The Book Thief

In short: Despite the context, a fun and memorable read. If you've read: Anything to do with WW2/Germany under Nazi occupation. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Offers rare perspective of a young everyday German girl. Food for thought: The power/danger of words, the cruelty and kindness of…

Evolution of Smooth

Who has seen these on Instagram?! I picked some up on a recent trip to California, where they are less than half the price than in the UK, in the hope that I could be as cool as Cali Instagrammers. As summer is (hopefully) approaching I opted for passion fruit…

diego dalla palma

Sooo good old Marks & Sparks currently have some hefty discounts on Italian cosmetic brand Diego Dalla Palma. There are a range of products on offer, including eye shadows, a number of lipstick/glossy/tint things and 50 shades of nail polish. Here is why I love this brand already…

The Goldfinch

In short: Its really good. Ideal for reading: If you have loads of time and don't need to be anywhere. I stayed up all night and missed Christmas reading this. If you've read: Her other stuff, Bret Easton Ellis...oh go on then, CHARLES DICKENS. Food for thought: loss, love…

Harry's Last Stand

Harry Leslie Smith - Harry’s Last Stand Twitter loves him, The Guardian loves him and by Jove, I love him. If, like me, you have the beginnings of an interest in politics but can only understand things in layman’s terms, get this book. It reads as a memoir…

Americanah

Ideal for reading: Think this would be great if you'd just returned from / were in America. If you've read: Anything else by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - she's awesome!!!If you like Zadie Smith this is better. In Short: Sassy, bold story of a woman’s independence I suppose. Food for…

Haruki Murakami – Birthday Stories

In short: Composed, tranquil, dark and at times, surreal Ideal for reading: Perhaps not on your birthday If you’ve read: Eleven Kinds of Loneliness –similar intensity but probably a bit more cheerful Birthday Stories is a portfolio of profound and at times dark reflections selected and introduced by Murakami…

And the Mountains...didn't do anything for me.

In short - A disappointing, bland struggle. Ideal for reading - if you can't sleep Food for thought - You'll probably start thinking about what to have for your next meal if that counts? If you've read - If you've read his other books avoid this one or the bubble…

The Poisonwood Bible

In short: Humour, history, love and loss in the Congolese jungle Ideal for reading: Don't know but you’ll want to re-read immediately after finishing! Food for thought: colonialism, christianity, missionaries, imperialism If you've read: Things Fall Apart, Heart of Darkness, Journey Without Maps - anything about colonialism - this…

Lancome Hydra Zen Moisturising Cream

My sensitive skin has led me to trust that anything with baby pink packaging isn’t going to hurt. This gentle cream soothes stingy faces and is light enough to wear under make up. Contains calming hints of apple, rose and white musk …