It’s been a while – an update!

Hello Readers!

It has been a while (more than a while actually) since I’ve written a post for this blog. I thought I would take the time to write a little update about what I’ve been doing over the last few months, and my plans for this blog.

I’ve been incredibly busy over the last few months with my business. Some of you may know that I run a handmade jewellery business selling all kinds of lovely jewellery and accessories, and things really began to take off this year. I have been piling my time, resources and money into business which has been taking up nearly all of my time!

I now have a brand new website (although I do still have my Etsy page as well) and setting that up was time consuming – but also fun.

www.charmingthreadwares.co.uk

www.charmingthreadwares.etsy.com

 

The other business adventure I started up is being a Younique make-up presenter. I’m not sure where this will take me, but I hope that it will at least be fun! You can follow the link  here to have a nose around at the products and company (and if you have any questions about it then feel free to drop me a message)

youniqueproducts.com/KayleighOffley

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I have of course still been reading, although not at the kind of speed I used to read, and I have picked up some great books recently, and I hope to make a video for my YouTube channel talking about them.

I also recently picked up the”literary listography” book which has given me some great ideas for some blog posts and videos and I hope to get round to these soon!

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Thank you so much to the subscribers (old and new) who are still around reading my blog and watching my YT – it means the world and I will be back with some awesome book content soon. xxx.

 

 

 

What I read: February 2016

Zoo – James Patterson

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After seeing the trailer for the TV adaptation of this book I was dying to get my hands on the book! I admit that I am not a big fan of James Patterson but the concept of this book was so interesting that I picked up a copy!

My thoughts are a little mixed – I really do like the idea behind this book – animals “taking back the earth” and so on, and the general plot was engaging and so on but the end kind of ruined it all for me. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll leave it there. I will be checking out the TV show though, I’ve heard its quite different to the book (not normally something I like admittedly). Perhaps I’ll do a comparison between the 2 when I’ve caught up with season 1!

Day Shift – Charlaine Harris

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If you’ve been following my blog or You Tube channel for a while then you may already know that Harris is  one of my favourite authors. ‘Day Shift’ is the second book in her Midnight Texas series and I loved it. I love how well she is mixing this new setting and characters in with her other series of books (Sookie Stackhouse novels and Lily Bard novels!), It is bringing such a good dimension to her overall world building.

As I said in my Good Reads review of this book – I need  another book in this series now!

What Happens Next – Colleen Clayton

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This is YA book about what happens after date rape. I tend to reach for the YA books that explore difficult topics, so the synopsis of this really pulled me in. I’m planning on writing a detailed review of this book soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that if you are interested.

Dead Until Dark & Living Dead in Dallas – Charlaine Harris

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As previously mentioned, I’m a big fan of Charlaine Harrris, but it has been quite a few years since I read through the Sookie Stackhouse books so I thought it would be fun to re-read them. I’m planning on re-reading 2 of them of each month.

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What have you been reading recently?

 

What I Read: January 2016

I have ended January 2016 having read 4 books – If I were to recommend one of the below books it would be ‘What stands in a Storm’. I hope February’s reading is as good as this month!

I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh

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Read full review here! This was a great way to start my reading here. I let you go is a gripping psychological thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed reading! It had some great twists and turns.

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

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Read full review here!  It was the unlike-able characters and multiple perspectives that I loved most about this book. The plot didn’t draw me in quite as much as I was hoping, but I think I had set my expectations too high. Still an enjoyable read!

What Stands in a storm – Kim Cross

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This book was absolutely fantastic! I still haven’t written my review as I can’t quite get my love for this book out in words. Its one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read – I cried more than once while reading and I have a lot of love for the people that suffered through this storm season. Highly recommended – full review to come soon!

The Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich

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My thoughts on ‘The Dead House’ are still a little mixed – I really didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I was going too, but it was still Okay. My expectations were a bit too high, and i found the overall pace of the book a little slow. I did however find the plot unique and interesting, but this is not a book I will pick up and read again.

