Let your books do the talking!

As you have probably seen on my blog I am an avid reader. But when I’m busy with work I don’t always have time to sit down for a couple of hours and read a book. So in February I decided to sign up to Audible so that I could listen to books while I commute to work and also while I’m working.
Audiobooks by nature are pretty expensive, and you are normally looking at paying around £19.99 for a recent audiobook in the current book chart.
Audible offer a monthly subscription service where you pay £7.99 for one book a month. This may seem like not that much but many books can have a listening time of 45 hours while others are just 5 hours so it is worth having a look and trying to get a book that gives you value for money.
Also Audible often offers you the chance to buy 3 extra credits (that’s 3 books) for £18.00.
Audible is also owned by Amazon so you often find that if you have the Kindle book then Audible will offer you the Audiobook version for even cheaper.
I have signed up to www.bookbub.com and they send you emails everyday letting you know what books are either on offer or are free on the kindle store.
So I’ll get the book for free on kindle and then just buy the Audiobook for a couple of pounds – there are plenty of ways to get cheaper audiobooks, they also offer a 30 Day free trial too so you get your first book for free and only get charged for your second book after 30 days.
I am really enjoying listening to a variety of books while on the go and it helps the work day pass quicker. I wanted to let you know what I’ve been listening to for the last few months so here are my top picks…

 
The Bride of Casa Dracula – Book 3 of The Casa Dracula Series
Length: 8hrs 1min
Plot: Milagro de los Santos is marrying the man of her dreams – he just happens to be a vampire. As the plans for the wedding are coming together Milagro has to navigate various obstacles from an over zealous friend to the ancient vampire council – will she ever get to marry Oswald?
Thoughts: I have read the first two books on Kindle and really enjoyed them. I had this on kindle but decided to get the audio version and really enjoyed it. I would say this is supernatural chick-lit but is lighthearted and well written.
Rating: 7/10

 
Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper: Ellie Jordan Book 1
Length: 8hrs 19mins
Plot: Ellie Jordan is a paranormal exterminator, her job is to release earthbound spirits into the hereafter. She comes across an evil ghost and soon realizes maybe she has bitten off more than she can chew.
Thoughts: This is a great book for fans of the paranormal. I liked this book so much that I have already purchased the Audio Book for book 2.
Rating: 8/10
 

The Housewife Assassin’s Hand Book – Book 1.
Length: 5hrs 59mins
Plot: Donna stones husband is killed in cold blood hours after she has given birth.
Donna becomes an undercover (assassin) housewife hell bent on avenging her dead husband.
Plot: This book was so well written, I enjoyed the mix of comedic moments with tense situations. I will definitely be getting more books in this series.
Rating: 8/10
 

Rosecliff Manor Haunting – Addison Lockhart: Book 2
Length: 5hrs 1min
Plot: Addison is a paranormal investigator with a sixth sense. When she becomes haunted by dreams of Vivian & Grace, twin girls who met their demise nearly 40 years earlier, Addison becomes embroiled in the mysteries of Rosecliff Manor.
Addison comes face to face with something much darker than she could have ever expected, can she save the souls of the little girls?
Thoughts: I had read Book 1 in this series and loved it so I knew that there was a high chance I’d enjoy this too. I loved it. I will be getting more in this series in the near future.
Rating: 9/10
 

Single Woman Seeks Revenge – By Tracy Bloom
Length: 8hrs 36mins
Plot: Suzie is an Agony aunt for a magazine, when she is cruelly dumped by text.
She decides to tell the women who write to her exactly what they should be doing to those who treat them mean. Soon Suzie is on a mission to take her revenge against her old flames that have done her wrong. But will she get so caught up in revenge that she won’t see that true love has been right in front of her all along?
Thoughts: I loved this book. It’s a must for any fan of Bridget Jones.  A funny rollercoaster that leaves you with the warm fuzzies.
Rating: 9/10
 

My Not so perfect life – Sophie Kinsella
Length: 11hrs 58mins
Plot: Katie moves to London to become a highflying executive only to find that once she gets there London isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Working for Demeter the boss who has everything. Style, a high powered job, a loving family and the respect of her peers. Suddenly Katie is fired and she has to go back home, her tail between her legs. She begins working for her father on his Glamping venture. When Demeter comes to stay Katie disguises herself to get close to her, But is Demeter’s life really all that wonderful?
Thoughts: Written by the woman who brought us Confessions of a shopaholic this was everything I hoped it would be. Funny, cringe worthy and heart warming in equal measure. I couldn’t turn it off!
Rating: 10/10
 
I am loving listening to books I wouldn’t necessarily read, but are great for getting through the work week! I have downloaded a number of other audiobooks so I will do a Part two soon. What books are you currently reading?  Let me know!
 
The Secret Girly Girl
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Sinister 2 – Film review

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I have been so excited for this film’s release ever since I first saw the trailer.

My partner and I are huge horror movie fans so this was the perfect date night move.

This is a continuation of the first movie. It has the deputy sheriff from the last movie now working as a private investigator. He has been tracking down all the houses that are marked for death and has been burning them down.

When he arrives at the next house to burn down he finds that there is a woman & her two children already living in the house so it is a race against time to end the curse and bring Bughuul’s reign of terror to an end.

This was everything you want from a horror movie – a fantastic plot, plenty of suspense and a large amount of jumpy bits.

I actually enjoyed this installment more than the first one.

If you’re looking for a really great horror movie to keep you on the edge of your seat then i highly recommend this film – 4.5/5

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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July Favourites!

