28 June 2014

Currently I'm...#7

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. At the moment, I'm doing a bit of research for my AH English dissertation so I'm reading quite a few books that follow the theme of teenage angst and alienation. I'm not entirely sure if I'll stick with that topic for my dissertation but I'm getting started on my reading anyway. First up is The Catcher in the Rye which I've been meaning to read for months (maybe even years) and so far, I'm impressed. Holden Caulfield isn't exactly likable but, for some strange reason, I kind of like him... I'm just over half-way through the book and I have a feeling that it'll become a favourite by the time I'm finished.

Wimbledon! :D I talk about this every Summer but I am a huge tennis fan and have been since I was very young, thanks to my Wimbledon-loving mum. Summer isn't Summer without Wimbledon. As always, I'm rooting for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, due to my slightly odd, infinite love for him (my mum thinks it's concerning, I think it's beautiful), but I'm also a huge Nadal and Murray fan. I just really love Wimbledon, okay? :'D

Listening To:
I recently did a little bit of Amazon shopping and bought three CDs that I've been wanting for a while: The Cinematic Orchestra's 'Ma Fleur', New Politics' 'A Bad Girl In Harlem', and Jimmy Eat World's 'Bleed American'.  I've loved New Politics for quite a while now (and I saw them live in March!) but I just haven't had the money to get their CD until now. Finally, it's mine and I love it. My favourite tracks are probably Fall Into These Arms, Overcome and Harlem but I'm not kidding when I say that they're all amazing. Jimmy Eat World's 'Bleed American' is brilliant as well; just a generally brilliant album and I would highly recommend it. My favourites from that album are probably If You Don't, Don't and The Middle but again, they're all wonderful.

Do I even need to say it? The Fault In Our Stars! I pre-ordered the book months before it was published, cried a little when I picked it up from the post office, read it in one sitting (crying a ridiculous amount), then read it another 4 times in the space of two years. Now, it's a film. In all honesty, I had pretty low expectations for the film adaptation and I wasn't really letting myself get too excited about it because I didn't want to be disappointed. Luckily, it exceeded my expectations and was actually a beautiful adaptation of the book. If you haven't seen it already, you should. ^_^

Lots of love, Cat

25 June 2014

Summertime Reading: TBR

Paradise End - Elizabeth Laird // We'll Always Have Summer, It's Not Summer Without You & The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han // The Set-Up - Sophie McKenzie // Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton // Quiet - Susan Cain // The Catcher in the Rye - J.D Salinger // Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson // White Teeth - Zadie Smith

One of my favourite things about the Summer holidays is having time to read and when I say read, I mean read. It seems to be a bit of a tradition that I read a load of my favourite books over the Summer and it's even more of a tradition that I read the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. In all honesty, I can't imagine Summer without the Jenny Han trilogy and I can't imagine reading those three books at any other time. They're my all-time favourite Summer books. This Summer, I plan on re-reading quite a few of my favourite books from when I was younger, as well as a couple that I've been meaning to read for a while and I seriously can't wait to get started. ^_^  

I don't doubt for a second that I won't stick to this TBR pile but I'm hopefully going to get the majority of them read over the next couple of months. On top of these books, I'm going to be reading quite a lot of classics because I need to have a plan for my AH English dissertation for when I go back to school. I wanted to include them in the photos but, in all honesty, I haven't got a clue what I'll be reading for dissertation prep. :'D I have a feeling that this Summer is going to be a busy one for reading...

Maybe I'm alone on this but, for me, Summer is all about re-reading old favourites. This year, I'm thinking about reading Paradise End by Elizabeth Laird and The Set-Up by Sophie McKenzie which are two of my favourite books from when I was about 10. I've read Paradise End 4 or 5 times over the years but I still love it just as much as I did the first time I picked it up. Another re-read is Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson which I read for the first time two years ago. It was such a brilliant and absolutely hilarious book so I'm looking forward to reading it again. ^_^ Then, of course, there is Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton. Need I say more?

I'm reading two books at the moment: Quiet by Susan Cain and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. I talked about Quiet in 'Currently I'm...#6' and since then I haven't actually made any progress because I decided to start The Catcher in the Rye, so my opinion is the same as in that post. The Catcher in the Rye seems to be a quite a controversial book with some people loving it and some people really hating it...so far, I'm actually enjoying it so I have a feeling I'll be one of the people who loves it by the end. We'll see. :D As for White Teeth by Zadie Smith, it's been on my TBR for quite some time so I'm hoping to finally read it over the Summer.

