Book Review On: Life’s Little Pleasures by Jeffrey E Short

 

life's little pleasures by jeff short

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Publication date: 1st October 1998

Publisher: Jarrold Publishing

ISBN: Paperback 0711710538

Pages: 128 pages

Genre: Self Help/ Motivational

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own

Blurb (as seen on Goodreads)

A collection of remembrances of the small pleasures in life such as the smell of freshly baked bread and getting possession of the TV remote control.

My Review

life's little pleasures by jeff shortThe pastel colours used on this front cover have a calming feel to it. With the orange strip going down the book spine, the yellow backing and the reds, pink’s, darker shade of yellow and oranges used for the tulips and the green stems. The first half of the title ‘Life’s Little’ is in a smaller font and coloured in grey. The second half ‘Pleasures’ is in a bigger font then the beginning and is coloured in blue; this really puts the emphasize on the ‘Pleasures’!

Life’s Little Pleasure’s by Jeffrey E Short is a cute little pocket size book, full of life’s little pleasures; from having sole control of the TV remote, clean sheets, hearing corn swishing in the field on a summers day to doing something kind for someone and many more.

It’s a very simple book and some might think it pretty pointless but I have to say for me personally it did make me go ‘Oh yah’ and was a gentle reminder to appreciated those things. In this busy day and age we often forget the little things in life we should be appreciating and this book is good for reminding you of that. As it small it’s quick to read too! This very small book really made me look at all the little things I maybe take for granted and made me appreciated those small pleasures in life!

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                                                                  4 Sparkly Stars

4 stars

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Book Review On: The Little Book Of Sleep by Paul Wilson

 

The Little Book of sleep by paul wilson

About the author (as seen in the book)

Paul WilsonPaul Wilson is known the world over the ‘guru of calm’

His first book The Calm Technique is considered one of the most influential in the genre. His second, Instant calm, was a giant bestseller translated into eighteen languages. The success continued with Calm at Work, The little Book Of Calm at work and The Little Book Of Pleasure.

However, the book that won the greatest acclaim is The Little Book Of Calm. With sales of over 3,000,000 it has spent more than 2 years at the top of the bestsellers list.

Now, with The Little Book Of Sleep, the peace begins to spread in a slightly new direction.

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Publication date: 29th April 1999

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: Paperback-9780140287875

Pages: 160 pages

Genre: Motivational Self Help

Format reading: Paperback (Small book)

Copy provided by: My Own

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Enjoy a blissful sleep every night with these inspiring ideas from the master of calm.

Remember how wonderful it felt to awaken refreshed, alive, eager to take on the day? Now every day can be like that. Paul Wilson brings you page after page of easy-to-follow suggestions to enrich your rest, sweeten your dreams, and make bedtime one of the highlight of your day.

My Review

Front cover for the little book of sleep by paul wilson

Just looking at this front cover makes me calm and sleepy already! The calming colours of the pastel purple backing, the blue edging down the book spine to the pale yellow of the twinkling stars and moon. Even the colours of the bedding and bed itself, I could quite happily sleep in that comfortable looking bed!

The Little Book Of Sleep is a cute little pocket size book, full of helpful tips on how to get a peaceful and restful night’s sleep. Amongst the tips Paul gives you nuggets of information behind those tips, to back them up essentially.

As a person who’s sleep is very up and down, I really found this little book a bit of a god send to be honest. It’s very informative and I very much liked the way not only did you get tips, you get the facts behind them. I have tried a few of the suggestions and feel like they were quite effective.

If your a person that doesn’t sleep all that well then this little gem of a book will defiantly give you the tools to get a restful night sleep.

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                                                            5 Sparkly Stars
5stars

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Book Review On: The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

 

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Ruth Hogan

Hello dear readers, please allow me to introduce myself…

I was brought up in a house full of books, and grew up with an unsurprising passion for reading and writing. I also loved dogs and ponies, seaside piers, snow globes and cemeteries. So of course, I was going to be a vet, show jumper, Eskimo or gravedigger.

Or maybe a writer…

I studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, University of London where I hennaed my hair, wore dungarees and generally had an amazing time. And then I got a proper job. For ten years I had a successful if uninspiring career in local government before a car accident left me unable to work full-time and was the kick up the butt I needed to start writing seriously.

It was all going well, but then in 2012 I got cancer, which was bloody inconvenient but precipitated an exciting hair journey from bald to a peroxide blonde Annie Lennox crop. When chemo kept me up all night I passed the time writing and the eventual result was THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS, my first novel, which was published in January 2017, and has now been selected as a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.

