Mini Reviews – Lifestyle Books

I’m a bit of a hippy… There, I’ve said it. Judge me at your leisure… And I’ve decided recently that this is actually something I want to encourage more of in my lifestyle. Being a massive book fiend, I obviously turned first to some books to figure out how I might do that… Living on…

Making the Cut: My Kindle TBR

I must confess, I’m not much for e-books. I hate reading on the Kindle app on my phone, and, while I have a Kindle Fire, I couldn’t even tell you where it is right now… I need the feel of the paper in my hands, the smell of a real book, in order to get…

Puppy Diary: Week One

We were beyond excited to collect Rubeus a week ago (where has the time gone?!), but, despite reading all the books and articles I could get my hands on, the first week was definitely not all sunshine, puppy kisses and rainbows. He’s the most darling, beautiful creature, and I am completely in love. But I’m…

Falling for London: A Cautionary Tale

Author: Sean Mallen | Publisher: Dundurn I received Falling for London as an ARC from the publisher. Being a Londoner myself, I thought it might be amusing to see my city through the eyes of a visitor. Also, I do like a good travel story. I had high hopes. Falling for London is witty, heartwarming,…

How To Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings

Author: Sarah Cooper | Publisher: Andrews McMeel Ambitious women are so scary. In this fast-paced business world, female leaders need to make sure they’re not perceived as pushy, aggressive, or competent. In How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings, Sarah Cooper, author of the bestselling 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, illustrates how…

NEW Recipe Book ARCs

I’ve reviewed quite a few ARCs from Quarto since I started this blog, and they have actually been some of the most imaginative and interesting books I’ve read of late. Someone is doing something right over there… So when I received the email from their marketing department yesterday with not one, but TWO, new cookery…

How To Live Japanese

Author: Yutaka Yazawa | Publisher: Quarto Publishing I was 20 when I went to Japan (which I’m horrified to now realise was 10 years ago! Ugh! When did I get so old?!). But I had rather a mixed reaction to it. My mum and I travelled all over on the train: Toyko, Kyoto, Hakone, and…

Drink Me: Curious Cocktails From Wonderland

Author: Nick Perry & Paul Kosser | Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point Great adventures often start with a drink—including Alice’s expedition down the rabbit hole, which began with a sip of a curiously labelled tipple. Drink Me invites you to do the same; learn how to mix 20 cocktails that will fill you…

The Craft Kingdom

Author: Eli Maor | Publisher: AAHR Maor Ltd As summer break approaches, parents everywhere begin questioning: what am I going to do with the kids all summer?! Author and artist Eli Maor knows the best way to keep kids and parents happy is crafting – and it doesn’t have to get too fancy to be…

Why Mummy Swears

Author: Gill Simms | Publisher: Harper Collins It’s every parents’ nightmare – the start of the school holidays – and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking sports camps, child minder slots, not to…