Books, Books and More Books

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Since August I have become a book worm. It started when I was given some books for my birthday and finally having the time to read and escalated from there.

First up was The Girl With All The Gifts, I cannot recommend this book more it is set in the future after a fungus infects the world making people become “hungries”. Now I know what your thinking not another zoombie book but this is different. The central character is Melanie a 10 year old girl who is a hungry kept in a military base where other children like Melanie are being experimented on. After the base is invaded its up to Melanie, Sergeant Parks, Dr Caldwell and Miss Justineau to get to the Beacon. I am also now very excited to see that the book is being made into a film.

Next up was We All Are Completely Beside Ourselves, this book took a while to get into but it was worth it. The book starts in the middle and jumps back and forth from the beginning intwined with the middle into the end. The book is based on the idea of people raising animals as humans. Our main character Rosemary is human her “sister” Fern is not. Throughout the book you learn that Fern went away and Rosemary has blocked out the reason why. The end of the book is so sweet and made my heart melt.

I had seen this book around for a while and thought it looked interesting but I was so disappointed with The Shock of The Fall. I stuck with it as I wanted to know how it ended but I never got stuck into it. The book is written like an autobiography by Matthew the younger brother of Simon who suffers from downs syndrome, within the first few pages Simon dies and Matthew’s life changes.

Next I went on to read all six of the Scott Pilgrim books. These books are a good quick read that are beautifully illustrated in black and white. After reading these books I want to read more graphic novels.

After reading a review of The Jewel in Grazia I decided to give it ago. This book got me hooked at once, the idea behind it is that the upperclass cannot have children and they have to use surrogates. Each surrogate has a ranking once they become of age they are trained and bid on by the wealthy. The story is told through one of the surrogates perspective after being bought by one of the richest women in the Jewel.  If you want a book to read during the summer give this one ago.

I was watching Giovannasworld on YouTube and she was talking about what books she was loving at that point. I had heard about The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect and decided to give them ago, the story is in a man’s point of view of finding a partner. The book is sweet with an odd awkward leading character. If you like awkward love stories then these books are for you.

Up next is the Divergent series, after seeing the film me and a friend decided we would give the books ago as we loved the film so much. The film does the book justice which I am so happy about if you haven’t read the books go and buy them now, I love the writing in which the author makes Tris a complete badass, the sector she choses highlights that. As the books continue you see Tris become a force to be reckoned with as she stands up for what she believes and rebells against authority. If you liked Hunger Games then pick this up.

After all the hype I have finally read the Miniaturist set in Amsterdam during the 17th century, Nella an 18 year old girl marries a much older man Johannes and moves from the countryside to the city. With a sister in law from hell and a distant husband Nella feels alone until Johannes buys her a dolls house. From there her life changes completely. With a variety of characters this book is a lovely read that grips you instantly, I couldn’t put it down and recommend to everyone I meet.

Finally I have just finished White Girl Problems and the sequel Pyschos written by Babe Walker, these books are so funny I did not stop laughing. Babe is from California and lives a life of luxury never being able to  keep a job and living off her fathers money. The book is a memoir of her life which came originally from a rehab exercise. Babe is crazy and has some hilarious insights into her world, I recommended this book to a friend and she loved it too not being able to put it down.

Beauty and Books Haul

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So this week I went a little mad and bought some books and took advantage of Boot’s 3 for 2 offer.

The first stop was to Waterstones as I had just finished The Night Circus and needed something else to read, to my delight they were doing a buy one get one half price offer which made me very happy.

After looking at all the tables I found The Bees by Laline Paull which instantly stood out to me. The cover instantly drew me in with its contrasting of gold and yellow to create hives on the cover, after searching the whole store for something else that stood out to me, I was probably in the store for an hour trying to find a second book.

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Once I had decided that I wasn’t going to find a second book an assistant asked if I needed help, this woman was a god send and I am very sorry that I didn’t catch her name as she found me a second book after recommending me multiple books that I for one reason or another turned down.

