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October Wrap Up 2017

Hello everyone, it’s that time of the month again where I do my Wrap Up! I’m excited to share the books I’ve read this month with you guys, I’ll link in my reviews (where applicable) as well so if one or more piques your interest you can check them out.

I’ve read 18 books this month totalling 7,131 Pages. It’s a bit less in terms of book count this month but I’ve been reading some thick books this month so I’m still happy!

And here they are:

1. Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/silent-lies-by-kathryn-croft-review/

2. These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/these-violent-delights-by-victoria-namkung/

3. WonderWoman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/wonder-woman-warbringer-by-leigh-bardugo-review/

4. Origin by Dan Brown https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/origin-by-dan-brown-review/

5. Now You See Me by Kierney Scott https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/now-you-see-me-by-kierney-scott-review/

6. Artemis by Andy Weir https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/artemis-by-andy-weir-review/

7. Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/genuine-fraud-by-e-lockhart-review/

8. The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/the-wicked-cometh-by-laura-carlin-review/

9. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/forest-of-a-thousand-lanterns-by/

10. That Old Black Magic by Cathi Unsworth https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/that-old-black-magic-by-cathi-unsworth-review/

11. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/surprise-me-by-sophie-kinsella-review/

12. The Book of Dust Volume I La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/the-book-of-dust-vol-i-la-belle-sauvage-by-philip-pullman-review/

13. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/the-immortalists-by-chloe-benjamin-review/

14. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

15. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/a-discovery-of-witches-by-deborah-harkness-review/

16. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/shadow-of-night-by-deborah-harkness-review-3/

17. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/the-book-of-life-by-deborah-harkness-review/

18. Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/lyrebird-by-cecelia-ahern-review/

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October Book Haul

This month I bought 15 books, I know I keep saying I’m going to stop but I just can’t help it!

So, here they are!

1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

2. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

3. The Book of Dust Vol I La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

4. The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell

5. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

6. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jnr

7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

8. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick

9. The Last Anniversary by Leanne Moriarty

10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

11. The Girl with No Past by Kathryn Croft

12. The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

13. Origin by Dan Brown

14. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling

15. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

The RSPCA Chesterfield Christmas Fair

For those of you who regularly follow my blog, you’ll know that I strongly support my local RSPCA charity, and today we’re coming away from my usual book blogging to talk about the upcoming Christmas Fair in Chesterfield and surrounding areas.

One of the best things about Christmas for me, has got to be the shopping, and I’m not just talking presents. I love visiting Christmas markets, fairs and stalls to find the most unique gifts, decorations, food and drinks. This year the RSPCA are treating us to not one, but two Christmas fairs, and the best part? All the proceeds go towards the animal Centre in chesterfield. This support is so important because not only does it help with the Rebuild Appeal, which is set to rebuild the animal centre into a perfect, modernised home for the pooches, moggies and small furries, it also goes towards, food, blankets, baskets, bedding, heating, water, electricity, leads, collars, coats, toys, vet bills and other important things that animals need. This need only becomes greater in the winter months.

The Fair is set to to wonderfully festive this year, as well as stalls selling all kinds of unique and exclusive items, there will be tombolas, crafts, Christmas cards, food and drinks and lots of merriment. I’ve heard a rumour that Santa Claus himself may even be attending.

So when and where can you catch the events?

The first Fair gets us into the Christmas spirit on Sunday 12th November 2017 at Hasland Village Hall starting at 11am and finishing at 2pm. The best news is that you can bring along your pooch as well!

For those who prefer to wait until it’s a bit closer to Christmas, a second Fair will take place this year on Saturday 2nd December starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm. This will be held in the beautiful village of Bakewell in the Town Hall, this will be on the first floor in the assembly hall and there is lift access available. Please note that due to other commitments at Christmas time, Santa will not be able to visit the Bakewell fair.

Chesterfield RSPCA is an independent charity and self funded, this means that it gets no funding from the main RSPCA and relies solely on donations from kind hearted people.

If you want to do your bit to help, please give generously to volunteers in supermarkets and in town, attend the many events that are run over the course of the year including The Open Day, The Big Walkies and the Annual Dog Show. You can also donate through the just giving page, volunteer at the shelter, donate unwanted items to the charity shop and most importantly if you have room in your house and Home you can adopt an animal from the shelter. Visit http://www.chesterfield-rspca.org.uk for more information.

Holiday Reading List

I’m heading off on my travels again soon, seeking some sunshine in these dark winter months. As usual the thing I’m most looking forward to is the chance to read without the interruption that everyday life has, no work, no cooking, no responsibility. Just Sun, sea, food, and good books. I’ve put together a list of the books I’m hoping to read while I’m away. For the first time I’m going to be taking my kindle and doing the majority of my reading on there. But I’ll be taking a few books with me too because I just can’t resist, and also have a fear that my kindle will break, get lost or stolen and I’ll have nothing to read for two weeks!

So here is the list of books I’m hoping to read while I’m away, we’ll find out in my November wrap up how I got on!

1. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

2. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

4. Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin

5. Goodbye Christopher Robin by Ann Thwaite

6. The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

7. The Girl with No Past by Kathryn Croft

8. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick

9. The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge

10. Tess of D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

11. Pieces of You by Ella Harper

12. Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

13. Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

14. Midnight Crossroads by Charlaine Harris

15. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

16. Alice by Christina Henry

17. Red Queen by Christina Henry

18. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

19. House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

20. Moriaty by Anthony Horowitz

21. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

22. An Autumn Crush by Milly Johnson

23. The Birds and the Bees by Milly Johnson

24. A Summer Fling by Milly Johnson

25. A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

26. The Yorkshire Pudding Club by Milly Johnson

Maybe I’m being a little over ambitious but we’ll see how I get on!

