Monthly Wrap Up: October 2015

As if it’s November already! Where the hell has this year gone?! It’s crazy! However, I have several friends visiting home to Jersey this month and my best friend from school is actually moving back, so I am very excited ūüôā team that with birthday celebrations, winter snugglyness, hot chocolates and ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES COMMENCING, and November is looking pretty awesome. My tree will totes be up before the week is out.

And, as I’m about to elaborate on, October was pretty freaking awesome too. This does mean it’s a rather long wrap-up post, but it was just too fabulous a month to skimp on ūüôā

Holly Martin’s White Cliff Bay Party

The first weekend of October was SUPER EXCITING as I flew to London to attend Holly’s launch party, and generally to hug and squish lots of lovely writer and blogger friends. It was superb. Sharon and I met for a drink and catch up on the Friday afternoon before we headed to the party, where I just met so many amazing people I feel like I’ve known my whole life, mainly for the first time and some for the second time having met before in March, like Simona and Sharon. It was just such a special night and I loved every second gossiping with these amazing women (and the odd man, hi¬†Holly’s dad and Olly!!) and guzzling far too much rose than can be called acceptable. Books, friends and wine *ahhh*, what a perfect combination.

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Saturday was spent with Sharon, Simona, Maryline and Rachel, and we had a lovely stroll around Convent Garden before lunch at Jamie’s Italian (yum!) and in the evening we saw Kinky Boots, which was just fabulous. I had a horrendously early start on Sunday, then spent 9 hours sat in Gatwick as I missed my flight due to train cancellations and delays, and had to book a new flight for the evening, so that was all a wee bit stressful, but still couldn’t really dampen how awesome a weekend it was, and how happy I am to have met and squished so many of my lovely online friends.

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Legally Blonde

The week before I went on holiday, after years of deliberation, I finally plucked up the courage to audition for the local amateur dramatics group. It was something I did all the time as a kid, but I get bad stage fright which has prevented me from having done¬†anything for a very long time. Next year, the local club is doing Legally Blonde, and I’m very happy to say I got the role of Elle’s best friend, Margot. It’s my first show in ten years, so to have got a lead is really awesome and I am SO excited to get started, it’s just such a fun show and I can’t wait to just get involved with all that again.

Walk Like an Egyptian

On Tuesday 20th October, I woke up at an ungodly hour to make my way to the airport and begin my travels to the beautiful land of Egypt, somewhere that has pretty much become my favourite place in the world over the last couple of years – largely¬†to do with temperatures consistently exceeding 30 degrees celsius, which just feels much more like my natural climate! As soon as I¬†stepped off that plane and felt the rush of warm air hit me, I couldn’t stop smiling.

This was a particularly special holiday for me, as for the first time in my life I went away by myself. Having spent months discussing/debating holidays with my ex, but never getting round to booking anything (thank god, looking back!), I had pretty much resigned myself to a holiday-less year when we broke up. Within a couple of months though, I realised I was being a total moron and question what the fuck I was doing. Why the hell should I not have a holiday just because I don’t have anyone to go with? If anything, when I’m on holiday I just want to lie in the sun and read all day, occasionally swimming in between, and let’s be honest – those¬†aren’t exactly sociable activities, so I am more than capable of achieving that on my own! So I found time I could take off work and began my search of where to go for a fairly cheap and cheerful holiday I’d be comfortable on my own and – more importantly – where’d have the hottest weather in late October. All signs quickly started pointing to Egypt, and while I wasn’t sure at first having spent two weeks there last year, I did love it and the promise of heat won me over.

Arriving at the hotel late, tired and hungry on my first night after 15 hours of travel and just missing the ¬†restaurant which closed mere minutes before I arrived, I¬†had a quick couple of drinks in the bar before turning in for the night. At 7am¬†I wondered down to the poolside and was faced with¬†my most taxing decision of the week:¬†which sun lounger do I choose? Where will get the best sunlight hours for optimum tanning?! This is serious stuff. Pleased with my decision, I headed off for breakfast before returning to my selected lounger, where I remained until the sunset, with the exception of a few dips in the pool and a few trips to the bar a few metres away. It’s a tough life, but someone had to do it, and I spent every following day doing the exact same thing. Suffice to say, I was in heaven.

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I did have a slight wobble for all of about half an hour that first evening in the bar, where I wondered if I could really do the whole being on my own for a week thing, but I took stock of the situation, realised I was in a beautiful (HOT!) country with nothing more to do than swim, sunbathe and read, no one else to worry about whatsover and realised: fuck it! This is amazing. After that I had one of the best weeks of my life, and loved every goddamn second of it and am trying to plan a way to go back and live there, naturally.

Honestly, as soon as I stopped¬†worrying I think I was probably the most relaxed and content I’ve ever felt. And I wasn’t truly alone, because I got to know other guests and the staff, and we had a great time together. What I enjoyed was having the luxury to spend time with them, or choose to simply sit and enjoy my own company with a book if I wanted to! Though ¬†honestly, I think they thought I was pretty weird the first few days, constantly having my nose in a book – especially when I began each meal by cutting it¬†into little pieces like one might for a child, just so I could eat one-handed and hold my kindle in the other! But they soon got used to me and it became a conversation starter.

