Update #2: Re-Design and Goodreads Account

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, judging from the comments on my last monthly recap. My new blog design for Reading Every Night has been unveiled and is now live on WordPress.

Re-Design

Ever since I started blogging back in November 2015 my design has stayed the same, so it’s about time it got a little bit of a make-over. I wouldn’t say there are any huge changes in terms of the content of my posts; the format is still the same and I’ll still be posting the same things. My book reviews and the Top Ten Tuesday feature I take part in each week have been exempt from this new design simply because at the moment I think they’re fine as they are.

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The Happiness Tag

I like to think I’m a generally happy person. I mean I have my down days, doesn’t everyone, but compare the me of today to me the me of three years ago and I can admit I am so much happier now than I was then. I was tagged by Izzi at Ravenclaw Book Club. Thanks so much for the tag Izzi, I had a lot of fun with this one and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much.

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No rules for this one, it’s just a couple of lists of things that make me happy.

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A Postcard from Copenhagen

It’s possible not many people noticed – because I was gone for a short while, I didn’t really mention it, and I kept pretty up to date on posts and comments – but I was in Copenhagen this weekend for a short city break.

Copenhagen is a beautiful city, and I’m sure no matter what time of the year you go it’s the same story, but in the run up to Christmas exploring the city and seeing the sights is a completely different experience. There are Christmas markets on every corner selling arts and crafts alongside mulled wine and hot chocolate with Bailey’s, every shop window and storefront is decorated for Christmas with fairy lights and snow. There’s ice skating if you’re brave enough and warm cosy cafes if you’re not.

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The first thing me and my sister did when we arrived in Copenhagen, after checking into our hotel and freshening up, was head to Tivoli Gardens. It’s similar to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park but bigger, better, and even more Christmassy if you can imagine. We both had a wonderful time walking through the market seeing the decorations that had been set up for the occasion, riding all the rollercoaster’s we could find until we felt physically ill, and seeing the lights come on when the sun went down that evening.

Aside from Tivoli there are plenty of other sights you need to see if you’re in Copenhagen for the weekend; there’s the Little Mermaid sculpture which is a popular tourist destination, as well as plenty of castles, churches and parks you can spend whole mornings or afternoons exploring. My favourite part of Copenhagen though was Nyhavn, the waterfront port and probably one of the most picturesque parts of the city. If you search for Copenhagen on Google images Nyhavn is probably one of the first image that will appear.

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And of course in terms of Christmas shopping Copenhagen cannot be beat. Whether you’re walking down the main strip where all the well-known high street stores and souvenirs shops are, or wandering around one of the many Christmas markets, you can find something for everyone on your Christmas list.

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Advice (a.k.a. learn from my mistakes)

  • It’s cold, but not that cold…Granted I was there in November and not December/January time but a warm coat and a hat were all I really needed. Plus after walking around most of the day I felt I could have taken off my coat and just worn my thick jumper.
  • You can walk across the whole city…There is public transport but I didn’t use it once. The city itself is quite small and you can walk the length of it quite quickly, so if you have a good pair of shoes you won’t need to waste money on public transport at all.
  • If you go to Tivoli, go on a weekday…Me and my sister were lucky enough that we went on the Friday when we arrived in Copenhagen, because the queues we saw on the Saturday and Sunday were insane. So if you’re going to go go on a weekday when the kids are at school and the adults at work.

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You can go to Copenhagen any time of the year, and I’d definitely recommend going there if you have the opportunity, but for me one of the best parts of the whole holiday was seeing the city in the run up to Christmas; exploring the Christmas markets, drinking mulled wine on the waterfront, and falling over more than once trying to ice skate.


Also to celebrate reaching my one year blogiversary I am hosting a giveaway and Q&A. The chance to enter and ask me any questions ends in less than a week, on the 1st of December at midnight GMT. For more information you can check out my original post here.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Time Favourite Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a movie freebie, so I picked Top Ten All Time Favourite Movies.

While I could have gone with a less expansive topic I’ve never really spoken much about my favourite films. Favourite books? Yes all the time. Music and TV shows? A fair bit. I have a lot more than ten favourite films, and I could anything from Disney, Pixar or the Marvel Cinematic Universe as favourites, so I tried to pick all time favourites; films that mean something to me.


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The Playlist Shuffle Tag

I seem to have posted a lot about music in the last few weeks – there was my original Wordless Wednesday post, the TTT theme from a few weeks ago – it just seems fitting when music is probably my greatest love, even before reading. After all I would perfectly fine if I forgot my Kindle one day on a commute to work, but I wouldn’t be able to cope if I forgot my iPod.

The Playlist Shuffle Tag

I was tagged by Lauren at Wonderless Reviews. Thank you so much for the tag Lauren; everyone else should definitely check out her original post and while you’re there her blog as well. Lauren is such an amazing person, and definitely one of my favourite bloggers I’ve met through WordPress so go and give her some love.

The Rules:

  • List the first 10 songs that come on shuffle (no skipsies).
  • Then write your favourite lyric (or verse) from each song.
  • Tag/link others.

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A Postcard from Algarve

It’s official; I am now back from holiday and back from my mini hiatus which I took while I was in the Algarve last week.

