Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Reading Wrap Up

Hello everyone! I managed to read 9 books this month which I don't think is too bad! I really enjoyed a lot of of these books and didn't give anything lower than 3/5 stars. I'd say that's pretty successful! I also only have 20% of Jane Eyre left(which I'm hating) and I'm halfway through The Scorch Trials as well so I'm hoping to finish them in early September. I'm moving out and starting uni in September so I don't think I'll do as much reading. Although me and my flatmates are already discussing the books that we're going to borrow from each other!



If I Stay by Gayle Forman - This is a book about a teenage girl who is in a car accident. She turns into a sort of ghost and can see herself getting taken to the hospital etc. She then has to make the decision as to whether she wants to wake up and live or die and be with her family. Her mum, dad and younger brother all died in the accident. This is being made into a movie which looks really good so I wanted to read the book before going to see the movie. I wasn't as much of a fan of this as I expected, it was good but I found Mia to be totally obsessed in a really unhealthy way with her boyfriend. That's something I really hate seeing in YA books! I gave it 3/5 stars as I liked it but I found it a bit weird.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - This was a reread for me and I loved it even more than I did the first time around! It's about a nerdy girl going to college and about how she struggles to fit in. She's always been attached to her twin sister who kind of abandons her when they go to college and she has to learn to survive on her own. This book is so happy and so gushy and I just found myself smiling all the time whilst reading it. 5/5 stars and I really recommend it to everyone!

Roomies* by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando - I've already written a full review of this book which you can read here. This is a story about two girls emailing back and forth before they become room mates. It was really nice and I gave it 4/5 stars as the ending was a bit anti climactic. 


Where She Went by Gayle Forman - This is the sequel to If I Stay and it is 10000000x better than the first book! This was so much more emotional and raw. It was really kind of beautiful. It's also told from the perspective of her boyfriend which is nice. I didn't really like Mia much as a character. I felt bad for her, but she still annoyed me a little bit. I gave this 5/5 stars.

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya van Wagenen - In this book a young teenager in America follows the instructions in a guide for popularity that was written in the 50s to see if the advice would still work. This was a really interesting book! It goes into discuss why people want to be popular and what popularity means to different people etc etc. I actually saw this reviewed on another book blog(although I can't remember which one) and bought it for my Kindle straight away. I'm glad I read it. I gave it 4/5 stars. It was really good but for some reason I didn't feel it was a 5/5 star book.

Panic by Lauren Oliver* - I've already written a full review of this book which you can read here. I really loved this book. It was so exciting and fast paced. I couldn't put it down! I gave it 4/5 stars.


Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - This is the final book in the series and I was very excited for it. I was a little dissappointed. I felt like this was a much more 'adult' and serious novel but I didn't like either of the characters that much. Isla was a little bit whiney and I got sick of the 'I have no self confidence' whining very quickly. I just didn't like Josh at all, too angsty. I gave this 3/5 stars. It was ok but definitely not my favourite.


Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley* - This is a fiction novel about black students integrating into a white high school. I don't want to say too much about it as I'm writing a full review but I loved it, I gave it 5/5 stars. I couldn't put it down!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner - This is definitely my favourite book of the month and I wasn't even expecting to like it that much! This is a book where a boy called Thomas wakes up in a big metal box. When he gets released he realises that he's been put into a small town in the middle of a maze with lots of other teenage boys. They don't know how they got there. Everyday they go out into the maze looking for a way out. But at night the doors to the maze close and anyone left inside dies. This book was so fast paced and thrilling. I really enjoyed reading it and am racing on with the series. You can buy all four books from The Works for £9.99 which is an amazing deal. 5/5 stars.


And that's it all! If you'd like to keep up with what I'm reading then add me as a friend on GoodReads here.
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Friday, 29 August 2014

Lush Big Blue Bath Bomb

Hello everyone! Today I'm reviewing one of the very few Lush bath bombs that I've not tried before. Ohh! That's quite impressive. If you've been following Water Painted Dreams for a long time then you'll know that I've reviewed quite a few of these bad boys over the last few years. I've always loved the smell of this one but have always been put off because it has bits of seaweed in it. The thought of little bits of seaweed floating past and touching me in the bath just really gives me the heebie jeebies. And then I had a genius idea. I cut the end of a pair of old tights and put the bath bomb in there. Then I tied the tight off and put it in the bath. This way the bath bomb still dissolved but the seaweed stayed inside the tight.


So after all that effort was it worth it? Yes. This is one of the most refreshing scents on the bath bomb line. It really does smell like you're at the beach! So refreshing. And it turns the water a gorgeous blue colour. My bathroom doesn't have any windows so unfortunately it doesn't show up well in photos. I wouldn't say that this is my all time favourite bath bombs but I'd say it's definitely in my top 5. Would you guys be interesting in seeing a post about my favourite Lush bath bombs?

This bath bomb costs £3.25 which is a little pricey but well worth the money if you need to relax and unwind.


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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Book Review: Panic

 Panic by Lauren Oliver* is a novel about a game. A game called Panic. High school seniors from a small town all compete in a game to win thousands of dollars. The idea of the game is simple. There are several challenges, each one more terrifying than the last. To win? You need to be the last one standing.


I've wanted to read this book since it came out because how amazing does it sound? I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into it but in the end I was so hooked I couldn't put it down. The novel is told in alternating narratives between Heather and Dodge. Heather is competing so that she can run away with her younger sister when she wins the money as her mother is a drug addict. Dodge's sister was left in a wheelchair when she played Panic. He wants money to pay for her physical therapy. He's also out for revenge.

I really liked the writing style and the book was so fast paced that it was really hard to put down. The descriptions in the challenges were all very tense. When reading it at times my heart was pounding! I really liked the way that the story played out and I thought that it was a really satisfying ending. I gave it 4/5 stars on GoodReads because I found it very slow at the beginning but loved the rest of it. Really recommend!


One thing that really bugged me though. There are some captive tigers mentioned in this novel and one of the characters wonders if they miss Africa. Tigers don't come from Africa. How did no one pick up on this before it was published?!

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Pimp My Cacti

 Hello everyone! I've seen this DIY floating around on Pinterest and I finally got around to trying it. If you've followed Water Painted Dreams for a while then you'll know that I've received a few cacti this year as presents. The DIY that I'm doing involves surrounding your cacti with little coloured stones. I think it looks really effective! Especially as mine are in little coloured pots. And I only managed to prick myself like 7 times....


You will need:
Your cacti
Coloured aquarium gravel*
Tweezers
A spoon

*You can use any sort of gravel that you'd like but I'd recommend aquarium gravel. Aquarium gravel is designed to be chemically inert so it will not change the pH of the water when you water your cacti. I got mine from the aquarium I work in but I'm sure you can find it online. Half of the 450g bag was enough for me to decorate all 3 of my cacti.


Open you bag of gravel and use the spoon to add some gravel around the sides of the tubs. You can then use the tweezers to move gravel in closer to the spikes. Just fiddle around with it until you get it looking just how you want it. 


And here's the finished result!


So what do you think? Will you try something similar. 

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Book Review: Roomies

Roomies is a novel that is co-written by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando* about two girls moving to college. I really like reading books that are written by two different authors as I like trying to work out who wrote what parts. Although I have to say with this I have no idea who wrote what! 

So this book is written in the form of emails between two girls who are going to be room mates at college. Elizabeth(EB) lives in New Jersey and wants to move out for uni so that she can escape from her mother who she doesn't have a very good relationship with. She also knows that her dad lives very close to her new college, although she hasn't seen him in years since he left her mother because he's gay. The we have Lauren. Lauren has 5 younger siblings and had actually requested a single room. So she's not exactly pleased to have a room mate. She wants to move out so that she can have a little bit more freedom.


I really enjoyed this book because I myself am currently in the process of moving out. Whilst I have a single room I have been chatting to my flatmates online so I can kind of relate to the characters. I found the novel to be quite fast paced and I read it really quickly. The chapters alternate between the two characters and not only include the emails but little snippets of that girl's life and what they were thinking whilst writing the emails. It made the story a lot more indepth. 

