Top Ideas for Christmas Book related gifts.

Top Ideas for Christmas Book related gifts.

In our family we have a few book worms, as much as they love books, it is always nice to get them another book related gift I think. Here I have chosen my favourite book related gifts, hopefully there will be a something for everyone. Clicking on the picture, will take you to the page.

The first gift I have chosen is:

  1. There are lots of different places you can buy these socks, but I think they are reasonably priced and a fun little stocking filler. My favourite ones are these with the shhh I am reading on the bottom of them.

2. Ipad/Kindle/book cushion. I personally haven’t used one of these but think it is a great gift idea whether you want to watch a film with someone or some one has problems with their hands and can’t hold a book or device for too long, this one comes in all different colours and has a small pocket on the side for cables etc. It is a good size and will fold down to make carrying easy. I have actually bought one for my gran for Christmas as she has trouble holding things for too long as she has arthritis. So I think this would be perfect for her. There are many different ones out on the market, so maybe shop around and see what you like best.

3. On a cold Winter’s night, there is nothing better than getting out your book to read and snuggling up on the sofa under a soft blanket, Personally my favourite this year is definetely these ones from Marks and Spencers, the quality is superb. They are so soft and wash really well. A good price too.They come in three different colours and all look good quality.

https://www.marksandspencer.com/teddy-fleece-throw/p/hbp60476218?color=DUSKYPINK#intid=prodColourId-60476218

This one is from amazon and it is slightly cheaper but still looks good quality.

4. I mean who doesn’t like a warm drink when reading, how about getting a book related mug for your favourite bookworm. This is one of my favourite mugs, this is exactly what every book worm says if you ask them if they really need all the books they have. They really do make the perfect gift. And there are many differet ones out there.

5. This is a great idea for a book lover, a book journal, they can keep track of what books they have read, books they have loaned out, what they thought of the book, rating for the book and a whole heap of other things too. I really like this idea as you can look back at it over the years and it is a good keepsake. Fits very nicely in a handbag too.

6. Tote Bags- there are many tote bags out there, this is a great stocking filler,I personally love a tote bag, they are so handy to have, I have one on my handbag that I use if I am out and about, they are hardwearing and durable, and they are just a bit more fun than just a carrier bag, they are not flimsy at all. There are lots of different designs too.

7. bookmarks, these are always handy to have incase the current one gets lost, I have quite a few from over the years that people have given me and I find they are quite personal. So many too choose from, my favourite has to be these. These are great for kids and adults, they are well designed, have a range of different animals to choose from and look really funny. They are also 3d, which makes them more unique.

8. reading lights are always a great gift, there are a range of different styles to suit everyone. I like the ones that clip on to your book, you can position the light so it doesn’t disturb anyone else but it still gives you a decent glow. This one has nine different modes to get the right setting for your needs. It is small and fits very well into a bag, it is lightweight too, should you need to take it anywhere.

9. Book lamp- We actually bought one of these for my sister in law who loves it. These are unique but look really nice and are perfect for any book lover. This one has twelve different controls and the battery lasts for more than eight hours. This one is colour changing too.

10.This is such a fun idea of a 100 Books scratch off poster, how it works is the books are all listed under the scratch panel and once it has been read, you scratch it off, you can hang it on the wall or put it in a frame, I feel as though this is just something a little different and may get people to read more books that they necessarily wouldn’t pick themselves.

So, these are just some of my favourite gift ideas, there are plenty more book related gifts out there but I hope this has given you some ideas for presents.

Good Luck x

Our Family’s Journey through Disability and Cancer By Janet Chelliah

Our Family’s Journey through Disability and Cancer By Janet Chelliah

At just 15 years old Janet’s eldest daughter, Kirsty, who has Down syndrome, was diagnosed with leukaemia. Janet, a General Practitioner, and her husband Neil, a Paediatrician, were forced to think as parents, not doctors. ‘Our Family’s Journey Through Disability and Cancer’ provides an honest and insightful account of their family’s experience; from the moment Kirsty was born until her cancer diagnosis, when their lives were turned upside down.

Janet tells of the physical and psychological toll taken on herself and the family, and the strength instilled in them through the love and support of their family and friends, and through Kirsty’s determination to fight. In this memoir, Janet shares all that she and her family have learned, in the hope that it will help others who find themselves navigating an uncertain path, and provide guidance to health professionals involved in the care of these families.

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Kirsty who has Down Syndrome and also later on in life has Cancer. The first thing I want to say is how incredibly brave and wonderful Kirsty is. Her family are a very kind and caring family that will do their upmost to get Kirsty the right care that she needs. My cousin has Down Syndrome and I helped looked after him when he was young and he has grown in such a wonderful young man who has a job and is taking good care of himself. This book is going to help families that may have Down Syndrome children that have other illnesses and help them to realize they are not alone, I remember it is hard for them to acknowledge when something is not right and Janet and her family show through love and support that they will do anything for Kirsty. It is lovely to see the pictures throughout the book and also there are some very good websites at the back of this book for support and for more information. I wish Kirsty and her family all the best in the future.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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Your Life For Mine By Karen Clarke

Your Life For Mine By Karen Clarke

Meet Beth Turner.

From the outside she looks like any other thirty-three-year-old woman, with a gorgeous house and beautiful daughter.

But when Beth receives a threatening text message from an anonymous number on the way to her surprise birthday party, she knows her time is up.

Enjoy your birthday, Beth. It’ll be your last.

Beth has a secret that has haunted her past for as long as she can remember. A secret that only those closest to her know. A stranger died once… because of Beth.

As she arrives at her house, there’s only one thing she knows for certain, someone at the party wants her to pay.

My Thoughts:

This is a really good, keep you guessing kind of read. It is well paced that makes you want to keep reading until the end. Thinking I knew early on was a big mistake in my eyes, you won’t be prepared to find out who it actually is. Everyone is actually suspiciously and everyone is a suspect but who is it really? I was gripped from the first page and was shocked by the ending to this chilly and tense story.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for sending me a e copy of this book.

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What is your favourite drink when your reading?

What is your favourite drink when your reading?

I have to say I definitely like a warm drink when I am reading. I have been drinking recently a herbal tea with nettle and pear in it which is lovely but it is very hard to find in the UK. The other day a company called Leafy Bean Co sent me some samples of their tea to try, so I thought I would review them and see what they are like.

Leafy Bean Company - Leafy Bean Company

what was included in the bundle:

15 Berry Nice Indeed herbal infusion blend

15 Tea’s the season Christmas blend flavoured black tea with cinnamon

1 Duke of Earl Grey Black tea blend

1 Green Tea

1 Cheeky Cheery Cherry

1 Leafy Bean Tote Bag

Review for Berry Nice Indeed Herbal infusion blend

I have to say I love the packaging of these, the monkey is really cute and it feels and looks expensive. When I opened up the packaging, the smell is lovely, it reminds me when you open the packaging of a fruity jelly, it made my mouth water. The monkey on all of the packaging is vibrant and bold and stands out against the darker background.

The tea bag itself looks top quality too, and looking inside the bag there is a fair quantity of ingredients. I actually didn’t look at the ingredients before I tasted this one and I could name at least four of the 8 ingredients. The teabag itself is a thing of beauty. I like how it has a string too, it makes it feel of higher quality. So you take one tea and using boiling water, you let it brew for 3- 5 minutes, the colour on this one is a absolutely beautiful purple colour. It tastes really good, you can taste all the different flavours and they all work really well together. I feel as though this tea would be good on a cold winters day or also if you are feeling slightly under the weather, it would give you a little perk up.. I actually like to reuse a herbal tea bag so trying it with this, the colour is slightly less but the flavour is still there. I would give this one 5/5

The Tea’s the season Christmas Blend

It smells like Christmas and mulled wine all rolled in together. I am not a huge fan of Cinammon so was not overly keen on this one, it smells quite strong but the flavour is less subtle when drinking. It has a lovely amber colour to it, I can just imagine drinking it reading a festive read or around the fireplace. You can definitely taste some of the flavours that are in the ingredients like cinammon, clove and Vanilla. If it didn’t have the cinammon in it I would like it more but without it I just don’t think it would work. 4/5

Cheeky cheery cherry

For me this one was a little overpowering, it tasted very florally. I kind of expected it to have a redish colour to it because it is called Cheeky Cheery Cherry , but it was more golden yellow, still a nice colour, but for me it wasn’t too my taste, but I can see it being refreshing in the Summer time.

Duke of Earl Grey Black Tea Blend

I liked this one, it had a lovely amber colour and well rounded. A simple black tea but you can taste the bergamot and I feel as though it it is slightly different to normal early grey tea as it had a slight zing to it which complements it well.

The tote bag that came with the bundle is really good quality too, it is not too big or too small and will fit perfectly folded up in a handbag.

Overall I am impressed with these tea’s and I would certainly buy them myself, they have quite a few different ones that I would certainly want to try. The brand is on point and the packaging is top quality. The tea bags themselves look special and the tea itself has lovely flavours.

On the website it tells you about the Laura the founder and her story, It is quite a simple website but one that is easy to navigate round. You can decide whether to buy loose tea ( which personally I have never tried before) and teabags. There is something for everyone and also some really cool merchandise that I will definitely have to put on my Christmas list. They also sell gift cards which is a nice idea for Christmas and they also have fun stuff for the kids too.

Thank you for sending me the tea to review Laura, I really enjoyed doing these reviews and will be purchasing from you in the future.

