Struggle town – pop.1

I am not a quitter.

When I set my mind to something, I like to think I’m an achiever. It may take me a couple of tries. I might take the long way round or get a little lost along the way. I might not succeed a few thousand times. Ok, it’s usually not a few thousand times… but it certainly feels like it.

Hence the reason why I really don’t like giving up on a book.

Maybe I’m worried I’ll miss something. Perhaps there’s something wrong with me if my friend really liked the book and I don’t. Often, I realise too late that the book isn’t getting any better and even if there was an amazing, fantastic ending it doesn’t make up for the hours of struggle to get there.

I am struggling through a book right now and I’m over half way. The dilemma is real. I really want to keep reading but I’m not looking forward to it. I don’t care about the characters and as someone once told me, life is too short to be reading a book you don’t enjoy.

What do you do when you aren’t enjoying a book?

Do you give up? Or press on?

Sadly, I think  I’m going to have to throw in the towel. I don’t want to review it because I don’t feel it is fair, having not read the book in it’s entirety.

On to better books.  I am still working through my TBR list and I’m very excited about some that I have been dreaming about for a while. I’m also now on holidays, so more time for reading and relaxation.

I’m also keen on a January theme. I don’t like making false promises but… I’m considering a “self-help” theme for the start of 2018 and I already have some great ideas. January is the time of year where we often look at self-improvement, our lifestyle, diets, wellbeing and exercise. I would argue that this should be a continual process, but the reality is that most of us consider these things at the start of a new year. I know I certainly am, but I have been thinking about my health and wellbeing and self improvement for a while now. Here’s a sneak peek of the likely themes…

Possible January posts:

  • Keto or Paleo diet books (nothing new here for me, but I’ve regained an interest after a long hiatus)
  • Gratitude and the impact this has on mental health and wellbeing – several books on this
  • Dare I say it….mindfullness (never thought I’d dig it, but with daily practice…I dig it)
  • Last, but not least, removing the negativity from my life – negative people, situations and feelings. 

Lemme know if you are also into the above and any books you’ve struggled with finishing.




Friday Night Delights

It’s Friday night here in Australia (believe me when I say I have international readers) and my grand plan was rest and relaxation.

What better way to relax than a bathtub, surrounded by candles, a glass of red wine and my kindle?

Rhetorical question. We all know the answer to the above.

It was actual bliss though. Nothing but the sound of a clock ticking in the other room. No phone, no other distraction. My favorite way to read. It was lovely to disconnect from everything for a few hours.

It prompted thoughts about social media, media in general and technology in general. It’s difficult to escape. It stresses me out (I don’t watch the news and some people think this is weird), I just need to disassociate from everything sometimes and then I come back feeling recharged. I do wonder if there are more people who feel the way I do.

Is retreating a reward for you too and if so, what does this tell us about ourselves, the world and everything around us?

I’m also well aware of the irony that I am using technology to communicate my thoughts right now and will most definitely share it on social media.

I was in the tub longer than I thought and had those delightful skin wrinkles. They don’t bother me at all because I know I’ve completely disappeared in my own little bliss world. I really do love my bathtub more than many many things. I have considered that I may be part mermaid.

Of course I did the face mask, face treatment, body scrub, foot scrub … can I get any kind of other scrub because I want to be buried in it. Yes, I know how to do this pampering stuff properly.

I know what you are really interested in, this is a book blog after all…

I was reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. If anyone has read this (and I’m sure many, many of you have – I’m tremendously late to the party on this one, forgive me) – you will know that it’s not exactly gentle, light reading. The topic matter is a tad distressing. Of course I like it, but it’s not usually something one would read to relax.

Regardless, I am very relaxed and there will of course be a full review of Nineteen Minutes. All I can say at this stage is that I’m enjoying it but it’s not easy to read. It’s challenging, upsetting and frankly, such a courageous topic to write about. School shootings. I’m very glad it was written – I say this before I’ve finished reading but I appreciate everything Jodi has done with it so far (40% read on my kindle). It makes me angry about guns in the US and lack of gun laws in the US – but I will silence myself on this for now. Watch out for my review – it may contain profanity, not about the book, but the topic that we all wish wasn’t a topic or a reality.

On that note, I leave you. Take some time to relax, look after yourself and think thoughts.

The return of Joe Goldberg

Just a quick little post to let you know I heard a rumor. Or rather, I saw it.

As I had hoped in my glowing reviews of Caroline Kepnes “You” and “Hidden Bodies” – there is going to be A THIRD BOOK!!!!!

This makes me very happy so I had to shout it from the rooftops.

The rumor has merit because it was confirmed by the author herself on twitter. Of course I took a screen shot.