To be read – June

To be read – June

I actually can’t believe I’m writing TBR June (even if we are almost half way now).. I swear it’s still January? This means I’ve been blogging for six months this month, it’s mad!

However, I’ve been seriously slacking on my reading and my book-related posts recently – I’ve been spending more time watching Youtube videos and Netflix and less time reading, but I’m going to fix that this month (with the exception of Orange is the New Black obviously).

You may have seen me mention in my May Favourites that I was loving finally reading Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I loved it that much that I’m currently on the second book, Walking Disaster. The book is your typical good girl meets bad boy kind of book but with lots of drama – and I love a bit of drama. However, the second book covers the same period of time as the first book, but it’s all from Travis’ point of view, as opposed to Abby’s. I really love it when books do this. I find the book really hard to follow if the POVs keep switching within the book, so actually having two separate books is a much better idea. It sounds kind of boring and repetitive, but actually seeing it from a different POV makes a whole other story. If you like a romance, this is definitely a book/series you should check out – especially if your in your late teens/early twenties, as it’s probably more relatable.

Also on my TBR for June are Morgan Matson’s books. I’ve just bought Since You’ve Been Gone, after wanting to buy it for ages (in fact I think it was on my March TBR). I’ve been kind of hoping the price would go down as it’s £8, but I caved this morning and bought it in Waterstones. It’s a YA book that sounds strangely similar to Paper Towns. The book is about to best friends and how when one of them (Sloane) goes missing and leaves behind a to-do-list that can supposedly bring back Sloane, wallflower Emily begins to follow the to-do-list.

I also really want to read The Unexpected Everything, by Morgan, this month. I’ve heard some fab things about this book and it was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fiction, so it can’t be bad. It also has dogs on the front cover – a deciding factor, of course. It basically follows a girl, Andie, who seems to have an ideal and perfectly planned out life, but things don’t end up going to plan one summer and she ends up doing things she never would’ve even thought about before – including becoming a dog walker.

So this month I plan to finish Walking Disaster, and read the third book in the series, Beautiful Wedding (oops spoiler), followed by Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything!

What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments – I’m always grateful for book recommendations! Also, let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them! Thanks for reading!

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To be read – on holiday!

To be read – on holiday!

I have just touched down today in Devon – as you can see from the super tumblr-y feature image. So expected some adventure related posts coming in the next week! Of course, a whole week of relaxing means a hell of a lot of reading for me so I’m about to catch up on all the reading that I haven’t had time to do the past couple of months. I thought I’d share with you guys what I plan to read, and if you like I could post an update at the end of my holiday to rate the books I read.

I’m aiming to read three books while I’m away, as I’ve also got a bunch of Netflix shows I want to binge on too. These are the three I plan to read, along with a little summary of what they’re about! (Side note – I totally didn’t plan the whole pink theme, but in hindsight it makes this post way more aesthetically pleasing.)

UnknownThe first book on my list, which I am absolutely dying to read, is A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. I read Beautiful Broken Things and completely well and truly loved it and so I’m desperate to read A Quiet Kind of Thunder and praying that it is just as good. The book follow Steffi, who doesn’t talk, and Rhys, who can’t hear. When Rhys starts at Steffi’s school, she is assigned to look after with her basic knowledge of sign language. As Steffi discovers her voice, she also discovers that she is falling in love with Rhys. Let’s hope the book is as good as Beautiful Broken Things, because if you haven’t already read that then you totally should – it’s a good ‘un. Plus, both of the front covers for these books are just gorgeous, they look amazing on my book shelf.

28482571Next up is Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel – courtesy of one of my best friends (thanks Em). I’ve really been wanting to read this one for a while, and I’m really excited now I’ve finally got the book. Faceless is about a girl called Maisie who’s face has been partially destroyed by freak lightening accident. Maisie’s life completely changes in the aftermath of the accident. Her whole life has been affected, not just her face. The book looks at how appearance affects relationships and day-to-day life and just how important looks are to the rest of the world. I’m actually so excited to read this, I really hope it lives up to my expectations because I feel like it’s going to be a really good story.

