Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Girls - Lisa Jewell

I'm back with another book review. This book infuriated me, because of how well it was written, and how much I needed to know what happened. Within the opening pages, the reader is introduced to a situation, however we know nothing of the characters, of the situation, or the context, so the book then flips back, and you learn all the details of their lives and how the scene came about.

I wouldn't say that I had either a favourite or least favourite character within the novel, instead I loved aspects of each any every character, they are very human which is something missed in a lot of fiction. The book causes you to doubt every character, but also fail to understand how they could be implicated, and then it all makes sense at the reveal. The themes explored are dangerous but important, especially in a contemporary society, and truly raises questions about who you trust and how much you know your neighbours.

The ending was disappointing, but only minimally, however I can't tell you why without ruining it... I was pleased with the culprit, and the reasoning behind it, but when you finish it you'll understand why!

Will you be picking this up when browsing Watersones?
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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Me After You

So as you'll have seen in this post, I fell head over heels in love with Jojo Moyes Me Before You, I laughed and cried along with the characters, and when I heard there was a sequel I could not wait to get my hands on it, after popping into my local waterstones I was told that the hardback was no longer stocked inshore, and was online only, and that the paperback wasn't out for over a month, I couldn't wait, I didn't want to start on another book, so instead, took to Amazon, and two days later, the parcel arrived on my doorstep, and I jumped straight in.

I am not the person who is going to ruin either book for you, but there was definitely a shift within the second novel, and although I didn't enjoy it as much as it's predecessor, I still loved reading this book. I love Jojo Moyes' writing style within the novel, and it truly felt like a seamless extension of the original. I preached about both this one and the first to Alice so much that she finally gave in and brought them, read them, and as I'm writing this I just received a text saying how much she loved it too.

I honestly couldn't recommend these two novels more if I tried, they've made it straight to the top of some of my all time favourites, and I love seeing people I've recommended them to, loving them aswell.

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Monday, 4 July 2016

What's on my iPhone 6s

So nearly two years ago, I had a terrible iPhone 5, and when my upgrade came around, I moved over to Sony, now to say Sony served me well would be a lie, the screen came unattached on the three models I had, and my last one actually melted in the sun... meaning I had to pay out a lot of money to upgrade six months early, however that did mean that I finally got to have the iPhone 6s in Rose Gold. Nearly two weeks on and we're inseparable, so I thought that I would show you the most used apps on my new phone!

First up my phone case, I can't decide whether I love it or hate it, but I just took advantage of the fact that I could now get any case I wanted! You can find it here

Social Media plays a huge role in the blogging world, and my favourites are the standard Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I also use snapchat to follow other bloggers, but am yet to expand my blogging presence into that world! You may be thinking that you've never seen me mention Pinterest... you'd be right, I just don't get it, but that's my next task to conquer!

Any apps that can make my blogging life slightly easier will always have a place in my heart, Facetune is amazing for editing your instagram shots, I paid £2.99 I believe, but the whitening tool is amazing, Analytics means that you can keep an eye on your stats and how your recent posts are  doing, Bloglovin' allows me to stay up to date with all my favourite blogs. Hootsuite and Buffer fulfil the same function, of scheduling tweets, but I would rather use two apps than pay for premium usage on one.... and finally I have Blog Touch Pro, this is the latest app I've stumbled across, and this one I did pay premium for, this app allows you to blog fully functioning on your mobile, the blogger app does not allow this, but Blog Touch Pro has every function the standard blogger site has! 

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Sunday, 3 July 2016


The Battle of the Somme is a historic moment that mankind will remember forever, we owe our lives, and our country to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their tomorrow, so that we could have a today. Today, July 1st 2016 marks 100 years since that day, and today, as you may have seen on the news, on social media, or even in person, there were soldiers around the country.

These soldiers were silent, the only interaction given was a song - 'we're here because we're here', or being given a card. Each soldier represents a real life hero who lost their life 100 years ago today. This project was top secret, and although I have known for over a week, I couldn't speak a word to anyone, and until this evening, no one knew who had organised them, everyone simply did what we know best, with the hashtag #wearehere trending on twitter.

The event was partially inspired by stories of sightings both during and after the First World War, by people who believed that they had seen a dead loved one. This was seen by some today, with one of the most poignant pictures I saw being shared of an elderly lady crying on a train sat next to one of the soldiers. The uniforms that the soldiers were wearing were historically accurate, and the song they  sung was one that was once sung in the trenches. There were 27 theatres involved with the campaign, based all across the country, who came together in such a memorable way.

1418NOW have created a video with an overview of the day, which you can view here.

I loved being a part of this incredible mark of respect, and I hope that whether you saw them in person, or just via the media, that these soldiers made you take a minute out of your day, to remember those who sacrificed themselves for you.

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