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More Dinosaurs, Great Reads and Game of Thrones #littleloves

It’s Friday! And that can only mean one thing. It’s time for #littleloves, hosted by the lovely Morgana over at Coffee, Work, Sleep, Repeat.

This week has been significantly better than the last few, although we will be ending it with my grandad’s funeral today. Not the way anyone would want to welcome a new month, but that’s life.

So without further ado, here’s what we’ve been loving this week:

Read

The Break by Marian Keyes

I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of The Break by Marian Keyes and devoured it over a few days this week. I fell in love with Marian’s writing years ago, when I read The Last Chace Saloon and this book is no different.

Here’s what it says on the back:

‘Myself and Hugh . . . We’re taking a break.’
‘A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?’

If only. Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her. He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it. Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . . . However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn’t she?

It is such an amazing read. The writing is just wonderful. Witty, funny and raw all at the same time. Keyes has the ability to transport you into the story. You can imagine Amy as your friend, or perhaps your sister. Hell, she could be you, the story seems so real. The characters are likable, the plot touches upon relationships, both romantic and familiar, illness, work, vlogging and so much more. It really is Marian Keyes at her best. It’s out next week on the 7th, so why not treat yourself to a copy!?

Watched

Who’d have guessed this would appear in my #littleloves this week. The Game of Thrones finale was pretty awesome (as was Jon Snow’s rear end – sorry, but it was!), although the entire series really did feel way too short. And almost too predictable. I’m not dismissing how amazing this show is, and I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but something was just lacking for me. Maybe it is the lack of another few episodes.

I spotted that Outlander is back soon! I love this series. Even better, it airs on Amazon Prime from the 11th of September.

Made

Dino boy

I ‘made’ this little one’s year with a trip to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. Tenuous link, but just look at that little face. This is what pure joy looks like.

This little dude is absolutely obsessed with dinosaurs. He literally doesn’t stop talking about them, playing with his dinosaur toys, reading about them and watching them on tv all day, every day. We’d promised him a trip to Port Lympne for ages, seeing as we’re lucky enough to live nearby now. And as their kids go free offer ended today I thought we should take advantage. I’m so glad we did. The teen was in her element with all the animals, snapping away like David Bailey, and this little dinosaur dude was in heaven in the fabulous Dinosaur Forest.

Wore

Nothing of note, but what the hell is up with the weather lately? One minute we’re in summer clothes and the next it’s Baltic, the rain is lashing down and we’re all wrapped up. There is a definite autumnal feel in the air now. And I must say having lived in two countries which didn’t really have an autumn over the last few years, I cannot wait for all those autumn colours to appear on the trees.

Heard

This oldie came on while I was driving the other day and I couldn’t help but crank it up. I LOVE this song!

And lastly…

I can’t quite believe it’s time for school next week! We’re pretty much ready now. I’ve stocked up on school uniform and stationary and the kids are both excited, if a little nervous, about starting their new schools. I can’t believe the moody teen will be in year 11. It seems like only yesterday she was skipping into school on her first day of reception. I’m not sure I’m ready for GCSEs again, let alone her. Wish us luck!

Hopefully, we’ll get out somewhere over the weekend. I fancy one last day out before we head back to the routine of school again. Have a great weekend whatever you get up to!

#littleloves

6 Comments

  • Claire

    September 1, 2017 at 11:20 am

    The photo of your son is gorgeous. Definitely pure joy. I’m sorry for your loss. I hope the funeral is a good celebration of his life. I love Marian Keyes (or at least I did before kids when I used to read!).

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  • Anna-Marie

    September 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    That book is definitely going to be on my read list.. sounds great! The weather has been so lovely here this week, although we have had a few days of rain, one of those days it was freezing! I even got the hot water bottle out!! Can’t believe the summer holidays are over with, literally flew by and so begins another school year! Hope yours settle in well and have an easy week starting the new schools xx

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  • Seaside Sparkles

    September 1, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Oh you are so lucky to have got Marian Keyes’ new book on preview. I love her books and she is a fantastic follow on Twitter, I’m looking forward to publication day. My children are dinosaur mad too, we went to Dino Babies in Cardiff this summer, that was a great dinosaur themed exhibition. Paultons Park have got some great dinosaur themed rides too. Good luck with the new school year.

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  • Halina Vie Choufleur

    September 2, 2017 at 7:21 am

    YES, Jon Snow’s bum! Haha. Anyway. I’ve never really read much Marian Keyes but that book synopsis looks good, so I’ll keep an eye out for it coming out. My son is also obsessed with dinosaurs…I’m hoping he might grow out of it at some point because the NOISE. Hope everyone enjoys next week back at school, and have a fab weekend 🙂

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  • Morgana

    September 5, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I think the fact that this season of GoT was so very short didn’t help. I can’t believe we have to wait over a year for more.
    The weather is ridiculous isn’t it?? We’ve got rain in our town for the forseeable… no change there then! So much for wishing for an Indian Summer, eh?! xx

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  • Suzanne

    September 6, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandad, I hope that the funeral went as well as can be expected. Tough day for all I imagine. I lost my Grandad last year and it doesn’t matter how old a person is, they leave such a big hole don’t they? I’m probably the only person in the world who hasn’t watch Game of Thrones. Ever! Love Marian Keyes, haven’t read one of hers for a while so will be looking this up 🙂 xx

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