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Book Club Friday: Gone With The Wind......

Book Club Friday: Gone With The Wind......




Hey everyone

Thanks to Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up :)


 This week I'm sharing - Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell



Synopsis (via Goodreads
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's epic love story is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and its people forever changed. At the heart of all this chaos is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett 'O' Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.


My Thoughts
This book has been on my reading list since about May last year (I know, it's taken me a long time to get around to it!) when we watched the movie (not that this book was actually on our course - we were reading 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and we were doing 'reasearch' into the Southern Belle theme - basically we wanted to watch a movie and this one sorta fit with what we were meant to be doing :P). In my opinion the books will always be better than the movie so I knew I had to read this book (especially when I found the film to not have enough depth for me - I like to know everything there is to possibly know :P). I got this book for Christmas but decided to put off reading it until summer because of its hefty size! 

It has taken me about two and a half weeks to read this book (whilst reading other books too!) so a pretty long time - but I'm so glad I made the effort to read it! I loved learning more about the history of the American Civil War plus the changing ideas and attitudes towards the Southern Belle as a result of the Civil War. 

Admittedly the first couple of hundred pages were pretty hard going - it took me a while to get into the story but once I got past that, got cemented into the era and knew all the characters I was completely hooked! The plot moved quick enough for me not to get bored but also had enough detail and info so that I could follow what was going on. 

I loved the character of Scarlett from the very beginning - despite all her failings (her selfishness, temper, greed, etc.) because deep down I knew that she would have a revelation - when that eventually occurred I was so gutted that it was too late! Rhett has to be my fave character though - I just love everything about him - his humour, his gentleman-ness, and especially how he cared for his daughter.

I'm not gonna lie this book was only the third in my life that made me cry (the others being Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows & Before I Die) - I literally spent the last two hundred pages sobbing! The only thing I have to say that I was disappointed with was the fact that the ending definitely wasn't how I wanted it to be - but then again I suppose that's what makes it such a good book - how that in real life not everything turns out like in a fairytale - a good lesson I suppose.

Last thought? Don't be put off by this books length (I waited 1000 pages to read the words 'Frankly my dear I don't give a damn' - and even then there was no frankly involved #gutted!) it is definitely worth it!

#TeamRhett :P

Would you read this book? 
aHm xoxo

Jack Wills - Autumn Term...

Jack Wills - Autumn Term...

Hey everyone

Jack Wills recently released their Autumn Term (how cute that they call them terms? Very in keeping with their brand being 'university outfitters' - I'm impressed) collection and it's safe to say that I love everything so I thought I'd share my absolute favourites with you - trust me it was difficult to narrow it down and not to just link you to the whole site :P
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How fall-y are these bedding things?! I love the colours of the duvet cover and pillow - not that most people coordinate their bedding to the season but heyho I can dream, right?! 

And that blanket - I can already see myself spending a rainy afternoon curled up in this with a good book and a cup of tea - perfection!

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This autumn/winter I am determined to start wearing and adding more button downs to my wardrobe instead of just living it long-sleeved t-shirts or hoodies! What I love about these shirts is that they are quite a relaxed fit so they look really quite comfy. Plus how easy are they to thrown on with a pair of jeans and then boom - a put together look which required minimum effort - perfect for those 9am lectures :P

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Now I'm using the term 'trousers' very loosely to describe these next picks - they are really just comfy trouser-like items :P

I love love love the colour of these sweatpants - so bright and cheerful for when your not feeling quite so bright and cheerful yourself :)

I love the waistband on these leggings! I hope that these would be really good quality and worth the investment - I'm guilty of just buying cheap leggings and then wearing them out and just buying more - I think I need to buy a good pair that will last me! Help me out -  where's you fave place to buy leggings?

These lounge pants are just so perfect for autumn - I adore the paid and the autumn colours and just everything - want.

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This wine colour seems like it is going to be a pretty big colour this season - I'm seeing it everywhere! Initially I wasn't a big fan (I thought it was just a bleh dark red colour - oops) but I have to say it's definitely growing on me! A hoodie and a sweatshirt - two necessities for those chillier autumn days, right?

