Gee’s Book Club #1

Books

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Hellooooo my lovely friends and welcome to the first instalment of ‘Gee’s Book Club’ (something I most definitely didn’t just title this post as I had absolutely no clue what else to call it). I thought it would be cute to start sharing with you the books that I’m reading at certain points throughout the year as if you know me, you’ll know I loves me a good book or five.

Summer has always and will always mean one thing to me: more reading time!! I’ve always been a bookworm and would rather spend my days stuck in a good book than doing pretty much anything else. Admittedly, I’m one of those weird people who can easily get through a book in a day (this makes my Mom very unhappy when I try to fit 7 days worth of books into my 20kg allowance to go on holiday – soz Mom). This summer I haven’t had as much spare time as I usually do, however I have managed to sneak in a few books here and there so thought I’d let you know what I’ve been reading and if these books are worth the hype (or whether you should save your pennies because – let’s be real – student pennies are PRECIOUS).

All The Little Lights – Jamie McGuire

“Falling is easy. The hard part is getting back up.” 

I’ve been a big fan of Mcguire ever since her Beautiful Disaster series was first published. Once I find an author that I like, I tend to buy every single book they ever write which is how I ended up buying All The Little Lights. Whilst McGuire usually writes for a slightly older “new adult” audience, I believe this to be her first YA fiction. Although I am now 20, I am partial to a slightly cheesy young adult novel every now and then (guilty!). Her characters are always so well-developed, in this case Catherine and Elliot, which really helps you get sucked into her literary world. This novel in particular follows the journey of Catherine and Elliot and explores their relationship as individually they both deal with trauma and family issues (sounds vague but am conscious of trying not to drop spoilers!!!). There is a relatively unpredictable twist at the end (by ‘relatively unpredictable’ I mean that I knew there would be a twist coming but guessed completely wrong what it was lol). Whilst the storyline of this book was not the most thrilling I have ever read, I still really enjoyed it all the same. Would deffo recommend.

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng 

“Everything she had dreamed for herself faded away, like fine mist on a breeze. She could not remember now why she thought it had all been possible.”

Ng was a completely new author to me this summer but I’d seen her novel Little Fires Everywhere hovering around in the book-world. On a whim, I purchased it alongside her debut novel Everything I Never Told You. This book focuses on the disappearance and death of Lydia Lee, daughter of James and Marilyn and is written in such a way that it explores their family’s relationship before and after Lydia’s death. If I’m being honest, this book didn’t hook me a great amount and at times I felt as if I needed the plot to move at a slightly quicker pace. I didn’t feel as if the plot-line was meaty enough to make up an entire novel, rather a few chapters. However, I did really enjoy the style of Ng’s writing so I would not be adverse to reading her following novels. I’ll definitely be giving Little Fires Everywhere a go.

He Said She Said – Erin Kelly

“North London to me then was a patchwork of islanded villages, reached only by Tube and never joined up above ground; circles on a map, separate as stars.” 

I’d been seeing this book EVERYWHERE a few months ago as the newest “thriller” must-read. There definitely was a hype surrounding this novel so I had to give it a go. I’m not going to lie to you, when I first starting reading this I had no idea where this hype had come from. The beginning of the book is very slow-paced which meant I found it quite hard to get into. However, from about half-way in, I was hooked. If the whole book was as good as the second half of the book, then this could have been one of my favourite reads in a while. I don’t really want to give much away (as I can’t without spoiling!!) but essentially, this book centres around a rape trial and plays very much on the “grey area” of what is considered as “consent”. That being said, this book deals with extremely current themes which I also appreciate. I’m v glad to have ticked this off my list.

So those are the most recent books I’ve had my nose stuck in over the past few weeks. I may have a pretty similar post coming soon as my fingers miiiiiight have slipped and I just miiiiiight have ordered a few more (hate myself but love myself). As always, loads of thankyous for reading and I shall see you (well, kind of) very soon.

G X

Instagram: @geeblogs

What I’m Reading: August

Books, Lifestyle

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When I was in London this week, I visited the Covent Garden Waterstones (one of my favourite places) and typically ended up purchasing a few new books. I’ve been feeling uninspired recently by the same old YA romance novels as they all seem to be following similar structures and patters, the more I read. So, I was looking to make some purchases that would rejuvenate the excitement that reading used to bring me.

