The Little Book of Colouring: Into the Deep

It may seem a bit random me writing this post, but before I buy any adult colouring book I like to be able to get an idea of what the images inside are like. I don’t know if that’s just me?

Anyway, before I went on holiday to South Africa I decided I wanted to take some colouring with me but all of my colouring books are quite big and I didn’t want anything too bulky to carry around with me. After some searching around I came across several colouring books that were smaller and more “travel friendly” than the ones I have. The only problem was the two that I liked didn’t have many images online about what they were like inside. So I took a bit of a risk and bought two books from the “Peace in your Pocket” range.

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These books are probably both the same sort of size as a standard paperback book (just not as thick), and actually have really good quality pages. I just thought I’d share some of the pictures from inside the “Into the Deep” book for other people who, like me, like to see what the pictures are like before buying.

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I really like these books, they’re nice to use and pack away nicely in a rucksack/handbag for travel. They also have a good combination of more detailed pictures and less detailed ones.

I’ll leave it there for today, I don’t want to make this a long post πŸ™‚Β Do you have a favourite adult colouring book? Do you have any to use for travel?

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Some Kind of Wonderful

I’ve finally got round to writing this review! πŸ˜€ I read this back in November/December, but with Blogmas I didn’t get round to writing/posting it before. “Some Kind of Wonderful” is Giovanna Fletcher’s latest novel and this time, released in hardback. My friend bought me a signed copy of “Some Kind of Wonderful” for my birthday and I was so excited to read it.

When the love of your life says you’re not The One, who are you?

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together,Β everyoneΒ thinks they’re about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancΓ© and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’. But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .”

This book was a great read, and I enjoyed every single page. Most romance/chick-lit books tend to be boy marries girl and they all live happily ever after. But not in this book. This is kind of an alternative where Lizzy finds a new happily ever after away from her old happily ever after.

I think this would be a great book for people going through breakups and would help them see the light, while not being too depressing. The story is enjoyable with some great characters.

I’m keeping this post short today, because I don’t wait to ruin the story for anyone else who is going to read this πŸ™‚ But I really do recommend this book πŸ™‚

Have you read this book? What did you think?

My 2017 Books

This year my Goodreads reading challenge was to read 35 books. At the end of December I’ve made it to 52 books which equals my record from 2015 πŸ™‚ I’ve found new authors this year such as Katie Fforde and Paige Toon, while I’ve continued to read the new releases by some of my favourite authors Lindsey Kelk, Giovanna Fletcher, Carole Matthews and Lucy Diamond. Today I thought I’d share with you the books I’ve read during 2017 πŸ™‚

