Wednesday, 9 September 2015

SEPTEMBER READING LIST


Today has truly felt like the first proper day of autumn. The temperature is under 15c outside and the weather is rather grey and dreary, in other words the perfect day to withdraw to a cozy sofa or armchair with a nice read and a hot drink (alternatively, draw a bath and treat oneself to a nice Lush soak while catching up on a telly show or youtube). Then comes the question - what to read? This month I've chosen mix of - to me - autumn-y reads and set texts for my university course. So let's see what's on this month's agenda for me:


  1. First up is a classic that to me is the perfect read for grey days like today: Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. I'm also reading this for university, and at the moment I'm about 1/3 through it. So far it's been an interesting read, and I'm definitely enjoying it.
  2. The second book on this list I actually finished right before writing this blog post: Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I would call myself a semi-fan of Ms Poehler; I thoroughly enjoyed what I've seen of her at SNL, she's Regina's mum in Mean Girls (which means I adore her; I even did a presentation about Mean Girls and ideology for my degree last year), and she's just a very funny woman. I liked Yes Please and read it in merely two days, partly because it's an easy read and partly because I enjoyed reading it. I nevertheless gave it 3/5 on goodreads, simply because I feel her book is perhaps more suitable for a more invested fan as it contains a lot of references to people she's worked with that I simply don't know who are which makes it hard to relate to the book.
  3. The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi. If I'm being 100% honest, I am reading this book for university and have no idea what it's about. I'm gonna let Amazon tell us: 'The hero of Hanif Kureishi's first novel is Karim, a dreamy teenager, desperate to escape suburban South London and experience the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer. When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving - albeit with some rude and raucous results.' I have, however, heard from a friend of mine who did the same course last year that it's a rather shocking and rude read so I'm quite excited for this one.
  1. I've been wanting and meaning to read Sylvia Plath for ages now. Where better to start than with The Bell Jar? Semi-autobiographical, The Bell Jar tells the story of Esther Greenwood who wins an internship with a New York fashion magazine, but who slowly finds herself spiralling into depression. I am beyond excited to finally be reading this, as I'm sure there's a good reason they call it a modern classic.
  2. After seeing it appear on numerous Instagram accounts, I ordered The Martian by Andy Weir last week (thank you Amazon for prime and your 3-for-£10 offers). Apparently there's a film adaptation of this coming out next month, so what better time to read the book. The plot is simple and intriguing: Protagonist Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. To me, that's all I really needed to be drawn in.
  3. Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is another modern classic I've been meaning to read for ages but never got around to. So I've naturally included it in this month's list! In Atwood's novel, there exists 'Handmaids' whose only function is to breed. Perfectly dystopian and - I'm guessing - with a kick-ass female protagonist.
  4. Yet another read in preparation for my final year of my bachelor's. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a 'study of the problem of European colonialism in Africa: 'The Nigerian Okonkwo recognizes the cultural imperialism of the white men and tries to show his own people how their own society will fall apart if they exchange their own cultural core for that of the English.' I'm neither excited for nor dreading this read, so hopefully it will be a positive surprise!

What are you guys planning on reading this month? Also, do you tend to plan your reading in advance?
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Monday, 7 September 2015

MY WEEKLY ODE TO... #5

Photo is courtesy of That Grace Girl and is linked through to source.

So here we go again. Albeit one day after schedule, but nevertheless here: my weekly ode to nice things that has happened on the internet.
  1. Meg Biram shared her 2015 Reading List Update  and it's just such a nice read as well as being aesthetically pleasing. I'm sucker for reading lists - I always want to know what others are reading! - and this is a particularly nice one.
  2. Grace is my beauty guru. Her blog That Grace Girl is effortlessly chic and inspiring, and her writing style is incredible. She's hugely inspirational to me and consequently I devour her every post asap after they are published. Her post 11 Beauty Products Every 20-Something Should Own is probably my favourite post in the beauty blogosphere for a good while. It's on-point, not at all preachy, and has basically made me add 11 new items onto my wishlist (not ideal for the wallet, but I digress).
  3. Mariell shared the contents of her fridge with us earlier this week: in my fridge. and I absolutely love it. I am nosy by nature, and adore seeing the bits and bobs from other people's houses/lives that aren't normally shared online.
  4. Donald Trump Says 'China'. Need I say more? The people over at Huffington Post has made a video compilation of Trump saying 'China' an astounding 234 times. All serious politics and agendas aside, if nothing else it is at least an entertaining watch.
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Sunday, 6 September 2015

