24 July 2016

Recently Read #2


I meant to make this recently read series a monthly thing, but I have been pretty rubbish! I do really enjoy writing about books as reading is something I have gotten back into in the last 12 months. I have set myself a reading challenge on Goodreads to read 40 books this year. On my two week holiday I read 12 books which is crazy! I decided that reviewing each of these in one post would be slightly too much. So I decided to go through the 5 physical books I read as the others are on my kindle which is not as photogenic ;). 

This book has been consistently compared the The Fault in Our Stars, and I agree the themes are extremely similar. Exploring important issues (in this case suicide) within a young teenage environment. I've read really mixed reviews about this book but I really enjoyed it, I think it's important to write about important topics like mental health in an accessible and relatable way. The plot focus on Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, both are struggling with mental health issues and the story focuses on their blossoming friendship and relationship. The book has its flaws but it's an enjoyable read. Definitely a tearjerker, so you've been warned!

As soon as I found out what this book was about I instantly knew I wanted to read it. A girl is kidnapped when she is 17 years old and kept captive in one single room where she eventually gives birth to a child. After a couple of chapters I felt so invested in the story and it's definitely an emotional one! Usually I don't like film adaptations of books as I don't think they quite live up to the book, however the film Room is one of the best adaptations I've seen. It captured every aspect of the book that I felt was important, even though I knew what was going to happen I still cried like a baby!

This story follows Etta as she starts to fulfil her one wish, to see the sea. At 82 years old she sets out on a journey to the sea, her husband Otto waits at home. Russell is their neighbour who has been in love with Etta since her first met her and James is a coyote she meets on her journey. This book alternates been present day and flashbacks to how they all met. The characters are so beautifully written and I was hooked from the first few chapters. Although the plot seems pretty unrealistic, I genuinely loved this book.

Her by Harriet Lane
It's been a long time since I've been really disappointed with a book as I usually read a lot of reviews before buying. I think this was a gift and from the blurb I thought this was something I would really enjoy. Unfortunately this book was not for me. This book is about two girls, Nina remembers Emma from her past but Emma doesn't remember her. It builds up as if Emma has done something bad to Nina. It kept me reading because I wanted to find out why Nina felt so strongly about Emma. But it was a huge anti climax and the ending just really annoyed me! So, as I'm sure you can tell, this is a book I would not recommend.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Another emotional book! Mia is in a car accident with her family and she is watching from above as her and her family are taken to hospital. As she is watching the events unfold and her family and friends reactions she has to decide if she can stay after everything has changed. I definitely cried a lot reading this book. I'm excited to watch the film and I hope it lives up to the book!

I hope you enjoyed these short reviews. Do leave any book suggestions in the comments, I'm always on the lookout for new reads!

Hope you've had a great weekend.

Tori
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17 July 2016

Stripes and Sandals



Dress - ASOS (now in the sale!)
Bag - Topshop
Shoes - ASOS



Hallelujah, I think summer has finally arrived in the UK. I don't want to jinx it but this weekend has been gorgeous and the forecast is looking fine.

This weekend has been so productive for once! Tom and I started clearing our garden on Saturday which we had let grow into a mini jungle. Once we've done some more I will be sharing some before and after pics on Twitter. Then on Sunday we cleaned our flat together (domestic bliss over here) and went out for a lovely meal at Chimichangas which was delicious. Churros are my new fave thing!

Now it's Sunday evening and we're relaxing with the windows wide open and reading our books. It's been nice to have a weekend off the booze and doing some home-y things instead.

Hope you've had a great weekend!

Tori
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11 July 2016

Summer Holiday Evening Outfits

A couple of weeks ago I was in Spain with Tom for two glorious weeks. It was so relaxing, we spent most of our time reading books by the pool. I took so many photos while we were out there and wanted to share some on my blog. Summer evenings abroad are my absolute favourite, the sunsets are also so gorgeous and I love getting to wear all my summer dresses.




Our balcony had a gorgeous view over the hotel pool and out to sea. Obviously there were palm trees everywhere which makes for a great instagram ;)


 Dress : H&M 
Shoes : Birkenstocks
Bag : Topshop


Dress : Next
Shoes : ASOS


Dress : ASOS
Shoes : ASOS

I hope you like seeing some snippets from my holiday! We're hoping to book a city break for September time because I have such bad holiday blues. Let me know any good cities you've visited in Europe :)

Tori
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