Book Review // 37 Hours

Reading has now become a major part of my life, with University getting in the way, I couldn’t read as much as I would have liked. Now I’m regularly taking part in Blog Tours, hosted by the amazing Neverland Blog Tours., I am reading every month now. Last month, I said I would try and make this a monthly feature on An Ocean Glimmer and I’m pleased to say I will feature on Blog Tours all the way to January 2018!

I know that feels like forever away, but if you read my Monthly Favourites, you’ll know how quick I feel this year is going. This week is the Blog Tour for 37 Hours by J. F. Kirwan, the second book in the Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series. I am really excited to share with you, my thoughts on 37 Hours and today I am sharing the day with Sarah over at Sunshine Sarah xo.

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Introduction to Silverstone Race Maker

I thought I would introduce you to one of my passions, as some of you know I am a massive fan of motorsports, mainly Formula 1 but also British Touring Car Championship and World Endurance Championship. Before 2014, I had never attended a motorsports championship at Silverstone, a circuit that I constantly drove past whenever I went to my uncle’s.

It wasn’t until I saw Silverstone advertising their Race Maker program that I thought, I should definitely apply for that! It would be a dream come true if I attended an event at Silverstone, I know I lived six hours away and couldn’t drive but I thought why not. You never know unless you apply. My mum threw all sorts of questions at me when I told her I wanted to apply, like how will you get there, where will you live?

I just replied saying, I might not even get it. When I received that email to say can I travel to Silverstone to have an interview, I was over the moon, straight away telling dad that he needs to take me to Silverstone. It also meant my first time visiting Silverstone would be with my dad, who also wanted to visit the circuit but never had free time with his job. Trying to drive from the main gate to the Wing took forever!

Silverstone Wing

It did feel that sooner or later we would just appear on the circuit, I kept asking dad if we were going the correct way. Of course, I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t pass the interview, something I thought would never happen, as I was only working part-time and still in full-time education! What skills did I have that would make me a good candidate, there must have been something.

I will never forget the joy I had when I received that good news, I know I made dad feel very jealous! The Silverstone Race Maker program was set up in 2013, it is a program made up of passionate volunteers who all come from different backgrounds and nationalities. Some of us have a passion for motorsports, whereas some of us just like volunteering.

You’re probably thinking what is a Race Maker, well the easy way to describe it would be we’re the friendly face of Silverstone. We need to be approachable people so visitors of Silverstone know they can approach us for anything. Currently, there are two job roles, Customer Services and Grandstand Steward, these are pretty self-explanatory really and I’m lucky enough to be able to do both roles.

Silverstone British GP

These past four years have been amazing and something I would treasure always. I can’t explain how lucky I am, especially now that my dad does it as well. Since I started I have attended four British Grand Prix, two British Touring Car Championship, the Moto GP, World Series by Renault and World Endurance Championship.

I would love to attend more events within the year but the timings have not been correct, but now I only live 45minutes away, I think I’m definitely going to be attending more. Throughout the four years, there are definitely a lot of memories I will always treasure, first up it will be all the drivers I have met who are all very friendly and even talkative.

My favourite driver I have met must be the most smiley man I know Daniel Ricciardo who currently races for Red Bull Racing in Formula 1. I support Daniel every single race weekend and if I could, I would talk for hours with him as he’s soo friendly. At the 2014 British Grand Prix, I met Jules Bianchi who sadly lost his life after an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix later that season.

Silverstone Bianchi

This is something I would treasure always as to this day, I still can not believe I met him! Another driver I was lucky to meet was Max Chilton during the World Endurance Championship, I managed to get access to Nissan’s hospitality after asking one of the team members if Max was inside. He just replied saying you won’t be able to grab anything from inside, I was only interested in meeting Max.

I was a little worried about approaching him but when he said yes to a photo and was really friendly, my nerves faded away! The reason I love being a Race Maker is that you are a part of a massive family, I have met some amazing people through this scheme, some I would even call good friends. A lot of people are quite surprised to hear that I don’t get paid to be a Race Maker.

We are all volunteers and we are there because we love it. This is the main reason I do it, you are always meeting new people and the visitors are really good fun, if you get along with them, then you’ll be fine! You’ve got to be a very good people person. I also love it that no day is the same, every day I’ve been a Race Maker it’s different from the previous.

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I know there’s a lot of you out there that love motorsports or even just love volunteering if this is something that appeals to you, you should definitely apply! I’m telling you in advance about this scheme, with the opening date not being until next year because you need to get in early and shine as the scheme is becoming more and more popular each year.

You can keep up to date over on their official website with more information or even on their Twitter and Facebook.

