Do You Actually Have Good Taste In Books?

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HELLLLLLLOOOOOO READERS, it’s FRIYAY and I’m pretty excited for this tag. I found this on Buzzfeed (one of my favourite sites) and I thought I would try it out! If you want to the quiz on the Buzzfeed site, here is a LINKBut here are all the questions and I’m going to answer them and see how many that you agree with.

It has to be Paperback right? I have tiny, tiny arms that make carrying Hardbacks really tough.  I love hardbacks but I have so little space for books anyway that paperbacks have to be the answer.

HARRRRYYY POTTTTERRR! I’ve never been a massive LOTR’s fan. I’ve spoken about this maybe a million times before but HP is just ma fave. I think it’s most people’s fave – although T still hasn’t finished them all and this massively upsets me.

OLD BOOOOKS. I absolutely adore the smell of old books and new books actually, but maybe old more? Although it’s so dangerous smelling books in shops JIC someone sees you aha.

Stephen King – neither of them are authors I read a lot by but I think King just about trumps Stine.

……….. Neither? Okay, Okay, if I HAD to pick I would choose Fantasy but there are so many genres I would prefer to read; historical fiction, YA, romance, memoir. The LIST GOES ON.

I like both, but I think indoors, looking at the outdoors. Like when you’re reading and it starts to the rain and it feels SO BLOODY COSY, or when it’s super sunny but you know if you move outside you’re going to be bitten by some kinda bug or get burnt or whatever. Both, but indoors.

God these questions – NEITHER AGAIN. But if I had to pick one – 50 shades, because I cannot stand Twilight. It’s not my thing.

This one is going to be a two part answer – Lizzy that doesn’t have to pay rent, and student loans and buy food and pay for 3454344 trains (literally that is how many trains I have to use maybe every 3 weeks,) would say 10000000% million percent bookshops.

The Lizzy that is really broke says online. I’m terrible. I know this.

Oh Gatsby. I haven’t even read The Catcher in the Rye yet cause I’m a nob.

Fiction, FICTION, FICTIONNNN. I love non-fiction but I prefer it in television documentaries or in movies? Saying that anything on The Titanic I am all over.

I HAVE NEWS, I have started properly, properly, properly, using bookmarks. Not always a bookmark, I mean train tickets, or a page from an SEO report I’ve just written, or a receipt, BUT IT’S BETTER THAN DOG-EARING.

#YESADULT #YESBOOKMARKS #YESREADER

Is that even allowed? Are you allowed to ask that question – it doesn’t seem fair. I would have to pick Roald Dahl though.

Audio book! Although I don’t buy them enough because they’re often kinda expensive and I get so many Ebooks because ya know, ARC copies.

I think when I did it I got 10 “right” as in they matched with other humans that took the quiz? Let me know which questions you agree with and which ones you’re a little unsure about. Also have a fantastic day readerrrs!

A bookworm’s perfect pamper evening

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Hellllllo reader’s, something a little different in terms of posts but one that I’m hoping to do more of. I’ve always written a lot of reviews which I think are so important for a book-based-blog, but I love reading more bookish/lifestyle type posts and I’m going to have a mini experiment and see how they go down. Many of you will know, I love to give myself a pamper despite not being a ‘girly-girl,’ but seriously you cannot beat a bath/face-mask/deep-hair-condition and a good book so I thought I would tell you my ‘formula’ (which I have been perfecting) for the perfect bookworm’s pamper evening. 

 

  

Step-one: Tea-time.

The first step on my list is to make tea; despite being a born Brit, breakfast tea has never reaaaaaaly done it for me and therefore I stick to peppermint and green tea which is equally yummy. For Christmas this year I was given a pug mug, loose Peppermint tea and a pug infuser. Pop the leaves inside the pugs tummy add hot water and then hang him over the side of the mug to infuse.  

 

Step – two: Run Le bath

Might be a pretty obvious one but it’s kinda what you put in the bath; I am loving Lush’s Intergalactic bath-bomb boasting Peppermint, Grapefruit and Cedarwood Oil and a pop of Popping Candy this bath-bomb is refreshing and beautiful too. Deep-shimmery blue water filled with glittery goodness – pretty epic.

