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Where Have I Been? | Video

September 19, 2016

Hi! Remember me? I’ve been a bit absent on the blogging front these past couple of weeks so I wanted to check in with you guys and let you know what’s been happening. Thank you for sticking around!

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Two Audio Book Reviews: This House of Grief and The Tidal Zone | Video

August 25, 2016

audio book reviews

I’ve recently listened to two fantastic audio books through Bolinda’s BorrowBox app! So here I am chatting about This House of Grief by Helen Garner and The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss. I’d love to hear if you’ve read either of these books – they’re both extremely thought provoking and moving so let’s chat about them in the comments!

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A Very Bookish Week | Video

August 17, 2016

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My last week has revolved around books (even more than usual!). So I whipped out my camera and filmed the highlights to share with you guys. We have National Bookshop Day in Australia, Jake Knight’s book launch and the Hachette Roadshow in Melbourne. I hope you enjoy this video – let me know how your week has been, I’d love to hear from you!

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2 new releases, 2 upcoming releases + 2 bookish announcements!

August 11, 2016

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I have a fab range of new and upcoming books to chat to you all about today! Stay tuned until the end of the video where I have two bookish announcements! As always, you can find all the links to the books I mention below the video. I hope you enjoy the video, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you do!

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July Favourites | Video

August 3, 2016

July favourites

It’s time to wrap up everything I’ve been loving during the month of July (with the exception of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which I loved with all of my heart on the very last day of July). This month I have a great range of products, artwork, experiences, food, magazines and books to chat about, all of which are linked below!

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Maggie’s Kitchen by Caroline Beecham | New Release

July 29, 2016

Today’s blog post is all about celebrating a new release book by Caroline BeechamMaggie’s Kitchen. I thought the best way to introduce this historical fiction title was to get in the kitchen and bake one of the delicious recipes that are listed at the back of the book! While flicking through the recipes, the Chocolate Birthday Cake caught my eye (as chocolate often does) and I wanted to test out the beetroot addition to this recipe!

Watch me as I bake a Chocolate Birthday Cake while telling you a little bit about the story behind Caroline Beecham’s brand new historical fiction novel, Maggie’s Kitchen.

As I said earlier, Maggie’s Kitchen includes a list of war-time recipes in the back, so readers are able to bake a few of the main character’s favourite recipes! If you specifically want to bake the Chocolate Birthday Cake, here’s what you’ll need:


55g/2oz butter

55g/2oz sugar

Few drops of vanilla extract

1 tbsp golden syrup

140g/5oz self-raising flour

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

30g/1oz Bournville cocoa

2 eggs

1/2 a cup of milk

1 cup of grated beetroot

Icing sugar for decoration on top


Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla extract and warmed golden syrup. In a separate bowl, sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa. Gradually add eggs to the creamed mixture, beating well between each addition. Then slowly add the flour mixture stirring in enough milk to bind the ingredients. Gently fold in beetroot. Pour the cake batter into a greased cake tin and bake for 25 minutes. Test with a metal skewer to check it is cooked. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Sprinkle icing sugar on top once the cake is cool. Enjoy!

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Find out what everyone else is saying about Maggie’s Kitchen by following the blog tour! Details below:

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2016 BookTube-A-Thon Wrap Up | Video

July 26, 2016

2016 booktubeathon wrap up

The 2016 BookTube-A-Thon is over! Sad times. I’m really happy with the books I’ve read and my progress throughout the week. If you didn’t see my TBR video where I set my challenges and planned my books for the week, you can catch up with it here. Then, come back and watch the following video where I chat you through which books I did read with some spontaneous books in between!

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