• Book Chat,  Book Reviews,  books

    Hidden book highlights of 2023

    It’s been an interesting year of reading. I have managed to read 31 books (although 2023 isn’t over yet, so there is still time to squeeze a few more in!) I have mainly kept up to date on sharing what I have read on here, however I realise there has been a few book highlights that I haven’t mentioned yet. So read on for a few little gems that I enjoyed this year…. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne “Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the…

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    Book Chat,  books

    April reading round-up

    Welcome to my April reading round-up! This month, I read three very different books that explored complex themes and kept me engaged until the very end. From a thought-provoking exploration of family dynamics to a thrilling spy novel and a captivating work of historical fiction, I covered a lot of areas in my reading. “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult is a novel about a family grappling with difficult decisions in the aftermath of a car accident that leaves the father, Luke Warren, comatose. The Warren family must decide whether to continue life support or let Luke die, but they are divided on what the right…

  • Eat Like A Londoner,  Eating Out,  food

    The Woodin’s Shades, Bishopsgate

    Last week I took part in a charity run for World Aids Day, which was exhilarating and rewarding. I’m not a runner so to even do something like this is a big deal for me. I’m a believer in rewarding yourself after you’ve exerted yourself, so I visited a pub in Liverpool Street to refuel afterwards. You can read my review of the pub here.

  • Teas

    Teapigs Chocolate and Mint Tea

    Anyone who knows me knows that I love my tea and one of my favourite things to do is find a new type of tea to enjoy. I was delighted, therefore, when I came across Teapigs Chocolate and Mint tea, as I love to accompany my tea with something chocolatey. Therefore I thought I’d give this a whirl. Each box contains 15 “tea temples” which are made of biodegradable fabric. This flavouring belongs to Teapigs “no caffeine” range, which has been recently launched and they are designed so that no milk and sugar needs to be added. According to the instructions, the tea needs to be left to brew for…

  • Book Reviews,  books

    My Favourite Book of 2014

    I meant to write this post a few days ago however, unfortunately I have been battling a heavy cold.  I want to write a review of my favourite book that I read in 2014.  Even though I read quite a few last year, the one that stands out in my mind is The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.  I have been a fan of Kate’s books for several years now and a new release always goes straight onto my to-read list. I was right to anticipate the release of The Secret Keeper, as it is a stunning, accomplished novel, with many layers and an excellent twist.  The basic premise of…