Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time For A Catch Up :0)


Well friends , it has been an awfully long time since I popped on here to chat to you all so I thought today I would sit down and catch you up with what I have been up to . We have been SO lucky with the weather recently , honestly ..... if you squinted a bit you would think you were in some foreign country the way it has been so warm with  blue skies for days . 

With the fab weather comes fab growth and even the weeds are enjoying every bit of it .... the buggers....  Weeding is my least favourite part of gardening , planting and planning are my favourite as well as pottering in the green house . Honestly there is little better then putting on an audiobook and getting my hands dirty planting some seeds that I will later be able to eat or to put in a flower pot . 

I have been reading a good few review books recently and my personal reading has been left to the side .... I have a nice stack of books that I will be digging into very soon and I am honestly so excited! I picked books from lots of genres and the settings are very different for the most part . Half the fun of them now is knowing that they are there waiting for me . Bliss. 

Sneezing season is back with vengeance again this year , each year I hope it will not come back but .... well , pass the tissues . 
It does bring headaches watery eyes and sinus problems but sure it is all worth it for the sunnier warm days where you don't need a thermal vest and long johns to brave outside your door .


 It hit over 50 degrees in my greenhouse on one of the hotter days , standing there it felt like I was melting into the floor , needless to say I made a hasty exit after opening windows . I am growing all the usual plants I grow each year , lettuce- multiple types, cauliflower , cabbage , broccoli ( two types) , Pak Choi , red and white Scallions , leeks , garlic , peppers , carrots( two kinds) cucumbers , courgettes ( two kinds ) onions , beetroot, sage, parsley , basil, garlic chives , regular chives and countless others. I do enjoy seeing them grow and each year no matter what it still excites me waiting for the first glimpse of green to pop out from under the soil. So satisfying!
I ordered lots of vegetable books from the library and tonight I intend to browse them and see if I can get some helpful tips. Gardening is a constant learning process but very rewarding and great fun when you meet other like minded people.
 




I have lots of reviews and a haul going up here on the blog this weekend and all of next week so expect a good few posts over the next week as I try and catch up on a backlog of posts that I have waiting for me . Until next time friends , have. a great Saturday :0) 



Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette . Review

This is the hilarious account of a single Mother's day to day struggles with rearing her 21 year old son  . Her son Merlin  is autistic and has a terrific sense of humour and their conversations are the funniest and pure comedy gold ! The book mixes real tenderness with laugh out loud , tears streaming down your face moments, making this a very enjoyable read as well as showing us what life is like for family members living with autism. This is a feel good story complete with plenty of bad guys and a mother who deserves her very own superwoman cape . Awesome ! I recommend this to anyone in need of a good chuckle. 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk.
This book is being published July 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then. 
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The Friend by Dorothy Koomson . Review


The book starts after a serious accident has happened . The book is separated into sections each one dedicated to each individual woman involved and we see the story unfold through each of the ladies eyes . The focus of the story is about one woman in the group that was essentially the leader of their group , the ultimate "Mean Girl" ! 
We don't find out for a long time what exactly has happened or why, but after seeing the backstory of these women's lives and their relationship with this one woman , it gives a darkness to the plot as each woman has her own issues and secrets that they don't want known or used against them . I am a big fan of this author and this book does not disappoint . Mystery , intrigue and well written characters made this impossible to put down so I had to ignore all housework until I finished it . It was terrific! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then. Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett . Review


The main character of the story is Cass Wheeler , a very famous singer from the 70's  that vanished from the music industry for ten years only to reappear with an album consisting of 16 songs , each one about a part of her life that means a lot to her . These songs help show us more about the woman behind the songs , her life and loves and all the ups and downs she faced that explain her absence from the industry she had loved so much . A touching and heartbreaking story of one woman's journey through life .

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk.
This book is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then.
Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Crazy House by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet . Review

Set in a dystopian world where families live in cells , a four mile area that each family works . Cassie and her twin Becca live there without their parents and they farm . The government that rules over everyone is a frightening one where people can be taken away to be "adjusted" , and there are special places for those who do not follow orders , that is where these twin sisters find themselves . The story is engrossing , at first Cassie and Becca seem to have very different personalities  but when they are put in a horrible situation they both really shine and stand up for what they believe no matter what! Often brutal , the story keeps you on your toes as you don't know what horror these girls are going to have to face next and  just when you think it can't get worse it does! The story has a few surprises that I did not see coming , especially the ending , it left me gobsmacked . If you enjoyed The Hunger Games then check this out! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids. This book is being published May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then. Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Philips . Review

The story is set in a zoo over a period of one day where a mother called Joan and her young son are enjoying seeing all the animals and walking around the exhibits , suddenly gunfire is heard and the reason behind it becomes apparent setting in motion a high octane thrilling plot . 
I really liked Joan , she has a lot of guts and her  protective instincts as a mother are strong . It was fascinating seeing how Joan was going to cope with what was happening when there was a very real threat to their safety . It was one of those books that gives you goosebumps while reading it and a sense of uneasiness, I found myself holding my breathe during parts , almost like I was there with them  . The plot is scary because it feels like it really could happen and the bad guys were not easily understandable making them even more scary , their motives were sketchy. I loved this! Anyone who wants a book to keep you on the edge of your seat needs to read this . Awesome! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . 
Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Reading This Weekend

Hi guys ! Did you all have a good week? I hope this past week was gentle on you . I had a fairly stressful one and I am more then glad to be picking up my books and getting some reading done , maybe even outside weather permitting . So what are you guys reading ?