The first book I picked up was One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Whilst this was sectioned with the rest of the YA fiction, the blurb intrigued me, appearing slightly more mystery-based than romance. I’ve actually already finished reading this particular novel and I have to say, I loved it. I devoured the entire thing on the train journey home. Let me know if you would like a more in-depth review!

Next, I picked up Two by Two – the newest release from Nicholas Sparks. I am a huge Sparks fan and have been ever since I read The Last Song aged 13. Any time he writes a new novel, I am sure to pre-order it so I’m super excited to get reading this one.

I love a good book recommendation, which is how I came to purchase The Girls by Emma Cline. Recently, I have seen this book EVERYWHERE; everyone seems to be talking about it. So, of course I had to buy it to see what all the fuss is about!

Finally, I chose Cecelia Ahern’s Lyrebird as again, the blurb intrigued me. I’ve read a few other of Ahern’s books and enjoyed those so I’m hoping I’ll feel the same with Lyrebird. Also, I cannot lie, the pretty front cover played a pretty large part in my decision!!

So, these are the books I’ll be reading throughout August. Let me know if you have read any of them (no spoilers though!!) and what you thought.

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

Mini Collective Spring Haul

beauty, Books, GIRLS, Lifestyle

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Recently, I’ve been making a few little (probably unnecessary) purchases for the Spring season so I thought I’d share them!

Pink Denim Jacket – Topshop £49.00

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My favourite purchase has to be this adooooorable pink denim jacket from Topshop. The colour is a pastel pink so it’s perfect for Spring and adds a pop of colour to the generally quite boring, all-black outfits I tend to lean towards. The jacket is complete with rips on the elbows which I LOVE as -much to my parents’ dismay- I am a big fan of ripped clothing. I bought this jacket in a size 12 petite as I wanted it to be quite oversized and am happy with how it turned out! This is definitely an investment piece as the quality is amazing and I own another Topshop denim jacket which has worn really well.

Floral Black Heels – Topshop £34

IMG_3441Another Topshop purchase (somebody stop me please!!!). These heels are so cute and, shockingly, super comfy. I’ve worn these now on numerous nights out and my feet don’t hurt anywhere near as badly as they do when I wear other shoes. The design is pretty, current and the platform heel allows for a good amount of added height (which is what I need!!) without being uncomfortable. I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on these or any similar if you can!

A Quiet Kind of Thunder / The One Memory of Flora Banks – Amazon

IMG_3438I decided to treat myself to two new books (which makes me super excited!!!!) and chose A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard and The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. Both books were in my recommended section on Amazon and (I can’t lie) the pretty front covers helped sway my vote. I haven’t started reading either of them yet but I’ll make sure to let you know if they are any good in a later post!

Eyelure Falsies £5.35

IMG_3437IMG_3448I needed some new false lashes for when I go back to uni (after a month of self-admittedly bossing through too many Netflix shows) so decided to pick some up from Eyelure. I love the Eyelure lashes as the adhesive they come with is soooo good; I literally  never have to check if my lashes are coming off on a night out!! I wanted to get another pair of the 153’s as they are my go-to for a night out (seen pictured below) and then bought some more natural looking ones (027’s) to try during the day time.

 

Nivea Post Shave Balm

IMG_3444I thought it was about time I purchased the Nivea Post Shave Balm after I’ve heard so many raving reviews about it. I’ve tried it a few times and I have to say, I have noticed a difference in my skin makeup. I’m yet to try it on a night out so I’ll let you know how I get on with it and if it helps my makeup stay on!

V05 Hair Products (Sleek Blow-Dry Spray £4.00 / Sea Salt Spray £4.00)

IMG_3445IMG_3447IMG_3446I wanted to try some new hair products so picked these two bottles up. The sleek blow-dry spray leaves my hair looking super healthy and shiny; it helps protect the ends of my hair against the heat of the hairdryer and straighteners. I tend to use the sea salt spray after I’ve curled my hair to make the curls look slightly more natural and ‘beachy’. It also helps to hold my hair in place so there is no need for hairspray (which I hate the feel of in my hair).

Bralettes – Primark £8.00 / £5.00

IMG_3440I’ve been looking for some cute bralettes for so long (as I love the mesh t-shirt/bralette look) and Primark has been my saviour. Not only are these bralettes super pretty, they’re inexpensive which is a win-win for everybody. I’m now on the hunt for a mesh t-shirt I can wear with these!

I hope this has inspired some of you to get spending (and I’m sorry if it has) !!!

G x