some of this. I realise that after seeing this there will be plenty of you wanting to lecture me on my skin care but before you do I also bought these . . .

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Please do bare in mind that I do not burn in the sun so I am protecting against UV rays but not as high as most. On that note onwards . . .

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Before the first trip we had away I picked up a new pair of these bad boys – in my arsenal of shoes at home I have so many pairs of these lovely comfortable and what seem to be everlasting flip flops/sandals/thongs or whatever you call them where you are in the world! White was the one colour that I was missing and these were just perfect.

Just a note for you guys Spring Bloggiesta starts TODAY!

Sadly I will be taking part in small parts, partly due to being away but mostly to returning to work. Hopefully I get something done.

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Well that’s my week in a capsule.

Keep your eyes peeled on Instagram for holiday snaps.

5 Favourite Tracks

Once again this week will be a list of 10 favourite tracks as whilst I was away last week I did not schedule a list and have them all stored up ready for you to listen to. I look forward to hearing what songs you liked from my selection and why. Next week I will be posting a list of holiday tracks that make me feel good whilst sitting in the sunshine. As the sun is out now most days in the UK hopefully it will help give you a bit of get up and go too – if you are not in the UK and are located somewhere where the weather is not so great put the tunes on full volume and just smile.

Sadly Spotify rebooted on my computer and I have lost the ability to copy the embed code to my post so please click on the link below to access the playlist. I have also listed the songs below.

 https://open.spotify.com/user/blogabooketc/playlist/2DOvbXGBDU2o3wweu3w6jJ

Sinnerman – Nina Simone

Animal House – Pace

Closing Time – Semisonic

Secret Smile – Semisonic

Losing My Religion – R.E.M.

Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.

Shiny Happy People – R.E.M.

It’s the End of the World – R.E.M.

Rocket Man – Elton John

Daniel – Elton John

REVIEW: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Back of the book

Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle.

And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence.

Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

My Thoughts

Jenny Colgan has done it again – am I surprised? No! Now I just look forward to each book that comes out and seem to plough straight through with pure excitement. Summer at Beach Street is no different – it was a book that I had waited for some time to get into as the delightful beginning of Polly and Neil had me hooked from page 1.

With a quick recap at the beginning of the book just in case you forgot what a wonderful story you were about to get into and follow on from. The recap also allows any readers that have not picked up the first book to sit quite easily with the next installment without having to read the first book if they do not wish to.

After the long traumatic time that Polly had moving to the island of Mount Polbearne having to deal with the ‘Polbearnites’ and their stuck in the mud way of life it sounds like she is starting to think that the move is the best thing that has ever happened to her. Not only is she doing what she loves every day for a living but she is now dating the loveable american bee keeper Huckle and has Neil (the puffin) by her side. With the locals finally coming around to her ways she has found her feet and is making her mark.

This book takes the story that little step further with the introduction of a lighthouse, the progression of Polly’s relationship with Huckle and the reintroduction of friends Reuben and Kerensa and the introduction of Dubose (Huckle’s brother). There is always a bit of trouble in Jenny’s books but its usually the kind that can be taken with a pinch or two of salt knowing that the situation will always end up sorted out. However there seems to be more than one grey cloud on the horizon for Polly and it starts with the sad news that her boss Mrs Manse has passed away and the bakery is now in the less than capable hands of her wannabe business man nephew Malcolm with pie in the sky ideas of making a small fortune from the bakery Polly’s bakery and it’s reputation is teetering on the edge of failure.

From the moment Malcolm takes over Polly is under insurmountable stress and finds it hard to control the spiral that she is hanging onto by a thread. Her livelihood, relationship and even friendships are all hanging in the balance. Will it all come good? Well that is something that you will have to read the book to find out.

Definitely worth the read and once you start you won’t want to stop. I am already looking forward to the next installment – if there is one?!

Rating

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Once again a massive thank you to Sphere for sending me the book.

To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do TuesdayEven when I am away I am still trying to keep on top of things, making lists and generally organising my life. So as an attempt to keep on top of things here is my list for this week. As I did not make a list last week this week may seem a little bare but hey ho – on with the week!

This Weeks List

- Take part in Disqus discussions

- Take part in Twitter chat

- Organise Pinterest boards

- Organise Goodreads books

 

#IMWAYR

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Despite being away for a week it was quite a bad week away and we decided to book another trip. As this is published I will be hopefully chilling by the pool in Antalya soaking up the sun and sipping on a much needed cocktail. Whilst away I have been reading madly and managed to pick up a classic again and even finished an audio book. How has your week been going?

