Six Badass Babes You Need Advice From | What I’m Reading Wednesday

For a period of time all I read were self – help books. I can’t remember what one got me started, but I was hooked within no time. I really enjoy getting advice from others and a particular favourite mentor is a woman who is slightly older than me.

Books can be an amazing way to get advice and find inspiration to change things up. I often turn to reading when I need some answers or I’m simply looking for some reassurance. Here are six awesome books by some badass women that will change your life, for sure:

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Sarah Millican is my all time favourite comedian and I couldn’t wait to pick up her book. It’s a memoir about her childhood and her career so far, but interspersed with advice and life lessons. It’s a lovely, cosy, reassuring read!

The best lesson: There is nothing wrong with the hobbies, ideas and routines I have. Just because I do things differently doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Heavily inspired my post about accepting my boring personality.

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I adore Laura Jane Williams and all the things she posts on Instagram. I think she is a wonderfully intelligent, witty and approachable writer and this book came to me at the right time in my life. It’s a self – help book about slowing things down and deals with Laura’s recovery from a burn out.

The best lesson: Stripping things back to basics is the best way to recover. Inspired by the behaviours of children and how they don’t overthink things, being kind and excited about as much as you can (including yourself) is a better way to live life.

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I’ve already talked about this book multiple times on this blog, and it is probably one of my most influential reads ever. This was my first venture into feminism and Caitlin is such a funny and accessible author it was an absolute joy to learn with her.

The best lesson: There is nothing wrong with you or the way your body is. This whole book is an exploration into the ‘secrets’ women kept, such as periods and masturbation, and hearing other people talk and joke about these things makes you feel so safe and accepted.

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This is one of the most recent reads on this list and it is massively helping me in my recovery from mental health issues. Brene talks a lot about vulnerability and shame and how to simply accept whatever emotions you are feeling, in order to be able to deal with them more effectively.

The best lesson: That in order to truly love yourself you must accept all parts of you. Even those things that you may have been ashamed about in the past, the various different versions of you – all of it adds up to make who you are today and you should be proud.

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If you don’t already follow Megan (aka bodyposipanda) on Instagram then I don’t really know what you’re doing with yourself. Megan is an absolute goddess and holds all the wisdom to accepting and loving your body, regardless of shape, size and even health.

The best lesson: Your body is not, and has never been the issue. By looking into the way this society has always treat bodies that are not slim, we can be finally start make changes for a better future. Education is empowering and will result in self love.

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I have explored spirituality a lot this year and it is certainly something that has helped me in dark moments. This book is a really easy read and Rebecca has such a comforting tone throughout. It’s a beginners guide to intuition and soul work and it is guaranteed to make you see things differently.

The best lesson: There is great power in simplicity. The key to knowing yourself and unlocking your power is simply listening and being in tune with yourself and the world around you.


Currently Reading

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Last night I started reading The Selection by Kiera Cass, which is a YA trilogy that I’ve heard so much about online. I picked up the first book a long time ago for just over a quid at a charity shop and then, while out pottering last weekend, managed to get the rest of the series for very cheap.

I’m proper in the mood for some cheesy, classic YA and this one so far is giving me exactly what I want! Let’s hope I continue to enjoy it!


What are you currently reading?

Speak soon,

Rachael.

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What I’m Reading Wednesday | A THRILLING Beginning

Hello and welcome to a new series that I’m attempting to produce for this little blog! As you might have guessed, if you’ve been here before or follow me on Instagram, I love books. But as much as I love them I can’t find a decent way to bring them to this site.

I’m going to try every fortnight to talk to you about the books I’m currently reading; what I’ve been buying and basically anything bookish that comes to mind. This week, as a starter I’m going to talk about four of my most recent reads because, for once, they’re all linked in genre.

THE BOOKS*

I read this one a couple of weeks back after picking it up in a ‘three for a fiver’ deal at a bargain bookshop. It’s one of the first crime books I’ve read in a long time! It covers the story of a missing little girl and deals with family secrets, which is one of my favourite themes in books. I found it an engaging read and the twist, although a little predictable, was interesting.

