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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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Beachwear, Flip flops, Footwear, Sandals, Thongs, Brasil, White, Blue, Haivaianas, Blog A Book Etc, Fay,

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.

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?

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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Biba, Brush Stroke, Goddess, Bikini, House of Fraser, Swimwear, Summer, Holiday, Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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?

#IMWAYR

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As you may have seen from my Instagram photos I am currently on a chill out holiday. Until I’m back the posts over here are going to be a little thin on the ground but I have managed to schedule a couple of things. I hope the rest of your week is as relaxing as mine.

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Holy Cow by David DuchovnyThanks to Audible I am listening to this little anecdotal audio book which is not only written by but narrated by David Duchovny.

Losing It, Helen Lederer, Pan Macmillan, Audio Book, Audible, Blog A Book Etc, Fay I will be starting this whilst away – there have been so many good things said about this book so I am quite excited.

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This is not my usual type of book but its sounds absolutely wonderful to read about such a sensitive subject of history.

Not only am I listening but I am finally starting

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Beauty

There will be no pictures just yet but just think spa treatments, massages and just good old wellbeing and relaxation.

#IMWAYR

Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayMy, my what a rushed week it has been on top of family stress and work just being a bit full on I am glad to bid farewell to last week and welcome the new week whole heartedly. This Monday post is a little late due to a long dog walk and an array of other personal appointments that we have both had today. Himself and I have had a really tough time this week and we just want to chill and reboot a little.

Onwards . . .

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For my eyes

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As a hardcore Colgan I have nothing but love for this book and continuation of the Polly and Neil adventure. Must-read for all!

For my ears

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Haven’t had much listening time recently so I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with this.

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Despite the sun coming out the wind has also been up so I have been able to get my tootsies out whilst wrapping up around my neck to prevent a cold. My feet are one part of my body that I do not like to keep covered up if possible as the more air that gets to them the better so my Birke’s are just awesome.
Beauty
Just a couple of the new products that I have been using for the past month. My favourite is the brow set as when I get up for work in the morning as I wear no make-up I put a bit of this on and I am ready to go. There really is no point in wearing make up to work as after a whole day it would most probably melt off my face!

How was your week?

RELEASE DATE: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Today is the release date for this awesome book – have you got your copy yet?

If not then head out and buy it.

Whether you get it online, in the store or on audible it is a MUST read!

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I received my copies almost over a week ago from the lovelies at Sphere and I am really enjoying the read so far. Keep checking back for the review guys.

Happy Pub day to Jenny – you have done it once again :D

#IMWAYR

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With another week on the horizon and plenty to do this meme is the perfect way to say goodbye to weeks gone by and start afresh. This great meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey and is a way for bloggers from all corners of the internet to link up and see what has been happening it other peoples world. Have you tried it yet? You really should.

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I am still listening to this audio and loving it. The story is progressing at a glacial pace but from past experience with Moriarty’s books I am sure it will pick up soon. Or at least I hope it will!

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My happiness could not be expressed when I got this through the door – I have started it and as suspected I am LOVING it!

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Cocktails at Fontaine’s in Stoke Newington with Catherine & the men in our life.
It was the start of a great evening.

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Breakfast after a block of night shifts is always necessary and Harrison’s in Balham really fit the bill.
Beauty

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This is one of my favourite make up brushes, it picks up just the right amount of powder without being too heavy on the face. Worth the money and when washed does not lose consistency.

Origins, Skin Care, Beauty, Face Mask, Out of TroubleThis product is great for a quick fix between regular skin care routines or if you have more time leaving it on a little longer gives stunning results.

What do you have planned for the week ahead?