If we were having coffee is a blogging community idea, where bloggers publish posts about what they’d like to say to their readers if they were sitting down together having a casual cup of coffee. I understand that the original idea was created by Ashley and I found it through Jamie’s blog.
In my mind, we’re sitting in a small cafe, halfway down a busy high street. It’s kitted out like an old 50s diner, black and white flooring, pink neon signs, and a popcorn machine sits next to an old jukebox. Twisting the Night Away by Sam Cook is playing enthusiastically in the background as I order a coffee and a pink milkshake. What are you waiting for? Make yourself comfortable, grab a beverage, and let’s chat!
I’d tell you that I just got over a horrendous cold, and 3 days later I’ve only gone and gotten another one! I’ve had an extremely busy couple of months and I think it’s my bodies way of saying “hey wait a minute, chill!!” (Subsequently knocking me out for the count.) I also feel like WHO IS THIS PERSON?! I’ve never had so much booked in my diary EVER. Suddenly I’m hopping all over the place and there’s not enough time in the day!!!
I’d tell you that I’ve just finished reading 11.22.63 by Stephen King. It’s about a man who travels to 50s America after discovering a fissure in time at the back of a greasy burger joint. His aim? Prevent JF Kennedy’s assassination and few other side missions along the way. This book has been on my shelf for 7 YEARS. I mean, that’s just embarrassing, right? I have to say I really enjoyed it and it’s wet my appetite for more Stephen King! The only other King novels I’ve read are Carrie and IT – I’m not big on the horror genre so it was cool that this novel has a whole different tone! Readers – What book have you just finished? And which Stephen King book would you recommend I try next?
I’d tell you I now have a bookstagram account on Instagram! I’ve always been kind of intimidated by bookstagrammers because their pictures are so gorgeous and mine couldn’t possibly stack up. But eventually, I was drawn in and realised how happy looking at all the books porn made me so I started my own. You can now find me here! Let me know your Instagram handles and I’ll check yours out too!
I’d tell you that despite being so busy, I’ve been doing a really good job at buckling down and reading some of my backlist books (like 11.22.63 above, and the Vampire Academy series which has been on my shelves for about 10 years). I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF GUYS. Not only have I been chipping away at those books but I’ve been very strict about buying new ones. That is, until this week where I treated myself for doing so well. I know, I know, there’s a flaw in that logic somewhere, isn’t there? What new books have you bought recently? Which of these should I read first?
I’d tell you that I went to see Michael McIntyre’s World Tour, and it was SO GOOD. I’d never seen a comedian live before but McIntyre is the one person that always has me in stitches on TV, from his observational humor to his silly reenactments of everyday situations. I was nervous by needn’t of worried, I was practically wetting myself two minutes in, and didn’t stop laughing until he walked off the stage! Have you ever seen a comedian live?
I’d tell you that I went to see the theatre shows The Cursed Child parts 1 and 2 in London. You may be asking as a Potterhead, why I waited so long to see it. Well, I’ve been burned with follow-ups to beloved series before – I find they’re normally unsatisfying in a number of ways, especially if the original story was summed up in a way you’re content with. For this reason, despite booking the tickets a year in advance I made sure to keep my expectations really low so that I couldn’t be disappointed.
After the end of part 1, I wasn’t too sure what I thought, but by the end of part 2 I was totally into it and so pleased I went! The story was good, the acting was great and I developed an attachment to all the new characters, but what really blew me away was the inventiveness of the sets, the lighting tricks, how well the music was used and how magic was incorporated. It kind of blew me away! Have you seen the Cursed Child? Did it live up to your expectations?
I’d tell you that the day after the Cursed Child, I saw Ed Sheeran in concert! It had been years since I’d been to a gig because, to be honest, there hadn’t really been anyone I liked enough to pay to see. After seeing Ed at Glastonbury on the TV last year I was impressed by his stage presence and had always liked his music, so I sat refreshing the tickets page until I got through to the booking website.
A year later and I found myself drinking wine from a plastic cup in the biggest stadium I had ever visited. We got there early as we were in the standing section (the standing section is the only way to go in my opinion, you have to be in the thick of it and get as close as possible!)
Supporting acts were Jamie Lawson and Anne Marie (I am now totally obsessed with Anne Marie’s music!). Ed was just as brilliant as I hoped. I yelled all his lyrics at the top of my lungs until my throat was sore and danced around like a loon!
Do you like Ed Sheeran? Who did you last see in concert?
I’d tell you that I also got tickets to see A Monster Calls the theatre show in London quite last minute. I went with my friend who STILL HASN’T READ THE BOOK DESPITE MY REPEATED NAGGING *SIGH*. It’s been a couple of weeks now, and honestly? I’m still not quite sure what I thought of it. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting and it was much more arty than anything else I’ve seen at the theatre. They made the yew tree monster out of thick ropes, and the ropes were also used throughout the show in other ways as well. All the actors wore super casual clothing and sat in rows at both sides of the stage when they weren’t playing a main role, and reflected back Connor the protagonist’s emotions. It was very clever but didn’t really portray the overall feel of the book for me, or capture the magic of it. Even so, I’m glad I went to see it because it was a totally different experience theatre experience! Plus, I also went to this Pizza place (called Crust Bros) just outside Waterloo and it had THE BEST PIZZA. You could pick your base and all your toppings and it tasted so fresh and wholesome! YUM. Definitely worth a repeat visit!
Readers, should I watch the movie adaptation of Monster Calls? I haven’t seen it yet.
I’d tell you that my best friend got married two weeks ago. I’ve known her for 13 years so it was super emotional. I was maid of honor so I was in charge or arranging the hen party which was great fun. We did a treetop adventure with zip wires, had a party with silly games, went clubbing and also had a spa day. Everything went smoothly on the day except for one thing. Their wedding reception was outside and it was the first day that we had rain after our long heat wave. Luckily it eased off in the evening and we had a lot of gazeebos! Does anybody else feel kinda freaked out when one of their friends get married or has children? I don’t feel adult enough for this yet!
I’d tell you that I’ve just come back from another mini adventure – I went back to Bruges in Belgium for my 3 year anniversary with the boyfriend (Um, 3 years, HOW?!?!) Bruges still remains one of my favourite places on the planet so far, it’s like going back in time with its cobbled streets, chiming belfry and horse and carriage rides. I must have been to Bruges about 6 times now. It’s the perfect mini break and it’s food and drink heaven. We indulged big time with Flemish stew, panini’s, waffles, chocolates and lots of alcohol. We went with another couple and wandering the streets a lot of the pubs have beer tasting platters, where you get several local beers in half pints on a wooden slat. We came across one with 12 different beers which is supposed to be shared between two, but the guys decided to be macho and have one each (most Belgian beers are between 7-10% unlike the British 4-5% – not sure how they were still standing!!) We also finally got to doing the boat ride this time around which was beautiful!