Hi booksters! Today I found myself having to roll out of bed first thing in the Morning to go to work and while doing that I realised something new. I don’t hate Mondays anymore.

Now, It might be because I usually don’t work until 6 pm on a Monday and so I see those days as a “ half off ”  since I only have Sundays as my weekend. But Even today where I couldn’t lounge in bed and do my things, I found myself rather enjoying this previously dreaded day! So I thought, why don’t I bring an old thread of mine out of the B&C archives and try once again to celebrate one day a week just because? It says it takes 3 weeks to form an habit so let’s see if I can stick to this one! Ideally this Monday posts would be a chat between me and you, showing you what I did during the weekend or what I loved recently, books and non, my current obsessions, my gratitudes, shout outs and so on. In fewer words: whatever It’s relevant to me that previous week as well as what I’m looking forward to. I hope it’ll help me visualise my goals and aspiration and, in general, to have a bit more focus. So let’s dive in.

 

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Saying thanks.

This week I find myself in need to say thank you, I am so thankful for my friends, which are fews (but growing) and so Important to my mental health ( as an unaware net of support and honestly general source of joy) I’m so grateful for the things that I can and I am allowed to do, for being able to have people and be in places where, at days, the only obstacle to being me it’s… well, me!
I’m grateful for the prospect of change too, I just need to take that scary step and tidy up my messy life a bit and, who knows, maybe after a time of even more messiness my life will finally be tidy enough to please Marie Kondo ( only with way more books for her comfort)

 

Follow what you love.

One of my New year resolutions and, frankly, the only one I end up actually following was to only read books I knew I would love. I did fall back a couple of times, saying yes to books I knew they weren’t my cup of tea because I felt the FOMO. Generally, I don’t not regret it. It helped me get away from my comfort zone and broaden my horizon, but I like being specific. I like the idea of you guys relying on Books and Curves for slow burn romance and procedurals with the occasional splash of YA and magic! ( I have a magical realism historical fiction book review coming up that will blow your mind. The books are blowing mine. ) So, yeah! Experimenting is good, but what it’s also good  is to know what you like and stick to it, it makes it all more pleasurable!

 

Pick up Limes.

I’m obsessed. I found pick up limes on you tube a while ago and I just can’t stop! I view every single video of hers. I tried her recipes, I printed printables, meditated to Sadia’ s calming voice talking about mindfulness and, honestly? I think She and her team are the force behind this springs of clean, minimalist, healthy living that I’m feeling at the moment! Everything Sadia does is so good and practical, it’s a judge free zone. I never EVER found a healthy food blogger or vlogger that I could follow where I would not end up feeling guilty and awful about myself! Like there was something wrong with me to change! Sadia makes you feel ok with yourself, and preaches an all around mentally, physically and dietary well being that comes from slow and gradual little changes, and where everything is done with flavour and impeccable aesthetic taste! And sure, the Pick up Limes recipes are plant based, but do you really care if they are delicious and give you the same intake of all the good things that you need in your body? I have cut down on so much meat thanks to her recipes and, even if I Italian-bend lots of them, I haven’t tried one that I did not like. ( those hummus, avocado, rocket etc panini are the bomb btw! )

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Cut yourself some slack.

What do they say? You are your toughest judge? I’m not sure if I’m the toughest (I think my mother hold that spot) but I’m pretty judgy of myself. I tend to overwork and when I am too tired to even function I find myself in a work – bed routine that, let’s face it, just makes me pretty unhappy.  However, I am slowly starting to accept the need for inspiration and artistic expression in my life. I do still feel selfish any time I spend money on the blog or I cut myself few hours to write or take photos, but I also know that that’s my way of recharging my batteries! Writing has always been my portable power bank and for the longest time I had forgotten the pleasure of it. Going back to it last year helped me heal so much and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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Now onto some favourites.

  1. My ello cup, I swear by it. It’s super pretty, vacuum sealed and Keeps my tea worm for the entire day. Mind blowing right?
  2. My New instagram Highlights, I’ve decided to cure them more in order to keep up with the new ideas I have for the blog and I’m loving the new little videos that now live in it.
  3. ASOS, because a plus size girl can go on holiday with a decent wardrobe thanks to you. ( HIRE ME PLS)
  4. Those little orange and chocolate vegan bites at whole food that are so expensive but yet so delicious… my mouth is watering *_*
  5. You guys that somehow read me and I still find it mind blowing. Thank you.

 

Well, I guess I’m going to talk to you next Monday then! Feel free to comment with your Monday highlights and I hope you have a lovely week ahead of you.

Kisses as big as my bum. Jess x

 

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Let’s face it, we all dread it. It comes out of the blue, as soon as they realise you are a bookworm, and you just end up standing there and blasting a blatant lie under their expectant eyes.

Why lie tho? Are you ashamed of your favourite? Do you want to sound more educated for some reason? Naaaah! The reason is I can never bring myself to narrow it down!

What makes a favourite book anyway? or better: What makes THE favourite book? It’s the book that made you become a bookworm? The one that you can’t help but re-read? The one that elevated you the most? Your current obsession? The one where you saw most of yourself in the characters? The one where you want that exact fictional relationship to be yours in real life? Your most loved fictional world? The one with the perfect turn of events? The obscure favourite book in a series? Or simply that Book that will make them nod like they appreciate your culture but they actually have no clue what is it about?

I honestly have no answer for you.

