Thursday, 21 August 2014

On My Shelf #4 | Books

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It's that time of the month again where I share some of the books that live on my shelves with you. Each month you guys give me some numbers and each number corresponds with a book on my bookshelf. You pick the number and I then tell you a bit about that particular book, the story behind its purchase and, if I've read it, what I thought about it. This tag was created by Iain Broome and it's a fun way to share more of my books with you! You know the drill guys, let me know if you've read these books below and tell me which ones I need to read first if I haven't already done so. 

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111. my cousin rachel by daphne du maurier 
My Cousin Rachel is the gripping story of a Victorian young man whose placid life in the English countryside is turned inside-out by an older woman. 

I read Jamaica Inn earlier this month and I absolutely fell in love with it so I'm really looking forward to reading more of Du Maurier's work. I picked this copy up from a charity shop for 50p because I'd heard so much about Du Maurier's writing and I have a cousin named Rachel. Ah, I love me a tenuous link! I love a good bit of dark brooding Victoriana so this should be a pleasant read.

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8. neverwhere by neil gaiman 
Under the streets of London, there's a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks. Richard Mayhew is going to find out more than enough about this other London (when) a single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: neverwhere. 

I read Neverwhere sometime last year, after picking it up for £1 in a charity shop, and I really enjoyed it! Gaiman's world building is just absolutely phenomenal and I adored the wide range of settings. I gave it a 4/5. I would definitely recommend this to people looking to get into the fantasy genre because it was one of the first fantastical books I read and I really enjoyed the experience! If you'd like to, you can check out my Coraline book review and my Ocean At The End Of The Lane book review too.

In 1956, Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country. The six-day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and England, a past that takes in fascism, two world wars and an unrealised love between the butler and the housekeeper. 

My babely friend Jamie sent this to me a while ago now and I'm really looking forward to reading it at some point in the future because of its West Country links. I read Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go last year and really liked it so I'm hoping this will be just as good! 

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34. selected poems by t. s. eliot
I'm studying Modernism at university  next term so I decided to use some old bookstore gift cards on this beautiful anthology of T. S. Eliot's works. I haven't had the chance to properly browse through it yet but I'm sure I'll be forced to do so pretty soon. I'd love to read some of his works beyond the most famous ones! This anthology also makes a really great gift, by the way.

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12. rebecca by daphne du maurier
Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers... 

My Mum's workmate bought this for me following my surgery last year and I've been meaning to devote time to it ever since. I just know I will adore this book but, for some unknown reason, I just haven't got round to it yet. I think I'll save it for my winter break. I'm really looking forward to it. 

And there you have it! Would you like to see more On My Shelf posts in the future? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? I'm going to have a quiet weekend! ♥ 

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Wreck This Journal #5 {& win your own WRECK THIS JOURNAL, MAP MY HEART and some AWESOME stationery!} | Creativity with Bee

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I'm back with another Wreck This Journal installment today and, as ever, my recent pages contain a lot of colour. I found myself experiencing a little bit of a creative slump journal-wise but I eventually picked up where I left off and had a really good time doing so. I'd love to know what you would've done with the pages so let me know below and I'll steal all of your ideas for future journals, ha! Seeing as you guys love these posts, I thought it was high time that I gave a Wreck This Journal away to one lucky winner. Fill out the form at the bottom of this post to be in with a chance to win! 

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I shared the beginnings of this page in my May Wreck This Journal post but I finally got round to finishing it this month. It took me five sheets of stickers and three months but I got there. Well done me! I'm pretty happy with how this page looks. It covers a few of my favourite topics: cats, space, fast food and cake. It's glorious. 


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Luckily enough, I was gifted lots of washi tape for my birthday last month so I was able to go to town on this page. I approached this page with no idea of what I wanted to do and I think it shows. In hindsight, it probably would've been nice to have a little plan in mind but I'm happy enough with the mishmash of colours, patterns and shapes. I might tape the opposite page too. We'll see!

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I decided to use my new pens to jazz this page up a bit. It's sort of ridiculous how long this took me but it was totally therapeutic. It wasn't difficult and it's not very inspiring but I just went with it. I just need to finish off writing page numbers throughout.  

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I love these pages! I love Adventure Time so there seemed like only one viable option for this page, to be honest. I did toy with the idea of actually freezing the page but I thought an AT reference would be a lot more me. Big thanks to Luke for helping me out with the Ice King!

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I thought it was about time that I held another giveaway to say thank you for being so frigging great over the past 4 years. You guys are the best readers, constantly leaving insightful comments and inspiring me to do better. If I could send a shit ton of cool stuff to all of you, I would. Alas, I'm really broke so I'm just contributing  1 x wreck this journal and some other little treats too. However, luckily enough for you,  I managed to get the lovely Dom & Ink and Huck And Pucker involved and they've given me a copy of MAP MY HEART and some other sweet journals to give away too! SWAG, or whatever the kids say these days. Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to UK residents because I can't afford excessive postage. I'm sorry! If you've arrived here from some shitty giveaway forum, please don't enter. All genuine readers have to do to enter is fill out the following Rafflecopter form:
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The giveaway will run to the 1st September so you've got a bit of time to enter. Good luck. Break a leg or whatever. What do you think? How would you have done these pages? Leave links below if you've shared your very own pages as I'd love to see them 

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Used Book Haul & Inheriting My Uncle's Old Books | Books

As you already know, I recently took a trip to the Scottish Borders to see my family and I had an incredible time. Check out my latest Adventures with Bee post if you haven't already! My Aunt is packing up and moving to France so she said that I could have a look through my Uncle's old bookshelves to see whether I wanted to take anything home with me. I took around 17 secondhand and used books. Yikes! I thought I'd share a selection of my favourites with you in the form of a used book haul in order to inspire you to go out and get yourself some beautiful books. If you're inspired to raid your family members shelves, please nick the books quickly and quietly to avoid suspicion or ask your family member's permission, whatever...I want to know all about the books you've inherited and the books that you'd like to pass down to future generations so leave your ideas in the comments! 

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of mice and men / cannery row by john steinbeck
Like pretty much everyone else my age, I read Of Mice and Men at school. Unlike the majority of people my age, I actually enjoyed it! Sometimes you just want to sit down and read an American novel, y'know?! I thought I'd rehome my Uncle's old Penguin Modern Classics copy because it also includes Cannery Row that I haven't read yet. Cannery Row is supposedly told through a sequence of vignettes devoid of a real sense of plot so I'm looking forward to giving it a go. I've heard a lot about Steinbeck's other works, particularly East of Eden, so feel free to recommend me some to read.


Monday, 11 August 2014

Things To Do In Scotland: Scottish Borders and Edinburgh | Adventures with Bee

At the end of last month, my little family and I packed ourselves into two cars and underwent an 8 and a half hour drive from Somerset to Scotland. The journey was about as fun as it sounds! The fun we got up to once we finally arrived more than made up for it though and we spent four days eating good food, laughing at the kids and snuggling the dogs. There are just so many things to do in Scotland! It was a bit of a reflective trip because my Aunt is selling up the beautiful house she shared with my late Uncle and moving to Normandy. As you do! The house understandably holds a lot of memories so it was really sad to leave it behind but onwards and upwards! Check out my Scotland posts from a couple of years ago if you fancy it. 


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