If you want to check out what else Leafy Bean has to offer, check out the website below:

http://www.leafybeancompany.com

Hungry By Grace Dent

Hungry By Grace Dent

From an early age, Grace Dent was hungry. As a little girl growing up in Currock, Carlisle, she yearned to be something bigger, to go somewhere better.

Hungry traces Grace’s story from growing up eating beige food to becoming one of the much-loved voices on the British food scene. It’s also everyone’s story – from treats with your nan, to cheese and pineapple hedgehogs, to the exquisite joy of cheaply-made apple crumble with custard. It’s the high-point of a chip butty covered in vinegar and too much salt in the school canteen, on an otherwise grey day of double-Maths and cross country running. It’s the real story of how we have all lived, laughed, and eaten over the past 40 years.

My Thoughts:

I have heard of Grace Dent but never really knew much about her life, this is an interesting memoir into her life growing up. I felt nostalgic reading about the kinds of foods Grace grew up on. I found it very relatable and some parts very amusing, I have an uppermost respect for Grace now, you never know what is going on in someone’s life or what they are going through at a time they are in the limelight. It was also inspiring to see how she managed to get herself on the career ladder too. I, like Grace remember a childhood of Beige, that really did make me laugh.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for sending me a copy.

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Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry By Caroline Roberts

Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry By Caroline Roberts

The Pudding Pantry opens its doors for summer.

And there are wedding bells on the horizon . . .

The sun is shining as Rachel and her gorgeous beau, Tom, prepare to tie the knot at Primrose Farm.

It takes a village to pull off the perfect country wedding and Rachel couldn’t be more grateful for her friends and family as they roll out the haybales and string up the bunting – all she needs to do is focus on her Happy Ever After.

But no wedding is without drama. A face from the past is looking to stir up trouble in the village and there’s a secret following Rachel all the way up the aisle . . .

With old friends, new promises and a little borrowed time, will Rachel get the wedding of her dreams?

My Thoughts:

This is book three in the Pudding Pantry Series and I have enjoyed all of them, I know I am a bit late in reading this one as it is not the Summer anymore but I needed something light to read in between reading some other genres. It was the perfect pick me up, but don’t read this book on an empty stomach as all the puddings and cakes will leave you feeling hungry. I love being back here with the characters, we meet up with Rachel and Tom and hear about their upcoming wedding, but is everything as rosy as it seems? you really get a little bit of everything in this book, family, friends, romance, a great bunch of characters and most importantly some delicious puddings and sweet treats. The thing I really like about the series is in every book there are recipes, so if you fancy giving one a go, you can.

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Silent Night By Nell Pattison

Silent Night By Nell Pattison


What happened while they were sleeping?

A school for the deaf takes an overnight trip to the snowy woods. Five teenagers go to sleep, but only four wake up. Leon is missing, and a teacher’s body is found in the forest…

Sign language interpreter Paige Northwood is brought in to help with interrogations. Everyone at the school has a motive for murder – but they all have an alibi.  

As Paige becomes increasingly involved, she suspects there’s something sinister going on. With the clock ticking to find Leon, only one thing is certain: the killer is among them, and ready to strike again…

My Thoughts:

Another brilliant read from the author Nell, if you haven’t read The Silent House you really should it is really good. This story centres around a school for the deaf, when a student goes missing and a teacher ends up dead, who was it? I love the way Nell brings the story to life, you can’t just stop at one chapter, each chapter makes you want to read on to find out more, you suspect one person but is it really them? all the students are acting suspicious but do they really know what is going on? There are lots of questions I tried to answer and everyone made me highly suspicious that it was them but I didn’t know what the outcome would be at all. I like how Paige’s story is woven between the story,and the fact is apart from Nell’s previous novel I have never read a book about deaf people, I think this should change. I look forward to the next book.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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Forgive Me By Susan Lewis

Forgive Me By Susan Lewis

This is Claudia Winters’s last chance for a fresh start. Changing her name and leaving her old life behind, she has fled to the small town of Kesterly with her mother and daughter. Here, she hopes they can be safe for the first time in years.

But the past can’t stay hidden forever. And even as Claudia makes new friends and builds a new life, she can’t help feeling it’s all about to catch up with her… Until one disastrous night changes everything forever.

My Thoughts:

Wow what a story, even though I have finished it I have still been thinking out it. The book highlights a few things including an abusive relationship, Restorative Justice and recovery and rehabilitation. I can’t seem to get my head around Restorative Justice, this book has opened up my eyes to it and I still don’t really understand why you would want to do it but hopefully I will never be in that position where I would have to. Claudia, her mother and her daughter have had to make a fresh start away from their home because of an abusive relationship, Marcus is capable of anything and the girls do not want to be found. Just when life is getting back on track, something utterly devastating happens and Claudia is left sickened that Marcus has found them but has he? I don’t want to give anything away but I really admire Marcy, Claudia’s mother, I feel as though she is a very courageous woman, with having her family and friends around her I knew she would get there in the end. The rehabilitation process is a long and hard one speaking from experiences, not like what Marcy has had to go through but it is a long process and as long as you have your family behind you, I know it can be done. Susan Lewis books always have a habit of staying with you for a long time. I think this is a very good book and written well. It just begs the question could you forgive or would you?

