Friday, 27 June 2014

Book Review: Looking For Alaska

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words – and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.
Looking For Alaska was my first foray into John Green novels and it's fair to say that the author comes with a decent bit of hype surrounding him. I always have such high expectations when it comes to popular books and although Looking For Alaska didn't quite meet those expectations, it was still a good book. 
When Miles moves to boarding school in Alabama he meets Alaska Young, a funny, intelligent and deeply troubled girl who he instantly falls in love with. Over the next few months Miles' once lonely life is transformed by his roommate Chip, Alaska and other friends he meets. He begins dating a Lara, a Romanian student but his mind is never far from Alaska and when she kisses him one evening and promises it will be continued Miles feels like he's finally found happiness. However a tragic accident brings his life crashing down. 
While overall I did enjoy this book I felt at times the character of Alaska lacked any real depth. Some of her issues were briefly mentioned and I feel this was probably not explored further to make her seem more mysterious but I just felt it let the story down a bit. Overall though it was a funny, touching novel that deserves a read and I look forwards to giving John Green's other books a go. 

Rating: ★★★★

Monday, 23 June 2014

Our Weekend #3

Fence cat / An evening sit outside relaxing (Josh's hairy legs not mine!) / Canopy cat!

One ghost hunt on Friday evening
One 2.30am bedtime after the ghost hunt
Two tired people on Saturday
One snack supply run to the shop
Several hours spent in the sun
One evening sat outside listening to the karaoke from the near by pub
Three episodes of Catfish watched


Friday, 20 June 2014

A Boots Wishlist

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 (not on the website but they are instore)

It's always dangerous going into Boots, loads of things end up catching my eye! Anyway I am actually needing to go for a couple of essentials and this lovely lot will certainly be hard to resist while I'm there.
  1. The Revlon balms are currently two for £10 even though I really don't need more lip products these are just too pretty.
  2. I'm running out of my current body scrub and I think it might be time to return to this one... an old favourite.
  3. I currently use the original version (the one for dry skin) of this in shower moisturiser and it's perfect for days when I can't be bothered applying body butter, which is every day at the moment! I really want to give this honey one a try. 
  4. Everyone's been raving about this texturising spray so it's up there on my list of things to try.
  5. I have far too many nail polishes but these ones from the aquarium collection are just too pretty to resist.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

My new favourite £3.50 candle

I love candles but I hate the price of Yankee candles (though I prefer their wax tarts anyway!) so I usually just go for cheapy candles that don't really smell when they're burning. Anyway I happened to be having a little look around the home section in Primark a few weeks back and I spotted a vanilla and coconut scented candle. I was just about ready to dismiss it as I can't stand vanilla scented things when I decided it wouldn't hurt to have a sniff and I was pleasantly surprised by its clean, summery scent. So I snapped of one of the big three-wick tin candles which cost £3.50 and skipped off home with everything crossed that I'd at least be able to detect a hint of something when it was burning. And guess what... I can! Yes that's right a £3.50 Primark candle actually smells when it's burning. It's not really strong but that's OK because it fills my room with a light, fresh scent that makes me feel so summery, I can even smell it when it's not burning too! So as you can see from the picture I've stocked up on this little gem (the glass ones are only £2 even better!), I wish it was going to be available all the time!


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life. 

I don't half love it when I book like Before I Go To Sleep comes along, a thrilling, gripping, page turner that's easy to get lost for hours in but isn't too taxing on the brain! Don't get me wrong I love a good book that gets me thinking but sometimes I just want to relax and get lost in a story and that's when I turn to books like this one.

Christine loses her memories every night when she goes to sleep. Each morning she wakes up in a room she doesn't know, next to a man she doesn't recognise and stumbles to the mirror to discover she looks 20 years older than she should. Each morning her husband wakes up and fills in the missing pieces of Christine's life. Then she gets a phone call from a doctor, one she's apparently been seeing for some time without her husband knowing and she begins to keep a diary. Each day Christine reads through the diary and slowly starts to see that the story her husband tells her each day, isn't quite right. 

