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April Wrap-Up | Beauty, Lifestyle, Books

Woohoo! I uploaded my first YouTube video in EIGHT MONTHS. Hopefully I'll have some time to do these things more often now that uni is letting up for summer.

Watch above for a wrap-up of my five favourite books and five favourite beauty/lifestyle things from April!

Books mentioned:
The Vegetarian
Human Acts
Charlotte Brontë: A Life
Agnes Grey

Products mentioned:
Zuzu Luxe Eyeliner
Zuzu Luxe Mascara
RAL Heart n Soul Lipstick*
RAL Barely Pink Lipliner*
Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Hemp Protein Powder
Aspall Organic Cyder Vinegar

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What I've Read in 2016 So Far

Quick reviews on some awesome things that I have read lately because the book club reviews have kind of fallen into a black hole. And yep, I'm recycling the planned image - don't judge. 2016 is currently sitting at 32 books read. Could be better, but still pretty good.

The Gracekeepers - Kirsty Logan 4/5
After reading A Portable Shelter last year, I was eager to move on to Logan's debut novel, The Gracekeepers. This apocalyptic fantasy follows two girls through a world that is greatly submerged by water. Separated by the world's new class system, a circus girl and a gracekeeper find each other when they need each other most.

Beloved - Toni Morrison 4/5
A modern American classic if they ever was one. This sits at the top of my list of favourite university-assigned readings. We follow a former slave and her family, as they navigate the free world and encounter figures from the past along the way. Beautiful, and truly haunting.

Jellyfish - Janice Galloway 4/5
A Christmas present that I have only just got round to reading, Jellyfish is a stunning collection of short stories from well-known Scottish author, Janice Galloway. With a mystical beach trip and musically influenced arson; this collection goes right down to the bare bones, giving us witness to both individual and societal degeneration. Absolutely brilliant and I must read more Galloway right away. 

Awesome things also read so far in 2016:
Mona Lisa - Alexander Lernet-Holenia
Embroideries - Marjane Satrapi
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Valente
Love Medicine - Louise Erdrich
The Fry Chronicles - Stephen Fry
Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
The Atom Station - Halldór Laxness
The Crucible - Arthur Miller

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December Reading List

My reading list this month is LONG. Here's a full list for the benefit of no one but myself - maybe it'll help with motivation?

  1. The Last Animal - Abby Geni
  2. Good Morning, Midnight - Jean Rhys
  3. Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
  4. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
  5. Caroline - Richmal Crompton
  6. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  7. In the Land of Armadillos - Helen Maryles Shankman
  8. No Matter the Wreckage - Sarah Kay
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling
  10. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear - Elizabeth Gilbert
Recent Reads #1
(Here's a sneak peek of my ridiculously messy bookshelf...)

(Here's a sneak peek of my ridiculously messy bookshelf...)

It's November! Can you believe it? As mentioned many many times before, I'm trying to bring some bookish content over to my blog, so here's some mini reviews for a selection of my October reading...

Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving
One of the first things I read in October - for university - was the well-known American short story, 'Rip Van Winkle'. This is a sprightly little tale following a man that wanders off into the woods one day and the vanishes - for a really long time. I found this intriguing, especially considering the context in which it was written. However, it is definitely a product of its time and I don't think that I'll be reading anymore of Irving's work. 4/5

The Little Book of Vegan Poems - Benjamin Zephaniah
 
I picked this up after spying it in a video from Jean's Bookish Thoughts. I've really started to get more into poetry and having heard bits and pieces about Zephaniah as a children's poet while growing up, I was interested to read this new collection centred around veganism. It was an incredibly fun read, and although many of the poems could be considered juvenile (for obvious reasons), many had much darker underlying themes and it was fun to pick them apart while reading out loud. 3/5

The Life and Death of Harriett Frean - May Sinclair
This is something else that I read for university and it is something that I was greatly surprised by. I absolutely adored this story and have fallen head over heels in love with Sinclair's beautiful writing style. This - as the name suggests - follows the life of Miss Harriett Frean, and documents events in her life that are both jarring and unforgettable. I'm really very excited to hunt down some further titles from May Sinclair. 4/5

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine - Kelly Sue DeConnick
One of the last things I read this month was the first volume of Kelly Sue DeConnick's new comic series, Bitch Planet. Frankly, I'm a bit torn about this one. I can (and do) really appreciate what the comic is trying to do in terms of bringing intersectional feminism to the forefront. At the back of the volume, you can find some very interesting discussion questions that bring to light hidden elements of the story. The artwork is also wonderfully bright and brash. However, the plot was greatly confusing and a couple weeks later, I'm still not 100% sure about what I have read. 4/5

What have you been reading this month?