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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Books to read in Lockdown by Authors that you may not know.

Books to read in Lockdown by Authors that you may not know.

I thought I would do a shout out to some authors that don’t get enough credit and you may not have heard of. I have read all of these books and highly rate them. Some of them are debut authors which means it is their first book, and others are just hidden gems. I have tried to give a selection of different genres, so hoping you all find something that you like. If you click on the pictures of the different books it will take you to the amazon page to show you more detail about the books. Try one you never know you may discover your next favourite author.

Happy Reading!

Hunting Abigail By Jeremy Costello

This is a really good book, this is Jeremy’s debut novel and I found it an outstanding story, I literally felt as though my heart was in my mouth reading this intense thriller. I couldn’t put it down. It is a dark story but one that will have you on the edge of your seat.

If you want to find out more about Jeremy or what he is writing right now click on the link below:

Facebook: @jeremycostelloblog

Instagram: @jeremycostellobooks

Mainely Power By Matt Cost

I really enjoyed this book and read it in a day. It is all about Goff Langdon who is a private detective but also has his own bookstore, which is named after his dog Coffee Dog, a bunch of interesting characters makes for a riveting read. The ending was brilliant too.

This is the first book in the Mainely Mystery Trilogy and I look forward to reading Mainely Fear and then the last one will be Mainely Money. To find out more about Matt and his books, check out his website:

https://www.mattcost.net/

Twitter: @MattCost8

Instagram: mlangdoncost

Six Idiots witness a murder By Robert Hickman

If your in need of a laugh ( I think we all are these days) then this is the book for you, you will find yourself agreeing with a lot of things that Robert writes, I know I did. I laughed a lot and it really cheered me up. I would definitely recommend this one. This is a debut novel which means it is the author’s first book.

To know more about Robert Hickman follow him:

Twitter: @CptAdvntre_Offc

One? By Jennifer Cahill

This is a great pick me up read, there are a great bunch of characters who are believable. I found it a fun and easy read that is about love and friendship before the internet came along, I liked how the story came together and seeing how people cope with change and new insights. This is a really good first debut and I look forward to the next book.

If you want to know more about Jennifer and what she writing at the moment, click on the link below:

https://www.jenniferlcahill.com/

Find Jennifer on Twitter: @JLCAuthor

Instagram: @JLCAuthor

When I know your Name By Gemma Lawrence


This book is dangerous, once you have picked it up, nothing else will stand in it’s way and you wont want to put it down. It is a very good read with believable characters, I don’t think I have read a book with this type of story before, the fact that this is a debut novel just makes me even more happy as it is full of suspense and you never know what will happen next. I look forward to more books by Gemma in the future. This is definitely one I would recommend. This is Gemma’s debut novel.

To find out more about Gemma, have a look at her website,

You can also find her on twitter: @GemsLawrence

Wild Horses on the Salt By Anne Montgomery

This is Rebecca’s story, after leaving a very traumatic time in her life, she escapes far away from a very bad relationship, she ends up in Arizona, where she meets a few new people including Noah and also some wild horses. Will her past catch up with her? will she finally be free from her past? I found it a really sad story, Rebecca has been through a lot and I wished for her to find peace and happiness. I liked the setting of this story and the small details really make a difference. I liked the parts about the wild horses as I love horses, it was also interesting to learn about the way they are managed in the wild. I found the ending was a little predictable but I really enjoyed the story.

To find out more about Anne:

Twitter: @amontgomery8

The Selected Poems By Kevin Morris

There is a wide range of poems in this book, the book is split into four different sections. When I read a poem now I always look into the poem more, Kevin the author has the ability to show that it is much more than a poem and that they will stay with you and you will remember them in time. There are a few poems that I liked the fridge’s hum, made me think of everyday objects that make noises and you don’t realise until they have stopped. One of the most powerful poems in this book is What is a double bed? It made me think that what I have I must cherish. I loved the section on nature, I am a big nature fan, I really liked all these poems and will be reading these poems over and over again when I need time to reflect.

If you want to find out more about Kevin,

https://kmorrispoet.com/

follow him on twitter: @drewdog2060_

Giveaway Time

Giveaway Time

I am doing a giveaway for Falling into all by Ben R. Teether, all you have to do is:

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Competition ends Thursday 12th November

UK only sorry.

Book is not out till 9th February 2021.

Good luck