Books We Love



1. Banana cake | 2. Kitten | 3. Tea party | 4. Sunset | 5. Flowers

6. Arrangement | 7. Mango cheesecake by Olivia | 8. New books | 9. Popcorn | 10. Gromit!


I’ve wanted to do this for such a long time, and this weekend in a rare post-exam activity lull I finally got around to it!

I took some card and cut letters out (two of each) as well as lots of strips to put them together.

Then I put them together to make 3D letters. I used sellotape, because it was quick and easy, but if you were feeling really enthusiastic you could make little tabs to stick it all together.

Then I used some PVA and a paintbrush and covered them in pieces of newspaper and a few crafty papers. I mostly used the books and arts section of newspapers, and some pictures. Then I popped them on the wall with my new Penguin postcards (ultimate book lust) and created a little haven to read in.

Et voilà!

P.S. Today is Miss Mustard’s birthday, so a lovely cakey day to her!

1. Orlando, Virginia Woolf – My course book for last week

2. A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf – notice a theme emerging?

3. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys – Another course book but I loved reading it, and the film is on iPlayer at the moment!

4. A ton of journal articles about women, creativity, hysteria and Woolf. Highlighting for added studiousness.

5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carré – I’m determined to read this before I see the film, but at a weighty 400 pages it might take me a while!

What are you reading this week?

Yesterday I acquired this mustard handbag for a bargain £5 in one of the brilliant charity shops in Liverpool. Someone has cut out the over the shoulder strap, I rather like carrying it as it is, but I might add a new strap soon.

I spent my morning helping out at an English department open day, chatting to lots of fresh faced, nervous students. It was lovely to help people AND I left with these free books as the department was giving lots away!

1. Free books. Ok, not quite free, but today I got a parcel of books that I bought with book tokens from my lovely family. And there are more on their way! Best thing ever.

2. Today I FINALLY went to see the last part of Harry Potter, and loved it! The air conditioned cinema was particularly welcome in this crazy heat.

3. A crafty bit of fancy dress. Last night was the first English Society social of the year, with a literary character theme. I went as Peter Pan, and whipped up this quick headdress in the afternoon. I’ve sewn the feathers onto some elastic, and then covered up the stitches with a little extra piece. Add a safety pin and there you have it!

4. Curry. I can’t get enough of it – it’s all I want to eat, night and day. I’m making some now!