I hope you have enjoyed this post! I hope I’ve been able to describe the scheme well enough and I hope I haven’t made too many of you jealous. I know the people I speak about this would love to do it themselves.

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August 2017 – Book Lovers Day

Since finishing university, I’ve had a lot more time on my hands, for this I’ve managed to read a lot more, one of my favourite hobbies! During my semesters, I would read books after books, but these would be boring books for my assignments. I lost interest in reading for fun as well as just not having enough time. If you’ve been following An Ocean Glimmer for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been taking part in some book blog tours.

These have fueled my reading needs and has shown me just how much I’ve missed reading for pleasure. Which is why I’m currently loving today, because it is Book Lovers Day! There are many different ways you can celebrate Book Lovers Day because we are all different, we need some that will fuel all our needs. You can read some of your favourite books, maybe something from your childhood that you loved or what about a trip to your local library and just sit there for hours and read all kinds of books.

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July Favourites

I’m not sure about you, but July has gone pretty quickly for me, it’s already the 2 August with only a couple more months to go until Christmas! I’ve really enjoyed writing these Favourites posts, as it’s a perfect way for me to remember what I’ve done, just like June I’ve been pretty busy this month. For the past couple of months, I have loved taking part in Neverland Blog Tours.

If you haven’t been following An Ocean Glimmer, Neverland Blog Tours were created by Jenny the blogger behind Jenny in Neverland. She hosts a range of different Blog Tours for all kinds of book genres, including Young Adult, Romance, Thriller and Mystery, I’ve been very fortunate to take part in a couple of her Blog Tours including this month’s Blood Bank by Zoe Markham.

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National Milk Chocolate Day

Today is a very exciting day, if you know me, you’ll know exactly how much I just love chocolate! Friday 28 July is National Milk Chocolate Day, for one day of the year, you’ve got a good excuse to pick up some chocolate and of course, eat it, very exciting right. Don’t worry if you’re on a diet, make the most of today and have some of your favourite milk chocolate to celebrate.

There are many different ways to celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day, maybe you could go to your local cafe and order a scrumptious hot chocolate or even bake a chocoholic’s dream cake. You could even pick up some of your favourite chocolate bars and have a movie night in with some of your friends. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve recently moved to Aylesbury.

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The Liebster Award

It’s always amazing when you’re tagged in an award, earlier this year you might remember that I was nominated for The Liebster Award by the lovely Steph from Juniper Daze as well as Zara from Its All Zara. Well, at the end of June I found out that Charlotte from DBBloggerxoxo nominated me for The Liebster Award… I know, again!! I am massively thankful to Charlotte for nominating me, it means the world to me, especially as recently I’ve started to fall in love with her writing and blog! I really do aspire to her blog, as it’s gorgeous, especially her photographs, they are perfect and you should be very proud Charlotte!

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50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Tag

Today is a little special post, recently I was tagged by the lovely Zoe to do the 50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Tag. I love tags like these, as it’s the perfect way to get to know each other on more of a personal level! Some of these questions are pretty odd and hopefully, you’ll learn something new about me! When I finished Zoe’s, I fell in love and couldn’t wait to begin my own.

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Cover Reveal // 88° North by J. F. Kirwan

Today I am super excited to be celebrating with all of you the cover reveal for 88° North by J. F. Kirwan, that will be released 14 December 2017 from HarperCollins. At the moment, I am reading 66 Metres, the first book in the Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series, as I am getting ready for the 37 Hours Blog Tour next month. Before we get started, I’m going to give you a little information about the book and author.

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Penclic R3 Wireless Review

We are now in a generation where technology is everything, we are mostly always on either our PCs or phones, the problem with this is medical problems could start to form. One of the main injuries is RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury, this is the general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves, and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse.

I’ve recently been enjoying the R3 Wireless by Penclic, a pen and mouse all rolled into one, with it suitable for both Mac and PC users anyone is able to use it. Penclic is a Swedish company, the creator of ergonomically functional and sleekly designed computer accessories. They combined the latest technology with Scandinavian design to make work more productive, comfortable and efficient.

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June Favourites

It’s officially less than six months to Christmas, half of the year has gone past and it’s been a crazy one! I don’t think I’ve stopped this month, there’s always been something going on. I thought I would share with you what I’ve been loving over the course of June, as well as what I’ve been up to, I didn’t realise how much I’ve done until putting this post together.

First up, I was very kindly invited to the wedding of Jodie and Adam, I have worked with Jodie since I started at Sports Direct four years ago and we’ve always got along soo well. When I received the invite I was very honoured and couldn’t wait, especially with it being at Dartmoor Zoo! Perfect place for a wedding. I’ve never mingled with my colleagues outside of work, so it was nice especially with me moving this month.

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