Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Sunday Post #53 - 26th June 2016



Welcome to my Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberley over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer . Join me as I ramble about my week in and out of the blogosphere.



Hello, how you doing?

The end of term is approaching soon so my kids have been busily taking part in those end of term activities such as sports day (well sports day #2, #1 was cancelled due to "inclement weather", I mean FFS we live in Scotland, the weather is always inclement), prize giving where my youngest is getting the maths award for her year and my oldest is getting the writing award for her year but the main event would have to be the theatrical spectacular that was Shakepeare Rocks! Yes the kids at school put on a crazy good show about the bard, it was funny and funky, well done all!

In the blogosphere, I have been busily reading, well actually that is a bit of a lie as I have been doing more sleeping than reading but I have been trying to read lots. I got some fantastic ARCs in this week which I cannot wait to read including Jay Kristoff's Nevernight which makes up for my jealousy of seeing Gemina ARCs everywhere!

I am also in full holiday planning mode with the important decision of "what book to take on the plane" high on my list, closely followed by what to wear on the plane!

Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have heard about the UK and our voting to leave the European Union, voting is a very private thing (for some people) but what has shocked me more is once again people are on social media slagging one another off for making the wrong choice. People are unfriending each other because they voted to leave, people are getting accused of this, that and the next thing, I am fed up of the whole thing. I am also fed up of the impending doomsday that is coming because we are out of the EU and the fact that it is going to apparently be terrible for my kids, now maybe I am wrong but the world we live in has already gone to shit, it is not getting any better is it? I think my kids will have more to worry them in the future besides whether or not we are in the EU like I don't know, global warming, unemployment, terrorism, the massive gap between the rich and the poor. Anyway rant over *steps down from soap box*

Also US readers, thanks for sending Donald Trump to Scotland this week, his hair looked amazing!


Happy reading book bunnies!

Sunday Post loves Orlando!

Bizarre books meets a certain sparkly vampire!

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY - A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

GUEST POST/BLOG TOUR - You Had Me At Hello by Lisa Dickenson


Mmmmmmm, hopefully some reviews and may be a new feature which I am thinking about....





Saga volume 6 is out on the 5th July and I am totally in love with this series, you should read it!


My picks from this week in years gone by!!

2015 - I reviewed a Town Called Dust by Justin Wooley

2014 - I had the blog tour for Essence by Lisa Ann O' Kane


I have received physical and e-copies of some fab books this week, thank you to all the publishers for sending them! Also, some of them are my own purchases, the pics link to Goodreads for you to find out more!















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Friday, 24 June 2016

GUEST POST/BLOG TOUR - You Had Me At Hello by Lisa Dickenson

GUEST POST/BLOG TOUR - You Had Me At Hello by Lisa Dickenson

I can't believe it is nearly two years since I first read this gem of a book and I am so pleased that it is now out in beautiful paperback with a shiny new cover!

I awarded it 5 stars back in 2014, in fact hey why not read my original review over here and check out the wonderfully colourful covers it had!

Anyway I digress, maybe you want to know what this adorable book is about!


Full of sultry summer nights, hilarious moments and plenty of adventure, You Had Me at Merlot is a romantic, funny and wine-fuelled novel that will have you crying with laughter one moment and nodding your head in agreement the next.



Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they’re single, they’re not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren’t filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine. She likes her independent life, but Laurie wants love and she wants it now.

So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. She has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else’s idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be?




Eeek, now the excting bit, the lovely Lisa has kindly written a guest post for me on the subject of..............



