Some BIG news! – A Journey into Motherhood

I have some exciting and life changing news that I wanted to share with you all. It’s taken me a little while for it to sink in and we’ve kept things quiet to allow us some time to let our news sink in fully, as it came as quite a shock to say the least.

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My sweet-pea, first baby scan

But my big news is….

I’m Pregnant!

Yup, you read that right.

I have little bun in the oven, as they say.

When I first found out I didn’t what to think or what to feel. I did end up telling one of my younger sisters first, before telling my partner an hour later, and then my mum. I’ll never forget my mums reaction, she was SO happy, she threw her hands in their and gave a little dance in celebration. I really wished I’d decided to record telling her but there were so many thoughts and emotions running through me that I just wanted to get it out, to tell those close to me. I really needed support and my family is my best support system.

So far pregnancy has been well and truly hitting me hard. I’ve been hit really bad with “Morning” sickness, It’s not been pleasant. I’m still struggling with my eating disorder which comes with it own challenges and even more thoughts that fill my head. Am I eating enough? Is my body strong enough to carry this pregnancy through? Am I giving my baby everything he/she needs? Am I doing enough to see this pregnancy through healthy? Those of which are just the tip of the iceberg of thoughts that barge through my mind on a daily basis.

But despite the bad, despite my own fears, baby is doing amazing and I’m really excited to go through this new journey of motherhood.

For so many reasons I thought this day would never come and although I would have perhaps waited a little longer…. If I had the choice, I’d have things go exactly the same way. I wouldn’t change a thing.

This baby doesn’t know it yet, but he/she is already So loved and adored by many. She/he is already bringing a little light into people life, it certainly has in mine.

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My sweet-pea, first baby scan

I went for my very first scan on 2nd March and I can’t even describe to you what it felt like when I saw that little baby pop up on the monitor or how relieved I was when they told me there was only one in there! I had a little cry to myself in the car while looking at the scan photos. I just felt this huge wave of relief while me and partner sat there watching our little baby kick her/his legs out and show herself/himself off a little (although he/she was being stubborn and refusing to move from her/his spot so we couldn’t get any face shots, all side shots while she/he floated upside down in the lower part of my belly).

I can’t wait for this “morning” sickness to fade, for the exhaustion to ease up so I can get to enjoy more of the experience of being pregnant because I won’t lie, so far it just feels as though I’m walking around with a constant cold of some kind between the “morning” sickness and constantly feeling drained.

I still almost can’t believe it, I find myself constantly staring at my scan photos. I can’t wait to find out the gender and more so I just can’t wait to have this little baby out into the world and into my arms.

Motherhood is my new journey, I’m scared, I’m excited and I’m so ready. More so than I thought I would ever be. And thankful to have my soul mate right there along side me through it all.

Its going to be crazy & amazing going from just me and him (and our cats) to having this tiny little human to care for and look after.

my little sweet-pea

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Before I start this post off I would like to give a big thank you to Titan Books for gifting me this beautiful copy in exchange for an honest review.

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

I had actually received this book a while ago but due to my massive and forever growing TBR pile, deadlines, blog stuff, business (what I’m hoping will turn out into a business) stuff and life, it’s been a little difficult to find the time to get around to reading these days.

However, I have finally managed to find the time to pick this beautifully covered book up and…. well let’s just say I give this book an easy 4/5 stars.

Blurb


“Augua ór tivar. Ljá mir sýn
“Eye of the gods. Give me sight”

Adrienne Young – Author of: The Girl The Sea Gave Back
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The Girl the Sea Gave Back

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a truthtongue. Her own home and Clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Swell are divided. should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound powers? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again – a home.

My review


I want to start by saying just how beautiful & memorising the cover of this book is, try as I might, I can’t help but be drawn to a flawlessly elegant covered book!

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The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young – Book review by littletinkablee

Truthtongue’s have the ability to cast the rune stones, allowing them to know the future just from reading the stones and Tova just so happens to be the only truthtongue to live among the Svell Clan, a place she has never truly felt at home.

