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Six for Sunday – Dream Panels/Events

I love me a Six for Sunday but wow how can I only pick six beauties for this one. So having attended two book events of two very empowering and inspirational women both of them have to feature so here it goes.

Cecelia Ahern

Jodi Picoult

Now this lady has to feature as every single one of her books gives me all the feels and there’s only one I haven’t read and I think that needs to change. Over to the queen of sparkly Miranda Dickinson

Omg that’s three down and there are soooo many I could add. I want to take this time to say I wish I could have all my ultimate favourites but there are so god damn many of you.

Ruth Ware

Daphne Du Maurier

Paige Toon

So that wraps up my Six for Sunday and what another treat it has been. Sorry for the delay had a mixed day a bit of coursework and some family time.

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Six for Sunday – books I would re-read…

I’ve said it before and I will say it again I really enjoy drafting the six for Sunday question but sometimes it’s just not possible to get involved.

This week it’s books you would love to re-read. Now there are some cracking books out there and thanks to my ever expanding TBR I don’t get to re-read books but here are some beauties that I would love to read again.

I read this in serial form so I would love to devour it as a full on novel. This book spoke to me in volumes and I will keep banging on about how truly gorgeous it is. In a world full of crazy choose to be kind. Not only is it a brilliant book, Victoria Walters is also one of the nicest writers ever.

Another book from this year. I’m such a massive fan of Miranda and she always makes me feel positive and hopeful in a world that’s not always nice. I haven’t officially reviewed this beauty and I have no real reason for not doing so apart from being bogged down with other blogger stuff. This is a beautiful story about love, life and loss. Miranda wrote this during a trying time in her own life and the sense of grief is real and ever so raw. Written from the heart and with so much passion plus I fell in love with Kieran.

At school this book all and truly got under my skin. I was on the edge of my seat constantly wanting more reading way past my class.

I still need to devour a whole host of this ladies work but my Rebecca is a whole different class. I loved everything about this book. It was my introduction to Daphne and the perfect way to discover a writer.

Another one I only read recently and it’s not even out until next year. With this one I hope to devour the audiobook of this, I can guarantee the music will add to the truly unique story.

This was the first of Mhairi’s books I read I’m still a bit behind on her latest stuff but wow this book resonated with me so much. I’ve seen a number of authors with the proof for her next book and I want it like now….

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Six for Sunday: Best Debut Books

I’m such a fan of Six for Sunday but of late I’ve had other stuff to do and just no time. In trying to attempt Blogtober I’m trying to be organised when I can so here I am with this weeks effort. Sorry for another late post as much as today was my day off I ended up helping out at home had a gorgeous brunch with a friend and then I ended up at work for a bit. I did manage some reading which I will be getting back to shortly.

I stumbled across Zoe May through Twitter I believe and I devoured this beauty quite quickly so much so I had eagerly pre-ordered her second book. Which I haven’t read yet thanks to damn blog tours but I promised not to moan about them any longer. I am however embracing more of what I want to read. Let’s face it that’s why I blog to talk about books I love.

Perfect Match – Zoe May

Darren O’Sullivan has to feature in this list. Our Little Secret saved me when I was at my lowest. Being off work due to my ankle trouble this tasty thriller had me hooked and Darren is such a legend and true to his word. When it was published in paperback he hand delivered it to me and we had a coffee. That was a thrilling feeling for a blogger and since then I inhaled his second novel he just does creepy so so well.

Our Little Secret

Now my review of this will follow this week. The blurb sucked me in and the main character is called Hayley. Now for those of you that have known me a while I keep telling authors to cast me into their novels. Be careful what you wish for.

My namesake is nothing like me she’s extremely disturbed and she likes to blame others rather than take responsibility of her actions. In her defence she’s had a weird upbringing and has suffered a great deal because of it emotionally and mentally. The reviews for this one have been pretty marmite but I’m interested to see what Susan does next and I’m hoping to do a Q&A with her at some point. So if you’ve read it and have a burning question leave it in the comments box please.

As yet I haven’t penned my thoughts on this one but what I will say is this was another fantastic recommendation from Fabbookfiend aka Catriona and once again it didn’t disappoint I listened to this and loved every second I will be devouring the second one very soon.

