Wednesday, 30 May 2018

I'm off on holiday - yes again and a #Giveaway!!

Feels like no time at all since I last wrote that I was off on holiday just before Christmas, but apparently it was almost 6 months, so I think I can have another one.

Tomorrow I am heading off for 10 days of rest, relaxation, reading, sunshine and hopefully good food to Paphos in Cyprus.  I am praying the long ranger forecasts are wrong with their little pics of rain clouds for the next week out there, as I really don't want two holidays in a row blighted by poor weather, after all its almost June, and its the Med, it should be sunny!

Realistically all I want to do on this holiday is laze by the pool and alternate reading and sleeping all day, and then in the evenings hopefully find some entertainment as well as good restaurants (by good I mean ones that do food I like to eat, rather than Michelin Stars!!)

Where I will be staying
As always check out my social media I will try to put pics up from my phone, in addition to taking some with the real camera!

Given my bluetooth keyboard worked so well last time for review writing my intention is to do the same again and read some of my review stack while I'm away - as it is jam packed with auto read / auto buy authors for me, so the books should be great. Will show you the list in a bit!

What's coming up after I'm back?

Well I'm glad someone asked that!

From June 14th until July 15th is my massive Bookish World Cup feature, coinciding with the football world cup.  Delighted to say that as of late last night it is all prepped in advance for the month - and it features each day guest posts from authors talking about some aspect of a qualified country, and/or a review about a book with a link to a country.

Each day a different one of the 32 nations will be featured, and I hope it will be interesting for you all. 

In fact I have reviewed books for just over half the countries, in addition to all the guest posts, so hopefully you will all enjoy it.

And then after that I already have some reviews scheduled and I predict my holiday reviews will appear in August, but will decide that when I'm back.

For those of you wondering about my Rachel Reads Randomly feature - I'm hopeful for its return in middle July but it depends how busy my blog tour organising work is...amazed it has taken me this far into the post to plug Rachel's Random Resources!

And my Review TBR and potential holiday reading choices are

 I am happy to take suggestions on books to read while I'm away - there are far too many great looking books to pick from, and I desperately want to read them all! 

In fact the other day I had so little idea what to read next, I shut my eyes, scrolled back and forth through my Netgalley collection on my kindle, and then randomly pressed the screen and started reading whatever it is that popped up - if I get stuck I may be doing that more often!!

Anyways I will stop rambling now and see you all in mid June, hopefully very relaxed, with a tan and a large number of reviews to copy onto the blog!

And since it is a summer holiday and about to be summer reading season based on that list above, have a summery book giveaway!

Giveaway to win a PB Copy of My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts (Open to Europe Only)

*Terms and Conditions –European entries welcome.  Please enter using the Gleam box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Gleam from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


  1. Have a fab holiday Rachel. Standouts for me from your tbr list are Sarah Morgan's new book How to keep a secret (you can never go wrong with her books) can't wait to get my hands on this. A match made in devon by Cathy bramley which was fab and Miranda Dickinson somewhere beyond the sea which was a gorgeous read. Lx

    1. Yike I forgot I had the new Sarah Morgan in amongst those, the Miranda Dickinson is definitely being read as its one of the 3 paperbacks I'm taking.

      Problem is this list has been growing for weeks and so many great names and other favourites that I am becoming blind to what is on it!

    2. I know what you mean I just spotted Jenny Hale and Heidi Swain on the list always fab reads from these authors too. Your right though so many fab books on your list. Looking forward to your bookish world cup feature.

  2. Have a wonderful holiday, Rachel, filled with rest & relaxation & reads! Love Daisy

  3. Have a really lovely holiday Rachel. Enjoy the sun, the relaxation and the reading. xx

  4. How on earth are you going to choose which to take? if it was me I would make sure the Sarah Morgan was among them and then just grab at random. Have a wonderful holiday - and I hope the sun shines for you. We went to Spain for a few days of sun last month and were treated to torrential rain and bitter cold!


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