I don’t know what to say but… Review and Interview with the author.

I don't know what to say but...Grief and Loss

Title – I don’t know what to say but….

Author – Antoinette Koutsomihalis

Publisher/Published – Vivid Publishing / March 2016

Genre – Self Help

Pages – 50

Summary from Goodreands.

A beautiful hardback book of 50 quotes, messages ,advice and photographs to give in sympathy providing the words we wish to express condolences giving hope, comfort and support on the loss of a loved one.
A long lasting gift to give instead of or alongside cards and flowers. It is elegant, easy to read and heartfelt.
Back cover ” I may not know what to say during your time of grief but, in giving you this book, it provides the words I wish to express my deepest condolences and sympathies on the loss of your loved one”

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 Stars.

My review for this will be short and sweet. This book was heart warming read that I think will be able to help many people through a time of grief and loss. I found it beautifully laid out with quote and pictures on each page. it was quite a calming read and I felt comforted the more I read, I felt as though I was drifting through the book and I felt quite contented by the end. I would really recommend this to anyone who is needing to find comfort in what can be a very difficult time. I genuinely believe that this book will help people through that time.

Interview with the Author.

Antoinette is a person I’m glad that I met, she is very kind and lovely and is also a very strong person and I had the privilege of asking a few questions as and interview for this post. I really hope you enjoy the interview, I for one was very moved by the answers Antoinette gave.

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? – I have written since I was a little girl about 8 years old I started writing poetry and I knew since then that I wanted to write.

2.What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?  It is really busy. I am also a therapist and own a property investment company as well as being a self publisher so I am constantly busy. I try and write everyday jotting down notes and poems in between meetings and marketing and promoting my book and work.

3.What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I am a night owl I write between 10pm and 3am as it is when I am most creative and I am usually fuelled on caffeine.

     4.What inspired the book? – I lost my Dad in 2010 and Mum in 2011 and it was during my treatment of Breast Cancer in 2013 I wrote a lot for emotional healing. I found that during those hard times I could count on one hand the people that were truly there for me and I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I had alone because people around them did not know what to say. I wanted to use my hardships and inspire others but in a way that it could be given as a gift to give to someone so they felt more loved and supported.

    5.What made you chose the pictures you did? My good friend Rebekah Taylor is a photographer and I approached her with my book idea and she jumped on board sharing my vision that the photography would be elegant, classy whilst inspiring and calming to people without triggering more grief.

    6. Do you plan to write more self help books?  Yes I do plan on writing more self help books and publishing my poetry.

    7.What is your favourite genre from reading? – My favourite is non fiction biographies and poetry.

     8.Do you have any reading or writing habits that you stick to? –  I journal and write notes, poems and quotes everyday and I try and read as much as I can

     9.What is your favourite book? – Ooh this hard to narrow down it changes with how I am feeling..I have to say my most reread book is The Complete works of William Shakespeare.


Bout of books Sunday Update and Wrap up 

Hey Guys. That’s it Bout of Books is over, I’ve had great fun taking part this time around. I didn’t read much for Sunday as I was visiting family. I read 17 pages of The Vegetarian by Han Kang.

There were no daily challenges today. 

My Progress

  • Number of pages read – 17
  • Total pages read – 697
  • Number of books read – 0
  • Total books read – 3

Wrap – up – Books Finished 

  • 202 pages of Black Cat by Virginia Andrews. 
  • 50 pages of I don’t know what to say but… by Antoinette Koutsomihalis 
  • 224 pages of The Magical World of Harry Potter by David Colbert 

Bout of Books 19 Saturday Progress

Hey Guys. Well the readathon is almost over. I’ve loved participating and I’m already excited for the next one. There is one more day to go and I’m hoping to read more than I have so far. 

For Saturday I read 30 pages of The Vegetarian by Han Kang. 

Today’s Challenge was Season of Books, so we had to pick a book that represents each season. I don’t really have a set reason why I chose these books I picked them because the appealed to me the most. I’ll start with Spring then Summer then Autumn and finally winter.

My Progress 

  • Number of pages read – 30.
  • Total pages read – 680
  • Number of books read – 0
  • Total books read – 3

See you tomorrow for the final update.

Bout of Books Friday Progress 

Hey Guys. I can’t believe the readathon is almost over. The time has flown by but I’ve had a lot of fun. So I visited a charity shop yesterday and got five books one of which was The Magical World of Harry Potter by David Colbert. I had to read it straight away as I am obsessed with anything to do with Harry Potter. It was a really good informative read and I loved reading all about the different meanings behind things in Harry Potter. I finished the book in pretty much one sitting. So I read a total of 224 pages today which I am super happy about.

Today’s Challenge was Book Spine Rainbow. I used my original editions of Harry Potter that I have had since I was a child.

My Progress 

  • Number of pages read – 224.
  • Total pages read – 654
  • Number of books read – 1
  • Total books read – 3

See you all soon for the next update.

Bout of Books 19 Thursday Progress

Hey Guys. Well today’s progress wasn’t as good as I had hoped but I still managed to read 70 pages of The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. Im glad it’s the weekend because I should get a lot morecently read. My plan is to finish the sin eaters daughter and at least one other book.

