16th October 2017 by - No comments

The world we live in is a serious place right now, so many upsetting things happening around the world. Its not always easy to switch off, unwind and just laugh.

So this week Im bringing you a book which will have you laughing out loud.

There are some authors who have a great way with words, that can explain a scenario in such a way that its soooo funny! Sophie Kinsella is this author, I just find her books so much fun. Light hearted with a great storyline.

The Book –

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.
But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?
Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.
Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams – or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

Verdict –

The book had me in laughing fits from the first chapter!
I loved the Shopaholic series by Sophie so much Ive probably reread them a hundred times. Well this book is just as good!

It will lift your spirits and make the world a better place!

Available on Amazon & at all bookshops now!

9th October 2017 by - No comments

We live in an era where technology leads most of our lives. It is an era where bloggers, you tubers and technological wizards can sway our thoughts and influence our opinions.

Just the other day we attended The Wembley Cup with my boys. A football match where the main players were football youtubers with a few football legends. You should have seen the thousands of kids, they went crazy over these youtubers, that my husband hardly knew. Yes we are getting old, but it is definately a sign of the times.

The Book –

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Why does breaking up make your heart hurt?

Why can’t horses vomit?

From YouTube superstar, TV presenter, model and fact-obsessive over-sharer Jim Chapman comes a hilarious user’s guide to the universe.
In 147 Things, Jim takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the best bits of everything, from the mind-blowing to the ridiculous. As with his videos, no subject is off-limits and he’ll lift the lid on his life and his relationships, sharing embarrassing stories and things he’s learned along the way.
If you’ve ever felt weirded out by the fact that we’re seven billion (mostly) hairless apes spinning around a giant ball of flaming gas, or that we all begin as tiny humans inside our mothers, or that many of us keep slightly less-dangerous forms of wolves in our homes, then you need this book in your life.
Jim will inspire you with his facts about the sheer unlikelihood of us all being here and equip you to feel just a little less overwhelmed by the small stuff.

Verdict –

I have found that it is very difficult to buy gifts for pre teen boys, so the ages of 10-16. They are slightly too old for regular toys, computer orientated games are very overpriced, clothes will not be cool enough as gifts, but books are a winner – the mums will be happy for sure, but to make the birthday boy happy you need to pick a topic that is hip & trendy, as well as appropriate.

Now a word of warning, this book will definately be loved by a boy 10-16 years of age, but there are some words which some may find inappropriate. For example, my ten year old son was very quick to point out the word ‘penis’ on the first page. But if you are like me, I feel kids need to learn things and not be overdramatised by them. This is life after all.

My sons favourite thing was “9 – Every other species is fine being naked, so why do we where clothes” 😃

So a very fun book! My 10year old enjoyed it and finds it super cool that one of his favourite youtubers has a book out! It is also educational! I found out lots of fun facts!

Interesting, cool, fun & definate to be a hit if given as a gift! Put it on your Christmas list if you are lost on what to buy your pre teens.

Available now to purchase on Amazon & all major bookshops! Was published on October 5th.

In the meantime find out more about the author Jim Chapman –

Jim Chapman’s channel –

https://www.youtube.com/user/j1mmyb0bba

Link to purchase the book –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/147-Things-users-universe-buttons/dp/1509854150/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506953243&sr=8-1&keywords=jim+chapman

Link to audio book with exclusive Q&A with Jim –

Happy reading! xxx

2nd October 2017 by - No comments

Did you know that Audrey Hepburn was born into Dutch aristocracy?

Ever since I was a teenager I have adored Audrey Hepburn. It all started with ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ – a movie classic that I could watch over and over and over again. What struck me most about Audrey Hepburn was her ability to be so feminine, elegant and yet so strong in character.

I have read a few biographies about the late Audrey Hepburn, but this has got to be one of my favourites.

The Book –

In this first major study of the captivating life of Audrey Hepburn. Ian Woodward uncovers the truly sensational story of one of Hollywood’s most enduring legends.

Born into the Dutch aristocracy, Audrey Hepburn lived a fairy-tale existence until the outbreak of World War ll when her father, a Nazi sympathiser, abondoned his wife and children. Having risked her life for the Dutch resistance movement, she fled to England to train as a dancer.

But success came later when she was discovered in France by the novelist Colette, who realised she would be perfect for the character Gigi, and indeed, Audrey stunned both the ruthless New York critics and the public in Gigi on Broadway. Then came Roman Holiday, the film which brought her an Oscar and launched her international career in a string of movie successes like Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady.

But even her illustrious film career paled against the outstanding work she did for UNICEF. Despite her personal fight against cancer, she dedicated the last years of her life to bringing help to the starving children of the world.

Audrey Hepburn became more than a movie star. She became a legend, first on screen – and then on the arid plains of Africa.

Verdict –

A definate must read for all Audrey fans! Not only do we find out about Audrey the actress, we learn so much about her as a person.

Just this week a selection Audrey Hepburn’s belongings were auctioned off at Christie’s auction house. Seeing her beautifully elegant shoes, scarves, bags and clothes made me want to read this book all over again.

Available on amazon & at all bookshops