Long Lost Review: Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon

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Windmills of the Gods

Sidney Sheldon.

The world is on the brink of mutual destruction between the East and the West and Mary Ashley, beautiful, talented, intelligent, has been chosen to represent America as Ambassador to Romania. Thrust from her comforting, homely life in Kansas, she finds herself lost amongst the political turmoil in a foreign country where she is seen as the enemy and no-one is to be trusted.

Then someone starts to threaten Mary and her children. Who can want her to leave so desperately and why? And can Mary decide who she can trust when her life is on the line?

Sidney Sheldon is at his gripping best in this thrilling political page-turner.

Taken from book blurb

I have absolutely no recollection of reading this book.

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Quick Non-Fic Reviews – Home and Garden

You may noticed that I work in a library and you also may have noticed that I have a tenancy to borrow waaay too many books. The last post I did like this was all about the sustainability and cook books that I had recently borrowed. Well this post is all about the Home and Garden books I borrow.

Okay so the below books are all so tempting because they have such beautiful covers! How can you look at them and not want to borrow them? Also I really like succulents and am really interested in terrariums. I mean I haven’t had the initiative yet to make anything pretty from these books but I live in hope of someday.


Home and Garden

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things (Revised Edition) by Cy Tymony

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things is such a fun and interesting book! The whole time I was reading this I was just thinking about how the projects could be incorporated into school holiday programs at my library. The skill and understanding level needed to complete a lot of these projects would be perfectly suited towards young adults and would be just educational and engaging enough to not bore readers.

I adored that as an adult readers I could easily follow the instructions, and really enjoyed the graphic illustrations that demonstrated a lot of the projects and steps. Even more than that, the book doesn’t fix itself in only the American market, as when needed it converts information, for example, the book offers information on how to find south in the southern hemisphere. Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things is a perfect resource for some sneaky learning and STEM work!


Small Space Big Ideas by Philippa Pearson

Small Space Big Ideas was a beautiful book full of so many fun looking home and garden projects. I want to return to this book at some point to look at the vertical gardens featured, as well as the use of old tea cups and saucers for housing succulents and potentially using them as bird feeders. I think there are a few editions of this book floating around with different names, so if you see Small Space Garden Ideas, this is also that book, however I think the one I read was published for Australian audiences.


Creative Terrariums: 33 Modern Mini-Gardens for Your Home by Enid Gonzalez

I am a weakness for books about terrariums 😅 I’m very interested in making one but have neither the time, money, nor inclination to actually start a project. Creative Terrariums is both a visually stunning book but also a practical one. Unlike a lot of terrarium books I have read, Gonzalez takes you through and explains the necessary steps needed for not only making the terrarium but maintaining it.

Definitely give this book a go if you’re thinking about making a terrarium as it not only shows you how to make one but educates you along the way. I am particularly interested by the terrarium chandelier!


Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello, Kate Bryant, and Kate Baldwin (Photographer)

Okay so this book confirms that I mainly borrow these books for the pretty pictures. And this book is full of pretty pictures! I really love some of these terrarium projects, they not only look good but I am tricked 😋 into thinking I could make these beauties.

What I really like about this book and what separates it from others, is that it has step by step pictures of how you can create terrariums. These pictorial steps do happen only at the beginning but they are still a really valuable resource as with anything, I would no doubt need visual instructions so as not to completely mess everything up. The rest of the book is filled with pictures of projects you can make which include all of the things you will need.


Long Lost Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

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Lick

Kylie Scott.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride. 

Taken from book blurb

Since it’s just before Valentine’s Day, I thought I would celebrate with a romance themed Long Lost Review. So sit back and enjoy a review of a book I have not read in many, many years.

Lick was a book that was highly recommendation to me by my friend, Jess. So with this glowing review, I quickly tracked down and picked up a copy of this new Australia author. I remember reading the book and thoroughly enjoying it!

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2020 Goals

Happy almost end of the first month of 2020!

After the kind of, and almost of success of my 2019 Goals list, I have decided to give it a go again. But this time, in widget form! So say goodbye to the tired format of last year, and say hello to my pretty checklist!

Hello pretty checklist.

The above image is one that will live on the side of my blog in a widget. When I am able to tick something off, I will update the image with one with pretty ticks so that I and everyone else who cares can keep track.

Remarkably similar to my Hopeful Reads of 2020 personal challenge – this 2020 Goals checklist is a passive one. I may talk about it or feature it if I mark off something but other than that, its job is to sit there and look pretty.

Hopefully you will see this 2020 Goals image on the side widget if you visit on a browser but if you visit my page while using a mobile or tablet, you will have to scroll right now to the bottom to check out this lovely content. But no worries, I am just happy that it is there for my own personal reference.

…to quietly breath down my neck and remind that I said I would get shit done this year…


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Long Lost Review: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet

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The Uncommon Reader

Alan Bennett.

A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, the Queen is transformed as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word.

The author of the Tony Award winner The History Boys, Alan Bennett is one of Britain’s best-loved literary voices. With The Uncommon Reader, he brings us a playful homage to the written word, imagining a world in which literature becomes a subversive bridge between powerbrokers and commoners. By turns cheeky and charming, the novella features the Queen herself as its protagonist. When her yapping corgis lead her to a mobile library, Her Majesty develops a new obsession with reading. She finds herself devouring works by a tantalizing range of authors, from the Brontë sisters to Jean Genet. With a young member of the palace kitchen staff guiding her choices, it’s not long before the Queen begins to develop a new perspective on the world – one that alarms her closest advisers and tempts her to make bold new decisions. Brimming with the mischievous wit that has garnered acclaim for Bennett on both sides of the Atlantic, The Uncommon Reader is a delightful celebration of books and writers, and the readers who sustain them. 

Taken from book blurb

So I only recall brief snippets of this book but I remember being charmed. If only because the protagonist is the current, Queen of England. As the blurb states, the story follows the Queen as she stumbles upon a mobile library and from there develops a love of the written word. Dear old Lizzie makes her way through the classics as well as modern literature.

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My Goodreads Year in Books – 2019

I did it – I finished the challenge!

Previously in 2018 I had challenged myself to read 70 books and beat that challenge, so this year I thought I would go for the big 💯. I am happy to say that I have beat that by *almost* 50. So close 😋

Since I surprised myself so much this year, I plan on upping the challenge to 150 books in 2020. So wish me luck and also check out all that I read in 2019.

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2019 Goals Rundown!

Happy almost the end of 2019!

Let’s have a quick look at what I have accomplished this 2019. If you’ve been paying attention, I have been tracking my progress each month in my Small Snippets posts, so some of this may not be a surprise to you.

Reread

I have gone abysmally at rereading books this year 😰 While I did try with reading the first book of the Lunar Chronicles this year, sadly I did not pick up any other books in the below series.

The Lunar Chronicles by Melissa Meyer.

❌The whole Tortall series by Tamora Pierce.

The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix.

❌Finish the Modern Faerie Tales series.

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My Hopeful Reads of 2020

Due largely to my enjoying the graphic, rather than my ‘success’ of last year – I will be attempting again my Hopeful Reads of 2020 reading challenge.

Referring to the below image, this will be on display in a sidebar widget of my blog for the entirety of 2020. The books featured are ones that I want to hopefully read by the end of 2020, thus the ‘Hopeful reads of 2020’ title.

The books that are featured are potentially ones that:

  • are designated reads in my 2020 Goals
  • potential Book Bingo selections
  • have been recommended to me
  • have caught my eye
  • are books that have remained from last year
  • or simply are ones I want to read.


See any books in there that you want to know more about? Do you want a similar template for your blog? Leave a comment and let me know 😊

Rundown of My Hopeful Reads of 2019

Since I started my Hopeful Reads of 2019 half way through the year, I am going to forgive myself for not really getting through many of my selected reads 😅

The image which has been on display in a sidebar widget of my blog, saw me complete a grand total of 6 out of the 16 total books. One of these books was something that while I technically finished, decided to mark as Did not finish as I really disliked the book.

There are still a few on there that I want to read and will be transferring across onto my 2020 graphic but there are also some that I may abandon. The Lily & the Crown is a book I still want to read but I can be honest with myself in 2020 and get rid of the the first Lioness book, Alanna as I doubt I’ll be getting to that series anytime soon.

I really enjoy looking at the graphic and so I am planning on continuing with this easy and passive reading challenge in 2020. Keep an eye out later in the week for my updated graphic for my Hopeful Reads of 2020.



Long Lost Review: Chart Throb by Ben Elton

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Chart Throb

by Ben Elton.

Ben Elton is about to put the “real” back into Reality TV in his biting satire of one of today’s most popular cultural phenomena — the TV talent show.

95,000 hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner.

And that’s Colin Simms, the genius behind the show.

Colin always wins, because Colin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgment on the mingers, clingers and blingers whom he has pre-selected in his carefully scripted “search” for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The “real” is about to be put back into “reality” television, and Colin and his fellow judges (the nation’s favourite mum and the other bloke) are about to become ex-factors themselves.

From the best-selling author of The First CasualtyPopcorn, and Dead Famous comes Chart Throb. One winner. A whole bunch of losers.

Taken from book blurb

I have extremely vague memories of this book, however I always remember it fondly. While I could not tell you much about the plot, I do remember one character arch that has stuck with me ever since I put the book down.

Alert – Spoilers Ahead

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