1. The One We Fell in Love With – Paige Toon

2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

3. A Whiff of Scandal – Carole Matthews

4. Girl Online – Zoe Sugg

5. Girl Online: On Tour – Zoe Sugg

6. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl

7. Girl Online: Going Solo – Zoe Sugg

8. Mary Poppins – P. L. Travers

9. Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

10. Fifty Shades Darker – E. L. James

11. One Wish in Manhattan – Mandy Baggot

12. Fifty Shades Freed – E. L. James

13. All the Bright Places –Β Jennifer Niven

14. It’s a Kind of Magic – Carole Matthews

15. After You – Jojo Moyes

16. Billy and Me – Giovanna Fletcher

17. Christmas with Billy and Me – Giovanna Fletcher

18. Always With Love – Giovanna Fletcher

19. See Me – Nicholas Sparks

20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

21. Sunshine with a Chance of Snow – Carole Matthews

22. I Heart New York – Lindsey Kelk

23. The Recruit – Robert Muchamore

24. Class A – Robert Muchamore

25. The House of New Beginnings – Lucy Diamond

26. Maximum Security – Robert Muchamore

27. The Killing – Robert Muchamore

28. Lola Rose – Jacqueline Wilson

29. Divine Madness – Robert Muchamore

30. Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie

31. The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters – Nadiya Hussain

32. I Heart Forever – Lindsey Kelk

33. The Chocolate Lovers’ Club – Carole Matthews

34. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) – J. K. Rowling

35. Man Vs Beast – Robert Muchamore

36. The Fall – Robert Muchamore

37. The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet – Carole Matthews

38. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition) – J. K. Rowling

39. The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas – Carole Matthews

40. The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding – Carole Matthews

41. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights – Carole Matthews

42. Mad Dogs – Robert Muchamore

43. The Sleepwalker – Robert Muchamore

44. Highland Fling – Katie Fforde

45. Some King of Wonderful – Giovanna Fletcher

46. Darker – E. L. James

47. The Ersatz Elevator – Lemony Snicket

48. Christmas at the Little Knitting Box – Helen Rolfe

49. The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop – Caroline Roberts

50. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck – Beatrix Potter

51. The Twits – Roald Dahl

52. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

Looking at this list I think I’ve done quite a lot of re-reading this year! But I’ve really enjoyed all the books I read this year (even though some may call reading The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck a cheat to help get me to 52!) and maybe next year I’ll make it to 53 books and better my best πŸ˜‰

Have you read any of these books this year? What did you think of them? πŸ™‚

 

Blogmas Day 23: Favourite Books of 2017

Next week I’m going to share with you all the books that I read in 2017, but today I thought that I’d share with you some of my favourite ones that I’ve read through 2017 πŸ™‚

The Girl Online Series

I was actually pleasantly surprised by this series. If I’m honest I didn’t really expect that much from it, but I actually really enjoyed all three books πŸ™‚ And I’d had to resist the urge to re-read them already this year. (Girl Online, Girl Online: On Tour, Girl Online: Going Solo).

One Wish in Manhattan

This was one of Amazon’s Prime books and it sounded pretty good so I gave it a try. I’d never heard of the author before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really enjoyed it.

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

I’d heard a lot of conflicting reviews about this book so I’d held off buying it, but when my friend offered to lend it to me I gave it a go and again I loved it!

I Heart Forever

I love Lindsey Kelk’s books and the “I Heart” series will always hold a special place for me because they are some of the first books I read when I was trying to get back in to reading at 18 years old. I was so excited for this book to come out and it did not disappoint!

The Chocolate Lovers’ Series

I’d heard a lot about these books and when I found a copy of the first one for Β£2 in WH Smith I couldn’t resist… and then wormed my way through all 4 books in the series. (The Chocolate Lovers’ Club, The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet, The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas, The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding)

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe NightsΒ 

Another book by Carole Matthews, and this time a Christmassy one. I loved it! It was such a lovely book that made me want to make lots of Christmas cakes and biscuits!

Some Kind of Wonderful

I haven’t reviewed this yet on here because of Blogmas, but expect the review soon πŸ™‚ I LOVE Giovanna Fletcher’s books and this one was brilliant πŸ™‚

What books have you loved most in 2017?

Blogmas Day 13: Festive Books

We’ve made it half way! How are you enjoying Blogmas so far? Today is all about Christmassy books. It is safe to say that in my time I’ve read my fair share of Christmassy books, ok, they’ve mostly all been Chicklit books, but I do love a good Christmas book! So today I thought I’d share with you some of the Christmassy books that I’ve read πŸ™‚

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Christmas with Billy and Me – Giovanna Fletcher

I’m not sure I share enough how much I love the Billy and Me books by Giovanna Fletcher, but “Christmas with Billy and Me” is the sequel to Billy and Me and it is a short Christmas ebook.

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights – Carole Matthews

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I read this book last month and loved it. I was originally going to wait until it came out in paperback but I couldn’t wait! This is a lovely Christmassy chicklit book that will make you want to bake loads of Christmas goodies.

I Heart Christmas & I Heart Forever – Lindsey Kelk

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I love the I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk and these two books are no exception. Both are set around Christmas, so you’re bound to get your Christmas fix reading these books.

