Greatest Inspirational Quotes: 365 days to more Happiness, Success, and Motivation by Joe Tichio

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Hellllllo readers, hope you’re well and in some need of inspiration possibly? I received this book as part of a bloggers happy mail exchange and it’s the first I’ve *read* out of the number I received. I do love quote books but I don’t have that many of the? This one is really lovely though and I though I would bring you a review today to prove it!

Dr. Joe Tichio, creator of Greatest-Inpsirational-Quotes.com, shares an extraordinary collection of his favorite and most inspirational quotes from around the world and throughout history. The wisdom on these pages will empower and encourage you to live your life to the fullest.

Start each day with a powerful dose of wisdom and inspiration as you are guided to take action, overcome fear, boost your self-esteem, create success, enjoy life, claim your inner strength, and make your dreams come true. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. -Socrate

As the book suggests there are 365 quotes that are inspirational and are included to promote happiness, success and a little motivation. We all have those day where life is a little rubbish and we need a pick me up and these are perfect for that. I actually tend to pick this up in the morning – read the ‘days’ quote with my cup of tea and then continue with my day.

The quotes are a real mixture, some are emotional, a little sweet and some are more  political/feminist view. It’s a really good mix and that is definitely good when you’re buying something like this – I’ve bought books similar in the past that end up being quite samey but this avoids that.

In terms of the set up each of the quotes has a number – they’re not in any particular number but it does allow you to have a quote for each day (if you remember or decide to do it that way.) There is also a real mixture of quotes – being a blogger who loves to share quotes, both on their own and as images, I’m always searching for new ones to share and often find myself scrolling through list after list; ’50 of the greatest sentences in literature,’ type posts and yet they all use the same one’s. Here there was a real variety both in length of the quotes and the people who said them.

At the end of the book all of the quotes are linked to a little description as to who the author was and what they’re famous for, any things they’ve done and a link to where you can find more information/website/books that they have published etc. It’s a really sweet touch because some of the quotes I really had no idea who the people behind them were so being able to read more and discover more was a real bonus.

 

The only main problem if I’m honest was it would have been nice to have some sections to the book so that the quote were collated together in a more structured way. I know the idea is a quote for each day and for that you want a different agenda each day but there was very little cohesion between them. I might be saying thing because I’m a blogger but being able to look for a quote to share with others, I would have liked it a little more structured.

Overall this is a lovely little book full of really inspiring quotes – for someone who would have liked to have made it easier to navigate the book; 365 quotes is a lot to go through if you’re looking for something specific, that might be me using the book in the wrong way!  Overall this is  a really lovely quote book with a very varied number that brought me a lot of happiness reading through it!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Songs I wish were books

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Helllllo readers – still struggling without a laptop but I’m doing my best to keep it together and get these posts up. I’ve been borrowing ones from others and desperately typing on my kindle which I would like to mention is an utter nightmare. However – to give me some calm I’ve pulled together this week’s Top Ten Tuesday which is related to music and books.

One of the suggested topics is songs I wish were books and I just thought this would be perfect. Without further delay onto the top ten. (Also I’ve decided to stick with quite current songs just to try and give myself a chance of picking ten!)

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

Wouldn’t this song just make an utterly incredible but terribly upsetting book. Every time I hear this song I just feel so much and I think if that could be made into the book it would just be – EVERYTHING.

Glorious by Foxes

Maybe I’ve picked this because this song has been playing on repeat for the last 12 months of my life? (okay maybe not that much.) These lyrics just seem to be hiding the most beautiful and heartbreaking story I just want to hear.

I close my eyes and I feel your heart beat
A deep blue sea rushes over me
And when the thunder cries I feel the warmth around me
Cos I found a place underneath your heart

Because the faith isn’t gone
I still hear it calling
But something is wrong
The tear drops are falling
But just before they hit the ground
Oh when I hear you say
Oh when I hear you say

Don’t give it up, don’t give it up, it’s glorious

Small Bump by Ed Sheeran

*weeps gently.* This song just makes me want to dissolve into a puddle on the floor. If this was a book I’m not sure I would recover but I know it would be stunning.

