Saturday, 3 December 2016

Blogmas #3 | November Reading List

 I feel like I've really rediscovered my love of reading these past few months, I'd not been into books as much because HAI INTERNET but after deleting all the crappy apps on my phone (buh-bye Kim Kardashian Hollywood) I have bundles of spare time. I managed to read six books this month, SIX.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | This series needs no introduction but whilst I'm a huge fan of the movies I really didn't think the books would be my cup of tea. But I found the whole lot at the charity shop at Harefield so thought I'd give them a go and was so pleasantly surprised! Not your typical YA novel (kids killing kids anyone?) as while there is a love interest (or two) it's not the main focus. Katniss is a pretty kickass role model I'd say! It's utterly brutal but I cannot wait to read the next one.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | I thought the plot was more predictable than Gone Girl but really it's deeper than your usual 'whodunnit' as we learn more about Camille's past and family which makes it a whole lotta interesting! Much of it made for uncomfortable reading and many of the characters are quite unsavoury but I thought they and the subject matter were unique, I can't recall reading anything similar. I really want to read Dark Places next so will be keeping an eye out for that next time I'm in a charity shop!

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes | Now I'll be 'pretty honest' (harhar) I found this book in a charity shop for just £2 so I got it because how darn nice is the cover? But I had a flick through and ended up devouring every word - Sali has not only years and years of beauty industry knowledge behind her but she's also a very funny writer. I never once felt like I was being preached to or felt that her tone was patronising or intimidating. Glam but down to earth, she's just like your best gal pal you go to when you wanna know how to look bangin'. I'm late to the hype I know, but Sali has a new fan in me (I love her columns for The Guardian too.

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas | This has been sitting in my house for months and I had no intention of reading it but it was the closest thing to hand after I'd finished Sharp Objects and couldn't be bothered to go upstairs to fetch another book (those cosy Sunday evenings though!) But I'm so pleased I did, I was sucked into all the drama from the first page. I was expecting it to be all about a court case but it actually featured very little, each chapter instead delved a little deeper into a character's life and exposed them for who they really are. It reminded me how no one is actually as they seem and we all have our own little secrets (some dirtier than others!) They're all connected somehow but each had their own kind of story, which I loved because it kept the book interesting, plus they were all so flawed I'm not really sure I particularly liked any of them. I definitely know one thing though - I HATE HARRY. Ahem. 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky | Every time I type this out I write 'wallpaper' instead of 'wallflower'. This is not it's title. I'd put off reading this for the longest time because I felt like I'd already read it thanks to the endless quotes on tumblr (see also; The Fault In Our Stars) However it's the kind of book I really wish I'd read as a teenager and at the same time it made me happy I'm no longer a teen because it reminded me that although that time had it's good moments it also kind of sucked! I could relate so much to Charlie, I was too was a wallflower and still am a little bit although less introverted than I was as a kid. Growing up I spent most of my time keeping myself to myself and my own little group of mates and sometimes I wonder if I should have stopped being so immersed in music and books and maybe 'participated' a bit more. I think this book might have encouraged me to be a little braver. It's one I'd give every kid to read, even though it gets quite deep at times it's highly readable and likeable. I've since watched the film and I have to admit, Emma Watson is not my Sam (or my Belle. She's barely even my Hermione, GO AWAY EMMA.)

Room by Emma Donoghue | I knew from a few pages in that this was gonna take me on an emotional ride and boy, did it?! It tells the story from Jack's perspective, a five year old that has spent all his life locked in a room with his Ma. To use a child's voice to tell such a dark and harrowing tale is an interesting concept and weirdly adds a little light relief to the novel, as well as providing an unreliable narrator (I love me one of those in a book!) Saying that I do think this story drags a little and if you don't find Jack's narrative interesting (or you may possibly find him annoying even, his childlike way of speaking could be grating to some) you may get bored of this quickly. 

What did you read in November? I'm now selling my read books on Depop to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, search 'sickchickchic' to see what I'm selling! OR check out my other book reviews here.


