Friday, 28 February 2014

Fiction Friday: Books I Read in February!

February was a month of reading things which as a whole cannot be categorised together. I didn't want anything too tough as I'm still easing myself into reading more, I just wanted to re-read some of the books I read as a teen to see if I wanted to keep them for the future and some light comedy but then I took a break and came back to read a completely new- and disappointing YA book and a set of short stories that I won off Goodreads. Yeah, no sense can be made of it.



The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
The movie is great, I could watch that movie a thousand times and probably have. The book- is interesting. It's in a diary format which is rarely used in prose but also comes with problems. The main problem being the lack of time passing. This book only covers about a month, a dramatic month, but a month none the less and I missed the wide arc of character development within the everyday occurrences. But I did like these books a lot when I was younger so maybe I'm just getting too old for them!


The Princess Diaries: Take Two/ Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot
This is more of the same from the first book, plus the inclusion of a pregnancy and a secret admirer. It's pretty dramatic stuff and it is fun to read but I can't think of anything that stuck. And there was the small matter of Mia's feelings for Michael from book one of liking his abs turning into omgIlovehim but hey, still better continuity then The Walking Dead. It also suffered from lack-of-time-passing but it was a dramatic month.


Confessions of a GP by Dr. Benjamin Daniels
My dad is a GP so this was a pretty funny read that was close to my heart. However, there were some bits- and a lot of people on Goodreads seem to agree where the writer was a bit callous about certain diagnoses and about female nurses and doctors. It kind of ruined the read for me a little bit because the rest of it was really funny and I guess if you're less sensitive about certain issues then this book could be four stars but it was a bit hit and miss for me.


I was really excited about this book after reading and watching so many rave reviews. When I finished The Hunger Games which I adored, I googled around looking for something to fill the gap and this was widely seen as similar but different. Unfortunately, it just wasn't the same. I see the appeal- but I didn't enjoy it as much and I think it's because there wasn't as much world-building. I couldn't 'see' it as much as I could 'see' The Hunger Games world. However, I did read it in a day. So I'm confused at what my head and heart are telling me!


The Decapaphiliac: Or Love in the Time of Cappuccinos by Alex Weinle*
All in all, I would say this is a good book for people who don't have a huge amount of time to read, or have a short commute, and don't mind the more mature subject matter in some of the stories but it wasn't something I would read cover-to-cover again. I might dip in and out. 


Have you ever read any of these books? What did you think? And what did you read this month?

*I won this from a Goodreads giveaway, I'm not obligated to talk about it on my blog, I just read it this month.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Specspost Home Trial: Pick My New Glasses!

I need your help readers! I saw a tweet asking if any bloggers wore glasses, which I do and it turns out Specspost were looking for bloggers. They're an online glasses company that offer a home trial so you can try glasses on at home and have time to make an informed decision with no pressure. You can read all about the Home Trial in more detail here! So I made my choice of 4 and they were delivered very quickly, and here they are on...

I make dweeby faces in pictures apparently :')



And closer up!



'Hawaii Nights' Duo Tone Geek Glasses - £29.99



Duo Two Tone Blue Glasses - £25.99



"Fleet Street" Twin Tone Clear and Black Retro Glasses - £35.00



LOL Pink Glasses - £29.99

I must say- I'm leaning towards the 'Hawaii Nights' because I just love green and have wanted some two tone glasses since seeing Chloe Dykstra look adorable in some. I think the pink ones are just too big for my face. And Fleet Street ones too small. But I also really like the blue ones… I need help!

So which do you think? 

*This post is in collaboration with Specspost

Friday, 14 February 2014

Fiction Friday: Valentine's Day Picks.

Well another year has passed and we find ourselves on the bitchiest holiday of all. Valentine's Day. The day when those in couples are either being sickeningly cute or trying to prove that they're not like 'every other couple', the day those that are single either become cynical and obtuse or cynical and obtuse about those who are being cynical and obtuse about the day. Me, I spend my evening curled up reading and watching appropriate books, television and movies. So…



Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I have never read Pride and Prejudice. Please don't judge me. I know I should, I know it's a classic, but I just really have no urge to read it. I know classics are classics for a reason but so are clichés. However, since the book has been the inspiration behind not one- but two zombie parodies and one vampire one, as a horror lover I am intrigued and am going to read the classic before delving into 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' and 'Mr Darcy, Vampyre."