Holidays are good for the soooooooul, man.  I firmly believe that.  I think that a break from your regular life – from the office, from the household chores, from the commute, from the news (which seems to get more and more dire every day) – can help repair and revive you.  From the minute the wheels are put in motion to plan a holiday you have something to look forward to.  What new beachwear will you buy?  What food will you eat while you’re there?  Which books will you take?  Which hotel will you stay in, and, oh go on then; will you spring for the room with the view?  To me it doesn’t matter if it’s a gap year travelling the world or a week in a caravan watching the sun setting over Cornwall.  Hot or cold, relaxing or adventurous, as long as you can add a sprinkle of extra flavor into the melting pot that is your life, it’s all good with me.
                I know, holidays can sometimes be more stressful than you anticipated.  On my most recent trip abroad our gang had a wrong name on the ticket, a lost medical kit, and an accidentally abandoned bag at the airport… all before we even left the UK.  And I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard people in the office mutter “it’s not worth going on holiday for all the prep/catch-up you have to do”.  But it IS WORTH IT!  Take time for yourself.  Take a staycation, if nothing else, and watch hours of your favourite TV, unashamedly. 
                In You Had Me at Merlot, Elle is a worker-bee who needs a push to leave the hive of her London office.  So consider this your push.  Just do it, as Nike says, but I’m not nudging you to run a 10k.  I’m nudging you to take a break and see your country, your continent, your world.  I’m nudging you to spend some quality time… with you.  Because I bet you’re ace J


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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY - A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s talking about!



Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone.
But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.
Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible imagination of Becky Chambers and has been nominated for any number of awards and accolades, including the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction, the Tiptree Award, the Kitschies Golden Tentacle and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.
Heck, it had me at fans of Firefly! One of the most beautiful covers of last year belonged to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and you know what it was beautiful inside too.

A Closed and Common Orbit is book two in the series and I am beyond excited for its release in October.

Have you read book one?




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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

BIZARRE BOOKS #34 - Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


Whilst looking through the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon I discovered hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a bizarre, they may be funny or even unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these wonderful gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!


(Please remember I am poking fun before I am shot down in flames!!)

A moody girl with issues, a moody boy with a secret thirst for blood.  God, she is moody, it p****s me off!

But what the hell with the whole sparkly vampire thing, no no no no no!  

This is on my list because vampires do not sparkle, they bite and snarl and sometime oooooze sex appeal.  Plus hello what about the whole "daytime" thing, no just no!

How do you like your vampires - sparkly or sexy?




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Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Sunday Post #52 - 20th June 2016



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I am going to recap my week, ramble about books and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!




I have decided not to go on about my life and what books I have read this week, I have decided to tell you how much I love Orlando.

The recent events in Orlando, the tragic events at Pulse, the death of Christina Grimmie and the loss of the young boy at Walt Disney World have I think, made us all hug our loved ones that little tighter.

I have been lucky enough to visit Orlando six times with our seventh family trip coming in 99 days time.  We know what we like and we like Orlando, we have travelled to other parts of the world, Australia, the Canary Islands, Cyprus but Orlando is our second home now and we save like crazy to come back year after year.

There are far too many things to list to back up my love but you know what every time I step of that plane I feel giddy with excitement.  

I don't want people to be scared to go there or to go anywhere, these horrible events cant stop us living our lives. 

Actually you know that list of things I like well here is a little taster....................................................................................................................warm weather.......sky writing.............................larger than life people..............Disney.........NASA.......shopping.......more shopping..........Five Guys Burgers.............IHOP...............Mickey...........fireworks.............big steaks...................crazy roadside signs.........................crazy rides............screaming my head off on rollercoasters........those little lizards everywhere...................big ass 4x4s................Ghirardelli's....................Land O Lakes butter.............strong coffee.............................


Happy Sunday!


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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

THE BUCKET LIST - Forty before 40 REVISITED!!!

So nearly a year ago I posted my bucket list, those forty things I wanted to achieve before I hit 40 in November 2018.

I thought it was time to revisit and see how awesome I have been with ticking off those forty items!!

So lets go and have a look at what is on the list with my notes on whats what!.....

 Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand - mmmmm nope not yet.

Visit Area 51, as I am nerdy like that! - noooope!

Go to an actual American basketball game and get hot dogs! - Orlando in September could knock this off my list.

