Sunday, 10 February 2019

JANUARY 2019

A roundup of books I read in January and what I thought about them: 

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

'It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now...everything has changed.'

Friday, 28 December 2018

DECEMBER 2018

A roundup of books I read in December and what I thought about them:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
'At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable tale about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”'

“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.”

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Things I learned in the Night by Emily Byrnes*


Things I Learned in the Night is a beautifully illustrated poetry collection and a tribute to young love in a society that so often tries to invalidate it. Many of the poems in this book are exquisitely woven with nature imagery; a subtle reminder that through our struggles and joys we must all remember to take deep breaths and run in the rain every now and then. '


What a lovely little book, what a beautiful collection of poems. 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

NOVEMBER 2018

A roundup of books I read in November and what I thought about them:



The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
'When an alien capsule lands on Horsell Common, Woking, crowds of astonished onlookers gather. But wonder soon turns to terror when the Martians emerge. Armed with deadly heat rays, the aliens begin their conquest of earth. Confronted by powers beyond our control, a technology far in advance of our own, and a race of alien invaders which regard us as no more than ants, humankind faces extinction.

While the world crumbles under the shadow of the Martian menace, one man sets out alone across the desolate wasteland to find his wife. . .'


I absolutely loved this book, I found it both terrifying and impossible to put down, I swear at some points I actually held my breath it was so full of suspense. 'The War of the Worlds' has always creeped me out in film style, the sirens and the height of the tripods, I'm creeped out just imagining the sound now! I assumed the book would send shivers down my spine too, boy was I right. If you haven't read this and you enjoyed the film(s), I highly recommend that you give it a read! If you haven't watched it then I recommend you give it a read anyway, the book is so much better than the film in my opinion. I, of course, gave this 5/5 stars on GR.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

NECTAPERFECTA BEAUTIFYING MASK*

If you have known me for a while I have most likely mentioned the brand 'Bee Good' to you, I am a big fan of this brand and just can't get enough of their products. I was sent their 'NectaPerfecta Beautifying Mask' to try out and review - I had previously received a small sample of this product in a goody bag from a blogger event that I attended, however, I only managed to use it a couple of times (due to the size of the sample) so I was extremely excited to try this product out properly and see if I could see or feel a difference with my skin.


Before I get into how to use it and my review, I would just like to talk to you a bit about what's inside that makes it so special.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

OCTOBER 2018

A roundup of books I read in October and what I thought about them:

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

'It was only meant to be a game . . .
None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.
Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?
Was it the terrible accident?
Or when they found the first body?'

I'm going to start by saying that I do think that this book was rather over-hyped, I feel as though maybe I went in with my hopes too high and perhaps didn't like it as much as I would have done had I not read a lot of reviews? I did really like how the book was set out, switching between past and present can get a little confusing sometimes but with 'The Chalk Man' I found it easy to keep track of everything. I loved the story with all its suspense and twists and the use of chalk drawings - I used to love drawing with chunky chalks on the pavement! I gave this book 4/5 stars over on GR (rounded up from 3.5 stars), I plan on re-reading this at some point in the future and giving it another chance.


Sunday, 4 November 2018

MOA Aphrodite Facial Oil

The weather is getting colder and my skin is falling apart.

As we get closer towards winter I, as I'm sure many of us do, kick up my skincare routine to give my skin a little extra help. In the colder Months my skin tends to get quite dry and patchy, especially on my face which is an annoyance! I've tried so many products to combat this, I've used a range of moisturisers, different masks and oils, until I finally bumped into this gem of a skincare product.


Aphrodite Facial Oil by MOA (Magic Organic Apothecary), not only does it smell heavenly, it contains wonderful products that each work together to give you the skin of dreams.


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