THIS AUTUMN I WILL...


eat / burritos in all forms and shapes. typical oven dish-meals: mac&cheese, enchiladas, cannelloni, lancashire hot pot, moussaka.
drink / earl grey with milk. copious pots of Atkinson's 'honey bush' tea. <3 cappuccinos.
become better at  / praising and complementing others in real life. it's so easy online, so why not try and transfer that into real life?
learn  / my goal is to be able to have a very basic conversation with my boyfriend in German. I'm also wanting to learn to read notes.
try  / yoga. re-learning indesign.
play  / handball.
finish  / all essays and coursework at least two days before their deadlines, so that I can take a day off before coming back to re-read and edit. it honestly makes such a difference.
read  / lots. I have about 3 novels/week to get through for university, and then there's leisure reads on top of that. at the moment I'm mostly excited for Margaret Atwood's new novel in October.
remember  / that it always gets better. that things are never as bad as they seem. to be more grateful for everything around me.
wear  / bold lipsticks. my trusty trenchcoat. keep working on my capsule wardrobe (post on this coming soon!) so that eventually there is (hopefully) not a single day where I have nothing to wear.
bake  / tray bakes. in all shapes and flavours. coconut&blackcurrant, caramel shortbread, peanut butter shortbread. also want to try to replicate the most amazing, moist chocolate cake with raspberry&cream filling and topping I had at a café in town a few weeks back.
work  / after lists, efficiently, and hopefully within some sort of set work-hours.
travel  / home for christmas (<3). hopefully on a weekend-break to edinburgh. to birmingham to visit friends. to austria to visit my boyfriend's family.

This list has been borrowed and translated from mariell/hjartesmil. 
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Thursday, 3 September 2015

NEW YA RELEASES I'M EXCITED ABOUT | FALL 2015

While I am in the midst of reading about Darwinism, enhancing evolution, and bioethics (with the occasional Brontë and Achebe to lessen the workload when term starts again), I thought I'd share with you a few of the new titles I am excited to read this fall in between essays and dissertations. I was intending this post to merely contain titles that haven't been released yet; however, going through my Amazon wishlist I realised there are so many books released throughout 2015 that I am dying to get my hands on. So this list therefore consists of books from throughout 2015. Let's dive in:


First up on the list is Ruth Ware's In a Dark Dark Wood. To me, this sounds like a typical thriller particularly aimed at females (slightly sad that 'female' books are still a thing, but if it gets people reading I can't fault it too much). From the Amazon description: 'Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years when she is suddenly invited to her hen do - but something goes wrong. Very wrong.' While the plot is neither groundbreaking nor super exciting, I've heard good things about this book and have seen it appear on numerous Instagram accounts, so I still have high hopes for this one!
(P.S.: the hardcover of this is currently only £7.00 on Amazon!)







Ah, Rainbow Rowell. I loved Eleanor and Park. Fangirl was partly like reading a story about myself five-or-so years ago (I used to be hardcore into the fanfiction scene online). I love Rowell because she writes high-quality young adult novels, which are a guilty pleasure of mine, so naturally when I came across Carry On on Amazon it was just too easy to click that pre-order button. From what I've gathered, Carry On is the story Cath writes about Simon Snow (a pseudonym for Harry Potter if you ask me) in Fangirl. I'm well excited to receive this in early October and cuddle up on the sofa with a warm drink and freshly baked cinnamon buns (or some other equally delicious bakery).



What can I say, t'is the season for thrillers and mysteries. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver sounds to me like the perfect mix between young adult fiction and Gone Girl-esque mysteries. I'm beyond excited to get my hands on this as it's supposed to have an amazing twist towards the end and the story itself is apparently strangely narrated but nevertheless addictive. In other words, my cup of tea.


I cannot actually believe how excited I am about this book! I only found out about its future existence a few days ago, but Orbiting Jupiter by Garry D. Schmidt has already got a hold on me. Sadly, it is not released until early January 2016 (*sobs*), but you know what they say, good things come to those who wait etcetera. Labeled 'a heartbreaking story', Orbiting Jupiter tells the story of two young boys Jack and Joseph, the latter of which was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Following this, he ended up living with Jack's family. It turns out Joseph - despite being a mere fourteen years of age - has a daughter he's never seen, and so the two boys set out on a journey to find his daughter. I mean, the description alone is enough to make me slightly teary-eyed.




Are there any new releases (or old, for that matter) you can't wait to get your hands on? Let me know, as I'm always looking to expand my Amazon wishlist.
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