Tuesday, 10 May 2016

MAY TBR






May is starting out as a good reading month - I've already finished one of my TBR books! I haven't bought many books this month so far (for a change), as I'm trying to get through the shelves of books I haven't even touched yet on my bookcase, and a few of the books I want to read this month are from the library. Here's what I'm hoping to read in May.

First up is I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Another book I've heard so much about around Booktube and one that I've finally picked up, again from the local library. I don't really know much about this story, just that it comes very highly rated. The first review online said: "This is one of those novels that will take your breath away and leave you with a serious book hangover for days". How could I resist?!

Ah, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Need I say more about this book? I read these books many times while growing up but decided I want to re-read them once again now that I'm a little older. I'm not sure how long this new illustrated style of Harry Potter book has been out for (my originals have the very first kind of cover, just with very creased pages now!) but who needs an excuse to buy another?

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick is the book I finished a couple of days ago. I'd read a couple of good reviews of this book and decided to try it out for myself and see what the fuss was about. Samantha Reed sits on her balcony and watches the Garrett family every day, wishing she was one of them, who seem to be everything her family isn't. It's a YA novel, with themes of romance, family and politics, but you'll have to wait until my May Wrap Up to find out what I thought of it!

Next is You by Caroline Kepnes. I first heard about this book over on Sarah's Chapter and I just had to buy it. You is a thriller, written from the perspective of Joe who from the first page you know just isn't quite right. He becomes obsessed with Beck, a student who one day comes in to his bookstore. What makes this book so different is that it is written in the second person, making you feel as if Joe is talking to "you". Creepy.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn is the next on my TBR pile and if you couldn't tell already, thanks to the shiny protective cover, this is one of the books I've borrowed from the library. I've never read Gone Girl, *gasps*, but heard many fantastic things about Flynn's writing. I came across this book on one of my regular browses of Amazon's book section and was gripped from the get go: "Libby Day was just seven years olf when her older bother massacred her family while she hid in a cupnpard. Her evidence helped put him away". Did you know this is a film too?

A last minute addition to my May TBR is Horrorstor, the third book that I have borrowed from the library. I haven't really heard too much about Horrostor, and it has only received a handful of reviews on Amazon, but after seeing it crop up on booktube I thought it sounded really interesting. Set in a Swedish furniture superstore, something strange is happening overnight; employees start their shifts in the morning to find broken furniture and more and so volunteer for an overnight shift to find out just what is going on. It's a traditional horror story with a twist. I love that this book is set out like a retail catalogue and I can't wait to read it!

Maybe this is a bit of an optimistic TBR, but I'm feeling very bookish this month and so hopefully I'll be able to get through all of them. What are you planning on reading this month?

Saturday, 7 May 2016

L'OREAL ELVIVE EXTRAORDINARY CLAY SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER


I came across this L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay duo when browsing Boots' website last month and after hearing that it is designed to balance the hair by hydrating ends but purifying roots to prevent the hair getting greasy, I was hooked. I aim to wash my hair every other day to keep the natural oils and prevent dryness and breakages, but for some reason my hair only seems to last one day without it looking oily. I do use dry shampoo but I try to do this sparingly as I've heard that it can be quite damaging to your scalp. Anyway, I began using this shampoo and conditioner around a month ago, and I use it 3-4 times a week. The first thing I noticed was the smell; this range has a lovely smell which lasts in your hair for about a day after use. It also made my hair feel super clean and soft which is a plus for me. I was really excited after the first use to see how long I could go with my hair still looking freshly washed, though unfortunately, my routine of washing every other day remained.

I have found that maybe my hair gets greasier even quicker than usually using this range which I'm disappointed about, as these are really highly rated! There is a pre shampoo masque that I haven't tried, so maybe this is the missing piece of the puzzle? I am going to repurchase the shampoo and conditioner, and also pick up the masque to see whether this makes a difference. I would definitely recommend this set as it definitely gives your hair a thorough cleanse, and the conditioner leaves your hair feeling soft and supple. In terms of keeping roots dry, I'm not convinced that it works, but I'll be back with an update after using the masque! Have you tried the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay haircare set? What did you think?

Friday, 6 May 2016

APRIL READING WRAP UP


April was a bad reading month for me, I only managed two. I think I just got into a bit of a slump, but funnily enough the two books I did read  got through in just a couple of days! To find out a little more about the plot summaries you can check out my April Book Haul, but to hear what I thought about the books keep on reading.

First was The Color Purple by Alice Walker. This was the latest read in our book club at work. While this wasn't the book that I originally voted for, I really enjoyed it. Although it dealt with some dark and tense situations, The Color Purple was extremely thought provoking and it definitely raised a few emotions. I liked that it was written in a series of letters, which meant for quick reading but it also made it different to anything I'd read before. The writing of the protagonist, Celie, was a little difficult to read at first due to the fact she uses no punctuation and her grammar is poor, but this just emphasises that she has missed out on so much due to the way that she was raised and treated, especially when compared with her peers. 3.5/5 stars

The second book I read in April was Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey. I'd heard a lot about this book, from friends and fellow bloggers, but it sat untouched on my shelf for months. I was just browsing my bookcase for something to read and came across it again and picked it up straight away. I whizzed right through this book in a matter of days. The mystery was gripping and I was trying to figure it out constantly. Though the ending did get more predictable the closer to it you got, it was still really interesting. I also felt that as the book was written by the point of view of Maud, who we assume has dementia or Alzheimers though that isn't specified, it was very strong and emotional. I felt Maud's frustration as she constantly forgot and remembered things, and also the helplessness of Maud's daughter who takes care of her. This is one of the best books I've read in a while and would definitely recommend you give it a read. 4/5 stars

So that was a short and sweet wrap up for a change, wasn't it? Keep an eye out for my May TBR which will be up soon; I've already finished one of the books! Don't forget to add me on Goodreads either to keep up with what I'm reading.