TBT Book Review: The Help

It’s Thursday which means it’s time to throw some shapes back to some old book reviews I’ve written in the past. I like to keep my reviews short & sweet so here it is! (Looking at Goodreads, I wrote this one in 2012!)

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Click here for all the details about this book.

Genre- Historical Fiction

465 Pages

This was another one of my Christmas Presents from a few years back that I requested because it was recommended.

I actually really enjoyed this book, I felt it was Heartwarming, entertaining & interesting all at the same time. After the last book I read I found it nice to look at another part of society and bring it to life. Isn’t it great picking up a book & learning something new?!

The Help is about Black women in the 1960s who are housemaids or ‘help’ to the white women of America, more specifically in Jackson, Mississippi. Each chapter takes a look at different women in this Town and their point of view. Miss Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny are the main character of the book…All unlikely to be friends but yet they are bonded together from the events of the 60s.

Miss Skeeter a down to earth woman white woman wants nothing more than to be a respected & successful writer. To do this she decides to tackle a controversial subject and write a book about the ‘help’ and what it’s really like to work for white women in Mississippi. All three women decide to challenge what is ‘normal’ and acceptable.

When I first started reading this book I found it quite difficult because of how it was written, however once you get past this it truly is a good book and worthy of the credit it has been given. I’ve not got round to watching the film however now it has been released on DVD today Im sure I’ll get round to it soon.

Another touching, thought provoking book that questions the past and what we think about it. The message at the end of the book by the author about her own maid is particularly touching and really does bring it to life that little bit more

Fave quote:

Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?

Kathryn Stockett,ย The Help

Update- I have actually watched the film & really enjoyed it. I remember having a little cry at the end! Definitely worth a watch!

Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Kim xxx

TBT Book Review: Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

(Click the link to read the full book description)

Genre: Romance, Young Adult.

Came across this review I wrote a few years ago. Have a read & let me know your opinion!

I’ve just finished the book and I’ve read a few reviews about it that shocked me enough to write my first review in months. This book has been compared to twilight & fifty shades which is fair enough because it is also about an intense romance that can be a bit OTT at points.

Abby is a freshman at Eastern U & she’s trying to get away from her difficult past. She then meets Travis who is described as a ‘walking one night stand’.. They have a bet which ends in Abby staying at his apartment for one month…I’m conscious about spoilers but I will say it is an intense read where I found you can’t put the book down because you need to know whats going to happen next. (Surely this is a sign of a good book?)

Now, as with Twilight & Fifty Shades there are some elements that a lot of people aren’t happy about when they look at the relationship between Abby & Travis. Mainly that the guys in all these books are very intense & at points appear violent & angry. Firstly, I have to say just because I like this book doesn’t mean I advocate toxic relationships. People make out that the main men in these books put the women down and may as well beat them, but they don’t! (Slightly different in fifty shades lol)

In this book, Travis takes part in organised fights for money at uni & has a bad temper but he never once touches Abby.

I use goodreads and when I was reading the reviews on beautiful disaster there was one review that irritated me because it basically said women or girls that like this book or books like it are sad because they think these relationships are normal. I can’t express how much this annoyed me! I enjoyed this book because I’m a romantic and yes, not all relationships are as functional and normal as Id like them to be in books but i appreciate it for what it is… Books would be so boring if it were a simple boy meets girl, falls in love.. The end. That would be quite pathetic reading. Its like soaps, they are about normal people.. But normal things don’t happen to them. Would be boring if it did.

Of course at points in this book Travis was over the top and stalkerish & Abby was annoying & dramatic but it was harmless & makes the story.

I will be recommending this book to my friends and I’m pretty certain they will like it. Because romance books are meant to be like this. I appreciate its not for everyone but i think its unfair to slate someone that enjoys a book you disagree with. You don’t see me laughing at those that enjoy sci-fi books. Each for there own! No one forces you to finish a book.’

I do wonder if I were to read this book now at 29 rather than 24/25ish whether I’d feel the same way!? Have you ever changed your opinion about a book when you’ve read it a few years later again?

Kim xxx

TBT The Hobbit: Book Review

That time of week where I shall one of my old book reviews. It was nice re-reading this one, and strangely made me want to read the book again!

I finished reading The Hobbit a little while ago and couldnt bring myself to write a review good enough for this book. I don’t really know what to say about it. It’s not that I hated it, or loved it…

This was the first time that I read the Hobbit and its been on my list of ‘to reads’ for quite sometime. I did enjoy reading the Hobbit, I found on occasions that it was quite boring but yet somehow I enjoyed it??

I felt like this book had a bit of everything, was far better than The fellowship of the ring as Bilbo Baggins is a lot more entertaining than Frodo and Sam. It has wizards, Goblins, Trolls, Dwarfs, Elves and a Magnificent Dragon called Smaug.

The book follows a tale of a Quirky Hobbit that likes nothing more than his creature comforts and a good hearty Meal! Bilbo the Hobbit goes against his own nature to go on his first adventure through mountains, rivers and dark forests with a pack of Dwarves to seek Gold and jewels guarded by a greedy grumpy Dragon.

For me, Bilbo was the best part about this book with some of the amusing phrases he comes out with that just make you smile- as he talks to himself quite a lot!

I will say that parts of this book made me drift off a bit and I did find it hard to concentrate on some of the boring parts of the book- I was very pleased that the battle at the end was cut short with Bilbo falling off a rock and passing out!

Anyway, I shall keep this short… It is a Book that I definitely would want to read to my Children, I’d call it a Classic, one that is to be kept on my book shelf for future use- Although I can’t guarantee I’ll be picking it up to read again- It just wasnt my cup of tea.

Fave quote:

‘I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air. I am he that walks unseen. I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number. I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water. I came from the end of bag, but no bag went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ring-winner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.’

What did you think of the Hobbit? Massive fan or not bothered?

TBT The Book Thief: Book Review

This week I’m using throwback Thursday to share with you all an oldish book review I posted on my old blog. (One that deleted many moons ago) but can still be found on amazon & goodreads.

The sentiment is very much still there with this book, I read this review & I still remember the feeling I had when I finished it. Definitely still recommend this book & need to add to to the list of books to re-read in the future.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Book review of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

So just this minute i have literally finished reading The Book thief and it was absoloutely amazing. I was actually moved to tears and if im honest its extremely rare for that to happen.. in fact i can only think of two books that have done that!

I thought it was really important to get on writing this as soon as I finished to capture how much I enjoyed this book by the end.

When I first started reading this book I was huffing and puffing a bit, it was a christmas present and i’d put it on my wishlist as it sounded good. When I got round to reading it I found it very difficult to read as it was is written from Deathโ€™s persepective about a young german girl called Liesel during the second world war. Once i’d got used to the unusual style of writing I started to really enjoy itโ€ฆ its a capitivating story that pulls you in without you realising it.. then BAM its the end of the book and you are genuinely gutted by what you have just read!

I won’t ruin the ending but I will say it is a very sad story.. but to be honest a book based in world war two isnt exactly going to be cheerful is it??

I will keep this short and sweet but if you enjoy books based in the second world war, like learning a little German and have a taste for a good Book then this is the one to pick! Iโ€™d recommend it to anyone and beg you to give it a chance!

โ€œI wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race โ€“ that rarely do I even simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliantโ€ฆI AM HAUNTED BY HUMANS.โ€- Markus Zusak- The Book Thief

#7.0 TBT Cross Stitch

I’m using Thursdays throwback this week as an opportunity to showcase some of my old cross stitch projects I’ve completed over the last few years. Here are just a few of them…

bring on some stitchy motivation!!

Most of these are pieces I completed & gifted to other people (my fave thing to do with finished xstitch)

If you would like any more details about the designs used just comment below & I’ll do my best to dig out the original post!

