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Sharing The Love – Book Stores Around The World

Hello Lovely Followers,

I know I don’t post many book reviews on this blog but reading is one of my hobbies (read all about it here). So when I came across this post from Kiersten on her blog – Once Upon A Spine – all about the wonderful oasis’ around the world that are book shops, I just had to share it.

Wanderlusting: Bookstores Around the World (Part 1)

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a wanderlust post. Don’t worry, it’s not because I’m losing my sense of adventure or desire to travel. I’ve actually been planning and researching for the upcoming trips I’ll be going on this year.

There are two things I look for first when considering a place to visit: the culinary scene and how many bookstores they have. As a proclaimed foodie and bibliophile, these are the things that speak most to me. They call me late in the evening and whisper in my ear whilst I’m asleep. “Come to me!” they say. And I listen.

Perhaps I will do a future series of posts about all the foodie destinations I plan to visit someday, but for now, since this is primarily a book blog, I’ll focus on the bookstores.

Eliot Bay Books (Seattle, Washington) – There isn’t much history to this one, but I’ve heard it’s the best bookstore in Seattle.

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Shakespeare and Company (Paris, France) – This one has been around since 1919. The apartment upstairs housed several famous authors over the years, like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Boyfriend and I will definitely be visiting this one when we visit Paris in the Fall.

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Livraia Lello (Porto, Portugal) – One of the most stunning bookstores in the world, the neo-Gothic building was said to have been the source of inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s depiction of Hogwarts.

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The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, California) – Lots of quirky character packed into this store, in addition to a quarter-million new and used titles. I can’t even imagine how many people go here every year just to take pictures under the tunnel of books.

Source: Wanderlusting: Bookstores Around the World (Part 1) – Once Upon a Spine

Have you visited any of these gorgeous shops? I haven’t – yet. 😉 Although I get most of my books from Amazon these days, I do visit my local Waterstones. I love the smell. Am I weird? 😉

I think I might add a board – “Amazing Book Shops” or something – to my Pinterest account. These will be added first, of course. I wonder which amazing book shops Kiersten will share with us next. I can’t wait.


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Weight Loss Wednesday – The @SlimmingWorld Way

Hello My Lovely Followers,

And here we are again another Weight Loss Wednesday. How was your week? Breaking the habits that I allowed to grow over the Christmas period is turning out to be harder than I expected. We’re almost at the end of January and I keep snacking!

My SW Consultant Carol and the gang came up with some really useful ideas to help with my snack-attack danger zone (the 3 hours when I come home from school until hubby & I eat our evening meal at 7pm) one of which was looking through my recipe books to get inspiration.

When our fridges, freezers and cupboards are packed full of food that excite us while keeping us on plan, it helps to make our weight loss journey less challenging.

“From hunger-busting main meals and delicious desserts to entertaining ideas and mouthwatering menus, you’ll find inspiration for every occasion.”

Below are all the books in my local group’s bookshop; we are able to flick through copies of these beautiful recipe books and helpful directories either before the group session or afterwards.

Slimming World’s Little Book of Soups Slimming World’s Little Book of Sauces Slimming World’s Little Book of Lunches Slimming World's Fakeaways Veggie DeluxeBest-loved Extra Easy Recipes Free Food Feasts Meals for One Curry Club Free & Easy Sweet DreamsSlimming World's Comfort Collection Slimming World's Little Book of MenusSlimming World's Eat More for LessTake 5 One for all

 

As you can see, Slimming World have a range of really useful and inspiring recipe books and the list is growing! Periodically throughout the year they offer one for free when you buy a 12-week countdown. I’ve seen a few copies of older Slimming World recipe books on Amazon too but they’re usually more expensive than the new ones my consultant has.

Slimming World Journal But it’s not just recipe books to inspire you, Slimming World have beautiful Journals to help you physically log your journey too which I used for the first 24 weeks. I think that having the journals really helped me; writing down what I was eating, what I was feeling, how often I was being active seemed to keep me focused and reduced the little lies we tell ourselves when on a “diet”.

That’s what I love about Slimming World they don’t expect you to go on your journey alone, they’re with you every step of the way.

So that’s it for this Weight Loss Wednesday, good luck and best wishes for your journey.

