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Update. The end of the blogging break.

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Hello readers, if you’re still around! It’s been a little while since I reaaaaaaly posted on MLBB and I thought I would just catch you up with everything if you were wondering. I know bloggers don’t need to apologise for blogging breaks, and I’m not going to but I will just catch you up.

The past few months have been a little tough to say the least. I suffered two horrible horrible grievances that were a real shock. Both were utterly unfair and rocked a hella lot of boats. Relationships with certain people were strained and we all needed to step back and heal. Instead of doing that I threw myself into everything and anything and suffered the typical Lizzy burnout.  #welldonebabes.

 When I finally felt ready I decided to stay off the blog and to instead put together a healthier, happier lifestyle. This is a book blog so I won’t go into details but I’ve started running, I’ve started meditating, I’ve started eating healthier, I’ve lost my binge eating weight (ie ten pounds – bloody hell.) and I feel so much bloody better. So much better.

Which leads me to this blog. I’m finally ready to get back to writing – I was worried that with everything going on I would just come across as this boring, exhausted, stroppy human who just wasn’t a lot of fun.  So, I’ll be back on the 1st of August. I need a month to get back on my blogging feet and get my brain back into blogging habits.

This post has ended up being a lot longer than I thought it would be, but there you go. I love you all.

Lizzo

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THE COFFEE BOOK TAG!

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It’s Fridaaaaay again – holla up, and I’ve got another book tag for you. Unfortunately I’ve got conjunctivitis so I’m trying to write this with a layer of Optrex in my right eye *just because it doesn’t seem to be healing so well. I can’t remember for the life of me where I found this but it’s been sad in my drafts for little over a month so I thought it was time to get it all written up – ENJOY!


BLACK: A SERIES THAT’S TOUGH TO GET INTO BUT HAS HARDCORE FANS

The Hobbit and The Lord of the RingsPaperback by J.R.R Tolkien

This is a reaaaaaally controversial choice but I have really struggled with these series. I’ve tried numerous times over the past few years to really get into this but every time I have failed miserably – sadly.


PEPPERMINT MOCHA: A BOOK THAT GETS MORE POPULAR DURING THE WINTER OR A FESTIVE TIME OF YEAR

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I think maybe because these films are allllll over the channels over the festive period but whenever the Christmas period rolls around I always feel the urge to wrap myself back in the warm blanket that is Harry Potter.


HOT CHOCOLATE: A FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK

Judy Moody Predicts the Future by Megan McDonald

I don’t reallly know what my favourite book was as a child (because I could never pick between Roald Dahl books) but these series of books were definitely up there. I adored Judy Moody and the trials and tribulations she went through – brilliant books with beautiful covers.


DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM START TO FINISH

Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus

I read this really recently and reviewed it here – you can see why I adored this book so much, but basically this had it all, a crime with multiple red-herrings, potential murderers, and multiple plot-lines. It’s fantastic!


STARBUCKS: A BOOK YOU SEE EVERYWHERE

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Stilllllll haven’t read this. *slaps wrist*


THE HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: A BOOK BY AN INDIE AUTHOR (A SHOUT OUT)

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REINHEIT by THOMAS S FLOWERS

This is a book that I adored and kinda of want to re-write because I feel, at least, that I’m so much better at writing reviews now, compared to the reviews I used to write a couple of years back. This book was absolutely stunning just like everything this author writes – go and check him out pleassse.


OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF: A BOOK YOU WERE EXPECTING MORE FROM

The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend

This was supposed to be a laugh out loud sarcastic, hilarious book but it ended up being very calloused and cold. Not a book I should have hyped up and up for it to then come crashing down on me.


THE PERFECT BLEND: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT WAS BOTH BITTER AND SWEET, BUT ULTIMATELY SATISFYING.


The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Oh my, this book – SERIOUSLY. It’s bitter and sweet because it’s a beautifully lyrical, stunningly written book but the actually focus of the book is utterly devastating. STUNNING book, seriously stunning.


GREEN TEA: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT IS QUIETLY BEAUTIFUL.

Phoning Home: Essays by Jacob M. Appel

Any book by Jacob Appel is stunning – full of quirky, simple, stunning writing his books are honestly beautiful.


CHAI TEA: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT MAKES YOU DREAM OF FAR OFF PLACES.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis

I really desperately want to re-read this. It’s so beautiful and so utterly entrancing. It’s been way to long since I read this stunning far away, fantasy book.


EARL GREY: NAME YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC.

