Read and Rated: October

I haven’t been quite as productive as September but I’ve been hitting the non-fiction books a lot more this month so it all evens out. So here is a quick rundown of the books I finished during the month of October.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Skincare: the Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide by Caroline Hirons

Firstly I am going to say that I have no clue who Caroline Hirons is but I did find their Skincare book quite informative. I could have done without the near constant references back to her YouTube channel but Hirons spelt out skincare issues in easy to understand language and included a lot of helpful pictures.

I have been trying to get a better handle on my skin which has always been a nightmare, so this book was very informative in helping my choose products that would suit my skincare needs – which were also detailed in the book. Win-win!

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12 Tropes of 2020 Challenge – Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert

May/December from
12 Tropes of 2020

Refers to a romantic relationship where there is a drastic difference in age between the two participants.

Taken from TV Tropes

“Some say I’m robbing the cradle, but I say she’s robbing the grave!”

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Better Not Pout
by Annabeth Albert

One hard-nosed military police officer.

One overly enthusiastic elf.

One poorly timed snowstorm.

Is it a recipe for disaster? Or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for holiday romance?

Teddy MacNally loves Christmas and everything that goes along with it. When he plays an elf for his charity’s events, he never expects to be paired with a Scrooge masquerading as Santa Claus. His new mission: make the holiday-hating soldier believe he was born to say ho-ho-ho.

Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki doesn’t do Santa, but he’s army to his blood. When his CO asks an unusual favor, Nick of course obliges. The elf to his Kris Kringle? Tempting. Too tempting—Nick’s only in town for another month, and Teddy’s too young, too cheerful and too nice for a one-night stand.

The slow, sexy make-out sessions while Teddy and Nick are alone and snowbound, though, feel like anything but a quick hookup. As a stress-free holiday fling turns into Christmas all year round, Teddy can’t imagine his life without Nick. And Nick’s days on the base may be coming to a close, but he doesn’t plan on leaving anything, or anyone, behind. 

Blurb taken from Goodreads

My thoughts

Better Not Pout has been on my reading list for a while now, I remember making grand plans to read it all the way back in December 2017… it only took me two years to read it. I am very glad that I did eventually read this book as I found it to be quite a sweet and tender hearted novel.

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Christmas Book Bingo by The Never Ending Bookshelf

Happy Holidays everyone!

The lovely Jess over at The Never Ending Bookshelf started a Christmas themed Book Bingo towards the end of November that really caught my eye. The below bingo card really inspired me to sit down and tackle some Chrissy books.

While I haven’t read too many Christmas themed books this December, I was able to read three of them. The three books are all QUILTBAG romances that I had mixed feelings about – however two of them were quite enjoyable and fun books about the holiday season.

So, using the content from the above three books I was able to cross off five of the prompts.

Snow: The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott because the main character sadly spends the first half of Christmas Eve sleeping on a bench in the snow 😞

Gifts Exchanged: The Ugliest Sweater by Gillian St. Kevern because half way through the book there is a gift exchange which features one of the characters giving quite a naughty but Christmas themed present 🍬🍭

FREE CHOICE: I choose Santa 🎅 In Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert, main character Nicolas dresses as Santa multiple times to help with a charity drive because he just cannot say no.

Christmas in the Title: The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott because tadar! It’s in the title 😋

Scrooge/Grinch Character: Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert because Nicolas starts off as such a scrooge. Thank goodness he has Teddy to make him see the error of his ways – elf costume and all 🧝‍♂️

So yay! With three books I achieved a Bingo!

Be sure to check out The Never Ending Bookshelf and let Jess know how you went with your Christmas reads! While you’re there why not see how you went on the challenge and post to let us know 😄🎅

An Infographic about Non-traditional Christmas Films

I’m a big fan of Christmas movies but not so much the rinse and repeat story lines and sometimes tripe sentiments that they spew out. Give me a good movie that takes place around the holiday period, I love seeing Christmas being celebrated in the background.

So please enjoy my infographic that I threw together about non traditional Christmas films.



Small Snippet of November 2019

Pokemon Sword

Playing Pokemon on a big screen is amazing! For something that isn’t much of a game changer, it is a game changer for me. Usually playing Pokemon is such a individual thing, you’re looking down at a screen and to share in your adventure is to turn the screen away from yourself. With Pokemon Sword and Shield you can play on the big screen and watch as someone plays.