After listing all the books I had managed since August 11 books in total which I was amazed at. She then found me The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman, I had passed the book and looked at it multiple times but put it down due to it not being in the offer. The assistant was so lovely that she gave me the discount regardless of the book not being in the offer.

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Next it was off to Boots where I was so excited as they were doing a 3 for 2 offer on selected lines. As this month is the start of birthday’s I found some bits for a gift.

I was so happy to see that Maybelline was in the offer. After everyone has been raving about  the colour 24hr tattoo I instantly went to the section to see if any new colours had been added. To my joy I found that the Metallic Pomegranate was in after being sold out every time I went in. I then decided that I was going to use the offer and get my friend three different colours as she had not used any before, she has since been given the eye shadows and can not wait to use them. My favourite colour so far is Pink Gold which I purchased for her as well as Permanent Taupe.

Left to Right : Metallic Pomegranate, Pink Gold and Permanent Taupe
Left to Right :
Metallic Pomegranate, Pink Gold and Permanent Taupe

Next was to Bourjois, to be honest I have never been a fan of Bourjois but when I saw that there were eye crayons called Colourband I was intrigued. I had a look at all the colours and ended up getting a colour called Brun dadaiste which is a brown with slight gold tint to it. I also picked up a pink called Rose fauviste this colour reminded me of the Maybelline Pink Gold but in pencil form, lastly I got Beige minimaliste which is a lovely soft gold beige colour that I am sure I will be wearing often. I have since used the crayons and am really impressed they lasted the whole night without smudging.

Left to Right: Brun Dadaiste, Rose Fauviste and Beige Minimaliste
Left to Right:
Brun Dadaiste, Rose Fauviste and Beige Minimaliste

What I love at the moment

A White Bird in a Blizzard

This film is a must see, at first I wasn’t sure how good it would be as it wasn’t promoted that much in the UK. It has a stellar cast with Shailene Woodley, Eva Green and Christopher Meloni. Shailene Woodley plays Kat a teenager whose mother disappears with no word when she is 17. The film flips back and forth from present to flash backs. Throughout the film you learn about how Kat’s parents meet and their horrible relationship. If you like thrillers this is one to check out. The film was originally a book, which I am considering now buying, as I loved the film so much.

The Night Circus

I have become a complete bookworm recently due to long journeys to work and back. My brother’s girlfriend recommended this book to me, after reading the blurb on the back I could not put it down. Erin Morgenstern has written a magical fantasy world beginning in 1873 you meet Celia a famous magicians daughter and Marco a young protégé of Mr. A.H. From a young age both children are set a game one that neither of them understand that will last 30 years set in a circus. This book is gripping with it changing from past to present constantly. With multiple characters intertwining between past and present you will not put this book down, I only wish the circus existed, as it sounds amazing.

Rimmel Kate 107 Matte Lipstick

I had been looking for a red plum lipstick for months and after hearing Zoella talk about this one I am in love. The closest I had come to finding a perfect match was Wicked by Topshop which I still wear when I want a more plum look. This range by Kate Moss is perfect all focusing on different kinds of red lipstick with the best matte finish I have found, I also own 110 which is the perfect shade of red for me as it has a slight pink tint to it. If you are looking for a drugstore affordable matte lipstick check out Kate’s range for Rimmel as you will not be disappointed.

Left to Right  Kate shade 16, Kate shade110, Topshop shade Wicked, Kate shade 107, Kate shade 03
Left to Right
Kate shade 16, Kate shade110, Topshop shade Wicked, Kate shade 107, Kate shade 03

Topshop Ankle boots

These boots have become my must have pair of shoes to wear with any day outfit. I was very lucky as I got these shoes for £9!!!! when they were originally nearly £50 in a Black Friday sale. My response was WHAT they are like the posh kind of shoe they would be on the lit up display which was answered with laughter by all my friends. They are such a classic ankle boot with a cut out and a gold buckle and as I can’t wear heals that often they are the perfect height. I normally wear them with black ankle socks but I am thinking about pairing them with a ribbon trim sock to make it more spring/ summer.

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