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Read-a-thon Wrap Up

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So let us calculate a little. The read-a-thon has been done now for about 11 hours, 8 of that I have been without internet and unable to put up this post! For those 8 hours about 5 of those I fell asleep after my bulk of night shifts and 3 I used wisely to crack on with house work and Audible on in the background and sitting with a cuppa, tucked up in bed and reading my current book.

Sadly I was unable to finish reading anything but I have made a serious advance on The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty and I cannot wait to get to the crux of The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews. Now I have an idea about what will happen but I am really looking forward to finding out about this book.

Plans

Finish The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Finish The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty on Audible 

Start Operation Sunshine by Jenny Colgan on Audible

Read the stack of books planned for Read-a-thon

I am not sure how long this list will take me to get through but I am determined.

 How was your Read-a-thon?

Read-a-thon Time

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It’s that time of year again Book Lovers. Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon has been a long standing tradition in the book blogging world and for many years I have been taking part as a reader and co-host for the past few. It is a great way to share your reading, the experiences you have whilst reading and to meet new people who also love books either the written word or electronic! This year I am taking a back seat, helping out behind the scenes and hopefully getting some reading done too. Just so you know the thon is not only about reading it is like a mass online gathering of book lovers who want to chat and share what is going on in their corner of the blogosphere.

You can take part on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook and on your blogs and others by leaving comments and supporting each other along the way.

I will be posting a picture of my book stack either later today or tomorrow some time on Instagram.

As I am finishing my stretch of night shifts at work I will be using Audible to listen in the odd moments that I get to myself. Work is pretty hands on so Audible really does come in handy – I am hoping to finish off one book at least.

Over in the UK the thon starts at 1pm – at this time I will be asleep in prep for my shift but thinking of all you bibliophiles out there cozied up with your pile of books and goodies to get you through the stretch. When I am home, showered and settled that is when I shall start my reading and socialising!

Keep it Bookish peeps and keep in touch throughout!

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Brick Lane Market

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Last week not only was it a beautiful Sunday but I was surrounded by great friends and my other half. We strolled around three of the most well known East End markets, had some food and drink and just had an overall wonderful day. I went home with a new summer jacket and some other lovely bits. As Brick Lane wasn’t as crowded as the Flower Market I was able to take a few more pictures of the things I got up to.

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As soon as we got into the market we headed to Beyond Retro and it really was a haven for vintage wants and fancies. The staff were helpful and friendly and the stock was such a sight that I cannot wait to get back there. The colourful bag on the bottom right of the collection above is the newest addition to my collection of bags. I am currently using it for a laptop bag and it is just so colourful that every time I look at it I smile – a real day brightener.

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In the men’s department I spotted Mickey Mouse popping out from a rack of denim. I walked past wanting this shirt but left it in place!
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As you all know and if you don’t then it is in the title – I am a bit of a book geek! This little basement that was part of a bric-a-brac shop was heaven to me and being a true book-a-holic I couldn’t leave without a browse and came up trumps with two books that I have had on my TBR list for some time now! Result!

Brick Lane Market, Sunday, Brick Lane, Market, Shopping, Vintage, Blogging, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Street Art, Graffiti, StreetsEverywhere you look there is street art and sadly some of it has been defaced. Those that are untouched really are true art and I just hope that more keep popping up. One day soon I will go on a street art search to see how much I can find.

Brick Lane Market, Sunday, Brick Lane, Market, Shopping, Vintage, Blogging, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Blogger Hat, Hats, FashionMany market stalls were selling these hats sadly as my head is rather large (big brains!!!) I was unable to get one of these said to be ‘one size fits all’ hats. Most may see these everywhere on the blogosphere and besides blogger shoes these are quite commonly seen in pictures.

Brick Lane Market, Sunday, Brick Lane, Market, Shopping, Vintage, Blogging, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Bicycles, Colour, CyclingOne thing that Brick Lane really did not lack was colour and down to the bicycle wheels it was EVERYWHERE as you can see. Despite such enticing colours I walked by with just a picture for memory.

Brick Lane Market, Sunday, Brick Lane, Market, Shopping, Vintage, Blogging, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Manolo Blahnik, Shoes, Prink, Chanel, Sandals, FashionPassing many of the beautiful vintage windows the pink Blahnik beauties really caught my eye. As I stood there wishing for them to be mine we moved on to see many other things and that were most likely cheaper but not so precious. Ah man – if I go back I will have to go into this shop.

Well those are the photos from my time at the market.

Have you been to Brick Lane Market?

#IMWAYR

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One week of nights down and another to go before I get to chill for a couple days in the sun if it sticks around. The garden is a great place to hang out, drink copious amounts of coffee, smell the roses and save money at the same time. Both himself and I are on a mission to save as much money as possible as we are meant to be moving ASAP so every penny counts. Enough of us and on to the week!