Another bargain buy, but unfortunately I enjoyed this one a little bit less. Along the same kind of theme theme, this book covers some family secrets (I told you I love that!) and involved a bit of kidnapping too. I was first attracted to this book because my edition was a nice, floppy paperback which excited me no end! The writing was very accessible but I found too many tropes to be fully engaged. I did get into it by the end, however, and found myself rooting for the fairly two-dimensional characters nonetheless.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time! I was so excited to get it after being followed around by it’s Instagram advert – oh the powers of social media! – and to be totally honest it was the title that captivated me. If you’ve ever read any one of my book posts before then you’ll know I love a bit of YA – especially when it’s done well. Although this book did have a lot of cliches to it, I found myself getting hooked into the mystery and was desperate to know who had killed Simon.

  • The Virus : Sarah Langan (4.5/5)

I’ve talked about this book a little on my Instagram, but boy did I just devour it! I haven’t read something like this – creepy and mysterious – since I was a young teen and I didn’t realise how much I missed it. The story takes place in a small town where a young boy goes missing in the woods. When he returns, he brings with him a strange virus. I don’t really know why I loved this book so much, but I found myself delaying finishing it because I just didn’t want it to end! For fans of Stephen King and the like, it’s perfect for this grey, autumn season.

THRILLER, CRIME AND DRAMA – OH MY!

I don’t know if it’s something to do with the changing seasons or the fact we’re now officially in the ‘spooky’ month, but thrillers have been my favourite thing to read at the moment.

This genre is something I used to read a lot when I was a teenager, but I haven’t found anything that’s tickled my fancy until now. My biggest bug bear with this genre is the fact all the books seem to be the same. They’re often written in the same style and follow the same patterns, but luckily I’ve found a few exceptions to get me back into the swing of things.

Now I’d love to know what you’re favourite crime/thriller books are? I have a couple of recommendations already but I’d love any excuse to find more books.

What’s your favourite genre to read?

CURRENTLY READING…

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As I’m writing this post, I have just started reading The Bees by Laline Paull. This is another charity shop find and I first heard about it from a lady called Becky M on YouTube. I’m not that far into it yet, but it covers the story of a bee in her hive…

I thought that sounded pretty unique for a novel and I’m sure it’s going to cover a lot more than what I’m expecting!

What are you currently reading? 


I’d like to try continue this series, covering all kinds of bookish topics every fortnight. I adore books and have finally found my mojo again! I can’t wait to keep this conversation going.

Speak soon,

Rachael.

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The ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’ Book Haul: A Showcase

As I’ve already discussed I have recently graduated from university and I am currently still trying to get into the swing of a new life. I’m living with my parents again, in my childhood home, and I have recently started a new job. There’s a lot of things I’m trying to wrap my head around.

What’s a bookworm to do when there’s all this going on?

You already know how much I love books and how much I have relied on them in the past to allow me to escape, figure things out and so on. So it seems kind of obvious that I’ve been buying a lot of them! However, this time around I’m returning to some of my old childhood favourites- because is it really a life crisis if you aren’t stuck in the past?

Here’s a handful of the books I picked up on a recent second-hand shop and, as you’ll be able to tell, the majority of them are children’s. But for 10p each, how could I resist?

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Cookie: Jacqueline Wilson

Opal Plumstead: Jacqueline Wilson

The Longest Whale Song: Jacqueline Wilson

Animals: Emma Jane Unsworth

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging: Louise Rennison

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: J.K Rowling

Now the odd one out in this list is, of course, Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth which I picked up purely for the quote by Caitlin Moran on the front. I love Caitlin’s work and thought I might as well trust her opinion. Plus it was only 10p!

I might have mentioned it before but Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite author growing up and whenever I find one her books that I don’t own, going cheap I have to buy them. Yes I’m twenty one, but I’m sure I’ll still give them a go.

And finally, I picked up was it probably at least, my third copy of Harry Potter. I have owned this book a couple of times in my life but (prepare yourself kids) I have never read any of them!

As a kid I missed out on the whole hype as my brother and I weren’t really interested. But recently I have started watching the films with my boyfriend and I wanted to give the books a try to see what I’ve been missing.

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Yes, the crisis is definitely in full swing! But I’m going to really enjoy reliving my younger days with these books and getting lost in all the nostalgia.


