Sunday Coffee & Blog Hop #4

Morning, bookworms and non-bookish people! Que pasa?

I’m back from Malaga, but just considering the weather for most of the week, it’s almost like I’m still there. Of course we don’t have a beach here in London, and I miss the lovely marina too where we sat and watched many sunsets (ok, fine, two…) with a cocktail. That said, the middle of July was possibly the worst time to visit. The beach was a proper bloodbath, and unless you got there by 11 am, well, good luck finding a bed and umbrella. We somehow made it, but it involved a lot of trekking in the hot sand and being sent from place to place. No bueno!

I also wasn’t impressed with the coffee there. This was my third visit, so it’s not like I didn’t know what to expect, but still. Hotel coffee tasting like sweat? Harsh! I didn’t have much more luck in cafes either unfortunately. I tried ordering single espresso, double espresso, americano, but they all pretty much looked and tasted the same, just came in different cups.

My face after some sweat coffee… yumm…

I gave up after two days and just went to Starbucks. There’s also a Costa, so the situation is not completely hopeless!

Now I’m back with my lovely coffee though, and I must say, I’m totally obsessed with this stuff called Beanies. I’m sipping on the Chocolate Orange flavour one right now, and damn, it’s some good shit!

But enough of me, let’s see what some of my fellow bloggers were up to lately!

The ever organised Kaleena shared an awesome tool to track her reading progress, and damn, it’s useful. I love a good spreadsheet like the next guy, but I always have trouble setting them up… and remembering to look at them. But this? This is already set, you just have to fill it with your own stuff and you are good to go!

Not quite what you were looking for? Maybe try Marie’s version.

Dan shared five reasons just why you would want to share other people’s stuff with your blog friends. It’s brilliant! Why it works? Honestly, I have no bloody clue, but it does!

Who is considered a proper reader? Is your opinion about a book valid, if you only read two books a year? Well, of course it is, I say. But don’t take my word for it, check out the discussion on Kelly’s blog.

Whether we admit it or not, we love learning little tidbits about people around us. Head over to Book Beach Bunny, to find out her deepest, darkest blogging secrets!

As readers we might have different tastes and we prefer different writing styles. What doesn’t work for some, might work for me. Negative reviews are great, and not once they actually made me interested in a book. Danielle is on a similar opinion, but she also has some other great points on why negative reviews are actually cool.

In a similar vein Dani also listed some reasons why she might not like a certain book. Unpopular opinions? I don’t think so! We all have preferences.

Books are not only a good way to escape reality and entertain us, but they can also inspire us in multiple ways. Malanie summed up this experience like a boss!

Well, that’s it for today!

Until next time!



  1. Sweat flavored coffee and beach chair stress aside (the latter happens here, too; luckily have not experienced the former!), it sounds like you had a wonderful vacation, Norrie! Great shares and lots of clicks ahead of me! β™₯️

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  2. I’m glad you shared my blog post but maybe one of those things happened: you linked the wrong post or you used the wrong name because I’m definitely not Malanie πŸ˜‚ But in case the post is the right one, thank you so much ❀


  3. Lovely picture of you anyway !

    oh noo.. sad to hear your vacation wasn’t that great..
    I so miss the sea too. Where I come from there’s like 3different beaches, granted im not a beach person, we got NONE here (only 3hours down the province) – only ones are 1-2 hours away and plus the water’s not all that good so erh :/

    I’ll hop on reading some of the links you included pronto !

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    1. All in all it was still lovely πŸ™‚

      Aw… i used to live next to a river (as in 2 min walk from the flat) and it was done up in a nice way and we used to go there for the “beach experience”, hehe. I miss that. Nothing like that in London…

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    1. I’d totally go again… πŸ˜€ dunno how i forgot about the coffee…

      Costa is like Starbucks, they even have very similar drinks. It’s a British company, yes πŸ™‚

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        1. Hmm, i think i go to Starbucks more often, but it’s more like a location thing. In my “hood” the Starbucks is more convenient, and they have better outside seating area.
          I usually go to “artisan” coffee places more, but when it comes to chains to me Starbucks and Costa are pretty similar, so whichever is closer, more comfortable, that’s where i would go πŸ™‚

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      1. Euhm I don’t think so although I’m a 100% sure πŸ€ͺ I’ve been in Estepona, Marbella and Mijas though (I have a bookmark from Mijas, that’s how I know) and it’s not far from Malaga so perhaps went shopping there… Must have been some 15 years ago in any case. I haven’t even away been the last 3 years.

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    1. I have some abandoned spreadsheets too… don’t even remember what i meant to do with them because they are not very helpful… πŸ˜€

      I love choco-orange in drinks, food… haven’t come across ice cream in this flavour yet.


  4. Next time go to Italy for the coffee, and Spain for the heat! πŸ˜‰ But seriously. Some excellent links there. Always love discovering new blogs to read.

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    1. Good choice πŸ˜€
      Although… last year i went to Naples with my friend and we stayed at a super weird hotel where they served us salty espresso in the morning… but everywhere else the coffee was yummi πŸ˜€

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      1. Ha! Ha! Salty espresso? You don’t have much coffee luck, by the sounds of it. I have to go to a hole in the wall place here to get the best coffee around!

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  5. So how was Malaga apart from the crowded beaches and bad coffee? I hope you enjoyed the other stuff πŸ˜€

    Thanks for sharing all these posts. Hadn’t read any of them so off to visit the blogs now πŸ™‚

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