Blogger Bookclub: The Catch Up..

Wednesday, 28 October 2015
No not the title of the last book we read, I just need to catch up on last months book too. 

The Good Girl - Fiona Neill

Scratch the surface of any family hard enough and you'll draw blood...No one can believe it when straight A student Romy Field finds herself at the centre of a scandal, least of all her mother Ailsa - who is also the head of her new school. Ailsa is quick to hold Romy's new boyfriend and his parents responsible for what has happened. But as mother and daughter reveal their very different version of events, a much darker truth emerges. It soon becomes apparent that Romy isn't the only member of her family harbouring secrets and her disgrace becomes the catalyst for the unravelling of all those around her. It takes a split second to make a decision that can alter the course of your life. And a lifetime to undo the consequences.

I thought I was going to really love this book, the blurb sounded exciting with the promise of dark truths and scandals. You are thrown into the scandal straight away and then the book travels back three months where you find out the events that lead up to it. If you don't want to know the who is it part of the book, then don't read the blurb!

The author has thrown in, what I think should have been "exciting twists" to the book, but to me they just annoyed me. I also had a few "oh really?!" moments where I felt the book was a little predictive. The book covers so many topics which is quite good and I am sure there are young people that can relate to the issues covered, but for me it was a little blah and I really had to force myself to pick the book back up. 

 Overall thoughts - not for me. 

The Letter - Kathryn Hughes

October was the month that I got to pick my first book club book. How scary, picking a book that three other people are committing to, not only reading, but spending their money on is a pretty daunting task. In the end I went onto the Amazon store for Kindle and picked the first book I saw for 99p that wasn't a chic lit.

"Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. Whilst going through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she comes across an old letter, the envelope firmly sealed and unfranked. Tina opens the letter and reads it - a decision that will alter the course of her life for ever...Billy Stirling knows he has been a fool, but hopes he can put things right. On 4th September 1939 he sits down to write the letter he hopes will change his future. It does - in more ways than he can ever imagine...The Letter tells the story of two women, born decades apart, whose paths are destined to cross and how one woman's devastation leads to the other's salvation."

I'll let you in on something here, I have experienced times in my life where I have witnessed my Father (who I no longer have contact with) be highly violent to not only my Mum, but also myself and my sister. Something about this book touched a memory of mine that had been locked away for many years. I knew I would relate to this book instantly, not only that, a part of me wanted to read about a story line like this to see if what I experienced had happened to someone else. I also love the idea of things you buy having a history.

I'm not just saying I really enjoyed this book because it was the one that I chose, but I did actually enjoy this book. I'm guessing this was down to me relating with some of the story lines. The idea that one letter can change so many lives past and present, I think is lovely and very much reminds me of a message in a bottle type thing. 

The book flips between the 1940's and 1970's and is split over three parts, almost like three mini books, which once you read the book you understand why the author has done this. Annoyingly you can guess the plot from about a third of the way through the book, I'm noticing this as a theme for everything I read? Is this the same for all books? 

Don’t forget to check out LornaLizzie's and Leanne's posts to see what they thought of the book. 

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Supermarket Shopping...

...but not the food kind.

All too often I head into the supermarket for "a loaf of bread" style shopping list and I end up coming out with a new makeup brush, clothes, homeware... you get the drift. Most recently I've been into one of the many Tesco stores in Cardiff and ended up with a couple of items that were certainly not on my shopping list.

On the way to the food aisles you have to head past the stationery, beauty, clothes and every other aisle you could possibly think of. Naturally I stopped off at all of them. For once I didn't pick up any new diaries or pens, but these were from a previous shopping trip.

This diary was half price at £2 from what I can remember. It's a page per day so plenty of space to write things down. Even though in this day and age (I sound old!!) everyone records things on iphones, online calendars etc I still love to have a hand written diary. To go with my new diary, it only made sense to purchase some new pens, does anyone else do that? Most of the stationery was offer because it was back to school time and these were only around £4.

I don't think it's too much of a secret that I love shirts. Checked, sheer, white, work, casual - I own loads and now I own one more. This delight was nestled in the sale rack, priced up at only £6 and was in my basket before anyone else could nab it.

A few weeks ago my Real Techniques blusher brush completely fell apart, probably down to my ridiculous lack of brush washing and then when I do, I'm a little rough.  So Eco is a brand that I've not heard of before but I liked the packaging and thought the brush looked really soft so for £7 it went straight into my baskets. So far so good, seems like a great brush!

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Autumn Boots Wishlist...

Monday, 19 October 2015

"Honey I'm home!!" We arrived back in the UK very early yesterday morning, 6:30am, snuggled down to a McDonald's breakfast and got in about three hours sleep before I went to start picking up my animals from the various friends who looked after them. 

This post was supposed to go live whilst I was in Greece, but blogger (cheers!) didn't post. Excellent. The weather is so cold and I am craving some new winter boots. All I've worn since last Autumn is a pair of brown suede boots from New Look and I even bought a backup pair - pretty unheard of for me.

The first pair that has caught my eye recently is this pair from Dorothy Perkins. It's no surprise that a light tan suede boot takes my eye in any online shop because I love that you can wear this colour with pretty much any outfit. My favourite way to wear boots like this is with midi skirts at the moment and I don't see that changing anytime soon. 

After seeing how quickly my suede boots deteriorated in the last year, I decided to branch out and have a look at some Leather Ankle Boots and found these ones from Jones Bootmaker. These would last a lot longer than my suede ones and I'm leaning towards making the investment into a pair of leather boots, which I haven't done since I bought a pair from Topshop 5 years ago. They still look brand new - I think that's a sign. 

These blue ankle boots from New Look are something that I wasn't expecting to like. I spotted these in an advert in the sidebar of a page I was looking at and thought "ohh... must look at these". Many years ago I owned a pair of pink timberland style boots and now I have a pair for dog walking which are more comfortable that I thought they would be. These would be great for weekends and dress down days in work, but I'm just not sure on the navy blue colour. I wear black jeans all the time and even I know that black jeans and navy blue boots wouldn't be a great combination. 

Thanks to the memory function now on Facebook I have been reminded that I used to wear knee high boots quite a lot. The ones I used to own were flat black ones that had no real detail to them. I spotted these knee high boots on Reiker Boots. I'm a big fan of the riding boots look and would probably pair these with skinny jeans and a checked shirt. 

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Boots Haul, ready for holiday

Thursday, 1 October 2015

This holiday has crept up on me like no other holiday before. Previous holidays I have spent weeks planning the perfect hand luggage, the ultimate "in flight" beauty routine and the holiday skin care routine. However this holiday has been the first that I really haven't been that bothered about - even with my flight just a couple of days away. 

I've made the decision to not buy any new skincare for the holiday, apart from suntan lotion, but I did remember that I would need a darker foundation, waterproof mascara and a darker concealer. After a pretty horrible hospital appointment there was no better time for a "pick me up" so off I headed to Boots with my friend Shelley (read her blog here!). 

Luckily I headed there just at the time as the 3for2 event was on in store, so I picked up a couple of lip products at the same time. 

I picked up two of my favourite foundations from Loreal, the True Match and Infallible  both in darker shades because my tan tends to hand around after I've been on holiday and I intend to cling onto it for as long as possible. The Blake Lively red lipstick has been on my radar for a while, and with very little encouragement from Shelley the lipstick ended up in my basket. 

From Maybelline I picked up the concealer I've been after for a while, the waterproof mascara (sensational one?) and a lipstick pencil in a fairly neutral (for me) colour. As you can tell I'm typing this up whilst having no products near me to check what I've actually bought. 

Anyway, this is me signing off for a good couple of weeks!

Blog when I'm back.