Believing her people had sacrificed her to the Gods and that the sea had carried her to where the Svell Clansmen lived. Quickly releasing her “gift”, the Svell people use Tova’s gift of reading the rune stones to tell them the fate of their loved ones – the fate of their clan.

When there is suddenly threat of war ahead, the Svell leaders turn to Tova and her gift for answers, unknowingly setting in motions that would forever change the fate and outcome of not just her but everyone around her.

With the leaders within the Svell clan begin to divide themselves for the first time in generations – some wish to keep the peace with their allied clans, whilst others are head strong for war.

As the leaders waste precious time debating what is best for their clan, Tova encounters a handsome man who just so happens to belongs to the Nadhir Clan.

For reasons unknown to them, they instantly experience a strong sense of familiarity with one another but as hard as they try, they can’t seem to recall or understand why…

Once, Tova, decides to spare his life she then begins to question herself and her place among the Svell clans people and whether she even wanted to carry out their demands.

“War is easy. His words echoed in my mind.”

Will Tova ever find herself the home she so longingly dreams of? Will she be able to find the strength within herself to be able to change the fate of the clans?

All things you can find out, when you read this phenomenal book for yourself!

My thoughts


The Girl the Sea Gave Back, is the new standalone novel in “The sky in the deep series and is written from the first person perspective of both Halvard and Tova, as well as a few interesting and informative flashback chapters written in the 3rd person perspective.

Tova is an engrossing and layered character who comes off a little emotionally closed off and not just because of her gift of being a truthtongue.

Tova has been through more than most could probably handle, having had such an unsure and rocky upbringing, while trying to fit into a clan who makes their distaste for her very much known.

Tova is more than capable of handling a bow and arrow and truly begins to open herself up and reveal more of who she is after meeting Halvard.

Halvard (I found out) is a character from Adrienne Young’s first standalone novel ‘Sky in the Deep’ who is part of the Nadhir clan and whose character back story I couldn’t say I fully understood due to having read Sky in the Deep (which I have every intention of remedying soon!).

I really enjoyed reading from Tova’s POV because it really allowed me to connect with her character and her story more, however, I don’t believe that it could have worked or would have worked as well without the POV of Halvard, which I too really enjoyed.

I found the flashbacks did help shed a little light on both Tova’s and Halvard’s history before the events of this book took place which I did find to be rather helpful even if it doesn’t really reveal much otherwise and with that in mind as previously stated I plan to read, ‘Sky in the Deep’ in the hopes of understanding, ‘The Girl the Sea Gave Back’ in a different and more informed light.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back does start off as a lightly slow-paced novel that on a few occasions I did find myself almost loosing my interest/attention, however, halfway through the novel the pace did start to puck up/speed up and as it did, I found myself unable to put the book back down!

The Girl the Sea Gave back didn’t hold much action, which I honestly didn’t mind, I didn’t feel as though it took away the magic or thrill of reading through this mystical novel.

I found this standalone novel to be a incredibly intriguing read and I have to say that I loved the magical touch that the runes provided in this captivating novel. I was blown away by the fantastic and gripping writing quality as well as being left hang of my seat during one of the battle scenes. Adrienne Young beautiful writing style and talent for drawing her readers in has me excited for what she has in store for us next!

If you are an author looking for someone to review your book or wanting to participate in an author interview, then please do not hesitate to contact me at: Littletinkabelle1997@gmail.com

The Long Road – By Daniel B. Oliver

The long Road is a debut novel written by a brilliantly talented author, Daniel B. Oliver. (5/5 stars -from me)

About the Author

Daniel Oliver has bachelor’s degrees in both Spanish and Physician Assistant Studies. In writing his debut novel, THE LONG ROAD, he drew inspiration from his experience as a Physician Assistant in a psychiatry ward and his own struggles with mental illness and hospitalizations.

 Oliver is a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, where he enjoys the single life–and the oysters.

Synopsis

Aspiring engineer Hank Galloway wants two things in life: to snag a coveted position working for NASA and to get an accurate diagnosis of his mental illness.

