Showing posts with label Paige Toon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paige Toon. Show all posts
Monday, February 05, 2018

On Sophie's Shelf | January


I know I said I'd be blogging more regularly, but life got the better of me and I've just not got round to it. I promise I'll get better this year!

One of my goals for twenty-eighteen was to read twenty-six books, which is the equivalent of one every two weeks. Last year I aimed for fifty-two, and lets face it, I failed badly. I went for the smaller goal this year, because I have no idea where this year will take me, and how much time it'll give me to curl up with a good book.

To my surprise, I got ahead of the game in January, and managed to get through FOUR books. I'm super happy to be ahead of my target, and I thought I'd share what I'd been reading with you guys!

The Sun In Her Eyes by Paige Toon
Now, if you've seen any of the books I've read and reviewed before, you'll know I'm a HUGE fan of Paige's writing. This book was no different! The Sun In Her Eyes was beautifully written, and I absolutely adored it. I really loved Amber. She was likeable and was very easy to relate to, but at times she also made really stupid decisions, just like any human does. When it came to the two main guys in the book, I definitely had my feelings towards them at the start completely opposite to what I thought of them at the end. The entire book was like that, really, as I had a few ideas of what I thought might happen, and in the end I was completely wrong. If you're a fan of Paige's books, or if you're wanting to give one a try, this is definitely one to pick up!

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
I'm also a really big fan of Cecelia's books, and have read a few of hers. Lyrebird has been sat on my shelf for a little while, so I decided to give it a go. I really liked the plot of this book, as it was so different to anything I'd read before. It was warming, funny, and also made me cry at times. I loved Laura, and seeing her personality come to life. I also loved Bo, and reading about how her feelings towards Laura grew, but it broke my heart to see her treated the way she was. I'm not sure if I'd put this up there with my top three Cecelia Ahern books, but I definitely enjoyed it!

Dare to Dream by Izzy Judd
I thought I'd give the fiction a bit of a break within the month, and decided to read Izzy's book Dare to Dream. Although I'm personally not going through the struggles of starting a family, I am a fan of both Izzy and her husband Harry, and that's what encouraged me to read it. It was heartbreaking but also incredibly warming, and it was wonderful to read after knowing that they've got their two little ones Lola and Kit. There were many bits of the book that really tugged on my heart strings, but I think the hardest part for me to read was hearing Izzy talk about her brothers accident, and how much it changed her family's life. For those of you that don't know, my brother also had a bad accident a fair few years ago now, and it was also a brain injury. Thankfully he made a full recovery, but the emotions that Izzy spoke about when it first happened and when he was in hospital were a little too familiar. All in all, it was a really interesting read, and whether you're going through your own fertility struggles or not, it's encouraging and warming, and gives you a great insight into what it really is like going through it.

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
Now, if you follow me on any form of social media, you'll know that I am a BIG fan of the musical Hamilton. At the time of writing this, I've seen in twice, have listened to it hundreds of times, and have tickets for another three shows booked. I'm addicted, I'll admit it. My lovely friend Katie bought me this book for my birthday in January (because I'm not allowed to buy myself any at the moment!) and I couldn't wait to get stuck in. I absolutely love the story between Alex and Eliza in Hamilton, and to read more about how their relationship began was wonderful. I fell in love with the pair of them even more, and this book left me laughing and crying throughout. I can't wait to read more Hamilton inspired books in the future!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I read in January. If you want to keep up to date with what I'm reading, feel free to give me a follow on goodreads!

Sophie x
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Sophie's book corner - June

When it came to reading in June, I started the month so well - I'd actually read the first three books by the time I got back from my holiday on the 12th, but then didn't end up reading anything else for the rest of the month. This could have been a perfect month to catch up on my goal (I've read 22 books but should have finished book 26 this week) but I just had so much going on that I didn't feel like picking up another book. Hopefully I can catch up a little over the next few months!

Where Rainbows End / Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

I read this book back when it was called Where Rainbows End, and decided it was time to re-read it as I love the movie Love, Rosie so much. I actually got it with my Audible credit in June, and although I probably would have been better off reading it (it's completely written as letters/emails etc.) it still worked really well as an audiobook. I absolutely LOVE the story, and I completely forgot how much more there was to it than the movie. I loved listening to the relationship that Alex and Rosie had unfold, and there were so many moments when I was so annoyed at them not being together. I also loved that Rosie's daughter was so incorporated into the storyline, and just how much had really gone into it. It's fairly long, but I really really enjoyed listening to it, and it's definitely up there as one of my favourites.

