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BOOK BLOG: Goodreads Challenge

This is what I have just been faced with.


I have read a mere THREE books so far this year. THREE!

What is this madness, what happened to the girl who used to read every series I came across back to back no matter how much work I had to do?

Goodreads is a nifty site that lets you rate books you've read, find new books you've yet to read and see what everyone else is reading.

Last year I failed at the reading challenge so obviously, I thought I'd try again this year. And obviously, I seem to be failing even more miserably. The fact Goodreads is telling me I'm 17 books behind schedule is very sad and this is where I vow to redeem myself.

I've come across some books I will be reading (I promise!) over the summer.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson review by John Green

Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan

'One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.'


John Green. What more can I say.
Looking for Alaska became my most inspirational book last year when I read it and I've since been making my way through the rest of his stories. It only makes sense to try this one out.

Thank you to the girl on the train who reminded me of this!





Twenty Something book review
Twenty-something - Paul L'Estrange

'Every year hundreds of thousands of twenty-somethings fill a backpack, jump on a flight and arrive in far away destinations all over the world away from friends and family and in search of adventure, excitement and self-exploration.'



Am I cheating this list if I'm already reading it?!

It's different to usual books I've read because basically, it's ramblings of a twenty-something's travels around Southeast Asia. I say ramblings because it isn't the most well written book however I am actually really enjoying it.


Every Day by David Levithan - book review



Every Day - David Levithan

'Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.'



This tagline solely made me want to read the story.

It's only fair that if I enjoy Will Grayson, Will Grayson (mentioned previously), that I experience the other co-writer's own novels as well.



The Mime Order book review


The Mime Order - Samantha Shannon

'Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.'


As the sequel to the AMAZING 'The Bone Season', I just have to read it. It is bound to be just as quirky, just as interesting and a fantastic, unique plot.

Although I cheated a bit, this isn't actually a summer read.
It's not out till October 2014. Waaaaaah.



FESTIVAL INSPIRATION //

Following my last two posts I've put together a few festival outfits I love using Polyvore. It's a fantastic tool to create collections and sets you love. Missing Glastonbury is definitely inspiring more festival related posts!


Polyvore - festival inspired outfit including comfy tee and denim shorts and lots of accessories
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I recently bought THE comfiest grey tee from Primark for only £4 (!) which is really versatile and perfect for layering when it gets cold.

LOTS of rings and layered jewellery adds sophistication to your outfit if you've opted for a simple shorts and tshirt combo.

As mentioned before, the bandana is IDEAL. Wear it under your hair, over your hair, tied on top, as a scrunchie, as a neckerchief, as a belt...ANYTHING.

LEVI shorts are a must have for any festival. This year I found a new pair for £15 at a vintage fair.

Converse or vans are staple, only if the weather is nice. They will not recover from the mud otherwise!



Polyvore - festival inspired outfit with wellies and denim shorts



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Again, the black bralet. They're available at most high street shops at the minute. I stress, it goes with EVERYTHING.

Statement colourful necklace. Enough said.

The beloved kimono. A tribal patterned kimono is very festival chic. It means your mates will also be abe to spot you in the crowds!

Funky wellies! I personally prefer black ones because they match everything but a bit of detail or colour adds an extra touch.

The shorts. Again <3

GLASTONBURY 2014 (fashion)

Multi-color converse in Glastonbury field
Converse All Star - Office now £25

Glastonbury is pretty much the most anticipated music festival in the UK for celebrity culture. Who will be playing, who will be going and WHAT WILL THEY BE WEARING?

This year wasn't spectacular in the form of me celeb spotting, although I did spot Sophie Ellis Bextor, she had a beautiful light blue sundress on, a hat and statement cat eye sunglasses.
I asked for her ticket then was extremely embarrassed as she smiled and held out her performer wristband. Soz, sophie.


As I said previously, I'm not majorly into the festival fashion hype but I do have a few favourites after this year's trip.

Adidas Bralet
(left) Adidas Bralet Top £19

This was THE BEST item of clothing I have ever taken to a festival with me.

  • It's plain, it's black, it goes with everything.
  • You don't have to wear a bra with it (well, i can't speak for you lot with big boobs but I know I didn't!)
  • It doesn't give you ridiculous tan lines. 
  • Did I mention it goes with everything?!

Leeds bloggers in festival kimono



Select Black Bright Daisy Kimono £16

Kimonos seem to be everywhere at the minute so I hopped on the bandwagon.


  • It's a beautiful floral pattern so PERFECT for summer.
  • It's light and dries really quickly if the weather isn't what you expected and BBC told us it would be...
  • It's a great cover up over shorts and crop tops







Wellies with foxes on
New Look Black Fox Head Wellies

It doesn't look like they're still on sale but New Look have a lot more to choose from!


  • I got so many comments on how cute the foxes were (before the mud obviously, they are not so cute afterwards!)
  • Perfect size, I find it hard because wellies don't come in half sizes (5.5) but these 6's were spot on.
  • They're mainly black. Again, they go with anything.

I've come back to mid-season sales everywhere and it is so, so tempting! Hopefully a holiday haul coming up soon because I'll be in Turkey in August, I can't wait :)

Please let me know if you've discovered any must have festival items, we can join forces and come up with a perfect Glasto checklist.