My partner and I are currently sharing the one console, and it is really great being able to watch them play the game and experience things in different ways than me. Especially since they chose the gross monkey starter, rather than the always superior water choice.

I say sharing but it seriously coming down to whoever wakes up first gets first dibs on the game 😋 Also how cute is the new Galarian Farfetch’d?!

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Small Snippet of October 2019

Singapore Breakfast by T2

Okay so you know I love my tea, so I had to share my current favourite blend! Singapore Breakfast is a beautiful and coconutty tea which is not only black tea but is a mix of both black and green tea. Based off of the Singapore kaya toast, the tea is a beautiful black tea that is so smooth to drink.

Currently the tea isn’t available in teabags, so I have been making my own and taking them to work. WhenI’m out and about in the shelves I have my little thermos of this lovely tea. I would really recommend giving this tea a try, it is quite different but everyone who I have gotten to try the blend, has loved it ☕️❤️

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Quick Picks: Xmas Presents!

QUICK Picks

Prepare yourself for an incredibly self indulgent post about all the things I want for Xmas!

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Candy Mountain Yule Log

by Lush

Quick  run down: Every year I try and buy a few of these limited release bubble bars. The bars smell amazing and are so easy to use. You simply crumble them under a running tap and bam – you have a bubble bath.

It appears that this year instead of being little pyramids, Lush has made them into a bit more manageable shape. I usually try and grab as many as I can in the online boxing day sales but I never turn them down as a present!

Quick reasons why I love it:

  • The Smell: They are amazing – a soft and sweet vanilla.
  • The Luxury: Bubble baths are a large part of my self care routine and these beauties make them all the more luxurious.

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Tropico 6

by Kalypso

Quick run down: I have sunk so many hours into the Tropico games. Tropico 6 is a simulation game where you play as El Presidente, a ‘legally’ elected leader of a Caribbean/Cubanesque island.

Pretty much this is Sims City but on a island with a catchy soundtrack.

Quick reasons why I love it:

  • The Soundtrack: the Latin jazz sounds that play throughout each of the Tropico games.
  • The Humour: the humour of the game is really tongue in check. The reoccurring characters of the game are also really fun.

Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles Box-set

by Melissa Meyer

Quick run down: Okay so stay with me on this one, I own Cinder and Winter. However, I do not have the other books. I also love box sets so…

If you don’t know the series, I would really recommend you check out it out! The books are retellings of classic fairy tale and they are all interconnected and amazing. I tend to recommend the series to young adults at the library and I haven’t had any complaints yet.

Quick reasons why I love the series:

  • The larger story: The five books all interconnect to tell a larger story. I’m just going to let you in on a secret, the ‘Winter‘ book is about ‘Snow White’ and the other characters from the book all join together and there are ‘seven’ of them… Yep details like that make me so happy!
  • The covers: I know a lot of people give Cinder a tough time about the cover – what with the whole weird looking foot in a shoe but I love it and I love them all!.

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Small Snippet of September 2015

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Once again we find ourselves with a large gap in between posts, and once again I offer the same excuse. I’m just so tired. Due to this posts often get put so way behind on my priorities, but fret not you’ll get random posts.

Last month was a bit of a blur for me but there were some stand outs amongst the noise.

Sia – This is Actingsia

I have always been aware of Sia, especially her early work within Australia, however her last album and this new one have grabbed my attention. Where 1,000 Forms of Fear was a evolution of her personal style, This is Acting is Sia hitting her mark. The album is solid from start to end, I can say that I am a fan of every song on the album and often find myself sneaking a headphone in and listening to it at work.

One thing you can always count Sia to be is lyrically impressive; This is Acting is once again testament to her emotive skills as a songwriter. I would definitely recommend people press play and give this a listen.

Stand outs on the album for me are: Move Your Body, Unstoppable, Broken Glass and the heart wrenching Alive.

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Small Snippet of December

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To say that December is a hectic and expensive month would be an understatement. It seems that no matter what each and every weekend is filled with some friend festivity or family obligation. Despite all this fuss and running around, I do relish the holiday time at the end of the month where some serious leisure time can be enjoyed.

Having said this though, some aspects of the holiday can be quite annoying. The somewhat forceful way the spiritual overtones of the holidays are shoved down your throat, have me going out of my way to reference the Futurama specials and refer to the period as only the Xmas holidays. Regardless of my feelings towards certain aspects of the holiday, I nevertheless enjoy a number of the, somewhat unique, patterns that my Decembers have developed over the years.

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