There were quite a lot of characters in this book and there were a few I really liked and a few I really didn't. To be honest I found EB to be a little bit annoying. She seemed very selfish and was really harsh to her mum. I know everyone is raised differently but I won't even raise my voice to my mum so reading about her being such a bitch to her mum made me really mad. The complete opposite was Lauren who was so selfless. That being said opposites attract and I do think that the character's end up really helping each other out. Another side character I really liked was Keyon's dad/Lauren's boss. He seemed to be very moral and I really liked the 'what would Keyon's dad do?' moments of the story!

The one thing I disliked about this book is that it finishes before they meet each other. I WANT MORE! I just want to find out how they got on living together and if they stay good friends or if they drift apart when making friends on their courses etc. Release a sequel please! I gave this book a 4/5 star rating on GoodReads. If you'd like to keep up with what I'm reading then you can add me as a friend on GoodReads here.

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Review: Organic Hair Growth Treatment

 Hello everyone. Today I'm going to be reviewing the Melado Organic Hair Growth Treatment from Old Wives Tail*. This is a 100% organic product which you apply to damp hair for about an hour before rinsing out and washing as usual. What really drew me to this treatment was that it's organic and natural. Since going cruelty free I've been following a lot more cruelty free beauty blogs which are also normally organic. So I've been interested in trying more organic products. All of Old Wives Tail's products are cruelty free and a percentage of their profit goes to charities that help save animals that are going to be tested on.


The first thing that really hit me about this treatment was the smell. Before I even opened the parcel I could smell it! It is GORGEOUS. If you love lavender scents then you'd love this. It smells so natural and relaxing. I was a little unsure of how much to put in my hair so I built it up in small amounts. I only really had to dip my hands in a few times to completely cover my hair in the oil as it's very thin and a little goes a long way. At first I thought this was pretty expensive at £13.99 but I've now realised I'll be able to use this for months. The only bad thing is that this will stain clothing(I learnt that the hard way) so I'd recommend wearing old pjs or applying it over the shower/sink.

After putting this in my hair I tied it up with a bobble and then just sat and read for about an hour. Then I got in the shower and began to rinse it off. I rinsed off a bit and then shampood twice to get the rest of the treatment out. Then I added a little bit of my regular conditioner to my roots.

My hair felt really soft and smooth after using this treatment and best of all? It smelt amazing. I'm really impressed with this product and will definitely be going and trying more organic hair products. I can't reallly comment on whether this treatment really helps your hair grow as I don't think I've been using it long enough but it does really improve the condition of your hair. And that can only help hair growth right?



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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

OOTD: Glasgow Wanderings



 Top - Truffle Shuffle // Coat - New Look // Skirt - Topshop // Brogues - Barratts* // Bag - LYDC*

Hello everyone. This is my OOTD from my trip to Glasgow last week. I told you all I was in love with this jacket, two OOTDs in a row! As I've already said it makes me feel so sophisticated and 'studenty'. I got  a student ticket for the Science Centre without a valid student card so it must be true!

Anyway I've not been up to much lately. I went to see Patrick Ness at the Edinburgh Book Festival with Charlotte on Saturday night and then we had mediocre Japanese food at Yummy Tori(would rather go to Wagamama). After that I've just been working and staying at my gran's house. Staying at my gran's house is great because she has all the NCIS and Castle box sets and feeds me all the good junk food my mum doesn't buy. Hooray! Today I'm going to see Stuart and then I'm going to Nandos with some friends tonight. I'm pretty excited to get all the gossip and more importantly, peri peri fries. Yum!

Hope you're all having a lovely day :)

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Glasgow Science Centre

Hello everyone! On Friday I headed along to Glasgow to meet up with Morag. One of my best blogging buds. We had planned a little trip to the Glasgow Science Centre. The Science Centre is located in the Pacific Quay, just next to the BBC building. You can get here by car or by getting a train to the Exhibition Centre from Glasgow Central Station and crossing the river.


I've been to the Science Centre once before, on a school trip. It's changed a lot since I went there(4 years ago) so I guess it's worth going every few years to see all the new things, especially if you have younger kids. 


The Science Centre is really designed for children but I still really enjoyed myself. As a science geek I understood the science behind a lot of the exhibits which was really cool.

Morag playing an infared harp.


