The Bank Holiday Book Tag

I was tagged by Amy   to post this fun Book Tag originally created by Cora for Bank Holiday Weekend. It’s August so of course we’ve had rain for most of the weekend, though we did manage to visit West Bay- aka the beach setting used to film BroadChurch– for a few sunny hours on Saturday. As it’s taken me til the end of BH weekend to post my contribution I won’t be tagging folks, but do feel free to join in and credit Cora.

Here we go..
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#SixForSunday; TBR Books

Here finally is my first official #SixForSunday post on my blog! I’ve been following Steph’s wonderful meme for a while now, I dip in and out of participating via Twitter @AnAverageLife88 and have been excited to do my first blog addition!

I’m so glad that this week’s prompt is SIX BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN ON MY TBR FOREVERwhat a great place to start.
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Thirty after 30

A bucket list.

On 22nd August 2018 I hit 30 years of age!
As part of my celebrations and a hopeful step towards a major life-time goal I have re-launched my blog. This first week of posts is dedicated to my past, present and future with the intention of giving you all a look behind the curtain at me… Roxanne Michelle.
Today I’m sharing thirty goals from my ever-growing bucket list

  • Run a successful blog

  • Mentor my next workplace successor

  • Change career

  • Complete a marketing course

  • Publish a novel

  • Learn to cope without anxiety medication

  • Purchase my own plot of land

  • Quit smoking

  • Relocate to a village

  • Kick my energy drink addiction

  • Drive to Ireland

  • Ride a scooter in Italy

  • Drive a tractor

  • Join the mile high club

  • Do a colour run

  • Read Stephen King and son’s entire canon

  • Learn a new language

  • Teach myself to play violin

  • Take one archery or fencing class

  • Participate in NaNoWriMo

  • Go to Hay Festival

  • See The Woman In Black in theatre

  • Have a psychic reading

  • Watch a meteor shower

  • Experience a sensory deprivation tank

  • Get in a hot spring

  • Watch the northern lights from a glass igloo in Finand

  • Visit a European Christmas Market

  • Take a cooking class in Italy

  • Walk through the crooked forest in Poland

Whats on your bucket list? Have you done any of these things already? I welcome any advice.

Thirty Under 30- Happy & Proud

Continuing my celebratory blog re-launch and birthday week with 30 of my life’s accomplishments thus far.

On 22nd August 2018 I hit 30 years of age!

As part of my celebrations and a hopeful step towards a major life-time goal I have re-launched my blog. This first week of posts is dedicated to my past, present and future with the intention of giving you all a look behind the curtain at me… Roxanne Michelle.

Today I’m sharing thirty moments in my life so far

Some of my happiest memories, proudest moments and favourite accomplishments. 

  • Won a karaoke contest in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

  • Hunted for Dracula at Brasov Castle, Romania

  • Painted my own contribution on the Lennon Wall, Prague

  • Saw the Amsterdam Festival of Light

  • Stood at the top of the Empire State Building

  • Walked the width of Manhattan

  • Toured inside The White House

  • Attended Download, Sonisphere, Big Reunion, T4, SouthWest Live and Birmingham Fusion music festivals.

  • Watched The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin, Cats, LOTR, Guys & Dolls and HP The Cursed Child in London theatres

  • Participated and hosted in a German foreign exchange student program

  • Interrupted filming of the hollywood movie ‘Burn After Reading’

  • Played the clarinet in a local theatre orchestra

  • Did a public reading to over 100 attendees

  • Appeared in the local newspapers

  • Sang a duet in a live recorded show

  • Taught a child to swim

  • Successfully tutored a failing student

  • Adopted four rescue animals

  • Led fundraisers for CiN, Cancer Research, St Margarets Hospice, Jeans for Genes and numerous other charities.

  • Became successful in my field as a Retail Manager

  • Pitched a merchandising concept to a major CEO

  • Became frequently headhunted by prospective employers

  • Successfully mentored several candidates in my workplace

  • Passed my driving test

  • Took out a sole mortgage for my own house

  • Prevented several violent crimes

  • Beat Anorexia and Body dysmorphic disorder

  • Overcame paternal abandonment

  • Saved a life

  • Fell in love

Can’t Wait Wednesday – 22/08

Find out which upcoming book release holds a place on my never-ending TBR…

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Wishful Endings and previously Breaking The Spine. We’re here to spotlight upcoming releases and tell you what we’re most excited to read. A great way to extend our ever-growing TBRs. Want to join in? Let @Tressa tell you all about it. Here now is my very first contribution!

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VOX by Christina Dalcher

Release Date: 23rd August 2018

Genre: Dystopian

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In a world where women are silenced, would you speak up?

Greetings, to all Pure Women.

You should all be fitted with your new wrist counters. A symbol of your purity and devotion to your family. Life is simpler now. Just 100 words a day.

Your role is in the house. Your husband takes care of everything else.

You’re free.

Instead, you should focus on values of modesty, submission, humility and purity. Love, honour and most importantly, obey. You know the rules. Just one word over 100 and your wrist counter will send 1,000 volts through your body. Choose your words carefully.

You have the right to remain silent.

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VOX has been on my wish list for months now, I love a good dystopian, especially feasible ones. The how-it-happened explanations or character rationales can make or break this kind of book for me. I’ve seen a lot of trusted bloggers give high ratings for VOX so I’m hoping it’s well written. I started watching The Handmaids Tale recently and Naomi Alderman – Power is on my TBR for Newts Readathon 2018 so VOX fits perfectly into my current reading interests.

Have you read it? Will you buy it? Which books can’t you wait for?

Let me know..