Movie: My Bloody Valentine!
Nothing says romance more than a murderous killer with a pick-axe, am I right? Valentine's Day is the only day I can watch this movie because that's pretty much what it's made for. It's set on Valentine's, the whole theme is Valentine's and murder, and it really is just a movie that was designed to be watched on Valentine's day either alone or in a couple. I will be watching it tonight with some friends and eating copious chocolate because it's Valentine's and no other reason is needed.

Television: Miranda, Season 1, Episode 5. "Excuse."
I am going to be watching this once I finish this blog post while I tidy my desk. Miranda is one of my favourite shows and is just- great. This episode is set around Valentine's Day and has my favourite quote: "I don't know who St. Valentine was but I hope he died alone surrounded my couples!" 

So those are my Valentine's Day picks! What are yours?

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Review: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm

This is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm and boy, is that a unnecessarily long name! But it is a good product, so if it feels the need to have a nine word name then so be it.

This comes in a gorgeous plastic tub that reminds me a lot of the famed Rêve de Miel by Nuxe but nowhere near as heavy which is great if you want to travel with it or have it in your bag because even though it looks cute, it won't weigh you down. I do feel like it doesn't need to be so big for the amount of product in it but hey, we can't have everything. It's what is inside that counts.
So inside it a quite soft balm that goes on easy and I have a thing where I can't stand anything sticky or slimy on my lips at all- lipgloss, lipbalm, it all gives me the creeps. And this is definitely quite balmy on the lips. Not thick or tacky but you can feel it's there, it doesn't sink in very quickly. But this I can deal with because the results are worth it. Soft skin. Any dry, chapped, sore or irritated lips from the winter weather just smoothed away with one overnight application. It does also have a slight tingle to it because it has mint in it and a whole lot of other great ingredients. But if that is something that would bother you then steer clear.

I just thought I would add a swatch for good measure just because in the pot it does look orange/coral but that doesn't translate on the lips. It just adds a nice glossy sheen. I do use it at night though because lipstick doesn't go over it well, something lighter would be better.
The only other downside is the price. £20 for 10g is a little out of my budget personally but if you've tried drugstore and it just isn't working for you then this might be a good option for you. You can get it here!


Have you tried the 'Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm'? What is your night time lip balm?

*I received this at the Midsummer Meet in Manchester but this hasn't altered my opinion and I am not obligated to write about it on my blog

Friday, 7 February 2014

Fiction Friday: Books I Read in January

Hey! So since part of my 30 Before 30 is to review about 200 books in my Book Journal (post about this coming soon) I thought I would throw a couple thoughts up on the blog too. I read four books this month, and this is what I thought of them..



Heat Wave by 'Richard Castle' 
 I liked it! It had a lot of things in common with the show that it's based on, 'Castle'- some scenes were taken straight off of the screen and put on the page but it was nice, as a fan of the show, to be able to recognise certain parts. It was your typical detective novel but with a twist of the reporter Rook getting under everyone's feet and trying to help out. It was basically the show in book form. The writing was good and I was not expecting who turned out to be the murderer! And even though it wasn't as gripping as the other books I read this month, I definitely want to read the next one; Naked Heat. I'm dying to know who the writer is though as, obviously, Richard Castle is a fictional character. They said it was someone on the show but many authors have appeared in the 6 seasons so far- I hope they reveal it by the time the show ends!


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Genius. Pure genius. I love these books. I wish I had written them. I hauled them on my old blog literally two years ago, read a couple pages on Christmas day and forgot about them. What an idiot. After watching the first movie on Netflix I dug these books out and devoured all three of them in under a week. I love a good strong female lead character which is annoyingly rare and I thought that having both the brutal games and the romance aspect was awesome. It doesn't have to be one or the other and this book is proof of that in a nutshell. Urg. I just want to re-read them knowing what I know now but I'm going to hold off- still a lot more to read on my shelves!


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The second in the trilogy took me a little longer to get into. I started reading straight after I finished the first and found it a little slow at the beginning after the action of the first. But it came into its own and introduced new characters to love/hate/whatever. The more political side of the story was developed from the first book and had me pulling a face at the injustice. I didn't watch the movie till I finished the book on this one and was pleased that I waited, the books have a heck of a lot more detail. 


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Oh it hurts! I'm a broken record by this point but these books are really good and the ending had me clutching the book and texting my friend in agony. But the good kind of agony that only really great fiction can do. I was actually a fan of the ending unlike the ending of Harry Potter- which I'm allowed to say because even JKR isn't happy with the ending of Harry Potter- and the development from a girl surrendering herself to almost certain death to where this book ended up was serious literary genius.


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What did you read in January? Have you ever read any of these books?

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