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IMWAYR, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, Reading, Weekly Meme, Monday, Meme, Books, Book Group, Online Book Group, Book Journey, Blog A Book Etc

This week my reading schedule has been a little crazy and when I say that I mean from 0 to 60 within nano seconds. Throughout a nasty bout of acute tonsillitis I have found it hard to stay awake, concentrate and generally just function so reading has been quite a challenge. My DVD collection however has most definitely taken a bash as it is a lot easier to just fall asleep with a movie on.

That being said I have made good progress with the book I am currently reading.

Currently Reading

The Mill River Redemption, Darcie Chan, Fiction, Reading, Books, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere Publishing, Blog A Book Etc

When I started this book my initial thoughts were not great but now that I am into it things have most definitely changed.


Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas, Books, Reading, Fiction, Canongate, Blog A Book Etc

This is one book that I wanted to love but some things just are not meant to be! Well at least not yet!
This book has been shelved for a while.

Still Unsure

Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding, Books, Reviews, Reading, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc

This book did not start off well for me – having watched a couple of the films and not read any of the books I think I need to start from the beginning. What a shame!

What Next?

What I Had Before You, Novel, Sarah Cornwell, Reading, Books, Blog A Book Etc, Fiction

Adultery, Paulo Coelho, Reading, Fiction, Books, Blog A Book Etc

Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies, Penguin, Random House, Michael Joseph Books, Reading, Fiction, Hardback, Blog A Book Etc

John & George The Dog who Changed my Life, John Dolan, Books, Reading, Hardback, Non Fiction, Blog A Book Etc

One of the above two but I am not sure which once may get chosen.

What are you reading?



This wonderful meme is the brainchild of Sheila from Book Journey. Sadly due to work commitments I do not partake as much as I would like. However my toe is dipped in the water enough to be classified as lukewarm!

This week there has not been much reading going on over a Blog A Book however I am aiming to catch up with myself – after the steak dinner and glass of red my friend will imminently provide.

So the nitty-gritty . . .

Currently Reading

Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas, Books, Reading, Fiction, Canongate, Blog A Book Etc

This book is surprisingly difficult to get into and my feelings towards it at the moment are far from positive. However thinking back to The End of Mr Y – I will stick with it for another 50 pages and see how I go.

Finished Reading

For Once in My Life, Marianne Kavanagh, Books, Reading, Review, Fiction, Relationships, Blog A Book Etc

All I need to say here is Marianne Kavanagh is a great writer and just all out lovely person. Her book was enjoyable as you can read HERE and she is just so sweet which you can see HERE.

Next To Read

Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding, Books, Reviews, Reading, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc

As listed in my books to read in August this is the next book on my list that is one out of my pile of many that have been sitting there for some time. HOWEVER . . . There are a few books that I received the other day that I really do want to get stuck into. Take a look.

Books, Blogger, Book Blogger, Reading, Paulo Coelho, Adultery, Hutchinson Books, Penguin Random House, Penguin Books, Penguin, The Mill River Redemption, Darcie Chan, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere Books, Sphere Publishing, Sphere, Little Brown, What I Had Before I Had You, Sarah Cornwell, Harper Perennial, Harper

Nice little pile there right! Am I not a lucky girl! Well I think so anyway! Relevant thank you’s have been sent out over t’internet via the wonderful Instagram – click on the link you know you want to see what I get up to!

How is your Monday going so far?

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Scavenger Hunt Sunday is hosted by Ashley over on her lovely site Ramblings & Photos.
Every week there is a different list of photos to inspire you to go out and snap away.

The following are my interpretation of this weeks list. I will be checking out some others soon after bath time!


There is a second hand bookshop in Wimbledon which is a 30 minute stroll from door to door and today was the first time I actually ventured inside. I have always been curious about the treasures it must hold and today I finally pushed open the door and had a snoop. Once again I found myself in the position of buying more books I don’t need but want! As the owner said and so do many other quotes . . .

too many books


This is the first pair of converse that I ever bought. I went to Paris for three days all of which rained unexpectedly and I naively packed only pumps! Well needless to say they fell apart in the torrential rain and I was in need of some new footwear (One of the only times I actually NEEDED!). They were cheap and just so cute in the window I had to have them. Now they are battered and one of the most comfortable pair of trainers I have so they have schlepped to and fro many a time as I hope they will for a while yet! Well at least until one of my other pairs (slight addiction) become just as comfy.


It is rare that the sun comes out and stays out in England on the days that I actually have off work so I took full advantage and relaxed in my garden. Sunglasses on, toenails painted and book in hand!


