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When was the last time you wrote or received a letter ( that wasn’t a bill or junk)? 10 reasons why you should write a letter. #snailmail #happymail

When was the last time you wrote or received a letter ( that wasn’t a bill or junk)? 10 reasons why you should write a letter. #snailmail #happymail

When I was younger I used to regularly write letters, cards and postcards to friends and family. Especially my Grandparents who loved to get mail from me. Now my Grandparents are not here to write to anymore. I decided to take back up my enjoyment of snailmail. 🐌✉.

So when was the last time you wrote or received a hand written letter? Do you even send postcards anymore?

Now that we can communicate via social media, text and whats app, I think many people don’t see the point of writing letters.

Here are some reasons why I think we should keep this method of communication alive.

10 Reasons Why You Should Write Letters.

1. It will brighten someone’s day to receive mail that is not a bill or junk mail.

2. You have to sit down and think about what you want to say to the person. This is calming and gives you time to focus on your relationship with this person.

3. If you don’t want to make the time for a letter, send a simple post card, just to say hi. The person receiving it will have a nice surprise and your card could be a picture of the area where you are. Or it could have a joke on the front. Either way, you will brighten their day. That in turn will make you feel good

4. There is such beautiful and cheap writing paper and cards available to buy. I got this cupcake paper from eBay. I made the stamp to go along with the letter as a matching theme.

5. If you are creative, you can design your own paper or card.

I made these papers with ink pads, water paints and stamps. Be creative and find your own ways. You will be surprised how relaxing it is. Plus you have a lovely blank canvas to write your letter on. The recipient will appreciate the effort you went to for them.

6. If you write to someone, chances are they will write back. Then you get a nice surprise through the post too. ( mail I sent out last week. I used a napkin to decorate the envelope. Don’t you think it would be lovely to receive this through the post as a surprise?).

7. It’s good manners to thank people for gifts. So why not write a thank you card instead of a text. It’s so much nicer to receive. I wish parents would encourage their children to do this. I always wrote thank you letters for my gifts as a child. I almost never get one back now if I send a child a gift. But thank you letters are not just for kids, adults could send them too. Wouldn’t you appreciate a letter to say thanks rather than a text or facebook message?

8. Sometimes you want to express yourself and it’s easier to do it in writing. A letter is so much more personal than an email.

9. Receiving a letter from abroad is special. If you chat to someone online who lives abroad, why not swap addresses and send each other a letter and something nice from your country.

My lovely friend Irena sent me these gorgeous goodies from Croatia and it really made my day to know she went out of her way to think about me and what I would like. Obviously you don’t need to send this much. A simple bar of chocolate or a bookmark with a little note would be amazing to receive.

10. It’s not called happymail for no reason. Letters are good to receive, so go on, brighten someone’s day.

Let me know if you write letters, cards or postcards. If you don’t, have I convinced you to send a letter. I hope so.

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Posted by on June 29, 2019 in crafts and paperlove

 

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Book Review: Fairground Attraction by Sharon Atkinson.

Book Review: Fairground Attraction by Sharon Atkinson.

I had the pleasure of reading a book which was self published by a friend of mine. When Sharon told me she was writing a book, I was so pleased for her. Then in February this year her book Fairground Attraction was published.

It can be difficult to review a book by a friend, you want to be honest but you also want to be supportive and positive. Luckily for me, Fairground Attraction was easy for me to review as it is brilliantly written and has a fun plot with a great main character.

I love my personalised copy from Author Sharon. 😁

Description:

Do dreams come true if you believe in them hard enough, or are they just floating images we see when we close our eyes to sleep? Skye, has a vivid recurring dream, brought on by the thunderous rain filled sky. It always appears the same. A haunting, but beautiful image of a young man, working the Waltzer ride at the local fairground. She awakens each time, with the same image haunting her, not only at night but through her days too. Walking home late one night, Skye hears a voice call out her name. No one is there. Whose voice is it and how does it know her name? Is Skye overtired and letting her imagination run wild with her, or is fate waiting to work its magic?

Publication date: 19th February 2019.

 

My Thoughts:

Fairground Attraction is the first fiction book I have read by Sharon Atkinson. I know she also has written and published poetry books. After reading the flowing and beautifully descriptive writing of Fairground Attraction, I am sure that the Author’s poetry will be beautifully written.  

Fairground Attraction features main character Skye, who has a recurring vivid dream. I’m sure many of us dream about their ‘One’, but for Skye, this is different. She has never met this man she is dreaming of. Maybe she is just imagining things in her dreams? But then she hears whispers in the wind while she walks home! Is fate pushing her towards something or someone? Or is Skye just imagining what she wants…… 

Ms Atkinson writes beautifully descriptive words that flow across her pages. She writes so that we can smell the candy floss from the fair and feel the whispers of the wind in our hair. This novella shows talent from an Author who I hope will be publishing more books in her time. I most definitely will be buying her next book. 

Highly recommended if you like novellas, fiction and a hint of magical romance. 

 


 

Links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads.

Twitter/@sharonsatkinson

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2019 in Books

 

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Book Review : Jane Again by J G Dow

Book Review : Jane Again by J G Dow

This is the third Jane book in the series that I have read. When I read the last book, I thought it was left ready for the next instalment so I wasn’t too surprised when Author J G Dow contacted me asking if I would like to read and review Jane Again.

Description:

Jane returns in this, the third installment of her adventures, as her life in Manchester slowly continues to evolve. All her friends are still knocking around, but circumstances do have a habit of changing, as everyone’s lives shift and progress…

Join Jane as she continues to muddle through friendship, love and family and also tries to have a bit of fun along the way; still as keen as ever for a few drinks with friends in the heart of Manchester!