Hank doesn’t realise how serious his disorder is until he’s hospitalised following a mental breakdown near his California college. Medical experts try to give him answers but can’t provide him with the peace or relief he desperately craves. Despite their assurances, his mental health keeps deteriorating.

Hanks struggles don’t just affect him; they also threaten to derail his relationship with his girlfriend. Worse still, Hank’s overbearing father demands that he move back home to Georgia and go on disability. But that would mean giving up on his dream career, and Hank isn’t ready to do that, despite his fears of suffering another breakdown. Will, Hank, achieve his goal of sending ships beyond the stars, or is he destined to remain grounded?

My Review

(Now this isn’t a book I would usually pick up to choose and read however when the Author, Daniel, contacted me about viewing his book I was already instantly drawn to it and agreed to give a full honest review on his book. A few weeks after, his fascinating and simply, yet beautifully covered book came through my door with a lovely message in side).

The long Road is a wonderfully written novel about a young man named Hank, with a dream of working for NASA, Hank values his knowledge and seems to have a pretty good head on his shoulders in terms of career.

Hank is struggling to to chase his dream with a linger mental health illness that starts to take over and try to rule his life, in turn killing his dream job. He struggles to find his own identity while battling this unknown illness.

With a domineering and quite frankly in my eyes an abusive father, Hank is still a rather kind, thoughtful and very intelligent who comes from a very wealthy family, but flips into a slightly aggressive and paranoid young man with delusional episodes, like one flips a light switch and struggles to maintain friendships/relationships due to his mental illness and having incorrect diagnosis’s.


As soon as I picked this simple looking yet beautiful book up I was instantly drawn into Hanks mind and into the world he saw. Just reading through the first few pages it is clear that something was going on that had Hank fearing for his life.

The author really has done a fantastic job at drawing his readers into the mind of Hanks and into the mind of a young person struggling with an unknown mental health illness, while still trying to pursue his life long dream of working for NASA.

Daniel Oliver introduces us to Hank in a rather… action-packed, intriguing way. My firsts op on Hank was that he was a little overly paranoid, with his thoughts quickly turning dark and making him believe that people, including his friends were out to harm him in some way. But had a clear dream and goal in mind that he wanted no interruptions from and was ready and willing to accepts the medication prescribe to him in the hopes of helping him.

I found it to be an incredibly amazing, fast and easy read as I was led on Hanks journey to being diagnosed and found myself reading it with in three days (that’s on top of daily life, and extra bits in between) and think I could have easily read this in a day had I started reading it on the weekend!

I’d recommend this book to all my friends, family and views/readers!

This isn’t a book that I would usually typically read but I am so glad that Daniel had reached out to me about his book and sent me a copy for my honest review (I do apologise that it has taken me so long to write this review out, but I spent a good time doing a lot of mental health the past couple of weeks and less on reviews).

And once again I would like to state that I would never recommend a book to you that I didn’t fully and truthfully enjoyed myself. This has been one interesting and intriguing and emotional journey that I’m glad I was able to experience with Hank and know anyone else who picks up this great novel will too!

If you would like to check this book out for yourselves, then just CLICK HERE. (It’s currently free for Kindle Addition!)

Where’s Timmy?

Today’s post was written by Danielle Calloway a name you may recognise her name from her previous guest post on my blog called: The Unsung Furry Hero

(This isn’t “Timmy”. This is a random picture of a local Tomcat that comes by).

Somehow my patio ended up being a safe-house for single mommy cats with their young.  Stray cats must’ve had a bulletin board with postings where the safe houses were.  Some came while pregnant, I’d feed and water them, then when they had their kittens, they’d take them somewhere else. 

I do feel the need to put a disclaimer here: I am not a cat person.  However, the cats seemed to know I couldn’t refuse an animal in need, and they thoroughly took advantage of the situation.

Once a mama cat came with her two, very young, kittens and set up home in a sheltered corner of my patio.  I took out the bowls, set them in the shade, and told her, “You are welcome to stay until your young ones are ready to be on their own.”

Every morning I drank my coffee on the patio and Mama Cat proudly showed off her kittens, although she wouldn’t let me touch or play with them.  Every time they tried, she’d swat them and glare at me. 

