OOoh we’re half way there… (SAL)

it’s time to share my cross stitching progress with you all again. I’ve actually got a lot done since the last time despite the fact that for over half of the time I’ve been ill with a very sore neck but anyway here it is next to last time.

Just the gold to add in but otherwise I have finished the bottom half. The random lines coming off the three berries in the middle will be holly leaves but they will be in gold, like the antlers will be. I’m leaving all the gold till the end though as I still haven’t decided exactly which gold to use!

And here is the whole thing so you can see the size better: (I had to photograph it on the floor because it wouldn’t fit on my desk!)

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Cyxus Blue Light Filter Glasses – Review

I don’t think anyone would argue that looking at screens all day isn’t so good for our eyes. For me this is amplified by my illness. Bright lights are difficult for me and within about ten minutes of looking at my phone screen (on the lowest brightness setting) I start to get a headache. Last year whenever I went on my phone I would wear a pair of sunglasses which meant I could go on my phone for about an hour or so before a headache started building.

Well a few weeks ago this happened :

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I may have left the glasses on my bed and then leaned on them. They snapped and I was irrationally heartbroken about it. (I get very attached to my things, okay?) especially considering I had about three other pairs of sunglasses lying around but they weren’t the right pair! Continue reading

2018 Goals

I’m a little late with this new years goals post but it took me a little while to think about exactly what I wanted to write. I also spent the start of the year really sick but I’m over that now and ready to get down to business.

Last year the goals I set were varied but rather specific. The year before that I made resolutions instead. The way I do this changes every year depending on how I feel and what I’m ready for. I don’t like settings goals or resolutions that are pointless and will be broken so they change.

This year I’m picking one big thing to concentrate on. And other things that I hope will get done but are not so important.


My one big resolution for 2018 is to finish writing my book and then revise and edit it. I’m five chapters away from finishing my first draft. I think this will probably be done by the end of March which gives me a good chunk of the year to get it edited and polished up. There are obviously next steps to that but what happens after that isn’t in my control right now and will be decided when I get there. Editing and revising isn’t going to be an easy task and will be a lot of hard work so that is what I’m concentrating on. Hopefully this involves some betas and getting lots of feedback to help me improve it as well. Continue reading

Top Ten Best Books of 2017

The title is pretty self explanatory, no? Here is a list of the ten best books I read last year and also a little info about my reading year in general.

Read: 64

DNF: 7? I think (I really should keep better track of which books I’ve DNF’d but I don’t count then in my reading count)

About a third of the books I’ve read this year have been eARCs from netgalley (ARC = Advanced Reader Copy) and I’m so happy because books are so expensive! I’ve written reviews for every book I’ve read this year and regardless of whether I got them as arcs or not all my opinions are honest and my own. Quite a few gave made it onto my top ten but then I’ve just been really lucky to read some amazing ones this year.

So in no particular order, here are my top ten with really rubbish attempts at one line explanations.


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2017 Book Survey Tag

The year’s over! Ahhhh. Time to look back through all the books I’ve read this year. I’m doing the book survey which was made by Jamie over on this blog here. It’s a really fun tag, where you get to see the good, the bad and everything in between of what I read this year. I’ve edited it slightly, taken out a few questions that really don’t apply to me and merged some where the answer would be the same. It’s a long enough post even with those changes but I hope you’ll stick around to see what I thought.

*All these questions relate to books that I have read in 2017

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Reading stats:

Books read: 64

Rereads: 3

Dnfs: 7? (Not counted in books read)

Most read genre: Fantasy

1. Best book you read in 2017?


The Foxhole Court, The Raven King, The Kings Men. All For The Game Trilogy by Nora Sakavic.

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Cross Stitch progress

A quick stitchy update. I managed to get some more stitching done on my project before Christmas got underway and then everything went on hold for Christmas and then my brother and his girlfriend visited for a couple of days too. It’s been a lovely week but here is the progress since last time:


I managed to get the Merry Christmas finished in time for Christmas and I’ve done a couple of snow flakes too. I’m going to move onto some holly borders next so we’ll see how much of that I get done for next time.

Here are all the links to everyone else who is taking part in the stitch along;

Avis / Claire / Gun / Carole / Kate / Lucyanne / Sue / Constanze / Debbie / Christina / Kathy / Margaret / Cindy / Helen / Steph / Linda / Catherine / Wendy / Mary Margaret / Timothy / Heidi / Connie and Jackie

You can check out their blogs to add what cross stitching projects they’ve been up to.

I hope everyone has had a very Merry Christmas and…..

Happy New Year!!!

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Memo Pad: December Books

The last monthly book wrap up of the year! This year has gone so quickly it’s unbelievable. I’ll be doing a 2017 book survey and a best books of the year post over the coming week or two which I’m looking forward to. But for now lets look back to this month.

Right at the end of November I saw an advert for a 3 months free trial of amazons kindle unlimited. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a lending library where you can read as many books from their kindle unlimited catalogue for, usually, £7.99 a month. The catch is that most of the big sellers and hyped books are not on there, in fact having gone through the hundreds of books on my tbr, I only found 7 on kindle unlimited. But the opportunity to read those 7 books for free (and probably more because 3 of them are series that are all on there) was too good to pass up.

That means that most of the books I read this month were from there. It also means I’ll be concentrating on reading those for the next two months rather than anything else that comes my way (other than earcs from netgalley). It hopefully means I won’t be spending any money on books over the next couple of months….. Okay, scrap that because I’ve already bought two in a sale and I’ll probably buy more if they go on sale after Christmas.

But onto the books!

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