Now this book just had me from the get go and now I will always instantly purchase a Ruth Ware novel.

I still haven’t got around to devouring Hollie Overton’s second novel but I loved listening to Baby Doll.

Audible Review: BabyDoll by Hollie Overton

Hoping to have a review for you tomorrow although do shout if there’s something else you would rather see.

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Six for Sunday: Favourite blog posts

Happy Sunday, another week has passed and this is our first Sunday of September. How has another month passed by already….

Six for Sunday is a weekly meme set up by alittlebutalot you can find the latest updates Here.

Today’s offering is favourite blog posts that I have written….so some of you won’t realise that when I started this blog after all my ups and downs with blogging it was under a different name and predominantly aimed at the volunteering I did back then for Cancer Research….

Nashville

Remembering Nan June

I haven’t done this in forever Vlog

Discovering Audible

Miss you Review

An update inc YALC 2017

Wow it was really hard to pick six as you can see I haven’t picked any of my latest posts even though I believe my newer ones in some parts are better but I wanted to delve back.

I hope you enjoy reading through my old links it’s funny as from time to time old stuff is viewed and I’m like how. I have been blogging on this particular site for over 3 years now, what started off as an outlet to write without hassle and trolls about my volunteering journey changed into my other passions which today has also featured many a personal post and my fitness journey.

If there is anything you would like to see me do more of or go back to please get in touch. I promised those author guest posts last week but life has been kind of mental since returning to work. I plan to get more organised this week although there’s lots of reading I hope to do plus it’s a Monday to Friday week for me with a few things planned so we shall see how I fair.

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Six for Sunday: Books that have….

Today’s offering is books that have been on your to be read pile forever.

Now as I said last Sunday I love Six for Sunday and try and take part when I can. I was away last week and I had the best of intentions in already drafting this post…that didn’t happen but I’m pleased with the blogging I did last week. I still have lots up my sleeve for this coming week so watch this space for author guest posts, reviews and quite possibly a few more personal post amongst anything else that pops up or inspires me to put pen to paper in a digital reference.

I usually have lots to say on my choices but this week I’m feeling rather under the weather. I started getting a sore throat at the later end of my holiday and when I got home the temperature was colder and I’ve felt worse.

Today I’ve had a chilled day getting back to my SW food choices and reading and chilling as well as leaving comments on gorgeous blog posts.

Tomorrow is bank holiday and I’m back to work sadly, but the good thing is it’s a shorter day, which means I can ease myself in gently before I head to Slimming World to see how I fair my last weigh in was before my holiday when I hit target. Which was one of the greatest feelings I’ve had this year. Spending the past week with my niece and my newest niece and nephew has been pretty something.

Onto my Six for Sunday choices.

Have you taken part in this weeks Six for Sunday? I would love to see your choices.

Have you read any of my choices if so where should I start when I can make the time?.

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Six For Sunday: Books people always tell you to read.

Earlier today I promised you guys two blog posts and this is me delivering that promise. I’m a huge fan of Six for Sunday and where possible I try to participate, so without further ado.

I’m pleased to be back with a Six for Sunday – today’s offering is books people always tell you to read.

I have to say it again….I’m at the seaside having some me time with the family. Hoping to get a lot more reading and blogging done while I’m at Dymchurch, this morning I managed to finish Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman- which will be up on the blog on Tuesday.

This is one of those marmite books with mixed opinions. I had a good chat with a customer at work and she told me I had to read this. So I do own a copy of this but I haven’t read it as yet.

I know a little about this book and I feel like I’ve been gearing up to read it forever. I’m pretty sure I have a mates copy of it and it will happen soon but I know it will be an extremely emotional experience.

I have this as my next audible read and I’m hoping to get into this, this week. I know this will be devoured quickly and the second in this series is read by Anna Acton who I adore.

This Book is often on many lists of books you should read in your lifetime. It sounds intriguing and I definitely need more of these sorts of books in my life and in my reading.

The Alchemist is another of those life-affirming reads and I’ve actually had this sat at home for a while now.

This beauty needs to be devoured and I’m ashamed to say this has been on many of my lists for a while. I love the quotes and I purchased the hardback on an Amazon deal. After my holiday this book definitely needs some Hayley time.