October Fairyloot Unboxing 

Yay! It’s Fairyloot Unboxing time! I’ve been really ill today and actually didn’t receive my tracking number via email or even a dispatch email which is weird, as I usually do, so it was a surprise when the box arrived and then I was too ill to open it. But I’m feeling a little better now, so here is this month’s Unboxing. Spoilers ahead! This month’s box was hands down the best box I’ve received, I’m really pleased with it and excited to share it with you! This month’s theme is Villaneous! 


First up is this gorgeous mirror designed by Little Inkling Designs and has a quote from The Young Elites by Marie Lu. The quote reads ‘everyone has darkness inside them however hidden.’ 


This lovely, green Malificent candle has scents of Jade Orchid and Lotus Blossom and smells divine. It’s made by Meraki Candles and is glittery too! 


This super cute Death Eater (yeah who thought those two words would go together) pin is made by House of Wonderland and it will be joining my other Bookish pins on my Golddigga Niffler tote bag. 


This coaster designed by Evie Seo is inspired by Moriarty and features the quote  ‘every fairytale needs a good old fashioned villain’. It’s my favourite thing in the box in this month. 


These postcards are all features from Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns and are exclusive to Fairyloot. 

Two prints this month, one from A Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor and the other a quote originally by Virgil but most well known from Sebastian Morgenstern in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series. This is also by Evie Seo. 

Finally, we have in this month’s box not one, but two books! Both are beautiful, I have read one as a kindle arc but I’m happy to receive a hard copy with signed bookplate and letter from the author yay! They are The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao. 

Cheap vs Expensive products 

Hi all, sometimes I like to post something a little different and talk about things on my blog that aren’t always book related. Those occasions are rare but this is one of them! 

So the reason behind this post is that a little while ago I got given a bunch of Liz Earle products and I decided to use them this week. They’re all cleansing products and so I wondered what difference it would make to my skin to use these more pricey products than it would to use the cheaper products I usually use. 


Usually, I use Superdrug’s own brand products, I have their Simply Pure cleanser and Toner which retails at £2.99 a bottle and is often on buy one get one free or buy one get one half price. I use cotton make up pads from Primark to apply it and remove it. 


For a face mask I use Superdrug’s own brand clay mask which is around 80p a pouch and often on 3 for 2. 


I also exfoliate once a week with Superdrug’s own exfoliating Cleanser which is a little more pricey at around £6.99 a bottle. 


This was my skin after using these products as usual for a week. 


I swapped these out for a Liz Earle Cleanser with polishing cloth which retails at £14.50 for a 100ml bottle and £4.50 for the polishing cloths x2. I combined this with the Liz Earle Tonic £15.00 for a 200ml bottle although mine is a 50ml sample size. 


I used the Liz Earle deep cleansing mask which is a pricey £8 for 15ml, this supplied me with the equivalent of 2 masks. 


This was my skin after a week of using these products: 


I used the same routine for both products, which is cleansing and toning twice a day, and a face mask on Sunday evenings. 

And the results were, as you may possibly be able to see from the photos: no difference. My skin didn’t feel better overall. It was neither drier, nor more greasy and it doesn’t look better either, I’m still having outbreaks of spots on my forehead etc. My verdict, just because a product is more expensive doesn’t mean it’s going to work any more wonders than the cheaper brands! What do you think? Does my skin look any better afterwards? 

The Hogwarts Tag! 

All aboard the Hogwarts express! 🚂 I saw this tag at https://dwellinginerised.com/2017/10/01/the-hogwarts-tag/ and thought it looked really cool so here are my answers; 

1. Am I pureblood, half-blood or muggle born? 

As the only big bookworm in my family I always really identified with the character of Hermione Granger so I’m going to have to say Muggle Born. 

2. Which wand chose me? 


Quirky, mischievous and prone to melancholy if mishandled. Yeah that just about sums me up! 

3. Did I take an owl, cat, rat or toad with me? 

Owls are one of my favourite animals and I actually collect owl jewellery. I’ve also always loved the idea of them carrying mail. Besides that I’m allergic to cats and can’t really see the use of a rat or toad in all honesty! 


4. Where did the sorting hat put me? 

Pottermore puts me in Ravenclaw and it’s where I’ve always believed I belong but occasionally I get Slytherin! 

5. The form my Patronus takes. 


This makes perfect sense as everyone who knows me knows how much I love dogs. 

6. What lessons are my favourite and least favourite? 

I feel that I’d really like History of Magic best because I love theory heavy lessons and reading and history. Also Divination because I do dabble in fortune telling. 

I guess my least favourites would probably be Potions, Herbology and Defence Against the Dark Arts, in that order. 

7. What does a boggart look like for you? 

I’m absolutely terrified of being attacked by a burgular (don’t ask) so I guess that’s how the boggart would look. 


8. Do I partake in any magical hobbies or sports?

Highly unlikely I’m not really a sports person and my hobbies include reading and well…. reading. 


9. Where would I find myself hanging in my free time? 

The library or my favourite teacher’s classroom. I’m a true Hermione at heart. 

10. What would I most likely get detention for? 

Trying to get into the restricted section of library. 

11. What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts? 

I’d love to take over the Daily Phrophet and make it into a decent paper! 

This tag was great fun and you should definitely have a go if you’re a Potter fan!