A Trip To Waterstones, And On Making A List Of Books I Would Love To Read…

Books. Books! Lovely books.

Whenever I go to Waterstones, I always compile a list of books I wish to read; after all, of there is any purpose I can have, it could be to cram by brain with what a book gives, and pass the information on. Anyway, here are a few photos I took to share with you all..

Inside Vogue by Alexandra Shulman.


I am fascinated by magazines, how they are formed, layout, etc. Vogue, according to this book by a Now ex-editor in chief, has been around for a century, a full one hundred years. Surely I could pick up some culture, clothing tips, etc, along the way? Style is what remains, and what I hope to one day possess.

Karl Marx by Gareth Stedman Jones.


Despite the fact that I study politics, I still find Marx quite hard to understand, and to get to grips with. And yes, I know that he wrote The Communist Manifesto, but I can’t interpret this very easily. And biography has a lot to do with the actions an individual has intent to do, I feel. Anyway, I want to express about the antithesis of the Democratic ideals I love.

Imagine Me Gone By Adam Haslett.


It was largely the title of this one that caught my eye.

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan.


This is a book that I have wanted to read for a while. A summary of the blurb essentially is that somebody is missing, possibly kidnapped, and is writing to an agony aunt, sending a signal to find her. And there’s a twist! I love a drama, as well as a detective book, and would love to read this.

Insane Clown President By Matt Taibbi.


For all his controversy, I want to read about Donald Trump, in order to understand him, his impact, etc. That way, I think I’d be better equipped to understand this new form of politics.

What books do you hope to read?

Lydia

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Things A Woman Should Know About Style Book Review. (Currently I’m Reading…)

Disclaimer: this is a proof copy that I was sent to review, at my own request. What follows is my own opinion. Thank you to Chloe at Carlton Books.

Remember Fashion? That very controversial subject-it raged over the fur debate, is still a major industry, and bloggers are now sat on the front row, complete with its own hashtag. One thing that strikes me about this book is that it seemingly does not like fashion-and prefers style as the alternative. (Jacqueline Kennedy had style, yet it is her ‘look’ that endears today. Fashion comes, fashion goes, which is the most notable difference.) So far, so good.

The further I progress through this book, however, the more I think it has a little bit of a snarky tone; there are claims such as ‘cheap clothes don’t look good on people over thirty’. What exactly are cheap clothes, anyway? Mine are largely pieces worn over and over, from places like H&M; I see nothing wrong with these. They fit well into my style of wannabe preppy student, anyway. 

However, my favorite thing about this book is that it uses history to back up its arguments; the twenties and thirties had style-courtesy of Coco Chanel, who is then partially quote on one of the pages. And it gives examples of fashion by era-seventies, eighties, nineties, etc.

This book is ideal for a style-conscious friend, a fashion blogger, even as a Mother’s Day gift. Yet, I’m not sure it’s entirely for me.

Rate: 8/15

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My favourite books list. 


Books are life, and life is books. These are my list of my favourite books:

  • The diary of Anne Frank.
  • Searching For Grace Kelly.
  • Dreaming in French by Alice Kaplan.
  • Mad Girl By Bryony Gordon.
  • Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
  • Pain, parties, work; Sylvia Plath in New York, 1953 by Elizabeth Winder.
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath.
  • The Big Life by Ann Shoket.
  • First woman by Kate Brower.
  • Dear Pussycat by Helen Gurley Brown.
  • We are all made of stars by Rowan Coleman.
  • The book thief.
  • Reading Jackie by William Kuhn.
  • The Help.
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.
  • Sherlock Holmes.
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult.
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
  • The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.
  • Deathless.

What are your favourite books?

Lydia

XO

Get To Know Me By My Books. 

Hi!

You know when you read a magazine such as ELLE, they always have the cover star, or somebody else, deaptailing the books that formed part of their identity? For this post, I thought I’d do the same; I get to write about books, and not much else 😂

How to be a women By Caitlin Moran.

This is such a brilliant book! I think I was twelve when this came out, but didn’t read it ’till a year later. I hadn’t come across a writer as unique as Moran-convinced by her ideas, apt at turning a phrase, able to use a swear word at least once a paragraph, and still remain serious. She is part of the reason why I now describe myself as ‘feminist’. I’d also love to interview her.

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The Diary Of Anne Frank.

History lessons these days are primarily about the facts these days-why X led to Y, and so on. I want to read about the human side of history! This book I read first when I was six or seven, I think; it made a lasting impression.

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Searching for Grace Kelly.

Contrary to what you may think, I do enjoy some fiction, as long as it’s grounded, and at least seems plausible, in terms of writing, etc. Anyway, this book is about the fifties, and the lives of three very different women, and how they come to New York to accomplish their dreams. I like it for it’s authentic history, and how it informs me-we aren’t this way any more, so be grateful for what we’ve gained.

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What books ‘make you’?

Lydia

XO

Revolution Review. 

 

Disclaimer: this book was sent to me, at my own request, for me to review. What follows constitutes my own opinion. Thank you to Chloe Moss at Carlton Books for sending me this! (I think it also worthwhile to note that I am not a Communist, and do not plan on any revolutionary activities.)