What was your favourite childhood book? Do you ever revisit it?

Speak soon,

Rachael.

A Bargain Book Haul: Showcase

Like I mentioned in this post I’ve been buying a few books here and there to celebrate the fact I have more time to read now I’m a graduate. Today I thought I’d showcase my latest purchases, because who doesn’t love a good book haul?

I find that book hauls are a great way to see what other people’s tastes are, get recommendations as well as just seeing what’s out there right now. So without further ado, here are the books I’ve bought recently.

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I’m going to divide this post up through the places I bought the books. 

THE WORKS

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I love the Works. It’s a chain bargain stationary/bookstore here in the UK and one has recently opened up in my city centre. They always have an offer on for three books for a fiver and after an admittedly long browse, I came away with these.

I’ve already read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and have just recently abandoned Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, which I think is a good indication of how that went!

Admittedly, I bought the third book, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, just to make up the five pound deal which is probably why I haven’t got round to trying it yet. But this is one of her most current books, I believe, and I have heard good things about the author so I’m hoping it’ll be canny. If you’ve read it, please let me know your thoughts.

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Just one purchase from Amazon this time. This is the first book in the series by Victoria Aveyard. As you can tell, I picked up the second book in The Works and didn’t realise until I got home. I picked up this one for cheap on Amazon so I could get into it, and I’ve already read it.

If I’m totally honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this series and as I’ve already explained I’ve just given up getting through Glass Sword.

SECOND HAND

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I explained in this post how much I love purchasing second hand books from markets and charity shops. I managed to get a couple of interesting reads from a local market and charity shops, including this signed copy of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell!

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I recently read Red Hill by Jamie Mcguire, which is a book I heard of from booktube. I had read her popular new adult book, Beautiful Disaster last year and wasn’t too impressed but this one sounded interesting and I wanted to try it. It basically follows a zombie apocalypse and how those surviving manage. Sadly, I wasn’t too impressed with this one either but it was a fun read.

God, there’s not many good reviews going on here is there?

I picked up a couple of the Peguin Little Black Classics from a market stall for sixty pence. There were loads to chose from, but I finally decided on A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin, a collection of short stories which I have read, and Leonardo Da Vinci by Giorgio Vasari, which seems to be a bit of history about three celebrated Renaissance Artists.

I picked up the Kate Chopin one based on one of my favourite Youtubers justkissmyfrog. The Awakening by Kate Chopin is one of her favourite books and I wanted to try something by this author. I picked up Leonardo Da Vinci as I went to a press preview during my second year of university for an exhibition of his drawings at a local gallery and have been curious about him ever since.

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Supermarkets are a surprisingly brilliant place to pick up new releases, and for really cheap to! I picked up these two when I was visiting my boyfriend.

One Of Us Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus is always being advertised to me on Instagram and I’ll admit that I am very intrigued by the title so I had to pick it up the minute I saw it there.

Amazingly, books at Tesco are often in a two for seven pounds deal so it would have been rude not to pick up The Power by Naomi Alderman as well! I’ve heard a bit of hype around this books and the quote from Margaret Atwood on the front sold it to me. I recently read The Handmaid’s Tale and loved it, so of course I wanted to see what she was interested in!

There we have it, those are my recent bargain book purchases. I love buying books and I love getting a bargain while I’m at it.


Have you picked up any good books lately? Get in touch and let me know, I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Speak soon,

Rachael.

 

 

A Modern Take On Classics: Showcase

As I explained in a recent post I have fallen back in love with reading, books and all that good stuff. Which is wonderful, of course, but it has resulted in me wanting to buy more books now I’m back in the loop which isn’t so wonderful for my bank balance.

Nonetheless, one of my favourite ways to obtain new books is by getting them secondhand and that’s how I managed to come across these two wonderful pieces I’m about to show you today.

Although I normally try to avoid ‘novelty’ buys when it comes to books, I couldn’t resist when I saw these two.

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Although I totally understand how important classic books are and have enjoyed many that I have read, I do sometimes struggle with them. And because I know they’re going to be a lot of work, I tend to avoid a lot of these kind of books, which results in me missing lots of references.

