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”

This is a major throwback to the summer, but I wanted to talk about a couple of high-end makeup picks I’ve been loving over the past few months! Marc Jacobs Beauty is a relatively new discovery for me. This bronzer was part of the summer collection, and I just fell in love with the packaging. The product itself had great reviews too, so I thought I’d give it a go. Whilst I was there, I of course had to pick up the Dew Drops Coconut…Continue Reading “[THROWBACK] New-ish Luxury Makeup”

You may have guessed by now that I’m a bit of a book obsessive! I go through phases of reading constantly and barely reading at all, but I always come back to my love of books. Whilst on holiday in Santorini, we did a bit of a road trip one day around all the main cities (towns?) on the island. In Oia, unarguably the most gorgeous and pristine place on the island, we accidentally stumbled across the Atlantis bookshop. I had absolutely no idea it…Continue Reading “Atlantis Books”

In July, we spent a few days in Edinburgh, meeting up with family and friends. I was SO keen to go as I’ve never been before, and despite the fairly miserable weather, it was a fantastic trip and I’m fully in love with the city already! It actually reminds me a lot of Oxford – the old buildings, often cobbled streets, and more laidback and less busy atmosphere in comparison to other cities. Of course, it does have a much better castle than Oxford, and…Continue Reading “This is… Edinburgh”

Sarah Perry’s second novel is seriously something else. It’s totally not something I would usually read, and I’ll admit that I was drawn in by the Waterstones special edition cover (it’s shiny and the pages are blue – what more could you want?!). I hadn’t read her first novel, but I have to say my expectations were high after the level of hype surrounding this book last year. This included being awarded the 2016¬†Waterstones Book of the Year award, winning both the fiction and overall…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry”

I’m writing this on the plane home, *sob*, heading back to the UK after a week in sunny Santorini. It’s a truly beautiful island, and there’s so much to see and do, so just a few quick facts before I get into it! We went on a package holiday with Thomson, which has its pros and cons. Transfers and everything sorted, but little say over timings etc. I think for our first time visiting Santorini, it was a good idea. Were we to go again,…Continue Reading “This is… Santorini, Greece”