Today’s Challenge is Character Dating Profile. I have chosen Kaz Brekker for this. And all I need is a picture because Kaz wouldn’t make a profile. He is confident enough not to have one so I think he would just upload a picture. 

Merwild – DeviantArt

Progress Made 

  • Number of pages read – 70.
  • Total pages read – 430
  • Number of books read – 0
  • Total books read – 2

See you tomorrow for another update.

Bout of Books 19 Wednesday Progress

Can you believe day three is over. I had a much better reading day. I read 62 pages of Black Cat by Virginia Andrews, finishing the book. I read 50 pages of I don’t know what to say but… by Antoinette Koutsomihalis  and finished the book. I also read 64 pages of The Sin Eater’s Daughter Melinda Salisbury.

The challenge was #shelfie4boutofbooks so I did mine. I took a pic of three of my shelves.

My Progress

  • Number of pages read – 176.
  • Total pages read – 360
  • Number of books read – 2
  • Total books read – 2

Over all I am happy the progress I have made and I am hoping to keep it up. 

How is everyone else getting on? 

Bout of Books Tuesday Progess

Hey Guys. So I didn’t make much progress with my reading today. I only read 24 pages of Caraval by Stephanie Garber and 20 pages of Black Cat by Virginia Andrews. I wasnt feeling great and ended up sleeping most of the morning, then I had work and I just wasn’t up for reading. But I am hoping to catch up today as I’m feeling better. 

Today’s daily challenge was #notafont so here is my pick. 

My Progress 

  • Number of pages read – 44.
  • Total pages read – 184
  • Number of books read – 0
  • Total books read – 0

There you go. My Progress for day two. How is everyone else getting on?

Bout of Books 19 Monday Progress

Hey Guys. So day one of Bout of Books is over. I didn’t read as much as I’d like but I put that down to having a cold and I was tired yesterday. I was reading Black Cat by Virginia Andrews.

So the daily challenge was to describe yourself  #insixwords , so here goes – reader, geek, blogger, coffee lover, writer.

Now onto my Progress:

  • Number of pages read – 140.
  • Total pages read – 140
  • Number of books read – 0
  • Total books read – 0

There you go. Are you taking part? How much did you manage to read yesterday? 

See you all tomorrow for another update. 

Bout of Books 19 – TBR

Bout of Books

Hey Guys. Its Monday so you know what that means! Its Bout of Books time!! Bout of Books starts today and finishes on Sunday. Anyway this is a post dedicated to the books I plan to read this week. I always pick a larger TBR so that I can pick and choose what I read. On to the books:

  • Black Cat by Virginia Andrews – 373 Pages – I have already started reading this and as of Sunday 7th (the time I am typing this post) I am 153 pages in. I may have this finished by the start of the readathon but if not I plan for it to be my first book to finish on Monday.
  • A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – 227 pages – I am hoping to read this and finish it this week. It is a non-fiction book so it is a little out of my comfort zone but I am trying different genres so I am excited to see what this will bring.
  • Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley – 168 pages – I have chosen this graphic novel as I remember really enjoying the film when it came out and when I saw this on a deal on my kindle I just had to pick it up. It is quite short and I think I will be able to read the whole thing in one sitting.
  • The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin – 480 pages – I adored Victoria by Daisy Goodwin so when my friend Brooklyn showed me this I knew I had to get myself a copy so I hope to get to this at some point this week.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber – 416 pages – I have heard great things about this book and people have gave it good reviews. However I’m going into this open minded because I haven’t looked into great depth about what this is about.
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – 432 pages – This looks so good, the premise behind the plot is intriguing and I can’t wait to get stuck in.
  • Dragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon by H. Leighton Dickson – 364 pages – So the title of this pulled me in and made me want to read this. I mean come on it’s the life of a dragon told in the point of view of the dragon. Awesome!!
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster – 272 pages – I loved the movie so I can almost guarantee that I will love this as well and I should be able to read it quite quickly.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars story by Alexander Freed – 328 pages – Again I loved the films so I’m going to love this and I hope to read it quickly as well.

So there you have it my TBR for Bout of Books 19. My list is slightly big and most of the books are 300 + pages and I know I won’t be able to read them all. However I will be pushing my self to read as many as I can.

Are you taking part in Bout of Books 19? What do you plan to read?

Bout of Books 19 Sign Up post.

Bout of Books

Hey Guys! So exciting news, Bout of Books is back!! Bout of books is one of my favourite readathons to take part in. A whole week to read as much as you want and I just love taking part. Now here is the official blurb for the readathon:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

Bout of Books
What to expect during the readathon from me. I am going to be posting a TBR  tomorrow so stay tuned for that. I am also hoping to take part in the daily challenges so that means posting each day. I will be posting my updates at the start of the day, for example my completed challenge and progress for Monday will be posted on Tuesday morning. My completed challenge and progress for Tuesday will be posted on Wednesday and so on so forth until the end of the readathon.