Archive | June 2014

Sunday Funday Challenge #8

Welcome to the eighth ‘Sunday Funday Challenge!’

For those of you unaware, I have set up this challenge myself in order to help you find new blogs that you will love, and to help promote your own blog posts to a different audience.

Here’s how it works:

1) Every Sunday I will post a blog post entitled ‘Sunday Funday Challenge’.

2) Every Sunday, you pick one blog post of your choice from your own blog, which you want to share with people. Copy and paste the URL into the comments section below in order to share it with other Sunday Funday participants.

3) Each Sunday, pick a different post from the week before, which you want to share.

It’s as simple as that!

Invite others to read your favourite posts, comment on blog posts which you love, and promote yourself.

If you have a Twitter account, share the challenge with your followers and use the hashtag #SundayFundayChallenge – The more the merrier and all bloggers are welcome!

So, let’s get started shall we?

I am actually going to share with you two posts today – one about an achievement I have gained this week, and the other a book review which I seriously recommend to you!
1) I passed my degree!
2) The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson: Book Review.

Now, copy and paste a post of your own into the ‘comments’ section below, check out the posts shared by other bloggers and most of all have fun!! 🙂

If you took part last week, remember to share a different post with us this week!

I look forward to reading your posts!

Nadia Knows Best by Jill Mansell: Book Review

Stranded in a snow storm, Nadia has no choice but to share a room for the night with the gorgeous Jay, who she had just met. Despite being tempted, Nadia promised herself to stay faithful to her long-term partner, Laurie, who is her childhood sweetheart. Not long after this event, Laurie decides to break up with Nadia, and Nadia happens to bump into the handsome Jay again, who soon becomes her boss.

As the story unfolds, we meet Nadia’s family and get invited to experience the drama which comes with it. Nadia and Jay are becoming pretty close when Laurie decides to show up and declare that he made a stupid mistake and wants Nadia to take him back. However, who will Nadia choose? Her childhood sweetheart who she’d always imagined marrying, or her boss who gives her sparks every time he enters the room?isbn9780755332618-detail

This is the fourth book by Jill Mansell that I have read, and once again it didn’t disappoint me. This is a typical chick-lit book that leaves you wanting more and struggling to put down.

Throughout the book, there is a huge focus on Nadia’s family and their individual problems. I really liked this structure, because although the book centre’s around Nadia, it was really interesting to get to know the personalities and lives of those close to her which made it seem like I actually knew the members of her family myself. I really liked Nadia and I found her relationship with her family quite interesting.

I have a sister and we are quite close. We get on pretty well most of the time, and have never ever had a physical fight – well, from what I can remember! The thought of hitting my sister is absolutely absurd, therefore I found it slightly uncomfortable that Nadia hit Clare when she was being a pain. However, saying that, my sister is nothing like Clare. A lot of the time Clare deserved a smack to put her in her place because she was so selfish, rude and spiteful. Nadia was such a strong character which I loved – she stood up for herself and stood up for everyone around her who was having a difficult time too. Continue reading

I Passed My Degree!

This week I received some really exciting news, therefore I have abandoned my blog a bit due to celebrations taking place… So I apologise about that 🙂

I have passed university and received a 2:1 in my degree!!

I’m seriously so so happy about it. That was my predicted grade anyway, so I am absolutely over the moon that I have made it. It really has been a traumatic couple of years for me, so I am really proud of myself for making it through and getting myself a degree despite the amount of times I have wanted to give up. Continue reading

Sunday Funday Challenge #7

Welcome to the seventh ‘Sunday Funday Challenge!’

For those of you unaware, I have set up this challenge myself in order to help you find new blogs that you will love, and to help promote your own blog posts to a different audience.

Here’s how it works:

1) Every Sunday I will post a blog post entitled ‘Sunday Funday Challenge’.

2) Every Sunday, you pick one blog post of your choice from your own blog, which you want to share with people. Copy and paste the URL into the comments section below in order to share it with other Sunday Funday participants.

3) Each Sunday, pick a different post from the week before, which you want to share.

