#Unboxing Reading In Heels Subscription Box – April 2019 #spoileralert #booksubscriptionbox

Hello! The postie has been again and brightened up a rainy day, so I thought I’d share another unboxing with you  of the latest READING IN HEELS box.  It’s a lovely company who each month send a box your way for £10 plus P&P, which includes a lovely paperback and a variety of other treats and goodies for you to enjoy!  What more could you want?! 

So here’s a little look at the book and goodies that came with the April box!

Limited Edition Bar of Chocolate!

Coco Chocolatier

Organic Tea

Joe’s Tea Company

DIAMOND EYE PATCH  – goodbye dark circles!!

 VitaMasques

Cute little pad of sticky notes 

 always very handy!! And in the Reading In Heels marbling!

And to the book…..

LIAR by AYELET GUNDAR-GOSHEN

I’ve not heard of this book at all – have you?!

From the award-winning author of Waking Lions, a novel about how one lie can change everything, when a teenaged girl’s scream — and the false assumption that comes from it — radiates through a street, a neighborhood, and a city, and turns lives upside down.

Nofar is an average — very average — teenage girl working in an ice cream parlor at the end of summer. Dozens of customers come to the shop every day, but no one gives her a second glance–she is not one of those girls that the eye lingers on.

But Nofar’s world changes completely when a well-known TV presenter comes into the shop. Bitter about his own failures, he insults and humiliates her and she flees in tears. The presenter, who is still waiting for his change, chases her and the girl screams. Nofar’s shouts alert the neighbors, and to her surprise everyone is convinced that the man tried to sexually assault her. And she decides to let them believe it.

For the first time in her life, Nofar finds herself the center of attention. Her lie turns her into a kind of Cinderella, as the plain, awkward ice cream seller becomes a media princess. Meanwhile, one of the only people who knows what really happened demands a price for his silence.

Written with dark humor and deep insight into the shadowy side of human nature, The Liar is a story about how one little lie can make a huge difference. In a world of media connectivity and alternate facts, the scream of one girl can make an entire city tweet and howl.

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Looking forward to trying all of this little lot out soon!

#Unboxing Reading In Heels Subscription Box – March 2019 #ReadingInHeels #bookblogger

Hello all!  The start of a new month brings bookish goodies my way – yay for subscription boxes!!  So the March box from Reading In Heels has arrived so I thought I’d share – you nosey lot!!  Look away now if yours hasn’t arrived yet……..

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  De-stress balm from Scentered – perfect size and smells divine!

Our hero product – a balancing and uplifting balm to ease everyday tensions, soothe the mind and lift the spirits. Take comfort in DE-STRESS when dealing with the demands of modern life, whether it’s a hard day at work, family or personal commitments, or the eternal juggle to keep it all in balance. A 100% natural therapy balm to help keep you centred, no matter where you are or what life throws at you.

Our luxury mini balm is the perfect size to keep in your bag, whilst on the go.

Cordelia Chocolate Bar – from Sweet Theatre

Caramel & Sea Salt… Yum! that is all!  I now need more!!!

Gorgeously packaged wildflower seeds 

And 4 fabulous feminist quotes postcards!!

ooh and then the book!

House of Beauty by Melba Escobar

A thought-provoking Colombian crime novel set in and around a beauty salon in Bogota

House of Beauty is a high-end salon in Bogotá’s exclusive Zona Rosa area, and Karen is one of its best beauticians. But there is more to her role than the best way to apply wax, or how to give the perfect massage. Her clients share their most intimate secrets with her. She knows all about their breast implants, their weekends in Miami, their divorces and affairs.


One rainy afternoon a teenage girl turns up for a treatment with Karen, dressed in her school uniform and smelling of alcohol. The very next day, the girl is found dead.


Karen was the last person to see the girl alive, and the girl’s mother is desperate to find out what she knows. Most important of all: who was her daughter going to meet that night?

Sounds an intriguing read and one I’ve not heard too much about – anybody out there read it already?!  

Another fab box full of some fab little treats! If only I could find a way of making the chocolate last a little longer….. 

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#Unboxing Prudence and the Crow – February 2019

As a pre-Christmas treat to myself, I signed up to the fabulous Prudence and the Crow Book Subscription service after seeing some of their fabulous posts on Instagram!  Their mission is to share their love of vintage books amongst the bookish community, so put together a box each month to suit your tastes – you can choose from Classic Fiction, Sci-Fi, Classic Thriller, Children’s or Random – and then each month for £15 inc P&P, you will receive a fabulous vintage paperback along with a lovely handmade book bag, sweets and other treats – guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Now I forgot to share the unboxing last month (blogger fail!) so thought I’d start with my 2nd parcel from them.  I’ve opted for the Sci-Fi package as I’m determined to increase my knowledge of classic Sci-Fi – and they often have the best/craziest covers!!

