Friday, 31 October 2014

8 helpful resources and guides for NaNoWriMo!

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NaNoWriMo is go tomorrow so I've put together a list of resources, guides and blog posts that I've found really useful in the past and this year.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

LUSH Butterbear bath bomb | review

LUSH Butter Bear

When I was in Dublin I picked up two LUSH bath products to try, the first was The Melting Snowman and the second was their Butterbear bomb.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

I like the idea of being organised

I like the idea of being organised but actually being organised is another thing entirely. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | review

Anna and the French Kiss Kindle cover

Spoiler free. 
Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Young adult, romance, contemporary
Pages: 372 pages
Publisher: Speak

Description from Goodreads: Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?

I know my blog was quite book heavy last week but I just cannot hold off on this review any longer. It was so good! 

That's right, I have finally read Anna and the French Kiss! You can thank all the bloggers raving about Isla and the Happily Ever After, they got me all excited and I finally picked this up. 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Miranda Hart Live

I realise that my blog was very book-heavy last week (I read a lot, I'm sorry!) so I'm going to start this week with something different. 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

6 things that made me happy this week

Girls - I tried to watch Girls earlier this year and I enjoyed it but for some reason I didn't watch the rest of season 1. I started watching it again last weekend and I couldn't stop laughing at it and ended up watching the rest of the series. 

Books - This is a regular feature on my things that make me happy this week posts and that's because I love books so much. This week has been a brilliant reading week for me, I've read: Endgame: The Calling, obliterated and fell in love with Anna and the French Kiss, This Is Sarah and finished Every Day, which I didn't really enjoy but at least I finished it.  

Anna was amazing. I understand the hype, I totally get it now. It is so well written. 

I know my blog has been very book heavy this week so I'm going to try and make sure it's more balanced next week. 

NaNoWriMo - NaNoWriMo begins next Saturday and I've begun my preparation and I've been digging out my dinosaur stickers ready smash the 50,000 word count goal. 

Inspiration and a bit of fear - Yesterday I enrolled on the NCTJ sports diploma course. I'm not starting it just yet as I'm finishing off the course I'm on but I'm looking forward to starting the NCTJ after thinking about it for two years. Now I just need to find some of that self-discipline thing. 

Crunchie - I don't know about other cat owners but it seems like some times my cat doesn't want to talk to me and just sits at the other end of the room looking at me. This week though he's been all over me and keeps sleeping on me. He tried to sleep on my head earlier this week.

The colours of autumn - I can't believe I haven't got any nice autumn pictures but I just haven't had chance. My drive to work has been much more interesting than usual as the leaves are all beautiful orange colours. 

What made you happy this week? 

Friday, 24 October 2014

Endgame: The Calling - James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton* | book review

Endgame: The Calling - James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton cover
Title: Endgame: The Calling
Author: James Frey
Genre: Dystopian, young adult, science fiction, fantasy, thriller
Pages: 477 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: October 7th 2014

Description from Goodreads: Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame. 

The description is quite long so I cut it short, you can read the rest on Goodreads though. 

I picked this up because the blurb made it sound a lot like The Hunger Games and a lot of reviewers on Goodreads said it was a rip-off, so I was curious to see how it compared.
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