book review sue perkins spectaclesTitle: Spectacles
Author: Sue Perkins
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: October 8th 2015
Pages: 377
Format: Ebook
Service: Bought
Buy: Waterstones

‘When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn’t kept some of it. She had kept all of it – every bus ticket, postcard, school report – from the moment I was born to the moment I had the confidence to turn around and say “Why is our house full of this shit?” 

Sadly, a recycling “incident” destroyed the bulk of this archive. This has meant two things: firstly, Dear Reader, you will never see the countless drawings of wizards, read a poem about corn on the cob, or marvel at the kilos of brown flowers I so lovingly pressed as a child. Secondly, it’s left me with no choice but to actually write this thing myself. 

This, my first ever book, will answer questions such as “Is Mary Berry real?”, “Is it true you wear a surgical truss?”, and “Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from the outside observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?”

Most of this book is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me. 

Thank you for reading.’ 

Let me start off by saying that by no means am I a big reader of autobiographies. However, I fell in love with Sue Perkins from the first time that I watched The Great British Bake Off and since then, I have loved every single show that she has presented. So, when I saw that she had written Spectacles there was no doubt in my mind that I was going read it. I was keen to find out about the woman who seemed to make up baking innuendos for a living. Granted it did take me some time to end up buying it but I did! View Full Post

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second year uni university swansea engineering stem student Summer came and went too quickly for me and suddenly I’m now a week and a half into my second year. This time last year I was still trying to figure my way around campus and settling into lectures. this year has been a completely different and weird experience. It’s kind of difficult to put my finger on exactly how I feel about this year but here goes nothing.

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grape and olive christmas showcase 2018 swansea meal buffet set menu * Huge thanks to Grape and Olive for inviting me to their Christmas showcase event. It in no way has altered my views.

It’s never ever too early to think about Christmas. Well, that’s what I think anyway. The new academic year always makes me start to gear up for Christmas since it’s the next big event for me to look forward to as soon as my birthday is done. So, from the second week of September I’m already planning out presents and meals. I was extremely thankful to be invited to the Grape and Olive’s Christmas Showcase this year where they were sharing with us some of the items of their three Christmas menus. View Full Post

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Hey, guys! I learnt that mindfulness day was about a week ago, so really this post would have been better timed to go up then. But oh well! It’s here now and that’s what matters! Over the past couple of months I’ve attempted to look into mindfulness in a bid to help calm my depression down. Whenever I looked online or asked anyone how to help my brain, they said that mindfulness was the way to go. Before that, I’d heard the word batted around a lot. It was always in news articles, on twitter and the hot topic of conversation whenever mental health was bought up.

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one day in december romance christmas book review Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: October 18th 2018
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

‘Laurie is pretty sure that love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she instantly knows is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away 

Certain their fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and every cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when in matters anyway. Instead the reunite at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken and destinies reconsidered.’

Let’s be honest, Christmas really isn’t that far away and Netgalley gave me the chance to read my first Christmas book of the year. One Day In December follows the story of Laurie who has been pining after a boy she met at a bus stop. The book takes place over ten years and we see how their relationship develops.

I’m going to jump right in with what I thought on the book as a whole. I wasn’t a huge fan. Straight from the off Laurie irritated me. Every single feeling that she felt was heightened so much that it just ended up feeling so unrealistic. Laurie was meant to be a 22-year-old university graduate, instead, I felt that she was acting like a teenager who had a massive crush. It irked me. A lot and it made it really difficult for me to actually like her character.

I felt like I could pretty much predict everything that was going to happen in the story. There was nothing that particularly surprised and shocked me. It just ended up following every romance trope that it could and which didn’t end up making this this book extremely interesting.

However, it is one of those books that is really feel-good. If you’re feeling low or you just want a book where you don’t want to think too much when you’re reading it, then this book is for you. Whilst I don’t rate the plot the highest, the writing was lovely and pretty easy for me to follow.

I wouldn’t exactly market this as a Christmas book to be honest. Even though some of the bigger events do take place around December. It doesn’t scream festive to me as much as I thought it would.

Rating: 3 stars

Check out my other book review over here.

** I was given this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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