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The countdown is on…

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Only 11 days and we are off to Paris! I am so excited you would think I was actually jumping on a plane to Charles de Gaulle! In all of our planning for Paris in July it actually did escape my mind that my parents are flying there for real on the 29th June – jealous much?? I will try and contain my own green eyed monster and concentrate on all the delicious Paris themed fun we have lined up for July.

If you haven’t yet done so please pop over to this post and add your blog to our list of participants. We will be adding new Mr Linkys at the end of each week in July for you to add your specific Paris themed posts to.

One of the books I will be reading this July is Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Paris based author, and one of our Paris in July co-hosts, Adria Cimino. I am really excited about having Adria join our team this year – and to be able to have a real live author to chat with during the month! Here is a taste of what the novel is about from Adria’s website:


Some encounters make a difference.

Four strangers in Paris. Each one is on a quest: to uncover a family secret, to grasp a new chance at love, to repair mistakes of the past. Four stories entwine, four quests become one, as their paths cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation of a street in Paris, the Rue des Martyrs.

Rafael’s search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets. Cecile’s view of herself as an unsatisfied housewife is radically changed by the promise of a passionate liaison. Andre, an aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice, to either lose his son forever or put aside pride and seek redemption. Mira travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love… or so she intends.

Four strangers, four stories, one riveting novel.

If you would like to join me in reading this book during July please head over to Adria’s website for more information on finding her novel. Mine is already downloaded onto my Kindle and ready to go…

What about you? What are you looking forward to reading during Paris in July?


Where has all the reading gone?

What I would like to be reading...

What I would like to be reading…

And some of these...

I love reading. Lots. Books, magazines, fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, blogs, letters, post-it notes, lists. You name it, I love to read it. I even had my very own blog about my love of reading and the world of literature. Reading is a HUGE part of my life and a very big part of what makes me, me. But over the last couple of years the time I have had available for consuming reading material has decreased – quite dramatically. Now, I don’t want to make a direct link between this reduction in reading time availability and the birth of my Sweet Pea (but let’s face it, that’s exactly the reason!). At first it was the serious sleep deprivation that made reading an almost impossibility – in those first few months I could barely concentrate on the celebrity flicks in a WHO magazine, let alone focus on an in depth novel or piece of non fiction. Then it was someone else who wanted my one-on-one attention ALL THE TIME that impacted on my reading time – any sign of a book in my hands that didn’t contain Peppa Pig or Elmo would create an almighty scene capable of disturbing the entire street (and we lived in a big street). It’s not that I wasn’t reading as such, the aforementioned Peppa Pig and Elmo were in regular circulation, but I wasn’t reading what I really wanted to be reading, what I really needed to be reading for my personal sanity and enjoyment.

What I am actually reading...

What I am actually reading…

I can see that the tide is slowly turning. Sweet Pea is almost two now and I am so grateful that she seems to have inherited the love of books from myself and her dad. And don’t get me wrong – I love discovering books and reading with her – it is one of my favourite parts about being a mum. An almost normal sleep pattern in the household also means that I do usually have time at the end of the day to dip into a book or a magazine with a cup of tea alongside, and this is a time I truly treasure. But I do grieve the loss of my abundance of reading time, lazy rests and reads on afternoons and sometimes a whole weekend devoted to nothing but reading… Ahh, the memories.

How about others? How do you carve out precious reading time when parenting and other life activities demand so much of our time?


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