Hi There,

I can’t believe we are already in August. 2015 is just flying by! It’s that time of the month again – favourites time. I don’t have a lot of beauty favourites this month but quite a few random favourites instead. So these are my July Favourites…

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Purchases: I am obsessed with buying notebooks. I love writing lists and as such, I always have plenty of notebooks on the go. I have them in my desk, in my handbag and in my bedside drawer. I find the best places to buy notebooks are Paperchase and Homesense.

I recently went to Homesense and picked up three notebooks. The first was a Lined bright ideas light bulb notebook for £3.99 and then I also picked up two notebooks by Campo Marzio, which is an Italian brand. I liked these because they have bright coloured covers and the pages inside are a bright contrasting colour. They were £1.99 each, which I though was a steal.

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Beauty: I have two beauty favourites this month. The first is the Spa Wisdom Hand & Foot Butter by The Body Shop. I used to love this product years ago when I used to work for The Body Shop and I have recently fallen back in love with it. It contains Honey and Beeswax to soften skin and smells of cocoa butter. So yummy!

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The second beauty favourite is a lipstick. It is the Maybelline sensational lipstick in Vibrant Violet. I first saw this used in a youtube tutorial by Drac Makens. It’s a really nice Matte Purple but unfortunately this colour is not stocked in the UK. I did contact Maybelline to see if there would be a UK release but there are no plans to release this shade over here.

I purchased mine on ebay and it cost around £10.00, which included shipping from the USA. It really is a beautiful shade. It’s a real shame that it isn’t coming to the UK market.

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Youtube: Although I am a girly girl I definitely have an affinity for anything dark and gothic. I am obsessed with all things Halloween/Gothic related.

This month I fell in love with gothic youtuber Drac Makens. She is so talented when it comes to gothic makeup. Her looks are amazing. If you guys are into Gothic culture & makeup I would definitely check her out she’s awesome!

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Television: This month my boyfriend and I started watching Black sails. It’s an Amazon Prime original series about Pirates and at first I thought I wouldn’t like it but I really got into it. The characters are really well portrayed and the plot is full of twists and turns. Definitely worth a watch!

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The second TV series I got into is ‘The Girls next door”. This is a reality series that follows Hugh Hefner and his three girlfriends Holly, Bridget & Kendra throughout their everyday life at the playboy mansion. After reading Holly Madison’s autobiography I really wanted to re-watch this series and you certainly view it from a very different perspective after reading Holly’s book.

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Magazine: I used to read this magazine all the time back when I was studying my Biological & Environmental Sciences course, and I am so glad I picked it up again. It is a weekly magazine filled with informative and thought provoking scientific articles. This is available in print & on Newsstand for the iphone & ipad priced £3.99.

So those were the things I watched, read and bought throughout July.

What were your July Favourites? Let me know in the comments.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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June 2015 Books – Review

Hi Guys,

This is going to be a short one as I only managed to read four books in June.

I know I normally read horror or crime books but this month I felt like reading something different for a change so ended up reading three autobiographies and a romance anthology so here they are…

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Title: Fools Rush in

Author: Various

Format: Kindle

Pages: 236

Genre: Chic Lit

I have signed up for a service called BookBub (www.bookbub.com) and basically they send you daily notifications about free or cheap ebooks that are available on Amazon & ibooks. I’ve come across some really great books using this service unfortunately this book wasn’t one of them. I opted for this book because I wanted something that was lighthearted and an easy read. It was free on Kindle and so I down loaded it and now I know why it was free. It was awful. It is an anthology of romantic short stories all based around the theme of April Fools. I would say at least 90% of the stories were utter crap. They were badly written and you could easily predict the outcome. I would definitely say avoid this book – 2/5

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Title: You’re making me hate you

Author: Corey Taylor

Format: Kindle

Pages: 244

Genre: Autobiographical

Written by the lead singer of metal band Slipknot this book is heavily laced with sarcasm and just a pinch of vitriol. Corey shares with the reader all the things about people and society that piss him off (Pretty much everything) and he doesn’t hold back! This book will have you nodding your head in agreement and laughing out loud in equal measure. This is a book that everyone can relate to – not to be missed! 5/5

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Title: Bunny Tales – Behind closed doors at the playboy mansion

Author: Izabella St. James

Format: Kindle

Pages: 250

Genre: Autobiographical

I used to love watching ‘The girls next door’ a reality TV show based around the three live-in girlfriends of Hugh Hefner. I knew Holly Madison had a book coming out but it wasn’t released yet so I decided to download this book which pre-dates ‘The girls next door’ era. Izabella does not come across well in this book. She explains how she threw away a great career as a lawyer to become a girlfriend of Hefner.

She paints herself as a money hungry gold digger. A spoilt brat who was after all she could get from Hef. She also seems extremely bitter about the success of Holly, Bridget & Kendra and their TV series. I’m sure she wanted to come across as an intelligent, independent young woman but unfortunately she fails. It wasn’t a bad read but St. James did not do her self any favours writing this book. 3/5

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Title: Down the Rabbit hole

Author: Holly Madison

Format: Kindle

Pages: 332

Genre: Autobiographical

I bought this on the day of release and couldn’t put it down. Unlike Izabella’s book, this is well written and Holly comes across as Intelligent, sincere and honest (although maybe a little easily lead). Holly discusses life behind the gates of the most famous mansion in LA. What really happened in Hugh Hefner’s bedroom is also laid out in great detail. She is candid about her life as Hugh’s No.1 girlfriend and is outspoken about the verbal abuse that she suffered at the hands of the worlds biggest playboy.

She doesn’t come across as a gold digger and she doesn’t moan about how she wasn’t bought this or that (I’m looking at you Miss St. James). She also talks about life after playboy and her relationships with the other two girlfriends. I really enjoyed this book; it was full of lots of juicy details – 5/5

So those were the four books that I read in June. Have you read any of these books? What books did you read throughout June?

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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