force of nature by jane harper
Books

Book review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper

It can be hard to live up to the success of a multi-award-winning debut novel but Jane Harper has certainly met, if not exceeded, expectations with Force of Nature. Fans of The Dry will be pleased to see the return of not only Harper but also Federal Agent Aaron Falk. Six months on from the… Continue reading Book review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper

coffee date with myself
Books, Mental Health

Self-Care Sunday #24

I've read a few blog posts and spotted a few pics on Instagram lately where people have taken themselves out for coffee dates and it seemed like such a good idea. When I was due to meet a friend for coffee the other day, rather than traipse around town when he said he was stuck… Continue reading Self-Care Sunday #24

saturday share
blogging

Saturday Share #106

I feel like every time I open Twitter theses days there seems to be more bad blood in the blogosphere, so this weekly update feels more necessary than ever. I love championing my favourite bloggers and sharing posts that have helped or inspired me. First off, 'scuse the little self-promo. I contributed to a fun… Continue reading Saturday Share #106

emma by jane austen
Books

Introducing young readers to classics

I've been a bookworm for as long as I can remember. As soon as I could read to myself I was straight down the library every week borrowing as many books as I could carry. I started with Enid Blyton and Jacqueline Wilson, moving on to the Babysitters Club, Goosebumps, Sweet Valley High and then… Continue reading Introducing young readers to classics

creative pep talk by andy j. miller
blogging, Books

12 things I’ve learned in 12 years of blogging

Last week I blogged about the 12th anniversary of my very first blog post. I'm by no means a professional blogger but I've picked up a few tips over the last decade that I thought I'd share. 1. Be inspired. I'm inspired as a writer, and to produce content, by magazines, podcasts, other blogs, TV… Continue reading 12 things I’ve learned in 12 years of blogging

why i march from abrams and chronicle
Books, Lifestyle

Why politics matters to me – and why it should matter to you #BloggersWhoVote

Growing up I didn't really care/know much about politics. All I knew was that my dad would watch a lot of news and Prime Ministers Questions, etc, and it looked really boring. People kept talking over each other yet no-one was really saying much of anything. What was it all about? Fast forward to the… Continue reading Why politics matters to me – and why it should matter to you #BloggersWhoVote

nosy crow book review
Books, Jenson, Parenthood

Book review: New releases from Nosy Crow

Jenson and I were sent the cutest book as an early Mother's Day present a couple of weeks ago.  I tell him I love him countless times a day and I'm looking forward to the day he says it back. How adorable is this cover? I love that it's about a mummy, daddy and baby… Continue reading Book review: New releases from Nosy Crow

burned and broken blog tour banner
Books

Blog tour: Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie

The fifth and final blog tour I'm taking part in this month is for Mark Hardie's Burned and Broken*, another cracking debut novel. It's not until I get stuck into a crime thriller that I realise how much I love them. Having spent a long time reading chick lit, then classics, then all of Jodi… Continue reading Blog tour: Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie

peppa pig wish list
Parenthood

Wish list: Peppa Pig

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Peppa Pig - I love George and Mr Dine-saur but I hate Peppa. Am I the only one who's noticed that she's a complete and utter bitch? She's always bossing poor George and her 'friends' around and always has to get her own way - seriously,… Continue reading Wish list: Peppa Pig

125 weekends in europe from anthropologie
Books

Item of the day: 125 Weekends in Europe from Anthropologie

I really want to travel more. Hell, that sentence should read "I really want to travel" because, to be honest, I've only ever left the UK once - and that was for a school trip! We're holding off on anything epic because we want Jenson to be able to enjoy and remember what's going on… Continue reading Item of the day: 125 Weekends in Europe from Anthropologie