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

SOOOOOO much better than 1984, so much better. I adored this book and I feel that it really shows off the beauty of Orwell.


 So there we go – I tag everyone that adores Friday’s andddd have a great lovely readers.

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Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus and Steven T. Murray

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Helllllo readers, apologies it’s been a little while since my last review – I’m still getting back into the swing of writing reviews so often. No wonder I was exhausted all the timee but I do utterly adore it. Today’s review is a book my lovely lovely sister gave to me. If my sis were to start a book blog it would be literally all CRIME BOOKS, cause she loves crime books. Anyway thanks Char Balds hoping you’re enjoying UNIVERSITY FREE TIMEEEE. Enjoy the review.

On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, twenty-year-old Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer’s son, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff discover that Tobias, after serving his sentence, has now returned to his home town. Did the attack on his mother have something to do with his return?

In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl disappears, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is—and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands.

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Right, so the blurb is kinda extensive so I’ll try to sum it up super quickly. We follow the truly devastating story of Tobias Sartorius. Pia Kirchoff is embarking on her saddest case so far after finding the bones of an unknown individual in an underground jet fuel tank. Pia and her partner in crime Bodenstein must unravel the secrets that surround the body. On the other side of town, there is another incident, a 7-car collision caused by the attempted murder of a woman pushed off a bridge. The woman in question is Rita Cramer and as it comes to light  there are more and more secrets in the town of Altenhain. Tobias is back in town after serving ten years for the murder of two beautiful girls whose bodies were never found not that he can remember what happened – when another young girl goes missing and once again Tobias is missing his  memory is everything as it seems?

Right, down to the nitty-gritty (finally.) In terms of the story there are multiple story-lines mixed in together and pulled in very quickly. The writing is really engaging and definitely draws the reader in. In terms of characters profiles, despite their being MANY MANY characters all of them are really well-developed and examined. I thought Tobias could have been developed a little better – I think because he was so closed off because of all that had happened it was at times difficult to feel for him.

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I must admit at times it does feel a little stilted, I think it’s because of the translation but it is sometimes a bit awkward. I also found it a little difficult to keep up with alllllll the names. I don’t know whether I’m just really bad with names but I struggled a little when characters were mentioned super quickly and then weren’t mentioned until another ten chapters later. Some of the police procedures were very different from UK practices? I guess it’s just a European thing but it added to the slight awkwardness.

However, what I did like was that there were lots of twists and turns, lots of mixed messages, red herrings and throughout there were LOTS of possible suspects for certain parts of the mystery. It’s one of those books were I felt maybe a diagram would have been a good idea just to spell out all the twists and turns but it plays out really well – it’s not too confusing but I adored looking at the different alliances with different members of the village, the use of town anxieties, and gossip. It just helped to fuel my excitement.

Before I go on for utterly forever  I would definitely recommend this book for a read. It’s one that recaptured my attention and I literally didn’t put down for over 2 and a half hours on the train to London. It’s a really good crime novel and although there are wobbles it’s still a brilliant book!

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Wedding Season by Katie Fforde

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Helllllllo readers, hope you’re well! It’s time to review another couple of old favourites in terms of books. This is a book that I caught Charlotte reading when we took the train to London with the family. It’s one we’ve both read several times, don’t ask why – but after several reads since reading the book I thought it might be time to review it.

All you need is love. A wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match.

Sarah Stratford is a wedding planner hiding a rather inconvenient truth – she doesn’t believe in love. Or not for herself, anyway. But as the confetti flutters away on the June breeze of yet another successful wedding she somehow finds herself agreeing to organise two more, on the same day and only two months away.

Luckily Sarah has two tried and tested friends on hand to help her. Elsa, an accomplished dress designer who likes to keep a very low profile, and Bron, a multi-talented hairdresser who lives with her unreconstructed boyfriend and who’d like to go solo in more ways than one.

As the big day draws near, all three women find that patience is definitely a virtue in the marriage game. And as all their working hours are spent preparing for the weddings of the year, they certainly haven’t got any time to even think about love. Or have they?

I’m not going to write too much about the blurb because it’s a bit of a long one and a lot of the plot is included. In terms of the book we do follow the lives of  three very different women; Sarah who is the cynical wedding planner who struggles to believe in happily ever after’s despite her job, Elsa who is a very nimble fingered dress-maker who always dresses plainly in black and Bron, the gifted hairdresser. Very talented with many hidden talents but stuck in a possessive relationship with a bit of a nob. The brief professional relationships between these three women blossom into true friendship when they are given the chance to take part in the celebrity wedding of the year. But the wedding just happens to fall on the same date as Sarah’s sister Lilly – two weddings, one day, three women – will it all work out okay?!

