Bookworm Life! :)

I love curling up with a cup of tea and a good book. I love sitting out in the sun during the Spring and Summer and getting lost in a book. I love relaxing, all snuggled by the fire on cold winter nights being whisked away to other worlds by a book. I love meeting new characters and people with every turn of a page. I just really love books! :)

I can't really pick a favourite genre of book as I love everything from Jack Kerouac to Lindsey Kelk, from Ransom Riggs to JK Rowling. I adore magic and books that are a little out there and I enjoy girlie books that teach me that with a touch of lipstick and the right pair of shoes, a girl can accomplish anything, and I adore getting caught up in the world of The Beat generation with Jack Kerouac, who has me wanting to jump on the road and experience all that the world has to offer in the deepest of ways every time I open up one of his masterpieces. My book shelf is very mixed! :)

The last few books I had the pleasure of reading were:

Hilary Duff's 'Elixir' series, 'Elixir' and 'Devoted'. I'm eagerly anticipating the third installment, 'True' which may actually be out but I am waiting for it in paperback, (It has to match the collection :p ) I'm a big fan of Hilary Duff but wasn't sure what to expect with these books and I have to say she did a fantastic job. The books are exciting, adventurous, fast paced and incredibly unique. It covers, in entirely it's own way, everything from drama and mystery to love and soul mates to friendships and family, and creates clear, wonderful, interesting characters. It really has a bit of everything. I highly recommend this series! :)

Lindsey Kelk's "I Heart Christmas" New York. Christmas. Girlie can you go wrong? :)

And John Bishop's Autobiography, "How did all this happen?" Have I mentioned before how awesome this guy is? ;) If you haven't read my previous blogs and don't know who I'm talking about, he is a British comedian, one of my absolute favourite's, please google him, buy a DVD and get this book, you won't be disappointed!

On my recent trip back home to the UK, I quickly got back into the swing of waking up to the sound of the TV downstairs in the kitchen and hearing Mum rustling about. Jumping straight back into my old routine, once I heard this and couldn't get back to sleep, I would get up, go make a cup of coffee and sit down to watch the rest of Day Break and chat with Mum. Each morning while I did this I saw a little advert for a book called "Little Beach Street Bakery" it looked so pretty, dainty and simply sweet that it caught my attention every time. I was intrigued and while out shopping I picked up a copy of the book. I don't think I have ever seen an advert about a book before and without knowing the author, purchased it, but I'm so happy I did.

I started reading "Little Beach Street Bakery" by Jenny Colgan on the plane ride back to KY and I couldn't put it down. It sure helped 10-11 hours fly by. I fell in love with the book and the main character and felt transported into her world. I love to bake so being that the book is based around Polly starting a new life baking bread, I somehow new I was going to like it. But it wasn't just that part of it that grabbed me, it was everything from the little honey cottage, the fisherman, Polly's delightful personality, her daring to dream, the gorgeous American, to, of course...Neil the Puffin. The book was a treat to read and I enjoyed every second of it! :)

Needless to say by the time I finished reading the book, I was ready to make some bread myself, I honestly couldn't resist. I have grown up making pizza with my Grandad so I had some experience and thought he would be proud if I showed him I could do it all by myself, which I have been saying I would do for the longest time...the yeast bit always scares me as that's Grandad's department, however, I followed the recipe Jenny provided in the back of the book, the one for simple white bread and it turned out divine! :) I had wanted to add a dash of milk or olive oil into the mix but rested on trying the original recipe to a T first so as not to ruin it, but now I have a small list of my own ideas for what to experiment with next time, you know what they say, in that you should always follow your instincts! :p Here's a little look at what I did:

Now I am not going to write up the recipe here as I implore you to go and pick up a copy of this charming little book yourself and maybe you will be inspired to grab a loaf pan at the end of it and get baking too! :)
I am currently reading Jenny Colgan's "Meet me at the cupcake café" I know, I know, how have I not read this before, I'm surprised too! :p I'm a few chapters in and already extremely fond of Issy and her darling Cupcake Cafe! :)
I'd love to hear about your favourite books or what you are currently reading or if you have a pile of books just waiting to be read or if there's any Harry Potter fans out there?!!! :)
Have a beautiful day!
Love Lulu xx

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