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Blogmas #2 | December Goals

Hmm ok, so I didn't do too good with my November Goals but it was stoopid list anyway!! I'm halfway through a felting project so haven't quite made anything, I downloaded the theory test app but that's as far as I got, my bloglovin' to read list is as long as ever and as for shopping less? Shall we just move on? However I did read an awful lot in November, which may explain why my other goals weren't achieved...but it's a new month, the last one of the year so I plan to see it out in style 😎

1. Enjoy all the Christmas crap. Last year I was so ill I barely took any notice of Christmas but now I'm so much better I plan to embrace it all! Christmas food, Christmas shopping, Christmas films, Christmas food, just not Christmas music (apart from Mariah - tuuuune.)

2. Be a bit tidier. As you may have gathered from my outfit posts, I'm a bit of a messy pup. But I've been better at keeping my room a little more zen recently and would like to keep it that way - tidy room, tidy mind and all that. Plus, I left it seriously messy earlier in the year when I nearly died and I do not want to be remembered as a tramp pahaha.

3. Make some cards. A big aim for the new year is to get my little Etsy back up and running as it was a fun little hobby. So time to get my creative hat on and get making some new stock! I bought a foiling machine and I can't wait to play with it.

4. Do something for charity. I'm quite on it when it comes to giving back etc etc and it's a habit I'd like to keep up. I buy all my books in charity shops and donate them back when they've been read but I'm thinking of selling them on Depop to raise a little money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. I'm not sure if it's a dumb idea or nah, so what do you think?

5. Carry on exercising. I've surprised myself and have actually been getting use out of my gym membership, as well as taking Freddydog for long walks, working out at home and just doing more exercise in general. It's the main way I'm going to keep these new lungs working well so it's really important I do it but December can be a busy and cold month and the temptation to stay in and get cosy is all too much. So I don't wanna let things slip!


Blogmas #1 - The Beginnning!

Hello! So just a quickie post today to say I'll be doing Blogmas, if I blog it then I can't go back on my word...that's the plan anyway. Things won't be festive themed but I miss daily blogging so will give it a go, I miss the way I used to blog anyway when this thing was more like my daily journal full of crap pahaha it was a good way to do 'mindfulness' though I thought. Plus since I was too ill to really enjoy last Christmas like I usually do I thought I'd record it all down as it's going to be an extra special one this year with my new lungs! It won't be very professional but when am I ever? It's more for my own amusement but I hope ya like anyhow!

I almost wept with joy. 

Yesterday I went to see Allied, it was basically Mr And Mrs Smith set in the 1940's but still good and Marion Cotillard's outfits were banging. I also went to Bella Italia for the first time and it ain't bad at all there, the only thing I didn't like was the fact I didn't know what dessert to have because I'm a pig and wanted them all.

👀 Yup, that is a thirteen year old Minnie Mouse fleece from Disneyland.

Today I went to the dentist and all is good so I celebrated by drinking two bottles of Coke which I don't think you're supposed to do but I'll worry about that at my next appointment. Then I got my new glasses which I think are a bit too big for my face and did a little Christmas shopping and maaaaybe a little bit of me shopping too. Christmas is so expensive man.

So that's it for Day One! Will try and stick with this but you know how I am with these things.


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Moodboard

After quite a mild October the chill has really hit now it's November so as a result I'm feeling all things snuggly/hygge - cuddly jumpers, cosy interiors and perfect ankle boots are all at the top of the list and seeing as we're coming up to the most magical time of the year I've thrown in a bit of seasonal appropriate velvet inspiration too. I love the idea of a rich, navy suit but it'd definitely be bit too extravagant for little ol' me. To keep things more down to earth I'll be scouring Pinterest, even though it's utterly rubbish since they updated it, for layered outfits (Kate Moss is the QUEEN of this look!) All topped off with a deep red lip, as it just screams autumn. What's inspiring you this month? 

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