So here’s a look at what arrived through my letterbox – yep it all comes in a handy letterbox sized parcel! – this month!

All wrapped up in this fabulous Room With a View envelope!!

Goodies galore!!

Who can resist sweets and tea?! Not me!

A fabulous pencil with the engraving ‘Only Connect’ E.M.Forster, library card stamped with No.2 for my 2nd parcel and fab stickers!

Gorgeous handmade fabric book bag containing this months book – THE BEST OF SCI-FI 5 by JUDITH MERRIL

The Handler by Damon Knight
The Other Wife by Jack Finney
No Fire Burns by Avram Davidson
No, No, Not Rogov! by Cordwainer Smith
The Shoreline at Sunset by Ray Bradbury
The Dreamsman by Gordon R. Dickson
Multum in Parvo by Jack Sharkey
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
“What Do You Mean…Human?” by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Sierra Sam by Ralph Dighton
A Death in the House by Clifford D. Simak
Mariana by Fritz Leiber
An Inquiry Concerning the Curvature of the Earth’s Surface and Divers Investigations of a Metaphysical Nature by Roger Price
Day at the Beach by Carol Emshwiller
Hot Argument by Randall Garret
What the Left Hand was Doing by Darrel T. Langart
The Sound Sweep by J.G. Ballard
Plenitude by Will Worthington
The Man Who Lost the Sea by Theodore Sturgeon
Make a Prison by Lawrence Block
What Now, Little Man? by Mark Clifton
Me by Hilbert Schenck, Jr.

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Another fabulous  package that has made me smile and I look forward to dipping into the Sci Fi short stories very soon!  Which genre would you go for if you subscribed?!

#Unboxing Reading In Heels Subscription Box – February Edition #spoileralert

Is it that time already?! Yay!! One positive for time flying by so quickly is that there seems to be less time in between waiting for the next monthly subscription box to arrive from Reading In Heels so I was very happy to receive my February box this morning and it has brightened a miserable stormy day right up!

So look away now if you are waiting for yours to arrive and don’t want any spoilers as here’s a looksie at what was inside!

Goodies galore!! 😍Coffee Bag from NEW KINGS COFFEE

Blusher from Phase Zero Make Up

Chocolate from LOVE COCOA

And a gorgeous bookmark with a quote from J.K. Rowling!

And then to the book….. THE CHARMED LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by MOLLY FLATT

It is one I’ve seen around but not heard too much about so looking forward to reading it soon – have you read it?

There are success stories – and there are true stories
How would you feel if everything in your life suddenly started to go . . . right? Six months ago, Alex Moore was stuck in a dead-end job, feeling her potential quietly slip away. Then, seemingly overnight, she launched her dream start-up and became one of London’s fastest rising tech stars. At thirty-one, her life has just begun. But Alex’s transformation isn’t easy for those around her. Her friends are struggling to accept her rapid success, her parents worry she’s burning out and her fiancé is getting cold feet.
Then weird things start to happen. Muggings, stalkers – even a wild claim that she murdered a stranger. But when Alex visits the Orkney Islands to recharge, weird turns into WTF. Because there she discovers the world’s oldest secret – and it’s a secret that Alex’s stratospheric rise has royally messed up.
Full of heart and humour, this is a very modern adventure with a most unexpected twist

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#Unboxing Reading In Heels Subscription Box – November

Time to look away if you’re subscribed to the fabulous Reading In Heels as I just received their November box full of more treats!

So here’s a look at what I’ve got to enjoy this month!

Nemi Chai Tea

 A London based company @nemiteas

Honeyrose Bakery Brownie – @HoneyroseBakery

Yum, Yum and Yum again! This may have already been scoffed!!

Korres Bergamot and Jasmine Body Milk – @KORRESuk

This smells amazing and I can’t wait to use it!

Bespoke Postcards

 These are fabulous with literary quotes on them!

 

And the book for this month is

States of Passion by Nihad Sirees

‘Captivating’ – Observer

The world is so strange, The strangest things are the stories you overhear.

When a hapless bureaucrat finds himself stranded in the countryside during a raging storm, he seeks refuge in a grand yet isolated mansion, inhabited by only an elderly gentleman and his unwelcoming servant.

