Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide - Books for Cat Lovers

It's not even mid November yet but I am very excited for Christmas already and I feel I'm not alone in the excitement this year! I have promised myself though that I won't put up my Christmas tree until December the 1st so I've decided to do a Christmas Gift Guide instead to get out my pent up Christmas excitement. Today's guide is books that would make great gifts for any cat lovers.

a selection of books and comics about cats

  • How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You,  £6.69 - If you own a cat you will totally get what I mean when I say sometimes they look at you as if they are plotting the best way to kill you. This book is full of comic strips and funny images that totally illustrate this point. It's hilarious although at times a little bit disconcerting for cat owners. Even for those of you who don't own a cat this is still a great read as it's so funny. Probably not a great one to give to cat haters though as it will just reaffirm everything bad they already think about cats.
  • Cat Poems, £5.99 - Poetry is not my fave thing, but this is definitely a book of poems I can get behind. There is a real mix of poems in here by some very famous poets. this would make a nice gift for the sophisticat in your life.
  • Cat Paws,  £9.18 - This is a super cute hardback book of pictures of cat paws. The photos are taken from Instagram, Twitter and blogs and it is seriously adorable, for all the lovers of cat toe beans out there.
  • Rebel Cats! Brave Tales of Feisty Felines £6.99 - So I have to be honest, this is my favourite one of the bunch and I really recommend this for any cat lover. If you have seen the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, this book is very similar in format. It has pages of famous cats in history alongside gorgeous illustrations and pages of cat facts, behavioural traits, history and more. This book is stunningly illustrated and full of interesting and unusual cat facts.
  • Cat vs Human, £7.67 - This is another super fun collection of comics that illustrate the life of what it is like to be a crazy cat lady. The comics are brilliant and totally relatable for any crazy cat lady. There are actually quite a few books now in this series and I own them all and recommend them equally.
So that is my little round up of books for crazy cat lovers, everything from comics to poetry so their should be something for everyone on this list. If you are interested in more comics for crazy cat lovers check out my previous blog post Comics For Crazy Cat Lovers for more suggestions. 

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Cakeworthy X Goosebumps Collections

a book themed bag

So this post was originally scheduled for October, but thanks to my order being held in customs jail it was a bit delayed.... My fondness for all creepy related books is no secret (hello I did a whole month dedicated to horror books!) so when I saw the Cakeworthy X Goosebumps collection I was so excited and knew I had to purchase some goodies! Goosebumps is one of the original book series that got me into the horror genre and R.L Stine will forever be one of my fave authors.

Cakeworthy normally specialises in Disney inspired clothing, I own a few of their flannel shirts so it was interesting to see them branch out into another franchise that I love. I picked up the bag as you can see in the photo above, it's the perfect size to fit a book in and a few essentials like phone, purse and make up. I recently used this bag at a book event and got so many compliments on it, clearly I was in the right place! I also picked up the Reader Beware flannel as well, I mentioned that I already own a few of these and they are so comfortable and easy to style, I definitely recommend them.

Here are a few more images from the look book, I had to restrain myself from ordering everything! All images are from the Cakeworthy website.

a goosebumps jumper

A goosebumps flannel

pinsThe only downside to ordering from Cakeworthy, for those of us in the UK is that we are hit with customs as the clothing is shipped from NA. This is nothing unusual though and is easy to calculate in advance what the customs charge will be, but this does mean it ends up being more expensive for those of us over seas!

What do you think of the collection? Will you be picking any up? Check out the full collection here: Cakeworthy X Goosebumps collection

Friday, 2 November 2018

October 2018 Book Haul

I feel like I was quite restrained in my book buying this month, although it doesn't actually look like it by this picture but I promise I only actually purchased two of these books! After a month of reading horror for blogoween I definitely fancied a change so here is what I picked up:
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo - I was actually lucky enough to be invited to a bloggers brunch at the start of the month and meet Alexandra. I had already read this earlier in the year and really enjoyed it so I do recommend picking it up. It is a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid, but the mermaids are sirens which are a lot deadlier and take one heart a year from a human. Princess Lira, siren daughter of the sea queen takes one heart too many and as punishment the sea queen turns her into a human who happens to end up on the ship of a siren hunter. It's good stuff.
  • The Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab - This is another one I was sent, which I am super grateful for because I love Victoria's writing so much. The Dark Vault is actually two books, The Archived and The Unbound which if I remember correctly were never published in the UK so I'm very excited to get my hands on this! The synopsis of this is pretty interesting, dead people are almost like books, called Histories that reside in the Archive and there are librarians that can read them. Seriously can't wait to read this one, but gosh it's thick!
  • Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic -  This was part of the Reading in Heels October subscription box so I won't go into too much detail about this one as I've already spoken about it, but essentially its a thriller about someone who gets a bit obsessive on instagram and lives in New York. Check out my Reading in Heels Unboxing post for more info on it.
  • Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis - I actually picked this one up after seeing on Twitter that Topshop decided to dismantle their pop up shop with this book 30 minutes before the store opening because they were worried feminism is too controversial. Considering Topshop has plenty of feminist slogan items of clothing on sale I thought this was an awful move so picked up the book to show my support. This is a collection of feminists essays from some incredible women, including Keira Knightley, Gemma Arteton, Emma Watson and many more.
  • Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell - This is another book that I received at the blogger brunch. It's the fourth book in the Spellslinger series, a fantasy series with a Western twist on it. I've not actually read the previous three books in the series, but Sebastien did a fantastic reading of the book which included an interesting character called squirrel cat so I think I will definitely pick up the rest of the series at some point.
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - The last book I picked up is one I actually got as a gift for my ten year old cousin, but she already owns it so of course I kept it for myself. This book is incredible and I seriously urge anyone with young children, girls especially to pick it up., Each page is the story of an incredible woman and a gorgeous illustration to go with it. It's very inspiring and empowering. Not just for kids though, I also love this too.
Phew that was quite a lot! I am loving branching out into more feminist texts this month too so if you have any other you could recommend I would love to hear about them.