Journey of Souls By Michael Newton.

My Review of: Journey of souls by Michael Newton Ph.D.

My Rating: four-stars_02

104979.jpgI can sum this book up in one word: interesting. It takes a look behind the curtain of death and rebirth. We’ve all heard the stories about near death experiences where the spirit hovers above the body of the deceased and then drifts through a tunnel toward a bright light where they see relatives who preceded them in death. Typically that is all we learn. This book tells the rest of the story.

It goes into depth with Mr Newton’s study with the theory of reincarnation, afterlife and the possibility of the existence of the soul. This book was given to me as a gift and he ins
isted that I read it. I must admit that it was put down and forgotten on multiple occasions, however, It is one of the most intriguing books I have ever read. The writing style- considering the context keeps you interested. In the book I didn’t get bored or finding my thoughts drifting to other things.

I would even go as far as saying its enlightening. His evidence of the possibility of afterlife seems plausible and i would definitely recommend this to the curious and open minded. 🙂

 

A Sudden Crush. By Camilla Isley

My Book review of: A Sudden Crush By Camilla Isley.

My Rating: two-stars_0

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A Book editor marries an Author, thats a match made in heaven! Or is it?

This easy read, chick-lit is the good match for a holiday. (Just make sure you don’t read it on the plane if you have a flying phobia) I must admit that in the beginning, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this book. I had an immediate disliking to the main Character Joanna, she comes off as a bit self centred and rather prejudice. She was quick to label a stranger as ‘Mr ogre’ after he was slightly rude to her.(Who she then has to share a deserted island with for 5 months) I don’t know what it is but there was something about her throughout the book that… irritated me. It was as though she seemed to over react or under react to a lot of things. Joanna’s lack of understanding or just complete obliviousness to the seriousness of being stranded on a deserted island was somewhat infuriating at times. It was as though this supposedly “great book editor” had nothing but air between her ears. Putting my opinions on the main character aside… I would have also have liked it if there was more romance included in the story. Yes there are hints, but not enough to utterly quench my thirst!
Over all I would definitely say this book was recommendable and easy to read for a chilled out holiday or lazy sunday. I had a hard time with the unrealistic factor of the entire story. It was so far away from what real life is really like that I found it hard to make sense of it and relate to it in any way. For me, I’m not a fan of the storyline itself but i liked Camilla’s writing. If you can look past the unrealistic factor of the story itself then this is the right book for you 🙂

Dérive

Wanderlust
ˈwɒndəlʌst
noun
a strong desire to travel.
“a woman consumed by wanderlust”

I’ve always loved this word…There’s something so free about it. The meaning behind it alone gives you the itch to just have a peek at the cheap flights for a quick get away. Wander has this sort of lightness to it yet lust has that sharp passion we all know so well. Put the two together and you’ll find yourself buying a one way ticket to South east Asia in no time. As i have.

I think I’ve always had the itch to go travelling.

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The Girl who chased the Moon By Sarah Addison Allen.

My book review of: The girl who chased the moon By Sarah Addison Allen.

My Rating: five-stars

Now I’m not going to lie… This book is without a doubt my favourite book of all time. None of this ‘othe-girl-who-chased-the-moon_.jpgne of my’ favourites bullcrap- this IS my all time number one choice of books. This has changed my view of writing forever. It was my first book that introduced me to the world created by Sarah Addison Allen. Who, in my opinion, is so underrated. Her ability to introduce magical realism into her stories and have you eating out of each character’s hand is so wonderful.

The story is about a girl named Emily Benedict who moves to a very peculiar town named Mullaby. Where she is shunned out by the locals due to her mothers past. So Emily makes it her duty to clear her mothers name and on the way discovers some magical secrets about the old town and meets a mysterious boy who doesn’t go out at night who in the end, helps her uncover her mother’s past.

S.A. Allen’s writing soothed me. Her style is smooth and flows so elegantly you don’t even notice you’re turning the pages. this story is romantic, heart warming and laugh out loud funny. With witty lines and familiar descriptions. This book is something that would be perfect to read on a camping trip or a long train ride to a new place. It gives you this small urge to go on an adventure of your own!

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light bit of reading with a happy story line and a hint of magic with a touch of romance.

Everything about this book is magical to me. There is always one book soul mate. And this is my book soul mate. I have read it about 29 times for those of you who don’t believe me, here’s the copy of my book.

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Hand Embroidery

Below are an assortment of images of my previous hand embroidery customisations.

I don’t often do many, but when i do I put my heart and soul into them. Embroidery is my way of escaping the world for a while and when I have the need to make something beautiful, I grab an old t-shirt or jumper and get to it.

