June/July Bookpile.

June / July Bookpile
You may have noticed that June yielded zero books in the bookpile, due to me napping more than reading. Which is fine to do sometimes, right? So this is a double month.

In June I was reading City of Heavenly Fire at home whilst Scarlet was my on the move book of choice. COHF is a tome - look at it, its utterly ridiculous so clearly it wasn't moving from my bedside, which meant it took a whole month to read. Hilarious as I read the entire rest of this series in a month alone (5 books, remember Morgenstern Month in 2013?). It's good, but I can't work out if it is the last in the series? Scarlet was as good as Cinder if not better, I like the introduction of new Disney Princesses (for lack of a better collective term) with each new book in this series and I can't wait to see where it all goes.

I picked up Gone Girl after it was highly recommended by a pal. I generally avoid the kind of books I see everyone reading on the tube to avoid The Da Vinci Code syndrome, but I was sold on this (also the movie looks good). I would have given Gone Girl 4 stars if it hadn't been for the ending. The ending was the MOST disappointing ending I've read in a while. 2 stars. ONLY TWO.

How I Live Now had been on my list for a while, after the film shot straight to the top of my Best Movies of 2013 list, in a lonely hotel room last December. I really, really loved the book, and I really, really enjoyed seeing how they changed things to make it work better as a film. I would normally hate these things. I like that in the film Daisy was more neurotic, everything was a bit darker. I like that the book wasn't as dark, but the ending was a bit sadder. I like the contrast between the two. I want to watch the film again.

SIGH Battle Royale, I am reading (still, still reading) Battle Royale. I don't know if its just that I'm struggling with the translation, or I'm just more of a Hunger Games kind of girl. But I'm not loving it (SORRY SOPHIE) - I don't like any of the characters, I don't care about what colour their socks are (way, way too much detail) and I want them all to die. Its not terrible, I'm just struggling to stay interested in this book.

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Cemetery Tour : Chapel Allerton Cemetery in Black and White

Chapel Allerton Cemetery
I've already visited Chapel Allerton cemetery in Leeds over here on the blog, where I shot a few colour photographs and this whole roll of black and white using my little Mamiya 135EF, a handy little dude that easily fits in my pocket and shoots 35mm film with sharp brilliance.
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
I was a bit nervous about how these would come out, it was the first time I'd used my little Mamiya and it has fixed focal depths I was still working out.
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
... As you can see here, woops!
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
I'm loving these pictures though. Chapel Allerton Cemetery is such a special little hidden paradise, so many wild flowers and butterflies.
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
If you happen to be in Leeds with some spare time, get the bus up to Chapel Allerton and have a wander.
Chapel Allerton Cemetery
Check out the colour version of this Cemetery Tour - and while you're at it, why not browse the Cemetery Tour archives!

Off Topic : Girl Crushing


I've been compiling a collection of beautiful women I'd love to photograph/split a bottle of wine with/wardrobe raid on Pintrest recently without realising it. Babes, every one of them.

Insert a picture of yourself here as well, obviously <3

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Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte

Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
Matthew regularly frequents the Sunday Sessions events down at the Draft House on Charlotte St, and I'm always a bit jealous when he comes home with tall tales of epic food adventures so I let him drag me along to the event in June hosted by the Wild Beer Co.  It featured a bunch of "sour beers" which apparently I enjoy, so why not.
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
Sunday Sessions is a good excuse to eat some nice food and drink some nice beer, as matched by the Draft House team in collaboration with a different brewery each time.
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
It all sounds a bit random, so I just went with it. The beers were pretty tasty, and the food was delicious.
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
Yeah that guy is smoking fish on a bar! It was all pretty chilled out. A perfect Sunday afternoon, maxin'n relaxin'.
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
I'm not a beer blogger (I leave that to the expert in our house) so I don't have much to say about this day, other than I could have eaten these butternut squash balls all day until I exploded and died. But I only got one. Insert a single, golden tear.
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
I just had a really nice afternoon, taking photographs and chatting with people, eating good food and having a few cold sour beers.
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
Looking back at these photographs, its funny to me that all of the colours are perfectly matching as well. Beetroot tart and blackcurrant beer - perfect.  Also lets give this Basil Crème Brulee its moment to shine, I could literally eat tubs and tubs of this stuff.
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte
I'm not sure I'd become a Sunday Sessions regular, just because I'm not generally a huge beer drinker (novelty sour/fruit beers aside) but I highly recommend popping down if you are. Its a good time.
Sunday Sessions @ Draft House Charlotte

Sunday Sessions are held at the Draft House on Charlotte St in central London. You can find out more on the Draft House website.

Kitchen Time: Cereal Saves Lives.

I'm pretty sure everyone already knows how good graze boxes are, but I just got a bunch of the Breakfast Variety boxes in and they have basically saved my life, so I wanted to give them a shout out.
Since I left my day job, I've been pretty out of routine. I keep forgetting to eat, and having random sachets of cereal around has saved my bones through many a hAnGry creative blockage in the past few weeks.
YUM. Actually the orange ones aren't that good but thats possibly just because I hate orange. Rocky Road is where the money is. Cereal is literally the best snack. I recently discovered that I might only think that because my parents are firm believers in the "if you are hungry have a bowl of cereal" method of raising children, but I'm going to stand behind it. I have a bowl of this stuff before bed every night and the variety of these boxes keeps it interesting. Alpen, I mean its good but after half a box I get a bit bored.
This was a really boring blog about cereal brought to you by GRAZE.

Caturday

caturday
Celebrate for it is Caturday.

Just a heads up I'm out of town until Thursday the 24th July ~ all store purchases will be shipped when I return. Thanks and have a great week!