The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon

I said this in my June Favourites post last week, but I am so glad I picked this book up. I was technically on a book buying ban, due to having so many books on my to-be-read shelf, but as a huge Paige Toon fan, I couldn't resist this one. As I said, I am so so glad I picked it up. I read it on my holiday in Valencia and read it so quickly because I just couldn't put it down. The story focuses around triplets - Phoebe, Eliza and Rose - and Angus, the guy next door that they all fell in love with. It's honestly quite possibly the best book I've read this year (it's at least in the top three) and I ended up crying in the middle of a park in Valencia reading the ending. The book is split across the three sisters, and it's so interesting hearing each of their voices. If you're looking for a new book to read this year, this is definitely my recommendation of what to pick up!

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Now this book gave me all kinds of teenage Sophie feels because I was OBSESSED with Meg Cabot/The Princess Diaries as a teen. I religiously read the books as soon as they came out (and was even a Meg Cabot Ambassador as a teen), and coming across this continuation of Mia's story but in an adult book, as opposed to something 13-year-old Sophie would have read, was a delight. The story focusses on Mia in the build up to her marriage to Michael (finally!!) but of course obstacles get in their way, including a rather large royal scandal. It's pretty much everything I could have hoped an adult instalment of the series could be, and I am so glad that I can continue reading a series that had a very dear place in my heart growing up.

That's all for this month, but I'm already on my way with July's books. If you want to know what I'm reading as I read it, feel free to add me on goodreads.

See you next month for more books!

Sophie x
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

August Favourites

I was meant to get this favourites post up last Monday, before I jetted off to Mallorca for a week, but never got round to it, sorry! So as we're already half way through September, this is long overdue. Hopefully I'll manage to get my September favourites blogged about on time! 

Sleek Face Form Contour & Blush Palette - £9.99

I've really gotten into beauty and make-up a lot more over the past month or so, and I decided I wanted to try out contouring. I looked around a lot at recommendations of contour palettes, and the outcome was quite often the Sleek palettes, so I decided to give it a go. I absolutely love this palette. I got mine off of Amazon, but they are also stocked in Superdrug and Boots stores, and online. I was torn between just the Contour Kit, and the Face Form Palette which includes a blush, but decided to go for the second. It's a great palette, with the contour colour, the highlighter and a blush. I picked the Light 373 palette, but it also comes in Fair, Medium and Dark. The products have such a silky feel to them, and I love this palette so much! It's my first Sleek product that I own, so if anyone has any other recommendation please let me know!

  Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in On and on Bronze - £4.99

I picked this eyeshadow up after seeing it featured in one of Zoella's videos, and it has since become one of the staple products in my make-up bag. I wanted an eyeshadow that I could wear daily, just to give my eyelid a bit of colour. It's a cream eyeshadow, so also creates a great base for other shadows, but creates a great shimmery, but neutral colour for day to day use. The formula is great, it stays on all day and you only need the tiniest amount, so at only £4.99 it's great value. There are a wide range of other colours in the Color Tattoo range, so if you're not a fan of bronze, there should be a colour for you.

Village Candle - Frozen Margarita

I've been a fan of the Yankee candle votives for a while now, and usually get them from my local Hallmark store, but last time I went I spotted their range of Village Candles instead, so decided to try them out. My local Hallmark store is an outlet, so the votives were around £1.25 each, however I've seen them sold for around £1.85 online. The Frozen Margarita scent has to be my favourite out of those I got to smell - it's such a refreshing scent. I absolutely love fruity candles, and this scent just screamed summer. I'm looking forward to giving some of their other scents a go, especially as we're now heading into the cooler months. What are your favourite Autumn candle scents?

Lush's Ickle Baby Bot Bath Bomb - £1.95

Now I know this is one of Lush's bath bombs for kids, but I really have been loving it this month. I've started treating myself to a lovely Lush bath more often (if you're following me on instagram you'll have seen this) and as I was having trouble with my sleeping patterns over the past few months, when I spotted the Ickle Baby Bot in Lush I knew I had to give it a go. It turns your bath the loveliest shade of blue and is made up of a combination of Lavender, Chamomile and Sandalwood oils for the ultimate calming and soothing bath. I do love a lot of the other Lush bath bombs, but this definitely has to be my favourite this month, as it really helped me to relax and get to sleep. 

Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon

I read a few of Paige Toon's books a couple of years back, and then read Thirteen Weddings in July and was hooked. I decided to get Pictures of Lily on my Kobo, as someone I know said it was a good one to read next, and I absolutely loved it. I completely connected with Lily from the start, as you hear about her moving from the UK to Australia, and having moved to new areas a few times in the last 4 years (although nowhere near as big as moving half way across the world) I completely understood how hard it was for her at the beginning. The story is beautifully written, and I love that Paige Toon links characters between her books. If you fancy a romantic story that will completely make your heart melt, then this is one for you!

Sophie x

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