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#BFFTour: Top 10 Book Bloggers + Giveaway

October 9, 2015 in Blog Tour, Bookish Posts, Current Giveaways

I’m really excited to be taking part in the Blog Friends Forever Tour today. Thank you very much to Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast for organising it! Check out their blogs to see who is all taking part, what they are posting about and to enter some fab giveaways too!



Be sure to pop over to the other blogs that are hosting the tour today, Reading The Blues Away and Adventures In Reading.


When I signed up for this tour I confidently chose the topic of Top Ten Book Bloggers thinking it would be easy. It’s really really not – my ‘shortlist’ had 18 on it!

Anyway, here are some of my favourite book blogs to read along with a post or series that I think you might like…



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I loved Thea’s recent post Ten Books To Love If You Like Watching Game of Thrones – so many great recommendations!




Check out Cait’s How I Will Improve Goodreads When I Rule The World post.


eclectic tales

I particularly enjoy Lianne’s So You Want To Read… series. Check out her So You Want To Read… Jane Austen post.


of dragons

Kaja has some great discussions on her blog. Check out her Let’s Talk About Spoilers post.



the quiet people

Beth has read 100 books already this year, check out her Top 10 Favourites post.




Check out Imogen’s Books I Want To Buy And Why post for some book buying inspiration.



cook create read

Terri is doing a Global Reading Challenge aiming to read a book by an author from every country in the world!



the review diaries

I love Rosy’s Rosy Recs series, it’s fantastic!




Definitely check out Emily’s Awesome Indies series – such a great idea!




Check out Shannon’s recent post Books I’m Never Reviewing Just One GIF Edition


In celebration of the the Blog Friends Forever Tour, and the fact that today is my birthday, I’m hosting a wee giveaway for you guys. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post to enter the tour-wide giveaway!


To win a book of your choice (pre-orders included) up to the value of £10 just enter via the rafflecopter entry form below.

There are no mandatory entries, do as many or as few as you want.

The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships to your location for free.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!      



      ALSO be sure to enter the Tour-wide giveaway. There will be 3 winners with prizes of $75, $50 and $25 gift cards to the winner’s choice of book retailer. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Desert Island Reads with #BAMB

October 6, 2015 in Bookish Posts

Yesterday I posted about this year’s BOOKS ARE MY BAG campaign, running this Thursday (8th) until Saturday (10th).


I also decided to try and complete their #desertislandreads challenge this week.

Desert Island Books

I won’t lie, it was tough. I realised that so many of my absolute favourite books are actually series and I’m pretty sure that’s cheating, yeah? So, excluding series, here are the 8 books I’d choose for my #desertislandreads.



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I'll Give You The Sun

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The Hobbit

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BAMB1 (4)


BAMB1 (5)

The Book Thief

BAMB1 (6)

Last Chance



If I’d allowed myself to include series then A Song of Ice and Fire, Throne of Glass and I Am Pilgrim would’ve made the list.

What are your #desertislandreads?


October 5, 2015 in Bookish Posts, Events

It’s that glorious time of year again. BOOKS ARE MY BAG is back! It’s time to celebrate books and bookshops, and a great excuse to treat yourself to a new book… or five.badge

Bookshops across the country will be joining in the Books Are My Bag festivities from Thursday 8th October – Saturday 10th October. So make sure you pop into your local bookshop to see what activities they have on offer, or have a check here.

Lauren Child

There should also be the chance to get your paws on one of the two Books Are My Bag totes too, although be quick as they are in limited supply. This year features two bags, one designed by Lauren Child & one by Grayson Perry.

So what are you waiting for? Make a date with your local bookshop!

Bookshop Date

P.S. There will be no Top Ten Tuesday this week, instead I’ll be attempting this challenge…

Desert Island Books

Buy British Day: Some Of Our Favourites

October 3, 2015 in Food and Drink, Gifts, Gluten Free

Today (the 3rd of October) is the second annual Buy British Day. So I thought I’d share some of the British products our family loves!

First things first, Tobermory Chocolates. Full disclosure, as always, let me say that this company is owned by my friend’s family. Regardless of this fact, I love their chocolates!! Handmade, luxurious and such a treat! If you’re ever in Tobermory they have a lovely shop and cafe.

When it comes to chocolate brownies, Gower Cottage Brownies cannot be beaten in my opinion. Plus she does gluten free ones too!!

Moving onto alcohol…

Mum is a fan of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Husband loves the beers by Williams Brothers

My favourite cider EVER is by Gwynt Y Ddraig


Ok, I need to stop with the food and drink!

One of my favourite stationery companies is Dots and Spots – Becky has such a beautiful range and I like to stock up on her cards & wrap so that I’ve always got some in the house.

When it comes to candles, the Isle of Skye Candle Company is a popular choice in our family. Personally, I love the Vanilla & Fig.

I could go on… and on… but that’s just a selection of our favourite British products.

I’d love to hear what your favourite British products are? 

Also, for today only Make It British has a HUGE Buy British giveaway running – be sure to check it out!

As always, there are no affiliate links or anything like that in this post.

Personal: You Are Not Alone

October 2, 2015 in Personal

So today’s post is a bit different from usual, but it’s something that I wanted to share as it might help some of you fellow chronic illness sufferers.

you are not alone

My birthday’s coming up and, as with any annual event, I find it really hard. It’s a reminder that another year has passed where I’ve been ill, been stuck in my home, not achieving those things I had hoped to achieve in my life by now.

I think I’m pretty good at accepting life with a chronic illness these days. That wasn’t always the case, but I’ve adapted and I now accept my life on the day-to-day basis. But when an annual event comes around it’s like being smacked in the face; I look up from my day-to-day existence to realise that yet another year has passed.

Why am I telling you this? Well, until yesterday I’d never spoken to anyone who felt this way too. I mean friends and family listen, they try to understand, but I do wonder if they ever will? So yesterday I was messaging a lovely friend in the US. We ‘met’ through Twitter a wee while ago and started chatting. She suffers from chronic health issues too. The topic of my birthday arose and she told me how she felt about such annual events – she feels exactly the same way that I do! I was torn between being delighted at having found someone who knows how this feels and being really gutted for her that she feels like this too.

Anyway, I realised that there are probably lots of people in a similar situation – feeling alone and frustrated. So, I decided to post this. I can’t tell you how much it helped me to realise that I’m not alone in this – I actually shed a tear when I read her message. The thing is though, if we don’t talk about these things then people will continue to feel isolated and not understood.

So if you feel this way, if you dread annual events, please know that you aren’t alone. Also know that if you ever want to chat I can generally be found on twitter @rhodak09. Sometimes I take a while to respond, but I will get back to you eventually. You are not alone. x