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National Stationery Week 2015 - My Style



To celebrate National Stationery Week in the UK, I thought I would share my stationery style with you! I have stationery "personalities" that I switch between, and each one inspires a certain part of me. I think I'll always be a kawaii girl at heart, though!

Project Life Series: Supplies Part 1 - stores



Project Life-ers in the UK are currently quite poorly catered for when it comes to finding journalling cards. I've tried every craft/paper/art shop in my city and my only offline buying options are the standard "core kits" from the Project Life range in Hobbycraft. Luckily, there are wonderful online shops that import all of the pretty special editions, collaborations and brands that do Project Life compatible sizes, for great prices too! So next time you see a new release that's a "Micheals Exclusive" and you don't have any American friends... don't fret! Here are some of my favourite supply spots. Not only do they carry the core ranges, but most of them also import loveliness from the US and have a host of tempting ephemera to add in to the shopping cart!:

Mini Reviews: Beloved, Queen's Gambit, Ostrich

I seem to be reading in high volume spurts lately, which means I am finishing a lot of titles all at once! I thought I would do a mini review post to cover them all for you :)

Beloved by Alison Rattle

In a nutshell:  Alice is unloved by her cruel mother, thought to be rebellious and mad. When her father - her only solace - is gone, Alice looks for love wherever she can get it. When she meets Henry Prince in a chance encounter she thinks the Abode of Love is the answer to her prayers, not another prison.
Condensed thoughts: This definitely felt like a book of two halves with not much narrative crossover linking the two parts - Alice is home and desperate, and then she isn't. I liked the story, and the fact that is was based on real history, but I can't say I was blown away. I was expecting a bit more darkness to the writing than there was. It just lacked atmosphere for me.

Rating: ★★


Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle

In a nutshell: Katherine never wanted to be Henry VIII's sixth wife, but now that she is, she must navigate the court, her rivals and her husbands bad temper, or she will pay with her life.
Condensed thoughts: If you are a fan of historical fiction or Tudors I truly cannot recommend this book enough. I instantly loved Freemantle's Katherine and the writing was exciting, engaging and emotionally charged. Queens Gambit brought wonderful light to a less-explored Queen's story. Not to be missed!

Rating: ★★


Ostrich by Matt greene

In a nutshell: After brain surgery, Alex and his friend Chloe try to unravel the mysteries that surround his parents' strange behaviour.
Condensed thoughts: I struggled with this book. I didn't really click with Alex's narration and found the ending good but confusing (I had to google it to check I had understood right!) It was definitely a quirky read, and although not for me, I do think it's worth a look for people wanting a "conciousness" type of narration and a good final revelation.

Rating: ★★