I’ll Take New York – Miranda Dickinson

This book is obviously set in New York during Christmas. It was the first book by Miranda Dickinson that I read and I absolutely loved it and couldn’t put it down. πŸ™‚

A Girl’s Best Friend – Lindsey Kelk

Another Christmassy Lindsey Kelk book! “A Girl’s Best Friend” is a fantastic book, combining the “I Heart” series with the “About a Girl” series. Again, set in Christmassy New York it is a great read.

The Christmasaurus – Tom Fletcher

I know this is a kids book, but is is absolutely brilliant and I loved reading it. In fact I may read it again now in the lead up to Christmas!

The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas – Carole Matthews

If you’re looking for a book that is Christmassy, but not too Christmassy (and also Chicklit) then “The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas” is a great book to read πŸ™‚

The Christmas Party – Carole Matthews

I really enjoyed this book when I read it 2 years ago. I don’t think it is as good as the other Christmassy Carole Matthews books, but it is still a great festive read! πŸ™‚

Calling Mrs Christmas – Carole Matthews

I LOVE this book. I read it so quickly because it was too good to put down. It definitely has to be one of my favourite Christmas chick lit books and I would highly recommend it if Chicklit is your thing!

The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop – Caroline Roberts

Finally, “The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop” by Caroline Roberts. I really enjoyed the book and am really looking forward to the new one written by her which I’ve just downloaded to my kindle.

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I really love reading Christmassy books. Have you read any of these? What is your favourite Christmas read?

Highland Fling

So not that long ago I was recommended Highland Fling by An Historian About Town. I’d never read any books by Katie Fforde before so I was quite excited to give it a go!

In Highland Fling we join Jenny as she heads up from home in Surrey up to Scotland to work on a project for her boss. Working with a family in the area Jenny must fight to save the local clothing mill battling both her feelings and family in the process.

I absolutely loved this book and was so glad that I was recommended it to read! It was such an easy read and definitely a feel good, kind of Christmassy chick lit book. I loved all the characters and I especially loved the love/hate relationship between Jenny and Ross…. and Lady Dalmain!

All in all this was a fantastic book and I really really enjoyed reading it! πŸ™‚ Do you have any other Katie Fforde books that you can recommend me? πŸ™‚

I’m sorry it is such a short post today! 😦 But you should all definitely go and check out this book!

The Sleepwalker (CHERUB 9)

So following on from my latest read of Mad Dogs I decided to read “The Sleepwalker” straight away. With books like this that are part of a big series I like reading them while the other story is fresh in my mind πŸ™‚ Plus, as I’ve said before they’re really quick, easy reads so reading these helps with my new challenge of reading 52 books this year πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

An airliner explodes over the Atlantic leaving 345 people dead. Crash investigators suspect terrorism, but they’re getting nowhere.

A distressed twelve-year-old calls a police hotline and blames his father for the explosion. It could be a breakthrough, but there’s no hard evidence and the boy has a history of violence and emotional problems.

Only CHERUB agents can unearth the truth. They’re trained professionals with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.

For official purposes, these children do not exist

I’ll start of by saying, “The Sleepwalker” definitely isn’t one of the most exciting books in this series, but it was still an enjoyable read with plenty of action!

This book mostly centres around James’ sister Lauren and her role in befriending someone who MI5 believe to know something about the plane crash. We don’t really see very much of James or the other main characters in the book- well we do, but they aren’t part of the mission!

I think this book is a good book to see the upcoming CHERUB agents and see new faces appear, so it is good if you’re getting fed up of James and the other main characters! Plus it brings back beloved Ex-Chairman Mac, who has sadly lost 4 members of his family in the plane crash, and sees him take a key role in heading up a mission.

The Sleepwalker was a really enjoyable read and definitely a must read if you’ve read/are reading the CHERUB series!