10 August 2016

Best or Bust - Books

So here's the second installment in my Treasure or Trash, Best or Bust and Repurchase or Recycle series. This instalment is dedicated to books I've recently read and whether they are my favourites or ones I'm not so keen on. Books are very personal and I do not mean to cause offence in any of my decisions - just because I didn't like a book does not mean that nobody else will or that the author is not as talented. These are my opinions and you are welcome to take them simply with a pinch of salt.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
It took me quite a while to really get into the story in this book but when I did I really enjoyed it to begin with. However, I feel this is a bust because I ended up bored of the book by the time I finished it. I think there are too many twists and turns in the story at the end that it made it unrealistic and a little outrageous so I was a little disappointed. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend because of this, which is a shame because the first two thirds of the book were really suspenseful. I think that part of the reason I didn't like it was because I wasn't emotionally invested in either character or their lives and hated them by the end. I was left frustrated for sure. Unfortunately, it's got to be a bust from me.

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
I love, love, love this book. I had heard Tanya Burr talk about it quite a lot in some of her videos and finally just went ahead and moved it from my wishlist to my basket. I was hooked into the story the minute I started it and it is the book that helped me rediscover my love for reading. I won't give any of this story away but it's a great read and I cannot recommend it enough. Definitely a best.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This story has been especially huge since the film came out with Leo starring in it but I was incredibly disappointed by it. I found I was bored by the story as nothing really happened in the book. Maybe it was because it had been celebrated so much and my expectations were too high but for me it was certainly a complete bust.

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
I had this book on my shelf for a good long time but for some reason never picked it up. Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors as I loved 'When Rainbows End' (known now as 'Love, Rosie') and I also loved this book. Ahern has something about her writing that can only be described as 'feel good'. This book was nothing like I expected but it made me love it even more. It's definitely a best and a good holiday read (by the pool may be ideal).

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
I'm sure you've seen this book around at some point as it's been in a lot of book charts and is all over Instagram. It's a book that fits into the category of crime, murder and mystery and I'm not sure whether I'd put it in either best or bust. I'm a little stuck when it comes to this book. I loved the build up and the contrasting perspectives from the missing girl to the girl on the train but the ending left me feeling unsure. I'm not sure if I was surprised or knew it all along. I guess it must be a good book because I still ponder over it and a lot of good books leave you thinking, but be sure to make up your own mind on it - it's a good read and I do not at all regret reading it but I definitely feel uncertain.

The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons
I felt as if I was beginning to exhaust the crime and thriller category of books until I pulled this one off of the shelf. It had the right balance of suspense, intrigue and revelation that makes a good book. Tony Parsons is a talented writer for this and I'm certain I'm going to be picking up another of his books soon. You find yourself pointing fingers at different characters throughout but personally I did not guess right. It was an interesting read because as far as I know a lot of the policing details are fact (correct me if I'm wrong). This book is 100% on the best list and if you're into this sort of genre be sure to add it to your 'next up to read' pile.

I hope you enjoyed this post,
Kay xo

03 August 2016

A Sunny Sunday at Eltham Palace

As much as I love a good ole lazy Sunday, if it's sunny I love to go out and do something. We are having great weather every couple of days here in the UK so my family and I took a trip to Eltham Palace. It's an absolutely beautiful place run by English Heritage with huge gardens and an open tour of the building. You do have to pay for entry but then you can stay however long you wish and you get a free audio tour which can be used in the building and the gardens.
The interior design in the palace is amazing, some rooms remind you of Henry VIII, others are like something from The Great Gatsby while others remind you of rooms you would see in Italy. The audio tour gives you the history of each room so I won't tell you all of it because I really encourage you to visit for yourselves if you can.

The Gardens

My favourite parts of palaces and houses are their gardens. They're always so well-kept and are great photo opportunities. There's nothing like exploring nature on a sunny day; seeing the wildlife and finding all the nooks and crannies around the grounds.

The Café

To top off a lovely day exploring inside and out, their café is glorious. You've got the choice of sitting in a converted greenhouse that still allows all the sun in or sit outside and let the kids (that's if you have them) run around the play area. They do a fabulous coffee and I can definitely recommend their chocolate brownie if you're peckish.

If it's a sunny Sunday and you live in/near London, Eltham Palace is an enchanting place to visit and it's suitable to all from children to the elderly.

Kay xo
Disclaimer: All photos are unedited and this post is not sponsored by Eltham Palace or English Heritage I just wanted to share my love for it with you.