Monthly Catch Up #6 – June 2019


I really wanted to started with something breezy, like how it’s summer and I’m enjoying the lovely weather, but every morning when I leave for work I have to wrap myself in scarfs, cardigans and jackets for fucks’ sake. Even after living in England for 12 years, I just simply can’t get over the lack of summer.

A week in Tenerife was a great break from this though, and I’m quite happy with our choice to go there, even though the strength of the sun reminded me of death rays from some sci-fi. So heed my advice if you ever decide to visit, and be prepared to spend majority of your time applying sun screen over and over again. For me this is quite a normal behaviour, I even do it in London, or when it’s cloudy. You never know… You don’t want to be that guy who turned into a lobster or a roast chicken fifteen minutes in.

I loved our hotel (Corales Beach), and would definitely recommend it, but bloody hell, the staff had no chill for sure.

Constantly hovering and fretting, coming up to our room at least three times a day, it was a bit too much. I was quite impressed with the food though. The restaurants nearby were all right (apart from the one tapas place where the food tasted like it was made by an enthusiastic amateur), but a lot of them were still closed during the week we were there.

Mount Teide is totally worth visiting, but I have to say it’s a pain in the ass to get there. Not only the drive there is tedious, but getting tickets was fucking mission. The payment kept declining (only to find out later that they charged us three times), they never sent a confirmation email, when we phoned them they kept hanging up, and finding a parking spot was nearly impossible.

This view is pretty awesome though…

The base station for the cable cars is pretty chaotic. There’s a small cafe and a gift shop, but outside, where you are supposed to wait for your tour guide (if you have one) there was no shadow anywhere. Add to the blazing sun the constant gusts of wind blowing sand around, and you are in for a treat! Not only my eyes and mouth were full of it, but somehow I managed to accumulate a pile of it in my bra too. Nature’s mysteries and all.

The walk on the mountain was amazing though, even considering all the assholes insisting on wearing ballerina shoes (and slipping like a mofo), floaty skirts and whacking everyone with their selfie sticks. Why they are not banned is beyond me.

I’m good at looking unimpressed…

On the upside, our tour guide took a shine to me and she helped sort out the payment thing, so I got my money back at the end after emailing them.

To finish off June on a high, I managed to take myself out of commission for a whole day this week, after I tried this allegedly super amazing bee pollen food supplement for breakfast and instantly developed an allergic reaction to it. Thanks to my swollen lips and throat my manager thought I was near death when I called in sick. Note to self: pollen should not be eaten, even if it’s sold as food.


Being on holiday doesn’t always mean I read more. Coupled with not being able to sleep however, I ended up reading a bunch of books on the hotel balcony. I can’t say I was all that impressed by some of them, but it was quite the adventurous month and I ended up trying some genres I don’t normally read.

A Merciful Death was said to be a romantic suspense, but it actually wasn’t all that romantic or suspenseful, so I really liked it. The small town mystery about the preppers was pretty cool.

Whiskey Rebellion was another mystery with a slightly romantic plot line. The swooning protagonist could have become annoying really fast, but due to her clumsiness she somehow managed to end up in all sorts of ridiculous situations, so it was bearable. So even though it was way more steamy than what I normally read, the hilarity of the whole thing made the book quite enjoyable.

My June fave was definitely Jar of Hearts. It was everything I want from a dark thriller, and more.


I don’t know, guys… I’m just not really feelin’ it lately. This month I squeezed out one review and a handful of shorties.

The Passengers by John Marrs
Scandal, Lies and Tattoos – What I Thought #1
Podcasts, Heretics & Runaways – What I Thought #2
Curses, Mysteries and Teen Drama – What I Thought #3
Russian Mafia, Homeless Cops and Rogue Posties – What I Thought #4

nineperfectstrangersNine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?

I’m actually not planning anything big for next month. I have a couple of days off, overlapping with my bestie, so we may go to Durdle Door.

I look forward to seeing what you guys are up to!


    1. Aw, haha 😀 I think it depends what sort of holiday you are looking for. Like if you like driving around on mountain roads (i was terrified) then it’s awesome, and the views are lovely 🙂 The weather is quite pleasant too, and doesn’t get super hot or cold either.

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  1. I’m in Ireland, so I understand what it’s like to want more from the weather. Things normally heat up in July though, it takes long enough but it’s worth it I think!


    1. It is quite pretty! ❤ We visited some small towns that were really cool but the drive there (up/down mountain roads) was terrifying for me… 😀 😀 I can't win!


  2. Oh, I can so relate to the sunscreen and sun rays! Here in Madrid it’s currently 41 degrees and it feels like a sauna even indoors. Glad to see that you had a nice time in Tenerife even despite the heat! And that’s a really nice selection of books you’ve read! I’m really keen to read An American Marriage to see if it’s worth the hype.


  3. My mother and her cronies always used to go to Tenerife so excuse me if I say I thought it was an old codgers holiday destination! *snark* But seriously, those views, that sunset, the food? And all that sun! Yeah, count me in. Though not with the weird hovering staff, kind of odd.

    And wow, Honey, but you sure read a lot last month. Me? Zip. Nil. Nothing … crickets in the grass. I think I’ve lost my mojo, or is that, my mojito? Who knows. And my plans? Eat, drink and do as little as possible all this month. We’re up to 35 degrees today already, with 89% humidity. Now I just have to go click on that link …

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    1. Ha! I kinda see why… the area where we stayed (Costa Adeje) was full of those resort hotels where the guests can pretty much do everything, don’t even need to leave the place. Some was right on the beach 😀
      But it also has option for hiking, walking, tours, mountain stuff.
      The sunsets and sunrises were pretty awesome – lot of pink and purple ❤ 🙂

      Your July plans sound lovely, and hope you never lose your mojito!! 😀 😀

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      1. I think it’s come a long way since the 70s/80s, and I like the sound of the hiking out on the mountains, as those views are stunning and wish I had gone, just once. Certainly a cool play to go drink my mojitos! lol


  4. It seems that you had a great time Norrie! But yes ballerina and co I never understand them! We got the same tourists in the US national parks and they were really crazy!


  5. My what a vacation you had! The food looks really good! I’m sorry to hear about the pollen… that sounds horrible!

    I have to say, the weather is one thing I don’t miss about the UK! As soon as I got home I was so excited to not have to wear a coat, long sleeves + a sweater 😂


  6. The pics from your vacation all look stunning.The hotel staff made me laugh, their hovering is kinda odd though.

    So glad you enjoyed Jar of Hearts.I read it a while ago and really enjoyed it. Have a fab July, Norrie.


  7. Tenerife sounds pretty awesome, although death rays lol. Looks like lots of beautiful views, even with the annoyances. 🙂

    I still need to read Nine Perfect Strangers.


  8. Ahh it looks like you had a lovely time in Tenerife! I loved your vacation photos, thanks for sharing!
    I am really glad you loved Jar of Hearts – I read the arc last year and thought it was incredible. Can’t wait to see your review.

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  9. The food on your trip all looks so tasty! I would have been quite upset with the triple charge for the tour but I am glad they were able to give you your money back. I agree those kinds of people with selfie sticks should’ve been banned. 🤣

    The allergic reaction to pollen sounds scary– hope you healed up & everything nicely.

    I have that Nine Perfect Strangers on my TBR. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Also, def looking up Jar of Hearts now. 🙂

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