My second novel, THE WISDOM OF SALLY RED SHOES, published in May 2018 and you can order the book now.

I live in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and my long-suffering husband. I am a magpie; always collecting treasures (or ‘junk’ depending on your point of view) and a huge John Betjeman fan.

My favourite word is ‘antimacassar’ and I still like reading gravestones.

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Publication date: 17th July 2018

Publisher: Two Roads Books

ISBN: Hardback 978-1473635463

Paperback 9781473635487

Ebook 9781473635494

Also available in Audiobook

Pages: 336 pages

Genre: Women’s Literary Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Meet the ‘keeper of lost things’…

Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.

But the final wishes of the ‘keeper of lost things’ have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounter’s…

My Review

The Keeper of lost things by Ruth Hogan front coverI really adore this front cover, it’s beautiful and intriguing all at the same time! The blue backing really helps everything on it stand out from; the pink roses (some in full bloom and some yet to flower) surrounded by green leaves a single ladybug rests on a leaf and yellow flowers to all the random objects like; a puzzle piece, a button, a key and a locket. The title is bold white font in the centre of the cover and Ruth’s name is in a smaller white font at the bottom of the cover. With all things considered it’s a really eye catching front cover!

As soon as a friend of mine suggested this book to me, I was excited because I have heard so many good things about Ruth’s story telling. This is the first books of Ruth’s I’ve read.

The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan starts by introducing the reader to elderly gentle man Anthony, a man living alone in a home he shared with his wife. Now a widow; with no family and broken hearted, Anthony has a promise he must keep. He dedicates his time collecting lost things he finds while out and about. These objects are random like; a puzzle piece, a red gem stone to a tin with bones in. Each item is catalogued on where he found it the time and date and stored in his bulging office; where only he is aloud. Anthony was a writer but as time has gone on he slowly stop’s by this promise that is consuming him. He hopes that some day these items can be returned to their rightful owner and senses their is a story behind every piece. He doesn’t have many people in his life apart from has an assistant Laura; who he trusts and knows she is as lost as him and his gardener. However he hasn’t told her about the lost thing, but will know when the time is right to do so. He knows he is running out of time to return everything.

Laura is single divorced and a university drop out. She is lost in life and doesn’t know her place in the world. But working for Anthony has started to give the meaning which she adores; helping him with day to day living and dealing with his paper work. She is curious by what is behind his office door but knows Anthony will have a perfectly good reason for doing so.

So when one day Anthony up’s and leaves without a word to anyone, leaving Laura shocked. Then more shock is felt when she finds out that he has left her the house, it’s contents and some money to get her by. She discovers the items in Anthony’s office and although she is stunned, she relies he has left her with one last task that he was unable to for fill himself; to return each lost item to it’s rightful owner. Two lost people cross Laura’s path and together they soon become friends trying to find a way to return all the random objects to their owners. Where will Laura start? Will she and her new friends be able to return the lost objects; which meant so much to Anthony? Is Laura able to complete the task or is it all to much? Will she stumble on her own happiness? What are the stories behind the lost items?

First off I must be honest even though I was excited to read The Keeper Of Lost Things I was however a bit worried it was going to be a bit depressing but how wrong I was! This book is beautifully written; with pure emotion at its core. I read this so quickly I was struggling to put it down. Its a powerful story not just about just the lost objects but the stories behind them becoming lost. Ruth has a pure unique talent for writing fiction! She has made the chapter the perfect length so its easy to stop and then pick up again (but I did struggle to put it down because it was soooooo good!!!!!) I adore all the characters in this book they are all so unique and different making them very intriguing to the reader. I think its pretty safe to say I really enjoyed this book immensely and will be keeping an eager eye out for her books because if The Keeper Of Lost Things is anything to go by then its a must read!!!!!!!

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                                                        A massive 5 Sparkly Stars

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Morston (Norfolk, UK) Book sale

 

Morston Book Sale

Hi lovely’s,

Yep you’ve guessed right… I along with mum decided we would have a mother and daughter day and  went to check out the second hand book sale in Morston, Norfolk (UK); which is just down the road from me!

The Sale was to raise money for Friends of Morston Church a registered charity to help towards maintenance and much needed repairs to All Saints Church in Morston. This was the 10th and final year of the book sale and last year they managed to raise over £14000. Took place in a lovely converted barn, two white marquees and outside in the garden. Every area was utilised with all the book’s been put into genre’s which made it so easy to navigate. All the books on sale have been kindly donated through out the year in aid of the sale. It ran for three days over this bank holiday weekend (from the Saturday through till Monday.)

