A Few POPSUGAR Prompts Explained

 

popsugar reading challenge 2020

Hi guy’s,

Hope your well and keeping safe and well in these crazy times. In today’s blog post I will be explaining a few of this years POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompts. When I studied the prompts I don’t mind admitting there are a few I didn’t know there meaning. So I did a bit of research and here’s my findings!

6th prompt- A bildungsroman.

Bildung- stands for educational

roman-stands for novel

It a novel that deals with a persons troubled childhood and shows their moral growth through to adulthood. These types of books are usually written in the first person.

Some Examples:

Emma by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

11th prompt- An Anthology

This is a collection of poems or other published pieces of writing.

 

12th prompt- A book that passes the Bechdel Test.

The Bechdel Test is also known as Bechdel- Wallace Test. It’s a representation of woman’s fiction in which two women are having a conversation about something other than men! It was introduced in 1985 by Alison Bechdel who was an American cartoonist creating friends Liz Wallace and Verginia Woolf.

 

22nd prompt- A book about or by a woman in STEM.

STEM stands for Sience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Some Examples:

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boy’s Club by Eileen Pollack

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

 

32nd prompt- A book by a WOC.

WOC- stands for Woman Of Colour.

Some Examples:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

An American Marriage by Tayori Jones

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

 

And last but not least…

39th prompt- Read a band book during Band Book Week.

This is a yearly event in September and this year runs from 20th to 26th. This is a celebration for the freedom to read books that maybe seen as unorthodox or are unpopular.

Some Examples:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

 

I really hope this post was helpful in some way! I’ve certainly learnt a few things (Namely that I don’t get abbreviations!!!!!)

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My Round Up Of 7Days Of Stationery 2020

Hi Guy’s

What a great week it’s been not only was it National Stationery Week  it was also World Book Night  on Thursday night. What a treat!!!!! As you will know I’ve been taking part in #7DaysOfStationery this week, sharing my love of makers and brands over on my Instagram account.

Do you want to see what I got up too?…

Here goes…

*Monday was #MakeANoteMonday; where I share my hoard of sticky notes (Oh I do love a sticky note…don’t you?)

#MakeANoteMonday 2020

*Tuesday was #PencilDay; where I shared some of my many pencil’s. Some of them I’ve had since I was a kid and some were brought as souvenirs from places I’ve visited.

#PencilDay 2020

*Wednesday was #WorldStationeryDay; where I shared a selection of my favourite bits of stationery from notebooks, pens, sticky notes, book plates to paperclips.

#WorldStationeryDay 2020

*Thursday was #LetsGetCreativeDay; where I tried to make a neckerchief (which was the idea anyway) for my mum’s dog called Fogo. It didn’t turn out as I relized that I should have sown the cord to both corners of the triangle. So mum said it could be a bandana for her instead. Oh well I will know for next time!

#LetsGetCreativeDay 2020

*Friday was #FountainPenFriday; where I share my beautiful Kaweco fountain pen. This was a Christmas present from my mum last year and came in a set with a pen. And it’s funny because without my mum knowing I was actually looking at buying one myself!…how did she know? I guess she knows her daughter well!!!!!!!

#FountianPenFriday 2020

*Saturday was #StationeryShopSatuerday and due to lockdown so not able to visit a stationery shop, so I share my last purchase. The sticky notes I brought out of The Card Factory, the pink note book I got from Paperchase and finally the feather notebook was from The Range.

#StationeryShopSaturday 2020

*And today is #SendALetterDay; where I will be writing an over due letter to my pen friend in Greece (Who I’ve been writing to for nearly 20 years!) and notecards for family and friends because I miss them!

#SendALetterSundy 2020

So there you have it guy’s My 2020 7 days of stationery! And I’m looking forward to next year already!!!!!!!!

Did any of you also take part in National Stationery Week? What did you get up too? Did you also take part in 7 Days Of Stationery?

Well whatever you did I hope you had a blast like me!

As always feel free to comment I adore reading your thoughts and comments!

