Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary (1996)


BOOKISH BITES: Lemon Drizzle Shortbread


I love shortbread and I love lemon drizzle, so I decided to combined the two in one tasty treat. I found a basic shortbread recipe on BBC Good Food, adding lemon zest to the batter and then made a drizzle from the juice and sugar. I was worried the drizzle would make the shortbreads too moist and they would crumble apart but after leaving them to cool and dry they were ready to eat. The sharpness of the lemon combined well with the sweet dough – they seemed to go down well with everyone else as well!

REVIEW: Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope


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You’re stuck with yourself, so you might as well try and be someone you can stand to live with.

Joanna Trollope, Sense & Sensibility (2013)

I really, really wanted to love this book. Most books you start with the hope they will entertain you, perhaps challenge you to look at things differently. I wanted this book to enrapture me the way the original book did, and perhaps that was never going to happen because no one will ever write Austen like Austen.

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I have been very restrained recently with my book purchasing. My to-read pile is starting to look like the eighth wonder of the world, and I’ve been trying to slowly work my way through it while occassionally sneaking another book out of the library to read. My resolve finally weakened and I ended up buying these three books on Amazon’s marketplace:

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  2. The Posthumous Affair by James Friel
  3. Adverbs by Daniel Handler

They were only 1p each, so I really only paid for postage which seemed like a steal to me! I’m particularly pleased with Adverbs by Daniel Handler, which is in great condition and is a hardback to boot! So, the stack of unread books has grown a little taller but I’m looking forward to coquering it this summer.




I have been happily making my way through Whittard’s Spiced Imperial loose leaf tea recently. I’ve collected quite a selection over the last few months, but like all addicts when something new comes along it doesn’t matter how many tea bags or leaves you have stuffed away in the cupboard- you have to buy them. I went to Chesire Oaks with the foolish expectation that I wouldn’t end up spending any money, only to discover they have a Whittard store. Not only that, but they had a selection of their Easter and Valentine’s themed teas and treats on sale. I wasn’t strong enough to resist. The White Chocolate tea comes in a bright geometric caddy and although I haven’t tried it yet, I have to say it smells heavenly.

I tried to resist buying the tote bag, successfully made it out of the shop and then before we left the car park my resolve crumbled and I ran back to buy it. Still, it will be handy for collecting more tea-related treats!

REVIEW: Blaming by Elizabeth Taylor


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Sometimes,” Martha said, “I have thought that there might be quite peaceful and pleasant ways to go insane.”

Elizabeth Taylor, Blaming (1976)

For me, Elizabeth Taylor is up there with Sylvia Plath when it comes to writing simple lines that have the power to punch you in the gut. The first book of hers I read was In A Summer Season, around this time last year. I read it so fast that I’m not sure how much of it sunk in. I read it to say that I’d read it, and although I know I enjoyed it, I didn’t appreciate it. When I came across Blaming in a charity shop, I decided it was about time I paid Taylor the attention she deserved.

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