Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

a-christmas-carolIt is day four of blogmas and while it is my mum’s birthday, I am still sticking to the festive blog posts. Since it is a Monday, today’s post is a book review of a Christmassy book: A Christmas Carol.

The story of A Christmas Carol is likely familiar to all of us; it’s a classic and a Christmas one at that. There are many movie adaptations of this book that are hard to miss, especially around this time of year; however saying that, I definitely do recommend the book *insert arguments of the book is better here*.

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Barcelona | February ’17

I promised a blog post on Barcelona months ago, but here it finally is on my new blog –

Lip, Lit And Loz

Earlier this year I visited Barcelona, also known as the City of Counts, or the City of Gaudi. Having visited briefly once when I was younger, it wasn’t actually one of my first choices for holiday destinations, but I am so glad my best friend and I decided to visit this beautiful city because we did so many things that I wouldn’t have done otherwise. We spent four days here and we both loved every second of it, so I thought I’d share what we got up to.

Day 1 –

First up, our hotel was stunning and is easily one of the best places I have ever stayed abroad. We stayed in H10 Port Vell which we fortunately managed to get a great price for, the staff were so helpful and the hotel as a whole was gorgeous and well situated.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Right, I haven’t been around here for a while (sorry!), but I want that to change.

I have missed my blog, but the past few months I have found it tough to post on here for a number of reasons;

  • Firstly, I’ve been lacking the drive. I feel like all my posts are the same kind of thing, a repeated cycle of favourites and empties and a load of book reviews thrown in.
  • My blog name has really put me off persisting with this blog. I still love the name driftinglexi, but the name is so separate from me that I no longer feel right using it. I need something unspecific, or it needs to have my real name in it.
  • I generally just haven’t had the motivation or energy to post outside of work. I’m hoping that starting anew will help create some motivation and energy though.

A key phrase in that last point is “starting anew” and this brings me to my announcement…

I’ve created a new blog!

I’ve blogged on driftinglexi for approximately two years and I’m so proud of all I’ve done with it, but I feel a fresh start is for the best. I’m not going to make any crazy commitments like I have in the past, for now I’m just going to aim to post weekly, preferably on Sundays. This means new posts and maybe at the start a few older ones from this blog, just so that I can keep a few of my favourites in the same place.

I would absolutely love it if those of you who have enjoyed any of my posts on this blog will join me over on my new one. Expect a lot of the same types of posts on beauty, books and even some more frequent ones relating to travel and if there’s anything more specific you’d love to see, do not hesitate to let me know!

My new blog is called Lip, Lit and Loz A.K.A. Lipstick, Literature and, well, me! This new name covers all the bases I love: beauty, books, and anything else I may want to post about including travel and anything else to do with my life, and this time the title even has my name in it!

Please do join me over on my new blog – hope to see you there!

https://liplitandloz.wordpress.com 

-Lauren

Review: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick.

scrappy little nobodyI wouldn’t say I’m a big Anna Kendrick fan, but I’ve always found her funny in interviews and have enjoyed her movies, so since this book was half price in Waterstones a couple of months ago, I decided to pick it up.

As someone who generally doesn’t read many non-fiction books, Kendrick’s autobiography was a nice way to switch things up slightly. I’ve never read a book written by an actress before either, so I thought it would be interesting to read from that perspective too.

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Review: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom.

not-if-i-see-you-firstNot If I See You First* is the story of Parker. Parker is blind, but she’s also very honest and feisty and smart and she’s even a runner. Parker has a strict set of rules that those around her must follow and while some of these come across as rude, some of them do also make sense.

When Scott, her ex, reappears in her life after the merging of their schools, Parker tries to ignore him, but she can’t ignore him forever. The truth eventually starts to unravel surrounding Scott and the circumstances that led to their break up and Parker even learns more about her dad who recently died. This book has a strong focus on friendship and family, whilst also letting a lovely bit of romance dance it’s way in.

