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February 2020

Books

Books I’ll Be Reading Through February

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Hello there, February! Who else thought that January dragged on for way too long? I know I did and I’m glad that we have a new month ahead of us. Since it’s February I get to share with you some of the books that I’m planning on reading. I didn’t do too well last month but, if I read any book, it’s a win!

Reading isn’t meant to be a chore.

Read when you feel you can.

I’m planning on reading around 5 books, depending on my mental health. That always seems to dictate whether I have the energy to read or not.

Orion Lost (Alastair Chisholm)

There was a ship in space, lost.

The transport ship Orion is four months out of earth when catastrophe strikes – leaving the
ship and everyone on board stranded in deep space.

Suddenly it’s up to thirteen-year-old Beth and her friends to navigate through treacherous and
uncharted territory to reach safety. But a heavily-damaged ship, space pirates, a mysterious
alien species, and an artificial intelligence that Beth doesn’t know if she can trust means that
getting home has never been so difficult.

I’d never heard of Alastair before but the front cover of this book really caught my attention. It reminded me a little of Ender’s Game meets Wizard of Oz! I know that’s a weird combo but the bright green had me thinking it! I also love that it has space pirates and aliens! The Whovian in me is really looking forward to reading this!

One Of Us Is Lying (Karen M. McManus)

Five students walk into detention.

Only four leave alive.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks of her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

Woooow! This synopsis really hits you and this is before you’ve even started reading the book! I don’t usually read crime YA books because they don’t tend to be my thing, but this really got my interest. Another combo feeling: The Breakfast Club meets Riverdale! You’ve got an interesting bunch of characters and you literally won’t know who the murderer is until you read.

Karen, I’m ready to be confused and on the edge of my seat!

One Of Us Is Next (Karen M. McManus)

Another year.

Another drama.

A whole new set of rules…

Bayview High is just about recovered from the death of gossip king Simon Kelleher a year ago. Now there’s a new copycat in town who isn’t ready to forget him just yet.

A school-wide game of Truth or Dare seems fun, right?

But this game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even fatal. The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late…

You guessed it. This is the sequel ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ that I mentioned above. This only came out last month and I figured that, if I was going to read the first book, it would make sense to get the second book too. Unlike the first, this sounds a little more vague. You don’t get so much of an idea of what could happen but that tends to make a book more fun reading. It’s fun to think!

Maybe that’s why I love Sherlock! Haha!

The Star Outside My Window (Onjali Q. Rauf)

Following the disappearance of her mum, 10-year-old Aniyah suddenly finds herself living in foster care. With her life in disarray, she knows just one thing for sure: her mum isn’t gone for ever. Because people with the brightest hearts never truly leave. They become stars.

So when a new star is spotted acting strangely in the sky, Aniyah is sure it’s her mum, and she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to make sure everyone else knows too — an adventure that involves breaking into the Royal Observatory of London, a mischievous scurry of squirrels and the biggest star in Hollywood…

I have adored Onjali Rauf’s writing ever since I read The Boy At The Back Of The Class. She has such a way of chatting about difficult subjects that other authors might not write about. I’ve heard that this book looks at domestic violence and, though it might be hard to read about, I think it’s important for children to understand that domestic violence by anyone is not right.

This sounds like it will still be a touching read and I can’t wait to see what journey Aniyah goes on.

The Flat Share (Beth O’Leary)

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

Wow.

I have to admit that this sounds a little like a plot to a fanfiction but I love it!! The idea of sharing the same home and bed but never meeting is such a fun idea! Kind of wonder how they came up with this idea of sharing a flat without having met. That would seriously have me on the friend side of things questioning their sanity, but I’m intrigued!

Let’s see what happen these two! I’m predicting that they eventually meet and fall in love!

What books are you planning on reading this month?

 

Lifestyle

10 Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Her

It’s almost that time of year that you either dread or look forward to and that is Valentine’s Day! I wish life could be as easy for single people since you usually feel a little left out.

Since last year I’ve really found myself thinking. I’ve been reading Greta’s book and it really gets you thinking! There are so many of my favourite bloggers and vloggers who are giving great advice to be more sustainable. My favourite definitely has to be Niomi Smart.

