Book Club | Buddy Read – One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon (June)

This month Emma and I have decided that we’re going to read One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon. I’m very excited to start this one and find out what it’s all about. I got this book a while ago after hearing lots and lots and lots of good things about the author. Giovanna Fletcher, my favourite author, has spoken highly of Paige so no doubt I’ll love her. I actually have quite a few of her books that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. I’m very glad this is the first one I’ve picked to read and couldn’t be more excited that I’ll be doing it as a buddy read with the lovely Emma. 0

One Perfect Summer follows Alice who while on holiday in Dorset falls for a boy named Joe. Over the summer they fall for each other but once summer ends so does their love. Alice heads off to university and continues on with her life slowly trying to forget the summer that broke her heart. Years later, Joe reappears in Alice’s life in a very unexpected way.

Again, we’ll be starting this book this weekend and you can follow us on Goodreads to track our progress and join in our conversations on how we’re getting on. Feel free to join in our read as we’d love to hear what you’ve thought of this book too. We’ll be back on the 30th of this month to talk about our thoughts about the book, likes and dislikes and the moments that had us never wanting to put the book down.

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Let’s Talk About… Being Thankful

The first week of June has almost ended and I’ve already had the craziest week this year. No doubt this will change as they year goes on but it’s been very dramatic. Today is my first full day off in a week and I thought I’d be spending it having a relaxing day doing nothing and just catching up on some blog posts, some reading and maybe even adventuring over to the gym. However, plans never turn out the way you think they will and instead I’ve spent the day looking after mum and napping.

Last night I thought it was time I introduced my boyfriend to my parents. Obviously, this was already a little nerve-wracking because I didn’t have a clue how this was going to go ahead. Would they like him? Would everyone get along? Would it all go as smoothly as I hoped it would? Let’s just say that 2 of those 3 questions ended in a yes and one ended in a no. After a long day at work he picked me up and we decided we’d go for dinner before we ventured round to my house. It was nothing fancy but after almost falling on the way inside and walking into the men’s bathroom I thought my eventful night would end there. It appears not. Just as we were about to leave I got a call from my mum explaining she had a fall and was wondering if she could get a lift to the hospital.

I can’t drive so my boyfriends first meeting with my parents was a quick hello to my dad followed by a 25-minute journey to the hospital with my mum. Talk about an eventful meet the parents. My night of just watching TV and having slushes turned into about 6 hours in A&E waiting for my mum to get her dislocated shoulder pushed back into place. Thankfully my mum is perfectly fine and it’s a night that won’t be forgotten by any of us anytime soon. It’s also something we’ll no doubt be laughing about for years to come.

However, after last night I am very thankful for the NHS and all the doctors and nurses who work around the clock to look after us when we need them most. I don’t want to imagine what last night would have been like if the NHS didn’t exist. I don’t want to think about how much money we’d have been billed for drugs, x-rays and 6 hours in a bed when all my mum wanted to do was get home and have a sleep. Today I’m very thankful that I live in a country where I have access to free healthcare. It’s never something I will ever take for granted and I hope it’s never something that’s taken away.

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Book Club | The Host – Book of The Month (May)

This month Emma and I decided we’d buddy read The Host and it lead to the development of our very own book club. We had a lot of fun this past month re-reading a favourite of ours and remembering both what we loved and disliked about the novel as a whole. Below you can find part of the discussion we had over the book. Make sure you head over to Emma’s blog and read her half of our conversation.

Kayleigh: I liked the development of Kyle. How he went from hating Wanda to falling in love with someone like her.
Emma: Yeah he has an interesting character arc. I really really love Wanda too. I love how kind and gentle, but brave she is. I love her relationship with Jamie, he’s such a little cutie. I also love Uncle Jeb. The chapters where Wanda tells Jamie and Uncle Jeb about her life and the different planets are some of my favourites.
Kayleigh: How good is that chapter though. Wanda and Jamie’s relationship is my favourite. Like they gel so quickly it’s lovely watching them bond. The firefly scene is just adorable
Emma: That scene isn’t in the book, but I would have liked if it was.
Kayleigh: I know I love it in the film. It’s such a sweet moment. Especially as he asks about his sister and what it all really means.
Emma: The moments between them in the book are definite highlights for me.
Kayleigh: Yes! You can tell how much he cares about both of them. What did you think about the ending?
Emma: I love the ending. I love that everyone gets a happy ending and there are no annoying loose ends. I know there was meant to be a sequel that everyone seems to have forgotten about. I think it would be focusing on the other groups of survivors that they met at the end of the book, which would be interesting. I’d love if the sequel did go forward, but only if it was from Wanda’s POV.
Kayleigh: Like you, I loved the ending. I loved that it was dramatic or anything that spoiled the story. I think it was a good ending. I was just about ask you your thoughts on the sequel. I like that it’s been announced but I’ve given up hope that it’s ever going to happen. Although the idea would be nice, and I’d love more O’Wanda. Like you I’d love it to be told through Wanda again.
Emma: Overall, how would you rate the book? And has your rating change since the last time you read it?
Kayleigh: I’ve always considered it a 5-star book and I don’t think that’s ever changed, even as I’ve grown to find the start of the book drag. It’s still a good read and I still love it so it’s still something I’d read over and over again. What about you?
Emma: I’m the same, I would still give it 5 stars. Even though the start of the book drags, the rest more than makes up for it! I’m so glad after rereading that I can say it remains one of my all time favourites
Kayleigh: Same. I think it’s a book I won’t tire of reading. Hypothetically what would you like to happen in the sequel?
Emma: I’d like to read more about Wanda and Ian’s relationship now that they can properly be together. I’d love if the sequel was just a collection of short stories of O’Wanda going on raids together.
Kayleigh: That would be so good. I’d quite like more details on why it all happened.
Emma: I’m actually quite satisfied with the amount of information we get about the origin of the souls, etc. Like I said, I loved the chapters where Wanda explained the history of the souls to the humans. I’m sure Stephenie would be able to create even more fun background stories though.
Kayleigh: The whole concept is just so interesting. Probably why it’s a favourite.


