52 Books in 52 Weeks

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I have started the year off with a very good intention of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. Alongside the reading, I had secretly planned to review each book. 8.5 books in, I have decided that I am reading at a much faster pace than I am writing, so although on paper I am not changing my goal, the reality of reviewing has hit me, and I have decided not to review each book. If you would like to ask for my opinion of a book, then I would more than happily give you a short review. I might even chose one a month to review, as I get a bit more into it. But for those who are interested (and you know, so that I actually stick to this goal) here are the books I have read so far in my challenge:

  1. Shopaholic to the Stars – Sophie Kinsella
  2. Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop of Dreams – Jenny Colgan
  3. Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop – Jenny Colgan
  4. When I Fall in Love – Miranda Dickinson
  5. The Christmas Surprise – Jenny Colgan
  6. Paper Towns – John Green
  7. Girl Online – Zoe Sugg
  8. Looking for Alaska – John Green
  9. The Curvy Girls Club – Michele Gorman
  10. A Gift to Remember – Melissa Hill
  11. Do You Remember the First Time – Jenny Colgan
  12. Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery – Jenny Colgan
  13. Shopaholic on Honeymoon – Sophie Kinsella
  14. It Started with a Kiss – Miranda Dickinson
  15. The Year of Taking Chances – Lucy Diamond
  16. The Wish List – Jane Costello
  17. Always the Bridesmaid – Lindsey Kelk
  18. That Girl From Nowhere – Dorothy Koomson
  19. Girl in the Mirror – Cecelia Ahern
  20. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
  21. The Sweetest Taboo – Carole Matthews
  22. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris – Jenny Colgan
  23. West End Girls – Jenny Colgan
  24. The Love Shack – Jane Costello
  25. Resistance is Futile – Jenny T Colgan
  26. Confessions of a Fashionista – Angela Clarke
  27. Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
  28. The Little Flower Shop By the Sea – Ali McNamara
  29. Summer at Shell Cottage – Lucy Diamond
  30. A Place to Call Home – Carole Marthews
  31. Let’s Meet on Platform 8 – Carole Matthews
  32. With or Without You – Carole Matthews
  33. All you need is Love – Carole Matthews
  34. Love, Lies and Lemon Cake – Sue Watson
  35. Amanda’s Wedding – Jenny Colgan
  36. Christmas at Heartbreak Cafe – Holly Greene
  37. A Proper Family Adventure – Chrissie Manby
  38. The Christmas List – Chrissie Manby
  39. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
  40. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses – Jenny Hale
  41. A Parcel for Anna Browne – Miranda Dickinson
  42. A Diamond from Tiffany’s – Melissa Hill
  43. A Wedding at Christmas – Chrissie Manby
  44. Shopaholic to the Rescue – Sophie Kinsella
  45. A Girl’s Best Friend – Lindsey Kelk
  46. Bella’s Christmas Bake-Off – Sue Watson
  47. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

Feel free to suggest some reads (nothing too scary!) and I will add it to the list! 🙂

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The one with the 2015 Goals

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Once again I have done my usual of falling off the face of the Earth when it comes to the blogging world. It seems every time life gets a little hectic, I end up MIA! I have so many posts to edit and actually put out there it is unreal!

So here I go with the first one. My 2015 Goals – I hope that by starting at this point it might actually help when it comes to more frequent blogging!

So yes, it is 2015, a brand new year. I literally cannot believe how fast the year has gone. Actually, it is almost the end of January, so not only has the year flown by, the last month has, and once again I am a little late to the party.

Anyways, in the spirit of better late than never, I thought I would share with you my 2015 resolutions. Then I decided, what’s the point in making resolutions, as I don’t really feel any sense of guilt if I don’t stick to them. I don’t really want the year to pass me by without feeling a sense (or no sense in some cases) of achievement, so I thought maybe a better thing to do would be to set myself some goals. 15 to be precise. Its 5 more than the 10 resolutions I made last year (too many of which I definitely did not stick to), but this year I feel I have a much higher success rate, as I hate failing and if it’s a goal then I will be stubborn enough to do my damned hardest to succeed.

So here I go with my 15 goals: (starting from today I have decided, as there is no point trying to back date them, and nobody wants to be set up to fail from that start!)