Those are my selections for this Sunday? Have you read any of these books I’ve been told to read. What one should I start with. Bar the one I’m obviously going to start this week.

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Six for Sunday – Authors you’ll always pick up

Firstly, Happy Sunday I’m sorry I didn’t get a Six for Sunday last week but today I’m back. This weeks question is authors you’ll always pick up.

Now this is a great question but how do I choose just six gorgeous authors. Of late I haven’t felt very good about my blog and my blogging life and a number of awesome authors have made me realise why I choose books.

Books will always be a massive part of my life and Catriona was asking on her Instagram just the other day what book got you into reading. My answer was Enid Blyton I loved the Famous Five and the Secret Seven – I even remember there being a TV show that was also fab. I love that there are now adult parody’s based on these characters. I haven’t read all of them yet but I have had so much fun having the gang back in a modern sort of era.

So without further ado…

Paige Toon – Everyone thinks as a reader and blogger I have read all of her novels – wrong. I got into her work seriously late thanks to the lovely team at Simon & Schuster and now I would pretty much ditch anything for Paige’s work.

Cecelia Ahern – I’m a huge fan of her work and I’m saddened that I’ve got a number of her books outstanding to read. What I will say is she has never let me down and I hope to get organised soon.

Miranda Dickinson – Another author I discovered late. I have been lucky enough to be part of Miranda’s cheer squad for a few of her novels. I got When I Fall in Love the Christmas it was released and it’s the only one of her books I haven’t read as yet. Miranda always takes me on a gorgeous rollercoaster and I will forever be recommending her books.

Ian McEwan – I haven’t read a lot of his work but I have some on that ever growing TBR pile. When at school studying English Literature we read Enduring Love this was the book that got me back reading for pleasure I was mesmerised and sped read ahead of my classmates as I needed to know what happened.

Rosie Blake – I still remember discovering How to get a Love Life. I don’t know if it was Netgalley or just a publisher sending a pdf. I remember it being one of my first electronic reads and I couldn’t get enough of it. When How to stuff up Christmas came out I was invited to a blogger evening and I believe that was in the crossover from blogging with a friend to blogging on my own. I had a fabulous evening and she was nothing but lovely to me. I have read all of her novels under Rosie Blake and none have disappointed.

Ruth Ware – In a Dark Dark Wood will always hold special memories for me. I read it after first coming across the Poppy Loves Book Club – although I never made it to the meeting thanks to work but I was instantly a fan of this ladies work. I have since read and loved The Woman in Cabin 10 and I have her other two. Her latest is likened to Daphne Du Maurier and I met Ruth on publication day but headaches and crazy times means I haven’t read it yet.

I would love to know your choices there are so many I could add…

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Six For Sunday: Books that made you angry…

Since discovering Six For Sunday – I have well and truly loved these bookish challenges. I wasn’t sure if I would participate in today’s offering but after seeing a few people’s post I thought come on Hayley you need to get on this.

Six for Sunday is a weekly meme set up by alittlebutalot you can find the latest updates Here. I have to say I love these posts and will try to do more of them in the future. I’m already planning my answers to next weeks offering.

There were certain aspects about this book that truly angered me but I cannot share my anger without ruining the story.

The Breakdown

The Escape this book had me on the edge of my nerves and I constantly felt for Jo.

Tubing was an interesting debut I really got angry with Polly as a woman why the hell did she put herself in such a dangerous position. I felt like I kept getting annoyed with her. Tubing review

The Perfect Girlfriend is another debut that I truly enjoyed. What angered me about Juliette is how little she thought of herself. She was basing her whole existence on a man. I’m very much about independent women. The Perfect Girlfriend Review

I love this fella I went to the book signing in Milton Keynes for this and I must admit I haven’t finished reading it. As a huge Westlife fan who has had the pleasure of meeting them a number of times I was deeply saddened and angered by how Shane was made to feel for some of his time in Westlife. I have always loved this guy he’s been a star and an inspiration as well as a genuine guy towards me and as much as I loved some of the fab memories the sadness was upsetting me. I will make time to either start again or finish where I left it.

I love Ruth Ware – I still haven’t finished penning my thoughts on this one. I must admit though I didn’t love the lady reading this audio and because of that it took me longer to devour it. I started it then it was left aside and when I went on holiday I was in a gorgeous setting on a beach and restarted it. Lo is a character you can’t help but love and I truly adore Ruth’s way with words.

