It feels like insanely long since I last posted here, wow. I've been so busy with school and everything, I've had barely any time to just sit back and type away. This past week I've been in the south of France, hiking and camping for my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Thanks to my amazing group I think it's safe so say I haven't laughed as much in a long time, but there's no getting around the fact that there was a lot of pain, cold and misery in places. But on the whole it was nowhere near as bad as I was expecting, and I had an amazing time, especially on our journey back home.
Anyway, enough about that - today I wanted to post about a few new things I've acquired recently, just to show you lovely people who've taken an interest in my blog. I wouldn't quite call this a haul, it's more just a few random things.
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
Wowowow, I haven't been as excited to read a book as I am to read this in a long time. I won't give too much away, as I plan to do a proper book review at a later date, but let me just say it's a novel about The Lady of Shalott, written in Tumblr-style poetry. Oh my days, have you ever read such perfection?!
Happy Ever After by Adele Geras
When I was about seven I went through the ballet phase most girls go through at some point, and for ages I was obsessed with Adele Geras's series about a ballerina called Louisa. I loved those books to death - there was something about the storytelling, the lovable characters and the beautiful illustrations which captivated me, and made them one of the more memorable reads from my childhood. So a few months ago I was just idly googling the author, as I couldn't remember the names of all the titles of the Louisa books and it was bothering me enormously, and I saw this book. Now, I have to mention the cover, because although you should never judge a book by its cover etc, how gorgeous is this? 'Oh so fairytale' was my first thought, and I was delighted to discover that it is in fact a retelling of three classic fairytales in separate volumes: The Tower Room (based on Rapunzel), Watching the Rose (Sleeping Beauty), and Pictures of the Night (Snow White). I've been really into mystical, fairytale-type things recently, so I decided to order this and give it a go. I was a bit concerned it would turn out to be way below my age group, but there's a note on the back that says 'unsuitable for younger readers' so I'm pleased about that.
Scarf from Carrefour, €9.90
Since there was no school today, I went to the supermarket with my mum and brother and I saw they had a display of really lightweight and soft scarves, and since I only own chunky knitted ones, I really wanted to get one. There were loads of them, but eventually I settled on this kind of greyish green print - I wouldn't quite describe it as animal print, but I suppose there is some leopardish bits in there. There were quite a few green ones I liked too, but since all the coats and jackets I have are green I didn't want anything too matchy-matchy, so hopefully this will be perfect for the autumn/spring weather where a big cosy scarf is sometime a little too much.
And that's it! Look out for a book review of The Song of the Sparrow coming soon...