The Note by Zöe Folbigg

    The Note Zoe Folgigg Review
    (photo credit : Africaanahbookblog)

    I didn’t know that The Note was a true story about the
    author Zoe Folbigg until after I read this book, and began doing a little research
    for this review. I’m not sure if that would have made me think any different of this
    book, but it does put a smile on my face, and also peaked my interest so I stalked her a little.

    The Note, is a very well written story about a woman named Maya
    who works in fashion and falls in love with a guy she sees on the train, ‘Train

    After the first time she saw Train Man, he become a regular
    every morning commuter and she fell in love. Don’t get me wrong, it seems a bit
    irrational to fall in love with someone you don’t know and this threw me a little.
    Not only is this book about romance, and it’s also uplifting
    and inspirational. Throughout the book you learn about Maya’s job and her
    personal life. You follow her through her journey of making massive life
    changes and going through bereavement.

    I managed to read The Note in a few days, so if you’re after
    an easy read to pass the time. Then I would definitely recommend.

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    Have you read The Note, if so what did you think?

    Beating the Winter Blues with Travel

    hate winter. I mean, don’t get me wrong I love the build up to
    Christmas when its starting to get a little cold and the excitement for
    all the alcohol that I’m going to drink over the Christmas/new year
    period is building. But I dislike getting to work when it’s pitch black and finishing when its pitch black.

    Once it hits January 1st, it really
    affects my mental health. I seriously think I suffer with SAD and spend
    around 80% of my life on Skyscanner.

    Beating the Winter Blues with Travel

    On a lighter note, this is why travel is great to beat the winter blues;

    New year.
    This one is simple. Start the year off as you mean to go on.

    Tropical weather.
    UK is SHIT weather wise, so get your asses on a plane and head to South
    East Asia, South America or Africa and get yourself the tan you

    Embrace the cold.
    know I just rammed down your throat that I hate the cold and the
    darkness that comes with winter but taking a trip such as Skiing &
    Snow boarding with all its beautiful scenery and snow that won’t piss
    you off when it melts and becomes ice. Also, hot tubs.

    Easier to take annual leave.
    the summer time, everyone wants time off to catch the little bit of sun
    we have in the UK or if they have children will need to take time off
    during half term so getting time off in January/February will be a lot

    Many destinations will be full of tourists
    in the summer months which is peak time, so going to places such as
    Disneyland Paris & Berlin will be so much quieter because the weather is freezing.
    This will be so much easier for photography purposes.

    you’re sad that christmas has come and gone then some cities in Europe
    will still have their markets still open, and the festive atmosphere
    still in full swing. Pass me the mulled wine.

    Peak time has passed so flights
    and accommodation will be a lot cheaper in the months following new
    year. This would be a great time to visit a place you’ve always wanted
    to explore for a lot less.

    Burn off that cheeseboard.

    you’re anything like me then you would have eaten 4 cheese boards and
    may still have another in the fridge, an active holiday will help you
    burn off the holiday weight and you can still eat that cheeseboard and the 4
    terry’s chocolate oranges you have in the cupboard and not feel bad.

    Winter is a great time to travel with many destinations you’ve never thought of travelling too.
    Are you going travelling this winter? if so, where to?


    Book Club // The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

    Easing myself into the new year with a book review, and yup it’s a good one.

    Even though I don’t work for in a library, my office is based in one so I get to walk past all the new arrivals every day and this book The Sunlight Pilgrims was one of them. I had heard of this book and it has been on my Goodreads list for a while now, so I snatched it up pretty quickly. I got through TSP in a week, and that was only because it was a pretty big book and didn’t want to carry it home so I read it on my lunch breaks and whenever I could.

    The Sunlight Pilgrims is primarily a book about the end of the world. Stella is a 12 year old transgender, and she’s growing up quicker than she would like to. Dylan ran away from his life in London and heads to Scotland to grieve his mother and grandmother and Constance is getting through life by her daughters side.

    For me TSP wasn’t JUST about the end of the world, for me it was about friendships, relationships, love and general life. The way Jenni Fagan constantly made me feel cold throughout the whole book really sold it for me. I have a perfect image in my head of what the caravan park looks like, and the scene of the iceberg as its approaching.

    Stella is a very relatable character and the way she was perceived was brilliant, and I would definitely recommend this book to someone who is going through the same transition.

    Without giving too much away, but the ending was very chilling and perfectly written.
    I have started a book club with my gals, and this will be top of my recommendations.
    Has anyone read The Sunlight Pilgrims? What did you think?
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