  

STEP – three: Pea Face

Okay, not exactly pea face, but at this point I go into the bedroom, grab my jammies, the book I’m currently reading or a new one to start and amble down to the fridge to pick up my Lush Brazen Honey face-mask. Quick look into my skin history – when I was 15 or so I had terrible acne through really awfully oily skin. Skip forward 7 years and I have managed to completely alter my skin type – I now suffer with scaly skin from avoiding any oil based products.

This face-mask, although looks a little like you’ve smushed mushy peas all over your face is the best face mask I’ve used to date. Packed full of fresh fennel ginger root and parsley to detox and stimulate, sage, rosemary and juniperberry infusion with cardamom and clove bud oils for their antiseptic qualities and fresh lime juice to cleanse the skin and free range eggs, honey and almond oil to soothe and moisturise this mask is a gem. Smooth over your face and leave whilst bathing to fully detox, relax and give your skin a hug.

  

STEP – Four: Get ‘ya Read on.

At this point in time – your bath should be run, not too hot, and your tea should be drinkable, the mask is drying and you’re hopefully starting to get that mellow happy feeling. This is when I hop in the bath and pick up what I’ve been reading last – it’s difficult for me to say tips for when in the bath because I’m terrible at it, but I would definitely say invest in a bath rack/tidy/shelf. Lusting over ‘The White Company’ version right now – give it to meee. Room for tea, snacks and your book and a flannel for wet fingers to stop mucky pages.

Once the water starts to get a little colder and I’m getting ready to get out and get warm in bed I apply Sugar Crush Body Scrub by Soap and Glory all over my body (I tend to step up out of the bath and make sure I’ve got every bit of me) and then wash off carefully.

  

STEP – Five: MOISTURIZE yo’self (and Jammies)

My last step is to smother myself in body-butter (especially my thighs and my tummy.) I am obsessively using Argan Oil products at the moment (shampoo, conditioner, intensive treatments) and this Wild Argan Oil Body Butter from the Body Shop which smells amazing and makes my skin feel supple, soft and moisturised. After I’ve let it settle in, it’s time for my scrabble jammies and back into bed for more reading (potentially more tea) and a wind down.

So there you go, five steps to my perfect bath and pamper session. I think sometimes as a book-blogger I put a lot of pressure on myself to read alllllll the time so it’s nice to unwind and relax with a book and look gorgeous (hopefully) afterwards.

 

Lush in Translation by Aimee Horton

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Helllllo readers, hope you’re well! I’ve been reading a hell of a lot of fun books recently because I’m worried that reading something toooooo serious will kill off my want to read at all. But fun stories are good for me and this one seemed like the perfect  read for little ole me. I got a hold of this copy after subscribing to a blog which is something I haven’t done before – without further delay onto the review.

Find out just how British Dottie is…

Dottie Harris is as British as they come, which is exactly what endears her to us. But when her pregnant American cousin comes for a visit, Dottie is a frazzled disaster who can’t seem to overcome the language barrier.

Lush in Translation is a funny look at parenting from both sides of the pond, and the surprising number of confusing language differences that entails.

So, plot time – the book follows the routine of busy working woman Dottie Harris who has gone from working woman to full on Mummy. Battling little ones her days are filled whizzing around wiping noses and finding shoes. Although things aren’t exactly what she was expected she’s adjusting to life. One day though, her expecting cousin from across the pond comes to stay and let’s just say there’s a bit of a language barrier and a bit of difference in expectations but the story follows the differences between the two and the little quirks and ideas about parenting.

This is a very short story but it’s a fun story – we see the quirks and confusion in the changes of language between the two. The confusion when the words nappies (diapers) sweets (candy) and dummies (pacifiers) are used. Throughout we see Dottie desperate to impress and as she attempts to bribe her children into behaving she starts to struggle with keeping up appearances.  The story continues to play out between the two women and we get to see the thought process that no matter where we’re from, the ideas we have, the life we decide to lead and the way we parent we are really just the same people underneath. Parenting comes  in all different styles and we each have our own way of doing it.