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World Book Night 2020

 

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Hi fellow bookworm’s,

Sorry I’m a bit late to the party, as World Book Night was last night! I simply lost track of days at the moment! For those of you that don’t know World Book Night is a celebration of books for pure and utter pleasure. Usually book would be given out to organisations and groups, but because of Covid-19 and self isolation book giving has been put on hold till later this year. Last night instead of getting together the evening had to be modified by going digital. Still wanting people to engage and talk about books; there was a number of virtual parties, digital activities, author broadcast’s and Reading Hour. Reading Hour invites everyone to take time to read either together virtually or with people in your house hold or simply devouring a chapter to or two to yourself! There will also be a number of free audiobooks on offer to download and publisher will also be providing reading suggestions.

World Book Night has been running since 2011 and is run by The Reading AgencyDid you know that only 36% of the UK don’t actually regularly read for pleasure. I find these statistic’s really quite say as a reader myself. Don’t you? Each year there is a book list of the book that will be handed out, and is always something I look forward to discovering book’s that might not necessarily come across my radar!

Let’s have a look at this years book list:

*East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman (Thriller)

*The Spanish Promise by Karen Swan (Fiction)

*The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton (Young Adult/ Fiction)

*Somebody Give Heart A Plan by Sophia Thakur (Young Adult/Fiction)

*On The Come Up by Angie Thomas (Young Adult/Fiction)

*Bedtime Stories For Stressed Out Adults by various (Audiobook/ Short stories)

*One Of Us Is Next by Karen M McManus (Young Adult/Fiction)

*The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle (Fiction)

*Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (Comedy)

*Darkness Rising by A.A. Dhand (Quick Reads/Crime)

*The Salt Path by Raynor Winn (Non-Fiction)

*North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Audiobook/Classic Fiction)

*A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee (Historical Crime)

*Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan (Fiction)

*The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)

*Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Young Adult/Historical Fiction)

*The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Classic Fiction)

*The Dead Ex by Jane Corry (Crime)

*The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Young Adult/Fiction)

*Diversify by June Sarpong (Non-Fiction)

*The Little Dream Of Lara Cliffe by Milly Johnson (Quick Reads/Romance)

*Death On The Nile by Agatha Christie (Detective Fiction)

*Double Crossed by Brian Wood (Audiobook/Non-Fiction)

*How To Be A Footballer by Peter Crouch (Non-Fiction)

*Practical Zen: Meditation and Beyond by Julian Daizan Skinner (Non-Fiction)

What a great selection of books this year! There are a few on the list I’d defiantly want to read an am adding them to my ever-growing list of books to read!!!!

Did you celebrate? What did you get up too? Have you read any of the book’s on the list for this year? If so would you recommend them?

As always I love reading you thought’ sand comments, so feel free to add a comment!

Hope you all had a awesome World Book Night under the circumstances!

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National Stationery Week 2020

 

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Hi guy’s

It’s that time of year again and one of my favourite’s I might add! It’s National Stationery Week from 20th-26th April in the UK. A celebration of all things stationery from the shops to makers and to celebrate the hand written word. Each year they run a Writing Matters campaign to put down the gadgets and pick up a pen! Writing is a way to express our self’s, and is very individual to each and every person. It vastly improves literacy, cognitive thinking and creativity. When writing your using minor hand movements to guide the  pen in to making the words.

For me writing is extremely important in my daily life. It’s not just something I do everyday it’s actually something I really enjoy doing.

Here’s some of the think’s I write by hand:

*Shopping lists and to-do lists.

*Up-dating diary or calendar.

*Letters to friends, family or pen friend.

*blog posts and review notes in notebooks.

*Filling in Mrs Hinch activity journal.

*writing stories/poems.

You see I’m always at it!!!!! I might seem old school when it comes to writing everything by hand but I’d much rather doing that than using an electronic device. I’ll always choose pen and paper! Give me a hand written letter over an email any day of the week, it’s much more personal. I adore writing so very much and will continue to do so until my hand can no longer do so! (which I hope isn’t any time soon!)