One day I heard a knock on my screen door.  Going to the door, I looked out and saw Mama Cat staring up at me.  She quickly ran away.  Shrugging my shoulders, I went back to the kitchen.  Mama Cat knocked again.  As soon as I walked up to the door, she ran away.

“Really, now,” I said, “Ditch doorbell is not a nice game to play.  What do you want? You have food and water and I’m not giving you more milk until later.”

She ran up to the door, swatted it, and ran off again.

“What is it Lassie?  Did Timmy fall into the well?  Or maybe into the pond?” I sarcastically asked.  “Where’s Timmy?”

Smirking at the idea that Mama Cat miraculously turned into Lassie, I followed her to the corner of my patio, where there was a narrow opening between the two houses.  She stared into the dark crevice.

I bent down and looked where she was staring and saw the tip of a tiny tail.

Astounded, I said, “Wow, you really did show me where Timmy is.”

Since it was dark in there, I needed a flashlight to access the situation.  When I got up to walk back into the house, Mama Cat grabbed onto my leg and wouldn’t let it go.  “I’ll be right back, I don’t have cat eyes like yours, I need help.”

She waited at the screen door for me to return and led me back to the kitten, who I will forever refer to as Timmy.

Shedding light on the situation, I saw poor Timmy in a precarious situation.  Stuck between two walls, he couldn’t turn around.  He couldn’t go forward on the ledge unless he wanted to fall one story down and be forever stuck between the two houses. 

Talking softly, I slowly reached in and Timmy, frightened, lunged forward and almost fell headfirst to his death.  Backing my hand out, I said to Mama Cat.  “We have three options, I pull him out by his tail, I try to get him out and he falls to his death, or we leave him there until he figures out how to back out all by himself.”

Mama Cat didn’t want him falling and she, like me, didn’t have much confidence that Timmy would figure out reverse any time soon.  And, being a mama, she wanted him out NOW. 

I, again, put my hand in and grabbed his tail.  With one sharp yank, and a yowl from Timmy, I pulled him to safety.

Timmy arched his back and spat at me. 

Mama Cat smacked him across the face, grabbed him by the back of the neck, and trotted off to their corner.

Timmy never wanted to play with me after that, forever resentful that I pulled his tail.  He never did thank me, either, for having saved his life.

In time they all left my patio and new cats moved in.  Timmy is the only one I ever named.

If you have a pet story you’d love to share (it can be anything!) Then please email me your story at: littletinkable@gmail.com

Don’t forget to add a short Bio and any picture’s you’d like added to your post and you could be featured on my blog Monday or Friday!

Happy, Monday, I hope you all have a wonderful week!

My Willow Heart

Today’s story is written by the amazing Chloe. Here’s a little about her and her cat Willow before we get stuck into her pet story.

My name is Chloe and I run a blog about mental health, eating disorder recovery and wellness. I’m from the north of Ireland and have been blogging over on Nyxie’x Nook for just under 3 months now. I love all animals but my my cat wins, hands down! Animals are such therapy, and love us far more than people ever could. Everyone says that their pet is perfect, the joy in that being that no one is wrong.

Will is a long haired tortoise shell cat that my partner and I adopted in September 2018. We’re not sure of her age or origins, we’re guessing she’s between 5-7 years old, and all we know is that she spent 4 years in the shelter.

She’s a lazy cat as far as cats go. We’ve tried playing with her with numerous toys but she prefers to sleep or watch birds that actually do much moving. Jackson Galaxy once said that every cat plays, you just need to find what they love, well Willow loves to sleep! And there’s just no way we’re changing that.

My partner and I had wanted a pet for some time after purchasing our first home in May 2019. A dog was too much work and honestly I wouldn’t be able to give a dog the attention they need. I would feel bad that he or she would be inside all day and if outside additional fencing would have been needed.

We took drive up to the local animal shelter on the 8th of September 2018 (my birthday), and had a look at what they had to offer.

We never intended to find a pet that day. It had been a bad day and I just wanted to see animals to help me calm down. We stepped into the cattery side of the shelter and almost immediately willow was pawing at the window on her door.