What's on your Summer TBR pile? Do you have any all-time favourite Summer books?
Lots of love, Cat

21 June 2014

I Unsubscribed From 300 YouTube Channels

The second post in a series about YouTube culture.
The 1st: Losing An Idol

At the start of the year, I made the decision to cut down my YouTube subscriptions. I was subscribed to about 300 channels and I watched almost every video being uploaded by these channels. Needless to say, it was soaking up quite a bit of my time. I realised that I was spending way too much time staring at my laptop screen, mindlessly watching people eat cinnamon, do accent challenges and do countless collaborations and the truth is, I wasn't even enjoying the majority of what I was watching. It had just became a habit. So, around February-time, I unsubscribed from every single channel I was subscribed to and started over.

One day, I logged into YouTube like normal, scrolled through my sub-box, watched a few videos, then clicked on 'Manage Subscriptions', selected all 300-odd channels and clicked 'Unsubscribe'. It was so bloody liberating. I had never had a subscription clear-out in the full 5 years that I've been regularly watching YouTube videos and subscribing to channels, but once I finally did, it felt brilliant. I then went through YouTube and, from memory, re-subscribed to the channels I really cared about. I think I re-subscribed to about 70 channels which is still a lot, but it's definitely progress.

There are quite a few reasons why I did this:
  1. I had became dependent on YouTube videos and really wanted to get out of that rut before it got any worse. I was spending way too much time on YouTube when I could've been doing something more valuable or going out with my friends.
  2. I had started to realise that YouTube is not always as great as I had thought and it could actually be dangerous (I talked about this in detail in the last post - HERE). I thought it would be good to distance myself from YouTube a little bit more.
  3. Not to be a hater or anything but, to be completely honest, so many popular YouTubers do the same old challenges and tags and I was getting sick of them. My sub-box was full of different versions of the same videos and I wanted to thin it out a bit.
  4. It was time for a change. 
It's drastic and intimidating for someone who loves YouTube but I'd honestly recommend giving it a go. If you don't want to start from scratch, at least have a little clear-out. Change is good! :D Don't feel obligated to stay subscribed to YouTubers you don't really want to be subscribed to and open yourself up to finding new channels to watch and love. What do you think? Will you clear out your YouTube subscriptions?

Lots of love, Cat

16 June 2014

Currently I'm...#6

Quiet by Susan Cain. I saw Quiet in Waterstones quite a few months ago and ended up reading about 40 pages of it when I was waiting for my friends. I really enjoyed it but didn't have enough money to buy it at the time. Then last Tuesday, I went into town for a few hours and saw Quiet in the book shop so I finally bought it. I'm only about 60 pages in but it's brilliant so far. In case you haven't heard of Quiet, it's subtitled 'the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking' and it's basically about the differences between introverts and extroverts, and why both types of people are needed. It's great and I'd recommend it. ^_^

I've pretty much just been re-watching a load of Friends recently. I have the box-sets so I've been picking a new series to watch every 2 or 3 days. Needless to say, I'm a huge Friends fan and have been for the majority of my life. :'D

Listening To:
The past few days, I've actually just been listening to the top 25 playlist on my iTunes or putting my full iPod on shuffle. Saying that, I have had a mild obsession with The Knocks remix of Girls by The 1975. I don't love it quite as much as the original but it's still pretty awesome.

This pair of walking boots from Mr Shoes. I bought them a couple of months ago but they ruined my feet the first time I wore them so I was a bit unsure for a while. The only reason they wrecked my feet was because I wore them for 6 hours, walking non-stop, in 23 degree heat, without breaking them in first. Smart... Since that day, I've been wearing them quite a lot and absolutely loving them. They are seriously so comfortable and are great quality, but they were only £22.99. I love them a lot. :D

Lots of love, Cat

14 June 2014

Interview With Anna From Floralled

Today, I'm joined by one of my favourite bloggers; the lovely Anna from Floralled! I've been reading Anna's blog for a few years now - before it became Floralled - and have always loved her writing style. It's been amazing to see her blog grow and I'm sure that there's some great stuff in store for Anna. ^_^ I hope you enjoy getting to know her! 