Although I initially picked these books up as a joke and spent a few minutes by the market stall and in the shop chuckling over the retellings of the stories I had read, I realised that these books could also be quite useful in their own little way.

These two books are wonderful ways to get involved and discover what those of so popular classic books are about, but in a hilarious modern way!

THE SHOWCASE

The first one I picked up is Twitterature, by Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin. This, as you can tell from the title, is a retelling of various classic tales through the medium of a twitter feed. The bits I’ve read so far have been hilarious, but I’m not sure yet how I’ll feel about the stories I don’t know.

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“The classics are so last century” Guardian

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Currently my favourite feed, Great Expectations from @piMp

Texts From Jane Eyre, by Mallory Ortberg, is very similar but clearly an older publication. And this one has illustrations! It retells a lot of classic and modern classic tales through text messages between characters and I’ve found myself chuckling at a few already.

(My copy is sadly missing it’s dust jacket hence the similar photos but hey, that’s what happens when you shop secondhand sometimes)

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do you know who I hate?” “everyone?” “EVERYONE

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Texts From Jane Eyre And Other Conversations With Your Favourite Literary Characters

Have you heard of any of these books? Because I was unaware of them until this point. I’m expecting I’ll take my time with them and flick through whenever I need a bit of cheering up, or have failed to understand yet another literature reference!


Do you have any quirky books in your collection? 

I know this was a somewhat unusual post for me, as there’s more images than words, but I fancied showing off these books and wasn’t sure how. I feel like I may do some more showcase posts in the future!

Speak soon,

Rachael

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How To Get Out Of A Reading Slump

I love reading. It’s been a hobby of mine for as long as I can remember and I love nothing more than getting lost in another world built by someone’s words. It’s something I even talk about occasionally on here too.

If you’re also a lover of books then you’ll understand the upset and torment I feel when I find myself in a reading slump. It’s such an awful feeling to have suddenly lost the joy from one of your favourite pastimes and is, unfortunately, something that happens more often than I’d like.

However, fortunately for this blog, because I have experienced the reading slump regularly (n fact just pulled myself out of one recently!) I feel like I can actually be of some help to those of you who might be struggling!

Here are the ways I work to pull myself out of a draught and bring myself back to where I want to be – reading:

  • STOP READING WHAT CAUSED IT

Abandoning a book can be a difficult thing if you love reading. Trust me I get it. For some reason you feel guilty, because you know that someone somewhere spent hours, days, weeks on that book and the least you could do would be to see it through to the end.

But then I finally saw sense. What’s the point in carrying on reading something that isn’t bringing you joy? There are so many other books out there!

If you’re in a reading slump, chances are it was brought on by something you’ve been reading. That doesn’t mean to say it isn’t a good book or even something that you won’t enjoy eventually, but right now it isn’t working so you might as well stop.

Put the book away and forget about it for now- you can always return later when the time is right. Allow yourself the chance to find something better.

  • FIND A GENRE THAT SAVES YOU

Whenever I’m in a reading slump, I tend to reach for chick-lit because somehow it saves me every time. This is something I only realised recently, but those feel-good, quick reads pull me out of a draught and helps me fall back in love with books again.

Now maybe chick-lit isn’t your thing, but there’s bound to be a genre out there that you love and that you know you enjoy every time. It could be memoir, fantasy, self-help and so on. The list is endless!

Next time you find yourself in a slump, reach for something that’s in your genre of choice and see if it helps. Reading something familiar, that’s still a brand new story, is sure to help you get back on track.

  • TAKE A BREAK

Some reading slumps are so deep that nothing will pull you out in a hurry. So why not listen to yourself and stop reading for a bit?

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that, so take a break. Leave your books on the shelf and dive into another hobby for the time being. Hopefully after some time away you’ll feel fresh and inspired to begin reading once again!

  • WATCH BOOKTUBE

Booktube is the YouTube community dedicated to reading, with countless of creators making content based on their love of books. I personally think it’s a wonderful space on the internet and is one that has helped me from time to time.

When you’re in a slump have a browse through the various vloggers and bloggers out there who are dedicated to books. Their passion and pure joy for the hobby is sure to inspire you.