All this week over on National Stationery Week’s social media (Twitter,Instagramand Facebook) you’ll find a bunch of competitions and activities going on to take part in. One of the activities is #7DaysOfStationery; where each day this week has a prompt so people can share their love of favourite products and brands of stationery. I will be taking part as I did last year and the previous year, over on my Instagram account. So I will be rooting around in my stationery box to see what I can find to share with you guy’s.

nat stat week 2020

Here’s the #7DaysOfStationery prompts for this week:

Monday- #MakeANoteMonday

Tuesday-#PencilDay

Wednesday-#WorldStationeryDay

Thursday-#LetsGetCreativeDay

Friday-#FountainPenFriday

Saturday-#StationeryShopSaturday

Sunday-#SendALetterDay

If your also taking part be sure to use #NatStatWeek #WrittingMatters #StationeryAddict plus the relevant # for that day’s prompt.

As always I will be doing a round-up of my #7DaysOfStationery in a blog post at the end of the week to share what I got up too!

So come on guy’s lets put down our gadgets and start writing!!!!

Are you excited about National Stationery Week? Are you a stationery addict like me? Will you also be taking part in #7DaysOfStationery? What’s your favourite brand or shop you like to go too?

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Book Review On: Pocket Book Of Love by Trigger Publishing

 

pocket book of love

 

 

About the author (as provided by publisher)

Trigger Publishing is an independent publishing house specialising in books on mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to open the conversation around mental health and to promote wellbeing.

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Publication date: 5th March 2020

Publisher: Trigger Publishing

ISBN: Hardback only- 9781789561838

Pocket Book Of Friendship-9781789561845

Pocket Book Of Happiness-9781789561852

Pocket Book Of Hope-9781789561821

pocket book of hope, Love etc

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Pages: 160 pages

Genre: Motivational self help/ Mental health

Format reading: Hardback

Copy provided by: Trigger Publishing

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

When life seems a little lonely and you need some love and nurturing, turn to this collection of inspirational quotes to rekindle a feeling of connection.

Filled with wisdom from some of the worlds most well-known minds, the Pocket Book Of Love offers thoughts and advice to restore, rest and revive you, day-by-day.

‘The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best part of a person’s life.’ William Wordsworth

MY Review

I would like to say a massive thank you to Beth from Trigger publishing and Trigger themselves for not just asking me to read and review but also for kindly sending me Pocket Book Of Love ( Pocket Book Of Hope )

Pocket Book Of Love is in a collection of book; Pocket book Of Hope, Friendship, happiness.

I have read a few of Trigger publishing books now:  Stand Tall Little Girl  and  Must Try Harder and have found them to be jolly good reads. I like Triggers ethos to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Pocket Book Of Love is a lovely collection of quote from well known faces from; Audrey Hepburn to Aristotle and many more. It a book you can put down and pick up whenever the need and is a nice size to be able to carry around. I thought that this book was really lovely and can see how it would give say a lonely person some love.

I’d like to share a couple of my favourite quotes from the book;

‘To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return.’ Madonna

‘Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.’ Sean Connery

What lovely quotes that filled my heart with love in an instant and will you too. I defiantly recommend this little book and I can’t wait to read the others in the collection.

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Book Review On: Pocket Book Of Hope by Trigger Publishing

 

pocket book of hope

About the author (as provided piblisher)

Trigger Publishing is an independent publishing house specialising in books on mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to open the conversation around mental health and to promote wellbeing.

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Publication date: 5th March 2020

Publisher: Trigger Publishing

ISBN: Hardback only- 9781789561821

Pocket Book Of Friendship-9781789561845

Pocket Book Of Happiness-9781789561852

Pocket Book Of Love-9781789561838

Pages: 160 pages

Genre: Motivational Self help/ Mental health

Format reading: Hardback

Copy provided by: Trigger Publishing

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

When things seem a little bleak, you can turn to this collection of inspirational quotes to bring some hope into your life. Filled with wisdom from some of the world’s most well-known minds, the Pocket Book Of Hope offers thoughts and advice to restore, rest, and revive you, day-by-day.

