Stretching the truth on Instagram…we all do that don’t we? We pretend we ‘woke up like this’ when really it took 35 minutes to get the pillow creases from our face. No one wants to see pillow creases. What Katie Brenner does in Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life is take that one step further. She takes pictures of other people’s food and coffees when they are in the loo and posts it.

Yes. She does that.

When I read that I realised I couldn’t quite relate to Katie Brenner as much as I probably should have.

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At the end of 2016 Beyond the Bathroom Scale’s Karen Oliver sent me a copy of her 12 Week Health, Fitness, and Wellness Planner. I was so excited to use this but when it arrived was actually terrified of getting started. So I put it off. Then I put it off a little more. Once 2017 started I gave myself a stern talking to and opened this beautiful planner.

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Last week I won a competition thanks to the amazing Jen who tagged me in an Instagram competition. The prize? A three day juice cleanse from CPress. I have had CPress’ juices and always thought of them as being delicious but had never done a juice cleanse before (from any company). So I was really looking forward to trying this and seeing what would happen.

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Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Genevieve Cogman. This was just before the release of the third book in her Invisible Library series and when I interviewed Genevieve I had read only the first two. Now I have read The Burning Page, the third in the series. I was so excited about reading this book and if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me raving about it on Instagram stories.

Librarian spy Irene has standards to maintain, especially while on probation. And absconding from a mission via a besieged building doesn’t look good. But when her escape route home goes up in flames, what’s a spy to do? However, it seems Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning across dozens of worlds. Worse still, her nemesis Alberich is responsible — and he plans to annihilate the Library itself.

Irene and assistant Kai are posted to St Petersburg to help combat this threat. Here Alberich emerges as Irene tries to save her friend Vale and foil assassination attempts. Then one incredibly dangerous opportunity to save the Library emerges. Saving herself would be a bonus…

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Federal Agent Aaron Falk is called back to his hometown of Kiewarra in rural Australia to attend the funeral of his best friend who committed suicide after murdering his wife and 6-year-old son. Falk is in shock – the friend he knew wouldn’t have done this. But how well did he know Luke? Yes, they were best friends when younger but that was a long time ago and people change.

But heading back to Kiewarra is so much more than saying goodbye to an old friend. Falk and his father were actually run out of town almost two decades before after the death of Ellie Dean. Ellie (along with Gretchen whom we meet later in The Dry) made up the rest of the Awesome Foursome along with Falk and Luke. When she was found dead in the river with stones and rocks in her pockets and boots, Falk and his father were blamed. Ellie’s death had never been explained and Falk was never sure it was suicide. Once back in Kiewarra, Falk starts to get niggling doubts about Luke too. It doesn’t quite make sense…

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