April Reading Wrap Up

Books Read: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh, and The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
Total Books Read: 2
April TBR Books Read: 2
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 385
Total Hours Listened: 10 Hours 5 Minutes

I really feel like I got back into the swing of things with my reading in April, which has made me really happy. Although it doesn’t seem like I made huge progress based on my results above, I managed to incorporate reading back into my daily routine and that’s what’s most important to me.

I had started reading I Let You Go late last year, but hadn’t managed to finish the entire thing. I’m glad I finally got around to finishing it because it was an excellent book and something I’d highly recommend picking up. I was less impressed with The Girl Before, but I’ll be discussing that further in my review later in the month. I think listening to the audio version really let the book down in this case.

I also started reading IT by Stephen King this month, which I’ve made quite a bit of headway with but I feel like will end up being a two-to-three month reading adventure because it’s so long. I’m really looking forward to the film coming out later this year, and I think it’s one of the best possible source materials to be transalated into a film. I watched the trailer recently, and it looked so amazing that it inspired me to pick up the book. I feel like a lot of Stephen King’s words are done an injustice when a film adaptation is made, but this one looks incredible, and seems to have an amazing cast. All I can say is I’m glad the phase of people dressing up like clowns and running around the neighbourhood appears to be well and truly over.

How to find just the right mirror for your home

Buying a mirror is no easy task. There are numerous things to be considered and purchase can easily go wrong. The biggest issue here is that most people do not even realize that certain mirrors have a specific use; use that no other mirror can fulfill. That being said, it is necessary to get educated beforehand. Small errors can cost you a lot in terms of interior décor and functionality. So check this article and learn how to buy a mirror that your home can benefit from.

1. LED mirror
LED mirrors are a type of mirror that can be seen in homes with modern interior. Due to its numerous LED lights surrounding it, this item looks like a space ship. But do not be fooled. LED mirror is actually a highly functional item. Due to the fact that mirror is surrounded by numerous lights, it is easy for you to see everything. There can be no issues as you can always check all the angles. This is a perfect thing for all those women who otherwise have issues putting makeup in the morning. On top of it, this mirror is really stylish.

2. Hollywood mirror
Before there was LED mirror; there were Hollywood mirrors. These items are like an old memorabilia reminding us of those good old times when Hollywood was still a mysterious and somewhat secluded place. You could see them in almost any movie. Over time, they became popular in theaters and TV studios as well. Although not as popular as it once was, Hollywood mirror can still be bought. In fact, they are still a good choice for bedrooms.

3. Folding mirror
A lot of homes have trouble with space. This is usually obvious in a bathroom as they take the biggest hit. If you have a small bathroom there is a good chance you had to compromise and get a tiny mirror. But fear not! There is a solution! Folding mirrors are great just for this purpose. You can open its wings and spread them getting some additional coverage. Besides the fact this mirror is good for small space, it has another big advantage: it can show different angles of your face making a pretty nice choice for putting makeup.

4. Standing mirrors
Although not the best choice for homes, standing mirrors can still be utilized efficiently. They are commonly used in department stores and other shops where you need to see your whole figure. They are not so much popular at home as there are other options and it is much nicer if you have a mirror on your wall. But, there are certain situations where it is totally legit to get one such item (for example lack of space for full-size mirror). The good thing about standing mirrors is that they can be removed at any time giving you some additional space. Simultaneously, they need time to set up. So it’s a tradeoff of a sort.

Autumn/Winter Bucket List 2017

Although the sun blazing overhead might make you think otherwise, my favourite time of year is here. I love Autumn/Winter, and all that it brings. I’m a little late with this, but here is my bucket list of things I want to do this season to fully make the most of the cold weather (when it finally arrives) –

– Plant lots of new things in the front & back yard
– Try a new exercise class
– Participate in a readathon
– Learn how to make a great curry from scratch
– Rewatch the Alien movies
– Go away for the weekend to celebrate Sebastian’s birthday
– Make pumpkin soup
– Buy a nice new winter coat
– Make popcorn on the stove
– Make an Autumn/Winter playlist to listen to while driving

Book Review: Fearless by Fiona Higgins

Book: Fearless by Fiona Higgins – paperback edition, 392 pages.

Synopsis: Six strangers from across the world converge on the tropical island of Bali to attend a course designed to help them face their fears. Their backgrounds are as diverse as their fears – which range from flying, public speaking and heights, through to intimacy, failure and death…

Friendships and even romance blossoms as the participants are put through a series of challenges which are unusual, confronting and sometimes hilarious. A week of fun in the sun suddenly tranforms into something far more serious, however, when the unthinkable happens – a tragic disaster that puts the group in deadly danger that will test the individual courage of every member…

My thoughts: I made a rookie mistake, because the thing that drew me into this book was the cover. Of course, we all know by now that we should never judge a book by its cover but this one is absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t resist it. Unfortunately (of course), the book did not live up to the cover, and to be honest I didn’t like it at all. I bought this ages ago, and had intended to pick it up quite a few times but then my partner surprised me with tickets to Bali for Valentine’s day and I didn’t think reading a book about a “horrific event” happening there was such a good idea until after we had returned safely. The author has a very different vision of the Bali that I am used to, so although I was absolutely in the mood to be transported back to that setting it felt quite disjointed the reality of the place for me.

The first half of this book was spent introducing a group of characters that I couldn’t possibly have cared less about. I found them all incredibly grating and poorly developed. I think the story would have played out better and had more depth to it if it had revolved around one central character instead of scattered between the group. There was also an extremely weak love story tangled up in the plot that made me roll my eyes on more than one occasion. Also, the author making a character who admits to thoughts of paedophelia something of a martyr in the book did not sit well with me at all.

There wasn’t a lot of build up to the “event” which meant that it didn’t really feel particularly shocking to me when it happened. I feel like the reason for the attack, and the aftermath should have been fleshed out a lot more to make the story feel more balanced. All in all I found this book incredibly disappointing, and I don’t recommend picking it up.

Rating: 2/10

Planner Update: April 2017

The term ‘planner peace’ is thrown around a little bit in the planning community, and although it sounds extremely cheesy I now feel like I completely understand what it means. This is because I have found planner peace. It has taken me around 5 planners to work this out, but I am there and I am happy about it. Planner peace for me is in the form of a 12 month Plum Paper planner, with a month-at-a-glance section with a handful of lined note pages behind. I use the month-at-a-glance section of the planner to organise my life and keep track of everything I have going on, and I use the note pages for various to do lists and other brain dumps that I need to get down on paper and out of my mind. I have come to understand that this is all I need to feel properly organised, without spending too much time faffing about in my planner. I’ve done the week-at-a-glance thing, I’ve done the stickers thing, but now I know what I need and what I like and I feel more organised than ever.