I had to force myself to put this book down each night otherwise I would never have got up for work the next day, I could have just kept reading all night. Christine's confusion is portrayed excellently and although you know pretty much from the get go that something isn't quite right about her husband it manages to keep just enough back to be exciting and make you want to read more.

Rating: ★★★★


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

STYLE: The Zara Shoe and Bag Edit

Black shoes // Brown bag // White bag // Nude pumps // Pink bag // Black bag // Coral shoes // Leopard sandals // Orange bag // Fuchsia bag

Zara have some seriously beautiful shoes and bags in at the moment. I'm a big fan of Zara bags and I already own four! I've fallen in love with the white one and the fuchsia one. As for the shoes those coral slippers are sooo nice! I can feel some purchases coming on...


Friday, 6 June 2014

Book Review: When God Was a Rabbit

This is a book about a brother and a sister. 

It's a book about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy and everything in between.

More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms. 

When God Was a Rabbit is the one and only book Sarah Winman has written and its a pretty good debut novel. It's packed full of interesting and colourful characters. I would say it's a love story but not in the traditional sense as it's more about love for family and friends which made it much more enjoyable.

Eleanor Maude lives in Essex she loves her brother and her slightly odd best friend Jenny Penny and her life is tinted with childhood simplicity despite hints in the novel that Eleanor was abused by a neighbour and that Jenny Penny's life is far from normal. When Eleanor's family move to Cornwall her friendship with Jenny disappears when one evening Jenny phones saying she has to move with her mum and she's never heard from again.

The novel follows Eleanor from childhood into early adulthood and introduces many interesting characters along the way as well as building on existing characters like Jenny or Eleanor's brother, Joe. Whilst I throughly enjoyed the book I would say that my only minor complaint would be the lack of detail about each character, their secrets, quirks, adventures and general life were hinted at but I felt like I wanted to know more and I do believe a lot more could have been written about them and the issues they presented could've been explored a lot deeper.

I also feel the ending did in someone close the story but also left it open for another installment, perhaps from Jenny's point of view so I'm disappointed that Winman hasn't written any other novels. I do recommend When God Was a Rabbit as it is a great book it just could've benefited from more detail.

Rating: ★★★★


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

DAYS OUT: Tropical Butterfly House

OK so I did a post on this place last summer but you can never have too many animal photo's can you?! Me, my dad, my stepmum, my niece and Josh all took a trip to the Tropical Butterfly House on Sunday and Josh got very snap happy as he's never been before! I loved feeding the animals and going in the lemur walk-through. It was much better taking my niece this time too as she walked around most of the time and took more interest in things than when we went last year.

 The peacock kept fanning its feathers out loads, look how beautiful it looks! The baby lemur's were very cute too.

It was a pretty warm day so the meerkat's kept laying down which looked really funny.

Ironically the only animal we didn't really get any photo's of were the butterflies, they just wouldn't stay still long enough! There was also a special fairy forest event on when we visited and I'm not going to lie seeing the little houses and toadstools made my inner child come out.


Monday, 2 June 2014

Happy List #103 The May 2014 Edition

Had quite a few trips to this pub this month / Crazy cat lady / Ducklings / My niece's 2nd birthday party

May was a pretty good month, two bank holidays, a week off work and a full weekend of amazing sunshine in which my pale skin actually tanned! Couldn't ask for more really. Of course the most enjoyable part of the month had to be the week off as Josh and I get to spend a lot more time together when I'm off and we filled the week up with lots of fun things which makes been back at work today very sad. Here's to a great June too!

Things to look forwards to in June: Ghost hunting and seeing Let It Be theatre show.

Bank Holiday Snaps // Reviews: Our Favourite TV Shows // Book Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves // Pastel Inspiration // Need to Read #1 // Our Weekend #2 // Lauren's Lists: Spring Bank Holiday Plans // Boux Avenue Review // May in Pins