Saturday, 28 June 2014

Summer lately

I thought I'd post a few summer pics I've taken lately (from when it has actually been sunny).
Some pretty orchids we have in our kitchen, I was bored one afternoon and the sun was on them. I love having flowers in the house- as it makes it feel like summer more... if that makes sense?
Covent Garden in the sun! One of my most favourite places in London, and in the summer it just feels alive, there's street performers and the amazing smell of pizza and paellas cooking is wonderful!
And Soho in the sun
Going to a beer garden with friends and trying fancy new drinks! Like this Old Mout cider (above) in kiwi and lime flavour- Yummy!.
And lastly, picking berries last weekend!

I'm hoping to go to the beach this weekend if it's nice. What have you all been up to?

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Some new and some old reads

Recently I've had a bit of a book splurge and have bought a few new ones- and as I've finally finished them all, I thought they deserved a review:

The Girl who saved the King of Sweden- Jonas Jonasson
I started this book earlier this week and have already finished it! I couldn't put it down. From the author who wrote 'The hundred year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared' (a bit of a mouthful), I loved that book and I loved this book too. This book is just as dry and witty as his first; it's about Nombeko Mayeki, born into a poor South African life, she seeks to change her life as she goes on the run from the world's most dangerous secret service.

The Cuckoo's Calling- Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Another recent purchase; I didn't know what to expect from this book (I am an avid Harry Potter fan...), so I was really pleasantly surprised to read a great crime thriller about the detective Cormoran Strike. He was a bit of a cliche, somewhat of an antihero but he has a gruffness about him I enjoyed reading. He's trying to solve the death of famous model Lula Landry and the story is full of twists and turns. Loved reading it!

Half a yellow sun- Ngozie Adichie
This is one of my long time favourites. It's set in 1960's Nigeria, over the period of the Nigerian-Biafran civil war. And the story follows Odenigbo, a university professor and intellectual who hires Ugwu, as his houseboy. The book then unfolds around the war and how it affects and the character in a unique way. I'd wholly recommend this.