ANNA+UKLastly, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve been wanting to read Stephanie Perkins’ trilogy for ages. The reviews for Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After are all so so good and I’ve got no idea why it’s taken me this long to get round to reading them really! The book follows Anna’s move from her happy, comfortable life in Atlanta with her best friend, car, job and dream boyfriend, when her father decides it is time for Anna to experience culture and enrols her in an American school in Paris. Anna has no idea how she’s going to survive until she comes across Etienne St. Claire, the perfect boyfriend. However, Etienne has a girlfriend and Anna has an almost-boyfriend at home in Atlanta. So if you’re wondering what will come of Anna and Etienne, you better give the book a read!

So those are the three books I’m planning to read on my week away. Expect a couple of adventurous-photography type posts at some point within the next week as I explore this little village in Devon. In the meantime, check out my social media links to find me elsewhere on the internet, and have a lovely Easter weekend!

(P.S. if you want to hit me up on Goodreads then you can find me here, although I only recently made this account so I need to get it up to date a bit more.)

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Five things I can’t resist buying

Five things I can’t resist buying

Over the years I’ve had obsessions with buying lots of things; from Match Attax cards and those Simpsons magnets that came in cereal boxes to Gogos Crazy Bones (omg do you remember those, though?) and scented pencils. Lately, my obsessions have become slightly less weird and pointless, and I have five key items that I just can’t resist buying when I already own loads of them. So here is my list.

Plants. I’ve got a proper thing for plants. I’ve always been a bit of a plant lover, even before it was cool to own those Ikea cacti. So obviously when it did become cool to own them, I fully embraced my phytophilia. I’ve got all sorts of plants, from your basic succulents to Easter cacti and tropical plants. I’ve also been known to buy myself flowers (I can hear you laughing), in fact I bought myself some tulips just the other day! Honestly, I could spend as much in a garden centre as I could in a book shop or make-up store. I love ’em.

Lipsticks. It’s weird, considering I probably only ever wear the same three lipsticks about 95% of the time, but I can’t seem to stop myself from buying lipsticks. As if I don’t already have enough, I actually ordered four new ones the other day – so expect a post on those very soon. I mainly buy nude colours, but I also like dark colours. I’m not particularly adventurous, you’ll never catch me buying purples or oranges. I tend to stick with the same kinds of colours – which makes it all the more ridiculous. I especially love a lipstick if the packaging is good. I’m a sucker for packaging. I’m not too fussy about brand, they don’t all have to be expensive, I’ll take what I can get.

Books. It’s probably pretty obvious from my blog already, but I’m a bit of a book worm. I love a good book. I mainly go for contemporary stuff, but I like a good old classic too. Young Adult, romance-y stuff is my go-to, but I’ll happily read a crime or thriller too. That being said, I can usually get into any genre, as long as the content is gripping. I always have to buy the physical book, even if I read it on my phone, I’ll still buy the actual book. I love everything about a book; I love a gorgeous front cover, the smell when they’re new, the satisfaction of adding a new book to my shelf. I’ve got a fair few books now, I had to get three new book shelves in January because I’d just got two stacks of books in the corner of my room that were getting far too tall. I bloody love a good book.

Candles. To be honest, I’ve got a lot better recently on the whole candle front recently. That being said, I’ve been sat here all morning really really regretting not buying the Yankee Candle I picked up and put back down in Tesco tonight – it was beautiful and reduced for Mother’s Day too. Maybe I’ll go back today and grab it. If you’d have known me this time last year, you’d have probably been wondering whether I’d lost the plot because I was buying that many candles. I used to pop to the shop in between college and I’d buy a new candle nearly every day. It got to the point where I had to stop because I just physically didn’t have enough space for any more. I’m slowly working my way through them. My favourite scent is definitely lavender – I love a good lavender candle.

Lastly, Notebooks. If I had a penny for every time I’ve bought a notebook in my life..I’d still be broke. Again, I just can’t resist. The stationery aisle in a shop is often the aisle I avoid, because I could easily spend as much time in the stationery aisle as the book aisle or the candle aisle. I’ve got drawers full of notebooks, some I haven’t even used because they’re too pretty to ruin (wow, I know). I just think you can never have too many notebooks, I’ll use them all one day I’m sure. I might be hoarding them now but when i’m fifty and I’m broke because I spent all my money on books, candles, lipsticks, plants and notebooks, at least I’ll be able to use them then.