We stepped into the room (to this day we aren’t sure if we were meant to, but oh well) and Willow was rubbing herself around our ankles and sniffing our faces. When her room mate (Pixie) came over for a cuddle she quickly shooed her away with the swipe of her paw. We knew then and there that she was ours. My partner went and spoke to the coordinator of the shelter later that week, we had a quick home visit and on the 18th of September, Willow came to her forever home!

Now Willow is very much the queen of the house. She not only buts us awake at 6am (or earlier) every morning for food, but she also takes great pleasure in leading us downstairs or into the kitchen all day, everyday.

I was never really a cat person, although I admired them from afar, but since bringing Willow home I have become a full blown cat lady, in love with all the furry felines of the world.

Willow has her very own segment every Wednesday on Chloe’s Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram! If you’d like to follow Chloe on twitter click on her username ‘ @nyxiesnook and you’ll be directed to her twitter account!

*I just want to remind people that they should go to a shelter instead of buying because there are so many cats and dogs that need homes!


^ Chloe also wanted me to add a little message, which I personally back up 100%.

If you have or have had a pet and would like to share your story then please email me your story with a few pictures of your pet/s (and you if you wish) to: littletinkable@gmail.com

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I wish you all a terrific Friday and a relaxing weekend!

The Unsung Furry Hero

Introducing the ‘Lets Talk Pets Series’ a series where I share YOUR stories about YOUR (or someone you know) pets. Here I’ll be sharing all kind of pet stories from heart harming to heart breaking, from crying to laughing. These are true stories of people’s pets or of people’s pets.

Today’s story is told by Danielle Calloway. Danielle Calloway currently lives in Ecuador as a volunteer teaching the deaf.  In her free time, she writes.  Her first novel, The Lost Child, based on a true story of an abandoned deaf boy, is now on Amazon. And with out any further delay here’s Danielle’s pet story! You can follow Danielle on Twitter by clicking on to her username – @AuthorCalloway

Charmaine and I were sitting drinking smoothies out of a plastic bag, watching the hordes of people in the bustling open market, when we saw a curious sight.  A dog walked up to a small bakery, sat down and stared at the owner.  She looked down at the dog and told him, “I’ll be with you in a minute.”  After attending to her customers, she filled a bag with bread and handed it to the dog.  The dog gently took it in his mouth and trotted off, tail wagging.

Seeing us watching her, she explained, “The dog comes by every day.  I can see that he’s well cared for and loved, which means he has a family.  The strange thing is, he never opens the bag, just takes it and trots off.  I figure he’s bringing it home to his family and they must need the bread.”

“Aren’t you curious to know who he belongs to?” asked Charmaine.

“Of course,” she said, “I’ve thought about putting a note in the bag, but I don’t know, I think I like not knowing.  And I don’t want the family to feel obligated to pay me.  This is something I can do to help someone in need.”

Fifteen years later, while walking my dog, a woman asked if she could pet her.  We sat down and as she pet my dog she said, “About 15 years or so ago, I had a dog.  He was the best dog I’ve ever had.  You know, he saved our family?  We were out of work, didn’t even have money to buy food.  I didn’t know how I was going to feed my children and they were crying from hunger.  One day my dog went out in the direction of the open market came back with bread.  He did that every day.  And it was bread in a bag!  At first, I thought he stole the bag, but since it happened every day, someone must’ve been giving the bread to him.  He never opened the bag, never ate the bread, just came every morning and gave it to me.”

As her eyes misted with tears, remembering her hero, I said, “Do you want to know what really happened?” and I proceeded to tell her what I saw that day, years ago.

I think we can all agree that this is one story I’m glad I read. What a good dog! And such a lovely ending to a lovely story about an incredible pet!

If you have story about someone’s pet or have one about your own and would like to share it please email me your story, at: littletinkable@gmail.com

I truly hope you enjoyed today’s first post of my new series of ‘lets talk pets!’ If you have any feed back I’d love to hear it in the comments below. Please don’t forget to subscribe, share and like. I hope you all have peaceful and lovely week. until next time!

