Friday, 27 February 2015

February Reading Wrap Up

Hello everyone! Time for another reading wrap up! February was not the best reading month for me. In 2015 I've actually been trying to read less and stick to one book a week. I've read 3 books this month so not on target. Actually I think I will have maybe finished one by the end of the week but this post has been scheduled so I'm unsure, ohhhh. This month I tried to read loads of books that I had been sent review copies of. So sorry about all the *s! Doesn't change my opinions at all, however.


The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon* - I've already read this book in full, you can read my review here. Its not often I find a chick lit book that I really like but I found this to be a really good one. People are calling it 'the new Bridget Jones' and I have to say I agree with them. I gave this one 4/5 stars.

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski* - I read the first book in this series, The Winner's Curse, last year and it was amazing. I have to admit I feel a little let down by this one. It was quite hard to follow and it didn't have the same flare that the first one did. I gave it 3/5 stars.

Fish Out Of Water by Natalie Whipple* - I've already read this book in full, you can read by review here. This was a seriously amazing book. Like, the best I've read all year. I loved it. Not even going to say anything else, just go read it.


What have you read this month?

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Book Review: A Fish Out Of Water

Hello everyone. Today I'm reviewing a book I read recently, I think that its one of the best books that I've read this year! A Fish Out Of Water by Natalie Whipple* is about a young Japanese-American girl. She has her summer all sorted. She works in a pet shop and has an internship set up at a famous aquarium. One day her grandmother who she has never met shows up. She's never met her grandmother because she did not agree with her parent's 'mixed' marriage and she is a big old racist. But she now has Alzheimers and there's no one else to care for her.


I really enjoyed this book because the story isn't really like anything else I've ever read in a young adult novel before. I've read a lot of books and there's nothing worse than when a book reminds you of another one. Also I used to work in an aquatic pet shop so it also made me laugh a lot. The opening scene involved her telling a customer that a tank was not big enough for a goldfish and then the customer ignoring her and then buying the tank, three goldfish and no water conditioner. THAT WAS MY LIFE FOR TWO YEARS! The main character just got me!

As it was a YA novel there was also a bit of romance. The nephew of her boss starts working in the store and its Mika's job to show him the ropes. At first she can't stand him and his bad boy attitude but after a while she starts to feel like she can see a good person coming through. Whilst romance in YA can be a bit crap the main character here is a really strong, independent girl and I really liked the way that she handled things!


Overall I really enjoyed A Fish Out Of Water. Its definitely my favourite book of the month, and maybe even of the year. I am excited to read something else by Natalie Whipple. 5/5 stars.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

A Trip To The Lakes









Last week I went down to see my stepsister and her family in Penrith. We took a little day trip to Ullswater lake and had a nice walk about. It was a pretty cold day, you can actually see some snow in the mountains in the background! I've been here before and its also really beautiful in the summer. We went for a walk and then had lunch in a little tearoom. It was a lovely day so I just thought I'd share some photos. Have you ever been?

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Spring/Summer 2015 Wishlist

Spring 2015 Wishlist

Dungarees // Crocheted Dress // Denim Dress // Purse // Scalloped Top // Joggers //

1. I have a pair of short dungarees and I love wearing them. The reality of it is that Scotland isn't exactly the warmest country in the world. Even in the sprin/summer I still don't really like to wear shorts that often. So having a long pair would be really great. I also like the darker denim, my other pair are really light washed!

2. How awesome is this crocheted dress? I could probably make it myself but it would probably take a long time. So I'm happy to settle for Forever 21's offering! Mustard yellow is also definitely a colour that I think suits me. I think this is good to wear in the UK because it will be hot, but not enough to give you some really weird tan lines!

3. Another dress from Forever 21, they are really killing it this season. I think a little shopping trip to Glasgow is in order soon! I really like the combination of the denim with the aztec print. It would be perfect for lounging about in on a sunny day.

4. I really like this scalloped top. Pink isn't really a colour I wear a lot so it would be nice to mix things up a lot. It also looks like it would be really light and flowy. And look good with the dungarees. See what I did there.