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I hope you all had a fantastic reading month! xx

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins [Book Review]

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This is a psychological thriller about Rachel, who takes the same train every morning.When the trains stops at the same signal each day she observes the same couple breakfasting in their garden each morning. She loves to imagine their perfect life-until one day she sees something shocking. She offers her knowledge to the police and becomes entwined in the events that follow.

The characters were definitely one of my favourite things about this book – there is an alcoholic, a cheat and no-one seems trustworthy or likeable! These characters gave a good edge to the book and made things feel more realistic.

We hear from multiple perspectives through the novel, which is something I have always enjoyed, and it does start to build up a bit of mystery and tension as we start getting little glimpses of the lives of different characters.

I read this book over a couple of days, I was quite gripped but didn’t feel the need to whiz through in one sitting. I also did not find the ending particularly surprising – I had worked it out already but, even knowing this, I still found it to be a gripping and dramatic climax.

I think my expectations of this book were very high after hearing so much about it, and it is often very difficult to have these expectations met. Being honest, they weren’t met but I still very much enjoyed ‘The Girl on the Train’, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a thriller. It’s not one of my favourites, but I’m glad I picked it up!

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You: Caroline Kepnes [Book Review]

You: Caroline Kepnes [Book Review]

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I’ve read a number of thriller/suspense novels that feature stalkers, so when I pick one up now I am looking for something “different”.
‘You’ definitely fulfilled that need. I really enjoyed reading from the viewpoint of the stalker, I found myself getting into his head far too easily and (worryingly) by the time I was halfway through I wasn’t horrified by his actions, which I feel would be different if I was hearing about them from another character.

I liked that the characters were not perfect – none of them – this made things much more realistic.

I liked how well the digital age is incorporated into the novel – the stalkers use of twitter, facebook and email. It’s alarming just how much we can reveal about ourselves and our whereabouts on the internet – and just how much someone can find out if they do manage to get hold of passwords.

I found the book a little slow in places, but overall my attention was grabbed quickly, and I finished the book fairly quickly. I like that the ending left a few things open, and I will reach for the next books in this series.

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*I read ‘You’ in June 2015, but forgot to upload this quick review. I also talked about this book in my ‘top reads of 2015*

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The Anti-Journal [Creative journal]

Today I filmed a first impressions and first completed pages of The Anti-Journal.

The Anti-Journal was created by David Sinden and Nikalas Catlow as a creative journal. It has been designed for people of all ages and all creative abilities as a way to express your creativity using the prompts in the book.

There are a wide variety of prompts within the book – I really love the variety and I can’t wait to complete more of the journal!

Here is my video, if you like it then why not subscribe to my YouTube channel? 🙂

 

 

I let You Go: Clare Mackintosh [Book Review]

I let You Go: Clare Mackintosh [Book Review]

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‘I let you go’ is a psychological thriller set around the case of a hit and run accident that kills a little boy – Jacob. I have chosen to leave the plot synopsis here so as not to give too much away!

The first half of this book has a slower pace than the second- despite there being some pretty dramatic scenes! I read the first chapters slowly, but once I got half way through I was hooked and whizzed through the second half in an afternoon. There are so many twists and turns through the book – which I loved! Some of them I sort of worked out, but one of the major ones really shocked me!

Some of this book is from the perspectives of the detectives that are working on the case. I  believe that Clare Mackintosh is actually a trained detective herself, which helps the novel feel very authentic. Having said that, the detective scenes are very easy to read and understand – sometimes when huge detail is included about the law side of things I can lose interest slightly –  but I felt that the perfect amount was included. The detectives also had their own lives going on and they felt like dimensional characters – not just there to fill a purpose.

I  finished this book wanting more – I wanted to keep on reading about the characters after the mysteries had been solved, I feel quite connected to them and a little sad about leaving them now I have finished the book.

This was a fabulous book to start off my 2016 reading, and I’m so glad I picked it up!