2018, A thought? A question, Blog Tour, Book Snippet, Off Topic

Blogging, blog tours and reading what I want…

First off if you follow my Twitter account HayleyTOfficial you would have already seen me talking with a few friends about reading for pleasure and reading for a time frame.

Now I wasn’t going to post this as I didn’t want to just sound like I’m moaning. As many of you who know me will be aware I have had a crazy work life and I haven’t been very well which has limited my reading time. In lieu of that I have left certain books to last minute thinking I would be able to get them read and it’s felt like a chore. I sat up until the small hours finishing a book and making sure the review was up because I absolutely hate letting people down. This week I’ve had a few social days catching up with friends and seeing theatre and on Wednesday when I was lucky enough to meet up with Catriona aka Fabbookfiend I had a headache for most of that day because I had pushed myself. Later that night I knew I should have read something for a tour but Catriona has simply said read for you and it truly did make me smile.

This is not me saying I won’t be doing blog tours as I love finding books and authors that I would never have come across. This is me saying I will do my best to honour my commitments but I want to read more of the books that I’m itching for.

Like right now I want to read Darren O’Sullivan’s Close Your Eyes I have read the prologue and a snippet and yes it’s awesome. I want to read Paige Toon’s Five Years From Now I have read the sampler and it left me wanting more….I have the next instalments of Victoria Walters Random Acts Of Kindness and having heard a snippet of the Sunday Lunch club I’m also desperate for more.

I just want to say I really do appreciate the bloggers who run and organise tours and because you guys are awesome I love to help but as it stands I don’t want my love of reading and blogging to die because I’m reading to demand and not for actual want. To lighten my blog later on there will be a second post featuring Anita Cassidy. Watch this space..

Blogmas, christmas, Off Topic, TBR, Uncategorized

Little Women…

Firstly, I hope you had a fantastic Christmas with your loved ones.

I’m sorry I have been a bit on/off with my blogmas attempt, but I am grateful to every comment, like and follow since I have tried. My views have improved which means I’m obviously saying something worthwhile.

How I’m still awake, and how I managed to watch this and think of something to say is outstanding. I got up seriously early this morning to brave the sales to start with as help and then for me. I had fun in a weird way if I’m honest. No books sadly, not yet anyway.

Watching Little Women this evening has prompted me to ask….have you read it? And what are your thoughts on the book by Louisa May Alcott.

I must admit this is a classic that I downloaded a while ago but have still not got around to.

Next year I would like to do better with my classic reading so this should feature. I have seen a mixture of comments regarding tonight’s first instalment of the BBC’s adaptation. I must admit I enjoyed it but I have nothing to compare it to – it has made me want to push this novel up my TBR list though, so in that instance the TV show has worked it’s magic.

What are your thoughts? I aim to be back tomorrow although I am back at work so anything is possible.

nashville, Off Topic, Uncategorized

So much more than a TV show…….Nashville 


So change of subject today….as I’m feeling like these guys deserve a little more of my time. When I first watched Nashville back in 2012 I had said to a number of friends I will either get bored easily or get completely hooked. As you may have guessed it’s the latter. 

Nashville may well be about country music but it’s soo much more than that on the TV and in real life. So many super real life situations and scenarios have been covered over the years since it first aired and they just keep surprising us.

This is also not the first post I have written re the show, back when this blog was originally a place for me to talk about my Cancer Research volunteering story I posted this.

These actors are not only amazing actors but they are extremely talented musicians. I’m left in awe of the talent they posses. I was lucky enough and extremely grateful to see these beauties last year at Hammersmith Apollo where I saw both shows and had a meet and greet that left me even more in love with this gorgeous bunch. 


This year it was a little harder getting tickets and a tad more expensive but thanks to my good friend Natalie we managed to get good seats for Birmingham on the opening night of the 2017 tour. This year we had a new addition Jonathan Jackson if you watch Nashville that’s the very easy on the eye Avery Barkley. He is one of my favourites and I was super gutted when he appeared on stage in Dublin last year so when I heard he was added this year it did up the excitement for me. (Which only intensified when I saw him live) as I awaited my friends at Birmingham we decided last minute to do the Meet for this year and I am so so glad that we did.


Anyway I won’t say too much about the songs and stuff as I hate spoilers and I had a massive chat with them about being at the opening show where no one can spoil it for me. But I will say there is a combination of songs from the show from various seasons, songs they like and which have meanings to them personally and some of their very own material which is amazing.  

I’m still in awe from the two out of this world shows I attended this bunch are talented and are exactly the positive energy this world needs right now. I have only watched one episode of the latest season so at least I have that to keep me company while I long to hear these guys sing once more. 

Do you watch Nashville? What do you love about the show and who are your favourites?

I have been Team Deacon pretty much since episode one but along the way I have had new found love for the characters. I think Avery aka Jonathan Jackson has had an epic set of storylines and he’s character has changed so much.