‘…history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.’ Michelle Obama

My Review

I would firstly like to offer my thanks to Beth at Trigger Publishing and Trigger for asking me to read and review Pocket Book Of Hope and kindly providing me with a review copy.

Pocket Book Of Hope is part of a series of books including Pocket Book Of Friendship, Love and happiness.

As soon as I was asked to read and review this book that for me it couldn’t come at a better time in my life; when I could do with a bit of hope myself! As I was reading I did feel a sense of calm and the quotes are really quite helpful. This book is one you can pick up and put down and it’s size made it easy to slip into my bag; for those reading opportune moments! I would definitely say this little book is helpful and each quote gave me a blast of hope every time!!!

I have a few quotes from the book that practically resonated with me that I’d like to share with you:

‘Make the most of moments that matter.’ Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge

‘Its not absence of fear, its overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.’ Emma Watson

This really is the perfect little book to give anyone a bit of hope!

 

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Happy 3rd Birthday Marie’s Book Boutique

 

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Hi guy’s

Can you believe Marie’s Book Boutique is three?!? How time fly’s when your having fun!!!! I know some call it a blogaversery but I like to think of it as a birthday because it’s my baby!!! (Silly really I suppose!!!)

Three years ago when Marie’s Book Boutique was born, I never in my wildest dreams did I think that anyone would read what I had to say about my passion that is books! You guys have been so welcoming and supportive over that time and I feel incredibly grateful for that!

Also over the years I’ve had awesome opportunities to read some great books and take part in blog tours. So a massive thank you to all the authors, publishers/publicist’s and blog tour organnisers; who have taken a chance on me!

I not going to say it’s always been easy because it hasn’t been plain sailing; there have been times when life struggles get in the way. When that happens and I feel like that; I’ve learnt to take a break. Having a break bothered me because I thought I would be letting everyone down; especially you my followers but you all understand and are there when I return! Thanks for that guy’s!!!

One think that particularly fills me with joy is all the kindness and support I get in the book blogging comunity, it’s  awesome to be a part of. So another massive thank you goes to you for reading my blog posts, it means more than you’ll ever know.

Right I’m now off to kick off my celebrations with a nice cuppa and a good book… I may even push the boat out and have a biscuit!!!! What a party animal… hey?!?

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Book Review On: A Tale of Two Kitties by Nick Harding

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

nick hardling

Nick Harding is an award-winning national newspaper writer and author. His work is published in the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, the Sun, the Independent and i.

He has co-written several bestselling memoirs. Reluctantly, he has become on of the UK’s most prolific writers on Cat matters, specialising in humour and quirky cat- inspired true stories. He lives in Surry with his wife and a Cat.

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Publication date: 11th October 2018

Publisher: Mirror Books

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-912624-09-6

Also available in Ebook format.

Pages: 254 pages

Genre: Non-fiction/ Cat care

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Nick Harding’s life changed forever when he became a reluctant cat-owner. And in A Tale of Two Kitties he recounts his unlikely cat conversion.

Told in his inimitable humorous style, this big-hearted story follows the confirmed dog-loving, cat- hating, feline-allergy-suffering writer as he becomes a passionate kitty aficionado…. Courtesy of two of the world’s most mischievous moggies, Alvin and Barry.

My Review

A tale of two kitties front cover

As some of you will know from my post I’m Sure My Cat’s Love Books Too!! I’m at cat owner myself; that I adore cat’s. So when I saw the bright front cover with cat’s on it, I immediately picked it up to read the blurb (not that I needed to!!!)

A Tale of Two Kitties by journalist Nick Harding is his own journey with the feline specie. A the beginning Nick shares his utter dislike for cats and how he was more of a dog person. A newly divorced with two children Nick what’s to get a pet that suites his lifestyle and something his children could help take care of. He get’s tropical fish to start of with.

