Saturday, 21 April 2018

Training For Transylvania!


Trekking to Transylvania is a big challenge, possibly the biggest I’ll ever do in my life and boy is it dawning on me.

Today I went on my first proper training walk. Admittedly it wasn’t the biggest of challenge but it had some pretty steep climbs in my opinion and the terrain underfoot was muddy and very uneven. No lie, during one of the bigger (yet still small compared to what I'll be walking soon…) inclines I’m pretty sure I was close to having a heart attack. At this stage I’m not entirely sure how I’m physically going to conquer the terrain that Transylvania is going to throw at me.

I have been walking to work pretty much every day for the past couple of weeks and yes I can feel that it has increased my stamina, I certainly didn’t feel as knackered as quickly during my walk today but it is nowhere near where I need to be at come July, and frankly that is terrifying. I do not want to let my team down.

However, Fabulous Magazine is out tomorrow and a little bio about each of us is getting put online. The meet the team day was very overwhelming and although I tried to talk to as many people as possible, I am ready to read peoples inspirational stories to why they are doing this trek. I already know that no matter what, these people who are going on the trek with me and the stories each person will bring with them, the thought of raising so much money for charity and the sheer determination of wanting to complete the challenge is ultimately going to be what drives me up these mountains in a few weeks’ time.
Sorry for the lack of book related posts lately but getting physically ready for this walk is taking over my life so I hope you like the brief updates on the walking anyway and I'll be back to regular blogging asap!




Saturday, 14 April 2018

Fundraising

Fundraising is ridiculously tough. I’ve quickly discovered that it’s one thing raising a couple of hundred pounds for a charity, you know you’d do a bake sale or just nip round the office asking people to donate a couple of quid, whereas trying to raise over £2000 is difficult, really difficult.

What’s surprised me the most is the people that I know. When I initially got the call about taking part in the trek everyone around me were telling me that £2000 would be easily achievable and that they’d take my sponsorship form to friends / work or they’d do fundraising in their own workplaces for me. Yet, now I’ve accepted my place the support from close friends / family has frankly been limited. I’ve been left pretty much on my own fundraising. I appreciate that I took on this challenge and it is my responsibility to raise the money but from the initial enthusiasm from people I honestly expected more help. Not one person has taken my sponsor form around their offices yet despite the countless promises before I signed up.

I guess ultimately what has surprised me is who you’re actually getting help from. I mean work have been so overwhelmingly supportive. Between them they’ve donated 1/4 of my fundraising amount and every time I post something on social media they’re the first to share my posts. I always knew that work would sponsor me but I didn’t think they’ve donate so generously and try get others to donate so much, whereas close family / friends largely aren’t bothering so much. I’ve asked some of them to donate multiple times now and some of them haven’t even donated, it’s crazy. Then to make matters worse than when you try and organise something people just shoot you straight down. Because that’s super helpful when you’ve spent the last few weeks getting insanely stressed planning things.
Don’t get me wrong I’m still receiving so much support but I think it’s just coming from unexpected places. I can’t wait to give a big sigh of relief when I hit my fundraising total and then I can start really focussing on actually completing the challenge whereas at the minute I’m just stressing about the fundraising where in reality I should be stressing about getting fit. 
I am excited to do the challenge if not abit terrified and I know I’m going to feel so incredibly proud of myself and my team when we complete the challenge and collectively raise so much money between us. 
If anyone would like to donate please check out my fundraising link below it would be so appreciated –

Thursday, 5 April 2018

I'm Going On An Adventure!


I’ve always been that person whose filled countless books full of diary entries when I was younger. Now I’ve got older that’s turned into thousands (and I’m not exaggerating in the slightest) of random short paragraphs in my phones notes. So, it dawned on my today as I was writing yet another note about my day that although my blog has taken a backseat, I’ve not actually told you all why yet. I also realised that perhaps people may be a little interested in reading about my experiences in the run up to when I do it.

