You know those books that you really want to read but you’ve just never gotten round to it? There always seems to be a new book that I want to read first. Or I just know I can’t purchase the whole series right now, so I buy a standalone instead. Or many other reasons which get in the way of reading particular books. Here’s five that I wish I had started reading yesterday.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This is one of those books that everyone seems to love. I also, really want to love it. It’s currently sat on my TBR pile staring me down, but it’s so intimidating because I have such high expectations. Usually it gets pushed back for a newer book for which I don’t have such expectations.

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber is on my list because really I should have finished Outlander by yesterday too. Yes, I am still not finished reading it, but at the moment, my Kindle is getting all my attention. Do I have to reiterate why I love my Kindle so much? But yeah, I just haven’t been picking up paperbacks as often recently.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is another one of those books where I’ve heard so many good things about it. With Stiefvater though, I know I enjoy her writing as I read Linger when I was younger. But I don’t really know much about this book, so whenever I’m purchasing books it never makes it to the top of the list.

The Final Empire by Brian Sanderson

Sanderson has written so many books, and I really just want to jump in and read them all. I was recommended to read the Mistborn series first so that’s why I want to start The Final Empire.

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Brooks is another author that I want to jump in and read all the books. He’s written so many within the Shannara universe that I got a bit confused trying to hunt down each book, but I should (hopefully) be getting them for Christmas this year.

 

What other books should I have read yesterday?

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I’ve heard about Nip+Fab skincare products for a while now but have held off due to the price. My local Boots had an offer on, which I just couldn’t refuse, so I bought this serum and the mask.  I was intrigued by this range because it’s ‘Dragon’s Blood’ which I’ve never heard of before. Apparently, it’s a plant substance and not the blood of mystical beings.

This serum contains (obviously) dragon’s blood which helps to create a barrier over the skin when applied. This helps to reduce pollutants and dirt from clogging the skin. It has velvet flower which moisturises and illuminates the skin. Gransil EP-9 helps to absorb excess oil and smooth the skin. This is one of the important things for me as I get very oily. It also has Hyaluronic acid which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. This hydrates and further helps with a smoother more refined skin texture.

The serum is quite thick when you pump it out, but you only need the tiniest bit as it spreads so easily on application. It feels lightweight and absorbs into your skin quickly. After it’s been applying you cant really tell except your skin feels immediately smoother.

I found after a few days of using Nip+Fab Serum that my skin felt smoother and looked healthier. My breakouts were smaller and were less visible. Dry patches on my face felt normal again but I also didn’t feel too oily. The ingredients clearly work together well to keep me moisturised, but not too moisturised.

One of the big benefits is that it’s suitable for sensitive skin. So I actually tried it on some eczema on my neck and it helped to clear it up a bit. It didn’t fully go away but it was visibly less red, hydrated and smoother. I’ll definitely be picking up some more Nip+Fab products as this one was such a success for me.

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Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1) The Magic Faraway Tree (The Faraway Tree, #2) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five, #1) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

Winnie the Pooh

I had so many Winnie the Pooh Books, and then the complete collection books too. My Dad bought me all the Disney books when they started being released too. Of course, I also loved the films as well. Anyone else fondly remember The Tigger Movie?

The Magic Faraway Tree

Every summer for years I would visit my aunt in Wales and every year I would read her copy of the Magic Faraway Tree. I eventually got my own copy in an anthology of other Enid Blyton books, but I always loved that original copy.

Harry Potter

I’m pretty sure most people my age would’ve read Harry Potter as a child. I remember my Mum reading the first two to me before bed, and then I was able to read the third one all by myself.

Famous Five

When I was old enough to start reading my Mum handed me down all her Famous Five books from when she was a child. Soon after I was pestering family members into book stores to get the next book and the next book.

The Chronicles of Narnia 

For as long as I can remember I’ve a box set of the Chronicles of Narnia on my bookshelf. I’m not sure who bought me it and I don’t really remember the first time I read it. But since I was young I’ve read them multiple times over and I never get bored of the world of Narnia.

 

What were your favourite books as a child?

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I’ve seen a lot of posts recently about people saying they dislike writing bad reviews. I personally, write negative reviews quite often. And I enjoy writing them, I always find I have more things to say when I have a negative opinion as I justify them much more than positive opinions. But also, negative reviews are actually really good, and people should be writing more of them. My main focus for this post is books, but a lot of beauty and fashion bloggers have been doing this as well.

