Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Book haul #5 / I have no self-control in Waterstones

Days after saying I was going on a book buying ban I went in Waterstones and it all went to pot. 

I should know by now that if I go into a book shop I will buy books, especially Waterstones because they always have offers on. 
Their table of buy one get one half price on YA books pulled me in and I was trapped. It was kind of like a Venus flytrap, I was powerless. Side note: if anyone ever needs to capture an army of book nerds, that is the way to do it.

So, starting now: I am on a book buying ban until the end of January! 

But before I go and hide all forms of currency I have, let's have a look at the books that shattered my ban.

Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
I can never really figure out if Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After are a trilogy or not. The characters appear in each other's stories so in my mind they're a trilogy and Lola is the second book. 

I'm a little apprehensive about this because of how much I adored Anna. There was a sample chapter of Lola at the end of Anna and I wasn't instantly hooked. I'm hoping that's because I was mourning the end of the book. 

Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins
This is the third and final book in the series. It was released earlier this year and people have raved about it so much that I decided it was time for me to start the trilogy. 

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
I read We Were Liars earlier this year on Kindle (you can read my review here) and loved it. E. Lockhart is doing a signing in a Waterstones near me in December which I'm hoping to get to, so of course I needed a physical copy for her to sign. 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart
This was my wildcard purchase. I rarely buy a book without researching it but I saw this on the table and saw it was by E. Lockhart and that was enough to convince me to pick it up. 

Throne of Glass - Sarah. J. Maas
Because I haven't got enough unfinished series on my shelf...

I've only heard good things about Sarah J. Maas and after hearing her mentioned a few times during the Epic Reads Book Shimmy Awards nominations, and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. 

What books have you bought recently? Have you read any of these? 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Little LUSH haul #4

Over the weekend I popped into LUSH to get another shampoo bar and picked up a couple of other things. 

Montalbano shampoo bar - £5.75
I've just finished the Jumping Juniper shampoo bar (I loved it, highly recommend it) and I'm completely sold on shampoo bars and wanted to test another one. 

After talking to one of the store assistants, I picked up Montalbano which is supposed to give your hair shine and has a wonderful fresh citrus smell. 

Quick note on shampoo bars: they're brilliant value for money and last months. 

Hot Toddy shower gel - 100ml for £3.95
When I saw smelt this I thought of my Mum, she loves whiskey and Christmas scented things so this is perfect for her.

I say her, but I mean the both of us. See, there are some benefits to living with your Mum at that's not what Taylor Swift meant when she was on about 'feeling 22.'

I haven't tried any LUSH shower gels but after sniffing this, there was no way I couldn't pick up a little bottle. 

Let The Good Times Roll cleanser - £6.75 for 100g
I'm using LUSH's Bouche de Noel at the moment, but it doesn't exfoliate and my skin is demanding an exfoliator. I used Let The Good Times Roll earlier this year and it's a great gentle exfoliator. 

Previous LUSH hauls: LUSH Haul #2 | Little LUSH Haul #3

Have you picked up any LUSH products recently?

Monday, 24 November 2014

Is 'Not That Kind of Girl' by Luna Dunham worth reading?

Not That Kind Of Girl - Lena Dunham cover
Not That Kind Of Girl - Lena Dunham cover

Title: Not That Kind Of Girl
Author: Lena Dunham
Genre: Biography, non-fiction, humour
Pages: 288 pages

Description from Goodreads"There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told," writes Lena Dunham, and it certainly takes guts to share the stories that make up her first book, Not That Kind of Girl. These are stories about getting your butt touched by your boss, about friendship and dieting (kind of) and having two existential crises before the age of 20. Stories about travel, both successful and less so, and about having the kind of sex where you feel like keeping your sneakers on in case you have to run away during the act. Stories about proving yourself to a room of 50-year-old men in Hollywood and showing up to "an outlandishly high-fashion event with the crustiest red nose you ever saw." Fearless, smart, and as heartbreakingly honest as ever, Not That Kind of Girl establishes Lena Dunham as more than a hugely talented director, actress and producer-it announces her as a fresh and vibrant new literary voice. 