I think Morag and I enjoyed the giant hamster wheel the most! It isn't as easy as it looks I promise you!



One side of the Science Centre is entirely made of windows so you get an awesome view of Glasgow!


Meet my new boyfriend.


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Friday, 15 August 2014

The Linkables: A Tribute

One of my best blogging pals Morag runs a series calls The Linkables. She posts these every Friday and sometimes they're actually the highlight of my Friday night. What can I say, I live a wild life. Basically in these posts Morag links to all the things she's seen on the internet and really enjoyed that week. It helps me find loads of things to read and I can quite easily spend an hour looking through all the links. I've found myself sending a few links to Morag(lets call her Mo) and saying 'oh you should put this in a Linkables'. So then I thought to myself 'why don't I do one?'. So here we go. This is The Linkables: A Tribute.

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Here's an online petition to have victim blaming posters removed from Britain's NHS hospitals. We need to stop teaching women to not get raped and start teaching men not to rape women. LINK

" If you wanna go to Taylor's tell a brother you wanna go to Taylor's." This is just a really funny YouTube video. LINK

A 17 year old boy flies to Australia to surprise his girlfriend on her birthday. LINK

Get directions from a penguin app. LINK

25 ways to feel less lonely. LINK

A couple recreate new born baby photos, with their dog. LINK

I laughed so much at Lynsey's post about job hunting expectations vs realities. LINK

91 years old and still tweeting. LINK

11 dogs who learnt the hard way not to eat bees. LINK

If like me you'll be moving out for the first time this September then here's a great list on what to take with you. LINK

I love this super easy cat crochet pattern. LINK

If anyone would like to buy me this beautiful dress then that would be greatly appreciated. LINK

YA authors sort their own characters into Hogwarts Houses. LINK

16 words that have a completely different meaning in Edinburgh. LINK

A music video about consent that puts Blurred Lines to shame. LINK

If you're a book blogger and you're looking for review copies of books then you'll love this website. LINK

So there are my favourite links from the last few weeks. What have you found on the internet recently?
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

OOTD: New Look Coat



Coat - New Look // Top - H&M // Jeans and Shoes - Topshop // Bag - ASOS

Hello everyone! I have fallen in love. In love with a coat. I went shopping the day after my exam results. My results weren't what I wanted so I thought 'screw this, I'm going to go and treat myself to something that makes me feel amazing'. This coat was literally right in front of the door at New Look and as soon as I seen it I knew I'd be buying it. It's not photographing very well but it's actually a monochrome pattern. It just seems grey in these photos! You can see it a little more clearly on the New Look website. I just love the fit of this coat and it makes me feel really sophisticated and cool. I can totally see myself slinking about Edinburgh in this coat going to all my lectures and classes and such.

Speaking of Edinburgh, it's now less that 4 weeks until the big moving day. Oh man it feels so real! I am so so excited and ready to go. If you have any advice posts for moving out/starting university then please leave the link in the description!

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Top 5 Books I Want To Reread

 I've been on a bit of a rereading sprint recently. The Harry Potter books got devoured in about 2 weeks and then I also reread Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Both just get better every time you reread them. Now I really want to reread a load of other books. Rereading is good for me as I get to race through books I love without having to cram new books into my already bulging bookshelf!


 Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding - I really want to reread this because it's just such a fun book. I'm sure you've all heard of the Bridget Jones books by now(or at least seen the movies) so I don't want to go too much into the plot. But if you haven't it's about a 30 something woman trying(and failing) to achieve her perfect life. These books are just so funny and easy to read. Perfect for the summer.

