#2017MyYear: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.




2017 has been one hell of year. Readings wise it has sucked. I only read 33 books. But I read some amazing ones. Personally? There have been ups and downs. I have had some great times with great people. I have laughed and cried. Had my heart broken and made so many mistakes. But, I don't think I would change any of it. Including all the bad decisions because let's face it those bad decisions were fucking fun to make. Lol.

However, let's focus on all the good time shall we?? 


June

Dirty Dancing

That's right. I took my mum to her favourite movie on stage and it was something else. It was fantastic  I grew up on Dirty Dancing, even though my dad didn't let me watch it as a child but my mum did. LOL. And it really does explain how I dance as an adult lol. Seeing it on stage was amazing. It was funny and sexy!!! I hope we get to see it again.

July

Ben Montieth


Ben is a Glasgow musician. He is outstanding. His voice gives me chills. He is handsome and talent and I hope he goes far. Getting a chance to see him in Classic Grand in a proper gig was phenomenal. You can usually find him busking in Glasgow city centre but seeing him in on stage was completely different. You can get his albums on itunes/google play etc. His original music is fantastic and his song "Home" hits me in the feels.

September
Grease

Grease is my favourite movie of all time. My wifey (my best friend lol) took me to see Grease in the Edinburgh Playhouse. I was ill, I had no voice and a dodgy stomach but let you tell you. It did not stop me having a great time and enjoying the show. I had never seen it on stage before and it did not disappoint at all.


October
My Baby Boy Turned 11.

That's right my boy turned 11 years old. I still can't believe it sometimes. I still remember bringing him home from the hospital like it was yesterday. Now he's 11 years old. Growing up too fast. Big and cheeky.

Welcome to the World Keelin.

My niece Keelin finally arrived! A proud moment for everyone. She is so precious and my son adores her. He is a great big cousin and that little girl is going to grow up surrounded by love.

Bestie Tattoos.

After years of saying we would do it. We finally done. We got our shark fin tattoos. I   haven't got a photo of two of them together which I am sure I can fix at some point but we finally got matching tattoos. Silly little tattoos but for us means a lot.

November
Five & 911

Another present from my bestie. She got me tickets to go see my favourite childhood band FIVE. 911 I only really knew one song but FIVE I know them all. Sadly my bestie couldn't make but my friend Sarah came along and had a great time.

December
The 8th Circle Tattoo.

For years I have wanted this as a tattoo. And one day I was sitting on my break at work and just decided I needed it now.  I booked myself in a few days later with Antonio and there you go.  It's just a simple tattoo but I love it. And one of the favourite things about the tattoo is that the author commented on the post. Nothing big just a simple comment and I fan girled like crazy. She is one my fave author!!!


Always Tattoo
You should know by now that I love Harry Potter. I grow up on the books and the movies. For years I knew I needed some sort of tattoo for it. When I seen this one I knew it was it. I showed my bestie when we were in getting our shark fins and she booked me in. I am so in love with it.


Tiffany Reisz

And something else magical happened that. Tiffany Reisz started following me in instagram and liked my Always tattoo post!!! You have no idea how much of a screaming fan girl I turned into that moment. LOL.

Christmas 2017


Christmas was a quiet time of us. But a great time. The Kid got spoiled as usual. He got everything he asked for aswell as some surprises. I have no idea where I am going to put everything but it's worth it to see his face. 2017 would bethe  last year he gets a lot as he is getting older and everything is so expensive. I am dreading Christmas 2018 although I already know what I am getting him. Lol.

So that's just a few of my highlights of 2017. I can honestly say I had a good year for the most part. I won't say much about the bad stuff because there was plenty and a few are actually attached to my best parts which makes one or two bittersweet. However, If you know me you will know the bad decisions are always fun. I am not ashamed of who I am. I regret nothing. I put my heart out there and few times got it crushed but it makes me who I am. I have made some massive mistakes but I keep making them and in all honestly will probably make them in 2018 again but hey, that's me.

Hope you all had a great 2017 and that 2018 will hopefully be even better. 
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#2017ReadingChallenges: Completed



Well, I started out 2017 with great intentions and it's turned out to be THE WORST year for me. I originally set out with a goal of 50 books. However, half way through the year I knew I was never going to complete it, so I give myself a new goal of 30 and I just made it.  I read 33 books in total. I started so many more but I have been in a weird funk all year and only certain books can hold my attention. 