They’ll show you what you’ve been missing and you’ll begin to see things in a better light, all of which such get you back into reading once more.

Check out the materials at the end for my favourite booktubers who have helped me.

  • RE-READ AN OLD FAVOURITE

Similarly to finding a favourite genre, returning to a once loved book can really help you get back into the hobby again.

For me, I will always return to Jacqueline Wilson who was my favourite author growing up. Sure the books are a little young for me now, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy them any less! Returning back into these stories that meant so much to me years ago reminds me how much I actually enjoy reading and motivates me to do it more.

When you can’t seem to find anything new to grab your attention, I urge you to seek out your out favourites and try them once again.

  • TRY AUDIO BOOKS

Now, I have to be honest here and say this one isn’t something I have much experience with but I do understand how helpful it can be. Personally, audio books aren’t really my thing (yet!) but if you’re just not into reading at the moment, listening to someone read is a wonderful way to still be engaged in the hobby without doing any of the work!

You could even listen to books you’ve already read previously and see if they feel any different in this format. Audio books may also be a great opportunity for you to discover new stories that you mightn’t have even considered before, as things can be more easily understood if someone else is explaining it to you.

Either way I know audio books have been very helpful to others in the past and they may just work the same for you.

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Do you have any tips for getting out of a reading slump? Also, what’s your favourite book?

I feel like I kind of went back into my original type of content today and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Let me know if any of these tips were helpful to you, if you fancy.

Speak soon,

Rachael.


Materials:

(Favourite Booktubers)

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justkissmyfrog

Ariel Bissett 

Five Non-Fiction Books To Gift This Christmas

Buying Christmas presents can be a real struggle. You want something that will be perfect, something you hope they’ll love and treasure for a long time. But also, let’s be real, without spending too much money.

Books are such an under-rated gift I feel and are something that can be easily slept on. Okay they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but what better time to introduce someone to the joys of reading than at Christmas? Books can be such a personal gift and something that you can really tailor to suit the person you’re shopping for.

Here are five non-fiction books that I think would make wonderful gifts for various people in your life:

I feel like I’ve talked about this book so many times because it’s impacted me so much since I first read it. This book would be a wonderful gift for pretty much anyone as it talks about issues regarding creativity that I feel like we all face. It’s such an inspirational, positive book that’ll change the life of the reader for the better. To get a better feel for it, I’d recommend you check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk or her podcast, but trust me it would be a brilliant gift!

I’ve already talked about this book too (check it out here) but that’s only because I love it so. It’s another one that will totally change the life and mindset of the reader for the better, and it’s a particularly good one for the women in your life (obviously). Caitlin is such a funny and honest writer which makes this book so an enjoyable one to read. It’s a modern feminist staple that’s so relatable. It’ll make you laugh out loud and if that’s not a good gift to give, then I don’t know what is.

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I frigging love Carrie. I’ve been a subscriber of hers for years (see her channel here) because I think she’s such a lovely and honest person. This is her first book and it’s almost like a guide for young people on how to face the tough things in life. Carrie talks about everything from friendship and romance, to self-esteem and the future and it’s such a heart-warming, comforting read. It may be a one for the younger readers in your life, say preteens onwards, but I know it’s something they’ll treasure and remember for years to come.

This one is the perfect gift for the bookworms in your life. Although the hype around this book may have surpassed a little, it’s such a brilliant read and I feel like it will last way beyond it’s years. It’s a collection of essays from various authors, including Zadie Smith, Janette Winterson and Mark Haddon, on the topic of books. There’s discussions on digital readers, libraries and the age-old issue of not having enough time to read as well as many more. It’s basically a celebration of books and reading it really fuels any passion you might have for these little objects. An essential for any bookworm, I’d say!

I’m aware that this one might only be relevant if you have any Miranda Hart fans in you life, but you can take inspiration and seek out any other comedian/actor/entertainer’s book and gift those instead. As someone who is a fan of Miranda I really enjoyed this book and know many other who have too. In a similar manner that Carrie’s All I Know Now, Miranda attempts to guide readers through life’s difficult moments in her own funny little way. It’s another one that will make you laugh out loud and it’s perfect for making you feel less alone.