Bye for now x


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Romance | One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill by Mandy Baggot – Jera’s Jamboree

Hello Lovely Followers,

As you may know, Mandy Baggot is one of my favourite contemporary romance authors to day. Back in November, I was lucky enough to be invited to the book launch of Mandy’s latest novel One Kiss in Notting Hill. I haven’t read it yet for a few of reasons (one of which is that I wanted to wait until December to help me get into the Christmas mood) but rest assured I will post a review when I have. In the mean time, I am happy to share with you what a fellow blogger posted on her site about the event and the book itself.

Enjoy!

 

Source: Romance | One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill by Mandy Baggot – Jera’s Jamboree

 

Romance | One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill by Mandy Baggot

I had a brilliant time at Mandy Baggot’s paperback launch for One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill at Waterstones in Salisbury recently.  It was great to catch up with lots of chatting, a brilliant reading from Mandy and her daughters (and sampling the wine 🙂 )

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If you’ve been around since my early days of blogging you’ll know I’ve always championed Mandy’s writing however I’ve got to say it, One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill is THE BEST YET.  And after you’ve read my thoughts, you’ll have the chance to grab a SIGNED copy (UK only).  Don’t miss it.

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Paperback: 448 pages

Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction); 01 edition (16 Nov. 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1785036734

ISBN-13: 978-1785036736

Imagine the perfect Christmas Kiss…

His strong arms around her waist, her hands on his face, the snow slowly starts to fall…

It’s enough to make Isla Winters cringe! While her sister can’t get enough of this – increasingly common – sight on the streets of London, Isla’s too busy trying to stop Hannah’s wheelchair from slipping on the ice, and making sure she’s not too late to her dream job at Breekers International.

But everything changes with the arrival of Chase Bryan, fresh from the New York office. He’s eager to learn everything about Isla’s beloved Notting Hill, but as the nights get colder, will cosying up to him come at a price?

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One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill has it all.  Flawed characters who draw you in, conflict, friendships, community,  breaking the mould of stereotypes and of course romance.  I can’t put into words just how amazing this story is.

Isla is 5 years older than sister Hannah and oh so protective.  I loved how it’s made clear that even though Hannah needs that little bit extra she is strong and capable.  I was so invested in both sisters and wanted to go live with them!  With Chase coming on the scene and knowing his motives I thought I would dislike him.  However, when I can get inside the head and heart of a character, my emotions aren’t going to be so black and white and it’s not that easy.  That’s what happened with Chase.  His growing friendship with Isla and his relationship with his daughters, Brooke and Maddie, gives us plenty of opportunities to see his vulnerabilities and hook us in.  He is one mixed up but very hot male.

Beaumont Square, Breekers and Notting Hill in December are fabulous settings for the story to take place.  Mrs E and work colleagues add humour whilst Raj is a character who isn’t stereotypically what you think he’s going to be.

The romance is so special.  Powerful and melting at the same time. I loved the scene in the Electric Cinema and afterwards.  The London Eye (or iCircle as Maddie renamed it) will never be the same for me 🙂

There’s so much I want to say (peppermint tea!!!!!) but I don’t want to give you any spoilers.  If you enjoy a romance read then One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill is a must.  A feel good story that will engage all your emotions and senses and leave you on a high.

Connect with Mandy Baggot

Website

Twitter @mandybaggot

Facebook Page

 

If you’re a UK resident, don’t miss the chance to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill.  It should reach you before Christmas! Enter via Rafflecopter.   Good luck!

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Gift Inspiration From A Fellow Blogger

Hello Lovely Followers,

 

Gift inspiration for the book lover in your life

Are you looking for a gift for the book lover in your life but you don’t want to buy a book in case they’ve already read it? Maybe you’re fed up of giving a voucher and want to buy something more exciting?  Whether you’re looking for a quirky gift, a stocking filler, secret santa gift or something more expensive, there’s plenty of inspiration around for book lovers … if you have the time to search.

I’ve taken some of stress out of searching for you.  From items you can wear to notebooks and pens, here’s what I’ve found to inspire you this season.