Welcome to Through A Cat's Eyes! Let's just start with you saying a little bit about yourself and your blog, Floralled.
Thank you and hello! I'm Anna, I'm 14, and I live in New Zealand. I started my blog when I was nine in 2010, and I began to blog about fashion when I was about 12.

What inspired you to start blogging?
Remember that website Moshi Monsters? When I was about eight I made a friend on there that had a blog, and it looked really fun so it inspired me to start blogging a little later on. I had a really embarrassing blog name back then which I'm never going to mention haha!

Do you have any blogging goals for 2014?
One of my biggest goals is to attend New Zealand Fashion Week in August, and get my blog out there, as well as to attend loads of shows. I missed out last year but hopefully I'll be attending this year!

Where do you hope to see yourself and your blog in a few years?
I want to see my blog and style evolving, and I want to be collaborating more with brands. Once I get out of high school I'd love to travel and study overseas!

How would you describe your style?
My style is always changing, but I guess I've always been into bold and minimalistic designs.

If you could only own 5 items of clothing, what would they be?
Any 5 things by Alexander Wang, haha!

Who is your style icon?
I have so many! But I think the person who I look up to the most is Tavi Gevinson because of her views on feminism, Rookie, and her amazing taste and style. She is a big inspiration to me.

Which city would you most like to live in?
New York! Very far away from tiny New Zealand, but I just love how the city seems so fast-paced and there is so much culture.

What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging?
My favourite thing is to be able to share what I'm doing, and be a part of a community of bloggers - I love making friends through blogs. I guess my least favourite thing is that it does involve a lot of time and effort, but of course that pays off!

Do you have any advice for anyone who is thinking about starting a blog?
My top tip is to aim to inspire your readers with your posts, and the best way to do that is to bring something new and unique to the blogging world. Take lots of opportunities, but meanwhile focus on building your blog's brand. Another tip is to market your blog as much as possible - instagram, facebook, tumblr etc. are great ways to bring people to your blog. My favourite is instagram because people only need to tap a screen a couple of times and they're looking at your blog! And remember that getting your blog out there can take a very long time, just don't give up and keep going!


11 June 2014

Prom 2014 ♥

Prom is something that everyone talks about, whether they're moaning about it or raving about it, prom is on everyone's minds for years during secondary school. For ages, I thought that prom would be one of those things that's amazing in the run-up but is a bit of a let down at the time. Fortunately, I couldn't be more wrong - my prom was amazing.

If you follow me on Twitter (@CatHannnahXD or @TACEblog) or Instagram (@CatHannahXD), or have been reading my past few posts, you'll know that I went to my school's prom on the 6th of June. The way my school does it, you have one prom a year for both 5th and 6th year (the two senior years) and you can go both years. I'm in 5th year so this was my first prom but I have a feeling I'll be going next year too. It was such an amazing night and proved my 'great until the night' theory wrong. ^_^

The Dress
I bought my prom dress from the Coast department in Debenhams. When I got there, I was instantly drawn towards 3 or 4 dresses, mostly in different shades of blue or yellow. Then I noticed that there was actually a sale on so I had a look there too, where I found like, 10 gorgeous dresses that I loved even more than the full-priced ones. This was quite a few months ago so I don't remember every dress but I do remember having quite a few blue ones, a couple of gold/yellow ones and the pink one I ended up buying. I think I tried on 4 or 5 dresses but the full-length raspberry pink one was easily my favourite. Coast dresses are gorgeous quality, reasonably priced and come in loads of different styles and colours. The size-range is good but not amazing, especially if you're really petite. I got my dress in the smallest size available but I still had to get it taken up a couple of inches and taken in at the bodice. Overall, I was completely in love with my dress (I still am) and would highly recommend Coast.

