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Sunday Loves – 04.05.2014

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This is what I like to call reading atmosphere porn! All of the amazing places that I wish I could be (instead of my lounge) sitting/laying while reading my book… I’ve compiled a few places that I think my BBH and I would both be VERY happy to be stranded with our Kindles…. Enjoy.


The Beach! Preferably an isolated tropical beach with white dusty sand and warm blue waters… Also I think cocktails and some type of amazing food platter would be needed to go along with that lounger…and maybe an umbrella so I don’t crisp up!

photo credit: muha… via photopin cc


This cozy looking fireplace looks AMAZING. Here in New Zealand we are heading towards winter and there’s nothing that would be cozier than curling up in front of this fire with a cup of tea on a comfy couch… Bliss

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Hmmmm…. We’re back at the beach! But this time I’d be relaxing on the very comfortable looking daybed. At sunset! Listening to the waves and enjoying the last of the warm sun… No one interrupting me or hassling me unless they were offering food, booze or a massage.

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This reminds me of Barrons Books and Baubles, from The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. I would LOVE to cozy up and read in this mysterious Dublin store. I would actually possibly never leave (Due to being terrified of shades, and being in lust with Barrons!) He would have to evict me… although I’d like to see him try.

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Eric Northman from True Blood / Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. If you don’t know who Eric is you need to research. If you do then I’m sure you know where I’m coming from. Just insert me in there next to him in that spacious bed…Not sure how much reading I’d actually get done though… Enough said.

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I’ve decided that after Eric I need to cool off! This looks like my kind of luxurious pool to laze back next to and relax/read. The only way that this picture could be any better is if I could bring Eric with me… Please?

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Sunday Loves – 27.04.2014

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In the name of all things WTF! I bring you this weeks Sunday Love… This has apparently been around for a while, so how have I not seen this ‘tribute’ to Sookie by Snoop Dogg before?! Who came up with such an idea? What would Sookie think of this? And Eric for that matter?!!! Seriously is EVERYONE in love with Sookie, even rappers? And whose plan were the dancing Merlottes waitresses?! Honestly this is just everything.

Behold….

I. Just. Can’t.

This made my night.

Sunday Loves – 20.04.2014

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Being a family means you are part of something wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life

— Unknown

I’m sure a lot of us have spent a bit of time with friends and family this long weekend. In the spirit of that, I’ve found a nice little quote for us all to end our holiday on…

Sunday Loves – 13.04.2014

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Counting down for this!

Counting down for this!

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So Kristal reviewed Fifth Grave Past the Light today, the fifth book from the Charley Davidson series. In her review she mentioned we are HUGE fans of this series, and we really are. The amount of conversations we’ve had about this series is ridiculous… it’s definitely in our top 5 most discussed series list! So I thought I’d follow up with showing my love for the upcoming new release…. beyond excited for this. It’s released 20/05/2014, so just over a month to wait. So, if you haven’t experienced Charley yet you have a few weeks to read your butt off to be ready for this….

Sixth Grave on the Edge

Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conducts her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.


Sunday Loves – 06.04.2014

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So this happened this week… Now I admit it’s not much… but it’s a start of something. We are preeeeetty excited! We have a tradition of watching True Blood together every week. We have both read the books as well, and we can get quite passionate about anything and everything to do with the series, especially Eric (and TV Alcide.) Kristal even has a VERY impressive GIF of Eric from last season…Ahem… If you watched last season I bet you can guess what I’m referring to! Weow Weeeowww!

Anyway, not long to wait. My only hope is, at the end last year it looked like maybe we were dealing with a version of zombie vampires, I really really hope that this is not the case…

Sunday Loves

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Every week my BBH and I are going to throw up a post each that is non review related on whatever subject matter we feel compelled to write about. BBH has decided Fridays are her day and I’ve taken Sundays. So, welcome to the first of my ‘Sunday loves’!

This week I wanted to revisit the books that I read as a child that I loved. The books that helped make me the book lover I am today. I still remember staying up way too late in bed trying to get to the end of my latest book and paying for it the next morning (I seem to have learned nothing though as this is still my life story, staying up wayyyyy too late for the love of books!) So rather than being inspired with new reading material tonight, I hope you have a read, and like me, relive the beginnings of your reading obsession. It’s nice to take a stroll down memory lane once in a while don’t you think?