5. My current purse is starting to look a bit crap. Its a bright pink/coral colour which looked amazing to begin with but after bumping around in my bag for a while, it is starting to look more brown and gross around the edges. Whilst this one does have some white on it, it is a lot darker in general!

6. I always have to treat myself to a new nail polish when Barry M bring out a new collection. They're really good value for money and their colours are always stunning. Plus they're a cruelty free brand. What's not to love?

7. I don't know if I'd actually have the balls to wear these out of the house but how awesome are these trousers. They look so comfy. Even if I only wore them around the house I'd be so happy to own these.

What have you got your eyes on this season?

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Book Review: The Wrong Knickers

Hello everyone. Today I'm going to be reviewing the book that everyone is calling the new Bridget Jones. This is The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon* which is the real life story of Gordon's 20s. Its written autobiographically and is painfully honest in a way that made me laugh, cringe and also horrified me a little at times. 


This is definitely a chick flick book. Bryony Gordon dropped out of uni, started working as a journalist and was looking for love whilst partying around London. I have to admit, a lot of the time I found her to be a little bit too posh for me to connect with. Like, I kind of find it hard to empathise with someone who says they're struggling to pay bills but still eats lunch at Pret A Manger. But despite that, I still found this book to be a really fun, easy read. Even if I didn't always agree with what she was saying/doing. Overall I gave this book 4/5 stars because it felt like talking to an old friend. Perfect book to take on holiday!


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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Crocheted Basket Pattern

Hello everyone. Today I'm going to be sharing this awesome crochet pattern with you! I've always wanted to experiment with t shirt yarn and when I was making an order from Wool Warehouse I decided to throw in some Hoooked Zpagetti and try it out. T shirt yarn is basically just really long thin strips of cotton that you can work like wool. You can also make your own from old t shirts but I've always thought that sounded like a lot of work! I knew I wanted to make a basket with mine so that I could store some wool but none of the patterns I saw really stood out to me. So I decided to wing it and design my own. I am so happy with how it turned out and it used the exact amount of yarn, I have none left over!


You will need:
1200g of Hoooked Zpagetti or another t shirt yarn.
10.00mm crochet hook.

Pattern:
Row 1 - 6 single crochet into a magic ring, slip stitch to join (6)
Row 2 - Chain 2 and then half double crochet into the same stitch. Two half double crochets into each stitch, slip stitch to join (12)
Row 3 - 1 half double crochet, 1 increase. Repeat 6 times (18)
Row 4 - 2 half double crochets, 1 increase. Repeat 6 times (24)
Row 5 - 3 half double crochets, 1 increase. Repeat 6 times (30)
Row 6 - 4 half double crochets, 1 increase. Repeat 6 times (36)
Row 7 - 5 half double crochets, 1 increase. Repeat 6 times (42)
Row 8 - 6 half double crochets, 1 increase. Repeat 6 times (48)
Row 9 - 7 half double crochets, 1 increase. Repeat 6 times (54)
Rows 10 to 14 - half double crochet in every stitch (54)
Row 15 - 19 half double crochets, chain 10, skip 8 stitches. Repeat. (58)
Row 16 - Half Double crochet in every stitch (58)

Now all you need to do is cut your yarn and sew in the ends. What do you think?



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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Blogger Interview - Hannah Sundae

Hello everyone! Today I've got a new post in my blogger interview series. Today I'm interviewing my second large advertiser and that is Hannah from Hannah Sundae. Hannah is a recent graduate living in Wales. She's blogging about her life and where she's going. That also includes dog photos. If you've learnt one thing about me from my blog, I hope that its that I love dogs! Hannah Sundae is an alround lifestyle blog, there are posts for everyone.
1. Tell us a little bit about your blog?
My blog is a little bit of everything, photos from my local area,  Snowdonia, a few beauty reviews, and bits and bobs of what I get up to day to day.
2. What else do you do apart from your blog? University, work, hobbies etc?
I work in retail one day a week which gives me lots of free time in which I play hockey and do pottery - I'm currently working on making enough things to start an Etsy shop!
3. Why did you start blogging?
I started reading blogs in about 2012 and finally got round to writing my own blog in 2013 because I was inspired by what I read. I revamped Hannah Sundae in September 2014 and that's what you see today, I feel like I've come a long way, but I've  still  got far to go!