*Some of the links below are affiliate links which means that if you purchase something, the cost remains the same for you but Jera’s Jamboree receives a very small commission which goes towards future giveaways.*

book loverGathered together in one place, there’s plenty of inspiration on Etsy’s Book Club Christmas Gift Guide.

book loverWith all the visuals it’s easy to scan as you scroll and you don’t have to read the text.  Lots of unique and one-off items and there’s a range of prices.

book loverPersonalised bookmarks, gorgeous fabric book covers, jewellery and scarves – so much choice!  You’ll be supporting independent creatives too.

book loverLooking for something eco-friendly?  Emerald and Lime stationery is original and inspiring and supports the environment.

Notebooks, writing paper and fiction prints are reasonably priced and you get the best customer service from owner Elle Turner.

For the history buff, look no further than English Heritage.  Not only publishing fascinating and authoritative books for adults you’ll also find great history books for children of all ages.  Scroll through the 25 pages and you might be surprised at the range available.

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Personalise with Paperchase

There was a mixed bag of responses in my stationery feature as to how people felt about personalised stationery.  book loverBottom line, ensure your spellings are correct and you’re onto a winner.  Think of a planner and you’ll find it at Paperchase – life book loverplanners, weekly planners, garden planners, food planners – as well as journals, notebooks, scrapbooks and address books to personalise.  On the whole, book lovers seem to love stationery and personalising just adds that little bit extra.

book loverI couldn’t leave off pens either 🙂 Paperchase have some awesome premium pens with top brands such as Parker, Cross, Kaweco and my favourite, Lamy.

Roller balls, ball point, fountain pens and a luxury range … heaven!

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You’ll find an awesome range of tote bags for book lovers at Foyles.

Alice in Wonderland, Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pride and Prejudice, Penguin classics as well as landscapes and abstract designs.  Harry Potter fans will love the range of goodies available too!

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Treat your book lover to something different from the range of goodies available at Prezzybox.

You’ll find the usual bath melts as well as Prosecco bathing gel, real ale bathing gel and toast and jam body wash.

 

book loverFinally, is your book lover a tea drinker?  Twinings Christmas Gift Bags could hit the spot.

You’ll find popular teas as well as teas to experiment with.  book loverWith 16 different gift bags of fabulous goodies to choose from there’s something to suit most tastes.  Reasonable prices ranging from £10 to £16.

Is there a book related gift you’ve received that you treasure?


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Browsing Around WordPress…

Hello Lovely Followers,

I was browsing through WordPress, using the “Discover” option in Reader and found this post combining my love of books and nature on the Everett Public Library blog. Fabulous!

I’ve kept all the original links and have posted the link to the post itself at the bottom.

 

 

Did You Know? (Bat Edition)

That the bumblebee bat is the world’s smallest mammal?

I found this information on page 175 in the book The Secret Lives of Bats by Merlin Tuttle. The name bumblebee bat is actually a nickname for the Kitti’s hog nosed bat from Myanmar (Burma). It was discovered in 1973-74 and weighs a third less than a United States penny! These bats are only about an inch long.

Bats by Phil Richardson tells about bats’ lifestyles and life cycles. He explains about the different classes of bats and that the Kitti’s hog nosed bat is considered one of the 930 species of ‘microbats.’ This book has excellent photos of many bats. The children’s book Bat Watching by Diane Bair and Pamela Wright has helpful information about removing bats from buildings and where to look for them for viewing. The Magic School Bus DVD has a ‘Going Batty’ episode where you really learn what it is like to be a bat: how they see with sonar, what they eat, and how they take care of their young.

On the other end of the spectrum is the world’s largest (baseball) bat. 1,000 Places to See Before you Die by Patricia Schultz shows the huge baseball bat outside of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m sure it will be much easier to see than the bumblebee bat, plus you won’t have to travel as far!

Smithsonian Baseball Treasures by Stephen Wong has a very interesting history of baseball bats and other items. For example, in 1885 a flat bat was used to aid in batting techniques like bunting. There is a great photo of Babe Ruth kissing his bats before the start of the World Series September 29, 1926. Combining both kinds of bats is Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies.

Lastly, baseball has a bat boy (or girl), but the world of super heroes has Batman! Here at the library we have The Batman Strikes, Going… Batty! by Bill Matheny. In this exciting graphic novel Batman fights a bad guy that turns into a bat.

