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Candles for Book Lovers

It is no secret that I love to read.
And some of you may even know about my love for candles.
So when I stumbled across Frostbeard Studio on Etsy, I had to find out more!
Making handcrafted pottery and soy candles for nerds and book-lovers alike, Frostbeard is cute,  quirky and totally original.

Many of their candles have been created with popular books in mind – Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones to name a few.
And if you’re favourite book isn’t featured, you could always go for a scent that book lovers can relate to, such as Bookstore or Oxford Library.

As a HUGE Harry Potter fan, it was a no brainer for me to get Butterbeer and Dumbledore’s Office; – and I believe they even have Hogwarts House flavours too, which aren’t online yet.
I almost bought The Shire or Winterfell, but as Old Books was the first candle I saw and got me to their store in the first place, I decided to go with that instead.
Besides, who doesn’t love the smell of an old book?!

It’s a good thing I’m not into Doctor Who or Sherlock Holmes, or my decision would likely have been even tougher!

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The Casual Vacancy

**Spoiler Alert!** (Have always wanted to write that, haha)


After what feels like a life-time, last week I finally finished reading “A Casual Vacancy” by JK Rowling. Seriously, it took me FOREVER! Which is totally unusual for me. Once I get into a book, I devour it and could happily wile away the hours reading. Which, I think, is part of the problem here – I never really got into this one. Sure, there were points where I was all “ooh, what happens next?!”, disappointed that my lunch break had ended; but those moments were few and far between (and let’s be honest, it was probably more to do with the fact that I couldn’t be bothered going back to work, than I wanted to keep reading). Mostly I only read this book so I could finish it and move on to the next one on my list (a gripping Tasmina Perry chick lit, and don’t even look at me with those judgy eyes – Tasmina has not let me down yet!) Look, I didn’t hate this book, but I just didn’t really like it. I am allowed to say that right?!

I am a huge JK Rowling fan, having read all Harry Potter books multiple times over and loving every second of them! The way JK can draw me in and keep me hooked for seven entire books is an amazing skill – and I totally respect and admire her as a writer. There wasn’t one book I didn’t enjoy, not one moment that I wished for it all to end. Heck, if she said she was going to write an eighth, I’d be first in line to grab a copy! And I know I’ll totally read them all again and again.

But, I knew going into this that Casual Vacay (bear with me, I totally call it this in my head) was an adult book, set in “the real world” and nothing like Harry Potter; so I wasn’t expecting wizards, magic and teenage angst. Instead I was expecting a bit of drama and politics, spoken in a much older voice. What I feel like I got, were too many characters; a bunch of story-lines that didn’t really flow or explain themselves; adult angst and a doozy ending. Also, many of the characters were teenagers, but not likeable ones. In this case, it most certainly wasn’t me, it was her.

Don’t get me wrong, all-in-all it was okay – I like how she changed character voice often, but still kept each one intact and consistent, and some of them had decent back-stories, which I found interesting. I also liked “The_Ghost_of_Barry_Fairbrother” parts and enjoyed reading the chaos that ensued after each post. However, most of the characters made me mad at one point or another, and all the talk about The Fields vs Pagford just annoyed me. I was bored by the politics and bored by the older characters in this book.

If I had read the back of the book and didn’t know who the author was, I wouldn’t have read it at all. I know you’re not meant to judge a book by it’s cover, but in the words of Shania Twain, “that don’t impress me much!”. I only read it to begin with because JK had written it. I only finished reading it, partly because I did want to know what happened, but mostly because I don’t like leaving a book unfinished – it feels wrong to me!

I would totally give JK another chance when/if she writes another book, because I know how amazing she is, but this one really didn’t do anything for me. It left me feeling a bit angsty and empty, and not wanting more at all.

I hope she writes more books, really I do, but I just feel like this one wasn’t for me.


This Week I’m Loving…

This morning I feel lucky to be alive, folks!  I don’t recall having a bad dream, or dreaming about swimming, but I woke up at 4.30am gasping for breath and gulping down as much air as I could.  I totally felt like I had just drowned in my sleep.  My partner is at work, doing a rare super-early morning shift, my nerves are completely shot and I’m too scared to go back to sleep, so I figure, what better time to write a blog post than now?!  It’s 5.30am, I am really tired and inwardly freaking out that I’m about to ‘kick the bucket’, so please excuse me if the rest of what I’m about to write doesn’t make a whole lot of sense!

Has this happened to anyone else though?!  Any reassurances would be much appreciated.  Maybe it’s time to go to the doctor for a check up?!  God knows it’s been a while.

Onwards and upwards – you’d think after nearly dying and all that my list of loves would be quite profound and heartfelt, but I’m struggling to keep it together as it is, so the best I can give you is from the list I jotted down yesterday morning – not life-changing stuff, but I hope you enjoy!

Garnier BB Cream – It has been a while since I gave my thoughts on any beauty products, but this one has totally changed my routine!  I am definitely a liquid foundation gal and while I have loved the Covergirl Clean range in the past, the last one I got smells very strong, is super runny and made my skin look very shiny in the oil slick rather than soft and dewey kind of way.  So for the past few weeks I have been using powder foundation and although the sheen has reduced, the coverage is not as good as liquid foundation and my pores look HUGE.  Enter BB Cream.  I feel like I am always a step behind everyone else with this kind of stuff because I have heard rave reviews about BB cream, but never tried it until now.  This stuff is amazing.  It totally evens out my skin tone, reduces my pores significantly and provides a really nice base for my powder foundation.  It doesn’t really cover my random spots and I’m too vain to wear it on its own (although you totally could), but I will definitely keep using this one.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells
This kid is having a ball (Photo credit: PlayStation Europe)

I am a huge Harry Potter fan and almost fell over in excitement when I saw this advertised at our local gaming store over the weekend.  I know the series is over, but anything that can keep the magic of Hogwarts alive is fine by me, so I am really looking forward to its release.  Basically Playstation is bringing out a new series called Wonderbook, the first being the Harry Potter Book of Spells.  Who knows what else they’ll come up with?!

Found this on Pinterest of all places, book-marked it and had a good chuckle.  16 Ways I Blew My Marriage.  Simple, honest advise that really should be a no-brainer, but can be all too easy to forget in the ebb and flow of everyday life.  I know I’ll be taking some of this on board.

So the reason we were at a gaming store over the weekend is because we were looking into getting an Xbox 360 Kinect.  We totally got one and it is awesome!  I’ve always been into gaming.  I remember spending literally hours wrapped up in the worlds of Banjo-Kazooie, Jak and Daxter and Zelda on our Nintendo 64 in my youth and have enjoyed these types of games ever since.  Although I loved my Wii back in Christchurch, the Kinect takes it to a whole ‘nother level – you don’t even need a controller, you guys!  Your hands take care of everything.  The main reason I wanted this console was so I could get down with my bad self in the privacy of my own home and although I’m not a good dancer by any stretch of the imagination, Dance Central is fun and sure makes me feel like I could dance battle you anywhere anytime.

Finally, another website that might make you chuckle – It’s Lovely!  I’ll Take It! features some of the worst real estate photos in the world.  How these people thought this would help sell their houses is beyond me, but it least it provides us with some entertainment, am i right?!

Hope you guys all had a wonderful weekend and a special shout-out to my family and friends back in New Zealand – enjoy your long weekend!

Also – I’m sadly not going to the gym today on account of the nearly dying thing, but I did run for 9 whole minutes on Friday – booyah!