Then he meets cat loving Stephanie and they fall in love and as time goes on they move in together. Stephanie would like to very much get a pet cat and has found a Bengal cat’s for sale and is convinced she cat convert him into a cat lover. In comes Alvin! At the beginning Nick tries to stay out of Alvin’s way; only the cat has other ideas! In time Nick gives in and entertain him new feline friend, becoming intrigued by the animals which in turn ignites the beginning of his cat research covering every aspect of the feline world. Barry comes into the book later (I don’t want to give to much away!)

I genuinely enjoyed A Tale of Two Kitties, it was written with humour, raw emotion and was very informative about our feline friends. I certainly learn a lot about cat’s thing’s I didn’t even know. I’m not going to lie you will need a box of tissues in parts because there are sad bits (Just make you aware) I think what was really nice to read was how Nick went from disliking cat’s to being not just a cat owner but a researcher of all things feline! I could relate to this because my partner was just the same before we got our kitties!!!

I can defiantly recommend this to any animal or cat lover as a good read!

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Book Review On: Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins

 

Not dead yet by phil collins

About the author (as seen in the book)

phil collins

Philip Charles Collins was born in Putney in 1951. He has been an actor, drummer, songwriter, producer and at various times, member of the bands Flaming Youth, Genesis and Brand X.

A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on-the-job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960’s swinging London before finally landing the drummer seat in Genesis. Later, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel, and compose the songs that would rocket him to international solo fame with the release of Face Value and In The Air Tonight. Creator of numerous hits and an Oscar winner for the song You’ll Be In My Hearts from Disney’s Tarzan, he’s one of only three musicians to sell over 100 million records both as a solo artist and separately as a principal member in a band. He lives in Florida.

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Publication date: 18th May 2017

Publisher: Arrow Books

ISBN: Hardback 9781101907474

Paperback 9781784753603

Also available in Ebook, Audiobook and Audio CD format

Pages: 464 pages

Genre: Autobiography/ Memoir

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’ candid, witty and unvarnished story of his epic career from child actor to one of the most successful songwriters of the pop music era.

Unrelentingly honest, Collins tells the story of the songs and shows, the hits and fans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines.

My Review

When I came across this book I know instantly that I had to read it; being a fan and all! The CD in the above photo is a CD I’ve played so much it’s scratched so I really need to replace it!!!!!! When I was little I remember Phil’s music playing on the car radio, so it was inevitable I would love his music!

In Not Dead Yet Phil Collins recounts his childhood memories, family life, his many marriages and divorces, the high’s and lows of his career to his health. The thing that really comes through while I read was what a down to earth fella he is. I really admire Phil’s honesty especially through his most hardest of times in his life. And his dedication and devotion to his musical craft is amazing how hard he worked to get where he is, however it has cost him many health problems from Alcoholism to losing hearing.

I really enjoyed being reminded of song’s that I love causing me to hum the song’s while reading; to the annoyance to people around me at the time!!!!! It was interesting for me to read about how those songs I love so much were written and what they were about.

Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins is a very worthy read guy’s… I couldn’t put it down!!!!!!

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Book Review On: Under The Duvet by Marian Keyes

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About the author (as seen on Amazon)

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes’ international bestselling novels include Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man and The Woman Who Stole My Life. Three collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet, Further Under the Duvet and Making It Up as I Go Along, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

 

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Publication date: 28th July 2009

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: Paperback 978-0-141-00747-2

also available in Ebook and Hardback

Pages: 304 pages

Genre: Collection of Journalism

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Giveaway prize

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Her novels are adored by millions around the world- now read Marian Keyes’s  collected journalism and exclusive, previously unpublished material in Under The Duvet.

Bursting with her hilarious observations- on life, in-laws, weight loss and parties; her love of shoes and her LTF’s (Long-Term Friends); the horrors of estate agents and lost luggage; and how she once had an office Christmas party that involved roasting two sheep on a spit, Moroccan style- it’s the perfect bedtime companion, and will have you wincing with recognition or roaring with laughter.

