Cosy reads, Interviews and The Help…#LittleLoves

Jess McGlynnJanuary 27, 2017

Another week of January done and dusted, can you even believe it?  This week has seen a return to the wintery grey days and blisteringly cold weather; as I write this it is minus 4 outside!  Whilst it isn’t so nice when you have to stand on playgrounds and walk dogs and generally emerge from your cosy, warm home…it is the perfect weather for snuggling under blankets with hot chocolate and a good book or movie which I have definitely be doing this weekend for sure! 

But onto the week just gone and I am joining in with Morgana and Little Loves again this week:-


I finished Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas this week.  It’s not my favourite YA fantasy series ever but I appreciate what she has done with the story and it has me intrigued enough that I will be picking up the 5th book shortly.  I’m currently reading Burial Rites which has been the perfect pick for such chilling weather; it’s about a young girl who has been sentenced to death in Iceland and whilst she is awaiting a date for her execution she is sent to live with a family and a priest so she can absolve herself.  That’s pretty much all I know at the moment as I haven’t got very far with it but it’s very atmospheric and a little creepy!


I’m late to the Sherlock train I know, but we watched the last episode this week and OH.MY.GOODNESS.  I don’t know whether I loved it or I hated it.  I spent pretty much the entire episode with my hands over my face.  It was definitely an intense experience.  On the more light-hearted side of things, I’ve been watching ‘Freddie Down Under’ this week as well, about Freddie Flintoff on a road trip in Australia.  I’ve been a fan of Freddie ever since he joined A League of Their Own and although the new show is pretty random it does make me smile.


This weekend we are going to (hopefully) be decorating Meg’s room so I’ve been spending lots of time pinning and gaining inspiration.  I don’t know how it happens but we sort her room out and then it just slowly descends into chaos again so I’m feeling determined to get it to a manageable place with enough storage solutions and places for her to hide her little notes and random trinkets that I don’t find them in every single nook and cranny.  I’m actually really looking forward to the finished room which I’m sure I will share over here at some point!


So after saying in my recent resolutions vlog that I wasn’t going to look for a job, I had an interview land in my lap for this week.  Unfortunately I didn’t get the job (which is not the part I love!) but I did enjoy digging out my old corporate gear and dressing smartly for the day, even if my feet wrecked by the end of it.  It was a good experience to have as well and I’m sure it will be useful as I decide what direction I want to take my work in this year.


I’ve been listening to The Help on audio book this week.  I have never really been into audio books but someone told me that The Help was a really great one to get into and I actually started it on the plane when we went to Malaga back in October and I haven’t listened to it since.  I’ve been spending a lot of time in the car this week however so it seemed like a good time to get back into it.  I’m just over halfway now and if you do like audio books then I’d really recommend it.

And Lastly…
I was doing my tax return this week (nothing like leaving it to the last second…) and I realised that this spring it will have been two years since Secrets of the River was released.  I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by!  Part of my plans for this year is to not only finish the current book I am writing but to also continue to promote Secrets which is definitely something I have been lacking in…so if you haven’t picked up a copy then why not give it a whirl? It’s only £1.99!  Or if you have read it and enjoyed it then please recommend it to someone.  

And that’s probably my self-promotion done for the next year…

Have a great one all.

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