  1. Read 52 books in 52 weeks (See 52 book challenge to check my progress)
  2. Tick 8 things off my Bucket List (see 30 things to do before I am 30)
  3. Complete my 200th scuba dive
  4. Drink no more than 1 Starbuck’s coffee a week (unless I am on holiday when it is allowed!)
  5. Update my blog once/twice a week
  6. Get fit (not sure how to measure this one, but ill figure something out!)
  7. Make an entire outfit from head to toe
  8. Go the gym at least twice a week (this will help with no 6.)
  9. Spend a month not a penny in my overdraft (buying less Starbuck will definitely help with this!)
  10. Save £20-£40 a month for Christmas so I am not broke in December and January (this happens every year and I never learn!)
  11. Say something I am happy/thankful for, for 100 days (See 100 happy days)
  12. Spend more time with family and friends, and less time behind my office desk
  13. Save an extra £1 every week and actually keep it in my savings account. (eg week 1 save £1, week 2 save £2, week 10 save £10!)
  14. Loose a lb a week (of the weight variety) in time for my summer holiday!
  15. Live life to the full (not so much a measurable target, but this should be a life goal for everyone)

Now I’ve made my goals I have to stick with them! Like anything, some will be easier than others. But as usual I will keep you updated with my progress! Or at least I say I will…

So, I guess I better decide which 8 things I am going to tick of my bucket list, whilst driving to the gym, before updating my blog and putting some money in my saving account, and eating my delicious and nutritious salad of course…because I am totally not still sat behind my office desk, wishing I was going out for a takeaway!

My Book Challenge: The List

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After setting myself a challenge to read at least 30 books over the next six month (in order to smash my New Year’s Resolution out of the ball park!) I thought it was about time to start listing them (for proof) and also so I can review them for anyone who loves books and remotely cares about my opinion of them. So, here is a list of the books I have read to date and one by one, I will start adding my reviews under this section.

June:

1. The Charm Bracelet – Melissa Hill
2. The Little Beach Street Bakery – Jenny Colgan
3. Just In Case – Chrissie Manby (June’s ‘Amazon Recommends’)
4. A Proper Family Holiday – Chrissy Manby
5. Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella
6. How to get a (Love) Life – Roise Blake
7. Breakfast at Darcy’s – Ali McNamara

July:

8. 50 Ways to Find a Lover – Lucy Anne Holmes (Julys ‘Amazon Recommends’)
9. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
10. About A Girl – Lindsey Kelk

August:

11. What a Girl Wants – Lindsey Kelk
12. Six Geese A-Laying – Sophie Kinsella (Augusts ‘Amazon Recommends’)

September:

13. Poppy Does Paris – Nicola Doherty
14. The Beach Cafe – Lucy Diamond

October:

15. How to Fall in Love – Cecelia Ahern (Octobers ‘Amazon Recommends’)
16. Where the Rainbow Ends – Cecelia Ahern

November:

17. From Notting Hill…with Four Weddings Actually – Ali McNamara
18. Fairytale of New York – Miranda Dickinson
19. Jenny Lopez Saves Christmas – Lindsey Kelk

December

20. A Proper Family Christmas – Chrissie Manby
21. Christmas at the Beach Cafe – Lucy Diamond
22. Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe – Lucy Diamond
23. Secret Santa – Scarlett Bailey

I’ll keep updating as I go. 🙂

I am a massive chic lit fan, but I’m also open to suggestions, (as long as its not horror, blood, gore, murder etc) but y’know other than that, feel free to leave any recommendations in a comment! 🙂

The one with all the books

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Last month I realised that there was only actually one New Year’s resolution out of the 10 I’d made in 2014 (see post: The one with all the New Years resolutions!) that I haven’t already broken. Says a lot about my willpower – I know.

However, in order to combat the fear of failing completely, I have a plan. Armed with the fact that I really want to hold onto the remaining resolution to ensure that when December 31st comes around, I can officially say I have kept a New Year’s resolution, I have decided to give myself a challenge… Between June 1st and December 31st there are 30.5 weeks. My challenge to myself it to have read at least 30 books by the time the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. (So basically, I have to read one book a week.)

Now, I know some people have been aiming to read 150 books this year, so 30 in 6 months hardly sounds like a challenge, but believe me, for me, especially nowadays, it is. In order to prove that I have read each of the books, I am going to review them on my blog and maybe even make some useful recommendations myself.

Now, to date I have read 8 – so I think I’m off to a good start. I am yet to post any of my reviews, but I will do it all in good time – I promise.

I have about 10 books lined up on my kindle already, but I’m very happy to be guided by suggestions from any book lovers out there. I am a bit of a chick lit fan (as you will see from my upcoming reviews) so any recommendations in this category would be very much appreciated.

So, I guess The only thing left for me to do is put the kettle on, make myself a cuppa and get reading (and writing shortly after!)