Moxie – Book Review

I have been so excited about sharing my review for Moxie as Moxie is not the typical kinda of book I usually read and was definitely far off from the usual books I’m used to reading. Due to it not being the typical book that I read I do feel the need to say that it took me a little while to get into this book but once I did?…I didn’t want to put it back down.

To get your hands on your own novel of Moxie by Alex Poppe click on one of these links below:

Amazon UK:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Moxie-Alex-Poppe/dp/1948954028/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=moxie+alex+poppe&qid=1553607251&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Moxie-Alex-Poppe/9781948954020

I don’t usually add trigger warnings as most of the books I read usually do however for the sake of my readers who do need to avoid them I thought I’d add the following:

Suicide, Depression and Alcoholism

Synopsis ~

Jax, a magazine-cover model, has had half her face destroyed in a bomb blast. Drowning in whiskey and self-loathing, she must rebuild her life now that her beauty is gone. Part love letter to New York, part commentary on social justice issues, Moxie is a timely and raw portrayal of the sometimes self-destructive search for identity and redemption.


We are instantly thrown into the vicious and toxic thoughts that is Jax who is has sunken into a deep pit of depression and is currently engaging in her toxic and resentful thoughts as she walks her short journey to adopting her new rescue dog Moxie! However it isn’t long before her new rescue dog runs away whilst Jax is out taking her on a walk.

Distraught and worried out of her mind Jax then decides to embark on an unknown and adventurous journey in the hopes of finding her new rescue dog Moxie. Along the way New York shows her all the amazing, imperfect and quirky, colourful character’s it has to offer.

As I progressed through the heart wrenching story we start to notice that this journey quickly becomes less about finding her lost dog Moxie but rather it becomes a journey to self-discovery and finding the person she is behind all the beauty, the self-loathing and toxic thoughts as she spirals into an uncontrolled self-loathings and pity, fulled with the help of all the whiskey she consumed like a life line.

The horror and trauma that Jax has had to endure throughout her life is shown to us throughout this book as well as her short-term relationships that all seem to be solely sexually driven and lacking in any emotional human connection that all eventually has it’s own emotional effect on her, leaving her feeling more vulnerable and lower than before, she is left feeling lost and trying to figure out the life she now has to live.


When reading through as previously stated this wasn’t the typical kinda of book I’d pick up and try reading. But as soon as I was able to get into it, which really didn’t take that long once I stuck with it for a few days on and off, I was sucked into Jax’s world, into her body feeling her emotions. I was really connected with Jax as the main character and truly felt as though I was on that journey to self discovery myself.

At the start I thought of Jax as a very self-loathing and someone slightly too self involved and a very mean spirited woman, but upon reading further into her story and the challenges she has overcome as well as all the new ones she now has to face she stated to grow on my more and I began to connect and understand Jax a lot better, seeing her character grow and change into (in my opinion) a better person, a better woman for herself.

This book was well and truly written with raw emotion behind every word in every paragraph and made me feel more than I expected/wanted. It was a truly outstanding and intriguing read, just the title alone: ‘Moxie’ and the cover image (as much as hate judging a book by it’s cover I feel we are all slightly guilty of that in some ways) that just drew my attention and sparked my interest. The Synopsis alone was a truly intriguing read that made me want to read this amazing book in the first place.

The writing was easy to read and very engaging, with the novels deep and meaningful story that I truly feel as though this talented Author, Alex Poppe, had done an amazing job of dealing/tackling with some emotionally hard-hitting problems with really great page turners.

All her character appear to be flawed and imperfect in their own unique way which really makes them relatable . I can say I have honestly never read a book quite like Moxie before and I don’t regret the change in genre one bit!

This is one of the few page turning, heart wrenching books I could find myself re-reading again and again just to experience such an emotionally and mentally challenging adventure. I believe my readers/viewers would instantly get stuck into this story and love it! I’d never recommend any book I didn’t like to any one and so you can be rest assured that my thoughts and opinions on any book I share is a 100% honest (that especially goes for this one!) and wouldn’t do so if I didn’t truly believe that people reading this wouldn’t love this book too, even if this isn’t the typical book you usually read!