I hope you have enjoyed my offering I would love to see the books that have angered you. In some way.

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Six for Sunday: Books that made you laugh….

So this is the second Six for Sunday that I have managed to get in on the latest list is great. I was a little upset that I only discovered the new lists after I had already posted last week but enough rambling and onwards with my books that made me laugh…

Six for Sunday is a weekly meme set up by alittlebutalot you can find the latest updates Here. I have to say I love these posts and will try to do more of them in the future. I’m already planning my answers to next weeks offering.

So four out of my six laugh out loud reads were audiobooks. Listening to Mad Girl and How To Be A Woman were even more fun being that the authors themselves were reading their words. The Break was one of my favourite audiobooks and the narrator was as if Marian was reading it herself even though she wasn’t.

How Not To Fall In Love Actually was a recommendation from the lovely Fabulous Book Fiend aka Catriona – and I had started listening to the audio just before meeting Catherine at a Simon & Schuster event. I believe I was one of the first people she had spoken to about the audiobook and for me that added to my experience.

Katey Lovell writes a novella that gives you just enough suspense but also leaves you wanting more. I’m pretty sure I read this earlier this year whilst on a plane heading back from my winter sunshine trip to Furteventura. If you’re wanting to read this one I would say New Years or just before would be a better time to devour it.

Zoe May’s debut Perfect Match is one of my fave feel good reads. It’s real and humorous and I’m definitely a fan. I have her latest book How Not to Date a Prince – I’m so annoyed that I still haven’t devoured this beauty but watch this space there will be more on my mood reading and actually getting round to some of these books that have been sat awaiting my attention very soon.

I’m ashamed to say one of these books I haven’t written a review for yet, but for most of them I have so here they are.

How To Be A Woman audio review

The Break by Marian Keyes Audio review

Mad Girl By Bryony Gordon Audio review

Perfect Match by Zoe May

Three men and a maybe By Katey Lovell

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Six for Sunday – Reasons why I love books…

I love a good old lazy Sunday and I’ve found a new meme that I can well and truly get on board with.

Today I woke when my body clock woke I had a chilled morning reading the gorgeous Miranda Dickinson’s Somewhere Beyond The Sea which is so far a truly magical read that’s got all the feels of a heartwarming read. Before heading out for a picnic with my family which for me was a struggle but it worked out well in the end.

In scrolling through WordPress I came across Six for Sunday and in reading two gorgeous posts I thought I would get involved.

Six for Sunday is a weekly meme set up by alittlebutalot you can find the full list Here

Today the theme is six reasons why I love books.

Dreaming – I love that books can let me dream and discover new things about myself and the passions I have and would love to hone in on. They give me hope and inspire me on a day to day basis.

Escapism – In reading other six for six posts I believe escapism seems to be the theme. No matter what’s happening in my life or the world for that matter a book can well and truly let you escape. You can be in a different time or country. As it stands I’m reading a book that well and truly lets me escape to the seaside in the most magical of settings.

Travel – Through a book you can travel the world. Isabelle Broom’s took me to Mojacar and now I’m so eager to visit this beautiful part of Spain. Watch this space as I may well be talking about this a lot more.

Friends – My love of books has given me a number of amazing friends. Some of which I haven’t known for too long but they are always there for me and have my back. They are also the reason why my TBR pile is ever expanding but they have given me some wonderful books to devour and authors to love, which I am truly grateful for. I don’t always have time for reading but I’m loving reading more of what I actually want. Reading for pleasure gives me so much joy and it’s good for my soul for so many reasons.

Uplifting – Recently, I read Victoria Walters Random Acts Of Kindness and Heidi Swain’s Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square. Both books left me feeling positive and uplifted – like I could do anything. They have also inspired me to be kinder to myself and to keep my dreams in focus.

Self-Development – Whether it’s an actual self-help book like Katie Piper’s Confidence the Secret or You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. There are also other books that inspire and motivate me – I have mentioned a few above. Miranda Dickinson and Paige Toon also make me feel like I’m invincible and I love them both for it.

So that’s my #SixForSunday I would love to know what your reasons are?? I really enjoyed this meme so keep checking back as there will be more.