 

Me and mum are both bibliophile’s and was totally in our element, I just wish we had found out about this a few years ago… imagine the book haul’ s we would have had!!!! We went on the Sunday to explore this wonderful array of book’s on offer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many books, it was such a magnificent sight for any book lover! The atmosphere was just lovely as we went round and there was a steady flow of people perusing the books. I went armed with a list of books I was looking out for. They were: The Fault in our stars by John Green, The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks, Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, My Sisters Keeper by Jodie Picault, The Diary of a young girl Anne Frank, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, The Martian by Andy Weir, The little Drummer Girl by John Le Carre and The lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris. There was so much to look at we went round once and then stopped for some lunch. There was so many lovely home backed goods and sandwiches for sale (and they were very yummy, so hats off to the backer!!!!)

 

After lunch we went to pay for our first book haul and took them back to the car and went back for round two!!!!!!! This time I concentrated on the fiction section in surch for books on my list and some that wasn’t!!!!!!!!! One of the lovely kind and helpful lady’s who was putting books out as spaces became available saw I had a book list and managed to locate a couple of books on my list… which completely made my day!!!!! (Thank you to that lovely lady!!!)

 

So I guess you’d like to see my book haul… wouldn’t you?

Here we go…

*The Literary Cats by Judith Barbour Osborne and Naomi Kurz

*Summer Loving by Allie Spencer

*The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

*Will You Remember me? by Amanda Prowse

*Papa Hemingway a personal memoir by A.E.Hotchner

*The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carre

*The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank

*The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

*The Way to Write Novels by Paddy Kitchen

*Understanding Back Pain by Professor Malcolm I. V. Jayson

*Back Sufferer’s Bible by Sarah Key’s

*Love that Hair by Hayley Mallinder ( which I brought for my friend who is a hair dresser)

I managed to get all those books for £10.95… what a bargain; plus it’s for a good cause.

 

I am however kicking myself for not picking up the other John Le Carre books and The Great Gatsby… but I’m sure they will crop up again at some point!)

Me and mum had such a great day, we only wish we had found it sooner!

To the organisers and helpers you all did such a sterling job, topping up books as there was space, serving refreshments and not forgetting the delicious food. I hope you managed to raise the money needed for the Church.

Have you read any of the books from my book haul? Is there any your wanting to read? Do you have book sales like this near you?

As always a massive thank- you for stopping by and feel free to comment! ( I love reading them and replying!)

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My Round Up Of 7 Days Of Stationery

 

nat stat week 2019Hey lovely readers,

As some of you may know last week was National Stationery Week in the UK. (You can check out my earlier blog post Here ) As a stationery addict I couldn’t wait, even having my plan for #7DaysOfStationery two week’s in advanced!!!!!! So all last week I was sharing Stationery on my Instagram account…

Here’s My Round-Up:

Monday 29th April

#PaperchaseLovesLists

This is my stationery wish list of Paperchase products. I could really have written a much longer list, however I contained myself!!!!!!!

 

Tuesday 30th April

#RymanLovesPens

Who doesn’t love a pen or two! These are just a few of my favourite pens, some are so used they need refilling with new pen refills.
#RymanLovesPens

Wednesday 1st May

#WorldStationeryDay

In this photo I’ve grouped together just a selection of my favourite bit’s of stationery I have.
#WorldStationeryDay

Thursday 2nd May

#TakeANoteDay

My note to remind me to ring my mum, later on in the day!

#TakeANoteDay

Friday 3rd May

#DerwentFeelGoodFriday

Time to break out a feel good notebook!!!!

#DerwentFeelGoodFriday

Saturday 4th May

#StationeryShopSaturday

As I was unable to get to my local stationery shop, here are my last purchases I brought. The blogger notebook and the cat note book both came from Paperchase and the wild animals notebook’s I actually got from a charity shop, brand new in a pack!!!!

 


Sunday 5th May

#SendALetterDay

This actually worked out well because it’s my turn to write to my pen friend in Greece. We have been writing to each other for 19 years and decided long ago that we would carry on handwriting letters instead of using a digital device to keep in touch. Because lets face it who doesn’t like getting a nice friendly handwritten letter in the post?

#SendALetterDay

That’s my round-up of #7DaysOfStationery I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got up too last week.

