My Word of the Week 1/5/2015

I cannot believe Friday has come around again so quickly! So as it’s Friday that can only mean one thing! Word of the Week time! I am joining up again with the amazing and fabulous at thereadingresidence Word of the Week linky! #WotW
My word for this week is Excited. I have been excited this week for a couple of reasons. The first being that I was contacted by bakerdays.com asking if I wanted to review a cake for them! This was my first time i have been contacted to review a product for my blog, so I jumped up screaming from my chair in excitement! I mean of all things it had to be cake! My second favourite food after chocolate of course!
Excited
The second thing I have been really excited about this week is joining up with another linky. Its the Blog everyday in May challenge #BEDM. With working full time, It is going to be a huge commitment but I am totally up for it! Also as today is the first of the month this post counts as my first May entry!
The third bit of excitement in my life is of course it being Bank Holiday weekend! I work Saturdays so for me having Sunday and Monday off is a mini break! My husband has been away this week with his work for a couple of days so having this weekend together is something we are both looking forward to and treasure. Roll on 3pm Saturday when I finish work for the weekend!
I hope you all have an exciting and fantastic Bank Holiday weekend!
Rachel xx

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#MySundayPhoto 26/04/15

The are the gorgeous flowers I won this week over on Twitter with InterfloraUK on Wednesday. They are simply stunning! I had them delivered for my mum.
Rachel xx
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My Word of the Week 23/04/15

Reflection
Last week I loved joining up with thereadingresidence fantastic Word of the Week linky for the first time so I have decided to join in again. I love the idea of summing up your week with just one word, its like a little diary of your week!

So my word of the week is Reflection. I have decided to use this word as I have been looking back over my blog this week and reflecting on how much I have achieved over the past couple of months in starting up my new blog. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’ve worked hard to build it to where I want it to go and what I want to achieve from it. My husband said to me a while ago why don’t I go for it and become a blogger, I always have something to say! So I took his advice and went for it!

I think one of my main decisions for starting up was due to my work situation. I have recently been demoted due to management restructure changes and wanted something else outside of work to focus my brain on. I have always been a huge book lover, (this came from my mum) and love to potter around outside in the garden, so why not write about things I love? I cannot really pinpoint exactly when I started entering competitions, although it was a few years ago! but I do know it started through Twitter. Retweeting a competition tweet was so easy and once my first win came I have never stopped! 

On Sundays my husband and I always take the dog for a walk down to Malpas by the river in Truro. Its one of my favourite places and I always like to reflect on the previous week on what we have been up to. 
A couple of weeks back I took this photo of the cement works down there as the sky was so clear and the water so still that it showed the most perfect reflection in the water, so very appropriate for my word of the week: Reflection. #WotW
Rachel xx

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#MySundayPhoto 19/04/14

I really enjoyed sharing my first Sunday photo with you last week, so have decided to make it a regular thing. Each Sunday I will post a photo of something or some place that means a lot to me.  
Today’s photo is of Truro Cathedral. It is a very beautiful building with lots of intricate detail built into the stone work. There are lots of pointed arches all around the cathedral which are of a Gothic Revival style designed by John Loughborough Pearson. The cathedral itself was built between 1880 and 1910 on the site of the parish church of St Mary, although they did decide to keep the south- east side of St Mary’s church and it is still used today as the city’s parish church.
I have chosen the cathedral as my Sundy photo, because it holds lots of memories for me. It used to be one my late Aunt’s favourite places, and my sister and I love to go inside and have a look around. Last summer while my sister was home from Canada we took a little guided tour around the cathedral learning lots of the history of the building and all about the little church on the side.
Rachel xx 

#MySundayPhoto 12/04/2015

Silent Sunday 

7 Hints and Tips for Writing a Book Review

I have been reading lots of book reviews lately, and learning as I go along trying to find a formula to writing a fantastic book review.
What makes a book review great?
What makes you want to go out and find that book to read?
These are the questions I found myself asking, and I’m sure there are many of you asking the same. So I have compiled another 7 Hints and Tips post to help us all become better book reviewers and writers. 

These are the 7 tips that I have come up with, along with some hints on what to include in the book review.
  1. As you read the book, make notes as you go along – Write down your thoughts on the authors writing style, add quotes to your lists, that you think would be relevant to your review.
  2. Include the authors name and the book title in the first paragraph – Make sure to mention these so the reader will know exactly who wrote the book.
  3. Describe the book – What is the book about? What genre does the book fit into? What is the main idea of the book and plot structure? Don’t forget to include the theme, settings and the book cover.
  4. Add a paragraph on what made you like the book – Is it a story that kept you entertained? Guessing? How real/believable are the characters? Who is your favourite?
  5. Mention any dislikes – Didn’t like the way the story headed, frustrating ending, slow start, didn’t like the main character.
  6. Summarise your thoughts – What type of reader would you recommend the book to? Is it a book you would read again one day?
  7. Give the book a rating – eg. 3 out of 5 stars

I would love to hear your own thoughts on whether you decide to read a book based on a book review alone.
Rachel xx

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