So without further ado…drum roll please…I’ve been selected to do this year’s Fabulous CoppaFeel! charity trek. Yep, I’ve dusted the cobwebs off my walking boots and will be walking 8 hours a day in Transylvania in July. CoppeFeel! are such a great charity who focus on raising awareness in checking your boobs even at a young age as early detection is so important. My family has been hit with multiple cases of breast cancer in recent years so for me raising money for CoppaFeel! is just so important to me.

I am certainly no where near the fittest person in the world. Heck, the most exercise I did in a day up to a few weeks ago when I got the call saying I’d been chosen to do the trek, was walking up one flight of stairs at work then moving all of ten steps to the toilet a couple of times a day. It’s only been a couple of weeks since I started upping my exercise but gosh I’m knackered already. I walked 4 miles to work today and basically sat exhausted at my desk at work for the next few hours after I’d arrived. So, its safe to say this challenge is going to be the biggest challenge of my life.

I’m keeping this blog short and brief as I feel like I’ve already bored everyone to tears about this already but I’ll be sure to publish the next time I write something in my phone notes.

I also need to raise a lot of money so if you’d like to check out my fundraising page and perhaps consider sharing / donating that’ll be so appreciated –

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Accidentally In Love – Anna Premoli



Accidentally In Love tells the story of Sara and Ethan. The pair couldn’t be more different. Sara is a very successful lawyer who hasn’t had much luck in love and choses to live near her family in Brooklyn. Ethan on the other hand has been born into privilege. When his father dies he and his brother are left the successful business, however Ethan is too busy partying and drinking all of his money away in Manhattans trendiest spots. When Sara is appointed as Ethan’s financial legal guardian conflict is bound to happen due to the fact that they are completely opposites.

Its no secret that reading this type of storyline is one of my favourite genre types and Accidentally In Love certainly did not disappoint. You know those days when you want to read a romance novel that makes you absolutely laugh out loud? Yep, this is a perfect example of the kind of book. Sara and Ethan are both hilarious. The ways in which they go to try and torment the other made me actually laugh out loud at certain points in the book, particularly Ethan as he’s so desperate to get Sara to resign as his guardian. Truthfully, I started this book when I wasn’t feel 100% and I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it, however when I picked my kindle up a few nights later I found myself completely and utterly addicted.

Yes, the story may have been predictable but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I thoroughly enjoyed the build up in the story. Again, the same applies with Sara and Ethan. Ethan is particular is such the stereotypical, rich bad boy character but he worked so wonderfully in this story. Sara and Ethan’s hate relationship makes such a great read and I think if they hadn’t had stereotypical traits the story probably wouldn’t have been so enjoyable. However, Sara is absolutely hilarious. The ways she reacts to Ethan made me laugh. She tries so hard to remain calm and the one in control as she’s his guardian which makes for a great read.

This is the 2nd one of Anna Premoli’s novels that I’ve read and really enjoyed reading. They’re always a great romantic story with so many funny moments doted thorough. I think if you’re in between books at the moment and are looking for a reasonable fast read this is the book for you.

Synopsis –

A funny romantic comedy about how opposites definitely do attract... 

Sara Di Giovanni is a successful lawyer in New York City: she is the star of her profession, an excellent role model to her very vivacious little sister, but has so far been unlucky in love... 

Ethan Phelps is the rich playboy trouble-maker whose only talent in life is spending money and dating women... That is until Ethan's father dies with no will to his name, leaving his two sons the legal heirs to his billion-dollar company. 

Sara is forced to become the court-appointed guardian to handle Ethan's share of the fortune, as his family do not trust him to manage it himself. Sara thinks it should be easy, but it's not so simple when Ethan is determined to get rid of her by whatever means necessary... 

What ensues is a dramatic and hilarious power-play between Sara and Ethan... but what will happen when feelings start to get in the way?

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Love To Hate You – Jo Watson


Sera normally does everything right, she works hard to support herself and her family and she truly tries to be a good girl all the time. Then after one night of poor judgement she finds herself having a one-night stand…in the back of a stranger’s car no less! However, little does Sera know it wasn’t going to be a one night stand she could just forget about as mystery man. Ben, turns out to be her new boss.

I read Love To Hate You in one day. You know those books that are a nice easy read but addictive so you can’t put them down then you look at the clock and its 2am but you only have a few pages left so you figure you might as well finish the book? This was 100% that kind of book for me. It was just that addictive.

The relationship between Sera and Ben is a ridiculously slow build up despite how quickly they initially get together in the back of his car. To be honest, normally I get bored with storylines like this, I just end up practically screaming at my kindle for them to either get together or just call it a day – no need to leave us, the readers, in limbo. However, I don’t know why but the fact that it is slow works so well in this book and I surprisingly its what I enjoyed most about the story.

The characters were great to read about even if completely stereotypical, especially Ben. He was just the standard arrogant male love interest especially when he ends up being her boss. Again, this normally is something I dislike in books but it just worked in this story. Sera on the other hand couldn’t be more different. She’s so independent and confident in her decisions and just tries to just be a genuinely nice person to everyone and I loved this about her.

Overall, I found the story great. I thought certain aspects were thrown in just to add more to the story, like the problems Sera has with her family particularly towards the end but generally I enjoyed the story. I mean I didn’t stay up until the early hours of the money reading it so you can safety say I enjoyed this book.

If you’re looking for an easy to read, fun romance novel this is your book!

Synopsis –

An unmissable sexy rom-com from the author of ALMOST A BRIDE. Perfect for fans of Joanna Bolouri, Cate Woods and Sally Thorne's THE HATING GAME.

Sera is usually a good girl. (Except for one wild night in the backseat of a stranger's car!) But what happens when that bad boy turns out to be her new boss? And what happens when he wants more than one night...and he can be very persuasive...

For more laugh-out-loud, swoon-worthy hijinks, don't miss Jo's other rom-coms, BURNING MOON, ALMOST A BRIDE and FINDING YOU.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Extinction Trails - S.M. Wilson



Fact – everyone loves dinosaurs. No matter how old you are I think you’ll always have a part of you that likes dinosaurs so when I received The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson in my latest Wildest Dreams book club box its safe to say I was excited to read it.


The Extinction Trails takes you to a land with dinosaurs. The human race is rapidly expanding so needs more space to expand so they host a series of trials to find willing people to go to the continent of the dinosaurs to collect eggs in order to try cause their extinction to make more space for humans. The book follows the story from two contestants point of view, Stormchaser and Lincoln. They both have their own reasons for taking part in the trails. Little do they know what will be ahead of them when they take part in the trials.


The book itself is being advertised as The Hungers Games meets Jurassic Park which is a pretty big statement in itself. However, now I’ve read the book I can honestly say this is the perfect way to describe this book. It’s a gripping story from start to finish – and did I mention it features dinosaurs?! The group of trialists are from a variety of backgrounds and I thoroughly enjoyed reading how they worked together as a team in order to collect the dinosaur eggs. However, like the Hunger Games it does feature multiple deaths so it may not be too suitable for younger readers.


Chapters are told from the point of view of Stormchaser and Lincoln. Now, normally I’m not a huge fan of chapters from multiple perspectives as I find it makes stories a little confusing and difficult to follow. However, this is the same story and it absolutely flows from two perspectives. To be honest, this is one of the few books that I thoroughly enjoyed being told from multiple perspectives and I felt that it really benefitted from it as you could read about what is going on in both of their heads. Aside from that they’re both very different characters but both equally as enjoyable to read about, normally with dual perspectives I majorly favour one of the characters but in this book, I really did enjoy reading about both.


As the synopsis suggests the book is full of danger where characters are willing to stab each other in the back in order to win. The story truly was addictive, I read this within a couple of days despite it not being a particularly short book. It was full of twist and turns and chapters that made you just continue reading as you just had to know what happened next. The continent the dinosaurs live on is so vividly described to the extent I kept checking out of my window every time I heard a noise just in case a T-Rex was lurking outside my window! I was transported to the world and as I read I found myself becoming more absorbed in this world.