Stay at a luxurious posh hotel like Gleneagles - Still waiting!

Fly 1st class (not original I know but I so want to!) - possible snowballs chance in hell of this!

Meet an actual author - I'm really not doing well with this one...

Meet JK Rowling in the local shop (she lives not far from me) - or this one either, I mean she lives a mile away!

Fly a light aircraft - maybe on my actual fortieth!

Write a book - I have an idea!....

Finally finish Breaking Bad - *hangs head in shame*

Reverse park my car like a boss (I hate reverse parking) - YES!!!!! But I also have reversing cameras on my new car but I can do it!

Learn to do a french plait (it looks fancy!) - No amount of looking at how to posts on Pinterest can help me with this one.

Meet a Disney Imagineer - hopefully on my Orlando trip, I could bump in to one!!

Achieve 80% on NetGalley - more chance of becoming the next woman in space.

Meet a fellow blogger! - no but am steadily making great blogging friends!

Visit Japan to see the Sakura blossom - have discovered other half fancies a visit but this item may get moved to my fifty before 50 list!!

Finally finish a Legend of Zelda game (I heart Link!) - still to do but I did get a cool Legend of Zelda calendar for Christmas!

Go to NYC at Christmas time - working on it!

Visit the cockpit of a Boeing 747 (I'm a bit of a plane nerd) - might have to downgrade to a Boeing 777 which is my boat across the Atlantic in September!

Take part in a Disney World parade - September, fingers crossed, PICK ME, PICK ME!!!

Visit Hogwarts (in Florida!) - Only doing Disney this hol but will be going again 2017/2018 so could be done

Start jogging again and keep jogging! - YES!!!! I have been tentatively getting fitter, everything aches!

Learn to code html and css like a total boss! - A little, have a bit more understanding about what not to touch!!

Tour Disney by Segway - Can't do till my kids get bigger which is likely to be after my fortieth!

Meet Simon Pegg and Nick Frost - No *sad face*

Meet Hugh Howey - No *sad face*

Amass a collection of Funko Pop Models - YES!!!! I have 9 now - Harry Potter, Dumbledore, Snape, Bender from Futurama, C3PO, Stormtrooper, Jayne from Firely, Amy Farrah Fowler and Michonne from the Walking Dead, a mixed bag of awesome!

Amass a collection of Momiji Dolls - still only one!

Amass a collection of Vinylmation - Likely to come off this list as my need for Funko Pops grow!

Learn carpentry to build a shelf for books - Ha, what the fuck was I thinking with this one, not a hope!

Meet Nathan Fillion and the cast of Firefly - Sigh, one day..

Attend San Diego Comic Con in Cosplay - I need this to happen!

Drive a fast car round a race track - hoping this happens for birthday, working on it!

Learn to swim - I prefer to bob near the edge

Dine at every Disney World restaurant - NOT QUITE, but we have the Disney Dining Plan for our holiday so aim to tick a lot of the list!!

See Cirque de Soleil - quite fancy this for September hol

Start driving again  Tick, started December 2014 - Still going strong with 20k miles under my belt and two punctures!

Go to Book Expo America - unlikely, boo

Get husband persuaded to have more bookcases - hell may have to freeze over first!

Start my 50 things to do before 50 list! - see that trip to Japan


So as you can see I have really done much at all but I think I shall revisit after my holiday to see if I can check any off!!!



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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

BIZARRE BOOKS #33 - One Hundred Ways for a Chicken to Train its Human by Diane Parker


Whilst looking through the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon I discovered hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a bizarre, they may be funny or even unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these wonderful gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!



I am seriously beginning to think chickens are the new sloths or possibly the new kittens? 

They are everywhere and they are taking over.

A chicken possibly masquerading as human has released this handy guide on how to keep their humans in check!

Any chicken owning humans out there who would appreciate this book, do you own a chicken with sociopath tendencies? 

I wanna know!

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