Shine by Years & YEars

Maybe an odd song? I can see this being the background for a bloody brilliant dystopian YA novel a bit like The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games. I mean come on those first lyrics –

I remember us alone
Waiting for the light to go
Don’t you feel that hunger
I’ve got, so many secrets to show
When I saw you on that stage
I shiver with the look you gave
Don’t you hear that rhythm
Can you show me how we can escape. 

DownTown by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Maybe another interesting song choice but I really want to read a book that just follows an amazing group of friends, a bit like Skins meets Fresh Meat in book form? WHEN WILL THAT HAPPEN? Anyway I just think this song would perfectly represent that.

Hold back the river by James Bay

WOULDN’T THIS JUST BE THE ROMANCE BOOK OF 2016? I mean those lyrics are just waiting to be made into the love story of 2K16.

Once upon a different life
We rode our bikes into the sky
But now we’re caught against the tide
Those distant days all flashing by

Bad blood by Taylor Swift feat Kendrick Lamar

Now I can’t lie I’m not a huge fan of Taylor Swift and I’m definitely not a Swiftie if that’s what they’re called but this song definitely packs a punch. I can see a book where The Duff meets meets Mean Girls. It would be, incredible.

On My Mind – Ellie Goulding

Now stick with me – I know this one is supposed to be a romance song but I DEFINITELY see this almost like a romance/psychological thriller. The girl can’t get the guy off her mind and then all sorts of things start going wrong  – she can’t keep him away from her. It would be epic (and also bloody terrifying.)

Adventure of a lifetime by Coldplay

I don’t know how well this song went down but I see it as the perfect YA romance with a little supernatural mixed in. Maybe the girl can read minds and that mixes with their relationship. I think it would be the sweetest thing and I ADORE THIS SONG.

FINAAAALY

Sorry by Justin Bieber

Look I’m sorry (sorry) for using this song but it’s just been stuck in my head. I see it as a best friendship gets out of hand when one admits feelings for the other. As they begin to explore their relationship one of them super messes it up – and then we get to explore as they learn to trust again/fall in love; but I’m not making specific ideas (cough cough.)

SO THERE WE GO. Ten songs I think could be the inspiration for excellent books. What do you think of my choices? Have I made terrible decisions? Can you see one of my songs telling a completely different story let me know in the comments or tweet me @littlebookblog1.

His Indecent Lessons (Book two) by Sky Corgan

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Helllllo readers, I’ve decided to bring you something a little saucy for today’s book review. I mean it’s February and I’m still on the diet/alcohol ditching so we need something to keep us a little happier. I reviewed the first book of this back when I started the blog – I would link it but the writing is pretty terrible. I really need to go back at some point and go through my old reviews but for now I’ll just bring you new ones. Hope you enjoy this slightly cheeky review.

Cheyenne goes to her first lesson in sexual nature and fantasy, hoping that it’s hands-on. With a teacher like Damien Reed, who wouldn’t want to get a bit more intimate? He’s gorgeous and intelligent and rich, everything that Cheyenne wants in a man. Too bad he’s also professional and has ridiculous self-control. Will Cheyenne go to drastic measures to get what she wants?

So we left book on a bit of a cliff-hanger; was Cheyenne going to follow Damian’s orders and go to her first ‘lesson.’ Pretty obvious she wasn’t going to say no. We follows as she drives a little haphazardly to his place to be met by the hot mess that is Damian (I’m ignoring the fact he’s her teacher and she’s a virgin currently – which she does take the time to remind us of.) We see the two as they attempt to take their ‘relationship forward.’ As Cheyenne struggles with her feelings and how Damian reacts we get to see into the world of BDSM.

So, what did I think of the book? Well – I struggled. The first book was really brilliant at creating tension and exciting the reader, here we’re really starting to get to know the characters and discover more about them. Cheyenne is desperate to wiggle her way in Damian’s heart but he is only interested in a relationship that is completely created between master and student.  We see them talking about the barriers that Cheyenne  will not cross and the safe words she must use to stop him from hurting her.

