“Depression: a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.”

Unfortunately, today I have bad news: I do not have a book review to post.

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August Book Haul.

August book haul“So many books, so little time.” – Frank Zappa.

Unfortunately, due to the many books on my bedside table I haven’t actually bought many books this month. However, I couldn’t help, but buy a few. The few I bought includes:

  • The Odyssey by Homer.
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell.
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

The OdysseyThe Odyssey by Homer:

As someone who greatly enjoyed reading The Iliad, even after having studied it for a year at A level, I had to buy The Odyssey. I also chose this copy because a) look at it, it’s beautiful, b) it matches my hardback Clothbound Classics copy of The Iliad and c) it is by the same translator as the one I read for The Iliad. 

As you can tell, I haven’t yet read this book. As a result I am inserting the synopsis from Goodreads:

The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats – shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon – Odysseus must use his wit and native cunning if he is to reach his homeland safely and overcome the obstacles that, even there, await him.

LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell:

I love Rowell’s previous books. I have reviewed Eleanor and Park and Fangirl and I greatly enjoyed them so I cannot wait to read Landline.

The Goodread’s synopsis says:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

I'll give you the sunI’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson:

I have heard a lot about Nelson so I cannot wait to read this. In fact, I still need to buy and read The Sky is Everywhere, maybe next time I’m out book shopping…

Here is Goodread’s description:

Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

me earl etcMe and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews:

Anyone who has been following this blog for a little while will be aware of the fact that I have already read this book. As a result of this, the copy I have bought this month isn’t for myself, but for a friend. I hate lending books, especially ones I love, so I decided to buy a copy for my best friend. Also, the fact that it was Result’s Day when I bought it was a contributing factor.

I have already written about this book, so to read my review please click here. It is definitely a book I recommend, especially to people who like Young Adult books.

Those are all of the books I bought throughout August. What books did you buy?

The last thing I would like to mention before I sign off is that earlier this week I created a poll in this post, so if you haven’t responded to it already I would really appreciate you doing so. Even if you are new to this blog, I would be grateful as you can still check the box for what kind of posts you most enjoy reading about regardless of whether you have or not read them on this blog. Thank you for your time.


August Favourites.

“Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!” he said to himself, and it became a favourite saying of his later, and passed into a proverb. “You aren’t nearly through this adventure yet,” he added, and that was pretty true as well.” – J.R.R. Tolkien.

It is the end of August and I feel like I have only just written about my July Favourites. Nevertheless, I do have some favourites to share, so let’s get stuck into it.

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Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick“‎Lipstick is really magical. It holds more than a waxy bit of color – it holds the promise of a brilliant smile, a brilliant day, both literally and figuratively.” – Roberta Gately.

The first thing I want to point out about this post is that this will be my first makeup review. I write reviews for books about twice a week, but I have never done one for makeup. I have really been enjoying the Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks lately and I decided that for my first review it would be a good starting point to discuss something I really like.

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Blog Updates.

Last night I decided that it was time for something new: a new theme. I know I have only had my previous theme for about four months, but I was never too fond of it because it wasn’t as easy to navigate as I wanted, nor did it have the colours I particularly wanted on it. With my previous theme you weren’t able to view my pages unless you knew to click on a particular button, so unless you’re overly familiar with the theme it was possible you didn’t know where pages, such as my About were located.

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Half Nail, Nail Art.

“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.” – David Mitchell.

The theme for this week’s Nail Art Wednesday is half nail, nail art. This is because sometimes when I want to do a design on my nail I either do not want to cover the whole nail, or I want both halves of the nail to look differently. The nail designs I am going to present you with today are going to be split in half both vertically down the nail as well as diagonally. This is also one of those examples I mentioned in my Stripe Inspired Nail Art post where stripes have been used in a way to create a nail not strictly made of stripes as in this post we will encounter blocks of colour,spots and aztec-like designs similar to my Tribal Inspired Nail Art.

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One Hundred!

“Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.” – Susan B. Anthony.

Recently, I have reached one hundred followers on this blog. I am extremely happy to see so many of you, it wasn’t that long ago I reached fifty. Just like then, I am shocked that so many people are interested in my posts, whether you’re here for the book reviews, nail art or anything else.

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Beautiful Blogger Award.

beautiful-blogger-awardA little while ago I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by the lovely Emily from Tumbling into Wonderland. Thank you so much for the award, everyone should definitely check out her blog, especially if you are interested in books.

The Beautiful Blogger Award is for those blogs that are creative, original and add to the blogging community. Here are the rules:

  • Link to the creative, beautiful genius that bestowed it upon you.
  • List seven random things about yourself.
  • Send said award to seven (or how ever many you want) other creative, beautiful geniuses.
  • Tell those lucky people that you’ve done this and give ’em the rules.

The facts:

  1. I always used to turn my nose up at audiobooks, but recently I’ve begun to see how great and useful they are. It’s especially great because it means that I can listen to a book while I’m eating breakfast or styling my hair etc. in the mornings.
  2. I easily get obsessed with things. Over the years I have had addictions to buying books, scarves, nail polish, lipstick and eyeshadow palettes. Many would argue that I still have many of these addictions.
  3. Organising the above is so satisfying for me because there is so much of it all. As a matter of fact, I just love organising; I already have over half of the posts I want to write in September titled and ready to write whenever I get the opportunity to do so.
  4. My current TBR pile on my bedside table consists of fifteen books (I really need to stop popping into Waterstones for a while).
  5. Whenever people ask me questions about anything I like to give details, so when I ask questions I like having the same detail returned. For example, I asked my friend where she went for dinner and she simply said “a restaurant”…
  6. I am actually terrible at showing emotion to people unless I have a long and close relationship with them, and even then I can struggle. I’m also really bad at showing people that I’m interested because despite being a good listener, I often gaze into space during conversations, but I am listening.
  7. When I get drunk with my best friend we like to exercise, by which I mean do yoga and pilates. Does anyone else get like this?

The bloggers:

Thank you again, Emily for this nomination.


Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Sharp Objects GF“Problems always start long before you really, really see them.” – Gillian Flynn.

After reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn last year and loving it, I knew I had to read some of her other books. I never used to read many crime books, but I absolutely love them and definitely need to buy more. Sharp Objects is a thriller, it has mystery and suspense and this is what I love about crime books because you want to try and beat the narrator at uncovering who committed the crime, but in the end they throw in a big twist and you can’t stop reading until you have all the details of how and why everything occurred.

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Review: John Dies at the End by David Wong.

john dies at the end“Son, the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world there was only one of him.” – Marconi from John Dies at the End.

David Wong is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin. David Wong is also a character in John Dies at the End and is our narrator. This book is a mixture of genres; there’s some horror, humour and a whole lot of fantasy. I am not sure how to explain this book to you all – even the synopsis on Goodreads isn’t that informative – so if this book does spark any interest I would suggest reading a couple more reviews on it.

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