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Review: Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi.

nina-is-not-okI know it’s just over two months into the year, but at this point Nina Is Not OK* is currently my favourite out of the ten I have read so far in 2017 at the time of writing this review.

Shappi Khorsandi may be a familiar name to you because she is a comedian. When I requested this book from NetGalley, and even when I picked it up to read, I hadn’t actually realised that I knew who this woman was. Khorsandi is a comedian I have seen on TV and enjoyed, but I hadn’t actually known her name until now.

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Review: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood.

wild-swansWhen I recently wrote my post I’m Still Here…, I mentioned that I hadn’t really fallen in love with many books in the past couple of months. However, one book that I did really enjoy was Wild Swans* by Jessica Spotswood.

It’s the summer before Ivy’s senior year and she cannot wait for it to start. This year she has no summer classes and expects to be free, free to spend her time hanging out with her friends and taking things easy, having a proper summer break. That’s how it was supposed to go, but instead Ivy’s mother suddenly shows up with a couple of new additions to the family, threatening to ruin Ivy’s care-free summer.

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Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

scarletMy progress with The Lunar Chronicles is evidently slow, but I’m getting there. After really enjoying Cinder, I couldn’t wait to move onto book two, but upon starting Scarlet and the realisation that Cinder was no longer the only main character, I did lose a little interest. I was still eager to read the book, but having to get to know another character when the only story I was actually interested in was Cinder’s was a bit off putting.

I did eventually grow to like Scarlet’s character, I was just more intrigued on the parts of the book that focused on Cinder. However, I did really enjoy this sequel. Naturally, I preferred the first book, but I still found this book enjoyable and I liked how it was laid out with the switching perspectives and how at the end they came together when the two main characters met.

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Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy.

you-were-hereFollowing my previous blog post, I have a little catching up to do in terms of book reviews. Please forgive me because a few of my upcoming reviews may be a little brief compared to the usual ones I post because they have not all been written immediately after finishing the book like I’ve done in the past.

Today’s book review is on You Were Here* by Cori McCarthy. Due to it being nearly two months ago that I actually read this book, I’ve decided that it would be more beneficial for you if I pasted the overview of this book from Goodreads, rather than writing my own:

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I’m Still Here…

Hi All,

It’s been quite a while since I sat down and wrote a proper blog post. It’s roughly been two months, although in between there have been a few book reviews. I had actually intended to write more book reviews, but I’ve been more interested in picking up my next book lately than writing full reviews. Not only that, but I haven’t exactly read anything that’s blown me away, therefore I didn’t want the only posts appearing on my blog to just be books I feel a bit meh about.

The shortage of blog posts these past couple of months is due to multiple reasons. Firstly, I’ve been somewhat lacking in motivation. I’ve wanted to write and had so many ideas for blog posts that I want to do, but I have just had no energy to sit down and type them out. Secondly, there’s time. I work full-time and while I never used to struggle with working 35 hours a week and posting loads, I am now. I don’t know if it’s just the later hours, or the fact I’m just more tired after work, but it doesn’t leave enough time and energy for blogging.

My third reason fits a little with the last one because I just don’t feel like I have time for everything. I want to read loads,  I like to read 1-2 books per week, but I feel that isn’t achievable if I want to regularly blog as well. So I suppose, I’ve been trying to stock up on books a lot these past two months so that I can focus more time into the blog knowing that I will have lots of books ready to write about.

I know I don’t exactly owe an explanation for my absence, but it helps me to be able to say why I haven’t been blogging, because I still do love it. I’m going to try and be more active, especially when I have so much I want to post. I went on holiday last week to Barcelona, so I’d love to share my adventures there with you all, plus I do have quite a few books to share and there are so many beauty products that I’ve just been waiting to rave about to you all once I get the chance.

Please do keep an eye out for more posts – beauty ones, book ones, and even expect to see more travel ones this year – and I will try my best to get back into a nice routine because I miss this.

I hope you have all been well and I hope to be able to interact more with everyone again.

-driftinglexi

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