The tale of family secrets he encounters while sheltering there begins with a faded photograph in yellowed newspaper, of a beautiful woman stepping off a train at Aleppo station many years ago. It transports him to Syria’s golden age, to the heart of the mysterious, unconventional banat al-ishreh – the infamous women who live, dance and play music together – and into a tangled web of forbidden love.

States of Passion is a beautifully spun, playful novel about what it means to live within a memory of the past – and about the many faces of a city that might have been.

Sounds just like my kind of book! Have you read it? Interested to hear from people who have!

HAPPY READING!

#Unboxing Reading In Heels Subscription Box – October 2018

It’s my favourite time of the month again! Time to open up the latest Reading In Heels subscription box to see what goodies I’ve got this month!!  And they never fail to surprise me!!

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Time to take a closer look at it all!

Wally and Whiz – Nordic Winegums

Why have I never heard about these before?! YUM!

https://shop.wallyandwhiz.com/

Spacemasks – Interstellar Relaxation

Looking forward to relaxing with these!! Much needed!!

http://www.spacemasks.com/

Heath & Heather Tea

You can never have enough tea! Excited to try these flavours!

 https://www.heathandheather.co.uk/

Aromatherapy Associates – De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil

Even just sniffing it has chilled me out! Looking forward to using this in the bath later!

 https://www.aromatherapyassociates.com/

And to the book…Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic

An electrifying novel of blood ties, online identities, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital age.

At twenty-three, Alice Hare leaves England for New York. She falls in love with Manhattan, and becomes fixated on Mizuko Himura, an intriguing Japanese writer whose life has strange parallels to her own.

As Alice closes in on Mizuko, her ‘internet twin’, realities multiply and fact and fiction begin to blur. The relationship between the two women exposes a tangle of lies and sexual encounters. Three families collide as Alice learns that the swiftest answer to an ancient question – where do we come from? – can now be found online.

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So there we have it! Really love this mix of goodies and yet another book that I’ve heard very little about but am eager to read after seeing that blurb!  Have you read it? Tried any of these products?

#Unboxing Bookishly September Classic Crate – The Jungle Book Edition!

Hello!  More things bookish today and that involves me sharing an unboxing of a fabulous #classicbookcrate that I recently treated myself to!  The lovely people at Bookishly have put together another wonderful box of goodies all centred around the classic THE JUNGLE BOOK by RUDYARD KIPLING. How could I  NOT treat myself when I saw details of this! So here’s a look at what I received this week – and if you click on the Bookishly link above I think they still have a few left now if you want to treat yourself or know of somebody who would love it!

It arrives beautifully parcelled up!! Time to delve in…                                                                                                                                                                                

Goodies galore!!  

                               

Beautiful print!

                   

                                                     I do love a mug!!

the book itself with a stunning exclusively designed cover! 

 Another fab print

                                            

                                                           Postcards and tea!! Two of my favourite things!

 

         

Stunning calendar full of lovely images and quotes throughout!!

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Huge thanks again to Bookishly for creating yet another great set of products and another stunning book to add to my bookhselves! Really looking forward to seeing what other Classics get the Bookishly treatment in their monthly Classic Crates…. and wondering if my bookshelves have room for a few new additions …….😉

#unboxing Reading In Heels #August #spoileralert

Time to share the spoils of my latest unboxing! Reading In Heels is a monthly book subscription box with a difference! You don’t only get a fab paperback release, but also a number of wonderful other goodies each month – all for £10 plus P&P!

So here is what I unwrapped in the August box!!

Night Navy Pencil

This company specialises in bespoke stationery and what better phrase to have on this pencil than this one! @nightnavy

Coconut Lane marble notebook

Who doesn’t love a notebook?! This one uses recycled paper too! @coconutlaneuk

Vinoos Rose Wine Gums

They couldn’t pop a real glass of chilled rose into the box, so they did the next best thing! REAL wine gums! And they’re vegan too! @realwinegum

 Patchology Eye Gel Duo

These are to be used to rejuvenate and restore tired eyes! Much needed for my poor eyes after some heavy reading sessions!! @patchology

Ma’am Darling – 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando clam up. She cold-shouldered Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor.
Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. John Fowles hoped to keep her as his sex-slave. Dudley Moore propositioned her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was in love with her.
For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy. “If they knew what I had done in my dreams with your royal ladies” he confided to a friend, “they would take me to the Tower of London and chop off my head!”
Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding.
In her 1950’s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman.
The tale of Princess Margaret is pantomime as tragedy, and tragedy as pantomime. It is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.
Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues and essays, Ma’am Darling is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography, and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.
 

