My Week of: Breakfast Club, Coding, and Books

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The Breakfast Club

Stop #1 on my journey to find great breakfast places in London

This week I found a new place to eat breakfast: The Breakfast Club! I heard about it through the barista at Starbucks, who insisted that I give it a try.

First of all, their website is so strange, but that’s one of the reasons I decided to actually go to this place. It’s different. Weird. Quirky. Then I looked at their menu and kind of fell in love. I’m so on board with this “Brunch served from open to 5pm every day” idea. YES! Breakfast is the best meal.

So, after a few days of mulling it over, I finally dropped in for brunch.

The Breakfast Club in London

My first impression: this place is cool. They had loud music playing, but not so loud that it’s like a club. And it was GOOD music. It was kind of a weird variety (stuff I loved 6 years ago, stuff my dad listens to in the car, etc.), but I loved it all.

The Breakfast Club is a busy place. It’s one of those restaurants where they smoosh everyone together because they have to. You won’t get a table to yourself, they’re going to put you in any empty seat. As a shy, anti-social person, that’s not something I always like, but it totally didn’t bother me this time.

I’m not sure if this was like, an official thing, but there was an entire table for people on their laptops. Maybe it’s just because that’s the table where the outlets are.. but I felt like I wanted to run home and get my laptop and start coding up a frenzy next to them.

Instead, I came armed with a book:

Teardrop at The Breakfast Club in London

Sadly, I’m not loving Teardrop so far.. I might even DNF it, just because I’m not loving it and I’m afraid it won’t get better. It’s not that bad though.

But the reading came to a complete standstill when this beauty arrived:

Hot Chocolate at The Breakfast Club

I have a hot chocolate addiction. I love it, I need it, IT’S MY PRECIOUSSS—ahem. But this hot chocolate was fab. It even comes with marshmallows by default! And my server even gave me the evil eye when I asked if it came with whipped cream. I hate whipped cream and some places put it on by default so I always make a point to tell them I don’t want it. When I asked if it came with whipped cream, I think the server thought I was crazy. That’s a good sign! (I think?)

And last, but certainly not least:

Pancakes at The Breakfast Club

Mmmm pancakes! I’m normally a scrambled eggs kind of girl, but I hadn’t had pancakes in AGES! And these were divine. I judge a place based on its maple syrup choice, and The Breakfast Club did very well. None of that cheap, gnarly log cabin shit.

So my trip to The Breakfast Club was a success, and I fully intend to return and try out their scrambled eggs! That’s when the real test begins (I’m picky about my scrambled eggs!).

Coding: New Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin Add-Ons

This week I released two add-ons to the Ultimate Boook Blogger Plugin.

Reading Challenges Add-On

This add-on is a must-have if you participate in a lot of reading challenges! The plugin allows you to create challenges and set goals. Then when you write a book review, you just check a box to assign that book to a reading challenge. Then the plugin will automatically keep track of your progress!

Buy Now ($7.50)

Rating Report Add-On

The new rating report add-on is just like the original rating report plugin, but better!

The original plugin was intended to function 100% on its own. So you can download and install that plugin without the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.

The new rating report add-on is for people who already own the UBB plugin. This add-on hooks straight into the UBB plugin. It uses the same settings panel and blends in seamlessly. It also comes with a new more options and settings. You can customize the number of rating categories you have (anywhere from one to five), name the sections, choose to display number or star ratings, and the plugin automatically uses the same star ratings as UBB.

If you already have the original Rating Report Plugin and want to switch to the new add-on, no problem! When you install the add-on, just make sure you name your categories in the same order you did in the previous plugin (if category #1 was “Plot”, put “Plot” in the first box in the add-on). Then all your ratings will automatically transfer over!

Download Now (FREE!)

New Books This Week

Normally I keep track of all the books I get each week as I get them.. but this week I didn’t do that. So I’m kind of winging this and hopefully it’s accurate!

For Review

Me Since You by Laura Wiess
Me Since You by Laura Wiess


Note: I’ve already read all three of these. I rip most of them to shreds in my reviews (unfortunately), which will be coming out next week!

The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin
The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

And here’s a Harry Potter mug photo, just to make you smile!

Harry Potter marauder's map mug

What awesome things happened to you this week?