 

Source: A Reading Life – Did You Know (Bat Edition)


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Support For A New Author

Hello Lovely Followers,

As many of you will know, I enjoy to read 😉 and I just found out last week that one of my colleagues has written a book!

The Golden Rain Tree is the first book that my friend, Jane Greensitt, has written. I haven’t read it yet but I’ve asked for a signed copy which I should get after the Easter holidays. I’m very excited. Of course, I will write a review once I’ve read it and post it here. In the meantime, the official blurb says;

Betrayal, adventure, passion, forgiveness and murder, this story has it all. Escaping their sleepy Dorset village, Eve and her family are to spend a summer in France. Set in the wonderful wine producing surroundings of the Dordogne; the dark secrets they uncover bring them closer together and change their lives forever.

The paperback was published on 1st April this year so is available to buy on Amazon now but if digital reading is more your thing, you’ll be happy to know that a Kindle version is being launched on 14th April! I’ll probably download it too and save the paperback (you never know, to own a signed first addition of Ms Greensitt’s first book… oh my!)

I am told that self-publishing is exciting but daunting, especially at the beginning, so here I am supporting my friend and getting the word out there. I hope you don’t mind.

If mystery thrillers are your thing, why not pick up a copy I’ve added the link below. Thanks 🙂

 

 


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Book Review – One Wish In Paris by Mandy Baggot

Hello Lovely Followers,

I’ve just realised that although I read this fantastic back in December, I forgot to post my full review! See it’s an age thing – pre-menopausal women tend to forget stuff. Lol!

Anyway, enjoy my review and (hopefully) be inspired to buy this wonderful book!

One Christmas In Paris

By Mandy Baggot

So, here’s the official blurb;

They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and don’t forget the mistletoe!

Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.

Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men … Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.

Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret?

Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris?

Join Ava and Julien in the most romantic city in the world this Christmas, as they discover the importance of being true to themselves, and learn how to follow their hearts.

I Read It: 9th – 12th December 2016

In Which Format: Kindle

Approx Length: 394 pages

My Goodreads Rating:  5 Stars

This is in the contemporary romance genre – affectionately known “chick lit”. It’s a standalone story with Ms Baggot’s trademark HEA (Happily Ever After) ending.

So, what kept me reading?

I’m already a fan of Ms Baggot’s books; her writing style is very easy to read, her plotlines are well thought out and she has a way of creating characters that I connect to.

I loved the depth with which Ms Baggot wrote our two main characters, Eva and Julien in this book; their quirks, fears and hopes made them come to life for me. But, like so many of Ms Baggot’s books, this story isn’t just about Eva and Julien and their romance, we have intermingled storylines and a cast of supporting characters that adds a further splash of realism to this tale’s world without the plot feeling confusing or over-burdened.

So is this a page turner, did the story keep me guessing? The journey had twists and emotional turns a plenty due to the different stories running alongside our main romantic one (e.g. Eva and Deb’s secret reason for being in Paris, Julien’s relationship with his family, etc). Plus the fact that this story is set around Christmas time means that we (the reader) are already in the literary mood to want and easily accept that romance is in the air.

So, were there any downsides?

Nope.

In a nutshell…

This is a wonderful, feel good contemporary romance novel – perfect reading at Christmas or any time of year! I loved this book!

There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about this story. I was completely engaged with this book, it’s a real page turner, and yes, I did laugh out loud at some of Deb’s comments but if you’re anything like me you’ll shed a few tears along the way too.

I think that this is a wonderful standalone contemporary romance with Ms Baggot’s signature HEA. What more could a girl want! I think fans of romance (with a capital R) and relationship stories of all ages would enjoy this book.

Links to be helpful:

Visit MANDY BAGGOT’S own website

See ONE CHRISTMAS IN PARIS on Goodreads.com

Buy ONE CHRISTMAS IN PARIS on Amazon.co.uk


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Goodreads Interview with Carrie Fisher (Author of Wishful Drinking)

Hello lovely followers,

I was one of the millions that shed a tear when I found out that Carrie Fisher had died last month. I had watched her as the indomitable Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, followed her on twitter and loved watching her on chat shows and being interviewed – what an amazing woman!

