Review | Things In Jars by Jess Kidd

Image of the ebook kindle edition of the book things in jars by jess kidd. The front cover features the title and the author alongside an image of a large drip of water and inside the drip is the silhouette of a girl. The book cover is displayed on a kindle paperwhite and it is laid on a pastel coloured background paper that looks like vintage drawers. To the left of the image is a title that reads ' Review Things In Jars by Jess Kidd,'

This book isn't what I expected it to be. I was under the impression Things In Jars by Jess Kidd was a dystopian, science fiction novel but it's actually a victorian crime novel mixed with historical fiction and a hefty dose of science fiction and fact. 

Books I Want To Read In 2022

At the beginning of 2021 I made a list of the books I wanted to read throughout the year and I found it really helpful having a list to guide me. It helped me avoid becoming overwhelmed by choice and helped me to read 14 out of the 17 books on the list. Throughout the year I've been taking note of any books that have piqued my interest and have therefore created a list of books I want to read this year.

Coeliac | Wahaca, Southbank.

Image of the Gluten Free Pork Pibil Tacos available at Wahaca Southbank. The images shows a row of wraps filled with shredded pork and topped with fresh coriander and pink pickled onions. To the left of the image is a title that reads 'coeliac, wahaca, southbank, london, SE1 8XX

Prior to being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease I considered myself to be a real foodie. Once diagnosed I went on a bit of a mental health journey whilst I accepted my newly discovered food restrictions. I used to visit London often and thoroughly enjoyed the foodie culture, in particular the markets and street food vendors. Since going gluten free I've only visited London once and I was rather hesitant regarding food and chose to stick with well known restaurant chain, Wahaca. I know there is a vibrant gluten free foodie community just waiting for me to discover but whilst my confidence grows it's reassuring to know that there's a safe place to me eat when out and about in the city.

Books I Read In 2021

Image of lots of books laid out in a row with a translucent title reading 'Books I Read In 2021,'

At the beginning of 2021 I had rekindled my love of reading and through my love of Bookstagram my TBR (to be read) list had grown exponentially, I keep a list on my phone notes of all the books I like the sound of and keep an eye out for them at the local library and via the library's ebook lending service. I also like to save up any vouchers I get from my side hustles to use towards buying books. In order to keep some kind of order and to avoid being overwhelmed with choice I wrote down a list of Books I Wanted To Read In 2021 to help keep me focused and I think it worked rather well, so well in fact I've written a list of Books I Want To Read In 2022. Here's the books (and links to my reviews) for the books I read throughout 2021.

Coeliac | The Golden Cross, Coventry.

Image of a roast chicken dinner with vegetables, roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. Alongside the image is a title that reads 'Coeliac, The Golden Cross, Coventry, CV1 5RF,'

We recently stayed at Bede Serviced Apartments in Coventry to attend the Freefrom and Allergy Show at the Birmingham NEC. We had a spare afternoon and decided to make the most of our child free time by heading out for a meal. Eating out when you're Coeliac is an anxiety inducing occasion that requires a lot of planning, scouring menus and reading reviews. We researched gluten free places to eat in Coventry and came across the usual chain restaurants but to my delight I chanced upon a glowing review for The Golden Cross, a 17th century pub that has an entirely gluten free kitchen- what a stroke of luck to be a twenty minute walk from somewhere that sounded so amazing!

Accommodation | Bede Serviced Apartments

An image of a made bed with white linen and burgundy accessories. Alongside the image is a title that reads 'Travel, Bede Serviced Apartments, Coventry, CV6 3BU,

We stayed at Bede Serviced apartments for 3 nights in order to attend the Allergy and Freefrom Show at the NEC Birmingham and the German Christmas Market in the city centre. The apartments are around 20 minutes from the NEC and 40 minutes from the City Centre.

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