An incredibly rare moment for my natural hair to make an appearance. I used to straighten my hair to within an inch of its life however after taking so long to maintain I eventually got sick of it and began to go back to natural. I am slowly getting there and my hair is actually growing again. Soon the curls will be endless!


A couple of weeks ago I headed to Brighton and picked up some confectionery that I really should not be eating right now. However with just a little bit to savour it was truly delightful. And on such a wonderful day what better than a pretty lolly! I felt like such a kid again!

I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been up to. Next week I am hoping to get my post up a lot earlier!

I may repost this mid week!



This meme is hosted by the lovely Sheila over at Book Journey.

Another week has started and the pages keep on turning over here at Blog A Book.
As I am working today not much reading will get done during the day but I hope to catch up a bit when I get home and on the way home!


The Humans by Matt Haig

Although I am still reading this I have made a considerable dent and last night I switched off the TV in a bid to get even closer to the end.
As Sunday goes for TV it is pretty dry on anything new and jam-packed with repeats so it was the perfect opportunity to sit by open window with the sun streaming in and read away the evening.

Listening To

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

This is one that has been on my To Be Reviewed pile for a while and I just have never got to it.
So, when the opportunity to listen to it on Audible came up why not! I will let you know how I get on!


One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern



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1st Hour is Here!

It is upon us ladies and gents. The Read-a-thon is finally here. My intentions were led astray by a drunken night out with work colleagues and I have to say even though I arrived incredibly late I do work with an incredibly social group of lovelies. Nursing my hangover and a large cup of coffee this morning I had all sorts of plans for my first post of the read-a-thon. Alas, the best laid plans of mice and men and all that jazz!

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Yes that is me with bad hair, coffee and my phone looking slightly perturbed by the ambitious size of my reading pile!

Now to take part fully here are my answers to the opening meme!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

London, UK – Anyone else?!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I have been waiting to read The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters for some time so if I leave that one to the end I can enjoy it the most! I found this book when I was looking for something similar to Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and The End of Mr Y – two of my favourite books!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I am hopefully going to be making muffins later whilst listening to an audio book so I will see how that goes as they sound yummy but we shall see!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am quite hungover today but the best cure for me has always been a good book and large quantities of coffee – what a better day! On a more personal note my mum told me as I started my first book that I have had my nose in books since before I was 2 (not that I could read a thing then!) and she is not surprised in the slightest at my ambitious reading pile!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I was unable to participate last year due to work commitments however the time before that I was a bit stressed out and overwhelmed due to lack of planning. I have planned a couple of things today and even though they have to be either written or made I have a plan and that is the main thing! If things go off plan then oh well!

On that note!

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What are you reading first?

It’s Monday What Are You . . .


A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

So far so good and almost finished so the review will be up ASAP! Just keep checking back.

Reading Next

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Coco's Secret by Niamh Greene

I am looking forward to reading both of these books. Have you read either of them?

What are you reading?


jordans 1st pair

After returning from the US with this truly AWESOME pair of Jordan’s they are all I want to wear. Sadly they do not go with everything and I don’t want to wear them out quickly so they do go back in the box every now and then!

If you have Jordan’s – How do you wear yours? If you don’t buy some because they are über comfortable!

Skin Care

Ginger wake up shower gel

This delectable bathroom goody has made me want more than the regular three showers a day (it may seem excessive to some but oh well!). Have you tried it?

Hair Care


These bad boys have not only tamed my locks but also kept away the split ends and made my hair feel sleek. Very happy at the moment!

Listening to . . .

This is the clean version of the tune as I thought it was only appropriate for the blog. However if you would like to watch the original then please do find it on You Tube!
I listen to a variety of music but this song right now has made a regular recurrence on my playlist. What is on yours?



This show is highly addictive and there is something that I cannot identify about Benedict Cumberbatch that is just so HOT!

How is your Monday panning out?

Do let me know 😀monday love!

It’s Monday. . .

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

This meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. A way for everyone to come together on a Monday and check out what is happening with regards to current, past and future reads. It is also an opportunity to visit blogs that you may not have otherwise found. So give it a go!


Currently Reading

Christmas @ Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop

Colgan is yet to disappoint and that includes this gorgeous seasonal delight. If you haven’t got it then get it.

Inferno - UK cover

A bit of a slow starter for me but I will persevere!

