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Day 9 A book you love #Bloggingwithnataliec

Day 9 A book you love

Last year I took on a reading challenge of 12 books.

This may not seem like alot for some, but for me, this was a decent and achievable number.

One of my favourite books I read last year, and in my adult life is The Sunday Lunch Club, by Juliet Ashton

Funny, honest, relatable, at times heartbreaking, teaching life lessons, opening your eyes.

A book that I could read over and over again.

I sincerely cared for some of the characters, that’s when you know, you’ve been locked in and found a fantastic book.

Kaya •


Blogmas Day 12 – 12 books for 12 months

Good evening all!

Last year, I had got back into reading, and forgot how much I loved it.

At the beginning of the year I wanted to set myself the challenge to read more books, 12 to be exact.

I was given a few books as gifts, bought a few from the works (normally 3 for £5), or picked a few at charity shops.

I always made sure I had options as sometimes you’re not always in the mood for a certain genre depending on what else you have going on in the real world, and you never want it to be a chore to read, I love getting lost in a book.

This year I’ve read 10 full books and have 2 that I’ve stopped and started, which I am close to finishing.

Now you may think, that’s an odd way to read a book, but I had accidentally moved one onto the book shelf that then got pushed to the back, and another fell down the side of the bed and I forgot to retrieve it until recent.

Over the last 12 months, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading, weather it be a few pages in the morning, on my lunch break, travelling, or on holiday.

I hate to admit it, but I’m sure I’m not the only one, but the amount of times I picked up my phone to have a scroll on social media or find myself on a clothes website, I’d realise what I was doing and put down my phone and picked up a book.

Heres a list of my 12 books (in no particular order)

1. Enchantment. The life of Audrey Hepburn – Donald Spoto

2. The autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr – Edited by Clayborne Carson

3. The Tenko Club – Elizabeth Noble

4. Twos Company – Jill Mansell

5. Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

6. Down the rabbit hole – Holly Madison

7. The sunday Lunch club – Juliet Ashton

8. Not quite Nice – Celia Imrie

9. No! I dont want to join a book club – Virginia Ironside

10. We’re going to need more wine – Gabrielle Union

11. You Gotta get bigger dreams – Alan Cumming

12. Around the way girl – Taraji P Henson

I didnt think I would have favourites, but 2 stood out.

You gotta get bigger dreams, My life in stories and pictures – Alan Cumming

The Sunday Lunch Club – Juliet Ashton

Alan Cumming. I absolutely adore this man, ever since I saw him in Spy Kids when I was about 10 years old, I was infatuated with him. I did have quite a crush (yes I know hes gay but still), not just on his appearance but his charisma, that wonderfully mischievous smile and sparkle in his eyes, that natural humour. I later watched him in Josie and The Pussycats, and also the Goodwife, to name some of my favourites, where he plays a completely different and incredibley believable charachter everytime. One of those fantastic actors that make you wonder… has his personality shone through, is that a glimmer of him, what is he like in person? I watched dozens of interviews with him, and love him even more. An intelligent, witty, caring, strong, honest, inspiring man. And his book truly showed me that even more so. Even if you’ve never had an interest in him, read this book, he is raw and relatable, such a pleasure to read.

The Sunday Lunch Club

When I first read the title I immediately thought about ladies who lunch… this is not the case at all.

In places this book had me laughing so far, feeling my heart ache and also frustrated with the characters situations. That’s what I want in a book, to really care about what’s happening. And this one kept me on my toes as well, at times I thought, ‘well this is going to be predictable’, and then plot twist. ‘Morish’ is the perfect word for the book, I’d strongly reccomend this book for anyone, anytime, and mood.

I aim to read at least 12 books again next year. Although I would like to double that but it may be unrealistic as I have exams next year, so studying will be my priority.

I’m pleased that I set myself this challenge and succeeded, and helped to open my eyes a little as well.

I have around 7 or 8 more books in place for next year already, that doesn’t mean that those are the ones that I’ll be reading, but it’s good to start somewhere

Kaya •


No better place to start than Martin Luther King Jr

Good evening all,

Saturday afternoon I popped into The Works (surprise surprise), and had a little mooch through the bargin baskets.