What items can’t you resist buying? Are any of yours the same as mine? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing what you guys love! Thanks for reading, and make sure you stick around because I accidentally placed an order with Superdrug the other day, and as soon as it arrives I’ll be putting up a big make-up haul, so keep an eye out. Until then, you can find me on any of my social media links

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To Be Read – March

To Be Read – March

I haven’t really posted about books yet on my blog – apart from my 2017 reading list which you can find here– and considering I read quite a lot I thought I ought to post more book-related things. So, I thought I’d do a little TBR in March post (how is it March already though?!) At the moment I’m reading about one book a week, so I’ve got four books on my list to read in March. So here’s my list along with a short description of each.

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.

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Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

Good girl, Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend. Travis Maddox is exactly what Abby needs – and wants – to avoid. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet.

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Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognise faces. When he meets Libby, the two find that the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

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The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised herself thinks everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. But when things change she realises that if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

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Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought, and let me know if at the end of March you’d like to see a review of the four. Also, if you click the titles of the books you can go check them out over on Goodreads. I’ve recently created a new Goodreads account which you can find here – follow me if you like, or just have a nose at what I’ve read/am reading etc. I haven’t quite got everything updated on there yet, but I’m working on it so keep an eye out.

Feel free to let me know in the comments what you’re planning to read in March. I’m always on the look out for more books to read so let me know what you want to read, or what you’ve already read in February! Thanks for reading and make sure you follow my blog for a post on Monday that’s going to be a huge haul of Busy B stationery products as they’ve really kindly sent me some things to review for them!

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Hitting 100 followers & life update!

Hitting 100 followers & life update!

Hey guys,

Firstly I want to apologise for the lack of posts again these last two weeks. My plan was to write a bunch of posts at the weekend and schedule them to post throughout the week. However, I had such a busy weekend last week that I didn’t get chance to write a thing! But all is good as I’ve managed to get a couple written and scheduled today so expect a make-up related post and a food related post later this week.

For now though, I thought I’d do a little post just to say thank you so much as I’ve hit 100 followers! I actually hit 100 nearly two weeks ago so this is a little overdue, but I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you. I realise that 100 probably isn’t a huge deal to most of you but I’m pretty damn proud. Especially seeing as I’ve only posted a handful of times over the last four weeks (sorry!).

For today’s post, other than saying thank you, I thought I’d write a little life update. I’ve not written a life update before, mainly because I figured nobody would be interested. Although I’m actually thinking that it might be kind of beneficial to me, both to look back on and as motivation.

So, as I’ve previously mentioned, I recently started a new job. This coming week will be my fifth week as an Editorial Assistant for a media company, and honestly, the last four weeks have well and truly flown by. I am actually quite enjoying it, I’m basically paid to write articles for a website all day (with the occasional bit of admin-statistics type work), and although the topics I’m writing about aren’t quite my favourite thing, it’s not unpleasant at all. It is so ideal for me as it is just over in the next town, so it’s pushing me out of my comfort zone just enough, and the people are all so genuinely lovely.

So far it has definitely done my confidence the world of good and I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of this whole adulting thing. But mainly, I cannot bloody wait for pay day. I’ve never learnt this kind of money before and I won’t lie I’m fully intending the splash the cash and buy all the books, clothes, make-up and candles that I want. I mean why not? I may as well go wild now, because lets face it, I won’t be able to when I’m older and have a stack of bills to pay.

It has also given me loads of motivation for the future, I am so ready now to go get my degree and be the editor instead of the assistant. Speaking of which.. I’ve been offered three unconditional university places so far, including the University of Worcester, which I plan to accept! So I’m pretty bloody happy about that.

In other news, I’ve finished re-vamping my room and I’m really really happy with it, I absolutely love spending time in here (would anyone be interested in a post on that?). I’ve also got super organised and started a bullet journal/diary type of thing which is really helping me keep track of what I’ve got going on (or what I haven’t), and again, I plan to write a post about that in the near future.

Lastly, the only negative thing is that I’m nowhere near far enough through my reading list as I planned/hoped to be! If you read my post from back in January, which you can find here, you’ll know that I’ve planned to read 52 books this year. I don’t necessarily plan to read a book a week, sometimes I read no books a week and other weeks I can read four a week – it just depends on how busy I am. However, we’re now like six weeks in to the year and I’ve only read three books, which I’m kind of disappointed about, but there’s definitely still time to catch up I guess!

This may not have been the most enthralling post, but I’m trying to come up with things to post that are different every time. Depending on the response to this I might post another life update in the future, so if you liked this make sure you give my blog a little follow to hear more! Thanks again to the lovely people who’ve followed my blog already, and I’ll see you on Wednesday evening for a post all about food!

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