I hope everyone is as well as possible this Thursday and that the week has been treating you well. I’ll do a mini me update soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a couple of things I’ve been loving lately.
Alex Barclay Novels
I’d have to say Alex Barclay one of my favourite authors for her engaging writing style and the warmth with which she brings her characters to life. I’ve just read The Drowning Child, and despite the nasty-sounding title, it was a fantastic read. It follows an underlying storyline involving some of the key characters, notably Ren, a detective with bipolar, that I’ve come to love from her earlier novels. That said, it can still be read as a standalone book. I was sad to finish this as I wanted more!
We’ve had a few odd days of warmth and sunshine and I’m so, so pleased to see it. My body copes better when it’s not freezing cold (most of the time, unless it’s roasting hot, and then I struggle with overheating despite still having goosebumps on my arms…) I know when I posted this on the Facebook page a lot of readers said they also felt better when the sun was in attendance, so I hope it’s been around wherever you are. Plus, the Vitamin D is a common deficiency to varying degrees so get it while you can!
I should say that today it has hammered it down with rain. You really need to be quick with getting out in the rare nice weather if you’re in the UK.
My Therapearl Eye Mask
So this isn’t a new purchase as I’ve had mine for a while now and reviewed it previously, but I’ve been using it even more lately given eye pain and headaches and the warmer weather on odd days means an icy cold mask is more appealing. I love this because you can use it hot or cold (microwave or freezer, respectively) and it’s comfortable to wear, retains the heat or cold well, and is soft enough to mould quite nicely across your eyes or forehead.
Super Sparrow BPA-Free Water Bottle
I tend to rely a lot on plastic bottles for water at home and taking out and about with me. I go for cheaper ones and refill them with filtered water. I try to only refill once but nonetheless the issues with health, as well as the environment, made me reconsider my bottle usage. I’ve had reusable bottles in the past but they were on the cheaper side and never lasted long; they had a funny smell and the lid broke on one of them after 2 uses, so this time I decided to invest in a good quality one that would be useful.
I opted for the Super Sparrow bottle – I liked the name & the colours looked pretty funky – and I’m so glad I did because for some reason drinking water from this tastes delicious! I’m not sponsored by them in any way, I just wanted to share the one I’ve bought and would recommend. I also found their customer service to be incredibly helpful. The bottle itself makes the water taste strangely better than drinking it from a glass. I don’t know what it is, but the water tastes lovely. It’s easy to use, quick to clean, has a flip up lid (push a button for it to flip up) that feels sturdy enough, a detachable carry strap and it looks pretty neat, too.
I’m a little behind the curve on this one, but I’ve just watched True Detective Series 1, which I loved for the characters, superbly played by Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson. Will be checking out season 2 soon.
I’ve made a start on The Handmaid’s Tale as this was another I’d heard of but knew nothing about and assumed it probably wasn’t my cuppa tea. It’s certainly odd, and pretty horrific, but the casting is fairly strong and the premise is novel enough to keep me watching to see where things will go. I had thought there should be a little forewarning over the topic, notably the inability to have, and the striving to achieve, a child, which can be rather triggering if this is an issue for viewers. It’s certainly a dystopian vision from hell.
I’ve also now finished Westworld Season 1 – I knew nothing about this and wasn’t really expecting to enjoy it… I loved it! Definitely different to the norm and intelligently done with fascinating characters, a twisty plot and excellent effects.
What have you been loving lately?