Did you join in too? Do you like collecting bit’s of stationery too? If you have any comment’s feel free!!!

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Thursday 2nd May

National Stationery Week 2019

 

nat stat week 2019Hi lovely’s,

Here in the UK this week is National Stationery Week !!! To celebrate the love of stationery and retailers around the country. And as a stationery addict myself I look forward to this week long celebration every year!!!!!

National Stationery Week also aims to promote hand writing in all ages; particularly in this digital age we live in today. They started the campaign #WritingMatters; because it is so important from writing; notes, filling out forms, lists, letters to studying. Writing also has benefits as it allows people to express themselves, allowing people to refine their literacy and cognitive thinking, using minor hand movements and techniques to hold and guide the writing instrument. So you see writing really is so important and is a craft in which should never be lost, in my opinion of course and I’m sure you’ll all agree!!!!! They are sponsored by Paperchase, Rymon, Stationery Show London, Derwent and Stationery Supplies.

What does writing mean to me?

Well, quite frankly it’s everything to me! It’s something I do every day; whether it’s writing my review notes, writing to my pen friend (We still use snail mail!), getting ideas down for stories, writing in greetings cards, to express myself through written words, putting dates in my diary and calendar, or writing a simple blog post. So you see I could never not hand write, well not unless I couldn’t hold a pen (which I hope never EVER happens!!!!!)

During National Stationery there will be a bunch of activities and competitions online so do go check them out!!! NSW Twitter , NSW Instagram and NSW Facebook

One of the activities is #7DaysOfStationery (which I will be taking part it as I did last year on my Instagram account and will do a round up on my blog at the end of the week!) Each day their is a prompt giving you a chance to share you love of product’s, brands, shops and writing!

Monday 29th April

#PaperchaseLovesLists

Tuesday 30th April

#RymonLovesPens

Wednesday 1st May

#WorldStationeryDay

Thursday 2nd May

#TakeANoteDay

Friday 3rd May

#DerwentFeelGoodFriday

Saturday 4th May

#StationeryShopSaturday

Sunday 5th May

#SendALetterDay

If you also joining in be sure to use those #’s including #NatStatWeek and #7DaysOfStationery and tagging National stationery week so they can see your post’s and pictures!

So lets celebrate out love of all things stationery and keep handwriting alive encouraging others to do the same!!!!! I know I will always choose pen and paper to write! How about you? Do you think writing matters? Are you also a stationery addict? Do you still hand write or do you chose a digital device? Will you be doing 7 Days Of Stationery too? As always I would love to hear your thoughts?

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Book Review On: Broken Humanity by Karine Vivier Translated by Kirsty Olivant

 

Broken Humanity by karine VivierKarine Vivier

 

 

 

 

 

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Publication date: 28th January 2019

Publisher: Karine Vivier

ISBN: Available in Ebook only

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Pages: 104 pages

Genre: Thriller

Format reading: Ebook

Copy provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on Amazon)

“Broken Humanity” tells the story of three characters who, somewhere along the way, have lost touch with humanity in the eyes of society. Three characters, three parallel stories, a common thread. A debut thriller.

My Review

Before I get into my review I would like to offer my thanks to Karine for asking me to read and review her debut thriller and also for kindly providing me with the Ebook.

Front cover for broken humanityAs you can see the front cover is split up into three sections, the top section looks to be in a derelict building with graffiti on the walls. The second section you see the back of a blond lady’s head looking straight in front of her, which is bleared to us. And the third section is of a beach with crashing white waves hitting the sand. The authors name is at the very top in a white font, as is the title some of the letters look cracked which I like and fits in with the title. The translators name is smaller and in black at the very bottom.

Broken Humanity is the debut thriller from French author Karine Vivier. This book was originally published in French and has now been translated by Kirsty Olivant.

As the front cover portrays this story is about three characters; as their life’s take an unimaginable turn into a dark world of existence, and their decisions take them to their lowest of humanity.

Broken Humanity has a fast pace and given the shortness of the book I do feel that perhaps it could have been a bit longer. I did like the progression of the characters seeing how their decisions lead them to a dark world, the only thing I would say is it felt a bit flip floppy when reading going to each characters stories almost like I was dipping my toe in.

It been written well but it did feel a bit rushed and like I said earlier could have done with being a bit longer. I sadly don’t think this book is for me.

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              Broken Humanity by Karine Vivier translated by Kirsty Olivant

                                                                3 Sparkly Stars

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