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From the very beginning I was in love with this book – I am still not finished but I am going steady! Also the name of the main character is Fay – bonus right :)

FINISHED

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Ladies and Gents I can say with pride that if you do not already know from my instagram pictures I HAVE FINISHED this tome of a read. It was quite honestly one of the best books I have ever read and look forward to another tome some day soon. My review will be up soon – it is going to take a lot to put it together but I will get there eventually.

Beauty

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We headed out the other day to pick up some new bed sheets but on our travels I managed to pick up some bargain beauty treats. The Spotless Blackhead Face Scrub is a bargain of a product that packs a fair punch but as I have only used it for a week I cannot really give it a fair review yet.

I picked up a couple of other bits but will post about all of the products together later this week. Keep your eyes open for Beauty on a Budget later this week.

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I am desperately searching for these bad boys last summer they were the most comfortable thing I could find and went just about everywhere in them. If they are not found then I will most definitely be buying a new pair!

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Although I am not feeling my best I managed to get out and about in a dress last week at Columbia Road and the weather really was a god send. The first day of the year that I could wear a dress and shades! This dress is one of my favourites of all time – it is from Collectif. Collectif clothes seem to fit me perfectly so when I get the chance I will get more. What are you wearing this week?

Life

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We fixed up part of the garden the other day so we now have a little corner to sit outside and chill together in the wonderful that the UK is showering us with.

Just a little thought to leave you with . . .

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Book Post

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Book Post is not something that I really post about on here but I figured that since most of the books I get are just so pretty why not share them. This little pile has been what has graced my letter box over the past three weeks. The first one in the stack I am hoping to conquer is ‘The Cake Shop in the Garden’ by Carole Matthews. I love her style of writing and as it is spring there is nothing more inviting that a feel good book that is about all the good things that a season like Spring has to offer.

Academy Street by Mary Costello

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Are there any books that you have on your want list at the moment?

Have you read any of the above books?

#IMWAYR

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Pardon my french but what a shitty week. Last week really was one of the busiest I have had at work with shortage of staff the NHS really is in a bad way. Thankfully blogging is a way for me to release the tension and just chill. This weekend however was absolutely wonderful as I was able to chill with my best friend, my other half and a great work colleague. How has your week been?

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So close, soooo close to the end of this and it is just amazing.

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This is the next lovely on my list. Just look at that tasty cover – perfect for a spring read right?! The Cake Shop in the Garden is released on April 23rd – you can pre-order now on Amazon.

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I have been looking for a waterfall coat for a while now. The one I really want to get my hands on is the well known Zara Waterfall Coat – it came in both camel and grey and I have to say if I could I would have both. Sadly those being out of stock means I am still on the hunt.

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These guys are hanging out somewhere in my room and I just cannot wait to find them in time for summer. Comfortable, airy and just the perfect fit. Have you tried them?

Beauty

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This is one of the products I received in my goody bag from the Bloggers Fashion Week event. When it comes to new skincare I am somewhat dubious about using new products as I have extremely sensitive skin. On my first use as usual I followed the instructions to the letter and have to say I was happy with the results.  Of course I cannot yet review the product yet as I have only used it once.Origins, GinZing, Skin Care, Facial Scrub, Skin Cream, Skincare, Skin, Beauty, Blogging, Fay, Blog A Book Etc

I have been using this daily scrub for some time now and I have to say I LOVE it! The review for it will be up on Wednesday! Keep your eyes peeled.

Essie, Nail Varnish, Nails, Mint Candy Apple, Beauty, Yankee Candle, Home, Candles, Sugared AppleIt seems that I have become some kind of Essie addict. Now I have to say this is one addiction that I am not ready to give up on easily! These two colours are the newest of the collection and one of which that I have been coveting for some time. Mint Candy Apple ladies and gents that’s right. I think the next one will have to be Rock The Boat – it is just the right shade of blue for spring.Life

I had an insanely great weekend especially the Sunday! You may have seen on Instagram a couple of pictures that I put up. I am not putting up any pictures on this post as I will be posting here and there this week about what I got up to.

What have you been up to?
Anything nice?

#IMWAYR

Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayIf i’m honest it’s been a bit of a tough week so whilst I am sitting here on Monday evening finally writing this post after a heck of a busy day I am thinking back on what I have actually read. Not that much altogether which bothers me but otherwise I go quite a bit of commenting done and other stuff! I have really enjoyed being more active on Twitter, Pinterest and even Goodreads – really should do it more often.

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Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Penguin, Movie Tie-In Edition, Reading, Books, Fiction, Classics, Blog A Book Etc, FayI am almost there. Guys I am so close to the end.

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I really should start taking this seriously as I need to get through it asap!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been sent some fabulous books but have yet to get around taking photos of them. I may write a book mail post for later in the week. If not keep your eyes peeled for the book stack!

Beauty

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These have been staple items in this weeks beauty regime – over the past month I have been trying to take care of my skin and have had the opportunity to try some amazing products which over the next couple of weeks I will be letting you know how I get on.

