Week in Review – 14 May 2017

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Lovely week this week, Tuesday my walking group joined up with another for Bristol WalkFest and Mental Health Awareness Week, it was a beautiful blue sky day and it was great to see some of the guys from the other group and catch up with them (our groups occasionally join up so I know most of them already).

Also, as it was Mental Health Awareness Week, I wrote a piece for the charity I volunteer at which is up on their website. If you are interested you can read it here. The piece was also published to the Huff Post, which we were pleased about. I love volunteering with this charity which is also the charity who provide my mental health care, well for the next few weeks at least as I’m being discharged soon (eeek!) They are absolutely amazing, and unlike many of the national campaigning charities, these guys work on the frontline doing work that the NHS isn’t able to provide or has contracted out, which is why I had care from them, and I can tell you that the service they provide is a thousand times better than anything I have ever received from the NHS.

On Tuesday evening I went to see the musical Wonderland with some of my family. This is a musical retelling of Alice in Wonderland. It was a bit different from how I was expecting it to be but still very enjoyable, I was pleased that many of the songs had a more rock feel to them and that it was an original score (I have a particular dislike for musicals made up of “real” songs).

Unfortunately, during the early hours of the next morning we were woken up by someone trying to break into our flat through our bathroom window. The friend they had with them was trying to steal Hubs motorbike just outside. The bike theft is becoming a bit of an ongoing problem, Hubs had a bike stolen just before Christmas, and this is at least the fifth time we know of that the replacement one has almost been taken. Luckily Hubs woke up before the person got inside and scared them off, the police were brilliant and got here within a few minutes, had the helicopter up searching for the little buggers (I guarantee they were teenagers around here), but having heard no more they haven’t found them. We are at the point of phoning them so often that we are pretty sure we have our own personal police guard now which is why they arrived so quickly!

Ironically, we were talking only a few days ago about not feeling comfortable here anymore, partly because it’s so small (it’s the tiniest flat in the world, I swear nobody could find somewhere smaller than this) and partly because of all the crime problems we’ve had in the last six months. Then this happened, it’s like someone is telling us to get lost!

Finally, I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had taken part in the Grimbold Books podcast. It is now up on their website for all to listen to. We talked about book blogging and being a book reviewer. It was great fun, I’ve never taken part in a podcast before but would definitely do it again. I was with a group of seasoned pro’s including their other guest BookTuber Thomas Wagner from SFF180. You can listen to the Podcast here.

So, onto my bookish update this week… (as always click on the covers for more info/to see the posts)

Currently Reading

Roadie - C.M. Stunich Legion - Julie Kagawa

What I’ve Read

The many colours of us Into the Hall of Vice - Anabelle Bryant  Save The Date - Aven Ellis Groupie - C.M. Stunich

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Connectivity - Aven Ellis The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square - Lilly Bartlett Roadie - C.M. Stunich Real Ugly - C.M. Stunich

Giveaway Wins

  

 

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve got one 5* review this week in Into the Hall of Vice and I took part in a Mental Health Awareness Week blog tour this week with Loving the Life Less Lived, I was honoured to be included on this tour given my connection to the subject.

Cry Wolf - Greta Stone Into the Hall of Vice - Anabelle Bryant Loving The Life Less Lived - Gail Marie Mitchell

Other Posts

Vicki from Cosy Books joined me on The Bookshelf this week, if you missed it do head over and check it out. I also had a really lovely guest post from Pat Abercromby earlier in the week about writing a book from the point of view of a carer.

Just One Life - Pat Abercromby The Bloggers Bookshelf Logo

Giveaways

  • 1 Copy of Loving the Life Less Lived available to UK Readers of my Blogs! Rafflecopter
  • Variety of Cry Wolf Prizes including Necklace & $25 Amazon Gift Voucher (International Tour-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
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8 thoughts on “Week in Review – 14 May 2017

  1. Wow. Sounds like you’ve had an eventful week!
    Sorry to hear about the thefts. That would really scare me. Used to be like that when I lived in Bradford many years ago. Even had huge bars on our windows!
    Your walking group sounds fun. I think I might join one when we move back to York in a few years. I have the countryside on my doorstep here in Cornwall, so walk most days with our 14 year old dog, Milo, who is now full of energy after having a huge cancerous growth removed from his leg a few months ago, bless him ❤
    Alice in Wonderland musical sounds intriguing. I went to see Shakin' Stevens on Wednesday. Front row tickets. Absolutely loved it 🙂 Loved him pretty much since I was a toddler, and not seen him live in about 18 years, so was great to see him onstage again. I love his new album. Completely different to his old style, much more dark and bluesy with deeper meaning.
    I've read some C.M. Stunich 🙂

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      1. I’ve read the first 3 books in the Hard Rock Roots series, so fingers crossed you enjoy Real Ugly. That was my favourite one from the series. I’m intrigued by Roadie. Not heard of that one, so assuming it’s a newer book to the ones I read in 2013/2014.

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      2. Ah Roadie is the second in the Rock-Hard Beautiful trilogy, Groupie was book one. They are quite new, Roadie was released last week. I’m looking forward to trying Real Ugly and some more of the Hard Rock Roots series, there are quite a lot of those.

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  2. Wow Claire! You amaze me with all that you manage to give ❤ The article and is awesome! I just do not know how you manage it all alongside of your own hurdles. You are a beautiful individual and I feel so fortunate to have met you 🙂

    Enjoying the podcast at the moment with my coffee 😉 Love learning more about how you got into reviews!

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