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The Undomestic Goddess – Book Review

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genres: Chick-Lit, Romance, Fiction

Publish date: 25th April 2006

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33722

My Thoughts

This isn’t my usual genre to read so I was a little bit out of my comfort zone reading this. My mum had lent me the book so I thought I would give it a go.

I must say, I wasn’t disappointed at all. This book made me laugh and was a lovely light read.

The story follows Samantha through a crazy journey after losing her job. She turns into a completely different person and learns so much about herself and how to live. Samantha faces many challenges (and a few disasters), but throughout the book you are constantly rooting for her. I feel like the person she is at the start of the book is somebody who I wouldn’t be able to get along with as she seems to have no time for anybody as she is definitely a workaholic. However, as the story develops you feel a lot of sympathy for her as you see the pressure she is put under by her mum and work colleagues. Samantha develops into such a loveable character who you feel you’d just love to be friends with. I love the way Sophie Kinsella has worked this character and the way my opinion changed throughout the book. I also love the fact that there are a few twists in the book that you don’t expect.

When I first started the book I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to read it but as the story developed I found myself unable to put it down. I honestly can’t believe I’ve managed to finish my first book of the year already, definitely an improvement from last year.

Favourite Quote

I suppose, just occasionally, I do feel as though someone’s piling heavy weights on me. Like big concrete blocks, one on top of the other, and I have to keep holding them up, no matter how exhausted I am…

But then everyone probably feels like that. It’s normal.

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5

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Things I use instead of bookmarks

Today I begin with a heartbreaking story, the tale of the £5 scratch card…

It all started whilst I was preparing my next post. I had gathered together some of my books and sat comfortably, ready to start typing. I picked up a book that I had started reading about 11 months ago and had never gotten around to finishing. Life had gotten in the way. This book had been forgotten about and so had the bookmark I was using inside. I opened up the book to find my “temporary” bookmark still on page 155. To my horror I realised that the item that I had been using as a bookmark was a winning scratch card. I had completely forgotten that I had been using it instead of taking it to claim the money. Below is a picture of the offending scratch card:

I’m currently unsure if I will ever see that £5 but I can only hope that the scratch card is still valid 🤞🏼 (although I very much doubt it).

This leads me on to what this post is all about, things we use as a bookmark that aren’t actually a bookmark. I’ve listed a few that I’ve used but I know there will be a lot more that other people use.

    Train Ticket – This is one that I find very useful as I have found myself on long train journeys with just a book to keep me company. Now this particular journey included 4 different trains which meant a lot of closing my book to get off and one the trains. I hadn’t even thought to pack a bookmark whilst packing everything else I needed for the trip. As the train started to approach my first change I realised that I didn’t have anything to keep my page in the book (I’m not a fan of folding pages). I slotted in my train ticket and voilà I had the perfect bookmark for the rest of my journey. I’ve used old train tickets as bookmarks on numerous occasions and it’s a firm favourite of mine.
    Glasses – So for this one I don’t mean that I leave the glasses inside the book for a long period of time. This one is usually one that I use whilst I’m mid read and need to nip to the door to answer it or decide to get up to make a coffee.
    Scrap piece of paper – This one I have found to be very common with people that I know, it’s just so convenient to grab a scrap and shove it into your book.
    Bobby pin – Occasionally I have found myself reading in bed and as I start to get tired I will just grab anything off the bedside table and pop it into my book before I go to sleep. This usually ends up being a bobby pin if I don’t have anything else that I’ve already started using for the book.
    Scratch card – As you may be able to tell I seem to just grab anything and use it as a bookmark. This is one that I should probably stop doing. Funnily enough my current read has also got my recent winning scratch card as it’s bookmark. I think I may have to switch it for something else before I lose out on another £5 win…

Whilst writing this post I created a quick Facebook poll and an hour later these were the results of what people use instead of a bookmark:

I think the moral to the story today has been DON’T USE A WINNING SCRATCH CARD AS A BOOKMARK!

Now I’d better get back to preparing for my next post…

Current read – The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

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The Journey Begins

Okay, okay so I’ll be the first to admit that we all make New Years resolutions that we know we never stick to. We tell ourselves “new year, new me”. So why am I starting a blog on the 1st January?

The answer to that I’m still unsure of. I may start this, last a few weeks and then it will die off like many resolutions. But maybe, just maybe I will actually decide to stick to this.

So a little about me…

I drink far too much coffee, swear more than I should and I buy more books than I will ever read.

I (like many others) have a few resolutions for 2019. I may be successful at some, I may fail at some others but I’m determined to give it my best shot.

2019 Resolutions…

  1. Create a blog (well I guess I can tick that off…)
  2. Lose weight and exercise more often (yes that may sound like a cliche)
  3. Figure out what career path I want to take
  4. Save up a deposit for a house

Book goal

Last year I made a GoodReads account in January and set myself a goal of 12 books. I though I would easily get through a book per month. Then December fast approached and I realised that during the time of moving into my first place and starting a brand new job I’d only actually managed a grand total of TWO books. It seemed my entire year was spent in a reading slump, nothing I did seemed to get me out of it. This year however I have set myself a goal of reading 20 books for the year. I’m probably crazy to think I’ll read 10 times as many books as last year but hopefully I will be able to get out of my reading slump and start reviewing the books that I read.

I shall now finish my first post here so I can get started on reading book number 1. Happy New Year to all…

Current read – The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella