Arc Book Review: Becoming Mrs Lewis

Arc Book Review: Becoming Mrs Lewis

I was gifted the Becoming Mrs Lewis Arc from Harper Inspire to review. I was both excited and nervous because I’ve not read much historical romance! However, as you will see below I thoroughly enjoyed the story…

About

Becoming Mrs Lewis is written by Patti Callahan and is the story of brave Joy Davidman who fled from her abusive husband in New York to travel across seas to London, UK with her two sons. Joy strikes up a friendship through letters with C.S. Lewis talking about their beliefs in God and soon the pair become closer than ever.

Review

I finished this enchanting love story about Joy and Jack’s (C.S. Lewis) friendship turned love a few weeks ago. I was feeling all the emotions!

First of all, I want to point out how eloquent the writing style was because I honestly believed Joy Davidman was speaking to me through the pages. Also, even though I am an atheist, I still believe in something. Religion consumes Joy’s whole life and she makes it her mission to find out her purpose in it. I can relate to Joy thinking she is destined for more because I feel as if I have this epiphany every day, sometimes a couple of times a day!

Secondly, the blossoming love between Joy and Jack makes you impatient; you want him to just kiss her already! Alas we have to wait a while. But let me tell you the kissing scene is worth the wait.

Since I started the book I’ve been fascinated by Joy and I read all about her and Lewis’ love. She is inspiring and her story is brave and courageous. Callahan’s book is a beautiful tribute to an even more beautiful woman who deserves more recognition.

The character development was wonderful to see unfold and I found I couldn’t put the book down half of the time. I’m not a huge lover of historical books but this love story managed to captivate me. You will laugh and cry along with Joy and Jack in their journey throughout the book but the main thing to take away from this book is to love. Love with all you have and don’t regret a single moment of it.

This book is a journey of self discovery in itself. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this masterpiece when it comes out next week. Until next time, love, Vee x

7 Reasons To Travel

7 Reasons To Travel

Hi guys. In this week’s post I’m going to be talking about reasons why you should travel and what travel does to impact our lives.

I believe that travel is important for everyone because you receive so many unique experiences. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to gain these experiences. Even going on a mini break or road trip will open you up to new experiences.

Reasons To Travel

1. Culture. It’s amazing how countries have different etiquette and traditions and I believe we all need to travel and visit different cultures to learn and broaden our minds.

2. Confidence. Whether you are traveling in a group, with family, partner or solo, travelling gives you independence and confidence. Being around people you aren’t around often gives me a sense that I can do anything and no one will ever see me again.

3. Memories. Now this is an important one. Would you rather stay in one place all your life, not meeting other people or learning new things? Or would you rather travel the globe, have stories to tell the grandchildren and memories you won’t regret?

4. People. You never know who you’ll meet when you travel. You could meet your future partner, a new friend or penpal. We shouldn’t expect our best friends and partners to live around the corner.

5. Skills. When you travel you develop new skills, such as navigation or a new language. There’s plenty to learn when you are in a new country.

6. Perspective. Traveling puts a lot in perspective for me because it makes me feel alive. This is what life’s about. Not those bills, work or responsibilities. It’s about the moments we steal for ourselves, the glimpse of a sunset on a cruise or the chance to climb the Eiffel tower.

7. You become richer. Not in the sense of money rich, but you will gain new skills, have new outlooks and more stories to tell. Travel makes you rich in so many ways.

That’s a wrap! Why do you think people should travel? Let me know in the comments! Until next time, love, Vee x

Review: Seeing Ricky Gervais Live

Review: Seeing Ricky Gervais Live

So yesterday Oliver and I saw Ricky Gervais live in Guildford for his warm up show.

We got last minute tickets with only two seats left but we managed to get aisel seats so win win. The warm up act was Sean McLoughlin, a London based comedian. He was quite funny, telling jokes about his fiance and millennials. I really enjoyed some of his stuff and hopefully he may be at the comedy store at some point.

Ricky, as always, was hilarious. Of course there’s the usual jokes that will part the audience but most of them I find funny because, like Ricky says, what you don’t find funny, someone else will. There’s always a demand for comedy. And for lots of different types.

This is one of Ricky’s first warm up shows for his new tour, SuperNature. As we know, Ricky is passionate about animal welfare so expect a lot of hysterical animal jokes!

It was nice to see Ricky laugh at his own jokes and be real, not just scripted like he seems to be with the odd laugh here and there. I’d much rather go and see a warm up show rather than the real thing because of how genuine he was.

I enjoy Ricky’s comedy because he’s so honest about everything and he lays it all out on the table. He doesn’t believe in God, he believes we are worm food. I agree with him and while death scares me, for a moment Ricky made it funny. That’s what life’s about: seeing the humour in every day.

I can’t wait to watch the SuperNature show on Netflix when it comes out and I was so privileged to go and see him on stage before his big tour! I hope everyone has an amazing time going to see him perform.

Sadler’s Wells Review: The Thread

Sadler’s Wells Review: The Thread

So on Friday night I went to see the world premiere of Russell Maliphant and Vangelis’ The Thread.

First of all, I want to take a moment to appreciate the costumes designed by Mary Katrantzou. The outfits fit in so well with the Greek myth concept.

The dancing wasn’t like anything I’ve ever seen before, it was flowing one moment and then fast paced the next. The balance between both worked well, as did the music alongside it. I really enjoyed the calming, tranquil melody of Vangelis’ work. It almost made me feel like I was doing meditation because it was that type of music.

‘In a word, or rather, in a line, the Thread is the energy which connects us to the universe.’ I really felt this when all the dancers were synchronising together. The mixture of dance and movement and music was oddly calming. The only part that wasn’t relaxing and a little bit of a let down was a song that made my head spin. It sounded like cow bells being banged hard against the floor. It made me put my fingers in my ears!

However, I did feel connected in that moment when they all danced in a rhythm together. But apart from that song, I absolutely loved all of the performances, from the solos to the group dances. They all told a story which felt magical.

The lighting by Michael Hulls, which I wouldn’t usually comment on, was actually really well executed to make the dancers seem like they disappeared in one place and popped up in another.

I found myself amazed at the fact all these dancers could remember all of that choreography. It was quite a magical evening with the idyllic music and storyline. I would definitely recommend seeing the Thread for the dancer’s amazing effortless performance and Vangelis Oscar winning music.

International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day!

In this week’s post I’ll be telling you what I’m doing to celebrate International Women’s day and what you can do to celebrate.

What is International Women’s Day?

On the International Women’s day web page, it is defined as: International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equality.”

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How I’m Celebrating

I was invited to “The Last Straw – Trash Talk” this Friday which I’m really looking forward to since they have a panel of female influencers talking about sustainable living.

“On Friday 8th March 2019, WeAreWaterloo in partnership with The Young Vic will bring together a panel of female influencers to inspire and motivate Londoners to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.

The Young Vic

Earlier this month, Pinterest reported that searches for ‘sustainable living for beginners’ were up 265% from last year. With more and more studies pointing to a growing consumer interest in sustainable living, particularly among Millennials and Gen Z, on International Women’s Day, a panel of female influencers will discuss how people can embrace a more sustainable lifestyle.

Headed up by Sustainable Stephanie with panellists including Laila Woozeer, Sophie Benson, Sophie Davies and Liv Andersson, The Last Straw: Trash Talk, will include practical tips to help attendees easily adopt practices within their personal and work lives.”

How You Can Celebrate

  • Host a slumber party with your girls and host a little bake sale to raise money for IWD
  • Share your favourite female authors or actors/celebs/inspirational women on your blog
  • Join in on an event in your area
  • Host your own party or talk to celebrate
  • Write your own article or blog post celebrating IWD and what it means to you
  • Donate to your local women’s refuge
  • Raise money by selling your art or crafts
  • Post on social media using the relevant IWD hashtags to raise awareness
  • Celebrate the women in your life by doing something kind for them

I hope you got some good ideas on what to do this IWD! Have a great one! Vee x

A Trip To London And Its Bookstores

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I wanted to go to a few bookshops I’d wanted to go to for a while and I finally did it! I even beat my anxiety and went in to these stores/boats.

Gay’s The Word

The first place I wanted to go was Gay’s The Word which is situated near St Pancras Station. It’s a sweet bookshop with lovely owners and some great books. There are even postcards and a mural of pins displayed on the wall. There’s plenty of books on gay topics such as comics, poetry, history and fiction.

Word On The Water

Word On The Water is also situated near St Pancreas and we had a lovely walk along the river to the boat. It’s a cosy little bookshop with kid’s books, adult’s and even a comfy arm chair to take photos on. It was really busy with people outside pricing books and browsing. It’s a great place to find a bargain and take some beautiful pictures.

Notting Hill

I’ve never been to Notting Hill and I wanted to see the market and take photos of the pretty houses (which is hard to do, I realise now). I also wanted to stand in front of Hugh Grant’s door in Notting Hill, the film. There were loads of people invading houses and people’s privacy by climbing on their walls to get a photo for Instagram.

We walked through the market, which was heaving, and there were tons of different stalls, from churros (which we had to have), antiques and clothing. It was busy and bustling which I loved and I took some lovely pictures.

Crystal Palace

After a busy day exploring, we headed off to basketball on the train to Crystal Palace. Oliver saw online that there was a Dinosaur Park next to the station and the stadium which was really strange. There were just huge dinosaur statues in a really run down park. (We also nearly got attacked by a squirrel.) It was pretty unique to see but I wouldn’t want to see them in the dark!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope I’ve given you some ideas on where to go in London! Until next time, love Vee x