READING PLACES: Gylly Beach

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Falmouth’s beaches are something to be proud of, and I know the summer is technically over but they are worth a visit all year round. Gyllyngvase beach (lovingly known as Gylly beach by locals) is a place I didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked to when I was at university. Through first and second year I was suspicious of the outdoors and that meant no beach for me. Last year I made up for it. Gylly is the perfect place to read when the sun’s out, but it’s not just a place to sit and relax. It’s also home to a number of water sports (which I won’t embarrass myself by trying to name). Not only that, it has an amazing café with the softest blankets to wrap yourself in if you fancy sitting outside summer or winter and great food. If you don’t like watching the sea roll in, curled in blankets with a hot chocolate or a Cornish Rattler then clearly you haven’t been doing it right!

 

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REVIEWS: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich (Summer Reads Pt. 2)

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

“A lifetime isn’t enough to know how a person will behave.” 

 The Miniaturist is one of many books that has fallen victim to my ever growing to be read pile. I bought it a year ago after my tutor recommended it along with some of 2015s other most successful novels. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to get around to it. I think for me, half the excitement is in getting a new book and then once I’ve got it I’m off to compulsively buy more. I’ve also turned into a library fiend of late. So I buy books and then leave them to fester, which doesn’t seem like the most sensible idea now that I think of it. Anyway, my summer holiday was a chance to shrink down the pile and The Miniaturist was top of the list. Continue reading “REVIEWS: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich (Summer Reads Pt. 2)”

BOOKISH BITES: Welsh Cakes

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Welsh cakes are not to be confused with drop scones. I’m serious. It’s something we are prepared to fight over. Call them anything other than what they are and they may be withheld from you. You’ve been warned.

If you haven’t had one, Welsh cakes are heaven bundled up into one delicious mouthful. Sprinkled with sugar and dotted with raisins they are sweet, sugary and the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. Some people have them with butter, cream or jam (heathens) but I think they are better on their own. These were made by my grandmother from a family recipe that won many a school Eisteddfod competition in their time. I’m hoping she will pass on her wisdom, because they are honestly the best Welsh cakes I have ever had the privilege of scoffing.

REVIEW: The Hours by Michael Cunningham and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Summer Reads pt.1)

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The summer holidays are almost over, and I’m back from warmer climes. Santorini and Crete were heavenly, and although I don’t have the tan to prove it, they were both very warm. As always, I wasn’t half as organised as I thought I was. On route to the airport I realised I hadn’t packed Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller. Luckily, I had brought along the #GGBookClub’s July/August read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, so there wasn’t (much) danger of me running out of material while I was away. Here are my thoughts on my Summer Reads: Continue reading “REVIEW: The Hours by Michael Cunningham and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Summer Reads pt.1)”

MISC: Summer Season

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I’ve been away in August for a little break. Its been months since I spent any real quality time with my family and the opportunity was too good to miss out on. The Greek islands are one of my favourite places in the world, almost like a second home. We spent a few nights in Santorini before heading over to Crete. Rethmyno is food heaven. The restaraunts are mouth-wateringly good. The frozen yogurt and ice-cream (with black cherries and white chocolate sauce) is ridiculous. It’s also one of the most beautiful towns in Crete. The fortress, the harbour, the churches, the little alleyways and shops and bakers- they are all worth a visit.

Here are some of the highlights from my trip!

 

 

Reviews: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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I don’t think I’ve read much YA fiction since my John Green binge last year, but after reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl as part of the Girl Gang Book Club, I had the itch to read more. So I picked up Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On and Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere at my trusty local library. I had heard a lot of positive things about both books on Goodreads and I was interested to see if my views were the same. Continue reading “Reviews: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson”

READING PLACES: Beerwolf

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If you ever take a trip down south to the magical land of Cornwall, then you need to visit Falmouth. It’s one of the places I feel most at home and although small it has the most amazing collection of independent bars, restaraunts and shops. Beerwolf could be my favourite. It’s a bar and bookshop combined, and if there was ever a mix that could beat tea and books, it would be books and cider. I’ve spent many afternoons and evenings reclining in the benches, settle on repurposed cinema chairs, wistfully watching other people play ping-pong and lamenting at my lack of hand-eye co-ordination.

The dolls suspended from the rafters might seem a little off putting, but they are easy to ignore. There’s an extensive collection of beers and ciders on tap, but if you’re not interested in a pint they do a mean cappucino as well.

The only downfall for me is that having left university I live so far away.