Since it's release in September, Not That Kind Of Girl has generated a lot of hype and a bit of controversy. 

It's performing pretty well in book charts and lots of people have been raving about it but: does it live up to the hype and is it worth reading? 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

6 things that made me happy this week

Heading into this week I was not particularly amused since my trip to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was cancelled, (don't get me started) but it's turned out to be a pretty good week. 

Haircut: Yep, I'm one of those people who gets excited about getting a haircut. To be fair I have good reason to since the last time I had it cut was almost a year ago. My hair was washed by a fabulous man called Charles (of course he was called Charles) and I had a few inches off after declaring long hair 'too much hassle for me.'

24in48: Last weekend was the 24in48 readathon. I didn't rack up anywhere near 24 hours of reading but I finished four books: Not That Kind Of Girl, How The In-Laws Ruined Christmas, Pandemonium and finally, Mockingjay. 

Foo Fighters tickets! My Mum, Tom and I have been wanting to see the Foos for ages but kept missing them. We've finally got our paws on some tickets to see them in Wembley next June. Not only am I looking forward to seeing the Foos but I've never been to Wembley Stadium before so that will be fun. (Yes, I find things like that fun) Any of you lovely lot going? 

Finding new blogs: Earlier this week I tweeted that I wanted some more bookish blogs to read and got send a heap of links and found some brilliant new blogs, that are making my book buying ban very difficult to stick to. 

A day off: I took Friday off and had the day to myself, which was nice. I also got a bit more Christmas shopping done, did a fair bit of reading and wrapped presents up. I feel like Santa. 

Animals sticking their tongues out: Animals sticking their tongues out always tickles me. Bert go so relaxed on the sofa one night that his head was hanging off it and his tongue was sticking out. Crunchie decided to sit on my book and stick his tongue out at me. It's the small things in life. 

What made you happy this week? 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Yankee Candle's Snowflake Cookie wax melt

Christmas scents are my favourite; they kick the butt of every other scent with their homely, cosy, baking sniffs. 

The Snowflake Cookie wax melt was part of a haul I picked up a couple of weeks ago and it's been filling my room with delicious cookie scents ever since. 

My descriptive skills leave a lot to be desired, but I'm going to do my best here. 

Snowflake Cookie has a delicious creamy vanilla scent, with notes of biscuit dough and the icing. 

I was worried that it might be an overpowering or sickly scent but once again Yankee Candle got it spot on and it just smells delicious and makes me want cookies. 

Whenever I smell Snowflake Cookie melting away an image forms in my head of a delicious biscuit with pink icing. I don't know if that's because the packaging has pink icing on it or because the melt is pink: but it smells pink. 

The packaging recommends that you should get 4 - 6 hours smelly time out of each wax melt. Here's a top tip for you: break your wax melts in half and you can double the amount of sniffy time. 

Yankee Candle's wax melts are reasonably priced and at the moment you can pick this one up from Yankee Direct for £0.94. (Price correct on 18th November)

What's your favourite Christmas scent? 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Photo gifts for the person who 'has everything'

Some people are tough to buy gifts for and I think the best gifts for people like that are photo related gifts because they're personal and timeless. 

Before we really get into this I would just like to make it clear that this isn't a sponsored post because I get that it might look like one. I'm just a genuinely pleased Photobox customer and I know how hard some people are to buy for.  

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

THRIVE - Arianna Huffington | book review

Arianna Huffington - THRIVE book cover

Title: THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.
Author: Arianna Huffington
Genre: Self-help, 
Pages: 352 pages

Description from Goodreads: Following the success of her acclaimed Third Metric conference, Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, is writing a book that offers women (and men) a new definition of success, one that focused not only on career advancements, but on the equally important goals of health and wellbeing, personal fulfillment, giving back and living a life of purpose and meaning. (Wow, that is a long sentence.)

Midway through September I wasn't feeling inspired to pick up any of the books I'd started and ended up trawling Amazon for something new and came across THRIVE by Arianna Huffington. 
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