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Friday, 13 December 2013

Five Things & Five Blogs I Love Friday #45

1. New books...
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.

Along with my love for children's literature and contemporary reads, I want to start looking more into modern classic texts as well. Kill Your Darlings, a film I'm hopefully going to see next week, has kindled my interest in the beat generation so I bought a copy of 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!
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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.
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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?
Do you have a current favourite blog? I'd love if you left a link in the comments if so!

Love, Jennie
xoxo

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75 comments:

  1. Great post! x
    http://lornaswishingwell.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Aaw Jennie! I'll be emailing you as soon as poss :) You have your own wand now - how lucky! Christmas at Hogwarts looks amazing, as does the entire studio tour :) xxx

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    1. It's so amazing, you must visit it at some point! xo

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  3. I love Jack Kerouac - I think you will too!

    Lisa
    http://thefab40.net

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  4. Ah Jennie thank you so much for including my blog in your favourite reads! You've made my day :) Your Hogwarts at Christmas gift looks amazing. Childhood excitement wrapped up in a box right there!

    Maria x
    insideabubble.com

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    1. You're so welcome, I love your blog a lot! eee I know, I may have squealed when I opened it! xo

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  5. Congrats on your essay clever clogs! I would definitely be up for a christmas hogwarts trip! I think the thing about On the road is whether you are someone who really likes books to follow a strict beginning, middle, end format. As the title suggests, the writing style, the theme is a long dusty road, the journey, the search with no clear destination. I think trying to read it with a no expectations is the best way, not always easy to do :) x

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    1. Thank you lovely! It would be amazing! I'm quite excited to start reading, I don't have any real expectations so I'm hoping I like it! ox

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  6. Omg you Harry Potter fan! I want that wand haha, how awesome :)
    I'd love to to go this Hogward theme park thingy!
    Xx

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  7. Oh, books books books. I have so many to read and review, I can't wait to get them all finished if I manage to have some relax time over the festive break.

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    1. Definitely take some down time, you deserve it! xo

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  8. package from Hogwarts is amazing! I've been super jealous of posts I've seen of Hogwarts at Christmas, I'm hoping I can make it next year.

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    1. Me to. It's magical all the time but it looks super special at Christmas time <3

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  9. the snow child is on my reading wishlist!congrats on your essay result lovely xx

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  10. Awww, how cute is that Xmas tree!? Congrats on the awesome essay result! I was reading Treasure Island when my Kindle broke earlier this year, I should probably invest in the real book. Sooo excited to read/see your secret project with Carly!

    Tara xo

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  11. This post is so much fun, Jennie May! I absolutely love that you've been reading so many books lately - I just finished reading Kate Bett's "Every Day Icon" and am now reading a new book called "The Book Thief." You'll have to let me know how your books go (: Also, I absolutely love the Hogwarts present you received! As a huge Harry Potter fan, I would love to go to Hogwarts around Christmas and getting all those amazing goodies would make the experience even better!

    Melanie
    Lace and Combat Boots | a life + style blog

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    1. Thank you, I absolutely will! <3

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  12. Love these posts, it's great finding new blogs to read :) x

    Catherines Loves

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  13. So cool that you were sent a package of Harry Potter things. -Hanna Lei

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  14. YOUR HARRY POTTER PACKAGE. MA GAD x

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    1. Pretty much squealed like a small child when I opened it!

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  15. You have some really good reads there, I hope you had fun reading them and didn't get too bored writing about them!
    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

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  16. I have the Snow Child to read over Xmas. Can't wait to compare thoughts. I've got about 10 books I want to read over Christmas. In reality I'll probably just manage 2. Acting like a have 6 weeks off :P

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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    1. Wish we could have 6 weeks off!! I've started it and it's every bit as beautiful as I'd hoped so far <3

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  17. Aww, congratulations on your essay result Jennie- well deserved! Also very excited to hear more about the miniature Christmas story, it sounds so cute <3 A cosy Friday night with candles is a must at the moment, it's too cold not to!

    I found http://www.iamgalla.com the other day & it's makes a nice change to see fashion from a male bloggers perspective. Also he's quite easy on the eye! ;-)

    Sophie xox soinspo

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    1. Thank you so much lovely, we're really excited to show people! Ooh thank you for the link, I love blog recommendations! xo

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  18. New books are the best <3
    You can always count me in for a blogger trip to WB tour - I'd love to go again! xx

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    1. It would make an amazing blogger day out I think! ox

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  19. This is such a sweet post! I love the Harry Potter stuff, and your little Christmas tree is the best!
    Anja x

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  20. The Laduree candles look amazing!! x

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  21. You can't beat a good book :) well done on your essay mark! xx

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  22. The Snow Child is next on my reading list - can't wait! Good work on the Harry Potter gifts , hope you enjoy Hogwarts at Christmas!!

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  23. Hey, just wanted to let you know that the first link in your Social Media paragraph isn't there :)

    But anyways, I just love books, I'm terrible at reading them though but there is something about them that makes me feel good?? I really want to improve my readings this year for sure.
    And that little tree is really nice, especially for the bedroom or the smaller rooms where you can't fit a big tree.

    kitten-ghost

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    1. Thank you, I'll fix that! I think I accidentally deleted it when I was trying to fix something else! <3

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  24. Oooh the candles look like they smell sooooo nice!
    Tesco is good for everything! Christmas trees included!
    hehe!
    Happy Holidays and I need to add things to my reading list, thank you!

    xoxo
    berrybloomxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Your Potter Box is amazing! What a prize - simply magical x
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  26. ahh i love this post. it has such a festive feel to it!
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  27. I love the Christmas tree it's so cute! I'm also very jealous you got your own wand, I definitely want to visit the Studio Tour in 2014. x

    Jordan-Alice

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    1. I'm so excited about it. I can't wait to go back at some point next year <3

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  28. This post made me happy :) New books and a box full with Harry Potter goodies! It's almost too good to handle haha

    I hope you're having a lovely weekend Jennie!

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    1. Thank you sweet, I hope you had a lovely weekend too <3

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  29. I have just started reading 'The Snow Child', be interesting to see what it's like.

    Well done on your results too.

    Hannah,
    http://surfjewels.tumblr.com/


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  30. Oh this is such a lovely post! I love reading about things that people are thankful for! ^_^

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  31. Oh wow a Gryffindor scarf <3
    I read Little Women a long time ago, I really quite enjoyed it.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. It's a sweet book with some really positive messages. I'll definitely give it another read next year at some point! xo

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  32. Oh my! SO jealous of your Studio Tour gift package! I keep meaning to pick up Snow Child, the team reviewed it to feature in Aesthetic a few issues back and I'm actually yet to read it myself - slap on the wrist! xx

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    1. It's a wonderful read so far, perfect for this season I think with the wintery vibe <3

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  33. I absolutely love On The Road. Always have. I also have zero intentions of ever watching the movie that was made of it.

    Dejhana | Waite a Little

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  34. omg you're so lucky you got to go to the harry potter studio tour! great post btw! the candles look lovely

    http://wondererofe.blogspot.com

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  35. That's a superb harry potter parcel! Thank you for the including me in ur fav reads, :-) chuffed! x

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  36. I really enjoyed the Snow Child (it was a book club read for me so I hadn't picked it myself), although I hated On the Road.

    Congratulations on the essay result!

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  37. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog! Hope you're well, and you are so lucky with the Harry Potter gift, I am incredibly envious! :)

    Justine xx

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    1. You're very welcome lovely lady! xo

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  38. Ahh all that Harry Potter stuff!! Love it!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

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