Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Beach, Luke, Woody and I

Nothing beats the midweek cobwebs out of your hair like a walk on the beach with Woody, so that's exactly what we did earlier on today! Not wanting you to feel left out, I thought I'd take you along with me. You lucky things. First things first, Woody absolutely loves the beach...like seriously loves it. As soon as his paws touch the sand, he's prancing about begging you to throw the ball so he can run off with it. You can't really say no to a face like this...


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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Things That Make Me Happy 54

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donating stuff 
woody cuddles
binging tv shows
writing cards
netflix nights 

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.


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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Book Haul feat. Truman Capote

Last weekend, Mama and I headed into town to potter around a few of our favourite charity shops for a couple of hours. I introduced my Mum to charity shopping about six months ago (?!) and now she's absolutely hooked. It has sort of become 'our' thing which is really sweet. Maybe I'll get her to write a blog post featuring her favourite picks, eh?! ;) I wasn't intending to buy anything on this trip but, as ever, that went out the window when I spied the following books. I only picked up a few, because I'm trying to get through all the ones I already own, but I love nosing at everyone else's charity shop buys so I thought I'd share mine too. Overall, I spent about £3 so I'm pretty chuffed. Let me know if you've read any of these in the comments!  

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breakfast at tiffany's and other stories by truman capote (1958)

ISBN: 9781856132510 | PAGES: 157

It's New York in the 1940's, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour til breakfast at Tiffany's. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly Golightly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller and a tease. 


I've never seen the film, which supposedly isn't very faithful to the book anyway, but I'd been wanting to read some Capote for a while so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give his writing a go.  I've actually read this recently so keep your eyes peeled for my review at the end of the month! I've now got my eye on In Cold Blood. It sounds awesome!  


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the russia house by john le carré (1989)
isbn: 0141196351 | pages: 439

Navigating readers through the shadow worlds of international espionage with critical knowledge culled from his years in British Intelligence, Le Carré tracks the dark and devastating trail of a document that could profoundly alter the course of world events.


I've never read any Le Carré but whenever I research modern classics this book always pops up! Admittedly, I don't know much about it but the premise sounds quite interesting so I'm looking forward to getting stuck in. 


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isbn: 0374532281 | pages: 289

Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility. When Pat leaves hospital, however, everything seems changed...There is a silver lining, however, in the form of tragically widowed, physically fit and clinically depressed Tiffany, who offers to act as a go-between for Pat and his wife, if Pat will just agree to perform in this year's Dance Away Depression competition.

Luke and I watched the film version the other week and we both really really enjoyed it, so when I saw this on one of the shelves I thought I may as well pick it up! I really warmed to Pat in the film version so I'm hoping I warm to the bookish Pat just as quickly.  I've got relatively high expectations. 

isbn: 1780220006 | pages: 202

Max Carver's father decides to move his family to a small town...As the family settles in they grow increasingly uneasy...With his new friend Roland, Max discovers the wreck of a boat that sank many years ago...Everyone on board perished except for one man...As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of a legendary figure called the Prince of Mist begins to emerge.

I picked this book up on a whim, because I've got another of Zafón's books on my shelf that I'm eager to read that I've only heard good things about (The Shadow of the Wind, if you're interested). I think this will be a nice read when I'm looking for something that isn't too taxing.  


If you'd like to scroll through all of my book blog posts then you can. Or, alternatively, you could just flick through my book hauls instead.

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