Diary of a #CheltLitFest Volunteer Days 1-2 (pre-festival)

Diary of a #CheltLitFest Volunteer Days 1-2 (pre-festival)

Hi Everyone! Before I get into the ins and outs of the festival I just wanted to have a bit of an introduction. Something I should have done a couple of days ago but oh well! So if you didn’t already know I’ve volunteered at the Cheltenham Literature Festival for three years now so I can be considered an old hand. Maybe… It’s a lot of fun and you get to meet a whole host of people (other volunteers, the event manager, the public, and a celeb writer or two), and talk books for THE ENTIRE WEEK!! So the aim of this ‘diary’ is to give you a little bit of an idea of what it is like to be a volunteer and maybe some behind the scenes gossip if you are lucky. The Last Two Days: So I arrived at the train station at about lunch time and went straight to lunch and catching up with everyone. There are so many returning faces this year and it’s a nice way to start the week. If you have never volunteered before it is  a good way to get to know everyone Then we headed off for a briefing where the […]

Monthly Round-Up! September 2017

Posted September 30, 2017 by Charlotte in Monthly Round-up! / 0 Comments
Monthly Round-Up! September 2017

Monthly feature, linking everything that has happened in the last month, posted on the last day of said month. Currently reading: Reviews: Blog Tours: Through the Letterbox: Challenges: As per usual I’m participating in the Goodreads Challenge. For Movie Musical Challenge I watched: Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 777 other subscribers Email Address

Blog Tour/ Review: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin

Posted September 27, 2017 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Reviews / 0 Comments
Blog Tour/ Review: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin

So Holly Martin is always the perfect way to start the Christmas season. And with the night’s drawing in this is the perfect book to read with a glass of mulled wine and a roaring fire. I loved the fairy tale elements of the book with the wishing well. Whether you choose to believe or not this adds a lovely bit of magical sparkle to the story. And it provides for some of the most important points in the book. And creates a bit of tension… Dougie is the perfect book boyfriend as he tried to tick everything off Eden’s romantic wish-list.  But Eden seems resistant to his charms and Dougie must pull out all the stops to prove his love for her. He even manages to get a unicorn. I told you magic was involved. Christmas at Mistletoe Cove is filled with old-fashioned wooing, Christmas cheer and more than a few hot scenes. This is a book filled with a great friendship, witty moments and good feelings. This is one book that was hard to put down and it made me more excited for Christmas than ever before. I also loved that we got to see how the others […]

Through the Letterbox: Illumicrate August (Box #8) Unboxing

Posted September 25, 2017 by Charlotte in Through the Letterbox / 0 Comments
Through the Letterbox: Illumicrate August (Box #8) Unboxing

Illumicrate is a quarterly subscription box. Today, I am unboxing the awesome August 2017 Box the box: In each box you can expect: One recently published  book, 3-5 goodies often related to the book, promotional items such as posters, bookmarks and a signed bookplate (whenever possible),  anddddddddd an Advanced Reader Copy of a highly anticipated book!! The box is £29.99 plus free shipping  (if UK based).  For international shipping, depending where you live its between  £4.99 – £13.99. But I can promise you that this box is well worth the price. the unboxing: The book was Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo which was an exclusive edition with sprayed red edges and an exclusive pin The Red Church Tea by t_ology tea – perfect way to relax after a hard day of being an assassin, I mean reading! Shakespeare Zip Bag by missphi  perfect for whatever you want it to be… Wisdom Journal designed by Hey Atlas Creative – great for jotting down thoughts, whether for uni, blog or even for a bit of journaling… Alethiometer Coaster from Hannah Hitchman Art which is so detailed. Definitely will only be staring at in future! Who else is a fan of His Dark Materials?? Money Jar and Sticky Bookmarks by @blossombooks – I […]

Review: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Posted September 21, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Italy, Gelato and Love? Yes please. Love & Gelato delivers on this with and more. The descriptions, setting and every this book was so idyllic. We start with Lina’s mother passing away and Lina moving to Italy to go and live with her father. I cannot amaze a more difficult and sad situation. Leaving behind everyone you have ever known and loved. But her mum wants Lina to fall in love with Florence as much as she did. So she sends Lina her diary from when she was at the Art School in Florence studying Photography. From this Lina discovers the secrets of Florence and falls in love with the city at same pace as her mother. There is also a huge a twist in the story, one that I was not expecting. However once I guessed the twist it was quite obvious. And frustratingly it took a a while for the reveal to be spelt out and stated. I don’t mind a clueless character but please do not drag it out. This would have been a five star read if this section of the book had been short and sweet. The setting is gorgeous and I loved Lina, Ren, Howard and […]