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111I thought that I would share with you the interview that I found on Goodreads that they carried out in November 2016. I haven’t read either of her autobiographies or any of her novels but I will be adding The Princess Diarist to my Amazon wish list and having a look at her other books now too.

Enjoy!


Even if Star Wars had never happened, Carrie Fisher‘s life would have been fodder worthy of fiction. She is the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, and her childhood was overshadowed by one of Hollywood’s biggest scandals: Her father left her mother for Elizabeth Taylor.  

During the last 40 years, Fisher has appeared in numerous movies and television shows. She’s also written four best-selling novels and two previous memoirs.   Meryl Streep even portrayed her in the movie adaption of her book Postcards from the Edge.

But, of course, the world will always know her as Princess Leia. Fisher was just 19 when she landed a lead in the small-budget film—a role that would change her life.

Recently, while rummaging through a storage area in her home, Fisher came across the journals she kept while making that movie. The diaries not only captured what would become film history, but also her secret affair with her co-star Harrison Ford, who was married at the time.

Those journal entries, along with Fisher’s witty recounting of the early Star Wars days, make up her new memoir, The Princess Diarist.

When Goodreads talked to Fisher, the news had just broken about her affair with Ford. As the internet reacted, Fisher was sick in bed with bronchitis and watching in horror as the headlines quickly multiplied.

The Harrison Ford Affair

Goodreads: You are the hottest news in entertainment right now, so congrats!

Carrie Fisher: Am I? How do I find that out? Am I trending? No, I Googled myself earlier and I saw a headline that said ‘Carrie Fisher says Harrison Ford was bad in bed.’ That’s what it said. As if I would say that, who does that? Yeah, that was a little shocking though. I didn’t think they’d be able to do that, just write whatever they want. But why wouldn’t I think that?

GR: Why did you decide to both confess to having an affair with actor Harrison Ford and write about it now?

CF: Well, it’s 40 years later so it’s pretty much ancient history. I found the diaries about a year and a half ago and I thought they were really amazing and I’d forgotten I’d written them. I don’t have anything else like that that I’ve written over a finite amount of time and it was really emotional. I wrote it with abandon never thinking it would be published.

There’s a part of me that thinks ‘Why did you do this’? And that would be the part that saw that headline that said ‘Carrie Fisher says Harrison Ford was bad in bed.’ It just turns it tawdry and I probably should have anticipated that. But how do you anticipate that, truly?

GR: If you could give that 19-year-old version of yourself advice about the affair, what would you say?

CF: There’s nothing you can tell yourself. There’s no way I could’ve not done that. It wasn’t a choice I made, it was sort of an indirect choice. And I think it’s funny that it happened. I mean, what would be more awkward than [to] have that happen and then be together for the rest of your life?

GR: It’s a little unclear in the book. The affair lasted during the three months you filmed Star Wars. Did it end before you, Ford, and Mark Hamill went on the press tour to promote the first film?

CF: Essentially. Yeah, if it isn’t correct, I’m not going to correct it. But yes, and when we went on tour it was like we were roommates, the three of us together.

GR: It just seems so cringe-worthy to have this hookup with a costar you would unknowingly be linked to for the next 40 years.

CF: Well, and an awkward hookup is a one-night stand, so this wasn’t really that. And if you do something like that [have an affair], it should be with Harrison. But it was a big learning experience, I guess. Although, I don’t know quite what I learned. Not to have an affair with a married man, though. But I knew that already.

GR: Did you tell Ford that you were going to write about your affair?

CF: I saw him and I said ‘I found my journals from the first movie and I’m probably going to publish them.’ And he said “LAWYER!” Yeah, he was joking. I said, I’ll show [the book] to you and if you don’t like anything I’ll take it out. And I sent it to him and I never heard back. I assume it embarrasses him, anything about him embarrasses him. This is probably an extreme version of that.

GR: Have you seen Ford since writing this book?

CF: No! I just sent it to him fairly recently. And I finished the book fairly recently.

GR: Are you nervous about seeing him now that this book is out?

CF: Yes, but no more than usual. Yes, I’m always nervous to see Harrison. And no, no more than usual.

GR: What’s it like to see people react to this book?

CF: So, I don’t like the thing that said he wasn’t good in bed or whatever. I hate that stuff. I don’t like that I sort of lost control of it. And, you know, of course I did. But I couldn’t have anticipated what that would feel like. I don’t love it, so I’m hiding in my room. But I was sick anyway.

GR: What’s your relationship like with Mark Hamill?

CF: Much easier, like siblings. I think if you pretend something long enough, it comes true. Mark and I were more alike in a sort of ‘people pleasing’ way. Harrison was the grownup and [Mark and I] were both closer in age. But it was new to all of us, so in that sense we were all the same age.

GR: It’s interesting to read that your romance was happening with Ford at the same time sparks were flying on screen between Princess Leia and Han Solo.

CF: The way Leia behaved with Harrison is not dissimilar from the way I did. A little bit shy and combative. I don’t know what I think. I don’t know if art imitated life, or if life imitated art, or if it’s art at all. But it’s not dissimilar in a few ways.

On a Lifetime of Being Leia

GR: In the book, you talk about a lifetime of being Princess Leia. How do you think of Leia?

CF: What would Leia do? Leia usually does the right thing. She would kill Jabba. You know, she gets in the way of the bad guy and she wears a mean bikini. No, but I think of doing the right thing and being trustworthy and telling the truth and trying not to hurt anyone.

GR: Has being Leia informed who you are today?

CF: Oh, definitely. It’s informed my entire life. I’ve been Princess Leia all these years, not just when they remade the movie. You know, there’s no getting away from it, so you’d better make peace with it. And I was never at war with it. I choose to see it as a positive and I do see it as a positive now. But I was never going to have a problem with it, because that would be a really bad way to live your life.

People get me and Leia confused. It’s difficult to separate it out. They think of my trials with being bipolar like Leia’s trials with Jabba the Hut and being a strong woman. We’ve sort of become each other, Leia and I. But, her being strong, and Leia doing whatever she wants to do or thinks she needs to do…We’re alike that way.

GR: A whole section of the book is excerpts from the old journals. What was it like to revisit your 19-year-old self like that?

CF: I feel bad for me that age. I do. I’m just so insecure and riddled with self-doubt. And that’s too bad. And I’ve chosen the wrong profession if I have those kinds of intense feelings in that direction.

GR: There is no fan quite like the Star Wars fan. What is your take on the rabid fan base?

CF: I love the fans, with the exception of, like, five of them that are really insane. They love the movie, it brings them joy, and it provides them with more than movies usually provide them with. Families do things around it and that’s what I’ve watched over the years. So I have an appreciation of Star Wars that goes beyond it being a film.

I don’t quite fully understand it. I mean, it has a religious tone to it. I don’t know though, the way that it’s gone on like this—and increased over time really—is extraordinary.

Returning to Star Wars

GR: What’s it like being back in Leia’s shoes for the new Star Wars movies?

CF: Well, it just makes it OK. I mean, I felt like I was in more Star Wars films before I was in more Star Wars films. So, it just kept it going in a way I felt it was already going.

GR: Can you tell us anything about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, hitting theaters in 2017?

CF: Well, I’m not supposed to. They wouldn’t let my dog on the set as a result he’s very neurotic about film sets now. And I don’t like my film hair in any of the movies.

GR: What was it like for you when Episode VII came out in 2015?

CF: It was intense. It was weird for me. I never liked looking at myself, so I don’t like looking at myself in these films. Then comes the thing of “did I age well?” And I involve myself in that dialogue. So, you know, all this stuff comes with it. That’s what you get to do. It’s good baggage and bad baggage. But I’m up for the dialogue. And I don’t think many people would be.

On Being a Writer

GR: Obviously you kept a journal while shooting Star Wars and you’ve written six previous books. Tell us about your writing.

CF: Well, it was always very therapeutic for me and you can see now that that’s what it shows in those journals. That’s who I talked to. That’s where I could go. It got it out of my head and onto the page. So, that’s where I wanted it be. In my head was very crowded and not very friendly then. So it’s not the same now, it doesn’t serve the same purpose, but that was its roots.

And I still handwrite. I think there’s something very calming in that. When you’re putting something in words, you’re getting it out of feeling. And I obviously have an intense emotional world I want out of.

GR: In the book, you say you were conflicted about becoming an actor. How do you explain that to yourself?

