Sunday, August 6, 2017

Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen . Review

I first came across Rachel on Instagram. Pictures of her yoga poses taken in exotic locations are the things of dreams and her popularity just keeps rising. Her book "Yoga Girl" is a collection of stories about her life , instructions on yoga practises and recipes for delicious foods and drinks. The most enchanting thing about the book is Rachel's voice , her calm and happy energy spills onto the page and you can't help but picture her smiling face as you read . It's just infectious .. in a good way ;0)
Full of inspiration and many wise words this book gives you plenty to think about especially if you are currently finding yourself at a crossroads in your life and may find yourself understanding Rachel's own personal journey in life. Mind ,body ,and soul are taken care of here between the pages and it's worth getting a notebook and jotting down some of the ideas in the book to refer back to when you need some inspiration or encouragement . A must read for an yoga fan ! A great read!

I read a library copy of this book .

Happy by Fearne Cotton . Review


I have watched and listened to Fearne Cotton for many years and always enjoyed Fearne's manner of interviewing and speaking on the radio. Reading this book felt just like what you would expect from this awesome lady , a down to earth approach to some of the tougher subjects some of us face. Depression is hard going but Fearne's way of explaining it and sharing her own experience with it made it feel less daunting and more approachable.... yes approachable.
Fearne talks to many of her famous friends throughout the book , they talk about their own mental health and strategies that helped them cope  when they had their own struggles .
Throughout the book there is areas for you to check in with yourself and do some homework , helpful hints and sound advice told in a easy to understand manner . Fearne tells of the things and people who helped her when she needed it most and how to look out for your yourself if you think you may have depression and the ways that you can practise self care.

This is a must read for anyone going through any mental health issues , anxiety, panic attacks , depression , posnantal depression I think there is something for everyone in here.

The copy I read was a library edition.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happy-practical-guide-finding-every/dp/1409169413

Reading This Week

The books that I am aiming to read this week are these awesome library books. Ooh how I love the library!!!!!!( insert bookish gushing here) . When I was a kid I did not get as much access to the library as I would have liked , many years later I am making up for it and nothing gives me greater pleasure when  the email arrives letting me know that the books I have ordered have come in ready for collection . Seriously it makes my day ! Anyway enough about that, check these books out for yourself .... literally , at your local library ;0)
The witches of New York by Ami McKay
Moving Into Meditation by Anne Cushman
Healing Depression The Mind Body Way by Nancy Liebler and Sandra Moss 
The Holistic Beauty Book by Star Khechara

No Way Back by Kelly Florentia . Review

This is a contemporary women's fiction / romance set primarily in London . Audrey Fox is the main character of the story , she has recently been let down by her fiancĂ© just before their wedding and has had her heart well and truly battered . But as one door closes another opens in the form of the gorgeous Daniel, business man and single father. 
This was a really enjoyable story with lost love , fresh starts , forgiveness and more then a few shocks for the reader, also have the tissues handy ! I love a story that catches me by surprise and this did exactly that . Audrey was a great character , I was backing her all the way , she is a loyal friend and a good person who has had lots of horrible things aimed her way so I was rooting for her to the very end , I wanted to see her shine !
This was a one sit read for me and I can't recommend it highly enough ,sleep, who needs it anyway ;0) .I just had to know how it would end ,and if Audrey would get her happy ever after ! I loved it!

I received this book in exchange for a review . This book is being published by Urbane Publications on September 21st and will be available from all good bookshops then . This is the first book in a sequel . 

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Hello & Reading This Weekend

Hi guys! It's so long since I posted on my blog , I think probably the longest since I started it . I have had a lot going on and although I have been reading I have not been posting much about it . So I thought I would show you what I am reading this weekend . It's a few library goodies that I am really excited about . 
Witches Of New York by Amy McKay

Murder On Wheels by Lynn Cahoon ( A Tourist Trap Mystery) 
A Dark And Stormy Murder By Julia Buckley 


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Woman Of State by Simon Berthon. Review

This is a fictional account of The Troubles in Northern Ireland in the early 90's and based primarily around two members of one family . Marie and Martin McCartney are brother and sister , Marie is young and in love with a friend of her brothers and after making a promise to him her life would alter for good . 
The complicated and intense history of the troubles is described well as far as any fictional account can , adding a love story to the mix humanises this time in history while showing how many grey areas of this time there was . Marie's rise from young girl to womanhood and from Ireland to the UK was fascinating to watch , the intricate plot of what was going on around her was dazzlingly brilliant , friend or foe it became hard to know who to trust , the story keeps you guessing . Fantastic! 

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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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Reading This Week

Hi guys ! June is a great vegetable growing month at my house , courgettes are filling out and cabbages are expanding seemingly by the day , small heads of broccoli are peaking through and peas and broad beans are thriving , there has been all sorts of lettuce for months now and my herb patch is making me smile every time I have something tasty and fresh to add to meals . As I have started growing more then I ever grew before I thought it was advisable to get as much information as I could get my hands on and talk to as many others who enjoy the same pursuits . 
Below is the library books I managed to get to help me on my growing journey of information and vegetables :0) 
 My Cool Allotment by Lia Leendertz

Crops In Pots by Bob Purcell
Joe's Allotment by Joe Swift

Organic Gardening The No Dig Way by Charles Dowding 
The Essential Allotment Guide by John Harrison
Minding My Peas And Cucumbers by Kay Sexton
Charles Dowding Veg Journal by Charles Dowding

The Allotment Diaries by Kay Sexton
How To Grow Winter Vegetables by Charles Dowding

A Death At The Yoga Cafe by Michelle Kelly
The Allotment Planner by Matthew Appleby 

James Wong's Homegrown Revolution