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This weekend I had the chance to relax in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. A friend and I went up to Maleny for the night and we stopped in at the Maleny Cheese Factory for lunch and bought ourselves a cheese platter to go with our bottle of sparkling wine. We sat on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek and gorged ourselves silly on wine, cheese, fruit and crackers. It was much needed pure bliss.
We then chatted away while watching the sun set with a cup of tea on the balcony at the Maleny Hotel, had a lovely dinner in the restaurant there, and then spent the night reading our books in bed until we couldn't keep our eyes open any more and finally fell asleep in the very comfy beds.
The next day we went for a walk in town and had a bacon and egg roll and a chai latte for breakfast at one of the local cafes and browsed all the local shops. Afterwards we hopped in the car for a short drive and found Gardners Falls where we sat and listened to nature doing it's thing while finishing off our cheese platters.
It was so nice to relax for the weekend with a good mate, a good book and good food and enjoy nature at it's finest, while recharging my mind, body and soul.
Welcome to my book review blog. As you can see from the first image that I posted on my Instagram page, I am usually at home, reading in bed. The whole purpose of this blog is to help me to get out more often, as I'm a busy mum and wife, who works full time and doesn't have much time to myself anymore, because I'm usually busy supporting my family and raising a little boy to be the best person that he can be. It's also my aim to share my opinions on books that I've read recently, and to tap into my creative side by writing book reviews to share with you all.
From here on in, what I'm hoping will happen, is that I can fill up my social media pages with beautiful travel images of me reading in exotic places, while enlightening you with my wise words on what I thought of a book, the plot, it's characters, what the author hoped to achieve and whether or not you should read it too. I will provide website links throughout my book reviews, so that you can purchase the books that I've reviewed if you'd like to read them, or click through to the author's websites and see what else they've written that you may like as well.
To tell you a bit about myself - I'm part of a book club that meets monthly and has a good old yarn about our thoughts over dinner and drinks. (Love you girls! :-X) My favourite authors are John Grisham and Jodi Picoult. I love a good suspense novel/courtroom drama, with a twist at the end. Both of these authors never fail to deliver... well, almost never (but we'll get into that a bit later on). I hate spoilers! I love reading to my son and passing on my knowledge to him. I used to adore reading Enid Blyton books about wishing chairs and faraway trees in magical forests, and choosing my own adventures so that I controlled the storyline, and the ending and I can't wait until he's old enough to enjoy them.
I love cooking, travelling, and self-improvement - therefore you will probably see a few non-fiction books pop up on my blog from time to time as well, however - I am the fiction queen! I am one to escape into a fictional world, where I can loose myself in a good book and escape reality for a while. Saying that, you probably won't see that many fantasy books in my reviews, however I am a fan of the horror genre. Bring on Dean Koontz and Stephen King - I hear you say!
I have a kindle paperwhite with a pretty blue cover (it'll probably debut in a quite a few of my photos as I have about a 1000 books on it!), but I prefer to read paperbacks or hard covers. There's just something about holding a book in your hands and turning the pages as you go. I find it therapeutic. It's also kinder on the eyes! I love browsing through second hand book shops, and if you see me in a op shop, I'm usually standing in front of the book section. I have so many books in my bookshelves that I haven't read yet, but couldn't help buying, even though I know I have way too many as it is. I know I'll get around to reading them all one day - when I have more time!
So, please join me on my journey and comment on my book reviews. Tell me your thoughts on what I've written and how you think storylines should have gone. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook and feel free to recommend books to me that you think I may enjoy, based on my previous book reviews. I hope to connect with you in the literary world soon. xxx
Kelly is a Brisbane based wife and mum with a passion for books. She wants to share her love of reading with the world, by reviewing books and sharing her thoughts with the world through this blog.
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