4/5 stars from me!

About The Incrediable Author: Alex Poppe

Author: Alex Poppe

Alex Poppe is the author of the debut novel Moxie (2019) and the story
collection Girl, World (2017). Girl, World was named a 35 Over 35 Debut Book Award
winner, First Horizon Award finalist, Montaigne Medal finalist, and was short-
listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. It was also awarded an Honourable Mention
in General Fiction from the Eric Hoffer Awards. Her short fiction has been a
finalist for Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest, a nominee for the Pushcart
Prize, and commended for the Baker Prize. Her non-fiction was named a Best of
the Net nominee (2016), a finalist for Hot Metal Bridge’s Social Justice Writing
contest, and has appeared in Bust and Bella Caledonia. She is an academic writing
lecturer at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani and is working on her third
book of fiction with support from Can Serrat International Art Residency and
Asociacíon Cultural LINEA DE COSTA DUPLO Artist in Residency programs.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sapoppe
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Girl.World.Stories/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5101248.Alex_Poppe

None of this would have been made possible if not for the amazing @FraserFunHouse hosting yet another fantastic blog tour! Or for the brilliant author Alex Poppe for writing and sharing with the world such an fantastic, heart wrenching page tuner of a novel!

Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s review💜

Name calling never bothered me anyway

This experience is told and was lived my Lauren. A bibliophile and owner of a book blog called ‘Readers Enjoy Authors Dreams‘. (click the name to be directed to her amazing blog!)

I used to get bullied because of the way that I looked, in the bullies opinion I had a big forehead and used to get called names like ‘five head’, ‘alien’ and ‘boom head’ the name calling was occasionally accompanied by a slap on the forehead.

This first started in year three I went to a private school and I used to cross paths with some of the older boys.

They used to call me ‘five head’ at the time I didn’t know what was going on so I shrugged it off and thought nothing of it.

My parents moved so I moved to a normal secondary school where the bullying became worse every day walking around from year seven to eleven I would get ‘forehead’, ‘boom head’ and ‘five head’ shouted at me on a daily basis even if I wasn’t in school.

I will admit at the beginning of year nine it made me feel so ugly and so annoyed that I was different from everybody else because of the way I looked slightly different.

I remember one day in year eleven I was sat talking to a friend about being bullied and I realised that I had been called the same names over and over again most of my academic life and

I laughed at the fact that they couldn’t think of anything new to say.

Name calling is something I’ve never understood. What exactly are you getting out of it? Other than letting us know how small your vocabulary is… It’s great to know that those name calling school kids never got you down for long, its amazing that you were able to let those comments bounce off you like they are nothing, because that’s what they are nothing. Words made to make you feel bad because they feel bad or unhappy with themselves.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Lauren and if anyone would like to read it in full CLICK HERE to be directed the full post on Lauren’s blog.

And if you would like to take part and share your experience and show others that bullies never win in life (whether that’s cyber bullies or bullies in real life) then please feel free to email me at: Littletinkable@gmail.com and don’t forget to add a short Bio, any pictures and social links you’d like me to add. Or you can do this completely anonymous.

Starting Yoga

I originally looked into and started yoga last year in February. I had heard so many great things about yoga, had watch documentaries on it changing people’s lives, helping those who have been through some sort of accident that has left them in pain and unable to move as they once had. About how it’s restored people confidence in themselves.

I had also been following a really amazing and inspirational woman @Charity.grace on Instagram for a few years. Charity Grave is a certified make up artist and fitness enthusiast who is best known for her all her make up and hair tutorials on YouTube, she also shares her yoga practice and poses with her children.

Watching her Instagram and YouTube videos had really inspired me to take up yoga as well as a healthier life style and a lot of my yoga inspiration flows from her.

Now when I got into yoga I went into with one goal in mind, strength. But being so low in weight and energy I needed somewhere to begin. Something that wasn’t too physically demanding and easy on the body.

