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December 2016 Reads



December is always a super busy month,
what with anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, catch-ups & carol services,
so I actually didn't get as much reading done last month as I had planned!

What I did read, however, was all absolutely amazing! 
I'm still very much on a fantasy/dystopian/YA kick 
and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

These genres have so many fantastic authors with so much to offer
and I plan to devour every amazing book I can find!

Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
The first book below is the conclusion to a series, so if you haven't read the first 2 books yet,
the blurb might give some things away! 


One Little Word 2017


Happy New Year, friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a fab New Year, however you chose to spend it!
I really hope it was more exciting than mine...
I was wrapped up in bed, struck down by a horrible chest/cough/cold thing...not the way
I had hoped to spend the last night of 2016 if I'm honest! 
Thankfully, it happened a day or two after Christmas day, 
so I was able to enjoy all the amazing food and drink that Christmas has to offer 
before I was confined to bed with only toast & water!

Anyway, now we're in 2017!
How weird is that? How long does it take you to get used to saying/writing the new year?
It usually takes me a good few weeks!
A brand new year, 365 days full of opportunities & experiences 
waiting to be grasped with both hands.
As this new year begins I want to carry over something that I did last year,
in place of creating New Years Resolutions or goals.
I'm sure you've heard of it before; the One Little Word project.

7 Things I Love About December


Last year on the 1st of December I wrote this post all about the things I was looking forward to in December, like my birthday, a trip to Edinburgh with my bestie and my 3 year anniversary with David, among other more Christmassy things. 

So this year, when I sat down to write this post for the 1st of December, I figured I would do something along the same lines because it's fun, but try & change it up a wee bit from last year, while still covering all of the things that I love about December and the run up to Christmas!

So, here we go!

November 2016 Reads



It's been a literal age since I shared what I've been reading recently, which is a shame
because over the past lot of months I've read some truly incredible books! 

I might put together a post of my favourite books from 2016 closer to the end of the year, but right now I want to share what I've managed to read this past month. Sadly, I only have the physical copy of one of these books, the others have been read on the Kindle App on my phone, with the intention of buying a physical copy in the near future...it just so happens that I haven't done that yet, oops! 

Rediscovering Beauty with Itty Bitty Book Co.


I find that looking for inspiration can be difficult, even in this world that is saturated with timelines and Pinterest boards filled to the brim with quotes and slogans all designed 
 to keep us inspired & motivated & encouraged.

But, a lot of the time I find that those inspirational quotes fall a little bit flat.
There are too many contradictory quotes on the same boards, 
too many that actually manage to make me feel a little inferior,
a little bit less, if I don't want to #hustle or #girlboss it all the time.

And I'm pretty sure that is the opposite of their purpose!

But I do know how powerful true inspirational quotes can be, how much motivation, positivity, confidence & encouragement they can bring out in each of us, and that is why I want to introduce to you today the Itty Bitty Book Co.  

The Secret Garden & Stormont Estate


I cannot wrap my head around the fact that we are now a whole week into November.

It's practically Winter, but tell me this: what happened to October?!
I barely remember the last month, to the point where I'm not even really sure it happened.

It feels like only yesterday it was Summer and we were enjoying whatever meagre weather
Northern Ireland has to offer and now it's pretty much Christmas!

Sorry. Is it too soon for Christmas talk?