People have mentioned they don’t like writing bad reviews because they don’t want to sound too negative. When writing a review, as long as you’re being objective, you won’t sound ‘too negative’. You’ll sound honest and like you’re really thinking about the product. As long as you have reasons, and you’re not bashing an author or company you’ll be fine.

For Books in particular, writing a bad review is constructive criticism for the author. I read a lot of debut and indie books, and so the authors will often keep their eyes on the reviews. This means if I’m reviewing their book I can let them know what they do well, and what they don’t. Therefore, their next should be better. So for books, it’s really important to write an objective and honest review.

Bad reviews are also good to let other people avoid disappointment. I’ve read multiple books and used multiple products where I’ve only seen good reviews for them. Not writing bad reviews means any ratings are going to be skewed upwards. And when I’m reading a book that’s got 4 stars on Goodreads, I’m expecting a 4 star read.

I’ve also seen a couple of people mention that they don’t write bad reviews because they think companies wont work with them. Yes, I know that if all your posts are negative then many companies may steer away from you. But, writing an honest bad review every so often will not affect your opportunities that much. In any case, if you are working with companies you should always be writing unbiased reviews. If you don’t write negative reviews, what will happen if you get sent a product you don’t like? Will you lie or not go through with the sponsored content?

Writing bad reviews also makes you seem more honest as a blogger. I find that I don’t trust the views of some people because every single post they write is all positive, all the time. Sometimes, people write half reviews where they note all the good things but just leave out the negatives. For me anyway, this makes it sound a lot more like an advert rather than a blog post.

What are your thoughts on negative reviews? Do you write them or not?

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I always get so frustrated when I’m looking for when new books or adaptations are being released. It always seems like I’ve had to visit hundreds of websites just to get the right information I’m looking for of what books are coming out this month, and what genre they are. So since I’m already doing this every month, I decided to write it all down so you lot don’t have to worry about doing it as well.

Upcoming Releases

Contemporary

The Child Finder

5th September

Little Fires Everywhere

12th September

Forest Dark

12th September

Retrograde

26th September

Sci-fi/Fantasy

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)

7th September

Autonomous

19th September

Successor's Promise (Millennium's Rule, #3)

21st September

Paradox Bound

26th September

Horror

Sleeping Beauties

26th September

Mystery/Thriller

All the Little Children

1st September

Copycat

5th September

Lie to Me

5th September

Secrets in Death (In Death, #45)

5th September

Best Day Ever

7th September

White Bodies

19th September

Keep Her Safe

19th September

The Blackbird Season

26th September

Don't Let Go

26th September

Historical Fiction

A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock, #2)

5th September

A Column of Fire (The Kingsbridge Series, #3)

12th September

YA Contemporary

Light Years

5th September

Right Where You Left Me

5th September

The Thing with Feathers

5th September

They Both Die at the End

7th September

Mean Girls: A Novel

12th September

The Date to Save

12th September

Jane, Unlimited

19th September

Speak Easy, Speak Love

19th September

Stolen Secrets

19th September

Starfish

26th September

YA Sci-fi/Fantasy

Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1)

5th September

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

5th September

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)

5th September

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

5th September

5th September

Tarnished City (The Dark Gifts Trilogy Book 2)

7th September

Fireblood (Frostblood Saga, #2)

12th September

Warcross (Warcross, #1)

12th September

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)

12th September

The Raven God (Legends of Orkney #3)

12th September

A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, #2)

19th September

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)

21st September

The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5)

21st September

An Enchantment of Ravens

26th September

Freefall

26th September

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

26th September

YA Horror

Uncanny

5th September

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)

7th September

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

19th September

The Ravenous

26th September

YA Thriller

Genuine Fraud

5th September

Upcoming Adaptations

It

In Cinemas

8th September

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Season 3

Amazon Prime

11th September 

Victoria And Abdul: The True Story Of The Queens' Closest Confidant

In Cinemas

22nd September

Marvel Knights: The Inhumans 

Season 1

ABC

29th September

 

 

Are there any books or adaptations that I’ve missed out? Let me know!

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