The Extinction Trials is going to be a series but the book has a good enough ending that it works as a standalone. However, it still left me wanting more so I’m already eagerly waiting the next instalment in this book series! To be honest, if I saw this book on a shelf I admit I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, I received it in my Wildest Dreams subscription box and I’m so thrilled that I did because this book is brilliant. If you liked The Hunger Games (and dinosaurs!) you will 100% love this book and I can only recommend that you make it your next must read book.


Synopsis –


Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.

Welcome to the Extinction Trials.


In Stormchaser and Lincoln's ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.


But in a land full of monsters - human and reptilian - they can't afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other...

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Talk Of Shame – Alex Everwood

Talk Of Shame tells the story of three students in the first year at Somerville University. They’ve all got to the university in different ways and they all have very different ideas of what to get out of the university / sorority experience. The story follows them around as they start the university.

I so badly wanted to love this book. From the synopsis it sounded like such a good book however it just wasn’t overly my cup of tea. Yes, I enjoyed it but personally it isn’t going to be my favourite book. The story is told in multiple perspectives and I don’t really enjoy this in a book. For me, sadly this is what I didn’t even this about this book as I found I just couldn’t get into the story as quickly as I’d have liked. However, I did enjoy the story and I did find myself invested in the characters as the book went on, but it did take me a long time to get into the story and to figure out which character was which.


I actually did enjoy all three of the characters. It was interesting to read about how different every individuals university life can be. What I enjoyed too is that Katie, Jill and Beatrice or not two-dimensional characters. They all don’t seem to be what you initially think about them.


To be perfectly honest, this is probably one of the hardest reviews of a book that I’ve ever had to write. I really don’t want to say that it’s a bad book because it isn’t, its just that for me I didn’t really enjoy each chapter being told from a different person’s perspective. I think if you do enjoy books split like this and you read the synopsis and it sounds like a book you’d like I reckon you probably would. I mean, I enjoyed reading the story and I did feel completely engrossed in the campus life and the characters are likeable. I just didn’t enjoy the different perspectives.


Synopsis –


Goodbye, high school. Hello, Alpha Chi! 


Somerville University. For freshmen Katie Brown, Jill Everson, and Beatrice Fritch, their approach to college-and relationships-couldn't be more different. They kick off freshman year with high hopes, but life doesn't always go as planned. One thing is for sure: no one wants to get caught on the Talk of Shame Instagram feed, the university's unofficial gossip site. One unsavory pic, and your reputation is shot. Unfortunately, that's a lesson learned the hard way... 


Katie's earned admission into the private university through her hard work in high school. Her aunt is paying her tuition on one condition: Katie must join a sorority, specifically Kappa Kappa Theta (KKT.) There's just one problem. Katie was kicked out of the "cool clique" in high school. Now she's independent and afraid of losing herself if forced to become a sorority girl. But is she using independence to protect herself from forming relationships? Especially if it's with the gorgeous editor of Somerville University's student newspaper? 


Jill chose Somerville for one reason: Alpha Chi Alpha (Chi Alpha), the most beautiful sorority house on campus, boasting the prettiest girls on campus. Jill has always been the southern belle who can "wear her weight well." Her confidence and humorous personality have won her lots of friends-and quite a few hook-ups. But she has yet to have a steady boyfriend. But that'll happen automatically once becoming a Chi Alpha. Right? 


And then there's Beatrice. College wouldn't be complete without a frenemy: something that comes easy to the young, coed. A member of Chicago's wealthy elite, she wears only the best labels, drives only the hottest cars, and enrolls at Somerville-the most prestigious private university around. But her status comes at a price: lasting friendship. Beatrice has learned to manipulate others in order to protect herself, and her childhood friendship with Katie was the first one to suffer. Will Somerville give her the chance to reconcile and find her true self? 


Katie, Jill, and Beatrice champion and struggle with the ins-and-outs of Greek Row, a life filled with hook-ups, heartbreak, backstabbing, and cheating. Both in and out of the classroom. 


For fans of Bright Side by Kim Holden, Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan, and the TV Series Gossip Girl.