Hey all, Happy weekend!

I did a blog post at the beginning of the year on a reading challenge I was going to take part in with Popsugar.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve gone off track, mainly due to not finding myself anytime to just chill out, relax and read!

So far this year I’ve managed to read 11 books which is actually a massive improvement over the past few years.

The challenge has 40 prompts so I currently have a long way to go yet, luckily there are still seven months left in the year!

During the Easter holidays, I managed to do a lot of my reading due to not having to do school runs – this takes up 2 hours of my day, I know, crazy right!

I’ve set myself a new goal of reading a minimum of two books on the weekend, no school runs means I have those two hours a day spare and whatever other time I can find. If we have a weekend of adventure & fun planned I still intend to get my reading in as I can chill on a night once the kids are in bed and just enjoy my book!

My Weekend Reads

 

The first book I want to read is:

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Photo credit: Goodreads

This one falls into one of my reading challenge categories so I chose this one for that factor mainly – the category is – a book with characters who are twins.

I already started this book last week (exactly why I need a better plan for my reading) and I’m currently up to chapter 4, so far this is looking like a great book and one I can stick with.

 

Here’s what the back of the book says:

Can you ever trust someone

You meet online?

Anna and Zoe are twins. Identical in appearance, utterly different in personality, they share a bond so close that nothing – or no one – can rip them apart.

Until Anna meets charismatic Nick.

Anna is trusting, romantic and hopeful; she thinks Nick is perfect. Zoe is daring, dangerous and extreme; she thinks Nick is a liar.

Zoe has seen Anna betrayed by men before. She’ll stop at nothing to discover if Nick is as good as he seems.

Lies may hurt. But honesty can kill.

I’m hoping it keeps me wanting to read more of the book, I love a good book that pulls you in!

 

The second book I want to read this weekend is:

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Photo credit: Goodreads

I’ve chosen this one mainly because I’ve heard so many good reviews on this book. I’m not sure if it fits into any of the categories for my reading challenge just yet but I’m sure I’ll figure that one out soon enough – I hope it does!

 

Here’s what the back of the book says:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw,

The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

It sounds like a great book and I look forward to opening it up and reading away!

Let me know in the comments if:

You have read any of these books and if they We’re they worth the read for you?

Until next time!

Much Love

Laura xx

Hey all,

It’s great to be back, did you miss me? Aww, you probably didn’t even notice I’d gone anywhere! Haha.

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Where I’ve been & what I’ve been Upto

The past few months have been pretty hellish to say the least, homeless, home-schooling, living with the mother, and to top it off, the company I was working with went into Administration! So yea, the past few months have been more on the down than upside.

The good news is, were all getting back on track… woohoo!

I managed to finally get my boy into a decent school and he’s settled in really well (and im glad, because home-schooling was horrendous). He loves that they go swimming every week as the school he’s at have their own pool… wish I’d of had a swimming pool in my primary school. 😕

I managed to bag my first school of choice (I should add I didn’t put any other choices…oops!) for my daughter, she will start in her reception class in September and I’m really excited and a bit apprehensive about this!

My younger two daughters are only 11 months apart in age and are pretty much like twins, they are in the same class at nursery and they do everything together, don’t get me wrong they also fight like cat and dog but they are still best buddies at the end of the day!

Maybe I’m just being daft but I worry that my youngest daughter won’t be happy without her there.

The most exciting news for me in this post is… We have a house *Yeyha* – well almost anyways, it’s getting fixed up – but I will finally have all my belongings back, won’t have to live out of bags anymore (with the 2/3 sets of clothes I have here) or sleep on floors and sofas and will have our own bloody space again!

I’m soooo looking forward to getting out of here it’s unreal, seriously!

There was me thinking a few days we’d be here but no… THREE freaking months, so far!

THE worst 3 months of our lives (ok that’s a slight exaggeration as you’ve probably never met my ex haha) but at this moment in time it’s what it feels like.

Me and the kids are really looking forward to the move and getting everything how we want it, it really is exciting times!

Where I’m going from here

As my plans, goals and life pretty much have been on hold for the past few months I’ve decided NOW is the right time to get the ball rolling!

I’ve wasted time being miserable, feeling sorry for myself and just generally put myself in a funk for all my time here – obviously I blame other people and my situation because that’s what normal people do – we don’t like to take the responsibility of it all, or is that just me?

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Anyhow, I’m happy to be back on the blog and glad to be back with you lovely people, ive missed you! 😘

My intentions firstly will be to get back to my goals I set myself at the beginning of the year – except with a different time scale for those obviously.

I’ve had a few companies contact me for collaborations while I’ve been gone and it really got me, with my lack of content and my disappearing act, that people still wanted to work with me and this made me really happy and I’ve just wanted to get back on it. I’ve left opportunities hanging, missed out on people & companies to work with and all because I had my head up my arse (and my computer in storage)!

I’ve still had people viewing my blog, commenting on my posts etc and it all gives me the motivation to get back to business, so thank you to everyone who kept up with me (even when there wasn’t anything to keep up with) it means the world to me.

I’ve tried to keep up with Social Media and fellow bloggers post but to be honest, my heart just hasn’t been in it so i’ve not left the comments i’ve wanted to or interacted with people as I should have either. Sorry!

From now on though, I solemnly swear not to leave my blog hanging and leave all my lovely followers with nothing to follow! 😀

But for now, I will have to love you and leave you, I have a teething 10 month old and a weeks worth of sleep to catch up on!

Until next time,

Much Love

Laura xx

 

*Photo Credit: Pixaby

I’ve been looking for a challenge or two to do for 2018 since the beginning of December (because five kids, starting up a blog, packing and moving isn’t enough of a challenge for me in January alone) haha!

I first found the goodreads challenge which you basically set yourself a goal of how many books you will read in the year, so I’ve set myself a target of 30 books.

It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, I wanted something different!

Since 2016 when I started up my Online business, I’ve been working more on myself so my reads have been more on the personal development side and that is basically all I’ve been reading – it’s obviously not a bad thing to do, working on yourself, but you just know when you need something more…

I’ve missed the fantasy and thrillers, the Fairytale and true stories, the chance to be lost in another world – you know the ones – and the enticement of the book world is just too great to ignore for very long.

I found it!

I found exactly what I need to get me back into the world of books :-

The Popsugar Challenge!!

Not only is this going to grow my reading experience again, but I will be experiencing books I would never normally read, such as sports and feminism – if it’s the new age feminism stuff then, yuck!

I’m in love with the idea of the challenge and I’ve made a start with my reading challenge and my first book of choice is: The Colour of Magic written by Terry Pratchett, I love his books and I found 3 of his while packing the house up, all brand new I’d bought a couple of years back that I never got round to, so it was the perfect book to begin with.

The fact it falls under three of the categories helped – although I’ll not be cheating myself out of the challenge by marking one book as three – no point in doing it that way really is there?!

If you want to join me and many others in the Popsugar reading Challenge, here’s the list you’ll be needing for 2018

Have you joined in any challenges for 2018? Or even set your own? Let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for new things to get involved in.

Much Love

Laura xx