#34 Waiting…

As I sit here waiting for a bus home… (It’s never ending) I thought it would be a good time to share my Throwback Thursday post of the week ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Because I’ve talked a lot about cross stitch exchanges recently I thought it would be a good to continue the theme ๐Ÿ˜›

This weeks TBT post is a coaster I completed earlier this year… Possibly summertime? Here it is: 

The pattern is by Michael Powell. Here’s his  Webpage so you can see some of his wonderful designs.

It’s the first of his patterns I’ve stitched before & it was something that definitely tested my patience! In the design the threads at times called for two different colours stitched at the same time. Very fussy to do but I was really pleased by the final affect! 

I’m hoping to stitch some more of his patterns in the future! 

What do you think? 

Have any of you taken part in some fun cross stitch exchanges before? Let me know about your experience. 

I hope you’re all well… I’m slowly on the mend ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for all your well wishes! 

P.S. I’m totally waiting for the bus still… Good old public transport! *sigh*

Kim xx 

#30 We went on an adventure!ย 

Today has been a good Thursday! Today I spent the day in London exploring with my fiancรฉ for our 5 year anniversary! We went to the London Dugeons, Camden Market & general exploring ๐Ÿ™‚ A great day! ๐Ÿ’œ

The only thing I always miss when out shopping & exploring is a decent craft store! It really is sad that craft stores are so  far & few between. I certainly didn’t see any on my travels today & I’m forced to go online for my crafty needs ๐Ÿ˜

Do any of you have a decent craft store near you, or are you forced to shop online? 

Anyway, For throwback this week I thought I’d share a small pattern I completed last year. Once I completed this one I made it into a card. Before the one I posted yesterday I think this was the last one I made. Here it is: 

Isn’t she cute? 

I really need to make cards more often! They’re small projects that give you the satisfaction of a finish & it doubles up as a gift as well! 

I made this one for a friend last year & it was made as a birthday/Christmas card โ˜บ๏ธ The design was a free chart that came with World of cross stitching… I think. Please correct me if I’m wrong. 

I think cross stitch cards are probably the most common gift I make for friends & family. Who doesn’t like receiving a good card?(I really am one of those people that keeps every card I’m given โ˜บ๏ธ)

What cards have you made? Share your links below so we can take a look โ˜บ๏ธ

I hope this post finds you all well! 


#27 Xmas Decks

Hey Stitchers,

I hope this week is treating you all well. I’ve had a tough few days at work & to top it off, I wrote out this week’s TBT post, published it & it’s disappeared! Its very odd. It just sums up my week. BRING ON THE WEEKEND!!

If you end up seeing a slightly different version of this post again, Sorrryyyy :’)

The Mr has invited a friend over to play some table top games this weekend so It means I have an excuse to make a den in the bedroom with my laptop playing Netflix & Stitching. Sounds like my kind of heaven โค

This week I wanted to share with you some Xmas decorations I made a few years back. I’m feeling so cold & Christmassy at the moment so It fits well with my mood!

xmas desks

I really like the colours & that I can bring this out each year to decorate/personalise my tree! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a free kit from yet another cross stitch magazine!

Below is the second one that came with the kit…

xmas deck 3

I know it’s pretty traditional for Christmas card to be stitched each year, what do you do? I know stitching a decoration made a nice change for me. If you have stitched something different before, share it in the comments below! I’m hoping your comments & posts will help me make it to the weekend ๐Ÿ˜›

what do you all stitch for xmas? or do you give it a miss entirely?

Anyway, only one day until the weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

Found on Easy via Pinterest
Found on Easy via Pinterest

(Its not about Netflix & Chill but Netflix & Stitch! :P)

#24 Homemade Christmas cards

Source: Homemade Christmas cards

I was just browsing some of my old posts & came across this one! I thought it would be a good time to dust off the cobwebs & show you all some Xmas cards I made not last Xmas but the one before. Click on the link above to see them ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t know about you guys but half of the fun with Christmas cards is stitching but the other half is getting out all your crafty bargains & putting the actual card together.

Im still so proud of these cards & my family seemed grateful to receive them! Although I only managed to make 4!!

How many Christmas cards are you all planning to make this year? What plans do you have to make sure you finish on time?

Happy stitching ๐Ÿ™‚

Kim X