My Review

Under The Duvet by Marian Keyes is a collection of her journalism, some which have been published and some which hasn’t. This is the first type of book I’ve read like this and I was more than intrigued when I read the blurb; knowing I was in for a treat of a read!

In her articles she share’s her experiences in a very comical way; some will have you cringing and laughing at the same time! Also there are some serious bit when Marian share’s her personal struggles with alcoholism and other trials she has faced.

Marian has shared bit about herself giving readers a glimpse of the author behind her books. It’s a book where you can read in which ever order you wish; which I did and it did feel a bit odd but was refreshing non the less. It’s something different than what I normally read but I did enjoy and was nice to read something that’s not my norm!

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2020 Goodreads Challenge

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Hey Guy’s

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a lovely time spending time with family and friends over the festive period!

As you may all know I’m partial to a reading challenge! I’ve taken part in the Goodreads Challenge now since 2014 and it would be a shame to brake my run of taking part now wouldn’t it?

Last year I targeted myself to read 79 books and I smashed it by reading 89 books! ( thats the most books I’ve ever read since I started my reading journey) 

Here is what I did in previous Goodreads Challenge’s:

*2014 my target was 35 books and I read 45!

*2015 my target was 34 books and I read 31.

*2016 my target was 30 and I read 36!

*2017 my target was 50 and I read 68!

*2018 my target was 65 and I read 78

For 2020 I’ve set a target of 89 books to read; which is what I read last year and I would love to reach it!

So what do you think?… Will I complete my target? Are you also doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge? If so what’s your target? And do you think you can reach it? How have you done in previous years?

As always thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to comment I love reading your thoughts!

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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020

popsugar reading challenge 2020

Hi Guy’s!

Well it’s that time of year again guy’s where we’re making reselutions (or not!) and taking up a challenge or two! So POPSUGAR have released 2020’s prompts, and yes you’ve guessed right I’m going to give this challenge another go; even though I’ve failed to complete it in previous years. (gotta love a trier!!!)But in all seriousness, I think as long as improve on the last year I’ll be happy!

Here are 2020’s reading prompts:

1.A book that’s published in 2020.

2.A book by trans or nonbinary author.

3.A book with a great first line.

4.A book about a book club.

5.A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics.

6.A bildungsroman.

7.The first book you touch on a shelf with your eye’s closed.

8.A book with an upside-down image on the cover.

9.A book with a map.

10.A book recommended by your favourite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club.

11.An anthology.

12.A book that’s passes the Bechdel test.

13.A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated.

14.A book by an author with Flora or Fauna in their name.

15.A book about or involving social media.

16.A book that has a book on the cover.

17.A medical thriller.

18.A book with a made-up language.

19.A book set in a country beginning with ‘C’.

20.A book you picked because the title caught your attention.

21.A book published the month of your birthday.

22.A book about or by a woman in STE.

23.A book that won an award in 2019.

24.A book on a subject you know nothing about.

25.A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics.

26.A book with a pun in the title.

27.A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins.

28.A book with a robot, cyborg or AI character.

29.A book with a bird on the cover.

30.A fiction or non-fiction book about a world leader.

31.A book with ‘gold’, ‘silver’, or ‘bronze’ in the title.

32.A book by a WOC.

33.A book with at least a four star rating on Goodreads.

34.A book you meant to read in 2019.

35.A book with a three-word-title.

36.A book with a pink cover.

37.A western.

38.A book by or about a journalist.

39.Read a band book during Banned Books week.

40.Your favourite prompt from past POPSUGAR reading challenge.

 

And if you complete these then there’s and advanced section as follows:

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41.A book written by an author in their 20’s.

42.A book with ’20’ or ‘twenty’ in the title.

43.A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement ( a nod to 20/20 vision0.

44.A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics.

45.A book set in the 1920’s.

46.A book by an author who has written more than 20 books.

47.A book with more than 20 letters in the title.