I hope you like it… 🙂

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Harry Potter and the philosophers stone By J.K Rowling

My Book Review of: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone By J.K Rowling.

My rating:    five-stars

philosophers-stone-cover-2.jpgNow I know what you’re thinking: “Catch up Poppy, this book came out years ago!” And you’re right! But its the most recent book I have read as I have only just started the Harry potter series last month and I thought my first book review ever- should be of a book I have read recently so it is fresh in my mind. So here it is…

Harry Potter and the philosophers stone is the first of Rowling’s 7 novels in the Harry Potter series. It has, as you all know, become the most successful literary novel of all time. This story is about a young boy named Harry who soon discovers that he is no ordinary boy. He is a wizard! He is then whisked away to Hogwarts where he learns about the wonders of the Magical world, Qudditch, three headed dogs and makes new friends named Ron and Hermione who together, unravel mysteries the of Hogwarts and save the magical world on the way.

One of the things that caught me by surprise with the book is how funny it was! I caught myself giggling away to it on multiple occasions. The story itself flowed with ease and I found myself completely hooked to the well known story all over again. I am astounded to how Rowling has created this entire world that I was engulfed in by the second chapter. Every name and every spell was aspiring. I loved the movies but after reading the novel itself. I have a new found respect and love for J.K Rowling. I cannot even bring myself to pick a favourite character as I love them all. I am half way through Chamber of Secrets and I am sitting at the edge of my seat as I read! Over all, I would happily say that this book will become another one of my comfort reads that I could go back to reading again and again and again.

I would recommend this book to any reader who loves a bit of magic.

 

 

Just a thought…

Do we want to get married or do we all just want a wedding? 

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When I was little I used to take my bedsheets off and pretend I had a big white wedding gown on and stare at myself in the mirror, I also had the habit of sketching what my dress would look like as I didn’t want my gown to be “Off the rack”. A quote I had heard from an episode of ‘F.r.i.e.n.d.s.’

A few weeks ago I found all of these sketches, cut outs and ripped pages straight out of magazines. I’d planned my entire wedding at the age of ten! The one thing that I noticed immediately that bothered me was the fact that not one word written in this scrap book mentioned the husband?!

It was cut outs of flowers to choose from and venues and honey moon spots. Pages from magazines frantically ripped out and sprawled across the pages with Pritt stick glue and illegible handwriting scribbled all over the place.

 

It made me think…

Do I ever want to get married? Or has society embedded the image of the expectation of me, someday in a wedding dress into my brain that it has now become an unnecessary need in my life?

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Unordinary

In my generation and in this day and age with advertisements showing perfect bodies and perfect examples of what society expects you to be or how you should look, left right and centre. It’s not a surprise that we all can self deprecate with such ease but when it comes to the opposite… we struggle.

I was asked by a colleague at work the other day…

“What’s your most favourite thing about yourself?”

And I didn’t know how to answer it. I didn’t want to say something about my looks as I didn’t want to come off as vein, but I also didn’t want to say something about a personality trait because I didn’t want to come off as self-involved so I came up with a simple: “I don’t know…. nothing I guess?” The person who asked the question in the first place just looked at me and replied “That’s sad…”

I realised later on that he was right, it is! It’s sad that I had to worry so much and complicate something so simple as a question as- what do I like about myself?

So you know what? Here’s my answer…

What I like about myself:

The fact that I have the ability to not care what other people think. Now this is something that I didn’t discover myself. I was told this.. When I was having a conversation with my partner. He mentioned to me that one of the good things about me was that I didn’t care what others thought about me. Now this came to a surprise to me as I had never noticed I had given off this sort of ‘care free’ vibe.

But it is true… When others would rock the latest fashions in school, I would cover my face in glitter and wear army trousers and a ripped t-shirt. Not because it was hip but because it was comfortable and it was the first thing I saw that I liked in my wardrobe. This may seem odd to many as something to like about myself but I am sort of proud of it. I like the fact that I can say things and like things and hate things that aren’t following the crowd. I like to be different, I like the fact that I’m utterly unordinary.

10648597_10154618519080302_3102692878881952540_oI think my belly could be more toned but, if I lost weight, I’d lose my bum which I think is my best feature. There!! I said it! So I don’t think I’ll ever have that flat tum that everyone raves about… because I like my bum too much. 😉

I like my big brown eyes and my very shapely eyebrows, my  thick eyelashes and my nostril shape. (I know thats an odd one but they’re shaped like little petals and I think its cute 🙂 )