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I saw these great PJ’s online from Primark and think I may have to make a little trip. As I am trying to save money spending more time at home is something that I will be doing more often than I usually do.

Otherwise on Blog A Book . . .

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After getting out of a nice hot bath there is nothing better than slathering on this moisturiser. It is incredibly thick and actually feels like it is keeping my skin smooth. With cold weather it is nice to hydrate the skin and for the moment this is my moisturiser of choice – plus it doesn’t irritate my extremely sensitive skin.

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Whilst out walking the dog the other day I noticed that most of the daffodils have now bloomed. I couldn’t resist stopping to take a couple of snaps. I love spring mornings especially when there aren’t that many people around. Nice and chilled.

What have you been up to?

 

To Do Tuesday

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 With all our holidays out of the way for a while now it is time to get back to reality and get a hold of my organisational side. Focus is the aim of this week. Between work and blogging things are busy around here and I intend to stay organised.

Last 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 :(

This Weeks List

- Continue with Goodreads updates & links to reviews

- Comment on 20 blogs (new and old)

- Take part in Disqus discussion

- Create a late bloggiesta list if possible

As I was slightly late for the Bloggiesta challenge I am hoping to put together my own list and go from there. I guess this week we will see how things go.

#IMWAYR

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On Wednesday I got back from my most recent holiday, after a sufferance of a trip to Tunisia (we were lucky enough to go the week before the terrorist attacks) we booked ourselves up for 10 days of sun in Turkey. Let me tell you it was exactly what I needed to just chill out and reboot. Himself and I were in our element as we read, wrote and just relaxed in the sun. Hopefully by the end of the week I will be organised enough to put some pictures up – but as I am back in the real world that all depends on work.

Well, let’s get on with it . . .

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This was the only actual book that I took on my holiday and despite it being slightly long winded with a sometimes less than desirable translation I am really getting into the story now. I am totally wrapped up in the world of old time Russia and society business it is truly fabulous. Despite being an extremely long read I highly recommend it as it most definitely not a waste of time.

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Whilst I was either sunbathing or doing my hair on holiday I listened to a bit of this and still have a fair way to go with it. The story has picked up a bit since last time but there is still a long way to go.

Beauty

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This beauty was in my suitcase for the trip to Turkey – thanks to the Lush bring back service (take back 5 clean full size lush pots or tubes and exchange for a fresh face mask). After the delight of a turkish bath there was little need for this tub of gloriousness so I waited for a couple of days and put it to good use. This face mask not only smells wonderful but felt great on my face whilst applying and on removal.

Have you tried it?

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Another little holiday treat for my hair was this miracle bottle. Despite being a poor design for travel as once open you cannot close it and it leaks EVERYWHERE the actual conditioner is AMAZING. Not only did it leave my hair incredibly soft and frizz free it smells great too. I managed to decant the rest of my bottle into a couple of little travel bottles to bring home as it would be such a shame to waste – this is definitely a product that I will be looking into repurchasing.

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Before going away we went on a little bit of a shopping trip to pick up the last bits and pieces and as I was searching for my usual Simple shower gel but as they were on sale the shelves were bare I picked up a couple of these bad boys. Do they smell heavenly – I would be lying if I said no! Go on treat yourself and get one or even a couple!

Life

As mentioned above we returned from our holiday last week – we are still suffering slightly with the holiday blues but after that long away from work it is quite nice to be back in the swing of things and feeling normal again.

Here are a couple of photos of what I have been up to . . .

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This was the view from our room whilst in Tunisia and one of the two days out of seven that we had sun whilst away.

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Whilst away in Tunisia we were trapped inside the hotel for most of the holiday as the weather was truly awful. One good thing about staying indoors apart from having a lovely indoor pool to swim himself managed to teach me how to play chess.

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This was the view from one side of the pool of our most recent destination – Turkey. We stayed at the WOW Topkapi Palace and my, my was is a wonderful place.

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Whilst away we did an excursion to Perge, Aspendos and Kurnsulu Waterfall it was an awesome day trip not only was the guide extremely friendly and informative but we have the chance to see some of the most awesome ruins. It was a great feeling to think that I was able to walk in the same place that such influential history took place.

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This is most definitely my favourite piece of swimwear for the year (I know it’s a bit early for that declaration!) – it fit extremely well and was not painful when tied at the neck as the ties were nice and thick and the material soft to touch. Highly recommended!

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For the holiday to Turkey I surprised even myself as I only packed two pairs of flip flops and a pair of trainers that I wore on the plane. In an effort to keep the luggage weight down I had to be conscious and shoes would take up the extra room. Turns out it was ok to only go with the two pairs as I kept the nice black Havaianas for the night and wore these bad boys during the day. A well worked out system!

So there is a little insight into what I (we!) have been up to over the past week.

What have you been up to & any plans for the week ahead?

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