LIKES & LOVES | SEPTEMBER 2020

September has meant alot about getting back into a routine.  Blake has been too exhausted for us to do much at the weekends. By Friday school has wiped him and all he wants to do is cuddle up on the sofa. I'm starting to get more into a routine again to get housework and errands done giving me enough time to myself each day whilst Blake is in school.  

I've not really brought much this month but I have started on Birthday/Christmas shopping for presents for Blake which I've currently hidden in the attic but I've a few things I've liked and loved this month.

The Handmaid's Tale
I read the book last year and had been wanting to see the series. When I realised it was on Prime I slowly started making my way through episodes this month. I've not watched anything else as I've been mainly all about my books this month but the Handmaid's Tale I've been making time for. I'm enjoying it much more than the book and think its because I can understand a bit more about what is going on.


Kind Natured Sea Minerals & Mint Foot Scub
I've had quite dry and rough skin recently especially on my feet so I opted to try this foot scub which not only smells refreshing but makes my feet feel much better after use.


St Ives Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Scrub and Mask
Sticking with a the dry skin theme I like to use a facial scrub once a week. As I needed a new one I opted to try out this St Ives one. I've not used St Ives in years and used to use the apricot scrub. I definitely prefer the smell of this one and it works well at making my face feel refreshed and softer after. 

Comfort Creations Strawberry and Lily
Bit of a random item but I've been trying different comfort creations fabric conditioner scents. So far we've used Strawberry and Lily, Waterlily and Lime and last of all Honeysuckle and Sandalwood. Out of the 3 scents my favourite is the Strawberry and Lime. Once I've used up the other two I'll definitely be purchasing more of this one. I like that the scent really does last.
Quote Hanging Signs 
I picked up two quote hanging signs that I spotted in two local charity shops recently. The All you need is love one was only 99p and the Keep your face to the sunshine and happiness will bloom within was £1.50. They are now hanging up in our dining room above our dining table.


Rainbows
I noticed one day we had quite a bit of rain even though it was sunny so decided to pop outside and spotted a beautiful rainbow from our garden over the houses behind us.


Autumn is coming
The weather has been getting more autumnal and we've noticed that the leaves are starting to fall more from the trees in pretty colours. Blake has loved walking and running through them hearing the crunchy sound that they make.


Geomags confetti set
I wrote a review recently on the set we had been sent which you can read here. We've been loving spending time together making different shapes etc.



2020 READING CHALLENGE | WHAT I'VE READ IN SEPTEMBER

With Blake being back to school I have found once chores and errands are done I'm able to have a bit more time to myself. I've used this time to pick up a book mainly. I like for September that I've managed to read a good mix. I've included a book I'm planning to read next week as I'm pretty sure I'll have finished it before October 1st. Seven out of the eight books have been for the popsugar reading challenge prompts and I'm pretty confident that I will complete the challenge before the end of the year. 

Lord of the butterflies by Andrea Gibson 
I picked this short poem book for the prompt a book by a trans/non binory author. Lord of the butterflies is a wonderful collection of poems that looks at gender, romance, loss and family. 


The Summer of Madness By Alexander Raphael 
This was for the book tour I mentioned and you can read more about my thoughts on the book here. It's a short romance where a guy tries to win back his ex. 


Caught By Harlan Coben 
After reading my first Harlan Coben book a few months ago I had to read another by this author. I picked Caught for the prompt a book with a great first line. The first line is " I knew opening that red door would destroy my life." This definitely gripped me and I really enjoyed the story and how fast paced it was. It's a crime/thriller told in different points of view. 


Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris
I picked this for the prompt a book by an author with flora or fauna in their name. Cilka's Journey is the sequel to The Tattoist of Auschwitz. I loved The Tattooist of Auschwitz and had been meaning to read this sequel for awhile. I found it to be just as good and an inspirational read.



The Whisper Man By Alex North
I picked this for the prompt a book with a 4 star rating on Goodreads. The Whisper Man is a book I have seen mentioned a good few times in the Facebook book groups I'm in. I picked this one for that reason when I realised it would fit this prompt. If you don't know The Whisper Man is a dark thriller which is definitely my go to type of read. It was full of suspense and twists and turns and I just loved it.


Geekerella by Ashley Poston
This one probably doesn't fit the prompt fully but they it's your challenge.I've picked Geekerella for the prompt a book with a pun in the title. I think it's more of a play with words but I'm wanting to read what books I have on my tbr piles and not get any more. Geekerella is a fairytale but is also scifi as Cinderella goes to a Con in a fun twist on the traditional tail. It's not something I'd have normally read but I loved it and want to read more of this series.



Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton 
This is my current read which I'm making my way through. I'm not enjoying it as much as I had hoped i would. I picked this for the prompt a book with a series of more than 20 books. Being honest here I doubt I'm going to read any of the others from this series.



Rebecca by Dephane du Maurier 
Next week is banned books week and I'm going to read the classic Rebecca for this prompt. I'm pretty sure that I'll have read it by 1st October hence why I had to include it in my September reads round up.


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