TEN… of the best Disney swag on Etsy

Charming Charms UK have an assortment of costume jewellery, including the ‘Belle’ ring pictured, which I simply HAD to treat myself to. Wincosplay has this absolutely epic Meridia wig, which I wish I had the balls to buy and wear on a daily basis. PrettyMagicalGirl has a selection of gorgeous shoes appliqued with images of Disney […]

TEN… of the best fairytale retellings

THE GOOSE GIRL || Shannon Hale Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kilindree, spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s incredible stories, and learning the language of the birds. Little knowing how valuable her aunt’s strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew older. From the Grimm’s fairy tale of […]

TEN… reasons to feel postive about the winter

  You’re probably cold right now. You’ve probably taken to carrying things around with you certainly wouldn’t in the summer: gloves, earmuffs, packets of tissues. It probably takes you a full three minutes to de-layer and re-layer whenever you enter or leave a building. It’s dark when you get up, dark by the time you […]

TEN… creepy books to read this Hallowe’en

  It’s definitely feeling autumnal here in London, even if the beautiful orange and gold of the turned leaves is being faded out by a lingering fog of almost Dickensian proportions. This weekend the clocks go back and it will be getting dark  and colder at around three o’clock in the afternoon! Definitely the right […]

TEN… books about Anne Boleyn

  Do not believe for one second that the pinnacle of ‘Anne Boleyn’ focused historical fiction is ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’. Philippa Gregory is great for an interesting – and easy – historical read, but her Anne was a two-dimensional bitch and, as a result, so many people now automatically share that view. Unforgivable! Give […]

TEN… things I did in August

  1. As a friend was having a birthday picnic down by the Thames near our old university campus, Royal Holloway, myself and a carload of alumni/dear friends (plus one graduate of a different establishment, but we shan’t hold that against him) took the opportunity to revisit our old home. Although campus is being used […]

TEN… books to make you cry

  “The world is not a wish-granting factory.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars     Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high […]