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Kindle Unlimited | My recommendations

Sunday, November 29, 2020

I started reading again at the start of March in the OG lockdown, and it was so good for my mental health. So if you're struggling I would really recommend picking up and book, it really helps to escape. 

*Just a side note, these are all deeply romantic story lines and mostly set in cottages or by the sea. Clearly I have a type of book I love.*

I thought I would just give you a small overview of 'Kindle Unlimited' to start with! 

You don't need to have a physical kindle, just an amazon account, and then you can download the Kindle app on your phone, tablet or iPad (whatever you have). You don't have to pay monthly, you can just buy the books and keep them, however kindle unlimited It costs £7.99 a month and you have access to thousands of books. You're allowed up to 10 on your device at a time, and then you have to return them - like a library! 

Not all books are available on there but it's a platform which is great for finding new authors and genres you might not necessarily have reached for. 

So I thought I would share some of my favourite books I've read on Kindle Unlimited in 2020! 

The first author that I read was Holly Martin. Me and my mum decided in the first Lockdown that we would read books together, that same book and discuss after - a bit like a book club. It was really nice but hard to keep up with her, as she was furloughed!  

The first book we read was Sunrise of Sapphire bay this had us hooked. It a beautiful story I would highly recommend this book. I won't go too much in to detail because I do want to do a full review on all these books.  We then read The Complete happiness series (two books - The little village of happiness and the Gift of happiness) and honestly, it was amazing, we both got lost in this whole new village in Cornwall. The third book we read was Home at bramble hill and that brought so many tears to my eyes, but again, highly recommend! Cosy canal boat dream as well but there were lots of other books by Holly Martin that we loved, but those are my top four. 

I found the author Jessica Redland and her novels are so beautiful written, you can easily loose yourself and hours will go by without you realising!! I really enjoyed Home at hedgehog hollow which is a romance novel but not the main plot of the story and this book had me in tears, I think this is close to being my second favourite book ever? We then have New begging's at seaside blooms and this is just a beautiful read. 

When I was trying to find something different to read as we'd pretty much read Holly Martin books for a week straight, we found Nicola May and picked up The Cornerhsop at Cockleberry bay, In all honesty I wasn't that excited, but I was so wrong!! We realised there are 3 books in the Cockleberry series and we read those without (what felt like) taking a breath. I would really recommend if you like a seaside based book, this is the one! 

I normally find an author I like and read all their books, but Kate Forster is one that I've only read one book of?? I didn't realise until I went to write this post. I will be correcting that shortly. We picked up Starting over at acorn cottage, and it's wonderful. I helped my nan buy a kindle and she loved this book as well, it's just a beautiful story. 

I did save the best until last, my favourite author. Christie Barlow. I've already written a review of Love heart lane but I'll say it again, amazing! I've just started reading her newer book Starcross manor and I'm hooked, her books are just so moreish. 

So, that's my post, just fan-girling over my favourite authors. Christie Barlow tweeted me back the other week and I nearly died!! 

I would love to hear any recommendations you have for me??  

Thanks for reading,
Sophie 

Estee Lauder - Double Wear

Sunday, November 22, 2020

I want to make sure that my blog doesn't turn in to a 'book blog' because I have lots more passions and hobbies, but right now I'm obsessed with reading! 

Today I thought I would bring you a review of my all time favourite foundation. I've got a cheaper alternative which I'll share soon but currently this is my favourite high-end foundation. It's definitely worth the price tag. 

So this will set you back around £33 and you can buy it in Debenhams, boots or online. I find that I always end up buying online because it's just easer and sometimes there's deals or sales on where you can save a few pounds. 

The reason this has been my go-to for the last 6 years is honestly the consistency and the staying power. When you apply this is feels very light and then quickly it will dry. It's one of those, you'll love it or hate it, as you can feel it on your face. It almost feels like a mask but I guess that's how it stays all day. 

I do not put this around my eyes as it will sink in to every crease, but not in a flattering way, so I make sure I use concealer around my eyes. 

I mostly apply this with a buffing brush for a light coverage, but if I am going on a night out, or just dressing up then I apply with a beauty blender as you get very high coverage. It's great because the product is very buildable so it's great for most occasions. It's definitely going to be my wedding foundation on day.  

I find it will sit on my skin and it look perfect all day, it won't dry up, it won't go flaky, it won't go shiny, or transfer on to any clothing. 

The downside is the lack up pump, but I can look past it for how amazing this foundation it. I don't want to sound like a 'hype-girl' but this was a game changer for me. I have spotty skin, and always have so foundations have never given me the payout that I've wanted, but this ones does it flawlessly.

Thanks for reading, 
Sophie 

Happy birthday | I'm 26!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

I don't normally post midweek, but it's my birthday so I wanted to share it! 

We are in lockdown and I'm fine with that, I'm a home body and I'm okay with that. 

I've got a few things planned for today to make it special. Me, Ibby and Tilly are going for a nice long, wintery walk this morning, I'm hoping we will then make some brownies, watch some Christmas films and then make a tasty lasagne for dinner. 

I really wanted to reflect on my life at 26. It will be so interesting to look back on next year.  

I honestly can't believe I'm 26, it's so weird to say out loud. 26?! I still feel 20. 

I am just so proud of how far I've come. When I was 23 I was a mess, I hated life and I had no drive, no passions and nothing much to enjoy. I was desperate to get married and have kids, but I've come to realise that's not what I want right now. I'm not sure I ever wanted that, I just had nothing else on my mind.. I still want to get married but don't we all? 

That got deep quite dep quite quick lol. I managed, with the support of my boyfriend to turn that around! 
In the last 3 years I've completed a year of Open University and I'm literally living out my dream of being at university studying law full time and working towards that goal. I am living in Bristol again after nearly 4 years of being away and I'm lucky enough that we have our dog, our guineapig and the beautiful flat we live in. 

I can honestly say for the first time a long time, I am genuinely happy and content in life and not worried about being 4 years away from 30. 

It took me a long time but my life is finally going down the right track! 

Thanks for reading, 
Sophie 

Book review | Cosy Canal Boast Dream - Christie Barlow

Sunday, November 15, 2020
     

I am really enjoying writing book reviews at the moment, so be ready for a few! Today I am bringing you a review of the book which has honestly made me cry the most, it's been happy tears, and sad, but for me this will be one of those books I will always remember. 

Not only is it set in a beautiful little marina, but this is somewhere I would genuinely love to live! It's what attracted me to the book initially.

I've only just realised this is by the same author as my previous book review of Love Heart Lane. I can say I do really enjoy the way she writes, you feel and go through all the emotions of the characters with them. 

This book it's based around an idyllic marina, 'little rock marina'. Nell lives on a boat and she's really struggling towards the start of the book. Throughout her journey we're taken along when meets a beautiful Cornish man, who potentially could be the perfect man for her. Nell goes in to a business venture and the last chapter or so is just so genuinely beautiful. 

I don't want to say anymore and ruin the book but it will honestly bring a tear to your eye. 

Nell seems to be the type of character where everything has gone wrong for her, but when it 'works out' it really does work out. You can't help but feel so much happiness.. but also relief for her!  

I would highly recommend this book if you're looking for a book to completely lose yourself in. 

I have had Kindle Unlimited, 7.99 a month to read as many books as you want, and this one is available there. The majority of the books I will review will be part of this. (I had to unsubscribe to concentrate on uni work, I'm sure it won't last long) I've got a post coming on the 29th with my recommendations so keep an eye out! 

I would gives this book 5/5 stars - it's just impossible to put down. 

Thank you for reading! 
Sophie