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Book Buying Ban week #10 and other crazy things

Alright, sweets, prepare for a long happy post :D
First of all, some pics from our trip to The Lake District which I adored...

Me and hubby on the streets of Lancaster.

Gorgeous gown made entirely of book pages! I don't know where it was because it was Sunday and every door in that building was shut.

An orchard in Sizergh Castle.

Ambleside - a tiny town in Lake District.

Gorgeous coffee shop in Ambleside.

Resident swans...

Another beautiful coffee shop in Keswick.

Views from the car window on the road back to Lancaster.

It was so breathtaking, and Grassmere especially was like a tiny gingerbread town...
There is an actual famous gingerbread shop in there, where I bought this for my American friends :D

Sorry, I just. couldn't. resist!

First comment from US with the phrase I WANT ROMNEY'S MINT CAKE! will win this, and I'll personally mail it to you. :)

They are supposed to be sickeningly sweet and designed especially for walkers to give them a boost of energy.

Now let's get back to my books, shall we?

I had a really good week of reading and plenty of DNF's. I was pretty ruthless with them.


Everything apart from The Ruins of Lace was really good. Greenshift is another yummy sci-fi story from Heidi whom I love after Ambasadora, and Frequent Traveller is a cool story about a hotelier who travels around the world fixing hotels problems. Took me completely by surprise that book, because I was expecting something paranormal, and it wasn't.

I'm not saying these were bad books, but they just didn't grab me within the first 5 chapters, and I had to let them go.


50 books (4 for review) left.
Not bad, eh?

I'm also doing well with my weight loss program. Within 2.5 months I've lost 4.5kg and that b*tch just keeps crawling down which makes me ridiculously happy. :D

Remember, I was on holidays? 
So, yeah, I kinda bought 2 books: Shift by Em Bailey and Earth Girl by Janet Edwards.

I was also lucky enough to win a signed copy of The Janus Affair from Pip Ballantine through a wonderful blog of Miss Eliza Strange and Random Happenstance, and a copy of The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle from Carolyn Crane's blog. Thank you, ladies!


At last, this week saw some awesome posts from my fellow blogger friends, and I really want to share them with you. Christina moaned about her Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves, and Heather talked about Genre Blending in YA Lit, while Joy discussed her feelings towards The Siren by Tiffany Reisz. Go read them!

Happy Sunday!


Birgit said...

Hahaha ... love the shortie from the movie *Brave* which BTW is a super cute movie, so if you haven't seen it I can totally recommend it!

Blodeuedd said...

Wohoo! We have decided at work to loose weigh..wrong week to start, bf's mum has her bday ;)

And lovely pics

Hannah @ Dragons and Whimsy said...

Gorgeous pictures hun! I love these sorts of English villages.

Glad to hear you liked Ironskin, I have that one to-read. Not sure when I'll get chance (geh, why did I request it?!) but looking forward to reading it.

And lovely books too! Really need to read Ms. Ballantine.

Ellie said...

We used to always get Kendal Mint Cake when we ventured into the Lake District as kids (usually to buy shoes). It's quite nice in small doses :)

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Ellie, I think that would be the right way to read it! :)

Han, you totally should! Knowing you, I think you'd really like her style :)

Blodeuedd, you can have the cake, you don't have to wait and then stop eating everything you know? :) Just it once in awhile. Good luck!

Birgit, I haven't seen it yet, but I will one day, I pinky swear :)

Book Savvy Babe said...

wow, you had a busy week, and I love your pictures! That orchard is gorgeous :) And hey, DNF's happen, I've had to allow myself to put down books that didn't grab me, it's tough to do... anyhow, happy reading- Book Savvy Babe

Melliane said...

Oh you had a lot of great books, many ones to read now! I love the dress, I would love to have one like that!!!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Awesome haul, i want the Hallowed Ones so bad, i am getting weaker by the minute. Thanks for sharing all the pics you and your hubby are just too cute!
I am in the Us and so want the mint cake!!! congrats on 50 reads and the weight loss! That dress is wonderful, so many cool things you shared, i may have to travel there!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Kimberly, the cake is yours! :))) Just drop me email with your address on nocturnalbookreviews at gmail dot com
If you have a chance to travel to UK do it. The countryside is beautiful!

D., I would love that dress too although from fabric not paper LOL

Petra said...

Beautiful pictures! Especially the first one. :)
Also, congrats on the weight loss!
The Hallowed Ones is a popular book, everyone seems to love it!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh lovely pictures! And crazy that dress! Love it. Looks like you had a great time.

Congrats on your book wins as well. :) Tee and Pip are amazing people. Enjoy Janus Affair!

Kara_Malinczak said...

Your photos are so awesome! What a beautiful place!

You got a copy of Earth Girl? I love that cover so much and I want a copy soo bad!

Also, I love how you aren't afraid to DNF if something doesn't grab you. I need to start doing that more often. Happy reading!

Christina said...

You travel all the time. I am so jealous! Also, that pic with your hubby is completely adorbs!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Thanks, Christina! :) It was really sweet...

Petra, I hope I like it! I loved Laura's other book, so we'll see.

Melissa, I was so stocked about Janus Affair! Can't wait to dig in!

Thanks, Kara! I just can't see a point in forcing yself to read something I don't like when there are millions potential books I might love :)

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