4. What is your favourite ice cream flavour(we ask the important questions here)?
Absolute cliché of Ben & Jerry's Phish Food. B&J got me back into ice cream, I've not been the biggest fan of it since I was little (it's too bloody cold!!)
5. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Definitely a dog person! We've always had dogs on my family, whereas I'm quite suspicious of cats. My boyfriend's family have recently got a kitten so that's swaying me in their favour a bit, but my heart will always be with dogs.
6. Name your 3 favourite blogs?
Cider With Rosie was one of the first blogs I read - I love her style and the way she sees the world.
The Small Things Blog - I first started following Kate's blog for her hair tutorials, but she's just had her second baby and it's been lovely keeping up with her and her growing family.
Love Lisette - I like Lisette's blog for similar reasons to Cider With Rosie. Her Thankful Thursday posts always remind me to be grateful for the little things.

7. What are your favourite books?
Aside from Ms Rowling's boy wizard, of course, I really enjoyed Cathy's Book by Stewart/Weissman/Brigg as a  teenager and I've since re-read it and enjoyed it all over again - there's two more books in the series which are good as well. The book is illustrated in the margins of every page as if it's the journal of Cathy herself, and there's a file of physical evidence gathered as the mystery unfolds. I like it because of its unique interactiveness and it explores the mysteries of Chinese mythology.
8. What is your favourite combination of pizza toppings(again on the imprortant questions)?
Good old Ham & Pineapple!!
9. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I'm a fluent Welsh speaker. And I've never broken any bones in my own body but I pushed my best friend over in year 1 and broke her collar bone!

10. Give us a link to your favourite blog post that you've ever written!
My post about visiting the poppies at the Tower of London. I feel very privileged to have been able to see them while they were there.
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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Should Bloggers Blog For Free?


When I first started blogging, I felt so honoured whenever a PR company contacted me. If  they asked me to write a blog post for them in exchange for them sharing it on their social media? I would see this as an ok trade and go for it. I also used to enter a lot of those competitions. You know the 'write a blog post to enter our competition and you could win xxxxx' style ones? But I never won any. And those types of posts were never very successful. So what did I gain from them?

But as my blog grew and as the blogging world became a lot bigger a new thought emerged. 'Sponsored posts'. If you don't know what a sponsored post is: its when a company pays you to write about their company, or mention one of their products in a post. And these are a common thing in the blogging world. I've done a few myself but not many. I still don't know what I should really be charging for them and I don't get many offers for them either. But at the same time, I've also decided that I will not blog for free. I've tried it in the past and most of the time it gives me no benefit. The reality is if a company really thought that sharing something on their social media was good enough advertising, then why would they not just do that? I've been there done that and a company sharing a blog post I wrote about them has never made one bit of difference to my stats. In the 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours' situation. I've done a lot of scratching and not had it in return. If a company send me something, then of course I'd review it without expecting anything else but I think just a post is different.

But over the last few weeks I've noticed an increased number of emails in my inbox. All asking me to write a blog post or share an infographic etc. But when I email back asking if this company is offering a paid opportunity I always get told no. That or they don't reply at all. I can see it from both sides. A lot of smaller companies don't have the budget to pay a ton of bloggers for posts. But at the same time, I think its so cheeky to ask a blogger to work for your for free. You wouldn't phone up a journalist and ask them to write an article for you for free. The media world is changing. Blogs are becoming the new magazines.

What do you think? Do you think bloggers should be paid to write posts for companies or do you think shares on social media is enough?

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Lush: In Your Dreams

Hello everyone. Today I'm blogging about this awesome Lush gift set that one of my oldest pals got me for my birthday. I love Lush so when I saw that she'd bought me this I was so excited, even more so when I was what was in it! The In Your Dreams set contains a Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar and a Granny Takes A Dip bath ballistic. The unicorn horn is a limited edition product in their Valentines Day collection and granny takes a dip is a relatively new product in their permanent line. I've not used either of them before so I was really excited to get both!


Granny Takes A Dip - This is supposed to be inspired by hippies and give off a psychedelic vibe. I personally love the colours! It has a really unusual scent, its really spicy and stands out from any other scent I've noticed in a Lush product before.  I can't wait to use this because it smells great.

