Lately

Lately #15 ~ Monday Babblings

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Hie you guys!

How’s everyone doing? I hope everyone had a good weekend and start of the week. I wanted to do a serious post but then I got lazy and thought of doing a chatty one instead where I just share stuff that’s been going on with me. Well there hasn’t been much except me staying at home mostly and scrubbing the house clean all day errrdayy. In between all that there have been a few things that make me believe I have a life.

For starters I have got back into reading. I was in a reading slump but now it’s all good. I am going to pop a post tomorrow so watch this space. 😀

Music wise there are some songs I have been listening to on repeat. Pretty Little Liar’s soundtrack has been on fleek this season. They had such amazing tracks but Give Us a Little Love by Fallulah have been the best. Good For You by Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky is another one of my favorite these days. I love how sexy Selena’s voice is in this song and A$AP’s part is super cool. One Direction came out with their new single Drag Me Down which is nice too. I saw the video and Louis looks *insert HUGE heart eye emoji* super love. I also gave a listen to Lana Del Rey’s single High By The Beach. It’s similar to all her other numbers but I still like it plus she looks fabulous in the video.

Fashion wise Dungarees are back in trend. *8 years old me is doing the happy dance in one right now* I love the causal/comfy look. I am all about that life lol. I can’t stop drooling over all the different styles and cuts. I am extremely tempted to order them all but momma can’t afford right now, kiddos, ha. xD My favorite has got to be mid thigh/above the ankle, side buttons and ripped ones. Ah, absolute dream.

Makeup wise I have been obsessed with the brand Bourjois. I have been swatching there product every now and then when I visit the mall and I am in love. Their blushers and velvet lipsticks/lip gloss has caught my fancy. Fragrance wise I can’t stop thinking about Victoria’s Secret body mists. I want to go there and say ‘one of each please’. One day I will do that.

In other news, I have been missing L a lot from Death Note. I might have an urge to rewatch the anime and movies. I have also been re-watching Friends (yes, I have that much time) and I feel like I will never love another show again now. Not for a while at least. *psst don’t tell Sheldon*

What have you guys been up to?! Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

~F x

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Book Review, Books

BOOK REVIEW ~ The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

*no spoiler included*

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After biting everyone’s ears off by talking nonstop about it and having a huge argument with my own self over buying it due to the price tag, I finally gave in and purchased The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton from Borders Oman – and I regret nothing.

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Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam-a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion-a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery.
“There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed…”
On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .
Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshiped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?  Source: Goodreads

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I read the synopsis once and immediately added it to my to-read list on Goodreads because it was very intriguing. Though this book turned out to be the exact opposite of everything I expected from it. I thought it would be about a doll house that works according to its owner’s wishes. Well, that wasn’t the case, ha. However, it was very interesting to find out about the whole plot. I don’t want to give away any spoilers or even hints because this book deserves to be read.

It was written in a simple manner aka the author wasn’t try to get on my nerves by adding half of the dictionary in it. The story had an amazing flow, every scene was so fitting and things were quite unexpected. The characters were remarkable. Their transformation was superb. I personally loved Johannes, his dogs and Marin. I think their dark family was spectacular and their servants were equally entertaining.

There is also this thing that The Miniaturist did to me – it made me want to pack my bags and just go to Amsterdam right away. The way Jessie has written about the scenery, weather detail, the neighborhood, people and their ways – it has made me long for a little wanderlust.

While I was reading it and I was 40% through with it, I thought this book wouldn’t have much of an impact on me, but then I found so many parts where my heart was lurching out for the characters and I was happy when they were happy, sad when they were sad and I would see hope when they would. This book won’t hit you right away but when it does – it will hit really hard. Jessie Burton, what have you done to my tiny heart?!

I would recommend it to everyone. If you want to read something different from all the usual books or are going through a book reading funk – this book is for you. It has such nice dialogues and details you will end up loving it. As a bonus the book cover is way beautiful. You would want to display it on your bookshelf as a frame.

Have you read The Miniaturist? How did you like it? Lemme know in the comments below! 🙂

Love,

~F x

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