Book Review #5

Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella

“It’s all gone wrong with the man Lottie thought was Mr Right. Then out of the
blue she gets a call from her first love. She decides it must be Fate, and
rushes off to marry him and rekindle their sizzling Greek island romance.


Lottie’s older sister can’t believe she’s doing something so crazy. No more Ms
Nice Sister, she’s stopping this marriage. Right away! And she’ll go to any
lengths to do so…”


Funny, but sadly not for me!


I did enjoy this book. I thought it was funny and occasionally relatable.
The fact that Lottie does something out of character after every break up is
very very relatable. However, I found the storyline quite far-fetched!
I know it’s only a book – a fictional book, but I found myself becoming
infuriated at the storyline. I mean, who marries someone after 2 days? Who
just drops everything and jets off to another country for a week? Who just
calls up a hotel and tells them to stop their sister having sex? The whole hotel
storyline and stopping them from having sex really infuriated me because it
just seemed so ridiculous. But I could have just been infuriated because of the
way the story was written – I was relating to the characters and how I would
be feeling should that happen. I’m not so sure but I just struggled to enjoy it!


I did, however really relate to the protective older sister side of the story. I
have an older sister who is incredibly protective over me and she would be
doing all of the exact same things and saying the same things as Lottie’s
sister. Although she definitely wouldn’t let me get to that stage in the first
place. I am similar to Lottie in the way that I will tell my sister things are a lot
better than they actually are because I don’t like her worrying.


I guess the moral of the story is that not everything is as it seems and
although you may have fond memories of a person or a place, time does
change these things. Times move on, people change and grow up and
memories are better left just as that; memories.


I did like the characters, but I just didn’t feel like I could connect with them,
which is something I usually really enjoy doing when reading a book. But I
wasn’t able to in this because it was just so far-fetched and kind of ‘all over the place’.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend this book. I do enjoy the other books by this author; I just wasn’t overly excited by this one.


Days to read: 2
Overall:
3/10

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Book Review #4

The front cover of the book

                                     A Place Called Here – Cecelia Ahern

“Ever wondered where lost things go?

Ever since the day her classmate vanished, Sandy Shortt has been haunted by what happens when something – or someone – disappears. Finding has become her goal.Jack Ruttle is desperate to find his younger brother who vanished into thin air a year ago. He spots an ad for Sandy’s missing person’s agency and is certain that she will answer his prayers and find his brother.

But then Sandy disappears too, stumbling upon a place that is a world away from the only one she has ever known. Now all she wants, more than anything, is to find her way home.”

I’m not too sure where to start with this one. I want to say that I really enjoyed it. However, I was actually quite disappointed…

From the first few chapters, I just felt confused. I didn’t really feel like there was any sort of storyline. I understand that Sandy felt confused about her friend going missing and that she couldn’t get her head around it. However, I couldn’t understand why she was so obsessed with this and with finding someone who bullied her.

Sandy becomes a missing person detective and tries to find loved ones who have disappeared. Along the way, she abandons her own family and the author explains how she never really had a relationship with them in the first place. All because she was obsessive about finding things that went missing. Which I found quite sad for her as they did not seem to be supportive over her OCD and just became frustrated.

One day, Sandy goes missing herself and stumbles upon a hidden, mystery world where all of the “missing people go” and all of the “missing things” she’s ever lost. From here, it gets slightly weird and confusing. Because the story then jumps back to times where she met with her therapist for therapy sessions and they started a relationship when she left school. But it never really explains this story. There’s also a chapter in the book where she gets hit by a car and her therapist is there to look after her and she flicks from consciousness to unconscious and again, there’s never an explanation for this. But that’s it. The only time it’s mentioned and then it jumps back to present day.

Running alongside the story line is Jack who is searching for his brother. He was supposed to be meeting Sandy so that she could help him; however this was just before she went missing herself. So the story continuously jumps between the two plots which becomes confusing.

I did enjoy parts of the book – however I found it really hard to follow and really hard to like. I felt that there was quite a long introduction which built up and built up so you get really confused and then that’s it. The ending is just “everything was sorted and that was it” and it was left very ‘open’.

Overall, I was really disappointed. I would like to read other titles from this author as I did enjoy the writing techniques and could picture the characters and story in my mind. However, I really did not enjoy this book and probably wouldn’t recommend it.

Overall Rating: 3/10

Days to read: 2

Emily xo

Book Review #3

You’re The One That I Want – Giovanna Fletcher

“Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

And that’s the problem.

Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depends on it…”

Maddy, Ben and Rob have grown up together – from the moment Maddy walked into their school classroom, she became attached to Ben and Rob.

I loved following their friendship, but the whole way through the story you just know that there’s going to be feelings caught somewhere along the line, which did make it slightly predictable. I really really hoped that it would be Maddy and Ben because of the way he spoke about Maddy and thought about Maddy. But it’s a story and it’s always going to go the opposite way to what you expect! My heart broke at times along with Ben’s and I really felt his pain – I’d been there, it hurts like hell to be rejected for a friend.

However, I really enjoyed following their lives – from childhood, to teenage years to adulthood. I loved following Ben and Maddy through university and the strength they found in their friendship. As well as the hurt they found along the way. I did admire Maddy’s strength through her tough times and I could relate to her too. But she found herself along the way and I really enjoyed getting to know her. It was also nice to follow them individually and seeing how each individual character felt, instead of the story being told from just one person’s point of view. I really liked that we got to see the other person’s perspective too so that you’re able to make your own judgement.

One of the things I loved about this book is the way the author set the scene in pretty much every chapter. I could clearly see these characters and I could clearly see where they were and what they’d look like and the way they’d speak. I really did get lost in the book – especially when they were in Paris exploring and when Rob fell from the tree, which is where Maddy realised how she felt about him. I could even imagine the scene when he broke his leg! It was so incredible to be able to see all of this in my imagination and it’s such a special talent for an author to have, so I really really do recommend Giovanna Fletcher to anyone.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I loved the characters and following them on their separate journeys and their journey together too. I’d recommend this book to anyone and I look forward to reading more books by this author!

The Pheasants have arrived!

Afternoon everyone – welcome back to the blog!

I just wanted to upload a few photos from the last week. My boyfriend is a gamekeeper and last Sunday his pheasants arrived, ready for a new season!

We have worked super hard on a new pheasant pen, which obviously I think is incredible – but James has worked so hard to get everything ready and I’m super proud of him.

I just added a couple of pictures of the pheasants coming out of the crates, and then Barley’s reaction to them! He’s a working dog but this is his first season so he is still learning. But he was quite disappointed they weren’t ducks, so they couldn’t play with his best friend!

Emily xo

Book Review #2

A Part of Me – Anouska Knight

“After years of heartache, Amy and James’ dream of a happy ever after is looking like a reality.

But all these years of waiting for their hopes to be realised has changed them. Can they find their way back to each other or is a hopeful new beginning on the horizon?”

Amazing. I laughed, I cried and I crossed my fingers.

I fell in love with Amy – She was me. Or I was her. This time last year.

The book is eye opening. It shows you that even if you plan your life out, it doesn’t always work out that way. But even so, it’s not always the end of the world. You’re the one in charge of your life and you can achieve whatever you set your heart on.

I loved following Amy’s journey through her adoption process and the fact she was so determined, despite not being able to offer the ‘perfect family’. She realised that she had so much to offer and so much love to give, even though she no longer had a partner. I also loved the fact that she met someone who had a prosthetic leg! (as silly as it sounds). My partner has a prosthetic leg so it made me relate to her even more! And the fact the author made it seem like the “norm” that the character just didn’t let it affect him or get in his way, because this is exactly the same as my partner.

I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Those who love to read, those who need cheering up, those going through a break-up. Anyone.

I find myself wanting to wish Amy the best of luck in her life as if she was a friend – because I felt so attached to her! Therefore I really would recommend this book and the author – I loved her writing techniques and I could not put the book down. And even when I did, I found myself looking forward to picking it back up again.

Overall Rating: 6/10

Days to read: 3

Book Review #1

All the bright places – Jennifer Niven

The story follows two high school teenagers who have been through tragedies in their lives.

Finch intends on dying. He doesn’t know how and he doesn’t quite understand why. He’s researched every possible way to do so, but tries to justify his research to his new best friend; Violet. In showing her these dark thoughts, he somehow helps her to live again.

Violet meets Finch on the top of the school bell tower. But are they saving one another, or are they really saving themselves by getting down? The year before, Violet lost her sister, Eleanor. In a car accident, which Violet blames herself for and has been living with nothing but guilt and the need to keep Eleanor alive in her mind and her life. But finch helps her to realise she can keep Eleanor alive in her heart and her memories, without having to force herself to look like her sister and act like her and slowly become her.