Published January 28th 2019

My Thoughts:

Jane Again follows on from Jane of Manchester and Jane Once More. The book can totally be read as a standalone but if you want to really get to know Jane and her friends, family and surroundings then you should read the other books first.

Jane Again is a very easy read. As with the previous two books, I listened to this story on audio book while I did my mundane jobs like ironing, making lunches and even driving. I didn’t need to concentrate and sometimes this is just what you need from a book.

Jane is now living with Dan and together they live, work and socialise in and around Manchester. Jane shows us the lifestyle of the average British woman. She works, drinks and eats out ( a lot!). I liked hearing about all the different take outs and menu choices Jane chooses.

The book is like catching up with a friend. There is no major plot or twists. It’s life in a book told by an Author who can make words flow and make us care for Jane.

Jane Again leaves space for another book. I guess like we catch up with friends in real life, fictional friends are just as good to catch up with. I look forward to seeing what Jane gets up to next.


Links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2019 in Books

 

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The Naughty or Nice Book Tag! #Suntag

The Naughty or Nice Book Tag! #Suntag

I haven’t done a book tag for ages. I saw this one on Meggy’s blog a few weeks ago. I thought this would be a good tag to do here on ChocolatePages. You can see Meggy’s brilliant post, along with some lovely ‘Suits‘ and ‘David Tennent‘ gifs with her answers Here – Meggy’s Naughty or Nice Suntag.

So, lets get right into the questions and see if I’m a naughty or nice book lover/blogger/reader. 


Received an ARC and not reviewed it?

I find it hard to believe that any bookblogers have reviewed all the arcs they have received??? I have a few from Netgalley, a few from Authors, a few from publishers….. oops! Yes, I have a few arcs that I haven’t reviewed ….. yet. 

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So sorry Meggy, I love your David gif so much, I stole  er I mean I borrowed it….. I know you won’t mind sharing the DT love with me and my readers….. right???


Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley?

This is one of my blogging / reading things that I am actually quite pleased with. My ratio is 75%, which is brilliant for me. The recommended ratio is 80% I think, so I’m doing well with this. 

These are my recent requests from Netgalley. I have only read and reviewed ‘The Couple‘ so far. But each book sounds amazing, so I will be getting to them very soon.

 

 


Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)?

I don’t think so. I review on my blog first, then over the next week I transfer my reviews to Amazon and Goodreads. Definitely a nice point for this one 

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Folded down the page of a book?

Well, I may have done before I became an “official” bookblogger! Now I have an infinite supply of bookmarks, I don’t need to. AND…..I promise to all book sanctuaries that I will never fold down the page again! Do you believe me?

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Accidentally spilled on a book?

Not spilled drinks, but maybe  probably biscuit crumbs. I don’t think they count though, so I shall go for a ‘No’ on that question.


 

DNF a book this year?

Not this year. I think that is not saying much as its only February. So can I get an extra point, if I say not last year either!!!?

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Bought a book because it was pretty with no intention of reading it?

No, I don’t really understand that? Its nice that books can look pretty on your shelf, but I have to have some interest in reading it aswell.

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I have 2 copies of Anne of Green Gables. I bought the second because it was such a beautiful looking book. But I will and have read them both. I wouldn’t buy only for aesthetics. 


Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else?

Yes!! Far more often than I should. Housework, getting ready to go out, talking!! What can I say though…. when a book grips you, you can’t break free.

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Skim read a book?

The only time I do this, is if I’m not gripped by the story and I skim a bit to see if its worth finishing or if I should just give up. I never skim read a good book, in fact I am more likely to re read certain pages to make sure I am getting the right picture!


Completely missed your Goodreads goal?

I have met my goal in all years except last year. But I’m not bothered by it. If I’m not in the right mood to read then I won’t enjoy the books. My reading mojo dropped a bit last year, now this year it has slowly started growing again. This is largely due to all the great books I received recently. I did a post on this, you can read it HERE!

so many book

 


Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library?

No, never. That would be stealing! I have of course been late to return books and had to pay the fine. But I will always return the books I borrow, so that others can benefit from this wonderful service too. 

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Broke a book buying ban?

I have never set myself a book buying ban. I told myself I wouldn’t accept anymore reviews or look at Netgalley before, at least until I was a bit more caught up with my tbr. I stuck to that until I …… didn’t 

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Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about?

Yes, (hangs head). Often this happens when I am so excited to start my next book that I keep reading that new one and forget I have to review the last one. Most of the time, I will go back and review it though. It just takes a bit longer and a bit more thought to get it done.

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Wrote in a book you were reading?

Never in books for pleasure. Probably in books for learning a long time ago. Now when I want to make notes (for review purposes), I will use little sticky notes with a few key words on to remind me of my thoughts. 

 


Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads?

Not that I can think of. I suppose there might be the odd couple that I may have forgotten about, but my answer to this is NO.

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Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend?

No, that would be mean, hypocritical and if the friend is a book lover, they may not ever trust me with her books again.

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Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book?

Not many people ask me if they can borrow my books. I am happy to let them read the books, usually only after I have read them myself though. 

 

sharing books


Broke the spine of someone else’s book?

No, there is a book jail for that kind of crime!

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Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ending up making it even more damaged?

I don’t take the jackets off the books. They are there to protect the books and make the books look nice. I like my books to look nice while I read them.  


Sat on a book accidentally?

Yes, and probably more than once! Don’t worry, the books and I both survived unhurt.

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I didn’t sit on this one, but the cover fitted the question, I think!


What a fun tag to do. Thank you Meggy for bringing my attention to it. 

I won’t tag anyone particular, but if you want to do this tag, I would like to read your answers, so link me into your post so I can read it please. If you won’t do the tag, you can let me know some of your answers in the comments below. Are you a naughty or nice book lover?

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2019 in Awards., Books, Tags

 

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