Unicorn Horn - Now hasn't this little one gained a lot of attention recently? This multicoloured unicorn shaped beauty seems to have a lot of fans. I expected this to have a really sweet scent but was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually smells of lavender. Lavender is one of my favourite soothing scents, I can't wait to use this one after a long day. If only I had a bath at uni!


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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Orla Kiely Cosmetic Wash Bag

Hello everyone! How are you all doing? I've had such a busy week this week, so excited for a week off soon! Today I'm blogging about this lovely wash bag from Orla Kiely. This is the pink and blue floating flower design in the cosmetic size. They also do two bigger sizes, medium and large, which look like they'd be amazing for travelling. I live in Edinburgh for university but travel home at the weekends for work. It isn't the most ideal situation but at the moment its working for me. That means that I do a lot of packing and moving around. I don't often take a lot of make up home with me but I like to take some home with me if I have plans to meet friends etc. I keep my every day make up in a make up bag on my desk but I don't take that whole bag with me. There are a lot of things in there that I use but wouldn't consider essential.


So on Fridays I'll put my essential make up into this bag then pack it in my back pack. I find this to be a lot easier and its generally a lot lighter. I also take my washing home with me so that I don't have to pay to use the machines at uni so the less space my make up takes up, the more space I have in my bag. I really like Orla Kiely's designs, I think they're very simple but they stand out and are so bold at the same time. The bag is very well made and you can tell that they've used high quality materials. Even the inside is so soft and lovely. Its also oilcloth so if you spill anything on it then its so easy to clean and wipe off! I am capable of getting eyeliner everywhere.

The cosmetic wash bag is £20 and can be found at John Lewis or the Orla Kiely website. 


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Monday, 9 February 2015

Book Review: Get Rich Blogging

Hello everyone. Today I'm going to be reviewing a book that's been making its rounds of the blogosphere lately. Get Rich Blogging by Zoe Griffin. Its written by the author of Live Like A VIP who earns a six figure salary from her blog. The book is split into two parts. The first part gives tips on setting up, managing and monetising a blog but it is not specific to any type of blog. Part two gives tips for fashion bloggers, parenting bloggers etc from experts in that field.  


I found part 1 to be very interesting. I learnt a lot from it and there were a few tips that I found absolutely amazing. And there were some tips that I just didn't feel applied to my type of blog. Like for example, she lists places where you can buy stock photos and recommends doing this. But I've always found that for beauty/fashion/lifestyle blogs its way better to take your own photos to inject some personality into your blog. Although I can't really argue with her because obviously her blog is very successfull! And some of them are a bit out dated. But on the whole I found this to be an interesting read and I certainly enjoyed it. You could find all of these tips by hunting through various Pinterest boards but it is handy to have them all in one place I suppose.

Part 2 wasn't as great if you ask me. I decided that I would read all of the sections as I thought that every little would help. Except they were set out in exactly the same way and all of the bloggers were asked the same questions. This made it very samey and in my eyes, unhelpful. Overall I thought the book was good but the tips weren't anything new. You can find them all for free if you search hard enough. That being said, it was nice to have them all in one spot.

What do you think? Would you ever read a book like this?

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Glasses Direct Home Trial

Hello everyone. I was recently contacted my Glasses Direct asking if I'd like to try a pair of their London Retro glasses. I wear my glasses every day so its nice to have more than one pair to wear. When you wear glasses all day, every day, they almost become a part of your identity. So picking the right pair of glasses is important. You don't want to spend a lot of money on glasses to find out that 3 months down the line you don't like them anymore. Like if you had to choose one pair of shoes you'd want them to a really nice pair that suited you and would go with everything right?


Glasses Direct offer a free home trial service. You can pick up to four pairs of their glasses and they'll send them to your house. The glasses just have plain glass in them so you can try them on, see what you think and even ask family and friends which ones they like best. My mum was having a right wee nosey through my box, she's a fan of the Presley style. I think this is a really good service. Its free but you do have to give them your card details just incase you don't return the glasses. Which is fair enough! After that you have a week to return the glasses(they pay the return delivery) and then you can pick the pair you want. Or you can chose not to get any of them. Completely up to you!


