October | What I've been reading

So today I thought I'd do something a little bit different and hopefully start a bit of a series on the blog. I've always been into reading, I was a huge bookworm when I was younger and now when I see relatives and family friends who I've not seen in years they always comment on how weird it is to see me without a book in my hand. To give you an idea of how much I read - at my uncle's house once I was so keen to read something else that I started and finished Carrie by Stephen King within a few hours...at the age of ten.

I'm not quite so extreme now but I do still like to get through a good book and the appearance of the kindle and kindle app has been a godsend, not only can I carry loads of books around with me everywhere I go but also I'm a very speedy reader and my boyfriend used to get so annoyed when he could hear me turning a page every few seconds ("there's no way you read all that just now!") Now I can rifle through my books to my hearts content and nobody needs to know, what a result. On that note, here's a little summary and review of what I've been reading this month:


Allure Magazine: Allure is one of those magazines that I've constantly heard my favourite beauty gurus like Vivianna does Makeup and Lily Pebbles wax lyrical about over the time that I've followed them and I finally cracked and subscribed. The fact that you can do it on your iPad/iPad mini makes this such a viable option, its cheaper than subscribing in print but you don't lose any of the quality. Now I click download when the new issue appears every month and spend my free time over the next four weeks scrolling through it and picking up new tips and tricks. What I like about Allure is that its not just beauty, there's fashion and lifestyle articles scattered through the magazine as well, but you'll never come away without some kind of makeup item or technique that you're dying to try.

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared: This book is the debut novel of Swedish author Jonas Jonasson and I actually bought it from the Kindle store a while back before I went on holiday but only recently found the time to actually finish it. Usually I stick to mystery/thriller novels and self-help/self-discovery books like Eat, Pray, Love with the occasional well reviewed chick-lit gracing my kindle but for some reason the summary of this book jumped out at me despite not fitting into any of those categories. I don't want to give too much away to those of you who want to read it (and I strongly recommend that you give it a go) but the book swings back and forth between the past and present-day life of centenarian Allan Karlsson who could definitely be described as a mixture of the luckiest and unluckiest man alive. From accidentally stealing some drug money and killing a man whilst wearing his slippers to that time that he once taught both the Americans and the Russians how to make the atomic bomb his life is one long comedy of errors with coincidental meetings with pretty much every world leader of the twentieth century thrown in for good measure. Its funny, heartwarming and interesting and one of the best books I've read in a long while!


  1. Adding that book to my list - i'm collecting them for the flight to New York!

  2. I've got that book on my kindle too, but I haven't had time to dig into it yet. Every review I've seen about it is really positive so I absolutely must make time to read it soon!

  3. Definitely want to read the 100 year old man, I have so many books on my must-read list at the moment!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

  4. I just recently discovered the amazingness of being able to get magazines via iPad apps. I live in Slovenia, and all the foreign magazines I love to read are either not sold in my country or ridiculously expensive! Allure is one of the magazines that I can't get here, but I've always wanted to get my hands on it, so I'll be downloading it very soon!


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