I love the bright neon pink-ness of this cardigan! It'd be great to add some colour to a plain outfit (I'm thinking a white tee and some dark wash jeans). I have a grey boyfriend cardigan from JW that is about two years old now but it is still in great condition (good job considering it's price!) and I love wearing it when it gets colder :)

Side note: despite JW being pricey I really do feel like it's great quality that will last and remain wearable in your wardrobe - I'm remaining a fan (and ignoring all the hype surrounding this company just because One Direction wear it - I really hope they don't just whack their brand name all over their clothes just because directioners may want that sort of thing *fingers crossed* and continue making these more classic preppy pieces) :)

I became a massive onesie fan last year and have even bought a couple this summer (don't judge me) in preparation for winter (I didn't want to wait and them all to be sold out!) but this one is seriously awesome in my opinion - pink and navy? Yes! Stripes? Heck yes! Love it! Are you fans of onesies for when it's super cold at night?

Are you a fan of JW? Do you like anything in their new collection?
aHm xoxo

P.S I love watching the short films they make to go with their new collections - seriously check them out if you haven't seen them! I want to live in the JW films - they look like the perfect life!


Book Club Friday:The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes......

Book Club Friday:The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes......



Hey everyone

Thanks to Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up :)


 This week I'm sharing - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle



Synopsis (via the back of the book :P) 
Set against the foggy, mysterious backdrops of London and the English countryside, these are the first twelve stories ever published to feature the infamous Detective Sherlock Holmes and his side kick Doctor Watson. They first appeared as stories in the Strand Magazine and feature some of his most famous and enjoyable cases, including A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA, THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE and THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE.

My Thoughts
The stories of Sherlock Holmes is massively well known but I'd never really given reading any of them any thought until I decided to add some classics to my summer reading list and I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it -  I'm a massive fan of reading classics anyway so I was going to love it before I had even started it! 

After just the first page I was hooked - the sheer intelligence of Holmes and the humour of Watson really make them worthy of being such a famous pair; the balance between these two characters display just how much of an amazing writer Conan Doyle is. Developing on his amazing writing skill - how incredible the stories themselves were really shocked me! The plot twists kept me engaged all the way through - trying to unravel the story as Holmes was but failing miserably and being left confused until Holmes explained everything was such fun! 

I was initially unsure of how I was going to like the fact that these were a collection of short stories - only because I'm really not used to that format of books but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed them- the stories were just the right length to be followed easily - because there's so much going on in each story any longer and it would have been crazy confusing! 

My favourites were 'A Scandal in Bohemia' (I liked reading about the love interest factor in Holmes' life), 'The Adventure of the Engineers Thumb' (such an intriguing title - I couldn't wait to read this one - and it definitely didn't disappoint!) and 'The Adventure of the Copper Beaches' (this title really doesn't give anything away - the plot line itself really is so clever and  engaging - this one is probably my favourite!).

I'd definitely give this a read even if you aren't a fan of historical classics - the short stories really make this manageable and the plots themselves are too good to not read!

Would you read this book? 
aHm xoxo

Book Club Friday: In Honor...

Book Club Friday: In Honor...




Hey everyone

Thanks to Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up :)


 This week I'm sharing - In Honor by Jessi Kirby



Synopsis (via GoodReads
A devastating loss leads to an unexpected road trip in this novel from the author of Moonglass, whose voice Sarah Dessen says “is fresh and wise, all at once.”Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.
Honor gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences

My Thoughts
Unintentionally this is another road trip type book this week #sorryimnotsorry I'm not gonna lie - I originally chose this book to read because of the Southern-ness ad the fact a road trip was involved but this book is so so so much more than that - trust me. The delicate way that the death of Finn in Iraq is handled and the way that this effects bother his sister and his best friend is drip-fed to you throughout the book - I mean this in a good way! - as in you get to experience their coming to terms with his death as they journey on. Of course there's a predictable love interest involved but what can you really expect from this YA genre? I enjoyed this authors writing style too - it was believably from a teenage girls perspective but without seeming like she was trying too hard to be 'hip'

The only problem I have with this was the fact that the ending split me - on the one side   hand I liked how unexpectedly the aim of the trip was fulfilled (in a roundabout way really) which is obviously good you need all the loose ends tied up at the end of a book but I disliked how vague the author left the relationship - it would be great as a cliffhanger for a sequel but to my knowledge there is no sequel so I was left quite unsatisfied which wasn't great. 