It was definitely up there with Best Holidays Ever, and I wouldn’t hesitate to go alone again, possibly even to the same resort.¬†As I’ve mentioned previously, these past few months have been really important for me, and I’ve found I’ve become more myself – the myself I want to be – than ever before, and being able to spend so much time in my own company, and relax and enjoy it, is a massive achievement for me, and something I totally recommend.

October in Books

So it turns out what I needed to get me out of my reading slump was a good old week in the Egyptian sunshine! I may have to do that more often then ūüėČ it was slightly odd as I was catching up on a lot of Christmas reading, which can be slightly difficult to get into when lying in 35 degrees of heat, but I enjoyed them none the less. I tried to get a nice mix of Christmas, general catch up, and some nice summery/sunny books too.

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Books Releases to Get Excited About in November

I am totally in full-on gunas-a-blazin’ Christmas mode now, so nearly all releases to get excited about this month are Christmas related. Oh, and the new Cecelia Ahern, obviously!

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A Christmas Tail by Cressida McLaughlin¬†‚Äď November 5th

How to Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake ‚Äď November 5th

A Girl’s Best Friend by Lindsey Kelk – November 5th

The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern ‚Äď November 5th

Lost Girls by Angela Marsons – November 6th

Wickham Hall, Part 4: White Christmas – Novemeber 26th

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What are you looking forward to this month?

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Spooky Reads Week is here!

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It’s finally time! I hope you’ve got your books ready?

Here are my Spooky Reads:

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

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  Grim Crush Tristen The Last Seeker

You can win a copy of each of these in the giveaway!

Click here to enter the Spooky Reads Week giveaway!

Happy reading & I hope you all have fun with this theme!

Spooky Reads Week

Hi everyone!

It’s nearly time for Spooky Reads Week – have you made your selections¬†yet? If you missed the first post and would like to get involved, you can read more about it here. Let me know if you’d like to sign up, I’d love for you to take part! (Or feel free to just join in!)

So here’s a quick re-cap of the few loose rules:

  1. Books can be  thrillers, fantasy, gothic, paranormal etc Рanything a bit magical or mystical or scary. (So you can totally bend this to suit you!)
  2. If tweeting, please use the hashtag #SpookyReadsWeek so I can keep track and help RT etc.
  3. For blog posts etc, I have created the below graphics. Use whichever you like, I simply ask you link back to this post.

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Giveaway prizes are still being confirmed, so I’ll get up a link to that ASAP.¬†Winner will be announced on Monday November 3rd.

I’ll be posting what I’m reading plus a few reviews and guest posts throughout the week, and I’m excited to be reading some books that are a little different from my norm! I hope every one can have some fun with it ūüôā

Here’s who we’ve got signed up so far:

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Spooky Reads Week: 27th Oct – 2nd Nov

While I’ve been getting seriously into the Christmas spirit already, what with all the amazing Christmas book releases at the moment, I don’t want to miss the fact we’ve got another holiday coming up first at the end of this month – Halloween!

I’ve always loved a bit of fantasy, but have definitely been focused a lot more on standard¬†romance lately, so it only seems right to at least dedicate Halloween week to reading and reviewing some ‘spooky reads,’ and I love for you to join me!

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I use the term ‘Spooky’ loosely; as the idea encompasses a few different options: Fantasy, Thriller, Paranormal, Gothic…anything a bit magical or with a bit of a scare factor etc…You get the idea ūüôā Continue reading

This Month…October 2014

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October is¬†here and we’re officially heading towards Winter at a rapid pace.

Asides from looking forward to all the wonderful¬†book releases¬†this month,¬†here’s what I’ve got going on in October:

CHRISTMAS BOOKS!

Okay, okay, this is kind of similar to the general book releases, but it deserves its own appreciation. I’m one of those awful super-excitable, acts-like-a-3-year-old-at-the-mere-mention-of-Christmas types. I love it, and I can’t help but feel super Christmassy extra early when there’s the Christmas books start being released this month! I admit, I started reading them in September (a little odd when I was lying in 40 degrees of heat in Egypt, but I still loved it!) and I’ll have lots of lovely Christmas reviews going up for the next couple of months

Halloween

I do love a good excuse to dress up! We’ve got a few parties this year, so we’ll have to come up with some great costume ideas, and I think we’ll have a lot of fun. I’m a terrible scardy-cat, absolutely awful with scary films, but I’m sure Mr and I will still snuggle up for a couple that I’ll watch from half behind a cushion!

 TV Programs

I’m not much of a TV watcher – in fact, we haven’t actually had normal TV set up for about 3 years, but we do have a few favourite programs that we like to get the boxsets of or catch up online, and all the new seasons are restarting around now, so I’m looking forward to that and letting my geeky side shine! Particularly Supernatural and Once Upon A Time, which are my favourites.

So, a bit quieter than last month, but with so many fabulous books to read, I should hopefully have enough time to get through as many as I can!

What have you got to look forward to this month?

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