THE ACCESSORIES EVERY AVID READER NEEDS

As readers, there are a few things we really need. Here are what I see as the essentials for every reader.

A Huge Mug

Every reader likes to have a drink of tea or coffee by their side when they’re delving into a new novel. It just wouldn’t be the same without one. So, if you don’t have a huge mug to keep you company while you read, you really need one. You can get lots of literary-inspired ones too, so don’t go for something cheap and boring. My favourites are the Penguin Books inspired mugs. They take the classic orange paperback cover design and use on the mug. You can choose between Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, or pretty much any title you like.

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MY TOP 5 IDEAS TO HELP YOU EXPAND YOUR READING COLLECTION

As you will know if you read my blog on a regular basis, I am a total bookworm, and proud. I love reading anything and everything – you’ll rarely find me without a book in my hands.

However, one problem that comes hand in hand with being a book lover is finding new writers to follow. Yes, new books are released each day, but sometimes it’s nice to opt for a story that’s a little bit different.

I don’t always want to read yet another book by the same author. Sometimes I want something written by someone I have never heard of.

My Top 5 Ideas To Help You Expand Your Reading Collection

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BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTIONS IN 2015

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Books have been adapted into movies for a long time. However, it does seem like recently there are a lot of movie adaptations of favorite books. 2015 has a bumper crop of movies coming out or in production based on different books. Some of them are young adult novels, which are particularly popular choices for movies. After the success of the likes of The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars, Hollywood is trying to offer similar material. But there are other genres available too, from mysteries to biopics. Here I take a look at some of the books that are making it to the big screen this year.

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TOP ORGANISING TIPS FOR YOURS TRULY

This summer has gone so fast, in just a few weeks university will be starting up again. It seems like only yesterday that we broke up for summer – time flies when you’re soaking up the sun.

As classes will begin once again, in only a couple of weeks, I thought that I would put together a handy post about being more organised. As a student and a busy blogger, for me, organisation is crucial. If I want to ensure that I make every class, get all my assignments in, and still have time for blogging and a social life, I need to be organised.

Top Organising Tips For Yours Truly

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BOOK REVIEW: TALES FROM THE BACK ROW BY AMY ODELL

BOOK REVIEW: TALES FROM THE BACK ROW BY AMY ODELLTales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry by Amy Odell
Published by Simon & Schuster on September 1st 2015
Pages: 240
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Funny and fearless, Tales from the Back Row is a keenly observed collection of personal essays about what it's really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry.In Tales from the Back Row, Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell takes readers behind the stage of New York's hottest fashion shows to meet the world's most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers.But first, she has to push her way through the crowds outside, where we see the lengths people go to be noticed by the lurking paparazzi, and weave her way through the packed venue, from the very back row to the front. And as Amy climbs the ladder (with tips about how you can, too), she introduces an industry powered by larger-than-life characters: she meets the intimidating Anna Wintour and the surprisingly gracious Rachel Zoe, not to mention the hilarious Chelsea Handler, and more.As she describes the allure of Alexander Wang's ripped tights and Marchesa's Oscar-worthy dresses, Amy artfully layers in something else: ultimately this book is about how the fashion industry is an exaggerated mirror of human fallibility—reflecting our desperate desire to belong, to make a mark, to be included. For Amy is the first to admit that as much as she is embarrassed by the thrill she gets when she receives an invitation to an exclusive after-party, she can't help but RSVP "yes."

 

BOOK REVIEW: TALES FROM THE BACK ROW BY AMY ODELL

TALES FROM THE BACK ROW REVIEW

I couldn’t have been more excited when I received an email asking me if I’d like to review Tales From the Back Row, a book written by Cosmopolitan.com’s editor, Amy Odell. This book is a first hand account of how Amy rose from being the party reporter for New York Magazine to the editor of the largest community of women online.