48.A book published in the 20th century.

49.A book from a series with more than 20 books.

50.A book with a main character in their 20’s.

Well that’s all the prompts for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge!

I can see a few I might struggle with, but I’m going to give it a good go and hope I complete this year! ( one can live in hope!!!!)

 

Are you taking part in 2020 POPSUGAR reading challenge? What are your thought’s on the prompts? How well do you think you will do?

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Happy Holidays

 

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Hi guy’s,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy holidays and to wish you all the best for the coming new year.

And to thank all the author’s, publicists, publishers and blog tour organisers for the amazing opportunity’s to read some awesome books this year! I also want to thank you guy’s for all the wonderful views, likes and generally the support you all give me and my blog because quite frankly it mean’s the world to me! Your awesome! Thank you!

I’m very much looking forward to 2020 to discover more wonderful author’s, books and blog’s of course! ( I hope you are too!!!!)

Once again happy holidays and I hope you all enjoy all it has to offer! And I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2020!!

 

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My POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Results

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Hi guy’s

Well it’s nearly the end of the year and that mean’s a new challenge is on the horizon. (I can’t believe how quick this year has gone! Let’s see how I did this year shall we?!….

1.A book becoming a movie in 2019. – uncompleted 

2.A book that makes you nostalgic. 

Letters From Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara

3.A book written by a musician (fiction or non-fiction)- uncompleted

4.A book you think should be turned into a movie.

Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

5.A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads. -uncompleted

6.A book with a plant in the title or the cover.

Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain

7.A re-read of a favourite book.

Deep Heat by Chris Manby

8.A book about a hobby. -uncompleted

9.A book you meant to read in 2018.

Coming Home to Island House by Erica James

10.A book with ‘Pop’, ‘Sugar’, or ‘challenge’ in the title. -uncompleted

11.A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover.

I Love You Billy Langley by Monika Jephcott Thomas

12.A book inspired by mythology legend or folklore. 

Love’s Labours by Simon Truckle

13.A book published posthumously. – uncompleted

14.A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie. -uncompleted

15.A retelling of a classic. -uncompleted

16.A book with a question in the title.

Will You Remember Me? by Amanda Prowse

17.A book set on a college or University campus.

All About the Hype by Paige Toon

18.A book about someone with a super power. -uncompleted

19.A book told from multiple character POV’s.

Guilt by Amanda Robson

20.A book set in space. -uncompleted

21.A book by two female authors.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Borrows

22.A book with a title that contains ‘salty’, ‘bitter’, or ‘spicy’. -uncompleted

23.A book set in Scandinavia. -uncompleted

24.A book that takes place in a single day. -uncompleted

25.A debut novel.

#Toots by Linh Le James

26.A book that’s published in 2019.

Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin

27.A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature. -uncompleted

28.A book recommended by a Celebrity you admire.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

29.A book with ‘love’ in the title.

How To Get A Love Life by Rosie Blake

30.A book featueing an amateur detective. -uncompleted

31.A book about a Family.

Betrayal by Martina Cole

32.A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America.

The Great Ex-scape by Jo Watson

33.A book with a Zodiac sign or astrologhy term in the titile. -uncompleted

34.A bool that includes a wedding.

The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan

35.A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter.

Last orders at the Star and Six pence by Holly Hepburn

36.A ghost story.

The Girl at the window by Rowan Coleman

37.A book with a two- word title.

Standing Water by Terri Armstrong

38.A novel based on a true story.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Cristie

39.A book revolving around a puzzle or game. -uncompleted

40.Your Favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR reading challenge. (2018) A book set in a Country that fasinates you.

My Map Of You by Isabelle Broom

 

Sadly I didn’t get them all so couldn’t get on to the advanced section of the challenge. Maybe next year hey!

So in total I’ve managed to compete 23 out of 40; which considering last year I got a measly 19. So I managed a few more this year. Hopfuly 2020 will be the year I finally complete a POPSUGAR reading challenge! (I live in hope!!!!!)

