The Bell Jar gift box from Literary Emporium - review and giveaway

World Book Day 2019

[Ad - review/giveaway. I was sent a gift set for review purposes and an additional box to give away. All thoughts are my own.] Happy World Book Day! I got to thinking recently about favourite books and how so many bookworms struggle to pick one single title. It's easy (ish) to pick a favourite genre… Continue reading World Book Day 2019

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Books, feminism

Feminist Book Fortnight: The Book Which Has Most Inspired Me

For Feminist Book Fortnight I really wanted to write about the female writer, or book written by a woman, which has most inspired me but, truth be told, I struggled. Enid Blyton was the writer who made me fall in love with stories. Jodi Picoult is the writer whose books I always pre-order and eagerly… Continue reading Feminist Book Fortnight: The Book Which Has Most Inspired Me

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Books, Lifestyle

World Book Day 2017

It's World Book Day, arguably one of the best days of the year. It certainly comes close to National Stationery Week as one of my favourite geeky 'holidays'. It really should be a holiday, doncha think? Give everyone the day off to read, I say! I thought I'd do a bit of a Throwback Thursday… Continue reading World Book Day 2017

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Books, Film, Lifestyle


You know I can't resist a good tag or trend, so I had to get in on the #threefictionalcharacters action. In case you've missed it, it's where you define yourself in three fictional characters in a meme/collage. According to this Hollywood Life quiz, I'm a foodie and so my spirit characters are Liz Lemon, Bilbo… Continue reading #ThreeFictionalCharacters

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blogging, Books, crafting, Film, Lifestyle, Parenthood

Saturday Share #58

Plenty to peruse this week, from blogging tips to Cornish folklore and recipes to DIY. Happy reading! Lifestyle I don't think it's possible for me to love Michelle Obama more. Have you seen the Carpool Karaoke video? I friggin' loved this article on what everyone's doing with their summer, according to Instagram Bit jealous of… Continue reading Saturday Share #58

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Books, Film, Lifestyle

Four Things

I've seen this post doing the rounds on a few blogs lately and have borrowed from Life Outside London. If you're writing a similar post, leave me a link below! Four movies I have watched more than once Whip It - made me fall in love with roller derby Hitch - I can recite this… Continue reading Four Things

blogging, Books, Film, Lifestyle

Follow Friday #1

So, I was planning on moving my highlights of the week post to Fridays, on account of Follow Friday. Then I got a bit behind for a week or two and was planning on making this post about the last three weeks. Then half the bloody post disappeared! So I've been loving a bit more… Continue reading Follow Friday #1

Books, Lifestyle

Books to read before you die

I just finished reading Company's list of 50 books you need to read before you die and was surprised that I'd only read seven out of the total 50. I like to think I'm particularly well read but then I'm guessing this list is aimed at young women in their late teens/early twenties, rather than… Continue reading Books to read before you die

Books, feminism, Lifestyle

World Book Day: Women in Literature

In honour of World Book Day, and looking ahead to International Women's Day on Saturday, I thought I'd share some of my favourite women in literature with you. Enid Blyton This woman is the reason I became a book worm at such a young age. At the age of seven, I was reading well above… Continue reading World Book Day: Women in Literature

the bell jar by sylvia plath

Why I love: The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar' was my first 'grown up' favourite book. I had grown up with Enid Blyton, The Babysiter's Club, Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, Point Horror, Point Romance, etc. Then for GCSE English we had a Sylvia Plath poem ('Mirror') in our anthology. I remembered that she was often referred to in one of my favourite films 10 Things I… Continue reading Why I love: The Bell Jar