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  1. Hmm, since I’m practically your neighbor I might just hop on a train and visit that breakfast club. x) And I’ll meet you and I’ll fangirl because of it. Weird.
    I saw Teardrop on Netgalley and I got declined for it, but if I now I see that you’re not liking it at all, it might not have been a bad thing.

    And that’s cool about the rating report thingie, I had that for a while, but I when I rate books I go with my feels and the rating report is more something for people who calculate it and stuff.

    I’m still eagerly awaiting that new widget plug-in thing. =)

    Bieke @ Istyria book blog recently posted: ARC Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
    1. Hehe 😀

      The fates may have spared you when it comes to Teardrop. I mean I don’t think it’s HORRIBLE so far, but I’m not clicking with it.. and I have read a few reviews that say it only gets worse :/ So I may just DNF.

      Yeah I don’t break down books according to categories either. I’m totally all about feels!

    1. I know.. I thought it was impossible that I’d hate it because EVERYONE loves that book. But nope. I ripped that poor thing to shreds.

    1. Hah! I think the thing about The Breakfast Club is that they try to be super American with their food. Maybe that’s why the pancakes are good!

      I’ve never had pancakes anywhere else in the UK though, so I can’t really compare.

    1. Isn’t it amaaaazing?? I got mine at the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio, but I’m sure you can find them online or on eBay or something!

  2. The Breakfast Club sounds like a fun place to visit! I opened their website in a new tab, though, without looking at it(was going to look at it after reading that section!) and to say I was startled was a bit of an understatement. Their hot chocolate looks delicious! I’m the same way with whipped cream, I don’t understand the appeal, so I would have definitely gotten the same look from the server as well.

    Ooh, was Anna and the French Kiss one you ripped to shreds? I didn’t like that book AT ALL, and we’re such a small club. I found Anna to be insufferable.
    And that Harry Potter mug is awesome!

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    1. Yes, I completely ripped Anna and the French Kiss to shreds! I was a bit shocked because everyone LOVES that book and I kind of hated it O_O

      And yay! It’s nice to find another person who doesn’t like whipped cream. My boyfriend thinks I’m nuts.

    1. No worries! The original has a lot less flexibility than the new one, and the new one was only just released. 😛 You may still even prefer the custom one you have.

  3. Forget my plan to jet off to Paris, I think I’ll come meet you and YOU can show me around all the awesome breakfast places. I did get denied Teardrop from NetGalley but seeing as you aren’t really enjoying it, it might have been a good thing. Oh and seriously, I LOVE HOT CHOCOLATE! It’s gotta have either loads of whipped cream or mounds of marshmallows in it.I have a serious sweet tooth.

    Oh and that Harry Potter mug? I WANT!

    Alexia @ Adventures in Reading recently posted: Review: Streaks of Blue by Jack Chaucer
  4. That breakfast place sounds awesome!! If I’m ever in London, I will find you and we will go there together. It’s decided. 🙂 Bummer that you’re not enjoying Teardrop. The cover of that book is so pretty and I want to read it, but now….I guess I’ll wait for your review. You didn’t like JOD and Anna and the French Kiss?? I haven’t read either of those, but have heard awesome things about them. Can’t wait to hear the other side. I love reading positive vs. negative reviews. It helps me get a better picture of the book overall.

    Rebecca @ The Library Canary recently posted: Dear.... A Letter to a Character: Elisa
    1. Sounds good! 😀

      But yeah I’m bummed about Teardrop. I mean, Atlantis?? Awesome! But it’s just not grabbing me so far. :/ I’ve started another book that I’m loving so much more, so I might just not continue with Teardrop.

    1. Totally get your geek on! 😉

      I’ve heard sooo many mixed things about the Fallen series. I have friends who loved it and friends who hated it with the strength of a thousand suns.

      1. 😀 I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to do. I might try something with content or “contains: x” for book reviews. I’ve been using tags, but I’m not super fond of that. I just need to get caught up first on actually blogging. ><

        I'll probably try Fallen one day, just because I can get it in ebook form from the library. That leads to me trying lots of books I otherwise might not. I'm just wary of packaged books in general. I was thinking of Dance of Shadows last night, and how much I was looking forward to it, and how much I disliked it. Oh well. I have Teardrop now, so we'll see!

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