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READING

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After putting the classic down almost two years ago now I picked it up but started from the very beginning. What a very good place to start right?! Having restarted the book with a renewed vigour and am finding the book extremely enjoying. Have you read it? How did you find it?

FINISHED

Holy Cow by David Duchovny

I finished listening to this on my return back from our recent holiday as at the beginning it really was quite dull. My review of this audio book will be up in a couple of weeks so keep those peepers peeled.

Beauty

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After sorting through some much needed crap I found a bag of 5 large lush jars. Lush give customers the opportunity to collect 5 large jars and return them when used and clean to swap for FREE Fresh Face Mask of the customers choice from a selection on display that waiting for you on ice. Being a Lush addict this is just something that brings a big smile to my face – not only do I get something for FREE I am recycling and giving back to ‘mother earth’! RESULT right!

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Whilst making my way around the shop after collecting my free fresh face mask I picked up a pot of this wonderful stuff. Not only does it feel and smell great it works wonders for the skin and makes you feel soft, supple and ready to go. Have you used it before?

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House of Fraser are currently having a 20% off event for recognition customers so I figured why not take advantage and stock up on swim wear for the next trip as the last dash and buy for swim wear left me with . . .

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Not that it isn’t a nice swim set but every time I tried to get out of the water something almost fell out and for me that is a big no-no with swimwear.

Eat Sleep Tan Repeat, Beach Towel, Towel, Swimwear, New LookThis may seem a bit meh but I quite like it and may make a sneaky purchase before I go away!

What are you guys up to this week?

REVIEW: Body Jewellery

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A couple weeks ago himself and I made a trip to Westfield, when staying at his it is only a short drive to Stratford which is handy. It seems that no matter what day you go there it is packed with people – I do not know whether there is a great population of people out of work but it is always PACKED!

Anyway I digress!

Whilst ambling around we came across a stall that sells body jewellery, a quick glance here and there and I managed to find a few pieces that I liked. We decided to get the items on our list before buying anything else as money is tight at the moment and we are saving. Frugal caps on and we powered through the list in almost under an hour (very proud of myself!) – on the way back to the car we had quite a bit of money left over thanks to numerous bargains so himself treated me to some new bits. Check out what I got.

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As most of you may notice I love a bit of pink so this is a perfect choice as with the black it goes unnoticed when I am at work. I have put this bar in for the moment as the plastic is a lot softer for the teeth (i’m a grinder – it is irritating even for me). The one problem I had at the start was that the ball kept coming loose – this problem was easily solved firstly by himself tightening the ball then using a pair of plyers for a firmer grip. Slightly irritating that it came to that as I almost swallowed the ball but the problem is now fixed.

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 The two glittery numbered were chosen from a selection whittled down by me but the final decision made by himself. Being a West Ham United fan these were the closest colours to his team strip that he could find – thankfully I can’t wear them together and one can technically represent Chelsea! Also the choice on the right being more on the pink side is just a result!

One gripe that I have with both glitter balls is that they have a sharp edge where they screw in and it irritates the tongue therefore only allowing me to wear the bars for a short amount of time.

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These bad boys have two separate purposes. The hoop on the left is much smaller I don’t think the picture does it justice but it is TINY – this hoop will be used on my Helix (top ear) piercing. The other hoop which is larger in comparison but still quite thin will be for my belly button.

The larger of the two has been problem free however the smaller has been a pain in the backside. Firstly it was difficult to put on and the place that we bought it from will not assist you in application of body jewellery as they do not have the correct equipment which is fair enough. So between the two of us we managed to get the smaller hoop in and the balls screwed on but two nights in a row we found balls in the bed in the morning. Not great. As it stands there are no balls attached to the ring as they went missing some time ago. Sad times for the small hoop – I will buy another one but bigger this time.

When looking at piercings it always makes me want to get my nose pierced and another part of my ear but then I think about it again and seem to lose the will. Obviously I am not ready for another piercing yet as I would get it done straight away but these things need serious deliberation.

For the moment my mind is on a new tattoo . . .

To Do Tuesday

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Lists are non existent this week. This week ladies and gents the only thing I am going to do is . . .