Again nothing earth-shattering but in my opinion it's a great, easy summer read - I wouldn't hesitate in picking this book up again if I was in the mood for a roadtrip across America or if I wanted to vicariously go on a journey of self-discovery (cheesy I know - sorry :P)


Would you read this book? 
aHm xoxo

TV Love...

TV Love...

Hey everyone

I've been loving watching TV (well TV series on my laptop but heyho you get what I mean I'm sure) as of late so I thought I'd share what I've been watching with you :)



I know I'm crazy late jumping on the bandwagon with this one but I saw the first series on sale in a local supermarket for only £10 (yeh I know I could just watch it online but I'm old-school in the way that I like actually DVDs on my shelf) so I thought I may as well give it a go after hearing how practically everyone and their mother is obsessed with it. To be honest I've only watched the first episode and I'm not really sure what I think about it - for me there seems to be a lot of Twilight similarities but I;m gonna persevere and see how I feel as the series goes on :) Have any of you watched this? Did you feel the same? Does it get better?

The bf and I have been loving watching season 2 of PLL - I swear it gets better with every episode!! I'm loving how emotionally invested I am in finding out who A is haha! Aria is just too beautiful, Spoby is just adorable, ahh I just love everything about this show!

I recently stumbled across this whilst on the e4 site and I started watching it - I love it! Such easy watching with some hilarious one-liners :) Definitely a must watch each week for me now :) Have any of you seen this? Did you like it?

I've fallen a bit behind with watching this show lately but I'm sure I'll catch up. Basically I only started watching this show because I am literally obsessed with The Hamptons (I blame the Au Pairs series of books :P) and will take any chance to see it (the start of GG season 2 is my fave for that very reason!). Aside from the awesome setting the story is actually pretty gripping - ever so slightly sinister and it really makes you think to figure out what's going on. Ever seen Revenge? What did you think?

I absolutely loved the first season of this show last summer! I've always dreamt of counselling at a summer camp in America and this series follows some Brits doing just that! The only downside to this show is that it's definitely for more adult viewers - some of the jokes are a bit too crude for my liking but the laughs in the plot make up for that IMO. Definitely recommend watching if you want to see American Summer Camps from a British humour perspective - or you just want a laugh :P

What are you loving watching at the moment? 
aHm xoxo



Book Club Friday: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour...

Book Club Friday: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour...



Hey everyone

Thanks to Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up :)


 This week I'm sharing - Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson



Synopsis (via GoodReads
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself

My Thoughts
This is one my absolute favourite books to read in the summer! I picked it up last summer on a whim - mainly because the cover is insanely awesome!! This book is just amazing - it's my dream to roadtrip around America so I get to live this vicariously through Amy & Roger. The interwoven stories about why Amy wont drive and what's going on with Roger and Hadley are seamlessly integrated with the documentation of their roadtrip.The characterisation is great - I felt like I could really understand what was going on with Amy and what she was experiencing. Inevitably fell in love with Roger as the book went on! I loved how the book was presented as kind of like a travel scrapbook thing so it made the story seem a lot more authentic by including photos, receipts, playlists etc. - very original.

Overall I would highly recommend this book as an easy summer read (I for one know I will be reading it again at least once this summer!) and one that will make you want to jump in your car and take a roadtrip yourself. Amazingly written - just the right amount of description without seeming too fantastical. Awesome. I honestly don't think I can put across how much I LOVE this book!!


Would you read this book? 
aHm xoxo