I wasn’t looking for a particular book, but after a few minutes of shuffling through, I picked up The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.

I’m embarrassed to say that I know very little about this great man. I’m only familiar with a few of his quotes, some of his believes and what he stood for. I was never taught about him in school, but that’s no excuse, as now that I’m an adult, I should educate myself on people who have shaped the world we live in today.

I bought the book, and have decided that for this year, I will read one book a month. For me, this would be a personal challenge.
I enjoy reading but I don’t always find the time no often have so much else in my head that I cannot fully concentrate.

I have started my book rather late this month, and don’t expect I will finish it in the next 10 days, but you never know. I like a challenge.

Also… Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day

What are you currently reading?

Kaya •


Autumn Reading

Good afternoon all, and
Happy First Day of Autumn/Fall!

It’s cool, wet and windy in my home town on the Isle of Wight, Uk, just as I had hoped for the start of Autumn.

Yesterday I spent the day singing Earth Wind and Fire’s, September.
‘do you remember? 21st night, September’.

Anyway. Welcome.

I’m writing my post today with alot of joy, if you have seen my earlier post, I set myself a goal of finishing reading my book by September 21st. And hooray for me, I did it!

Not only did I finish reading by book, but I’m close to finishing another fantastic read, ‘The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul’ by Deborah Rodriguez.

This book was lent to me by a friend whilst I was half way through my last book, which encouraged me to finish it as I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book.

This book is an easy read, great for a 20minute break at work.

It’s filled with emotions, a countries rulings, culture, power and heartache.

I only have about 40 pages left, so I hope to finish reading it by this evening.

I already have my next book picked out.

This book was one that was picked up at a charity shop. The title stood out, so for me that alone is a winner.

‘The Slap’, 2008

In this book, a group attending a BBQ witness a guess slap a naughty child… A child who they are not the parent of.

This book addresses a Controversial topic… Is it okay to slap someone else’s child??

It’s thrilling to me to read a book that I’ve heard is a ‘must read’, and one that I luckily haven’t heard anything about.

A series of this book was adapted in 2011, but thankful, I haven’t come across any spoilers. I’ll let you know how I get on.

I’m a Fan of autobiographys, reading about people you look up to, a fan of, have a peek into their lives. How they rose to their success. But reading a book at random that you’ve picked up or been given is wonderful as you can open your mind.

What books are you reading at the moment and what would you recommend me reading this Autumn?

Kaya •


Books on the shelf

The books that I stumble upon at a bric a brac, in the local coffee shop, a raffle ticket prize, or on your friends living room shelves are often the ones that appeal to me most.

I adored reading at school, not only the books that teachers would give us, but what the school and local library’s had to offer. Swapping books with friends, or buying them at the same time to see who could finish it first and be waiting in excitement so that you could release your thoughts on to each other and review what had been consuming your evenings.

Unfortunately, after education, this stopped.
I had the idea that I would fill my tables, shelves, cabinets with books that I could dive into. Maybe a book a month? A season? A year?
My intentions were there, but something always seemed to be in the way. Most likely my mobile phone.

At times, I feel slightly embarrassed if someone asks, ‘what are you reading at the moment’?
I can reply with a list of books that I may of read a dozen or so pages of, but not finished’. My shelves are full of books, with turned over pages… Throw all the pages I’ve read together, and you could probably make up half a dozen books I guess.

I get distracted and to eager to start the next before finishing the first. I find that I have a passion for reading, but not the commitment.

From today onwards, I am going to make a concious effort to finish a book by the end of the summer, 22nd September 2018.

My book of choice is ‘A spot of bother’,2006, by Mark Haddon.

I started this book last summer, which was a great read on the beach, until I fancied and ice cream or a splash in the sea. I may of only read about 30 pages… And months apart, so it seems only appropriate to start it from the beginning.

I know just over 4 weeks to finish a book with a 503 pages may seem easy to some, but I’m getting back into the swing of things.

If you have any recommendations for a bit of light reading, please comment with the book title and author. Thank you!

Kaya •