It got me wondering whether I could come up with a gift guide with a difference. It would still be romantic and everything but you would be helping the planet too! I never realised that there were so many easy ways to be sustainable in your life. You could get bamboo straws, glass eco travel cups and more!

Sustainable Valentine's Day

Josephine Thomas Soy Candle | La Aquarelle Eco Sleep Mask | Haoma Organic Perfume | Biodegradable iPhone Case | Kantha Connection Bracelet: Unity, Strength, Hope, Energy, Serenity and Compassion | OneNine5 Wash Bag | Olivia Burton Snowglobe Vegan Watch

You wouldn’t believe that that the pieces in my gift guide were great for the environment! I never realised that big brands such as Olivia Burton had vegan watches so that was a brill find! I hope that these give someone an idea on what to buy their loved one this Valentine’s Day!

I’ll be your eco cupid! Haha!

Josephine Thomas Soy Candle

I first heard about Wearth while reading Vogue and I loved the ethos behind them!

When I think about Valentine’s Day, I immediately think about candles. They’re romantic, right? You see in films a room with lots of candles or a prepared bubble bath. This Josephine Thomas candle caught my eye! It’s rose gold (SO PRETTY!! I kind of have a thing for rose gold items!), it’s a handmade candle with natural soy wax, essential oils and 100% cotton wick!

The fact that it’s made with natural ingredients in the UK and is plastic free make it the perfect candle!

La Aquarelle Organic Sleep Mask

The best gift you can give your wife/girlfriend in 2020?

Sleep!

If it was possible to marry my bed, I would do it in a heartbeat! I might have insomnia but I still love my sleep. Something popular I’ve seen with friends are sleep masks. I’ve heard that they’re great to make everything super dark and relaxing. According to the site, the mask has a choice of 2 natural fabrics: organic cotton jersey or bamboo silk for people with sensitive skin!

Haoma Organic Perfume

Every time I see a woman’s gift guide, there is always a mention of perfume somewhere. Not all the time but there is something special about having a gorgeous perfume. Even the perfume bottle makes a fancy little decoration for your room/bookcase!

The perfume is made from cruelty-free ingredients in a glass bottle (begone plastic!!) and comes in a bunch of fun scents such as:

  • Ylang Ylang
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Frankincense & Myrrh

Biodegradable iPhone 11 Pro Case

One thing that we always have in our hands at all times is our phone!

You only have to look around you when you’re out to see someone with their phone. Since that’s the case, some people are a little clumsy and end up breaking the screen. I’ve managed to avoid that (touch wood) but I have to have a case just in case. It protects and also looks fun!

What I find incredible about these particular iPhone cases is that they are not only made of bamboo straw but PBAT bioplastic! That means you’ll be able to compost it at home! Now that’s sustainable at its very best!

You can get different cases depending on what iPhone you have.

Kantha Connection Bracelets

You can blame Jenny (JennyinNeverland) for my interest in these.

She chats a lot about yoga and crystals on her blog and that kind of thinking seemed like an amazing gift to have. I saw these bracelets and the concept behind them is inspiring. The bracelets are sustainably handmade by a group of women in India to improve lives through fair trade.

The beads are made from recycled saris and dhoti scraps. Knowing that you are supporting these women makes my heart feel warm. You can get different bracelets with different attributes so have fun!

OneNine5 Wash Bag

I always saw a washbag as a vintage idea. That could be because I hardly ever travel anywhere so never need to use one. I’ve started looking into getting one though after seeing one of my favourite travel youtubers, FlyWithStella, chatting about hers. It’s amazing how you get influenced by people! I’m doomed! Haha!

The washbag itself is made with an 100% recycled plastic lining. It comes with a detachable airport bag so you don’t have to have single-use plastics! When you’re done with the liquids bag, you can post back to OneNine5 and they’ll recycle it!

Olivia Burton Vegan Watch

The final sustainable gift you could buy for your girlfriend/wife/significant other is this gorgeous Olivia Burton watch. I’ve always wanted one of these watches because they look amazing! All of the designs seem elegant and luxurious. The design on this particular watch is adorable with the deer and it automatically made me think of Snape’s patronus.

Potter on the brain at all times!

The strap on the watch is vegan so score!

What sustainable gifts would you love to get on Valentine’s Day?

sustainable valentines day gift