Even though it seems that Amazon and I (& the rest of the world I think) have very different views on what a second hand book in 'very good' condition should look like, there are few things that are better than new books when you're in need of a little escapism.
Over Christmas week I want to make time read more than I've been able to recently and I decided to treat myself to a copy of The Snow Child, which has been at the back of my mind for a little while now. I deliberately haven't looked into the story too much, but I know a little bit about it and I think it's going to be an emotional read.
Howl & Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg and a second hand copy of On The Road by Jack Kerouac. The front cover is pretty much falling off this copy of On The Road but it was only a couple of pounds so I'm not going to faff around returning it. If I like it then I'll invest in a new copy, but I think it's one of those love/hate reads so I'm looking forward to seeing which side of that fence I belong on!
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2. Social media done well!
Social media is something that's really difficult to get right, but I've been seeing some really cracking examples recently. This Waterstone's blog post about O.W.L.S is genius as are the comments, so many laughs! The Penguin UK twitter page is a good one to follow, I especially liked this tweet from when 'selfie' was named word of the year - I think they did well, all flippers considered!
To promote Hogwarts At Christmas the Harry Potter Studio Tour have been giving away Christmas gifts for the past few weeks over on Twitter. Essentially I tweeted them constantly whenever they asked a question & were giving presents to their favourite tweets until they took pity on me & owl posted something my way. Not going to lie, it was one of the best parcels I've ever opened! I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing Hogwarts At Christmas, but I'll be there next year with my Gryffindor Scarf, ready to see the Great Hall looking especially festive and to spot the miniature snowmen around the model of Hogwarts castle itself. Maybe we could have some kind of blogger excursion?!
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3. The cosy evening I'm looking forward to...
It's finally Friday and even though the weeks are zooming past (so much to do and not enough time to fit it all in!) for some reason these last couple of days have gone very slowly! There's one thing keeping me going today, the hot bubble bath, cosy pyjamas and candles waiting for me tonight. I just wanted to quickly mention these candles* from Ladurée. They were gifted to me by Harrods and unfortunately they're currently only available as part of this hamper (incidentally if you're looking for a gift for someone who seemingly has everything but really enjoys their food/treats/wine, hampers are the way to go!) but if you can track them down online somewhere or in store, I highly recommend them! The china pots are so beautiful and as you'd expect from Ladurée, the scents are stunning!
♥ ♥ ♥4. Post-essay happiness!
Any less than favourable feelings I felt towards Little Women and Treasure Island as I was attempting to construct a somewhat convincing essay about them, have entirely disappeared since I got my result earlier in the week. Somehow I ended up with 88% which I'm absolutely over the moon with and I'm so happy that my work is paying off, especially within a subject I love so much. It's also spurring Carly & I on with our Violet & Ted project. We have a miniature Christmas story that we'll be sharing with you soon, with some truly beautiful illustrations from Carly. That lady is so incredibly talented and I'm so happy to be collaborating with her on something that we're having a lot of fun with.
♥ ♥ ♥5. Miniature Christmas tree!
This little guy was sitting on a shelf in Tesco looking very lonely last year, until I saw him and had to bring him home. He cost less than £1 so I couldn't resist! I tucked him safely away at the beginning of the year and I'm pretty excited to have brought him back out again this year. I'm such a sucker for anything miniature!
One. Inside A Bubble Two. Storybook Girl Three. Kimi and Me
Four. Scandinavian On The Inside. Five. Justinee Lucyy
What's making you happy this week?
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