The Shoes
My shoes were quite a controversial choice... When I bought my dress, I instantly decided that I wanted to have chunky, brightly coloured heels. I can't walk in thin heels so chunky ones were the obvious choice and I wanted a bold colour to add a bit more personality to my prom outfit. As weird as it might seem, blue was my first choice. I bought my shoes from New Look after 40 minutes in the shoe department, trying on countless pairs of heels. It took a while to find them but I honestly couldn't be happier. I told a couple of friends about the colour combination and they were pretty surprised and sure that it wouldn't really work. Buuut they changed their minds when they saw them on the night and I actually got quite a few compliments on my shoes. ^_^ They are 5-inch heels so I was 5'8 when I wore them but because of the platform, they didn't feel particularly high and they were actually quite easy to walk in. However, my feet were killing me after a few hours so I spent a lot of the night bare-foot. :'D

The Make-Up
I knew I wanted to keep my prom make-up quite natural so I felt comfortable but I didn't actually have a plan until the last minute and I quite literally winged it. For the base, I used Maybelline's Dream Matte Mouse, Seventeen's Phwoarr Paint and Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder. On my cheeks, I used Stila's blush in 'Bud' and Benefit's High Beam (c/o my sister). I kept the lip-colour super natural, using Collection's lip liner in 'Pink Heaven' all over my lips with some lipbalm (I couldn't be bothered with constant top-ups through the night...), and for the eyes, I used every eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, Maybelline's Colour Tattoo in 'Permanent Taupe', the Natural Collection liquid eyeliner (in black), and Revlon's Lash Potion mascara. My make-up wasn't far off my daily make-up, just with a lot more products and it was a good bit heavier. It lasted really well, looking pretty much perfect by the end of the night and it probably would have lasted even longer but I took it off once I got to my friend's house. 

The Hair
I kept my hair quite simple, just curling it all with my straighteners then brushing it out a bit. Like normal, I sectioned off my hair then curled it all in 1inch sections using my Remington Shine Therapy straighteners (I wouldn't recommend the straighteners - they haven't lasted well at all), hair-spraying each curl. I let them fall out and relax then used a wide-tooth comb to brush out the curls a little bit, before finishing with a bit more hairspray. This is pretty much my weekend/holiday/event hair so I felt really comfortable.

That's it! You probably guessed this already but I loved my prom quite a lot. It was amazing to see everyone looking so gorgeous and it was just a brilliant night. I got home at half 12-ish, quickly got changed and put my hair up then went back out to my friend's house until 4am. I was quite tired the next day but it was worth it. ^_^

Have you been to prom? If not, are you looking forward to your prom? 
Lots of love, Cat

9 June 2014

Scared of the Hype

  Perfume by Patrick Suskind \\ Delirium by Lauren Oliver \\ The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern \\ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak \\ Cinder by Marissa Meyer
That's right; I'm yet to read these books. I'll just let myself out.

I have a bit of a problem when it comes to reading books which have been super hyped-up. I just get scared that I won't like it as much as I'm expecting to and that it'll be a let-down, so I leave it to gather dust on my bookshelf. This has happened to way too many books and, for the most part, I end up really enjoying them once I finally read them *cough* Divergent, City Of Bones, Eleanor & Park *cough*. Even though I run the chance of being banished from the blogging community, I thought I would share some of the books that I'm too scared to read with you all (please don't kill me).

First up is Perfume by Patrick Suskind. This is my friend, Jenni's, favourite book and she recommended it to me a few months ago. I bought it straight away and put it at the top of my TBR pile but then just didn't read it. The thing is, I love the sound of this one and I have a strong feeling that it'll become one of my favourites but I'm nervous about reading it in case it's a massive let-down. Jenni and I have very similar taste in books so I trust her judgement; I'll definitely get Perfume read in the near future.

Next is Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I have a feeling that this will be one of the more popular books in this bundle... Every time I mention that I haven't read Delirium, I get an onslaught of comments telling me that I need to read it and that I'll love it. This is why I haven't read it yet! Again, I have a feeling that I'll end up enjoying it but the hype is scaring me off at the moment.

Please don't hate me for the next one: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I bought this absolutely ages ago and started reading it straight away but, for some unknown reason, I put it down after a couple of chapters and never picked it up again. This definitely seems to be a favourite amongst my readers and people are sure that I'll love it so it'll get read this year - I promise!

Another one that'll kick up a storm: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is another one that I've owned for a long time and, again, I started reading it when I got it but put it down after a couple of chapters. I just forgot about it and then it was too late to go back to... I didn't let myself see the film because I'm set on reading the book first so this will be getting read soon (I hope).

