Reading slump.

My reading atm has came to a complete stand still. Every time I pick up my book I fall asleep. The last book I read was the blood of the ill fated woman by Kevin Breaux (review pending) Now I just can’t seem to get back into the swing of things and it’s getting really frustrating. I really do love reading and very passionate about it. I even borrowed a book to my friend who hasn’t read a book for 20+ years that should be motivating enough. I’m hoping this passes over soon and I get back into the swing of reading again.

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I’m back.

Well as the title suggests I’m back after taking a month of. I thought it would be hard but I’ve been so busy that I’ve never had time.

My partner done an amazing job giving birth to our baby daughter called Poppy Mae. She’s amazing and so proud of my eldest daughter. She’s been helping out and looking after her baby sister. I couldn’t have asked for it to be any better.

The only thing that has spoiled my time away was my car getting written off. We had very bad winds and some how we were unfortunate enough that a branch snapped off and landed on the car. luckily no body was harmed just really shook up.

I never realised how much I’d miss a car and how easy it actually is. We did use public transport and the odd taxi to basically pick up my daughter from school. Now we have had skimp and scrape to get a new car.

I’m going back to work on Monday and I’m kind of looking forward to getting back into some sort of structured routine. Being off all I’ve done is goto the gym and sleep 😂

Writing this has made me realise how much I’ve missed blogging. I’ve got so much to say so will hopefully have some more blogs posted.

I will end my post there as I can go on for a while and my daughter is starting to stir so will need to feed her.

I hope you’re all doing well. I’m going to try to read some of your blogs whan I get the chance 😁

 

 

 

End of August already.

This month has flown over. Feels like I’ve blinked and it’s September already. I’ve been abit quiet on here lately as I’ve been working more and getting stuff sorted before my partner gives birth.

I keep thinking I’ve hardly done any posts. Then I check my stats and noticed I’ve done 11 posts. This is probably the worst month I’ve had (numbers wise) but I’m not bothered about stats anymore.

I’ve done a few blog tours which I appreciate and love doing. I enjoy them as I’m discovering new author’s and genres of books that I’d never normally read.

I usually do blogger of the month aswell but for some reason it’s not showing up who has been the most active on my blog. So from last month it was Phantom Paper (who is an awesome blogger) be nice and go give her blog some love.

I’d like to welcome all my new followers. I’m checking everyone and looking through your blogs. They are amazing and getting some inspiration for future blog posts.

My newest follor is Becca-anne go and check her blog out (I’m busy reading it while trying to write this 🤣)

Hope September is a good blogging month for everyone. I’m looking forward to reading your posts 😁

Yes I know it’s abit late considering it’s halfway through September. Finally found out my partner is going to be taken into hospital on Friday to have the baby as it still hasn’t arrived. (I think it’s too comfortable inside there it doesn’t want to come out 😂)

I was going to say I’d try and blog if I can but I’m probably not as we are going to be busy. I will be reading some posts when it’s early hours in the morning when I’m dealing with the baby 🤣

Distortion by Gautam Malkani *Blog Tour*

Distortion Jacket Cover

 

 

“Gautam Malkani, the man behind one of the seminal books on the British Asian experience, does something original and important once again, this time on the crucial issue of young carers. Distortion is essential reading.”
– Sathnam Sanghera, author of The Boy with the Topknot

DISTORTION
Gautam Malkani

6th September 2018 | Hardback £18.99

The new novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Londonstani
“Beguiling, addictive and emotive… Distortion shines a light onto our increasingly fractured lives and in doing so, makes clear the ongoing tensions and contradictions between the care we must give to ourselves and others over our desire for freedom in the digital world.”
– Niven Govinden, author of All the Days and Nights

“A taut and timely return for Gautam Malkani, Distortion is a brilliant exploration of social media,
code-switching and toxic masculinity.” – Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant

Meet Dillon, a high-functioning fuck-up who has been keeping some very big secrets from his girlfriend Ramona.

Also, meet Dhilan, a young carer caught in an endless loop of pre-bereavement bereavement for his dying mother.

And then there’s Dylan. The less said about him the better…

These three identities of the same young man have been growing dangerously more hardcore and hardwired, both online and off, thanks to the self-reinforcing effects of social media and search engines, and the uncanny predictive capabilities of his smartphones.

When two creepy old dudes threaten to expose Dillon/Dhilan/Dylan, he is forced to unravel a gut-wrenching mystery that he would rather leave well alone.

Set in a strange greyscape between the digital world and the messy realm of the body, Distortion asks timely questions about what happens when our online data and search histories are crunched up and fed back to us – when they don’t just filter our view of the world, but also our view of ourselves. How can we navigate the tension between emotional truth and factual accuracy? What can we do to neutralise our own toxicity? And what happens in the world of flesh and blood when the roles of parent and child become tragically reversed?