 

Did you guys take part in the POPSUGAR reading challenge this year? And did you manage to complete it?

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Book Review On: Jennifer Brown Moving On by Angie Langley

jennifer brown moving on by angie langley

About the author (as seen in the book)

Angie langleyAuthor Angie Langley was born in Somerset and has lived in the South West of England all her life. Nowadays home is a 17th century thatched cottage on the banks of the River Avon in Wiltshire, a tiny piece of heaven and a true writer’s paradise. ‘Jennifer Brown Moving On is the second in a series of three books continuing the adventures of our heroine as she muddles her way through life’s up’s and down’s.

 

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Publication date: 4th June 2019

Publisher: Riverside Publishing Solutions

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-913012-10-6

Ebook 978-1-913012-11-3

Pages: 264 pages

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Format Reading: Paperback

Copy Provided By: Angie Langley

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

She’s Back!

Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown has learned to roll with the punches and adapt to whatever life throws at her.

It’s thrown plenty in the past and she’s had to use her steely core to reinvent herself, first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbled down country estate with sensitive secrets.

In Jennifer Brown Moving On, this Bridget Jones with knobs on is taking charge of her life again, showing the world she can move in the most exalted, high- power circles and lose not an ounce of her gutsy, down-to-earth charm.

Her hilarious cross-dressing confidant Will is on hand once again, with pearls of caustic wisdom, and her old boss Jonathan Dashwood-silk breezes in and out of her life, still dripping charisma but still needing our heroine to dig him out of the odd hole.

As she crosses continents and breaks bread with the world’s movers and shakers, Jennifer Brown finds her mind still troubled by thoughts of the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels. Then the daydream is torpedoed when she’s invited to his wedding.

But you know Jennifer. She never gives up.

My Review

I would very much like to thank Angie Langley for her patients and kindness in waiting for me to post my review on her book. And also for asking me again to read and review her next book and very kindly sending me a singed paperback. Thank-you lovely Angie!!!

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Another great cover it’s bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds in the background and the London scean of buses, black cabs on a busy street and Jennifer Brown at the front about to go about her day! Love it!

Jennifer Brown Moving On is the second instalment of a three book series. I read  Jennifer Brown’s Journey  , which I really enjoyed very much! So much so I’ve read it more than once. You can imagen my excitement to read Angie’s next book.

We catch up with Jennifer Brown again as she is about to embark on a new career in London city and traveling all over the world; selling expensive wine to the rich and famous. Needless to say things don’t always go to plan for poor Jennifer in love, life and work. But her shear guts and determination she carry’s on regardless and has her trusted cross-dressing mate Will is always on hand to listen and offer advice!!!! Her dishy old boss floats in and out of her life and the man she actually  has feelings for is now out of reach. Will Jennifer ever settle down in love? Is Mr Right closer than she thinks? Can she get the flow of selling expensive wine? Dose she enjoy her now role and mixing with the rich and famous?

I have to say first off how hilarious and fun the second book is to read!! I had a blast as I kind of knew from reading the first book! Jennifer’s character is not just funny but she has depth and kindness that I can’t help but love as she goes about the next stage of her life. I love her general attitude to life and her steely determination! Angie’s writing is wonderful in every possible way… she has packed every ingredient that makes up a truly eventful book that keep’s you turning the pages just to see what happens next! One of my favourite parts in this book was when Jennifer’s friends Maranda talks her into go speed dating, I simply couldn’t stop giggling! I have very much enjoyed all the new characters and reconnecting with old one’s!

All in all I had a tremendous reading experience reading Jennifer brown Moving On! In my eye’s Angie Langley has done it again! Writing a book that I know I will enjoy reading again and again! I’m very much looking forward to reading the final book of Jennifer Brown’s story, although I will be sad it’s the last! I can’t recommend this fabulous read enough… it’s just fantastic!

                                                        Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                         Jennifer Brown Moving On by Angie Langley

                                                           A superb 5 sparkly stars

5stars

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