It’s a typical love story – a proper “chick flick” but with a twist. Two teenagers who fall in love and go on a journey together. Not just a physical journey but a mental and emotional journey, trying to find the answers to life’s questions.

You’re so certain that it’s going to work out for them and I found myself unable to put the book down because I wanted to know the happy ending. However, the happy ending never came until the very end.

The book is beautifully written and you find yourself picturing the characters in your mind. The way they’d speak, the way they’d act and the way they’d look. I felt like I really knew these people; Violet and Finch. Which is why, when tragedy struck, I felt that gut wrenching loss. It sounds crazy, but the way everything was built up and the incredible techniques used by the author to capture this relationship – it just felt like I’d received a call or a text to say I’d lost a loved one.

It hit me really really hard. Some people would say it’s only a book – but when you’ve experienced the same loss as the author is writing about, it really hits home. Sadly, as the book shows, mental illness is so misunderstood and you never ever know what’s round the corner or how someone is feeling. It can send your mind into overdrive, until you find yourself with several different personas and you just don’t know who ‘you’ are anymore.

Overall, I thought the book was a ‘beautiful tragedy’. Written in the most heart-warming yet heart breaking way. It is entirely down to the reader and their imagination on how the book is reacted to. But for me, I felt the loss and I felt the struggle. However, I also felt the love and the happiness which is something not many books can capture. I genuinely felt numb and sad when I’d finished the book and it made me question so many things. But it also gave me the motivation to get out there and continue living my life, because at the end of the day life is just too short! This is why I’m here writing this blog post and this review because I actually really enjoy doing so!

I feel like the most important thing people can take from this book is that even though life can be incredibly dark and you can question your existence every single day – it’s all down to you on how your story ends. Just don’t forget, that you can and you will learn to live again and to appreciate the beautiful world we live in.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, absolutely!

Score out of 10? 7

I hope you enjoyed this book review – I’m in the process of writing another for a different book and also finishing another book! So keep your eyes peeled for more content coming up soon!

Much love

Emily xo

Back again …

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back!

I’m so sorry it’s been soooo long; I’ve had a bit of a whirlwind year so far!

I’m now living in Newbury, with the absolute love of my life and our two doggies!

Me and my partner James met 6 years ago at Agricultural College. We instantly became the best of friends; don’t ask me why … we just “clicked”.

However, James was only at the college for a year and then he moved back home, so we drifted apart for a few years. Last year, whilst I was going through a really tough time, we got back in touch again and he really opened my eyes to the way I was feeling and the fact I was incredibly unhappy with my life and my situation.

I decided one weekend that I would visit him. And to be honest, I haven’t looked back since. Where we live is just absolutely beautiful and we are so so lucky to have such beautiful surroundings.

It’s the perfect home for us and our two dogs; Barley and Jack.

I’m currently working for a small family run business as an office administrator and I work with the best people I could ever ask for. I’m honestly enjoying every single minute.

Me, James and my family are off on holiday to the South of France on Tuesday, and I cannot wait! I cannot wait to get away and to just enjoy some time just us. We’re going to go fishing, exploring the markets and lots of eating and drinking! Perfect!

I haven’t planned my books yet – but this weekend I want to download as many books as I possibly can, to read during the week.

So if anyone has any recommendations, please pop them down below!!

I’d also like to let you know that my page might start looking a little different soon! Or my content may start to be a little different should I say! My boyfriend is a gamekeeper, so in our spare time, we enjoy activities such as fishing, clay shooting, building, etc etc so I’m going to try and include as much information on what we are up to as I can! As I would LOVE to give others an insight into what we do on our estate and maybe the progress with our working dogs too.

My next post which will be going up shortly, is a book review from a book I recently read – “All the bright places”. I hope you enjoy!

Much love,

Emily xo

Jack & Barley!

WELCOME BACK.

Hi Everyone,

If you’re new to my page, then Hi, and welcome! if you’ve been a follower for a while, then welcome back!

I’m so sorry it’s been such a long time since I last posted, I’ve had an incredibly crazy year. But I didn’t want to give up, I want to get my head back into the blog and writing about my life/events/achievements, etc.

So since I last posted (last July!!!) my life has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster! I moved back to Essex with my boyfriend to start saving for a mortgage, however, since then – we decided to break up and he’s moved out. So, I’m starting to try to get my life back on track and start looking after myself.

I started an amazing new job as an Agricultural trialist, however they made the decision to close my office. So I’m now back to square one and trying to find myself a new job which I’m going to love and enjoy just as much as the last one. But as with everything, it’s a long process.

