Visions of a loft library

Visions of a loft library

Since we moved into our forever home a couple of years ago, we have constantly been doing something to at least one of the rooms in our house. We have just had our dining room ceiling replastered after it fell to earth around the same time we moved in! One “room” we haven’t actually accessed yet, is the loft. It’s a right pain to get into with our super high ceilings, and being accessed from the bathroom it’s not ideal. If we ever had the pennies to renovate it though, I know exactly what we I would do with it – turn it into my very own loft library! Read more

Recipes and Readly | Review

Review - Recipes and Readly

A few years ago, I used to be really big on reading magazines. Gossip and food related magazines were my go-to’s, but I can’t remember the last time I actually bought a magazine that wasn’t my regular Slimming World one; other than buying comics for the boys! I pick up the occasional supermarket magazine, but that’s mostly for the recipes; I end up ripping them out and storing them in a folder as whole magazines just take up too much space, don’t they? With Readly though, you have practically the whole magazine world, in your hands.

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The Book Of Everyone | Review & Giveaway

The Book Of Everyone review

My husband is such a difficult person to buy presents for. He never really asks for anything (except a new car, but I can’t afford that) so I kind of have to guess what he would like and he usually ends up with lots of little bits. He doesn’t really read (so not like me) so I don’t buy him books, but The Book Of Everyone is a different kind of book. I think he will really like this one, and maybe you know, actually read it…

We created The Book of Everyone as a gigantic heart-thumping, grin-inducing, lip-wobbling celebration of the individual. Your mum, your son, your lifelong friend, your local baker and smile-maker. Because everyone needs to feel loved and unique. And knowing that you share 50% of your DNA with a banana or a billion atoms with Shakespeare is really very important.

Founded by creative directors Jonny Biggins, Jason Bramley, and Steve Hanson, the idea was sparked when Steve purchased all the newspapers on the birth of his son Saul as a keepsake for his 21st birthday (please don’t tell him, he still doesn’t know). They set to work on creating a personalisation platform that could instantly create a book tailored to anyone, stuffed full with curious facts and curveball miscellany, all set against a backdrop of world events.

It’s a daily labour of love that involves all our favourite artists, designers and photographers. Today, we are a multicultural team of writers, designers, technologists, marketers, and lifelong dreamers with hearts set on spreading a big fat dollop of wonderful across the world. With over 100,000 books in 175 countries so far, we’ve made a start. Just around 7 billion to go.
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Follow Me Home by Jen Benjamin | Book review

Follow Me Home by Jen Benjamin book review

I’m not sure how many of my readers are on Goodreads but if you are, then you can friend me here. Earlier this year I set my reading challenge at 104 books. This is double last year and averages out at two books a week. I don’t think I’m going to manage to hit it though as I’ve had quite a few reading slumps this year. I’m currently on book number 49 though, so I think I will surpass what I read last year. I might lower it a bit actually, just so I can complete it 😉

A recent book I have been sent to review is Follow Me Home by Jen Benjamin. I quite enjoy reading fiction books about authors; the authors obviously have experience of being an author, so they can go at it from a new angle – though still keeping it fictional, obviously!

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Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward | Book Review

Random Acts of Unkindness review

I was recently sent a copy of Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward to review. I am a fan of crime thrillers but I don’t read them as often as I used to, so I was really looking forward to this one.

A gripping crime thriller with an ending you will never guess… how far would you go to find your child?
DS Jan Pearce has a big problem. Her fifteen year old son, Aiden, is missing. Jan draws together the threads of missing person cases spanning fifty years and finds tragic connections and unsolved questions.
Bessy Swain, an elderly woman that Jan finds dead on her search for Aiden, and whose own son, Thomas, was also missing, may have the answers.
Jan uses Bessy’s information and her own skills and instinct to track down the missing boys. But is it too late for Aiden?
Set in the North West of England, with the notorious Saddleworth Moor as a backdrop, Random Acts of Unkindness is a story about motherhood, love and loss and how families of missing people suffer the consequences of major crimes involving their loved ones.
Random Acts of Unkindness is the first in the DS Jan Pearce series of novels.
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