2018/05/26

BOOK REVIEW:
YOUNG ANNE BY DOROTHY WHIPPLE

Title: Young Anne
Author: Dorothy Whipple
Published: 1927
Language: English
Pages: 292
Rating: 3/5

This book was sent to me by the publisher.


Summary:
In Dorothy Whipple's first novel, we meet Anne as a young girl and follow her life across a few decades.


Review:
There's something so charming and lovely about the way Whipple writes her stories and although you can clearly tell that this is the first novel she wrote and her writing better in her later novels, this was delightful.

I really enjoyed reading about Anne. I felt she as a character was fascinating and without her this novel would have literally been nothing, as there isn't really a whole lot of things going on in this book. Anne is the main attraction and fulfils that role well.

I very much enjoyed the experience of reading this, even if it didn't knock my socks off. I would recommend it if you enjoy Whipple's other books - it's really interesting to see where it all started with this author.
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2018/05/25

2018/05/23

PENGUIN ENGLISH LIBRARY:
FRANKENSTEIN




Ever notice how I have like a hundred lovely editions of Frankenstein? Well, here's another one!
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2018/05/22

THINGS I LIKE NO. 12

Today I've got an item whose smell reminds me so much of summer and travel. I actually started using this years ago while I was on a trip to Italy with my best friends and it's been my favorite ever since; it's this Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream (try saying that five times fast) from Elizabeth Arden.

This smells really fresh and amazing and it leaves a really nice fragrance on your skin that isn't too overpowering. And it obviously makes my skin super smooth, otherwise I wouldn't keep using it.

A huge pot of it also lasts for a really long time; I've had the one I'm currently using for almost a year and I haven't hit the bottom yet, although it of course depends on how often and much you use.

Elizabeth Arden has also come out with another variety of this with Nectarine Blossom as well, which I haven't smelled but I really need to check out!
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2018/05/21

BOOK REVIEW:
SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS BY KANISHK THAROOR

Title: Swimmer Among the Stars
Author: Kanishk Tharoor
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
A collection of stories featuring history, travel and people from around the world.


Review:
I had such high expectations for this and although I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, it didn't quite live up to those expectations.

I think the stories in this are diverse, interesting and lovely, and Tharoor has a way with words that is quite stunning. Some of the stories create these amazing worlds that I really enjoyed, while others lacked magic and were quite difficult to even finish. A few of the stories are really long as well and dragged out.

It was worth the read, but it was one of those collections that I had to force myself through a little bit, because there was something about it that didn't make me want to pick it back up. The stories in here that I liked were amazing and easily some of the best short stories I've read, but the majority were not. I'd love to see this author write a novel though, I'd be really interested in reading that.
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