Book and Fashion Love: Things I’ve Bought Part 2

Hello lovely people,

Following on from yesterday’s beauty haul post, here are some more things I’ve bought recently.

Books

First up is something I’ve not bought in ages: brand new books from Waterstones.  I honestly don’t remember the last time I treated myself to new books that weren’t from the charity shop, so this is pretty exciting for me (yes, my life is that sad).

As you can probably tell, one of these books is not like the others – the Doctor Who Doctionary (£9.99) is a present for my little brother’s 8th birthday next week.  He’s Doctor Who obsessed and likes being able to show off his knowledge with little facts, so this looks perfect for him.  It goes through all the different characters and gadgets in the show; I’m hoping this will be a hit, but sadly I’ll be back at uni by the time he gets to open it.  Let’s hope for an enthusiastic Skype call!

The two books that actually were for me are Gone Girl (£7.99) by Gillian Flynn (I’m slightly ashamed of myself that I’ve still not read this, so we’ll just skip over that) and HhhH (£8.99) by Laurent Binet.  This last book was actually recommended by one of my lecturers before Easter, so it can almost count as an educational purchase!  It’s a fictionalised account of a real-life assassination attempt on Heidrich, the head of Hitler’s Gestapo.  I’m looking forward to reading this, but don’t really know what to expect so I’ll be sure to post a full review when I finish it.

I know I could have got all these books cheaper online, but I do still really love bookshops.  There’s something about a leisurely browse of the shelves that the Amazon website can never quite replicate.  I’d actually forgotten how much I enjoy it, so on my bucket list of things to do before I leave Bath is the scoping out of a good indie bookshop (I know there are a few) for me to while away the hours of procrastination.

As a side note, how ridiculous is it that I’m still curled up by the fire in April?  I was going to photograph these books by a vase of daffodils, in some vague pretence that spring had actually arrived, but then I decided to be realistic and show you where I’m actually going to be delving into these books!

Clothes

Last but not least on my list are some clothes I picked up from random sales in the Trafford Centre.  Apologies for the dodgy photos, but I’m still searching for the best place to photograph clothes.  I might have gone a tad overboard on the navy and blue/white stripes… oops!  In my defence, the slouchy cotton top on the right was only £2.99 in the Gap store, although it’s back to £9.95 on the website here.  It’s super relaxed on comfy and is perfect for my chilled out jeans and tee days – most days, if I’m honest!

The other two were both reduced to £20 in John Lewis and were unexpected treats from my mum.  The dress on the left is from Warehouse (it’s still available in a size 14 here) and is fitted and really flattering.  It’s not the most practical dress for work as it’s a bit short, but I can see myself wearing it for a nice meal out or for cocktails with friends when we want to get a bit dressed up.  And it isn’t low cut, so no worrying about falling out!

In the centre is a Fat Face butterfly print tunic.  I can’t find this exact one online anywhere, but the style is the pixie tunic and there are some other prints on sale here.  It’s really comfy but still looks like you’ve made an effort, slightly too short to be worn on its own, but will look great with leggings and should be good for the chilly weather that seems to be sticking around.  I’m a big Fat Face fan – everything I’ve bought from there has been super comfy and good quality, so I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this.

So there we go, a shorter post than yesterday to showcase my recent purchases.  Reviews will be coming as soon as I get chance to wear/read/use them!  Do you have anything I’ve featured?  Or have I inspired you to get out shopping?  What do you think of them?

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Book Love: My Book Haul

As promised, I bring you more details of my book-buying mini-splurge last week.  Apologies for the delay – I had the most minor internet problem possible, which still somehow made WordPress decide not to work.20130116-214143.jpg

So, my books.  They came from Oxfam Emporium on Oldham Street in Manchester, just off Piccadilly Gardens.  I buy almost all my general fiction books from charity shops at the moment – they usually have a more-than-wide-enough choice to keep me going for a while, they’re loads cheaper than buying new, and you’re helping charity.  Surely there’s no better way?  If you happen to be in the Manchester area, this Oxfam in particular has a good range of books, and I always have to rein myself in when I go to browse in there!

This time I did pretty well, I managed to keep it down to five books at £2.99 each (it was originally four, but as I left the till I spotted The Jaguar Smile, which has been on my to-read list for years).

  1. The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey by Salman Rushdie has, as I say, been a book I’ve wanted to read for years, and I’m already halfway through it.  It’s non-fiction, about the author’s trip to Nicaragua while the revolutionary Sandinista’s were democratically running the country and were being unfairly attacked by Ronald Reagan as a result of Cold War politics.  I totally realise that this is probably not everyone’s cup of tea (!), but it’s something I’ve been studying at uni and is a subject I find totally fascinating.  It’s probably also a good introduction to Rushdie for me, since I stand half a chance of knowing what he’s writing about!  So far, needless to say, I am loving it.
  2. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan.  Atonement (review here) is one of my favourite books, as well as the first book I read after starting my blog, and I’ve enjoyed a couple of Ian McEwan’s other books, so this seemed like a pretty good bet.  No idea what it’s about, more info to come!
  3. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.  I remember exactly when I first heard of this book.  Someone very enthusiastically recommended it to me in my high school library when I was in sixth form, and I immediately thought, “Ooh I must take that out and read it, it sounds good”.  Five years later, I’ve finally got my hands on a copy!  This is also now on my list for The Classics Club, so it’s very high on my upcoming list.
  4. Regeneration by Pat Barker was a book I’d never heard of before I bought it, but was recommended by the friend I went shopping with (who knows me very well after ten years, and whose opinion I completely trust).  It’s about the First World War.  It’s supposed to be good.  That’s all I know.
  5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker.  Another book on my list for The Classics Club.  Also recommended by previously mentioned friend.  Looking forward to reading it.  Enough said.

So that’s it – yet more books for the shelf.  And all old, previously read and loved books.  I can’t wait.  Anyone read any of them?  Any other recommendations – of books or charity shops?  Is anyone else a charity shop lover?  Drop me a comment if you feel like it and let me know.