For the longest time, especially during school, I used to answer that question with The Otranto Castle. It’s a pretty obscure book by Horace Walpole and it’s said to be the very first goth book. Altho I actually read that book and I did mildly enjoy it, I honestly can barely remember it! As answers go, alongside with the fact that at the time I was using a velvet mantel as a coat, it was pretty satisfying for the other part and it helped people get off my back. But again, why lie? For me it’s mainly the panic of having to choose and because, apparently, if it takes you more than 30 seconds to answer that question you are somewhat less of a reader and, obviously you have a favourite one, you just don’t want to tell them. Go figure.

Well let me tell you something, it’s bollocks. Anything every non-bookworms think of our reaction time and incapacitation to narrow it down it’s bollocks.
I have no clue what my favourite book is. I have books I love, I have Authors I sold my soul to, I have current book crushes, I have books that I’ve read and that stayed with me in the sweetest of the ways but I don’t have ” THE ONE”.
Maybe I’m broken, maybe I am a Libra and I just can’t decide, maybe I want my favourite book to come to me in full meet cute style, maybe I’m just not meant to have one!
I read far too many books per year to pick just one, I love far too many books during the year to fix them in a neatly graded list – believe me, my rating system is still a work in progress-.  So what to do? How do I answer that fatidical question?

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Well, Curvers ( Curvers? Do you like it? ) it depends. My method is this. If it’s a sociable question, given by someone who’s trying to flirt with me I tend to give them books that tell about what I’m looking for or with characters that have gone through what I have, Or with characters that resemble me way too closely. They don’t really want to know my favourite, they want to know a way of knowing me better and they need my answer to shed some light onto my character so… the Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society, Pride and Prejudice and lately the Flatshare are the right answers for them.
On the other hand, if it’s a friend, a random person online, a colleague or any non-potentially-romantic person in my life I just tell them my current book obsession. I just gush over it like if I was doing a sales pitch for Waterstones and Foyles combined and usually I end up forcing (?) them to buy that book too. ( In case you were wondering Marriage for one from Elle maise would be my current answer. GO BUY THAT BOOK, IT’S GOLD).

Would those two types of answers be considered a lie? Should I just say ” I don’t know” and deal with the unmissable ” oh how can you not? C’mon, choose one”?  Nah.
I seriously love those books and the reason behind their question could be politeness as well as a desperate ( or maybe not that desperate) way of secretly asking for book recs. In any way, boosting my last book crush can never hurt no? So, yeah, that’s how I do it!

Now tell me, do you have a favourite book? And if not, how do you answer to this question?

[ AD – G i f t e d  f o r  r e v i e w ]

Being a mood reader is not always easy. You get stuck with a genre or a trope and you just want more and more and more! This has been my situation since February: slow burn romance has tainted almost every read of mine and I’m absolutely sure I could name myself the Jessica Fletcher of the slow burn ( I can see that plot twist miles away, bro!(?) ) But, for how much I love being a mood reader and that allows me to be particularly quick and to dive in a book as deep as humanly possible sometimes I have to forcibly tear myself away from my stream so not to miss opportunities, opportunities like Titan books presenting you with the latest instalment of the Warlock Holmes series.

THE SIGN OF THE NINE

“If you ever wondered how much better Sherlock would be if people could hurl hellfire at each other, well this one is for you.” Starburst Magazine on A Study in Brimstone

Warlock Holmes may have demons in his head, but now Dr. John Watson has a mummy in his bloodstream. Specifically that of the sorcerer Xantharaxes, who when shredded and dissolved in an 8% solution, results in some extremely odd but useful prophetic dreams. There’s also the small matter of Watson falling for yet another damsel-du-jour, and Warlock deciding that his companion needs some domestic bliss…

And there is nothing else you can do but thank them and try to stay away from your current obsession long enough to read through it and enjoy it enough even while feeling the pull of your current mood. Because, frankly, some books are simply worthy!

I had never read a book in this series, but I had heard so much about it and so many peoples had recommended it so I couldn’t pass it on! So book in hand I downloaded the rest of the ebooks and I started my reading of this amazing saga and I never laughed so much!

Generally speaking, stripped to the bone this is a Sherlock Holmes retelling, where Holmes is a scatterbrained warlock ( called Warlock) which powers of deductions are more powers than deduction at all! And the only true policemanship is administered by a doctor. Doctor Holmes is a delight and my favourite character all around, even when accidentally or voluntarily dosed in mummy remains! His willingness to accept and move forward, to put himself to work and to make himself useful, his wit and intelligence make him an easy character to love.  Grogson follows him right behind in my list of favourites. His absolute brainless humour makes me just want to hug him! I love every person we encounter, villain and heroes alike, every vision, every supernatural myth or creature that those books shows you and it feels like you are given a window into the past and right into an alternate reality which you can laugh about from the comfort of your own sofa – because if you were there your forehead would be red by facepalming!

C o n c l u s i o n s:

Would I read it again? Yes, maybe in a different mood I will enjoy this books more thoroughly but I will also recommend them hands down, they are lighthearted and outright funny, they’ll make you laugh out loud and that’s a  difficult thing to do for me! The writer has the special talent to be able to take something classical and twist and spin it enough to present you with a delightful new book that still presents the ground bases of the classic work it’s based upon. like coming home and realising you stepped into an alternate universe! It’s funny and Gruesome, cruel and silly, murderous and comic! In fewer words? A delight.

 

3.7/5
Would absolutely recomend