#IMWAYR

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With yet another weekend gone by too soon another week has begun. More books and things to do as always with to do lists forever growing. Shops have started to stock for Christmas and the shopping madness has begun. With another packed work week and the clocks gone back I have squeezed in quite a bit of reading and hope this week will bring me the same opportunity. You may notice that the majority of the books that I am reading have an extremely festive theme, I am not really one for scary books so Halloweeny books are out of the equation and straight for the happy festive reads it is! But fear not fair readers I have yet to break out Elf or other Christmassy films (Give it a week!).

Currently Reading

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

The second book in the Notting Hill series from Ali McNamara and I am loving it.

If you have read this you may notice that there are a lot of film references – I have made a list (that is forever growing!) and making my way slowly through it! Awesome reason to watch films!

Finished

From Notting Hill with Love Actually, Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Although there was a slow start this book was a good read.
Review going live on 2nd Nov so check back here.

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

This book was as always with Jenny Colgan books truly fantastic.
Review will be posted ASAP.

Reviewed

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Check out my REVIEW HERE

So as you can see it has been a busy week over here and more plans for an even busier one this week. On the work side of things I managed to finished the monthly newsletter and have already started planning for the next one. Like I said I have a list of films that I am working my way through so I will let you know how that goes. There will be some other interesting bits happening over here so stay tuned.

Tomorrow there will be a post with some pics from a lovely Autumn Drive.

Keep those peepers peeled!

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Lots of Festive Love :D

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?

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

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

From Notting Hill with Love Actually, Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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?!

Read-a-Thon Hour 5 – Just Begun

So it is Hour 5 of the Read-a-thon and I have only just started reading as I have been co-hosting for the past two hours and running to and fro catching up on errands prior to that like a crazy person. All settled in now.

Just Finishing

From Notting Hill with Love Actually, Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Despite a rocky start I am actually starting to LOVE this book so I think if I am successful in finishing my next book it will be onto the next one in this series which is From Notting Hill to New York Actually by Ali McNamara.

About to Begin

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

I am sooooo excited about this book – I LOVE Jenny Colgan’s books and I LOVE Christmas!

Now for a little music . . .

For some reason I cannot stop listening to these two songs in particular. George Ezra’s album Wanted on Voyage is truly amazing and his voice just helps me read and tap my foot along too!