Revolutions are a controversial subject, aren’t they?

There was Mcarthyism, as well as the red scare, meaning that the subject almost could not be publicly addressed. As a form of semi-scaremongering, it was used as an accuse, seemingly. But this book is great for exactly that reason. It ignores the issue of the impact, and analyses whatever Revolution it’s talking about, thus relating it objectively. (For a point of reference, I have yet to finish this book, but I do plan to-eventually.) As somebody who is currently studying history, I find the disdain given to these ideas a little bit illogical, and the fact that they are often taught-as in, passing it down generation to generation-odd, because there is still some contempt. (Rant over, I promise.) But this is why I really admire this book!

Plus, it is beautiful when you pull it out of the casing-almost akin to a newspaper. Just have a look at this:


All the clippings seemingly relate to the contents of the book.

For anyone studying politics, even history, this is such a useful reference guide; virtually any revolution of the last century is covered-some I didn’t even know that existed. (Famous ones are also referred to-Castro and Cuba, for instance.) There’s even photos to illustrate, plus pull out documents-always useful for hands on learning.

My only real feedback is that this book is quite cumbersome; not only for its shape-larger than most books-the depth of details inside means that it is also heavy. (Imagine this at the end of the day: you have all of your textbooks, exercise books, pens, etc. But you have to additionally carry something else; it will get heavy, won’t it?) 

Rate: 10/15

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The Bibliophile Tag! 


Hello!

It has been a while since I posted a “tag” post-a marvellous tool, in terms of interactions between bloggers. Anyway, there hasn’t been one that has caught my eye for a while now-therefore, I thought I would create my own. Hence this new post, The Bibliophile Tag! 

The rules:

  • Answer the following questions.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag up to ten other bloggers.
  • Use the term ‘books’ at least once.
  • Tweet it, Facebook it, etc.

As an aside: books can be proof copies, or on any electronic device, for the sake of this post. 

And the questions are as follows-complete with my answers.

1. What was the last book you read? 

The last book I read was The Great Gatsby, in conjunction with my English A Level. In the last two years, this has probably been the fifth time I’ve read it. (It all counts for revision, right?!) Although I still remain sceptical of the plotline, I love the evocative imagery of the Jazz age, and how Fitzgerald captures the hedonism underneath.

2. Why do you post about books?

Books are integral to the way we think, how we define ourselves, how we influence world events-and yet are often very overlooked. They are fonts of knowledge-if thats the right phrase-and I wish to promote, even share that, with you lot, my lovely readers!

3. What is your favourite book?

See, this is always a hard question to answer-it changes over time, often dependent on mood, context, and author. For that reason, I’ve picked five: The Diary Of Anne Frank, Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig, Dreaming in French by Alice Kaplan, First Woman by Kate Anderson Bower (sp?), and My Turn by Norman Wisdom. And maybe The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. (But that’s six!)

4. Imagine you are about to have a dinner party. But you need guests-they can be fictional characters, authors, etc. Who would you invite?

Firstly, the broadcaster and Journalist Lesley Ann Jones-I’ve met her, and have reviewed all her books on this blog, and she can also tell a good story. Secondly, Minnie from The Help, simply because she’d be a riot to be around-and I’d like to know what she’d have thought about today’s civil rights’ issues. Thirdly,  Norman Wisdom, because in spite of the harrowing experiences detailed in his biography, he still remained cheerful. Fourthly, Luna from the book on the right-how does it feel to travel in time?! And lastly, Rudy from The Book Thief.

5. If everyone had to read one book in their lifetime, what do you think it should be, and why?

House Rules by Jodi Picoult. Here is a writer who is exploring in fiction a very modern issue-and it is so well written.

I tag the following bloggers to answer this tag:

  • Kimberly Jessica
  • Countrykatie
  • Sophia Leigh 
  • Mary Lane
  • Lisa Kallas
  • Lauren TSIG
  • Jess 

Post to you soon,

Lydia

XO 

Mad Girl By Bryony Gordon: Review.


Now I must admit, there’s not a lot that I know about OCD. Having never experienced it, and having not met anyone who openly says they have the condition, all I really knew was derived from various blog posts. Hence one of the main reasons I wanted to read this memoir. (And I’d also seen some promotional images on Instagram.) Gordon was not somebody whose work I was familiar with-I had not even read her first book, The Wrong Knickers.

What really struck me is how much of a call to arms this book is. (Not in the literal sense!) Mad Girl really makes the case that mental health is just as important as physical health. It additionally notes how it is not necessarily taken as seriously as it should and could be-and that could potentially have quite diabolical consequences.

Following on from this notion, I felt really sorry for Bryony at the time that Gordon recounts in this memoir-trapped in a time that OCD was not as understood as it is today. Yet, what shines through is the real character strength-meaning  that to feel sorry s emus almost wrong; in spite of the self-destructive urges, used as a tool to seemingly blot out the OCD, Gordon has managed to write two books, marry, have a child, become a Columnist. This has clearly been no easy feat. And it shows.

My only real criticism is that I sometimes did not understand the language-what is ‘WLDN’, anyway? (I’m a terrible teenager.)

This book is a teastement as to why we need better mental health care. And I love it for that exact reason.

Rating: 10/15

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