Paper Towns by John Green - This is actually my favourite John Green novel, move over The Fault In Our Stars! I haven't reread this book since I got it signed by John Green so that's one reason I want to read it again. The other reason I want to reread it is just because it's been a while. It's about a boy whose childhood crush disappears and he has to follow the clues to find her.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler - Did you know that Daniel Handler is actually Lemony Snicket? Or rather than Lemony Snicket is Daniel Handler? Well I didn't know that when I read this book so I want to reread it and see how that changes my opinion of it. This is a book about a girl called Min who broke up with her boyfriend. She returns everything that reminds her of him in a box along with an accompanying letter for each item, detailing why they broke up. It also contains beautiful illustrations of all the items by Maira Kalman. This book is so beautifully written!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - I loved this book so much! I recently reread Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell so I really want to reread this book and hopefully fall in love with it even more than I did the first time. This is a book set in the eighties where two misfit teenagers meet and begin to fall for each other. It's super cute but also super sad!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - In this book a boy called Clay is delivered a package of 13 tapes. When he starts listening to the tapes he realises that they were recorded by a girl who went to his school, telling them the 13 reasons why she killed herself. And he's one of them. It's been years since I've read this but at the time I found it to be really beautiful and chilling. I want to reread it to see if it's as good as I remember it being!


What books have you reread?
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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Exam Results/University Update

Hello everyone! I guess it is time to write another update post about going to university and my exam results. I got my results on Tuesday and to be honest I'm a little disappointed with my results. Now if you've been following my blog for a while then you'll know that I've always been a straight A student. So opening my results email on Tuesday morning and seeing that I'd gotten straight Bs? I have to admit that it was a little bit disappointed. Bs aren't bad grades but I kind of had this thing about leaving school with a perfect record. Advanced maths was bloody hard. I spent so much time this year studying for it. It was definitely the hardest subject that I've ever sat which was weird because I really loved higher maths.

Getting a B in advanced higher maths feels like an achievement. But in chemistry and physics? A B feels like a bit of a failure. I got As during the year on tests and prelims so I'm just kind of left thinking 'what went wrong?'. The advanced higher sciences require you to carry out an investigation during the year. This is then marked out of 25 and the result is added onto your mark from the final exam. So I'm questioning whether this was where things went wrong. Like I could have done really well in the written exam(which is all I really care about) but then had a bad project and that could have brought my grade down. If I really wanted to I could go into school and ask for a break down of my marks but I don't really feel like I can face my teachers at the moment.


I guess one of the reasons that my results are bugging me so much is that I've always had the reputation for being the smart one and now I'm not. All the messages on my leavers shirt say things like 'you're so smart' and 'can't wait to see you win a Nobel prize' which are nice things to say to someone but I kind of feel like some people see me as a giant brain and nothing else. And that I'll only be remembered for being smart .If I had gotten an A in maths and chemistry then I would have been able to skip the first year of my course. I really wanted to because I'm doing a five year course so the idea of graduating in 2018 instead of 2019 is pretty appealing. My really solid group of friends was in the year above me in school and I felt so lost without them for my last year. I feel like I spent the year trying to fit in with a group of people who obviously didn't consider me to be part of the group. I guess I just feel like that if I skipped first year of uni it would make up for having a really bad 6th year. A 6th year that I kind of regret going back for.

Ok anyway that's my rant over. Please don't think of me as a massive moaner. I know that there were people that didn't meet their conditionals and that to them having B grades wouldn't be a bad thing. It just didn't sit with my own personal goals.

So university. It is now under a month until I move out and I'm very, very excited but at the same time I'm starting to get nervous about it all. I know that I will be fine and that I just need to relax and not worry about it too much. I've nearly gotten everything on my 'moving out for uni list'. I just need to get some frying pans, an alarm clock and a few decorations to make it feel a bit more homey. I'm thinking maybe some fairy lights and photos and a life sized statue of my dog. I've met two of my flatmates and have spoken to another on Facebook so now there's only one person that I don't know. I've also been looking for jobs in Edinburgh. My hunt hasn't been too successful but I have heard back for two or three interviews. I'm not relaxing until I have anything confirmed. Hopefully everything would fall into place. I think it would be great to be starting uni and starting a new job at the same time just to be like 'new place, new me'. Fingers crossed!

So that's what's been going on with me lately! Sorry for the massive ramble. If you actually read this whole post then give yourself a round of applause!

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Things That Make Me Happy #81

1. These chocolate, caramel and cashew bites look delicious.

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2. This bedroom looks so lovely. I'd love to read all the books in that bed!

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3. I love the hairstyle in this photo.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Review: Lush D'Fluff

Hello everyone. Lush recently released a few new products and among them was D'Fluff, a shaving soap. I'm going to be honest with you all and say that I hate shaving. I have very sensitive skin and often will end up with razor burn. I basically don't shave my legs at all during the winter because it is just too much work and I'll get them waxed at the start of the summer. I thought that I should give the D'Fluff ago as I thought it might be a lot more sensitive on my skin. Usually I use a Nivea shaving foam.


I've heard a lot of great reviews of D'Fluff and if I'm honest I feel very underwhelmed with it. I don't think it is a bad product but I do think it is very over priced for what it is. It has a very nice sweet scent but I don't think that it smells overly like strawberries, I was expecting it to be quite a strong scent. 

My main issue with this is that a little does not go a long way. If you're going to use this on your legs then you're going to go through tubs of this like nobody's business. If you're going to use this on smaller areas then I think it could last you maybe 2 months? I definitely feel like I could get a lot more out of a can of shaving foam. It does feel very moisturising on the skin and that is probably the biggest benefit of this product but I still don't think that makes this product worth the money. I have still found myself getting some razor burn from this so if you have sensitive skin it is not going to solve all your problems.

I feel like this has been a pretty negative review and I didn't intend for it to go down this route. I just think for £5.75 for 70g of product you can probably get a lot more for your money from cheaper brands!  


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Sunday, 3 August 2014

DIY: Blogging Calendar


Hello everyone! I've seen a good few blog posts going around recently about making your own editorial calendar for your blog using spreadsheets. These are all fine and dandy but personally I prefer to use good old paper. I find that if I make a file on my computer, I forget about it and it never gets used. If I have a physical copy of this that I can hang above my desk then I can always see it and won't forget about it. I thought I'd show you how I make my own. I'm going to be doing a little something different in August. I've been blogging every day for over a year and I think it is time for me to stop that. I love blogging but I kind of feel like it has been taking over my life a little bit and I need to step back and take a breather. So I'm going to force myself to blog every second day instead, hopefully this calendar will help me do that!


You'll need:
Plain paper
A ruler
Coloured pens(I'm using these from Viking Stationery*)


Start off by drawing on a grid. I made mine 5 inches by 7 inches in square boxes. this leaves you more than enough squares for one month. Then add the days of the week along the top of the columns. I chose to do it in a kind of rainbow and I think it looks really cute!


Then I added a little space down the side for post ideas/things to do. Also a key along the bottom  with the types of posts you do most often. By filling in the posts in a colour coordinated manor it makes it easy to pick out what sort of posts you haven't done in a while or what sort of posts you've been doing too much. At this point it would be a good idea to either photocopy the calendar or to scan it to your computer. That way you can replicate it for future months.


Now add in the dates and the name of the month along the top. I also added a little motivational quote to the bottom right hand side. This is just for a little pick me up. I think it would be cute to change this every month too.


Now all that's left to do is to fill in your posts. I personally don't like to fill in the posts for the whole month at the start as I never end up sticking to it. But I do like to plan about 1/2 weeks ahead. I think that keeping your blog well organised is the key to being able to keep control of everything!

So what do you think? Will you be making your own blogging calendar?

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Friday, 1 August 2014

July Reading Wrap Up


Ok guys. I can tell that you're all going to tell me that I'm crazy but I read 20 books this month. 20. What can I say? I had a lot of free time! To be fair I did participate in a week long readathon in the middle of the month and I read 8 books during that one week. And I decided I'd start rereading the Harry Potter books and once you start those you can't stop! I don't have them all to photograph though as a few I borrowed from people and have returned and a few were Kindle books. Ok, I'm just going to shut up and talk about the books now!


Everybody Sees The Ants by A.S. King - Oh my god this book was amazing. I'd heard so many amazing reviews of this book and I finally get it, it was so good. It's about a boy called Lucky who gets really badly bullied during high school and about how he learns to stand up for himself. He also daydreams a lot about saving his grandfather who disappeared during the Vietnam war. This book deals with the idea of escapism a lot as well, Lucky escaped into his daydreams, his dad escapes into his job etc. I gave this one 5/5 stars and I can't wait to read more A.S. King books.


Shovel Ready by Alex Sternbergh* - I've already written a full review of this and you can read that here. This book is about a hit man in a post dirty bomb New York. It was really fast paced and exciting, easy read! I loved this and gave it 5/5 stars.


Harry's Last Stand by Harry Leslie Smith* - This is a book written by a 91 year old man about the problems our society is facing and what we can do to save ourselves. This novel was really really interesting. I don't want to talk too much about it as I feel it is one of those things you should start reading without knowing too much about it. It was amazing and very deep. 5/5 stars.


A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - This book is about a woman in Canada who finds a diary on the beach. It was washed up in a Hello Kitty lunch box and they believe that it came from the Tsunami in Japan. The book is split into alternating chapters with bits about Ruth, the woman who found the diary, and extracts from the diary itself. This was nominated for a lot of prizes and I totally understand why. It was so beautifully written and I loved it. Yet another 5/5 star book for me.

Fuse by Julianna Baggott* - I really hated this book but I read it anyway as I was given it for review. I disliked the first book and had no motivation to read this. 1/5 stars.

Half Bad by Sally Green - This was the first book I read during the readathon. It's about a world where there are good witches and bad witches. The book follows Nathan whose mother was a good witch and his father is a bad witch. He gets treated as a second class citizen and eventually he has to go on the run. I found this really fast paced. It was so good! The characters all seemed really well thought out and I raced through this book. I gave it 5/5 stars and I'm so excited to read the second one when it comes out.


The Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez - This is a memoir about Deborah's life in Afghanistan where she set up a beauty school to teach women there to open their own salons. I enjoyed the story but I found Deborah to be quite annoying. She seemed very culturally ignorant for someone who had lived there for so long. It felt like she was constantly offending people. It was an ok, easy read and I gave it 3/5 stars.


Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson - This is a family that used to go to a lake house every summer but stopped going. When the dad is diagnosed with terminal cancer he decides he wants to spend his last summer there with his family. The story is told from the point of view of his daughter. This was a really nice read but I don't think she should have included so much romance. This book seems to be more about romance than the dad having cancer and I didn't really like that. I feel like if I had one summer to spend with a dying family member I'd be a little more concerned about them than the cute boy next door. I gave this one 3/5 stars.

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - This really isn't what I was expecting it to be. It was so short that when I got to the end I was just sort of like 'is that it?'. I gave this 2/5 stars because I didn't 'get' what was going on.

I read all 7 Harry Potter books but I'm just going to include them all in one review because I gave them a;; 5/5 stars. Seriously, these books are amazing and if you haven't read them you need to get on that now!


Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira - This was such a let down for me. Laurel has to write a letter to a dead person for a school project. The project is set because her sister died recently and I think the teacher was hoping that Laurel would write a letter to May and it would help her grieve. Instead she writes letters to people like Kurt Cobain and Amy Whinehouse. I hated the way that Laurel was so obsessed with May because she was a horrible, horrible person. You won't properly understand unless you've read the book but she put Laurel in so many horrible situations and I hated her for it. Still Laurel thinks May was the most amazing person ever which I don't think was at all realistic. I gave it 2/5 stars.


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling - This is the memoir of Mindy Kaling, who to be honest I'd never heard of before this book. It was the title that really dragged me in. This was funny and easy to read but I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to. It was a bit 'meh'. I didn't think it bad I just wasn't totally captivated either. If I had been a fan of hers before reading this I probably would have enjoyed it more!


Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - Another Morgan Matson book. I enjoyed this a lot more than Second Chance Summer however. In this book a girl called Emily is left a summer to do list by her friend Sloane. Sloane's entire family has just uprooted and left town, no one knows where they went. I really enjoyed this and the list seemed like a lot of fun. But I thought that Emily seemed obsessed with Sloane and it was really bugging me. Emily is portrayed as very shy and it concerned me that she was so dependent on Sloane. I gave this one 4/5 stars and I still think it is worth a read.


Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - Now this was a great book! This is about two girls with eating disorders. The bulimic Cassie dies leaving her friend Lia who is anorexic. I found this to be a really interesting insight to the mind of an anorexic. Whilst at times I found her really frustrating I did still really enjoy the story. I gave this book 4/5 stars. I'd be careful reading this as I think it could be triggering for those fighting an eating disorder/self harm.


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