 

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5. Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables

 

This is listed partly because I still remember this book vividly, as in the actual physical book! Thick hardcover with a green vintage patterned cover and a picture of a young girl with red hair in plaits set in a time far in the past. It obviously made an impression. Funny how some things stick in your mind. Covers can have such a huge part to play, even now as an adult I’m a sucker for a great cover! The story of Anne, an orphan who was sent to a family in Avonlea, instead of a boy by mistake is an old fashioned one. The book itself was written in 1908. The adventures within these pages are mild and not anything too outrageous. It’s definitely not every ones cup of tea, but I will read almost anything and I do think it’s thanks to giving books like this a go when I was younger.

 

4. Ann M. Martin – The Babysitters Club series

Aaaand…..Bam! Yes I’ve done it. I’ve included The Babysitters Club in this list. You need to understand I couldn’t leave it out! It was practically an institution when I was a girl. My friends and I loved reading about these girls. In fact, we wanted to be these girls! They were so cool and trendy. We were obsessed. We all had our favourite character, the one we could ‘totally’ relate to. The stories were fluff pretty much, but they appealed to the audience of which they were aimed at. I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who can remember reading them (BBH?). There are too many books to give detailed recounts of them, (over 100 spanning a 14 year period apparently!) but for those of you who don’t know, the stories are based around four central characters (at least to begin with before the club grows) Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne and Stacey. Together they babysit and partake in everything a teenage girl could, including; boyfriends, break ups, hair style emergencies, school dramas, parents divorcing and remarrying, diabetes, friendship break ups and make ups and the list goes on. Still to this day I enjoy a light fun read once in a while. I guess this series is the ‘tween’ version of chick lit!

 

3. Roald Dahl – Everything! In particular – The Twits, The Witches and James and the Giant Peach

It probably goes without saying; with my taste obviously Roald Dahl would be on this list. His stories are iconic, unsettling, intriguing and totally not your standard storytelling for children. I actually remember practicing my reading with my Nan and Opa, reading the twits aloud to them. As a child I read most of his stories but the ones listed above are the ones I remember truly loving. What subject matter! Witches who want to exterminate all children in England by turning them into mice through poisoned lollies. A pair of truly horrible people who mistreat each other and outsiders, (whether it be people or creatures) playing pranks on each other and in the end getting just what they deserve. Another story that was a favourite was the utterly absurd yet totally readable adventure of a lonely boy called James, oversized bugs and a giant peach. There were sharks, evil relatives and in the end a house made of the giant peaches pit and a happily ever after. No one has the voice of Roald Dahl. His stories stand the test of time and if you haven’t tried them I definitely recommend them, to read with yours kids or without.

 

2. Enid Blyton – The Faraway Tree series – The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of the Faraway Tree, Up the Faraway Tree AND Wishing Chair series – Adventures of the Wishing-Chair, The Wishing-Chair Again

These books were my introduction to Fantasy Fiction. The Faraway Tree books are based around three children Jo, Bessie and Fanny and a magical tree which has a ladder up the top which reaches into magical lands and is inhabited by various magical creatures such as Moonface, (My favourite I think! He lived in a house where everything was round and had a slide that you could slide on to get to the bottom of the tree) the Angry Pixie and Silky the Fairy. Each Book has the children embarking on different adventures in different strange, sometimes wonderful sometimes horrible lands such as, the land of Topsy Turvy, The Land of Birthdays, The Land of Tea Parties and The Rocking Land to name a (very) few. I remember being enthralled with these adventures and magical lands, wishing that I too could have a Faraway Tree of my own.

Now for The Wishing Chair books, this time we are following Mollie and Peter who find a magical chair which grows wings and can fly! They keep the chair in their playhouse and soon they are flying off on many adventures to magical places! The first adventure they embark on, they rescue a pixie called Chinky, he starts living in their playroom and joins them and the chair on future trips. One of my most memorable story lines involve the chair getting its wings cut off and subsequently the children using ‘Wing-growing’ ointment on some of their toys… Just like The Faraway Tree series, Enid Blyton created magic and intrigue which had my younger self escaping into the pages of these books. In fact, just writing about these books makes me want to re-read them all over again. Which I may just do…

 

1. E.B White – Charlotte’s Web

This is an Iconic book. I’m sure many of you have heard of it and read it, if not you need to find it and read it. It’s such a beautiful, heartfelt, heartbreaking tale. Wilbur is a piglet sent to a farm to await slaughter. Snubbed by fellow barn animals he is befriended by a voice who turns out to be Charlotte, a spider. She weaves an amazing plan to save his life, which she manages to do before dying. I remember being so emotional about this book. In fact I still have trouble reading or watching animal stories. But this is where I think its greatness really shines through. This story made SUCH an impression on me that to this day I remember its story and its characters. Not every book can manage to do that, leave an impression so deep that you can remember almost every detail about it and recall every feeling you had reading it.