Praise for Londonstani:

“Gripping” – Guardian
“A bold debut, brimming with energy and authenticity” – Observer
“Sharp, clever and convincing” – Independent
“Artful, thought-provoking and strikingly inventive. An impressive, in some respects brilliant, first novel.”
– Los Angeles Times
About Gautam Malkani:
Gautam Malkani’s first novel Londonstani was published in 2006. He lives in London and is available for interview, features and events.

 

Guatam Malkani Author PicDistortion Blog Tour Poster

My review will be up as soon as I can. I’ve just been swamped with work and expecting my partner to give birth anytime soon.

Final few days.

So my partner is literally ready to have pur child anytime now. She’s due on the 5th of September and we are all excited. I can’t wait to see my daughter’s face when she sees her little brother/sister. So we’ve been frantically decorating and getting everything prepared for the arrival (I’m still not finished 🤣) I honestly can’t wait to see my new child. People keep asking me what I would like and honestly I’m not really bothered as long as Mrs and the baby are all ok. So I’ve lately been doing 14 hour shifts none stop just so I’ve got a decent enough wage to tide me over till i get back to work. I will be taking 4 weeks off. Which is a long time.

I will try to blog but probably won’t or a while. I’m just too busy at the moment. I’m still reading other bloggers posts and books. I will no doubt be reading more books if I’m up all night 🤣

I will try to get back to some consistency with my posts again once everything has settled.

Lastly I’d like to thank you all for being amazing. I know I’ve written this a few times but I do really appreciate everyone.

Top 10 books I want to read at the moment.

I’m happily open to donations 😂 if anybody has these books and don’t want them anymore. In my amazon basket I’ve got a few books that I haven’t bought yet.

1. Ash Princess

2. Fury Born

3. Six of Crows

4. The Grey Bastards

5. Traitors Blade: The Greatcoats Book 1

6. Age of Assassins The Wounded Kingdom book.

7. The Silmallarion

8. Scriber

9. Ravens Boys

10. Kings of the Wyld: The band book 1

 

These are my books that I’d like to get my hands on and read at the moment. What’s your top ten 10 books you really need at the moment?

Blogger interactions.

0A while ago I asked my fellow bloggers if any of them would like to work together on a post. There was a few that actually responded. I do apologise for the late post 🤣 I also forgot to write down the list of amazing bloggers that wanted todo this. Again I’m sorry about the delay. I hadn’t forgotten about you all.

 

So you awesome people what would you like to collaborate about. It can be about anything within reason 🤣 maybe leave a comment and we can get the ball rolling.

Wow!!!!

This is unbelievable I’d like to thank bronzedbrunettex for being my 400th follwer on my blog. I’ve just had a quick glance at her blog and it seems to be really interesting. I will be having a proper look at her blog soon. I now need todo a competition post and see what books I can part with  😂 I honestly can’t thank you all enough and feel very appreciative to everyone of you. I’d never thought my little blog would make it this far. I’m going to leave it there and thank you all again for being amazing.

 

Becoming a Dad

I made this post for lilycafe which was on her blog. Please go and check her blog out.

Well what can I say 😀 the first words come to mine when I was with my daughter when were alone together (her Mam had gone for a wash) I was sitting in the chair looking at this beautiful fragile child (who had the hiccups) thinking Fuck!! I need to grow up and look after this little thing. During the pregnancy I never really thought about being up all night, getting sick on or changing multi coloured poops 😀 I honestly thought this would be easy when my partner was still pregnant. I think the first few days flew by as I was still on a high becoming a Dad. Then it finally settled in but we had a routine going which worked really well from the start.

I never used to drink coffee before my daughter came along but now I’m an avid drinker with anything that has caffeine in it 😂 I’ve never been so tired but you do get used to eat. I even have the odd nap during the day when she was asleep if I was really tired. For the first few months I only ever changed nappies as my partner breast feed. It was 3/4 months after my daughter was born when I fed her for the first time. It was an amazing experience. I’ve feed babies before but it’s not that same as your own child.

Days turn into weeks then months and years. It has been difficult I’m not going to say it was easy when it wasn’t. I think it made me and my partners relationship even more stronger. Your always learning as a parent as there isn’t a parent book you get to leave with from the hospital 🤣

I think I’ve grown as a person becoming a father. It is the best job in the world. My work patterns mean I miss out on a lot but I do make up for it when I get home. I will just go into her room and watch her sleep for a few minutes just so I’ve seen her. I didn’t think I could love something so little so much. Now I’m going to be a dad again in September and can’t wait even though I’ve got abit more of an idea what to expect this time.

If you’re a parent, what advice would you give to first time parents.