In terms of characterisation I thought that the author did play more on Cheyenne and we get to learn more about her personality and the way that she reacts. At the beginning she still is quite immature and a little difficult – she’s desperate for Damian to like her and yet she can’t help but get angry at him when he doesn’t respond to her. Here we can see her and her needy personality –

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“How many other students do you have?” I inquired, and then wanted to slap myself for it, knowing the answer would depress me.

“Just you, for right now.”

Relief flooded through me. He’s mine. All mine. At least, for now. The thought gave me a strange sense of satisfaction. Part of me wanted to ask him if he had a girlfriend, but I didn’t want to press my luck. I would hold onto the fantasy that he belonged to me exclusively, for as long as I could

but by the end she’s starting to think outside his controlling personality and stand up to herself. Damian is kept in the dark and we still know very little about him. In a way it’s good because it keeps up the mystery and keeps the reader guessing but it does make him come across a little cold and difficult. It also made the entire relationship feel very one sided and I struggled with that. There’s a way of discussing the world of BDSM and I just don’t know if this is the best way too. Yes I know it’s not being sold to teach people of a healthy BDSM relationship but maybe it should have been a little more researched and better at discussing a healthy relationship.

The other problem is this book is so short  – there are so many books and yet we pay for so little. I decided to continue reading and this book again ends in a cliffhanger making you pay more and read on. The thing is I would rather buy the whole tale, enjoy and spend my time saying actually – although it’s a bit trashy I enjoyed this. Instead for the reason it’s sold on purposely to give you just enough to go on and spend again and that it doesn’t promote a healthy BDSM relationship, maybe read something else.

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A bookworm’s perfect pamper evening

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Hellllllo reader’s, something a little different in terms of posts but one that I’m hoping to do more of. I’ve always written a lot of reviews which I think are so important for a book-based-blog, but I love reading more bookish/lifestyle type posts and I’m going to have a mini experiment and see how they go down. Many of you will know, I love to give myself a pamper despite not being a ‘girly-girl,’ but seriously you cannot beat a bath/face-mask/deep-hair-condition and a good book so I thought I would tell you my ‘formula’ (which I have been perfecting) for the perfect bookworm’s pamper evening. 

 

  

Step-one: Tea-time.

The first step on my list is to make tea; despite being a born Brit, breakfast tea has never reaaaaaaly done it for me and therefore I stick to peppermint and green tea which is equally yummy. For Christmas this year I was given a pug mug, loose Peppermint tea and a pug infuser. Pop the leaves inside the pugs tummy add hot water and then hang him over the side of the mug to infuse.  

 

Step – two: Run Le bath

Might be a pretty obvious one but it’s kinda what you put in the bath; I am loving Lush’s Intergalactic bath-bomb boasting Peppermint, Grapefruit and Cedarwood Oil and a pop of Popping Candy this bath-bomb is refreshing and beautiful too. Deep-shimmery blue water filled with glittery goodness – pretty epic.

  

STEP – three: Pea Face

Okay, not exactly pea face, but at this point I go into the bedroom, grab my jammies, the book I’m currently reading or a new one to start and amble down to the fridge to pick up my Lush Brazen Honey face-mask. Quick look into my skin history – when I was 15 or so I had terrible acne through really awfully oily skin. Skip forward 7 years and I have managed to completely alter my skin type – I now suffer with scaly skin from avoiding any oil based products.

This face-mask, although looks a little like you’ve smushed mushy peas all over your face is the best face mask I’ve used to date. Packed full of fresh fennel ginger root and parsley to detox and stimulate, sage, rosemary and juniperberry infusion with cardamom and clove bud oils for their antiseptic qualities and fresh lime juice to cleanse the skin and free range eggs, honey and almond oil to soothe and moisturise this mask is a gem. Smooth over your face and leave whilst bathing to fully detox, relax and give your skin a hug.

  

STEP – Four: Get ‘ya Read on.

At this point in time – your bath should be run, not too hot, and your tea should be drinkable, the mask is drying and you’re hopefully starting to get that mellow happy feeling. This is when I hop in the bath and pick up what I’ve been reading last – it’s difficult for me to say tips for when in the bath because I’m terrible at it, but I would definitely say invest in a bath rack/tidy/shelf. Lusting over ‘The White Company’ version right now – give it to meee. Room for tea, snacks and your book and a flannel for wet fingers to stop mucky pages.