I hope this helped you last minute shoppers. What books would you like to receive as a gift?

Speak soon,

Rachael.

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Things I’ve Been Loving: October

October was a frigging long month wasn’t it? Unlike previous months, which seemed to fly by, I thought it would never end.

Now winter is basically here, Christmas  is coming and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that this weird year is coming to a close.

October was an odd month for me and not a particularly good one, but these little things made me happy throughout so I though I’d share them with you:

Dangerous Woman: Ariana Grande

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I have never really been a fan of Ariana Grande and I haven’t gotten the hype that’s surrounded her since she first hit the charts. But for some reason I was drawn to this album and I have basically listened to it non-stop all month. It’s so good and I feel like whatever mood I’m in I turn to it. There’s some belters that I love screeching along to and a couple of sassy tracks that make me feel like I’m way cooler than I am.

Chokers

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I’ve had a (none sexual) thing for chokers for a little while now but this month I just stepped it up a notch. I ordered a bunch off eBay (unfortunately not all were what I expected. Lesson learnt there) and have been wearing them more often. I feel like they add an edge to a basic outfit and can look so cool with so many different things.

Toasted Teacakes

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A random mention but this month toasted teacakes have been my snack of choice. Especially now it’s getting colder and the days are becoming greyer, I really looks forward to cuddling up with a cup of tea and a teacake. I feel like such an old lady talking about this but it genuinely has been one of my favourite things to do this month. I know, I’m such an exciting human being!

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting: Holly Bourne

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This was the first full book I had read in such a long time and I just devoured it. I started it when I went away to Manchester for the weekend with my boyfriend and one of my closest friends and just whizzed through it. I have to confess I love a bit of YA and this one was so clever and interesting.

It goes into mental health and self-harm but is ultimately the tale of a girl who discovers herself while going through an extreme personality change. It’s quite raw and honest which I absolutely loved. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I put it down.

Primark Embroidered Jeans

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I managed to find these jeans in the sale when I went back home for the day this month. I have been looking for some ripped jeans for a while now, as well as being slightly in love with this whole embroidered trend going on. So imagine my excitement when I found this beauty, which has both! I haven’t wore them everyday, but just knowing they’re now in my wardrobe has made me so happy.

Fortune Favours the Brave Palette: Makeup Revolution

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I treated myself to this palette on a student lock-in night at my local shopping centre and I don’t regret it one bit. I know I mentioned another Makeup Revolution palette in my last Loves post but that’s only because they’re so good! They’re pretty cheap (this once was £9.99 FYI) and they are fantastic. They’re so pigmented and offer a wide range of colours, so if you’re someone like me who likes to mess about with makeup I’d give them a go. This one also can in handy on Halloween when I was experimenting with various looks.

And finally:

American Horror Story: Season 6

I have been so obsessed with American Horror Story this month! Have you been watching it? It’s been amazing- I can’t get enough of it to be honest.

Me and one of my very good friends (who also happens to be my flatmate while I’m at uni) have gotten into the routine of watching it together and it’s been such a lovely part of my week for this past month. As I’ve already said, this month has been a bit crap so it’s so nice to have something to look forward to every week.  If you’re a bit squeamish like me then watching this show with someone else can be pretty useful!

I don’t want to get too much into it, as I feel like it’s best to not know anything if you fancy watching it but I will say it’s such a dark and disturbing show. It’s also very unique and clever too. I’m really enjoying it anyway and if you fancy something to watch in the darker nights then this is for you.

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So those were the things that have made this month a bit better. What have you been loving?

Speak soon,

Rachael.

 

 

 

 

Four Chilling Reads For A Rainy Day

Even though it’s summer the weather just doesn’t want to cooperate. So on the likely event of a rainy day, I’m going to recommend four books that are perfect for curling up with and forgetting the world for a few hours.

For a rainy day I like to pick books that are gripping, to keep me entertained for as long as the rain holds out, with chilling story lines or issues to match the murky grey skies. And these four offer just that.

THE BOOK THIEF: Markus Zusak

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“Here is one small fact: you are going to die”

Set in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death this book is definitely chilling and gripping! It follows the story of nine-year-old Liesel, who steals books, and her family and neighbours as the bombs begin to fall and their lives turn to chaos.