However … more positive news!

In March, I got myself a new car. Which I absolutely LOVE. Since I first learnt to drive, I always wanted a blue Seat Ibiza. However, being a student, I always pushed that dream aside because they’re obviously quite expensive. But, as I was working full-time I decided to take the plunge and I now have a lush blue Seat Ibiza Tech. Compared to my last car, it’s an absolute dream to drive and when it’s sparkling clean on the inside, it is so satisfying to drive. I literally love it.

A few weeks back, I went to the most incredible concert I have ever been to. Me and my cousin were lucky enough to get 2 tickets to go and see Eminem at Twickenham Stadium. My uncle had told me about a school who sell parking spaces during events at Twickenham, so I decided that I’d drive us to the concert and park up, so that we didn’t have to pay for the train or wait hours to get home and travel through London. We arrived at about 4:30pm, but we were told on arrival that Eminem hadn’t started until 8:30 the previous night, so we had a long wait. We decided to go into the stadium (after buying a t-shirt, of course!) and find our seats, as the outside food/drink part of the stadium was packed and it was so incredibly hot that day. There were 3 support acts for Eminem, but no-one we’d really heard of before so we weren’t overly fussed about sitting in our seats for 4 hours watching them,so we decided to go for a little wander and get some food and drinks. When Eminem finally came on, about 8:45pm, we were lucky enough to also see 50 cent AND Ed Sheeran. Which was absolutely insane. We knew 50 cent had performed with him the night before, but we didn’t think he’d perform both nights and we saw Ed arrive, so we just assumed it was just him performing. But we never in a million years believed we’d see BOTH of them! Just the atmosphere of the stadium, the fact we were watching Eminem, and then the additional performers, made it into the most incredible night in such a long time. We didn’t end up getting home until 2:30am,  but that’s because we had to make an emergency desperate stop at McDonald’s on the way home, of course!

My last but biggest change in my life since last year, is the absolute love of my life who I met in May … my puppy! We sadly had to have our family dog, Lizzie, put down at the beginning of the year, and although it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, I  knew it was right for her. A few months later, after my break up, I decided that I had a huge empty space in my heart, that was absolutely definitely puppy sized. I decided I wanted a labrador, because I wanted a dog I could work, and train up. I went to visit a litter, who were 4 weeks old, and I absolutely fell in love with one little pup. I went looking for a black female lab, but the pup I fell in love with was a fox red boy but he fit the name I’d already decided for my pup; Barley. He is an absolute dream, and honestly makes me so incredibly happy. My mum fell in love with another pup in the litter and he was the one who seemed to be stuck to Barley like glue. So, we ended up coming home with two puppies! I’ll insert a picture below… but meet Barley & Jasper!

It seems a bit crazy that I’ve managed to fit the last year into a couple of points, but life’s been so full on and fast over the last 12 months, there’s just many things I’d much rather forget about and move on from. Because there’s just absolutely no point in holding grudges and having regrets.

So for now, onwards and upwards!

 

I will absolutely be posting again soon, I just need to get some content planned and some exciting posts put together!

Hope you are all well and don’t forget to compliment yourself at least once today!

 

Much love,

 

Emily xo

 

Zoella Book Club 2017!

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for returning! 🙂

Today’s blog is about my latest book collection. Exciting, I know!

I absolutely love reading, and once I have my head stuck in a book, I am quite difficult to talk to, or for people to get my attention. I just love getting lost in books, and letting my imagination run away with the story. It’s just something that doesn’t happen with anything other than books, & that’s why I enjoy reading so much.

So, for the last few months, I’ve become really interested with Zoella & Alfie Deyes; and find myself going to watch their latest videos every evening. I don’t really know what it is about them, but I find their everyday lives intriguing and I find them incredibly inspirational as they are quite similar in age to me and their success is just unreal. A couple of weeks back, Zoe uploaded a video and explained about the latest Zoella book club – and as I’m a follower of hers and I trust that she has actually read the book and put a lot of passion into the book club, I felt that I had to get this collection. I had a little look online and found that for the whole collection on WHSmith it would cost £34.99 (with P&P). At the time, I was visiting family in Bristol and decided I would go into the store and have a look (don’t ask why, I was just so desperate to see the books!). I did ask a colleague in the store if he knew the cost of the whole collection as he did state that sometimes the online offers were different to the offers they had in store. He scanned them all through and on the books it did say “Buy one get one half price” so I thought this would equate to the £34.99 I saw online. However, he told  me it came to almost £50 and I just wasn’t prepared to spend that much when I’d seen it for so much cheaper online.