The book is split into several snappy chapters detailing the different stages  of her ascent and the people she met at each one. It starts with Bloggers, which as a blogger myself, I found incredibly interesting. I’m currently working as a social media intern in Paris and the big names that she mentions are people that are only even bigger today and it was quite cool seeing people I’ve been researching appearing in a book in front of my eyes. After Bloggers, we move onto Trendsetters where we learn about Amy’s hilarious antics when it comes to figuring out high fashion; then Designers where she reveals what happens when you write snarky pieces about important people. Next up we’ve got Celebrities, including anecdotes from her interactions with people such as Sarah Jessica Parker; and Editors, where she talks about her interview with the one and only Anna Wintour. Fun fact: Anna Wintour went to my secondary school where she rebelled strongly against the dress code (to be fair, it was brown and blue), and recently gave a talk at my university where she did nothing short of scare the s*** out of me (even at a distance). I can only imagine what it must’ve been like to be interviewed by her. Now back to the books – the next chapter is Models, where Amy talks about the infamous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and her interaction with the ‘angels’. Then, it’s Everybody Else where she talks about some shoots she’s been featured in and then finally, You and Me, where she talks about what it’s like to find a wedding dress, probably the most important item in any woman’s wardrobe. As you can see, there’s a heck of a lot of content for one small book, and there’s even a quick recap at the end with 10 tips for people who want to work in fashion.

Now onto what I thought…

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HOW TO CREATE A COSY SPACE FOR READING AND RELAXING

A bookworm’s first priority is often to find a good reading spot that you can keep coming back to. I find it really hard to get into a book, no matter how good it is, if I’m surrounded by lots of disruptions and I’m not sitting comfortably. Here are a few things that every cosy reading and relaxation space needs, no matter where it is – a bedroom, a study, a garden, wherever you like to read.

1. Lots of cushions

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Being comfortable should be number one on your list of things to help you relax. Nobody wants to be sat on a hard, wooden bench when they’d rather just flop onto a mass of cushions or a giant bean bag. I just discovered the brand lovesac which sells giant, fluffy, round seats that are perfect for movie watching or reading books. Check them out here (none of it is real fur, I swear) VIEW STORY »

WHERE TO GO WHEN YOU NEED MONEY*

Do you know where to go when you need money?

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Being a student with £9000/year tuition fees means that I’ve thought a lot about ways people borrow money over the past few years. Thankfully all of my friends and I have found ways to pay for our tuition, be it loans from the Student Loan Company or help from parents, as higher education is not something that we’d even consider sacrificing. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. There are loads of people out there who don’t know where to go when they need money and when money’s tight and you’ve got bills to pay, people often turn to ‘quick-fix’ solutions where they end up borrowing money with a disgustingly high interest rate. There are too many tales of people who get sucked into schemes like these and then end up even further in debt. Fortunately there are many legitimate options out there to those looking to borrow money. Borrowing from the bank can be a long process, and often people need the money a lot sooner than that. That is where companies like Lending Works come in. Lending Works is a newcomer to the borrowing and lending scene, having only established itself around a year and a half ago, however, it has already been recognised as one of the best services of its kind.

What’s more difficult than finding someone to loan money to you, is finding someone trustworthy to borrow money from. There are so many companies out there that are just trying to take advantage of people in desperate situations and they profit massively from them. Lending Works is not one of those companies.

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10 REASONS WHY SEASON 3 OF ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SUCKED

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So I’m a little late to the party here as Season 3 of the Orange is the New Black was released on Netflix around two months ago, but since I have found myself horribly disappointed I thought it was still worth writing about. Here are 10 reasons why Orange is The New Black season 3 was a let-down.

NB. May contain spoilers for those who are yet to watch this season.

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MADE IN CHELSEA LA EPISODE 1

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NB. There shouldn’t be any major spoilers in this article

Made in Chelsea is back and this time the gang are headed to LA. There’s already been one MIC spin off, which was shot in NY and it appears that these Chelsea socialiates are real globetrotters. From East coast to West coast, the cast of MIC are set to spend their sunny summer in Los Angeles and no doubt there’ll be more romance and, of course, more drama.

Unsurprisingly this series starts off with one Jamie Laing getting far too excited about everything and some panoramic shots of LA. What is perhaps even more predictable is that Jamie immediately finds himself entangled with the ladies, but can he handle LA girls? If the first episode is anything to go by, then the answer would seem to be no…

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WANT YOUR LAUNDRY DONE FOR YOU? TRY LAUNDRAPP!*

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The Future of Laundry & Dry Cleaning Starts Here

I’m sure that many of you out there, just like me, hate doing your laundry. I bet you want someone else to do it for you (probably your mum), and now that Laundrapp exists, you don’t have to. Laundrapp is a laundry service that collects and delivers your laundry for you. Here’s a breakdown of how it works:

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