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In terms of the writing style it’s very very simple;  there’s very little description or character build up and there isn’t a lot into the characters. We don’t really get a description of Dottie other than she’s very British and likes a gin and tonic or too every so often. Her cousin is the same and that’s the real problem of the book it’s just too short. It is sold as a snapshot into her life but it definitely could have been worked into a longer tale. All of these comments will revolve around it being too short but there was just very little space in the scenes, almost each was told in a  just sentence which made it difficult to really get involved in.

The ending also was really disappointing because we just know so little about the characters it’s difficult to feel anything at the end of the book. I love short stories and I know T doesn’t because they so rarely deliver and recently I’ve felt a little like that. There’s a difference between a short story and what just feels like a teaser to a really GOOD book that’s just not there. Maybe if this had been a selection of books and snippets it would have been better because I thought the premise of the story was really good.

Overall I enjoyed this but I  think if I had bought this in paperback i would have been quite disappointed. At thirty pages I almost (I’m sorry) thought was it worth it? I just felt there could have been so much more to this tale. The continuation of the language barrier, the relationship between the two women as her cousin gets closer to her due dates; there’s a real story there but it’s missing here. I think if this had been worked into more stories then this would have been better, but right now, it’s just not enough for me?

Links

Goodreads

Amazon

Friday Favourites #1

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Helllo readers, please forgive me if this post is a little rambling in length but I’ve decided to write up my Friday (bookish) favourites. I haven’t written one before as such but recently I’ve been buying lots of reader related bits and bobs and thought I would pop it all together in a lovely post for you. I adore reading these on other blogs and thought I would write my own. I’m not going to do them every-week but I think if they go down well maybe once a month on the first Friday of the next month? We’ll see! For now, enjoy!

Scrabble ‘L’ Mug

I’ve mentioned this before but I’m not a massive tea or coffee drinker and only recently have I started to drink peppermint or green tea, but I’ve been converted and now adore the stuff so I’ve been picking up lots of new mugs to add to my collection. This most recent addition is a scrabble ‘L’ mug. It’s so pretty, with the score of the letter on there, a double point square on the bottom of the inside of the mug, and the distribution of letters on the back it’s kind of perfect. I picked this up in London for around £8 pounds which I know if a lot but I just think it’s wonderful.

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Pucca Peppermint & Liquorice Tea

Another addition to my list but I recently went to T and Harry’s house and Harry offered me a cup of Peppermint and Liquorice Tea which I have to say is amazing. When I next went to tesco I picked up a pack and I’ve been drinking  it pretty much constantly ever since. I’m trying to get better at reading before bed and this is the perfect accompaniment.

Primark Bee Hoppy Pyjamas

I adore Primark Pyjamas but I have tumultuous relationship with them. I love the shorts that they sell because they are so utterly utterly comfy but the vests that come with them are useless especially when you’ve got a bit extra in the chest area. So I have to buy a different top to go with, and I end up with so many mismatched vest tops.

However I did manage to pick up a pair of checked shorts in magenta, navy and white and a ‘BEE HOPPY’ oversized sweatshirt with pink, grey and white large horizontal stripes. It’s utterly gorgeous and perfect for snuggling up with whilst blogging and I have a pair of super snuggly white knee high socks to go with too.

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Blogging Diary

So, this year is the first year I’ve had a blogging diary. I know – shock horror but I’ve finally got organised enough to have a blogging diary and this one is perfect.  It’s compact and smaller than A4 but the size has the perfect space to write the day’s post – any work related notes and is bright highlighter yellow and magenta so I can find it in my bag/bed/floordrobe. I’ve only had it a month of so but I’m still using it which must be some kind of record.

Penguin Canvas Tote bag

I’ve had this a little while but just haven’t found a reason to blog about it yet. It’s a Penguin book cover of The Great Gatsby as a canvas book bag and I use it every day for work. It’s the perfect size for laptop, soup, charger, book and my blogging diary and my make-up bag, plus it’s gorgeous. I really want a maroon one but I’m yet to decide which book cover but I also adore the green Sherlock version. *Puts on wish-list.*

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So these are my wonderful January favourites. Hope you enjoyed this slightly different post but I might just write a few more.