On returning home to Essex, I decided to order the collection online and I paid an extra £3.99 for 1st class delivery (I was too excited to wait another few days!). HOWEVER, on arrival, I was INCREDIBLY disappointed. The box arrive with a huge hole in the side of it, and I was convinced it had just been left as the last delivery of the day and been thrown around in the back of the van. What was supposed to be a really exciting moment, turn into plain disappointed as when I opened the box, 3 of my books were damaged. To some people, having a slight bend or fold in a brand new book may be no biggy, but to me? It was so disappointing. I have a kindle, so I usually spend around 99p or £1.00 on multiple books, but for the first time in a long time I just wanted to have these books to put onto my shelf to enjoy for a while. So to have the box arrive very damaged, and to then realise that some of my books were also damaged, I was so upset.

There were a couple of collectors items in the box, which advertised other books by the authors and a couple of bookmarks also. Due to the damage of the box, I was a little worried that I may have lost a couple of these items during transit. I did include all of these in an e-mail to WHSmith and they did send out replacements for the books which were damaged, and I received them all individually packaged, which I was incredibly grateful for. I usually do not like complaining, however I was so looking forward to the books, I just felt a bit disappointed in the state of the box and the fact my books were damaged.

Anyways, on to the actual books! The collection includes 8 books;

  • After the fire – Will Hill
  • The start of me and you – Emery Lord
  • Letters to the lost – Brigid Kemmerer
  • Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu
  • Girlhood – Cat Clarke
  • The one memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr
  • History is all you left me – Adam Silvera
  • Orbiting jupiter – Gary D.Schmidt

As Zoe says in her YouTube video, all of the books chosen look really good together. So when they are on a bookshelf, or piled up together, they are really aesthetically pleasing, which I loooove.

So far, I have read 4/8 of the books, and there is only one which I wasn’t particularly keen on. However, I will include individual reviews on each of the books once I’ve read a couple more, and will explain exactly what I think of each book, the storyline, the cover, the content etc.

but one thing’s for sure… I absolutely love the covers of the books.

I’ve included some photos of the books, I hope you enjoy!

Will update in a few days. I have lots of plans for the blog, and I start a new job on Monday. So I’m hoping I will be able to get a timetable together to make sure I’m doing regular, interesting blogs which everyone will enjoy! 🙂

Enjoy your day!

Emily xo

 

There’s a first time for everything!

Hello again!

Thank you for visiting – if you’re a newbie, then welcome! If you’ve been here before, then thank you for returning! 🙂

I really hope everyone is having a good day and the weather is good wherever you are in the world! 🙂

I’m writing from a not so sunny Essex today, after the huge thunderstorm we had last night, which kept me up for a little while!

I’ve spent the day planning today, as well as getting bits and bobs done around the house. The boring things, such as clothes washing, washing up and cleaning.. boring I know!

I’ve included a picture below – of the items I’ve been using for my planning, and the books i’ve been reviewing to be uploaded onto here! I will include a post which explains about the books I’m currently reading and why and the prices, etc!

As you can see, my table does look pretty colourful… I’m not usually a fan of the colour pink, but it just so happens that a couple of things from today are super pink and looking lush!

In the corner of one of the pictures, you’ll see my Bose sound system. Although it’s quite pricey (£149 from Currys) it is definitely worth the money. My dad bought it for himself and my mum to use, whilst they’re chilling in the conservatory or whilst cooking dinner in the kitchen, but they also got a new sound system when they had to get a new TV, so I kind of borrow it for a few days and they haven’t asked for it back yet! I literally just link it up to my phone, via bluetooth, and it just plays my music – it doesn’t have to be plugged into the mains, but you do have to charge it and it will hold the power for roughly 10 hours. Like I said, it might seem expensive, but it is so worth it for the quality of the sound. I do like to use this whilst I’m working or just chilling in my living room, as it’s easy to use and means I don’t have to plug speakers into my laptop and then have wires everywhere.. which is helpful!

The other bits and bobs on the table were my planner, my make up bag and a couple of books. All of these items will be talked about in detail in future posts, hence the planner! I’ve just spent the day trying to sort out some future blog posts and making sure I have enough interesting content to please everyone! 🙂

Hope you all enjoyed the post, and the picture. For some reason, I just found it really aesthetically pleasing!

Speak soon,

Emily xo

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