Upon doing a little research I came across Iyengar Yoga. Founded by B.K.S Iyengar and focuses on three aspects: alignment, sequencing and timing. Some of the benefits I had read where:

  • Improve physical and psychological health
  • Alleviate postural/structural problems
  • Release emotional tension
  • Increase focus and concentration
  • Increase your energy
  • Reconnect with your body and breath
  • Bring intelligence and clarity to all parts of the body and mind.

It’s great for everyone! Beginners and intermediate/advance students. I also read that it can be really good for those with injuries and need to work slowly and methodically.

Iyengar yoga’s attention to alignment and use of props to help you into the poses means that it is ideal for beginners to gain optimal alignment and it can be really therapeutic for people with postural issues.

The first year, I didn’t really take it very seriously, I won’t lie. I have never, ever had any motivation what so ever for any kind of excise. The only thing I enjoy doing in the terms of that is taking really long walks.. that’s it. So it did take me a while to get into and to notice any benefits it was providing me.

I’m not really one to take much notice of myself, it was one of the main reasons I had let my health get so low and so I didn’t start to notice anything until my family and friends spoke up and told me what they had notice. It still took me a little time to really notice anything still as I really am sceptical of anything that can help me. But when I did… it was probably one of the best feelings in the world. This was something that could actually work and help me.

So, I did EVENTUALLY notice the difference in myself, I had an appetite in the first time since I was probably a teenager, I was starting to get more energy to do things, move things and do a longer yoga practice. I went from doing 10 minutes of yoga maybe two-three times a week to doing 20 minutes and then half hour.

My main benefits have shown this year as I’ve started to take it more seriously and put a lot more work, a lot more research, time and practice into it. I still do Iyengar Yoga practise everyday (though I have stopped using my props – but I’m going to be bringing them back into my practice soon I think) but I have started to expand my yoga and I’ve started doing Restorative, Kundalini and Yin Yoga.

My little sister has decided to join me on my yoga journey this year after finding out that she’ll be needing a surgery for her scoliosis and I think with my sister doing yoga and all the talk I give my mum and other sisters about it, they too might be joining us on our yoga journey!

Here is a small list of a few yoga YouTube videos that I watch while doing yoga at home:

I’ll soon be doing a post on the different types of yoga out there available to you! As well as the benefits they can bring. I hoped you enjoyed reading today’s post!

The Emoji Challenge!

So first I would just like to say a big thank you to @Bibliophagistreviews for tagging me in ‘The Emoji Challenge’! I love the idea of doing this and getting to know other bloggers better!

By the way: I know there are bloggers who like to keep their blog life and their personal life separate. If there any questions that you don’t want to answer because of that reason then please just skip past them and don’t feel as though you must answer them :). It’s completely understandable!

Rules:

  • Tag The creator @Bookprincessreviews
  • Share one ting yo learned about the person who tagged you.
  • For each prompt, you can use a maximum of three emojis.
  • Tag at least two other bloggers you want to get to know better.

From this tag I have learned that Sara’s top three favourite activities are: Reading, eating cake and listening to music. (I love all those things too)


Question 1 – What country do you live in? 🇬🇧

Question 2 – What was your dream job growing up? 📖✒ + 👩🏼‍🎨

Question 3 – How many siblings do you have (If any)? 💜💜💜💜💙💙💙

Question 4 – What are your top three favourite activities? 🧘🏼‍♀️ & 📖 & ✒

Question 5 – What is something you’re very good at? 📷

Question 6 – What is something you’d like to become better at? ✒ & 🧘🏼‍♀️ & 📷

Question 7 – How many languages do you speak? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Question 8 – What is something you could talk hours about? (non-book related if possible) 📷, 😸 & 🤯

Question 9 – What is your favourite book genre?😍 & 🐺 & 🤐

Question 10 – What is you’re favourite season of the year? 🐣🌸🌳

Question 11 – If you had to describe yourself as an animal, what animal would that be? 😸 or 🦉


I’M TAGGING

Please guys don’t feel pressured into doing this! This was all made in good fun and in the hopes of getting to know our blogging community a little better 🙂 .