Lastly, Cinder by Marissa Meyer. If you follow me on Instagram (@CatHannahXD), you'll know that I was reading Cinder a few months ago. To cut a long story short; I didn't really like what I read (just under half of it) so I gave up. I hate not finishing a book so I'll definitely go back to it quite soon - I've heard great things!

Have you read any of these? Do you have any books that you're scared to read because of the hype?
Lots of love, Cat

7 June 2014

Currently I'm...#5

I'm trying to get used to reading classics because I'll be reading a lot of them throughout the year for Advanced Higher English so, at the moment, I'm reading Breakfast At Tiffany's by Truman Capote. I'm about a third of the way through it and so far, I'm really enjoying it. ^_^ It's a bit different from what I'm used to but I'm not struggling with the language as much I thought I would and I'm starting to love the way it's written. 

As I said in my last 'Currently I'm...' post (HERE), all of my favourite TV shows seemed to end simultaneously over the past few weeks. Now, I'm down to only having season 3 of Catfish to watch every week. I absolutely love Catfish and season 3 is incredible so far, so it's not all bad. :P As for YouTube, I discovered the amazing Mark Ludford recently and his videos have been playing non-stop ever since. He has a really unique vlogging and editing style and I love him quite a lot...

Listening To:
Let's just go back a few years, to the time between 2007 and 2010: I was a pre-teen, in the middle of a serious Fall Out Boy obsession (which I am still firmly in), watching Scuzz on a Sunday afternoon. Nothing good had come on for a while and then Good Charlotte's 'Girls & Boys' started. I watched the full video, thinking 'this band is weird...I love them' and then proceeded to buy their CD 'The Young and the Hopeless' the next day. I bought all of their other CDs within a couple of months and bought every other CD as they were released (I pre-ordered Cardiology literally a year before it was out). I really really really loved Good Charlotte for quite a few years but then I decided that I was out of that phase so at the end of 2013, I gave my CDs to my friend, Beka. Then, at the end of May this year, I borrowed them back and put them back where they belonged; on my iTunes. Predictably, I've been listening to Good Charlotte a lot recently and it feels amazing to have them back in my life. (I wrote more about this in a older post, 'Music Memories' - here.) 

If you follow me on twitter, you'll probably know about my recent battle with a 1kg tub of Greek yoghurt. I asked my mum to buy me some Greek yoghurt and she came home with 1000g of it and because it's dairy, it had to be eaten within 3 days of it being opened. Long story short; I ate a kilogram of Greek yoghurt in 3 days.

Having a separate twitter for my blog! :D I still have my personal twitter and I'm using it just as much as usual but now, I have a second twitter for blog-related things. It's lovely to be able to share my blog a bit more on twitter and since getting my separate account, I've been talking to my bloggy friends a lot more. You can find my personal twitter HERE and my blog twitter HERE!

PROM!! On the 6th of June (yesterday!), I went to my school's prom and it was absolutely amazing. I'm planning to do a post about my dress, hair and makeup in the next couple of weeks but basically, I had a wonderful night. It was so lovely to see everyone looking so gorgeous! I think last night was the first time I've still been out when it starts to get light in the morning (4am) which was a nice experience; the sky was beautiful at that time in the morning. ^_^

Lots of love, Cat

4 June 2014

The Danger Of YouTube Culture: Losing An Idol

The first post in a series about YouTube culture.

It's no secret that I am a YouTube fan. I've been watching YouTube videos daily since 2009, starting off with Bubzbeauty, before finding the likes of Charlie McDonnell, Alex Day, Phil Lester, Dan Howell and Tom Milsom. Now, I'm subscribed to around 80 channels and last year, I was subscribed to almost 300. I watch a lot of YouTube and I love it. Over the years, I've been inspired by different YouTubers and, unintentionally, I started idolising a few of them. Since the start of 2014 I've been making quite drastic changes to my YouTube habits by clearing out my subscriptions almost weekly, watching way less every day and thinking about everything a bit more. This was partly sparked off by something that happened in March and partly sparked off by just the general realisation that I was becoming quite dependent on YouTube. I'll talk about the changes I made and the reasons behind them in future posts but right now, I want to talk about how I lost two of my idols and heroes in the space of a few hours. 

