Happy Easter And Some Book Love

Hello lovely people,

Happy Easter!

And welcome to longer days now the clocks have gone forward!

I’m spending this Easter Sunday lounging on the couch and making plans.  I’m sorting out work for my final term at uni, looking forward to light evenings and warmer weather, and planning my spring/summer reading.

I’m a member of the Goodreads “College Students” group, who lead two reading challenges every year – one for spring/summer and one for autumn/winter.  The spring/summer 2013 challenge kicks off tomorrow and runs until August 31st, with 36 different challenges.  It’s really relaxed and fun, and a great way to work through your to-read list without being too structured.  If you’re on Goodreads then you should definitely go and check it out – some of the categories this season are to read a book with an Easter-related cover, and to read something to celebrate ‘Eat an Oreo Day’.

If you fancy a look at my rough plan of books-to-read for this challenge, you can see it here.  As you can see, it’s a work-in-progress, so any suggestions for books I should add would be very welcome!

I especially need suggestions for something by P.G. Wodehouse.  I read a compilation of Wodehouse stories before and said then that I wanted to read some of the original books to get to know the characters more.  There’s one challenge here that is to read a funny/comedic book (June 4th is National Do-Dah Day, or Salute to Silliness), which I thought would be a great opportunity to get back into the Wodehouse!  Any tips on where I should start would be wonderful.

I hope you’re having a wonderfully relaxing long Easter weekend.  Let me know what you’re getting up to, and pretty please leave any book suggestions in the comments!

Friday’s Letters

I first spotted a Friday’s Letters post over at Bev’s Confuzzledom blog, but the original idea came from The Sweet Season Blog. This is only my second attempt, but I think it’s such a lovely idea.

Dear family.  I love coming home from uni for the holidays, mainly because all I have to do is spend time with you for a fortnight.  This time I got to spend a full day and a half looking after my little brother and sister on my own, and I loved it!  I miss you so much when I’m in Bath.

Dear Trafford Centre.  And indeed all other shopping centres.  I must stop visiting you so often!  It is not at all good for my purse, but is rather excellent for my wardrobe.  So thank you for all the goodies I discovered on Wednesday.

Dear Mary Shelley.  I’m still having issues with Frankenstein – must finish it soon!

Dear Anne Sebba.  I’m sure you’re a lovely lady in many ways, but your biography of Wallis Simpson is not good.  I will read the last half of your book because it’s an interesting subject, but can we please pick up the pace a bit?

Dear Easter.  Not being religious, you will always be the chocolate holiday for me.  Not that that’s a bad thing at all – bring on the Easter eggs!

Dear Malteaster bunnies.  What is in you to make you so addictive?!  Thank goodness you’re limited edition so you can’t become a year-round obsession!

Dear Saturday.  I cannot wait for you this weekend!  Looking forward to the annual Easter egg hunt with my little brother and sister and the rest of my stepmum’s family.  Made even better by the fact that my dad can come this year!  A good weekend is ahead…

Lots of love,

From Sarah x


Do you have exciting plans for the Easter weekend?

Beauty Love: Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara

Hello lovely people,

A bit of an experiment for my blog today – I’m going to have a go at a beauty post.  And a bit of an odd beauty post at that, because I’m lamenting the fact that my favourite mascara has been discontinued!  This post was triggered by me finding a tube in B&M today, which is brilliant for now as I managed to buy a backup, but further proof that I need to find a replacement soon…

Mascara is my desert island beauty product, the only thing I wear every day.  It was the only piece of makeup I took backpacking with me and was pretty much the only makeup I wore through the whole of my teenage years.  I’ve been using the Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara for years and am always disappointed when I try another.  It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what makes it so nice – it just seems to give a lovely overall effect and makes my eyes stand out without weighing down my lashes.

I have pretty average length eyelashes, not exactly short and stubby but not long either.  They don’t have much natural curl, so I really want my mascara to curl and lengthen.  I like a bit of volume, but not too much as I prefer them to look long and skinny than short and fat.  You can see how I wear this mascara in the picture below – with one coat my eyelashes are defined and stand out, while still looking natural.

The wand is a plastic one, which I know isn’t to everyone’s taste, but they seem to work better to create the effect I want.

Apologies for the picture quality by the way – my plan is to keep practising and eventually improve (fingers crossed!)

That’s my review over and done with – as you can probably tell, this is my ideal daytime mascara.  I do have a backup for myself of this mascara, which should hopefully last me a while, but I now have a plea for any suggestions that might be similar.  I really don’t think you can rely on cosmetics companies claims to judge the results of a product – the only way to tell is to try them out.  So any and all suggestions are most welcome – the hunt is on!

Just in case this has convinced you that you desperately need this mascara (poor timing, I know), it’s floating around the internet reduced to about £3 or £4 as Rimmel try to clear their stock.  There are a few at Cheap Smells here – I use shade 002 Brown Black, but the normal black one is just as nice.  I can’t vouch for the green!

Pretty please leave your recommendations below!  And let me know how you feel about beauty posts being mixed in with everything else.  I’ve become a little bit obsessed by beauty blogs and Youtube channels, but know I’d never manage to regularly update a separate beauty blog.  Hopefully this will work instead!

Book Love: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared

Hello lovely people,

This book has been pretty big in the blogosphere (and the internet in general) and I fear I might be a tad behind the times with this review, but I wanted to pop a post up anyway because I really loved it.  At the very least, I’ll be contributing to the massive online love-fest for all things Swedish!

In case you haven’t guessed yet, the book in question is The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.  Bit of a mouthful of a title, but it does introduce the book perfectly.  It’s a pretty nice plot synopsis on its own, to be honest!

While this may not be the best strategy for writing a book review, I don’t really want to say anything at all about the plot because half the fun of this book comes from having no idea what comes next.  All I will say is that you follow the journey of the hundred-year-old man after he climbs out of the window and learn about his life in a parallel story.  And it is marvellous.  Not exactly realistic, but just on the right side of believable to not become entirely ridiculous.

I did find the book funny – not quite laugh-out-loud, but I had a little chuckle to myself on occasion.  It took a little while for me to really get absorbed by the story and the characters, but I think that probably had a lot to do with the  fact that I was reading it on the bus in fits and starts.  By the halfway point, I was totally engrossed.  I also thought the translation from Swedish was fantastic – I didn’t particularly notice it was a translation.  If anything, it gave a great writing style that really suited the story.  I found it very easy to read and follow without being boring.

I reckon my favourite thing about the book was its sheer randomness (I do quite like random connections and coincidences), closely followed by the characters’ totally unique perspectives on life.  If you’re a fan of fun, readable fiction with some meat to it, I completely recommend this.  I got it super-cheap in a Kindle sale, but I think it’s only about 4 quid now if you fancy a quick download.  Or it’s available all over the place in old school paper form.  Go for it!