Welcome to another monthly round up! I feel like I had an excellent reading month in May, and there are a ton of books here which I cannot wait to tell you about – enjoy! A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge I picked this book up because I’d bought tickets to see the author speak at Hay Literary Festival on a bit of a whim. And this book was truly brilliant, so that was a stroke of luck! A Skinful of Shadows follows Makepeace,…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up {May}”

Last Wednesday, I headed back into Oxford after work to attend a talk by Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, successful author, and possibly one of the most articulate people I have ever heard speak in public. The talk was held in the Sheldonian Theatre – always lovely – and was focussed around Bates’ new book, Misogynation. In comparison to the personal accounts of Everyday Sexism, and the manual-style Girl Up, Misogynation is more of an exploration of the myriad forms sexism which,…Continue Reading “Laura Bates – Misogynation”

Although I was a lot more reserved than I usually am when we go on holiday, I did of course make a few small purchases to tide me over! The majority (in terms of price) of these were actually in Duty Free at the airport on the way out there, but I also dragged Matt into Sephora and NYX – much to his delight, obviously… I’ll start off with what I picked up in Duty Free. I purchased each one of these separately, as I…Continue Reading “Barcelona Buys – Duty Free / Sephora / NYX”

If you know me, or have followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love visiting Barcelona. I’ve been multiple times before, but just can’t stop going back! This time, Matt and I went on a super impromptu trip at about 4 days notice, and stayed for 5 nights. I’ll be honest, the following is basically just a food tour of Barcelona and some pics on the beach – enjoy! The beach: The castle: The museum: The park: Olympic Stadium: The food: Aaaaaand…Continue Reading “Ciao BCN”

Genuinely can’t believe it’s May! Even though Christmas feels like an age ago, the ensuing four months have passed in a flash. I managed to read 6 books in April, definitely not my best but to be fair one of the them was well over 700 pages (looking at you Gaiman). I actually really enjoyed everything I read this month, so read on if you want to know what books have been gripping me and why! Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas I’m a…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up {April}”

This past weekend marked the annual literature festival in our nearest town. It’s a small town, so I was extremely surprised to find out that they had a book festival every year, especially one that actually attracts pretty big-name authors. This year, there weren’t too many events which I was keen to see, but the two I did attend were fantastic! Matt and I went to see Robert Peston, the political/economics/business journalist/commentator, who spoke in the cute little theatre in Chippy. It was technically a…Continue Reading “#ChipLitFest”

Phew! So I’m finally up to date (kind of, I know this is late too!). I actually did really well in March and read 10 books, although I have to admit that some of them were slightly shorter than average. For mini reviews of everything I read this month, just keep reading! The Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett This follows the continued adventures of Rincewind, Twoflower, and the suitcase, as they travel often unintentionally around the Discworld. As I think I mentioned in my first…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up {March}”

Quick fire round up of the four (yep, just four) books which I managed to get through in February. I’m blaming the shorter month for my lack of reading… Brave New World – Aldous Huxley I didn’t expect to like this at all – having read 1984, I was put off reading dystopian novels for a good while. But how different this is! The underlying bleakness and dissatisfaction of a seemingly perfect future society is still there, but so are in-depth characterisations and a dose…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up 2018 {February}”

I was going to do this post as a combined round up from January and February, but it’s now the end of March and I’ve still not finished it… And quite honestly I’ve now read 22 books this year, and no one wants a post that long! So I’m just going to go ahead and do three separate posts for January, February, and March. Rewind to January… So this year I’m once again taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, with the aim of reading…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up 2018 {January}”

This arrived in the post earlier this week, and I can confirm that it is, of course, gorgeous. The packaging is exactly the same as Modern Renaissance and Subculture, just in a matte gold kind of shade. Not the prettiest colour, but as always with Anastasia its great quality. The eyeshadows themselves are really beautiful. Nowhere near as powdery as the Subculture, nor as colourful as the Modern Renaissance, there are a ton of soft browns, crease shades, and deeper defining browns. There are a…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette”