Reviews

REVIEW: Moon Over Soho & Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

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This review will not written with the same structure as my other reviews. The only way I can explain why is due to Audible. Firstly let me make a point of saying that I am not the biggest fan of Audible but it really does help when out and about when you do not want to end up driving or walking into a street lamp.

The Aaronovitch books were recommended to me by my friend Catherine as we both share a great love for our city London and as you can most probably guess by the covers and titles of the books they are heavily based in London and its close surrounding areas. There are areas that I have either lived, worked or visited frequently which really makes it great to read about.

I cannot really say much about the books without giving away the story so what I will say is that I HIGHLY recommend these books to those with a love of London, in search for a little bit of love or those that just love a good read.

NO RATING NEEDED!

It’s Monday!

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This post was originally started on Monday 31st March however between the jigs and the reels things got a little hectic and now the action is happening today. As you can see!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been caught up listening to the PC Peter Grant stories and currently I am on Broken Homes. I have never been one for audio books but getting into these books listening has been a lot better than reading the hard copies. With work in the background and really stepping up its game taking time out to read a book has been quite difficult so having an audiobook on in the background whilst doing little things like cleaning or packing things away is just brilliant.

The lovelies at Audible have given me a bit of rope to go out and review some books so I will be letting you know what I choose for my first list and keep you updated on how I get on.

Do you use Audible?

What do you think of it?

Do you still prefer reading or are you happy to mix it up?

2 Hours of Bloggiesta!

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Well the starting line has already been crossed as officially this blog-tastic event started on Thursday 27th March but finishes on Sunday 30th March!

Are you involved? Let me know if you are!

Bloggiesta is the time of year when many of us make that endless list of projects that we have let fall by the wayside with regards to blog improvement/change. My blog has gone through many changes over the past couple of months and I find recently that I am heading towards the minimalistic side of things with clean-cut communication lines in place. Easily reachable is surely a better angle than crowded, cluttered and cute!

Back to the title. I am putting aside two hours later today where I can snuggle up with a glass of red or cuppa and crack on with the following list.

To Do List

1. Change blog theme

2. Schedule 1 week of posts/templates

3. Filter saved image

4. Clean up sidebars

5. Comment 1o new blogs

6. Update instagram and post at least 5 #tagged photos

7. Update Goodreads

8. Find 10 new blogs on Bloglovin

Now my grand plan was for a nice even list of 10 however due to time I think 8 is more than enough! Well, it’s time to get started!

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See you on the other side!

REVIEW: The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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What it’s all about:

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop.

And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. With nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, with local honey (courtesy of local bee keeper, Huckle), and with reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes and bakes . . . And people start to hear about it.

Sometimes, bread really is life . . . And Polly is about to reclaim hers.

My Thoughts:

Half reading and listening on the go this book was just the most delightful thing and such a nice mind relaxer. The first book that I actually wanted to read in a while and waited patiently for. On Wednesday when I woke up to get ready for my night shift there was a package and on opening I squealed a little as IT WAS HERE! Needless to say on the way to work I started to devour Colgan’s latest book and did not want to put it down.

After the first couple of chapters I have to say I was not enamoured as usually by this point of reading there is a fair idea about what is happening in the book. Currently I was lost but unwilling to give up. Powering through and swapping here and there from Audible back to Paperback the pace was increased and my love for the story and characters grew. Colgan’s descriptive writing is just fabulous as it really helps the reader get into the book and feel as though you are part of it.

Laughing and at some points on the edge of tears this book was most certainly more of an emotional read than others written. The main character Polly was the girl next door with a broken heart and home that just wanted to start again. At some point in our lives I think all of us can identify with at least 50% of that description and it really hit home. Upping sticks and starting again in a new town where ‘nobody knows your name (!)’ is what I can only imagine as one of the most difficult things you could contemplate let alone get on and do.

The ramshackle town of Mount Polbearne (In Cornwall) is described as off the beaten track (quite literally) and if the tide is up then you have no hope of getting in or out. The perfect remote location to gather your thoughts and start afresh right? Tearing away from her friends, family and the life that she thought was her forever more Polly treks to ‘the isle’ with a sad, sorry box of belongings and gives it a damn good go.

With her happy-go-lucky charm and a smile painted on with her puffin by her side Polly kneaded on and made something that was ‘just for her’. Struggling with the current owner, land lady and town spokesperson (or so it seemed!) Polly woke at the crack of dawn and went to sleep in the dead of night trying to prove the point that she really was good at what she did – Baking Bread (and other doughy treats!). Proud of her accomplishments she could finally open up her heart and begin to live again. When tragedy struck the little village that she now calls home everyone pulled together for remembrance, song, dance and just a general good time.

Wedding and baby booms aside this book really is something special and a great read to remind you that it is the little things that count. Also if you want something there is nothing but yourself standing in the way of fighting to get it. With plenty of puffin jokes this book is by far highly recommended. I could tell you that it has a sad or happy ending but I won’t as I really think you should read it for yourself. But I will leave you with this song that may make you weep into your pillow but may not until you have read the book!

I wish I was a fisherman
Tumbling on the seas
Far away from dry land
And its bitter memories
Casting out my sweet line
With abandonment and love
No ceiling bearing down on me
‘Cept the starry sky above
With light in my head
You in my arms
Woohoo!

Rating

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I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the lovelies at Little Browns Books UK – Sphere who sent me this book for review. It was just wonderful :D