Thursday, 30 April 2015

#blog2blogBC: A League of Her Own

It might be a bit late in the day, but here's my review for this month's Blogger 2 Blogger Book Club in which I've teamed up with the beautiful Kelly to co-host as we read A League of Her Own by Karen Rock
He was attractive, talented…and way off limits. 

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she's a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father's struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It's going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she's worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them - including their troubled pasts - even as Heather's world falls apart and Garrett's the one who's there to catch her…

Discussion Questions: 
This month we were extra lucky, as the discussion questions come from the author herself! You can find them here.

Heather has complicated relationships with both of her parents. In what ways has each parent’s impact influenced the person she became as an adult? How have your parents and your childhood moulded you into the person you are today?

I have to say, I was not a fan of Heather's dad. He was so mean; I understand that some people take a tough love approach but I did feel like this went a little beyond that and so it made Heather constantly strive to prove herself, to be better, which admittedly isn't always a bad thing, but I think it greatly affected Heather's confidence and her happiness.

I am the eldest child; I have a younger brother who is five and a half years young than I am. I often wonder what I would be like as a person if I were the younger sibling and I also wonder what my brother would be like if I weren't so much older than eh is; my mum says he had two mums growing up because I was so bossy. While that's something I try not to be these days, I do wonder how my bossy nature affected who he is and whether I would have been as bossy if I'd been the younger child. I guess only parallel universe me knows the answer to this!

Addiction also plays a major role in the novel. How does Heather, her mom, Garrett, and Heather’s father cope with it? In what ways are they effective in dealing with this issue and how could they have done better?

Addiction is an illness that is different for everyone, so I don't know how any of the characters could have dealt with it better; we all cope differently, but I so think communication is key.

In what ways did this book capture the world of professional baseball? How did experiencing it through the eyes of a female character impact the story?

Other than catching a few minutes on TV, I have absolutely no first-hand experience of baseball; it's not a big sport here in the UK, so I dunno that I'm the best person to comment on 'the world of professional baseball' however, I do think that this book does a great job at showing what it must be like to be a woman in a male-dominated world such as sports. I think there should be more stories like this; in fact, it would be good to read one about a sportswoman who wasn't romantically linked to any other character... but that's just something my cynical heart wants!

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Happy Friday-eve!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Focus: month four

Happy hump day, blogland!
How's your week so far? Mine's been pretty good but I'm ill today so this post probably won't be as long
or in-depth as I had initially planned #shithappens

At the beginning of 2015, I decided that instead of making a New Year's Resolution that I'd break within a week, I would give myself one word for the year: focus. So each month I've been picking a different aspect of my life to focus on (Jan. Feb. March.) and for April I chose to focus on being positive, and on sharing that positivity with the world via Instagram.

I do feel like sharing this positivity and focusing on thinking more positively has helped. Obviously I haven't managed to be 100% positive all month long - that's just not in my nature, especially when I feel frustrated with other people - but I do feel like I've been more positive than usual, although my Hubs might disagree, seeing as he's the one who hears about my frustrations with others more than anyone else - if you can't moan to your hubby, who can you moan to, right?!

Moving into May, and with a house move looming at the end of the summer #fingerscrossed I've decided to focus on decluttering. We have SO. MUCH. STUFF. and I do not want to move things and then chuck/donate them, so I'm determined to spend as much as my free time as I can spare in May sorting out and decluttering, being brutal with things, especially those things I'm hoarding just in case - come on, we all have them!

Friday, 24 April 2015

High Five for Friday

Happy Friday, guys!
How's your week been? Mine's been a pretty good one...
1 | The most exciting news of the week is that we *fingers crossed* have sold our house!! 
I'll share more when I can as I don't wanna tempt fate!

2 | Last Saturday on a spare of the moment shopping trip before an eye test, Hubs and I stumbled across these beauties...
They're gonna look so awesome in our new house and I can see myself falling in love with them more and more over the years as they hold up little coats and maybe even a dog lead :)

3 | We went to my parents' house for dinner last Sunday and so I made a strawberry flan for pudding; I totally forgot to take a photo of the whole thing #fail but the consolation is this photo of a slice of it with spray cream :)

4 | After having an eye test on Saturday, I decided to get some new glasses, so spent Tuesday lunch time choosing some new frames. I've gone with the top two because although the bottom left was my favourite, the optician advised that they didn't actually fit my wide face :(

5 | Yesterday, we had tacos for tea - I bloody love tacos #tacothursday

Have a great weekend!