2018/05/23

PENGUIN ENGLISH LIBRARY:
FRANKENSTEIN




Ever notice how I have like a hundred lovely editions of Frankenstein? Well, here's another one!
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2018/05/22

THINGS I LIKE NO. 12

Today I've got an item whose smell reminds me so much of summer and travel. I actually started using this years ago while I was on a trip to Italy with my best friends and it's been my favorite ever since; it's this Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream (try saying that five times fast) from Elizabeth Arden.

This smells really fresh and amazing and it leaves a really nice fragrance on your skin that isn't too overpowering. And it obviously makes my skin super smooth, otherwise I wouldn't keep using it.

A huge pot of it also lasts for a really long time; I've had the one I'm currently using for almost a year and I haven't hit the bottom yet, although it of course depends on how often and much you use.

Elizabeth Arden has also come out with another variety of this with Nectarine Blossom as well, which I haven't smelled but I really need to check out!
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2018/05/21

BOOK REVIEW:
SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS BY KANISHK THAROOR

Title: Swimmer Among the Stars
Author: Kanishk Tharoor
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
A collection of stories featuring history, travel and people from around the world.


Review:
I had such high expectations for this and although I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, it didn't quite live up to those expectations.

I think the stories in this are diverse, interesting and lovely, and Tharoor has a way with words that is quite stunning. Some of the stories create these amazing worlds that I really enjoyed, while others lacked magic and were quite difficult to even finish. A few of the stories are really long as well and dragged out.

It was worth the read, but it was one of those collections that I had to force myself through a little bit, because there was something about it that didn't make me want to pick it back up. The stories in here that I liked were amazing and easily some of the best short stories I've read, but the majority were not. I'd love to see this author write a novel though, I'd be really interested in reading that.
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2018/05/19

BOOK REVIEW:
UP FROM THE SEA BY LEZA LOWITZ

Title: Up From The Sea
Author: Leza Lowitz
Published: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 272
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
Written in verse, this is the story of a young boy surviving the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan in March 2011.


Review:
This was heartbreaking!

It takes skill to write a whole book in verse and get your point across successfully and this does that. It's a moving and vivid story of a young boy and I felt like it captured his emotions really well. I really like how Japanese words and phrases are incorporated into the text, as it helps create and tell you about the place this is set in.

The story does border on being cliché in a lot of places and although some of the verses in here really resonated with me, I'm not wholly sure it will stay with me the way it was meant to, which is surprising. I think perhaps if it were a longer book, I'd feel more connected. It was worth the read though, and I think if you're perhaps a bit younger than I am, you'll love this.
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2018/05/18

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