This book is so descriptive and atmospheric that you feel as though you too are in the middle of war-torn Germany, fearing for your life. Basically, it’s perfect for a grey, dull day.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS: Emily Bronte

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“A most melancholy voice sobbed, “Let me in- let me in!”

I had to read this book during my A-Levels and fell in love. Everyone will be aware of the crazy, dark love story been Cathy and Heathcliff but for me it’s the setting that really makes it.

Set in the middle of the Yorkshire Moors where it’s always raining or snowing this book is the perfect rainy day read. It’s guaranteed that you’ll hate all the characters but it won’t stop you falling right into the story and becoming hooked. It’s so dark, spooky and is honestly one of the best-written books I’ve ever read.

MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE: Annabel Pitcher

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“I counted six girls and seven boys and my new teacher made me sit next to the only Muslim in the school”

Unlike the others, this book is chilling in a modern way and deals with very real issues that are so relevant right now. Our narrator is ten-year old Jamie who’s sister was killed in a terrorist attack and now lives in an urn on the mantelpiece.

This books covers so many issues regrading terrorism and prejudice that I’m sure we will all recognise. As it’s told through a child’s perspective, it’s so unflinchingly earnest and blunt, which is sometimes what we need when it comes to this topic. It’s guaranteed to break your heart and then mend it again all in one sitting.

NEVER LET ME GO: Kazuo Ishiguro

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“None of you will go to America, none of you will be film stars… Your lives are set out for you.”

This is such a strange book and if I’m being honest kind of a tough one to get into, but once you do it’ll stay with you forever.

In a tale of friendship, loss and heartbreak we follow three friends throughout their childhood in an exclusive boarding school in the middle of the countryside. The children are constantly reminded that they are “special” but they don’t understand how. As an adult, our narrator looks back at her childhood and begins to discover exactly what made her so “special” and how it will shape the rest of her time.

It’s so chilling and heartbreaking and will definitely make you have some late night discussions on what is the “right thing”.

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I hope you liked these recommendations! Let me know if you’ve read any of these before and what your favourite rainy day reads are.

Speak soon,

Rachael.

Feel-Good Female Reads for Mother’s Day

It’s Sunday once again and I’m back with another bookish post. In honour of mother’s day and celebrating the wonderful women in our lives, I’m here with three books written by women for (mostly) women that are sure to make you feel good.

HOW TO BE A WOMAN: Caitlin Moran

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71iZ9y2pBzL.jpgI owe a lot to this book. It taught me not only how to accept and be proud of myself but also how to embrace my gender and, crucially, what feminism is. It’s a touchy subject for some people but it doesn’t have to be. Caitlin is such a funny, honest and open writer and this book will make you laugh in that ‘thank God it’s not just me’ way. She makes everything we fear as women approachable and normal and opens up so many wonderful discussions. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

 

EAT PRAY LOVE: Elizabeth Gilbert

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If you’ve seen a couple of my previous posts you might have guessed that I recently read Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest book Big Magic and have become totally obsessed with it and her. Eat Pray Love is of course her most famous work and I’m sure we’ve all heard of it before. It’s the story of Elizabeth rediscovering herself through travel, after the breakdown of her marriage. Although I didn’t love this as much as Big Magic, Elizabeth has such a soothing voice that you can just feel through the paper and she opens up some really interesting discussions about marriage and self-worth. Overall this is just a very reassuring book that proves that no matter what happens, things will work out in the end.

 

IS IT JUST ME?: Miranda Hart

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If you’re familiar with this comedian and her BBC sitcom, Miranda than I’m sure you’ve already read this. In true Miranda style, this book is this wonderful woman’s ‘guide to life’. Using personal anecdotes that feel very similar to her skits on her show, Miranda discuss everything from social awkwardness to marriage, babies and so on. This one is kind of specific to fans of Miranda due to her very specific style. If you don’t like her comedy, you won’t like this so don’t bother. But if you need a little pick up, this book is sure to cheer you up again.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful day and make sure to do something lovely for the wonderful women in your life.

Speak soon,

Rachael.

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