Last year my friend and I went to Cancun for the week – and it was all sun, sand and swimming – and it ended up being one of the best holidays I went on because it actually felt like a break. Normally when we go away we’re on our feet all hours of the day, wandering around whatever city we’ve found ourselves in, which is nice don’t get me wrong. However sometimes you just want to spend a week by the pool or on the beach in no rush to go anywhere, just sunbathing with a drink in one hand and a book in the other.

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That’s what Algarve was; we still did some excursions but for the most part it was a holiday where we slept in in the mornings, lay by the pool in the afternoons, and went out in the evenings.

Algarve is a gorgeous place but there is so much of it to see. We ended up staying just outside of Albufeira; where we could visit both the Old Town and the Strip, where there were plenty of bars and shops to pass away an afternoon or evening, and where there were amazing beaches. After all, the beaches are why we went to Algarve in the first place.

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If you search for Algarve on the Internet you’ll find pictures of the many rock formations that make up the beaches, and seeing them in person is so much more than that. Standing on the beach there are plenty on the sand and in the shallows of the sea you can walk around, but if you want to get the full experience there are plenty of tours you can go in which take you into some of the caves that before you’ve probably only read about. My friend and I did a kayaking tour and a boat tour, both of which took us through caves we would have never got to see if we’d stayed on the beaches. We also got to see some wild dolphins while on the boat.

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Advice (a.k.a. learn from my mistakes)

  • Look up the public transportation before you go…It’s pretty much just buses but god it’s terrible. There’s no set times and you can end up having to wait anywhere between half an hour to well over an hour for the next bus if you miss one. Most hotels do some kind of shuttle transportation so it’s well worth looking into, if not either walk or get a taxi.
  • Watch out for the rocks…As amazing and beautiful as the massive ones are, which you can see a mile away, there are some smaller ones on the beach half buried under the sand. I learnt this the hard way and I’ll let you imagine how painful that was when I stubbed my toe on one while not wearing any shoes.
  • Drink water…It gets really hot in Algarve, especially if you are an English native used to highs of mid to late twenties once a blue moon.
  • Use sun cream…Again this is an obvious one, and one that for the most part I was quite good at, until the last day that is.
  • Visit the city…This may seem like an obvious one but a lot of the hotels in the Algarve are all-inclusive, and it can be really tempting to either spend all your time by the hotel pool or all your time on the local beach. Instead take a day or an afternoon to visit the nearest city or visit the next city along. There’s always plenty to do in terms of food, bars, entertainment and shops; and you never know what you may find.

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For both me and my friend Algarve was a relaxing holiday. We did the kayaking and boat tours, did a quad biking tour in the Albufeira countryside, but for the most part the trip was all about relaxing. We spend afternoons by the pool and mornings on the beach because we had a gorgeous hotel and all the beaches nearby were just stunning.

Wordless Wednesday: Baking

Wordless Wednesday is a new weekly tag created by Grace at Kimmie.gg. Each week there’s a new topic, unrelated to books, which will hopefully provide some insight into my life outside of reading.

Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to Kimmie.gg in your post so that I can also read your content!

This week’s theme was Hobbies but I adapted it a little to fit one of my main hobbies, outside of reading of course, which is baking. I have a few favourite recipes but when it comes down to it I’m willing to give everything a go. Certain recipes worked better than others; I’m really good at making cookies and cheesecakes but not so good at brownies and truffles. I have my favourite tried and true recipes – gingerbread cookies – and ones I have to try the next time I pick up my cookbooks – marshmallows.

I’m taking part in a Great British Bake Off challenge next week for work. Each of us are bringing in some kind of cake or cookie and we’ll vote for one Star Baker. I’m bringing in some gingerbread cookies because they’re my favourite things to make. They probably won’t win but hopefully my colleagues will enjoy them.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Five Favourite Artists and Top Ten Favourite Albums

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is an all about audio freebie, so I picked Top Five Favourite Artists and Top Ten Favourite Albums.

As much as I love reading I think I love music even more. I’d rather leave home without my Kindle than leave without my iPod fully charged and full of music to listen to on my journey to and from work. I have thousands of songs on my iPod but I listen to the same bands, the same albums, and the same tracks over and over again. So for this week’s top ten I decided to pick my favourite artists, my favourite albums and, when the comes down to it, the songs I will listen to over and over on my iPod.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten TV Shows I Can’t Wait for the Next Season Of

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a TV freebie, so I picked Top Ten TV Shows I Can’t Wait for the Next Season Of.

I watch a lot of my favourite TV shows on my laptop and as such if my laptop is on, which it normally is, there is one of my favourite TV shows playing in the background as I read or blog. There are tons of shows I need to start watching and tons of shows I need to catch up on but for this week’s TV themed freebie I decided to feature some of my favourite TV shows to which I need the next season. After all waiting for the next series of some of my favourite TV shows can be just as bad as waiting for some of my most anticipated books to be released.


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Wordless Wednesday: Best Friends for Life

Wordless Wednesday is a new weekly tag created by Grace at Kimmie.gg. Each week there’s a new topic, unrelated to books, which will hopefully provide some insight into my life outside of reading.

Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to Kimmie.gg in your post so that I can also read your content!

This week’s theme was Best Friends for Life, and it’s all about pets. Now I mentioned my dog, Tommy, late last week when I published my Real Neat Blog Award post but any excuse to talk about him a little more is something I’m going to jump on, and it’s also an excuse to share more pictures of him as well. There’s nothing better than coming home from work and having Tommy jump up to greet me, happy to see me again.

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