I also decided to do the 2017 Totally Doable Reading Challenge by Reading Like A Boss. And even though it was only 12 books I thought I wasn't going to complete it. But I got there. I finished the last book on 30th Dec. So I was cutting it close. But we got there in the end.


What you about you? Did you reach your reading goals this year? Planning on any next? Let us know. 

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#BookSpotlight: Plunder with Intent Blog Tour


Title: Plunder With Intent
Series: N/A
Author: Joanna D'Este Clark
Genre: Historical, Fiction.
Publisher: Ember Press
Published: 7th Nov 2017
Buy: Amazon UK

5th Century BC, Athens

Humble sculptor, Nikodimos, toils away in his workshop to create a sumptuous marble masterpiece of Athena Parthenos. His beautiful, noble creation is destined to be housed in the Parthenon. Nikodimos has no reason to suspect that it will not remain in its rightful home forever...

19th Century AD, Athens

Lord Quimby, rich, powerful and greedy, is enchanted by the wealth of the Parthenon. Unconcerned by the locals' distress, Lord Quimby plunders the Parthenon of her finest artefacts. His twelve-year-old nephew, Maximilian, helplessly watches his Uncle's savage devastation of the treasure as it is shipped off to England, never to be seen again on Greek soil.

Present Day

Young Cambridge student Max Perceval unearths the horror of his late ancestor's murky deeds and realises all is not what it seems in the Museum of Classical Antiquities. In order to locate the treasured marble, and right the wrongs of the past, Max must take matters into his own hands and confront the ghosts of the Quimby dynasty.

Based on a True Story


The Parthenon Marbles are a collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures that form part of the Parthenon temple in Athens, built nearly 2,500 years ago. They are considered amongst the finest examples of Greek art. In the early 19th century however, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire removed about half of the remaining sculptures from the Parthenon. They were first exhibited in 1807 in London before they went on show at the British Museum in 1817. Ever since the sculptures have been on display to the public in the British Museum. However, since the early 1830s, Greek governments have argued for the return of all the Parthenon sculptures to Athens and this debate is still ongoing today.


Joanna D’Este Clark fell in love with the classical world and all-things-Greek while studying architecture and history of art at a Canadian university. For the last ten years she has been a strong supporter of the BCRPM (British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece). She is a member of Marbles Re-United, and in 2016 was invited to speak about her exciting new work at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Joanna lives in London although she dreams of spending a lot more time in Greece. Plunder with Intent is inspired by her passion to see the Parthenon Marbles finally come home. 

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#BookReview: Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers


Receiving books free in exchange for reviews will never sway the outcome of my reviews. All my reviews are own my personal thoughts and opinions whether they for review or bought. While I may feel a certain way, others may feel differently. So sit back and relax and check out my thoughts on this book. Don't forget to share your thoughts (no spoilers) on the books or reviews on this blog in comments.

Title: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.
Format: Hardback
Pages: 48
Published: 14th Nov 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children's Picture Book
Shelfability:  COVET


The exquisite and thought-provoking new book from the multi award-winning, internationally best-selling picture book creator of Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers.

Well, hello.
And welcome to this Planet.
We call it Earth.

Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.

Here We Are is the utterly heartfelt new book from Oliver Jeffers. We’re glad you found it.

Here We Are is a very sweet and simple children's picture that is quite moving and thought provoking.


Here We Are is a wonderful picture book to read to your children or read alongside your children. It is such a sweet concept of teaching children little facts about the earth. Yet for such a short book it really makes you think about the planet we are leaving behind for our children and what we can teach them about our planet and the human race.


The simplicity of the book and the colourful pictures will surely keep children engaged from start to finish. Yet it has the power to make even adults think and by the end even I was little bit emotional at the messages that are within this little gem of book. 


I adore how the book came about. It was inspired by the birth of the author's son and the realisation that we are parents have the responsibly to teach our children about the world that we live in.

I highly recommend investing in this fabulous book. Between the content and the overall aesthetically pleasing presentation of the book it's sure to be a hit. 


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