Once the water starts to get a little colder and I’m getting ready to get out and get warm in bed I apply Sugar Crush Body Scrub by Soap and Glory all over my body (I tend to step up out of the bath and make sure I’ve got every bit of me) and then wash off carefully.

  

STEP – Five: MOISTURIZE yo’self (and Jammies)

My last step is to smother myself in body-butter (especially my thighs and my tummy.) I am obsessively using Argan Oil products at the moment (shampoo, conditioner, intensive treatments) and this Wild Argan Oil Body Butter from the Body Shop which smells amazing and makes my skin feel supple, soft and moisturised. After I’ve let it settle in, it’s time for my scrabble jammies and back into bed for more reading (potentially more tea) and a wind down.

So there you go, five steps to my perfect bath and pamper session. I think sometimes as a book-blogger I put a lot of pressure on myself to read alllllll the time so it’s nice to unwind and relax with a book and look gorgeous (hopefully) afterwards.

 

Annie of Albert Mews by Dee Williams

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Helllllo readers, hope you’re well! Since writing up my favourite historical fiction periods for a top ten Tuesday post I realised that there are lots of historical fiction books that I just haven’t got around to reading yet and I thought it was time to get them written up for you lovely people. I adore Dee Williams and her writing – she just has a way of creating emotion with the reader and making them fall in love with her characters wholly; but I’ll stop gushing. Without delay the review.

Even if she feels life is passing her by as she serves behind the counter in her father’s Rotherhithe grocer’s shop, Annie Rogers knows she is lucky to have a secure home and a loving family – unlike her friend Lil, whose father is a violent drunk. Knowing how hard Lil’s life is, Annie willingly helps her out, lending her dresses and make-up and, when Annie is asked out on a smart date by the landlord’s son Peter Barrett, suggesting Lil come along to make up a foursome.

But it is a shock when Lil gets on famously with Peter’s swanky friend Julian whilst Annie feels much less sure of the smooth Peter. Soon Lil is busy earning money from pub singing spots set up for her by Julian, and Annie, no longer needed by her friend, feels more isolated than ever. It is then that she notices shy Will Hobbs from Fisher’s engineering works. Before long Annie and Will are engaged, with plans for a home of their own in Surrey. But a dreadful accident at Fisher’s and the looming shadow of World War II mean that life for Annie of Albert Mews is not so predictable – or secure – as she once thought it was …

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So as the blurb suggests the book follows the life of Annie Rodgers who currently works for her father in his grocery store – very close to her family and old beyond her years Annie is a family girl through and through. Supporting her best friend Lil, whose father is a violent drunk and trying to find her place in the world we follow Annie as she watches the world struggle against the pulls of WW2. But it’s not all doom and gloom – going on a date with the seemingly lovely Peter Barrett and taking Lil along, everything might work out okay. However, when Annie finds herself ditched by her friend she falls for the shy but delightful Will – but trouble is on the way.

I’ve spoken about the author Dee Williams over and over again but this is potentially my favourite of the books of the series. The writing style is lyrical and beautiful. It moves wonderfully detailing the struggles of the people at home as the war starts to wage closer and closer. The speech used and the descriptions of the struggles as the rationing becomes closer and the world starts to panic about the impending war I loved seeing the ‘behind-the-scenes’ tale that is woven. More often than not it is the back-stories about the war that I tend to enjoy more, rather than the action itself.

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Character build up is perfection – Annie and Lil are chalk and cheese and their teetering friendship kept me on edge as a I continued through the book. Annie is sweet, loving but shy and a little retiring. Lil is big for your buck, in your face but she had a desperate and needy side that I thought came through against Annie. Looking at their backgrounds and the men they decide to keep in their lives and the differences between them too only added to the tale.

I guess the only wobble I can come up with is that it’s not an action tale, it’s a tale about family and that, as like the rest of the Dee Williams books is what makes me love them so much but they don’t have much of a plot – there’s no mystery, there is romance and there is a plot of get your teeth into but it’s soft. It’s about family.

Overall as like the rest of the Dee Williams books I adored this. It’s a beautiful tale of war love and family and it’s definitely worth a read.