So what did I think? I think I’ll start by saying there’s nothing wrong with this book at all. The writing is pleasant and draws you in, the characters have a little bite and depth; Sarah is a little cold despite her job and her experience with the romance business, I adored Elsa and her slightly shy but utterly adorable personality and the addition of the secondary plot-line with Bron helped to add a little adversity. It all moves to a slightly obvious conclusion and it’s nice. Really nice.

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The problem is, which is a little expected with romance novels the romantic endeavor that Sarah ends up with (despite her hatred of happy endings.) appears in the first two chapters or so and was so obviously included you almost feel cheated. In terms of their relationship suffering from any type of adversity the author seems to put in a road-block and it feels so awkward and obvious. What follows is a series of awkward encounters, meaningful glances and not really communicating to sort things out. WHY ARE CHICK-LITS STILL DOING THIS. Why can’t we get a relationship that speaks a little truth.

Maybe I am sounding a little cynical and maybe that’s because at the moment I feel like I’m basically allergic to chick-lits. I think the problem is that this book works so hard to stay away from being depressing or boring. It’s so light and fluffy and darn nice that it feels like you never really GET INTO THE STORY. The ending is so neatly ticked off and each character finds a happy ending somehow (I won’t spoil how if you’re all for the cloying, happy, too-good-to-be-true ending,) but for me I wanted more. Why don’t authors understand that books that are so perfect with characters that have the perfect life don’t relate to us – that’s not how the real world works!

I’ll stop now because I’m probably getting a little annoying. If you like a reallllly like happy go-lucky books this will be perfect, fluffy and nice. For me, I liked it but as always was left feeling like I wanted more.

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The Book Blogger Memory Tag

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

Helllllllllo readers, it’s FRIYAY and I have another exciting book tag for you! Next week I’m planning a post on where I want to see my blog go next – so if you have any suggestions or things you want to see, let me know and I vow to add them to my list for next FRIYAAAAY. For now, onto the tag.

So the idea for this tag is to answer ten questions. I’ve just written them below rather than using the image that everyone has because – I want to make a pretty image tag. Anyhoo without further delay, the tag. The rules: answer the questions without searching the Internet or looking at your bookshelves and tag five bloggers.

Name a book written by an author called Michael.

So for answer one without googling or anything like that I’m going with Kensuke’s Kingdom. I ADORE this book and it’s definitely one that I think really kick-started my reading during school. If you haven’t read this do, because it’s beautiful.

NAME A BOOK With a dragon on the cover

This might be a bit of an obvious choice? But I’m not a big fantasy fan or huge dragon fan to be honest with you, so this will have to do.

NAME A BOOK about a character called George

I’m going to go with this one because oh my life, George is so cute! I think I’ve read a couple of these books in my time over the years, but another second choice would have been George’s Marvellous Medicine.

NAME A BOOK written by an author with the surname smith

This author just popped into my head but I don’t think I’ve read anything by the author. Not quite sure how that happened – I recon it must be an author my Dad has mentioned maybe?

NAME A BOOK set in australia

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I don’t know one. This is terrible.

NAME A BOOK with the name of a month in the title

I reallllly want to go and read this now – I’ve read this twice and it’s just fantastic. A really interesting book that looks at the relationships of people and how daily lives are affected by a terrifying event.

NAME A book with the word ‘one’ in the title

Maybe an obvious choice; but READ THE BOOK – don’t just judge it by the film because the film is much, much better! Trust me, I’m a reader.  *Raises eyebrow.*

NAME A BOOK WITH an EPONYMOUS title

I think this is an eponymous title? I did have to google it but I did get it right – as in, what I thought it was, it was. I haven’t read this but I would like to.

On another note, that cover – say whaaaa. Looks creepy but kinda awesome?

NAME A BOOK WITH A book turned into a movie

I haven’t read this yet but I’ve seen the film and it was EPIC. I’m planning to read the books but haven’t quite got round to it yet. IF anyone has read it and think it’s worth the read let me know cause I’ve done that silly thing of seeing the film first!

So, I failed on one question – PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW SILLY I’VE BEEN IN THE COMMENTS. Have an utterly fantastic Friday and if you’ve had a fantastic day please complete the tag and let me know your answers. BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.