As someone who has always loved music, I really admire and look up to certain musicians, whether they started on YouTube or not. Two of the YouTube-based musicians that I looked up to the most for about 3 or 4 years were Alex Day and Tom Milsom. If you've read my blog for a while, this won't be a surprise... I've watched their videos, supported their careers and enjoyed their music for at least 4 years and in April 2012, I met Alex Day at his Lady Godiva signing in Edinburgh. I said it was the best day of my life (post here), I cried when my sister told me we were going, and I was unbelievably happy for days after. I've bought Tom and Alex's music and merch and I've stuck up for them when people spoke against them. They were my idols so after hearing what's been going on all this time, I essentially lost two heroes. (*TRIGGER WARNING*) I'm not going to go into detail or anything but basically, both Tom and Alex (as well as quite a few other male YouTubers) were revealed to have been manipulative and sexually abusive, on many occasions, over the years. If you want to know the full story and read into it a bit more, I'd recommend this article and this tumblr post, which lists all of the other posts relating to it. 

Needless to say, Tom Milsom and Alex Day were no longer my idols. It suddenly hit me how dangerous YouTube (and the rest of the internet) can be: online personalities and content creators are 100% in control of how they are portrayed. They make all of the decisions regarding how the video looks. They set up the lighting, they do their hair, they choose their outfit, they arrange their background. During filming, they usually write a script, they decide what to say, how to say it, what facial expressions to use and how to deliver every line. After filming, they can cut out what they want and edit it to portray themselves exactly the way they want to. They are in charge of how they come across and can manipulate their image. You might think that your favourite YouTubers are being completely genuine, authentic and honest (and in many cases, this is quite accurate) but you have to remember that they are building an online image and you're never hearing the full story. Tom Milsom and Alex Day are prime examples of this: their videos made everyone think that they were good people when clearly, they're not. Again, I'm no expert so I'll direct you towards a few of my favourite videos about this issue: this one by neafcy, and this one by Anthony D'Angelo. I'd highly recommend watching them.

Losing two idols in the space of a few hours really really hurt. It sounds kinda stupid but I felt so betrayed and let down, like they had been lying to me personally for all these years. It was a harsh reality check and made me realise that you never know your favourite YouTubers. As blunt as this may be, they're not your friends and they don't owe you anything. It feels honest and intimate because they're talking to you, straight down a camera, from their bedrooms but, in reality, it's just a stranger talking to a camera and you happen to be watching the results. By all means, keep watching and enjoying YouTube videos - they're amazing things and many show so much talent and creativity - I just hope that you keep in mind that YouTubers are manipulating their image and occasionally, it can be dangerous. 

Lots of love, Cat

2 June 2014

Recent Reads: Exam Season

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman, and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Exam season is upon us and you know what that means! It means exam season is upon us. I was sitting my Higher exams (I'm 16 so I guess they're the equivalent to A-levels in England) throughout May and I found that the perfect way to spend a study-break was to read. To be completely honest, I probably spent more time reading than I did studying but let's just ignore that, yeah? :'D Throughout May, I read 5 books (one was featured in my last 'Recent Reads' post - here) and overall, I'd say I had a pretty great reading month.

I started off by re-reading my two favourite YA contemporary romance novels (that's a mouthful); Anna and the French Kiss, and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I've talked about how much I love these books way too much so I'll keep it short. Basically, I've read both of these books 3 times since I got them at Christmas and I seriously love them so much. They were the perfect re-reads for me during exam season because they make me super relaxed and happy. ^_^

On the day of my last exam (biology), a parcel was waiting for me when I got home. It was Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman! After my friend went home - she came over to sit outside and silently die of relief and exhaustion - I read Alex As Well in one sitting. I've done a full review of this book (HERE) so I'm not going to really talk about it now. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I like Alyssa Brugman's writing style but I had quite a few issues with it as a whole. You can see my review here.

Lastly, I read The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman which was incredible. My sister had told me to read this quite a while ago but I didn't get round to it until a few days ago. I had a an hour to kill so I stole my sister's copy and read it in one go. It's only about 50 pages long (excluding the introduction and afterword) but it seriously leaves such an impression. It's one of the most powerful books I've read and I'd highly recommend it. 
Have you read any of these books? What are your exam season reads?
Lots of love, Cat
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