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Let’s Talk About… My Shelfie

As a book lover I’m obsessed with pictures of shelfies. I love looking to see how other readers stack their bookshelves and how they keep everything organised. I’m pretty much a neat freak. I love organisation and anything that makes me feel more prepared. However, when it comes to my bookshelf it’s the one thing I don’t actually have an organisation method for. Mainly because I buy books constantly it takes far too much time to constantly rearrange.

Ideally, I would love to have my bookshelf organised alphabetically. That was my original plan when I bought my bookcase but it turns out that plan went out the window when I realised how many books I actually own. I’m in need of a second bookcase if I want to have it arranged alphabetically by author – sadly I don’t have room for another one just yet. My second plan was to organise it in order of either favourite books or favourite authours. Turns out this challenge is a lot harder than it sounds. Have you ever sat surrounded by your books trying to decide what one you enjoyed more? It’s very difficult.

Ultimately I decided to dedicate the top shelf of my bookcase to my favourite authours and the few Harry Potter items I own. Currently sitting on the top spot are my two obvious authors – Giovanna Fletcher and John Green. If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know I practically rave about these two constantly. Kasie West also takes the top spot with her collection of books – I highly recommend her books if you’re looking for a new read. Such wonderful stories. The Distance Between Us is one of my favourites but Spilt Second is a close second. Other authors that feature on my top shelf include Stephanie Perkins (because who didn’t fall in love with Anna and Etienne), Gillian Flynn and Tahereh Mafi. If I had more room Sarah J. Maas, Jojo Moyes and Cecelia Ahern would also take the top spot.

Today I’d love to know how you organise your book collection. Do you arrange everything alphabetically by either author or title? Do you arrange it by genre or by your favourites? Or like me is it just a somewhat jumbled mess that you love? Let me know below 🙂

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Book Club | Book of The Month (May)

Today I have some very exciting news about some new posts and I’m very excited to share it with you all. Lunch with the lovely Emma earlier this week resulted in tons of blog inspiration and some pretty exciting ideas. We have a lot more exciting things planned to share with you in the coming weeks but today we’re excited to announce our own little book club.

We’re both avid readers and in our spare time, we’re constantly texting each other about books that destroyed us and books we’ve loved. Annoying each other to hurry up and read a book or just to chat about fictional boyfriends and that amazing plot twist. As a result, welcome to our very own book club. We’ll be picking a new book at the start of each month to read and you’re more than welcome to join us. At the end of the month we’ll discuss our thoughts on everything author and book related and you can join in on the chat as well. It’s just an excuse to get together and chatter about our love for books 0and fictional boys.

Excited to announce that this month’s book will be The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I haven’t read the book in years so I’m quite excited to relive it all again. I watched the film a couple of months ago and obviously texted Emma about it. We also saw the book in a charity shop this week and talked about how we both wanted to read it. That’s what influenced this month’s pick. Feel free to join in along with our read. You can follow us on Goodreads and Twitter for updates on how we’re getting along and any thoughts we have as we’re reading. We’ll be back on the 26th to share our thoughts – happy reading!

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Monday Music | No Vacancy – OneRepublic

This week OneRepublic released some new music and a very important message to their fans. I am in love with this newest release and it was the best way to end the final week of my third year of university. Ryan released a very long post explaining a lot of things over on their facebook page, something I can relate to a lot. It’s so lovely to here that after a break away he’s doing better and is taking a new approach to releasing music. I’ll never say no to a new song from my favourite band.

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