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So I’m a happy bunny again this month with all the wonderful goodies and a fascinating sounding book – one I’d not heard of before either!!  Roll on next month!!

#unboxing Bookishly Classics & A Cuppa Tea

Hello! Just thought I would share another unboxing with you all – as I know how nosey we all are as bookish folk!

I’ve recently signed up for 3 months with Bookishly  for their Classics & A Cuppa subscription package.  So each month for 3 months you are sent 3 books from the Penguin’s Little Black Classics books, alongside a fabulous bookmark and a packet of yummy tea or coffee to suit your needs!  I’ve found this to be a fabulous way of adding to my bookshelves and discovering some new classics that I’ve shamefully not heard of or read!!

They arrive beautifully packaged up so you can pretend it’s your birthday when they arrive!!

And here’s what books I received this month…

 

Stancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte

‘Reader, if you’re ready, so am I.’

These witty vignettes, set in Charlotte Brontë’s imaginary world of Angria, feature debauched aristocrats, high-society courtesans and the rakish, brooding hero Zamorna, and offer a fascinating insight into Brontë’s early writing.

One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics’ huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries – including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

Matilda by Mary Shelley

‘I gained his secret and we were both lost for ever’.

Mary Shelley’s dark story of a bereaved man’s disturbing passion for his daughter was suppressed by her own father, and not published for over a century.

The Beautiful Cassandra by Jane Austen

‘She has many rare and charming qualities, but Sobriety is not one of them.’

A selection of Austen’s dark and hilarious early writings – featuring murder, drunkenness, perjury, theft, poisoning, women breaking out of prison, men forging wills and babies biting off their mothers’ fingers…

And from Jenier World of Teas there is a sample of..

Fruit & Blossoms Rooibos in pyramid tea bags is a great way to enjoy this refreshing mix of luxury Rooibos tea, fruits and herbs including rosehips, dried red and black currants, lavender and rose petals. The taste is fruity and flavoursome with wonderful floral notes.

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Very happy again this month with the books, tea and bookmark I received! Roll on next month!!

#Unboxing Reading In Heels July Subscription Box #spoileralert

It’s that time of the  month again! The GOOD time of the month when the book subscription boxes start arriving in the mail once more!!  And one of my new favourites is from Reading In Heels who are wonders at choosing a fabulous new paperback to send your way, along with a few other treats – and all for £10 plus p&p!!!  Who can resist?! Not me!!! 

So if you haven’t signed up already, here’s a little look at the goodies that arrived in the mail for me yesterday!!

Gorgeous colour co-ordinated goodies galore!!! 

Kamila Shamsie – Home Fire

From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences.

Practical-minded Isma has spent the years since her mother’s death watching out for her twin brother and sister in their North London home. When an invitation to grad school in America comes through unexpectedly, it brings the irresistible promise of freedom too long deferred. But even an ocean away, Isma can’t stop worrying about her beautiful, headstrong, politically inclined sister, Aneeka, and Parvaiz, their brother, who seems to be adrift—until suddenly he is half a globe away in Raqqa, trying to prove himself to the dark legacy of the father he never knew, with no road back.

Then Eamonn Lone enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The instrument of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined.

Home Fire is a nuanced, searing, and exceedingly timely novel about love and loyalty, ideology and identity, what we choose to sacrifice for and why. With uncanny insight, Kamila Shamsie reflects our world back at us, dramatizing the complicated humanity behind the headlines. 

 Have heard so many amazing things about this book – mainly via YouTube and GoodReads – so delighted to finally have my mitts on a copy!

 Taylors of Harrogate Hot Java Lava

This coffee bag is a powerful, punchy coffee perfect for the mid-morning slump!  Think I’ll be putting this to very good use! 

Sweet Theatre Honeycomb Milk Chocolate

No better combination than books and chocolate and this  is a bar from Sweet Theatre – they make the chocolate bars you see in Theatres – and this is from a range inspired by William Shakespeare’s leading ladies! Yum!! 

 Phase Zero Liquid Lipstick

This is a luxury lipstick at factory prices – I like the sound of that!!  You can find more of the Phase Zero range at @LoveMeBeautyUK

And a rather cute and gorgeous little handbag mirror – the perfect size to take with us at all time!!

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Good value or not?!  Always like to hear your views on subscription boxes and if you’ve read this book too! Let me know what you think!