The four pairs that I picked are(clockwise): Malcolm, Fairbanks, Loren and Presley. I really like the designs that London Retro offer. I think they're a little bit quirky but not over the top, meaning they'd make great every day glasses. I'm still a little undecided. I think my favourite two pairs are the Presleys and the Malcoms. Ie the two on the left. I posted the below photo on Instagram and the bottom left pair seemed to be the unanimous winner! 

Leave a comment on my Instagram and let me know!
What do you think? Which pair should I get?

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Things I Wish I'd Known In High School

I didn't hate high school. I had some pretty good friends and I got good grades. I was never seriously bullied, I had never failed a test and I never had days where I dreaded going into school. But I don't think I realised until after I'd left, that I was never as happy at high school as I am at university. The realisation has hit me that I am definitely one of those people who peaks after high school. During my first semester I very rarely saw anyone from high school apart from my friends who I had actively kept in contact with and arranged to meet. This semester I've gotten a part time job in my home town so have been taking the 30 minute train home at the weekends to work there. This means that I see people a lot more often. I don't really mean my friends, more people that I went to school with and know but don't really speak to that often. And to be honest? Seeing these people again makes me feel uncomfortable. I wasn't the most confident person in high school, I was quite socially awkward and generally kept myself to myself. I wouldn't say people loved be or hated me, just didn't really know me. And I feel like whenever people see me now they still think of me as the person who I was in high school. Although I now feel like a completely different person. But just in that split moment, I let my insecurities get the best of me and I become high school Hayley again and I don't want to be her. 

I wouldn't go back and do high school all over again if you paid me. I feel like I've moved on a lot since then. But there are some things that I wish I'd known. Maybe I'd have had a more positive time. Like I said, I didn't dislike it. But I wasn't the happiest person ever.


Talking to people isn't that hard - In high school I felt really uncomfortable speaking to people that I didn't know and so a lot of the time I would never start conversations. Since starting university I've realised that it isn't as hard as I thought. I even surprise myself sometimes.

You shouldn't dislike someone unless they've given you a reason to - When I was a lot younger if one of my friends disliked someone, I would dislike them too. I think high school can be really clique-y and a lot of the time all of the bickering is totally unnecessary. I should have been more open and more inclusive of everyone, rather than writing people off without having spoken to them.

Your teachers are pretty awesome people and you should value that - I didn't really realise until I was in my last few years of school just how great my teachers were. If you'd told 11 year old me on her first day of high school that she'd cry on her last day because she would miss a lot of them I wouldn't have believed you. But I did! 

You are never going to have this much free time again - What did I do with my free time before I had a part time job and had so much studying to do? I am so jealous of my 12 year old time wasting self.

Grades do matter - In my last year I got 4 unconditional offers for uni and I'd be lying if this didn't affect my work ethic for the rest of the year. I didn't do badly but I know that if I'd worked just that little bit harder my Bs would be As. I applied for a chemistry degree but I always had an interest in chemical physics. I tried to transfer to chemical physics in my first week at uni and got told 'if you have to work for a B in advanced higher maths, you won't survive in chemical physics'. Ouch. Maybe if I'd worked a little bit harder I'd be doing a completely different degree.

In a few years time, no one will remember - No one will remember that embarrassing thing that you done 4 years on. Laugh it off.

What would you tell your high school self?

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Blogger Interview - The Pyreflies

Hello everyone! Today I've got an interview with Jessica from The Pyreflies who is one of my large advertisers for February. The Pyreflies is a lifestyle blog that talks about 'geek culture' a lot. Its so interesting to read blog posts about video games as they just aren't as common! Jessica's blog also has some beautiful photos and awesome OOTDs!


1. Tell us a little bit about your blog?
My blog is... very random! ;) It's a lifestyle blog where I share life adventures, outfits, video game stuff and blog tips/tutorials. I also talk about TV/movies and about whatever is on my mind!

2. What else do you do apart from your blog? University, work, hobbies etc?I have a digital art shop where I sell clip art :)

3. Why did you start blogging?I had my very first blog when I was 11! My older sister blogged and she said that I should have one so she bought me a domain! I didn't blog on there much though... maybe a few times. After that I wanted to make my very own video game fansite so I bought another domain. That fansite was a big fail, so I turned it into a blog... and I've been blogging ever since! 