Plans to Read

There are so many books that I want to read and so many that I have promised to read so I think there will be a list made soon and priorities set. Stay tuned!



dermalogica special cleansing gel

Not so much of an impulse buy but one that was made after having my first (and not last!) facial in Kuala Lumpur. It makes my skin feel incredibly clean and gets rid of all of the grit from the day.

origins out of trouble mask

This has been my staple face mask for quite some time and I continue to stick by it. Worth every penny and works every time. Since I returned from Malaysia my skin has been suffering – it might have something to do with the red wine consumption as well as the cold weather. Either way it needs a boost and this is the product made for the job.



At the moment I am in the process of out with the old and in with the new so to speak. Notice has been handed in and the start date for my new job is in the new year. It is a MASSIVE change but one that I feel ready for and look forward to the challenge. ITU here I come!

Otherwise . . .

Christmas magic wand

Whilst catching up with my closest friend Catherine the other day the realisation that Christmas is just around the corner hit us. As I will be away for the main days of the festive season we have decided to have a separate friends christmas dinner prior to my departure. I am now on the hunt for cute christmas presents. I do love this time of year – the music, the atmosphere, the weather (sometimes!) and the decorations. The only thing that gets me is the cost of things due to consumerism being at its peak of extortion! As my love however prevails for the special people in my life I will get them something special.

What have you been reading/doing/planning?!

It’s Monday . . .

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

This meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. I haven’t participated in a while so thought it was about time that I got back into the game. My reading schedule is not particularly exciting if I am honest but I am really enjoying the book that I am currently reading and have been reading for a while now!


Things have been non stop since my return to the real world from my wonderful travels. There were ups and downs but the majority of the trip was pure bliss. Massages, alcohol, sun, sea and much to my detriment a lot of sand :(. However all good things must come to an end and boy oh boy was it an abrupt one.

After five lovely weeks away I came back to one day off followed by four night shifts. Now I am not complaining as such as I have been away for FIVE weeks but I honestly could do with another holiday all together! Things are gearing up for Christmas here and my work schedule is pretty tight so not much room for extra shifts for Christmas money sadly!

Ah well! Better knuckle down and read some more!

Currently Reading

a clash of kings

I am currently reading the book and watching the TV series. I am trying very hard not to watch ahead as it is nice to build up in my imagination how I think events will unfold and then watch them translate onto screen. So far so good on both counts!

Planning to read . . .

Christmas @ Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop

I received an email whilst I was away about this book being in the mail – I think I might have to ask my postman if the book is good! Looking forward to getting a copy soon – I hope!

No reviews written this week as I am still trying to put into words how I feel about the first book in the Song of Ice & Fire set.

Review for Billy & Me (Very late I know!) will be posted soon.

its monday already


It’s Monday Again!

I don’t know about you but the weeks seem to be flying by. 19 days from today I will be celebrating yet another birthday, Halloween is just around the corner and then of course Christmas! Sheesh!


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Currently Reading

the holiday jane green

This was fished out of my rather large pile of books that I should have read a long time ago. Something that is hopefully light on the brain after finishing Ridgway’s mammoth read (EPIC!). So far I am about 70 pages in and not really looking forward to having to get to grips with two separate stories on top of the current one in one book. I am having feelings that are reminiscent of when I found out Capote added stories to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Finished Reading

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

This book was absolutely EPIC (yes I said it again!) I am speechless as I have already written the review and have nothing else to say about it. On top of that look at that cover! I will be re-publishing the review today as it really should be a book that everyone knows about.

Health & Fitness

Lemon Detox Diet

As I mentioned on a previous post I will be starting my detox tonight on my night shift. I am quite excited at the prospect of this cleansing and hope that it really works. Just a waiting game!

I Do Believe It’s Monday!




This was written yesterday however posted late! 

Monday cancelled

Is it just me or has the last week just flown by?! As I worked nights towards the end of the week my weekend has been a little out of sync as have I. Getting back to my rhythm of the day (Rhythm of the Night song is now in my head!) has been quite a mean feat this weekend and I am not sure why.

What I have Been Upto . . .


The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

Not too far from the end of this book at the moment and looking forward to seeing how it pans out. As this is not my usual type of read it has been a challenge to get through some of it however overall it has turned out to be a pretty good read.



Absolutely love Hugh Jackman so this was a must see and he was most definitely out in all of his mutant glory! The man is a tank and O-M-G is he a good one. The only downside for me was that it was in 3D and half way through my eyes began to get tired.


lipsy patent trainers hitops

For some reason unknown to myself I fell in love with these the moment I saw them. And again unlike me I made a spontaneous purchase – usually I umm and ahhh about clothes and footwear before giving in at the last hurdle but these were snapped up. They fit well and look cute. The only thing I am a little unsure about is the description – they are described as ‘Wedge trainers’ however they seem to be missing a ‘Wedge’!