It’s as simple as that!

Invite others to read your favourite posts, comment on blog posts which you love, and promote yourself.

If you have a Twitter account, share the challenge with your followers and use the hashtag #SundayFundayChallenge – The more the merrier and all bloggers are welcome!

So, let’s get started shall we?

Here is my post I’m going to share with you today – There Is Never A Right Time To Say Goodbye..

Now, copy and paste a post of your own into the ‘comments’ section below, check out the posts shared by other bloggers and most of all have fun!! 🙂

If you took part last week, remember to share a different post with us this week!

I look forward to reading your posts!

There Is Never A Right Time To Say Goodbye

So today is basically my last ever day living the “student life”.

These past three years have gone so quickly and I really am so thankful to have had the opportunity to experience university. I have had lots of ups and lots of downs over the last few years, but I think they have all been completely worth it. The downs have given me that little bit more strength and taught me several lessons to learn about life. The whole experience has been one big learning curve.

My bedroom is practically empty now… I hate it. I am spending today and tomorrow blitzing our student house before kissing it goodbye. I lived in student halls for the first two years of university and then moved out to a student flat for the final year. This flat has definitely been my favourite… I really don’t want to leave.

I’m actually trying not to think about the fact that I am leaving, otherwise it gives me a lump in my throat and makes me feel really sick with my anxiety. I was like that last year when moving out of halls too. I wasn’t strong enough to say goodbye to my old flat. I had packed everything before I went home one weekend, and then that was it. I couldn’t face the thought of going back to move my stuff out and say goodbye, so I stayed at home whilst my parents went up to collect all of my belongings and hand my keys in. Continue reading

‘The Husband’s Secret’ by Liane Moriarty: Book Review

Happily married mother of three, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, stumbles across a dusty envelope in her attic addressed to herself, stating “to be opened only in the event of my death”, written by no other than her beloved husband, John-Paul. After confessing to her husband that she found the letter, he urges her not to open it under any circumstances because he was embarrassed about what he wrote years ago. However, Cecilia can tell that John-Paul is lying and must have something to hide, so as curiosity got the better of her, she ripped open the letter.

John-Paul had a secret – one that would ruin her family and those around her – but now that Cecilia had opened the letter, she was involved. There was no going back. Could she stay silent to protect her family, or was she going to confess her husbands deep, dark secret that would ruin the lives of those she loves the most?51OsGdjSD6L

I don’t even know where to start with this review… just, wow!

The moment I started reading this book, I couldn’t take my eyes off the page. I was unaware of everything going on around me because I was so consumed in this novel – In fact, I was consumed after reading just the blurb… I was eager to find out what the secret was! Continue reading

‘Girl on the Run’ by Jane Costello: Book Review

28-year old, Abby Rogers, cannot think of anything worse than exercise and running. Other than managing her own web-design business, Abby enjoys spending her free time hanging out with her best friend (and fitness fanatic!) Jess, and chilling out eating junk food with a glass of wine. Jess is eager to help Abby find a man, and eventually encourages Abby to join the running club after telling her about the hot new team captain, Oliver.

However, Abby’s first session didn’t exactly go to plan and she vows herself to never return. Not long after this, colleague Heidi turns up at work and announces some devastating news which would change her life forever. But what Abby doesn’t realise, is how much her life was about to change too.{02763850-115C-4B6E-B134-574FBF4E0FD5}Img100

I absolutely adored this book. Right from the very first page, I was hooked and wanted to find out what was going to happen next. Not only does it involve Abby finding love, but it involves her finding new passions, hobbies and realising the satisfaction of helping other people.

I really liked how all of the characters were very realistic and true to people you would meet in every day life. There is always one person who hates sport, one person who loves sport, another person who is a bit of a player, another who has no control over their life and future due to uncontrollable circumstances…. the list is endless. Abby was pretty loveable herself – she wasn’t afraid to admit her dislike for excersise to those who loved it, which was pretty brave of her; yet she was also funny, confident and somebody you’d love to be friends with. Continue reading