Thursday, 24 March 2016

Editors reading list

There is nothing like finding a good book to get lost in. I am huge lover of reading brilliantly written novels, regardless of the genre. I thought it would be great to share some of the books that I have loved reading over the past few years. 

This is just a few that I have loved and as you can imagine, it would be an incredibly laborious task to list every book I have ever read - we would be here for days. So, I decided to highlight just a few of my favourites that would be worth your time. 

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian 
This is a novel which takes you into the life of a badly abused young boy named Willie who finds safety and love when he goes to live with a lonely man - better known as Mister Tom, during World War II. The basis of the story is truly riveting, complex, and extremely emotional. Yes, it's a children's book, but in many ways, adults can learn a thing or two about compassion, history and ways of the world. My favourite book, and one that I couldn't put down. 

Scandalous by Tilly Bagshawe
Read my review here

One Day by David Nicholls 
This book takes you on a journey of a love story that spans over twenty years. When Dexter and Emma meet on the night of their graduation in 1988, their one night of good sex isn't long lived.  However, this connection appears to be more than what it seems and you witness snapshots of their relationship  on the same day of each year (July 15th). There are big fights, new love, old love, sex, laughter, tears and of course, missed opportunities. It's honestly one of the most devastating books I have ever read, with twists and turns that are so unexpected. Such a fabulous read. 

Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver 

This book is about Lincoln Rhyme, who was once a brilliant criminologist. Known for his genius work in the field of forensics, until a tragic accident left him bed ridden and broken. However, all this changes, when a serial killer challenges his mind to a terrifying game of 'catch me if you can'. When New York's finest are unable to figure out the clues, Rhyme and police detective Amelia Sachs must step in to assist.  Gripping, dark and worth the read. 

Along came a spider by James Patterson 

The classic thriller that launched the Alex Cross series. There are so many things happening within this book, that it's hard to put down.  There's a missing child,  a family of three who are  brutally murdered and the thrill-killing of a school teacher. So much to take in, it's compelling, excellently written and honestly brilliant. 

No country for old men by Cormac McCarthy 

A horrific chain of events which all start with bullet-ridden bodies and a case filled with money. Things start to unravel and you can guarantee it was never going to be smooth sailing. A thrilling book, with brutal outcomes. 

The lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 
One of the worst events that could ever happen to a family - the death of a child. However, this story isn't just sad. It's devastating. You read the story of teenage victim, Susie Salmon, who takes you through the details of her death from her own little space in heaven. She describes every sickening aspect of her murder as she watches her family and the murderer intensely. Witnessing her family grieve and want justice - with little information to go on, and her murderer looking for his next victim. 

Such an intense and heart-wrenching book. Gripping and very detailed.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Reading pages of Amy's diary, you follow the story of a married couple with a problematic relationship. Endless series of lies, deceit, and inappropriate behaviour - mixed in with a missing person and potential murder investigation. Hot in the media and with pressure from the police, evidence begins to mount up against Nick Dunne - but is he a killer?  

Twisted thriller which will keep you glued to the pages.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

As women get older

When does it all start to change? 

Have you ever consider this question? I was recently having this discussion with a few girl friends at work, and we came to the conclusion that we did not know. 

It's not just a fashion thing, although, this is what originally triggered my curiosity and questions. Personally, I think it starts off small. So small that we hardly notice the switch. Style changes, such as when you start believing that skirt or dress is too short for you. But at what point does this mentality kick in? 

I am 26, and already there are things that I do differently, it's partly due to the maturing process, but there is also something else - JUDGEMENT. 

It all started over a casual chat about Topshop - surprise surprise - my once favourite fashion store is now one that I hardly shop in due to the lack of good finds and the fact that the majority of clothing I now see within the stores are made for overtly skinny 12-18 year old's. This general chat escalated into what we think we can and cannot wear now. When did a group of 26 year old's start feeling self conscious about how we dress?

I almost feel prudish when I speak about this, because I would love to wear a crop top and feel confident. However, the thought of having my slightly flabby midriff out makes me shudder. Maybe it's all to do with confidence. 

I then started to flick through my Facebook - why oh why did I ever think it was cool to wear a belt over my clothes - what the fuck. Apart from realising that 18 year old me had no fashion sense, I also realised that in the last 10 years there has been a switch. 12 - 18 year old's are now wearing clothes that 20 - 30 year old's would wear. There is no longer a barrier between us - apart from the crop tops, they can have those. 

I think children are no longer children - well at least they do not act this way, they have become overly sexualised and have a broad platform to showcase this. To be quite honest, I feel sad. Having a childhood where you're treated like a child is something I treasure. The change in society has made a grown-up child more acceptable.  

Due to this, I believe that women in their mid 20's are being forced to mature quicker. Not necessarily in personality, but in other ways. We dress older to set ourselves apart, then more developments happen which are more to do with age - taste buds change, that fruit cider changes into red wine or G&T and then bam - I'm practically 40.  

Okay, that's a slight over exaggeration and there is nothing wrong with being 40. However, I think I have found an answer to this laborious question - well at least one answer as there are no doubt many. 

So, when does it all start to change? 

I think you change when society does. I think social media is a key influencer and I think we as women change, when our surroundings change, this can be due to confidence, marriage, children or general lifestyle choices. I am a firm believe that you're only as old as you feel. So therefore, we age when we start to feel older which inevitably triggers change. 

Friday, 4 March 2016

10 things to do in New York

New York is one of my favourite cities in the world. I have had two awesome experiences and definitely want to go back to the big apple one day. There is so much that you can do when you're there and so many incredible sights to see.
I wanted to share some of the amazing things that you can do in New York. I have only chosen 10 tourist hot spots for you to explore, however, there is so much to see and do that it's worth doing your research. 


  1. Times Square 
  2. Brooklyn Bridge
  3. Statue of liberty and liberty island 
  4. Rockefeller Centre
  5. Empire State Building 
  6. Grand Central Terminal 
  7. American Museum of Natural History 
  8. Central Park 
  9. Yankee Stadium 
  10. Bronx Zoo 
I haven't placed them on here, however, New York is filled with amazing restaurants and bars. I thoroughly loved the shopping experience - surprise surprise, so I would suggest if that's what you're planning to go for, then take plenty of money. I think I spent a mini fortune on clothes, beauty, food and sightseeing. It was definitely worth saving for. 

I travelled at Christmas and in the summer and both times have their individual benefits and perks. I also booked a few tours which were great as they shared New York culture and some of the fun aspects of such a renown city - for example, I was able to see where some of the big films and series were created such as Home Alone 2, Friends and Sex and the city. 

When I travelled at Christmas time, I stayed on 3rd Avenue which isn't a bad location and not too far from all the main attractions. However, when I travelled in the summer, I stayed at the New Yorker Hotel and this was situated on 5th Avenue which was a hot spot for tourists because it is a 5 minute walk from Times Square. 

At Christmas I took £500 spending money which lasted me five days, and in the summer I took £700 which lasted me all week and this was three meals per day, all the tourist costs and also shopping. I think if you're really wanting to splash out, I would take more. Please remember that you cannot drink unless you're 21! 

I hope you found this small review helpful. New York is definitely a city worth visiting and I would fly back tomorrow if I could.
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