4. What is your favourite ice cream flavour(we ask the important questions here)?I love chocolate and vanilla swirl :)

5. Are you a dog person or a cat person?I'm not really a pet person (I'm bad with pets *tear*) but if I had to choose I'd pick dogs!

6. Name your 3 favourite blogs?I really think this is the hardest question EVER! (Even when it's asked in twitter chats, I never answer it) I don't want to leave anyone out!



7. What are your favourite books?The Harry Potter series and The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray.

8. What is your favourite combination of pizza toppings(again on the imprortant questions)?Just pepperoni! 

9. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?I live in Florida but I don't know how to swim. Haha It's always embarrassing telling people this! For some reason my parents never took us to the beach or lake (or pool) when we were kids. I love going to these places now that I'm older but I'm too scared to learn! :(



10. Give us a link to your favourite blog post that you've ever written!I'm so bad at picking favorites! I do like every post I publish... if I had to choose, I'll pick the one that has received the most comments since that tells me that my readers have it enjoyed it the most! It's called "I don't know about you, but I'm not feeling 22" and I talk about not feeling my age.

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

OOTD - My 18th(Again)




Dress - Miss Selfridge // Watch - ASOS // Necklace - Not On The High Street // Shoes - New Look

Hello everyone. I have another 18th birthday OOTD for you all. As most of you will know, I currently live in Edinburgh but am from a town called Livingston. I had two birthday celebrations, one in Edinburgh and one in Livingston. I showed you the Edinbrugh OOTD last week and I'm now getting around to sharing the Livingston one. I am so in love with this dress, its not usually something that I would go for but I love the way it shapes my body and it was 20% student discount. I've also noticed they currently have free UK delivery so its a win win. Discount code here. The watch was a birthday present from my Gran and I absolutely love it. I did choose it myself which does take the surprise away but at least I knew I would like it!

The night was a bit of a weird one. The plan was to have predrinks at Wetherspoons and then go onto a club. But it was the last night the club was open because its getting done up this month and apparently is was heaving. So I decided not to go. A few of my friends still went but by the sound of things I didn't really miss much! 

What have you been up to this week?

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Monday, 2 February 2015

January Reading Wrap Up 2015



Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King - I've already reviewed this book on my blog and you can read that review here. A.S. King is one of my favourite authors and this did not disappoint. This is about a girl who has fallen out with her childhood best friend. He later dies under suspicious circumstances and she knows enough to clear his name. But does she want to? I gave this 4/5 stars.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart - I've already reviewed this book on my blog and you can read that review here. I was excited to read this after loving We Were Liars but it was lacking a little something. Its a book about a secret society set at a posh boarding school and a lot of the characters were just too snobby for me to connect with. I still enjoyed it and gave it 3/5 stars but I'm in no rush to read it again!

Get Rich Blogging by Zoe Griffin - As soon as I saw this book I knew that it was something I wanted to read! It contains a lot of great tips for starting and maintaining a lot. I agreed with a lot of it, disagreed with some of it and thought some of it was outdated. That being said, it was still interesting and I'll be writing a full review soon! I gave it 4/5 stars.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness/Siobhan Dowd - The idea behind this book comes from Siobhan Dowd, a YA author, who unfortunately passed away from cancer before she was able to complete it. Patrick Ness was asked to finish it in her memory and it has let to an absolutely beautiful read. After seeing Patrick Ness at the Edinburgh Book Festival last summer and hearing him talk about this, I was really excited to read it. Its about a young boy whose mother has terminal cancer. A 'monster' comes to visit him whilst his mother is ill and its about how the monster has been 'called' to help him. This was such a sad book! I cried whilst reading it on the train! And it contains some amazing illustrations. 5/5 stars I seriously recommend.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - This is a book about a girl who has a lethal touch. She is being kept as a weapon by the government and trying to get free. This book is very well written but it is quiet dark and I don't think I was really in the right mind set for it. I gave it 3/5 stars but maybe if I read it again I would enjoy it more.

Have you read any of these books before? What did you think of them?

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