CF: I mean, the second movie I did was Star Wars, so it was just assumed that I wanted to be an actor. I went along with the assumption. But I really did want to be a writer. I never went into show business. It would have taken more of an effort to get out of show business. And I never made that effort.

GR: Obviously you are a writer. But when you were thinking of becoming a professional writer instead of going to show business, what did you want that to look like?

CF: I wanted to be Dorothy Parker! Well, I am Dorothy Parker now. I’m half Jewish, I have brown eyes, brown hair and we both married gay men. Well, not married, but, whatever, she married him.

GR: How do you feel about Dorothy Parker now? Is she still an idol of yours?

CF:I haven’t read her in a while but I think she probably would be because she was such a big thing for me when I was a teenager.

 

 

 

Source: Goodreads | Interview with Carrie Fisher (Author of Wishful Drinking) November, 2016


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Spending my gift vouchers

Hello lovely followers,

Last month I was lucky enough to get Amazon vouchers, not only for Christmas but for my birthday too. My family and friends know me so well! 🙂

As you can see from my “So, What’s on my Kindle” page , I have read and absolutely loved standalone stories as well as book series from a number of different authors. Both Amazon and Goodreads e-mail me when authors that I’ve read before release new titles (very kind of them) so I know that a couple of my authors released books in December and so guess what I spent some of my vouchers on… lol!

a-stone-kissed-sea-by-elizabeth-hunterA Stone-Kissed Sea (Elemental World #4)

by Elizabeth Hunter (Goodreads Author)
Released 6th December 2016

An immortal wanderer. A brilliant scientist. A centuries-old menace written in blood.

Lucien Thrax, son of the earth and child of the ancients, is a healer of immense power. But years of work on a deadly vampire virus have not led to a cure, nor have they softened the wall he built around his heart. When he’s forced to work with Doctor Makeda Abel, Lucien is convinced he’s reached his limit of patience with humanity.

Makeda Abel may be human, but she’s far from impressed with the brooding vampire healer, even if his mind draws her reluctant admiration. She’s learned how to survive in the immortal world, and it’s not by being afraid. Working together may lead them to answers, but it also pushes Lucien and Makeda’s attraction to the boiling point.

When nightmares become reality, Makeda will have to trust Lucien with her life. Finding answers has never been more vital. Finding love has never been more deadly. To heal the Elemental World, Lucien and Makeda must follow ancient paths and ask for help from the most inhuman of immortals. Because even with a cure in hand, the battle has only begun.

one-fell-sweep-by-ilona-andrewsOne Fell Sweep

(Innkeeper Chronicles #3)

by Ilona Andrews (Goodreads Author)
Released on 20th December 2016

Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.

Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.

Source: Goodreads | New Releases for *Tabytha* December 2016 (my authors)

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111Both of these books continue series and it was quite a while ago that I read the previous book,s so I think I will have a bit of skim reading to do so that I can refresh my memory with the various characters/plot etc.

We live in an interact world, so you can check out my progress on by clicking on my profile at Goodreads.


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Goodreads Reading Challenge

Hello my lovely followers,

If you’ve meandered around Tabytha’s Universe, you will know that I like to read; that’s what this post is all about – what I’ve read this year. 😉

As some of you may also already know, I’ve been busy working through a professional qualification this year (as I type this, I’ve got my fingers crossed hoping that I have passed my final assessment and thus am a qualified level 3 teaching assistant – I won’t find out until mid-January) so I’ve haven’t had my nose stuck in my Kindle as much as usual this year, although I have read many teaching related articles and books, however, my point is, I signed up to the 2016 Reading Challenge on Goodreads back at the beginning of the year and set my reading goal to a paltry one book a month. Easy, I thought, I can read 12 books with my eyes shut (I think there’s a joke in there about audio books) but as it turned out my research and assignments keep me busier that I had expected!

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111Having said that, I feel that Fate has been on my side! I have been very lucky as my friend, and amazing romance author, Mandy Baggot has released two books this year – thank you Mandy for helping with my reading goal. Lol!

So, finally with just a couple of weeks to spare, I managed to complete the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge and have read 12 books this year. I thought you might like to see which ones they were…

A note on the Goodread’s Star Rating system:

1star = I did not like it

2star = It was OK

3star = I liked it

4star = I really liked it

5star = I loved it!