Book Review: Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent

Title: Late Whitsun
Author: Jasper Kent

Publication Date: October 2016

Page Count: 238

Rating: 4/5

The Blerb

Normally I write a Blerb about the book but as I did it on my previous post I decided not to do it again. You can read the blerb here.

Review

I was given a copy of this book as part of a blog book tour I was doing. Even though a review wasn’t required I read the book anyway and thought it should be reviewed.

I did enjoy this novel, the only reason it got 4 rather than 5 stars is simply because I didn’t find it intensely engrossing. The story was good, the twists were good and the character development was great but it wasn’t a page turner I couldn’t put down.

It was a nice easy read, I didn’t feel invested the way I do with other books but I did find it enjoyable.

I would highly recommend reading this book.

You can purchase the book here

For a chance to win a signed copy thwn please check out my previous post linked above.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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Confessions Of A Plannerholic: Disappointing Purchases 

Hey Everyone! 

So as you may have noticed there was not a Confessions Of A Plannerholic post last week. Us ladies have decided that we will switch to fortnightly posts from now on.

Today’s post is to discuss disappointing purchases we have made in our planner journey.

Surprisingly this was something that I struggled with a bit as I can’t say I’ve been overly disappointed with anything I have tried. I have however found myself less keen on things that I thought I would.

First off would be the Purple Malden. This was my unicorn and I finally bought it, I used it for a few months however as it turned out I preferred the Ochre. The purple is amazing quality don’t get me wrong but it didn’t feel as nice in my hands and the colour was slightly different to what I’d seen. This is apparently quite common with the purple style. 

My 2nd would be the happy planner. I loved the inside but it felt to flimsy in my hands, I wouldn’t have dared actually take it out of the house. The plastic covers while pretty did not feel functional at all.

The 3rd is the Lamy Fountain Pen. Now to be fair I did win this and was really excited by it but I just didn’t like writing with it. I don’t know if it was because of the medium nib or what but it just didn’t wow me at all.

I think that’s it really, I am lucky compared to some who have had very unfortunate situations happen.

​For other instalments of Confessions Of A Plannerholic please see the following Blogs and Vlogs and join our Facebook Group to stay up to date:)

Soggy Musings 

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The Stationery Geekette x

Life Update!

Wow! August already, who can believe it. This year is flying by isn’t it.

July has been the oddest month for me and my little life.

So if you’ve read my last 6 Months update you will know I got a part time job, a job which I lost yesterday due to Childcare conflicts. I’m a bit gutted about the money but glad to have Saturdays with the family back.

I am still volunteering at Gisborough Priory and love it.

Now for the exciting parts. I launched a new business selling a book subscription box. This isn’t just a box you get in the post, it’s also membership into a bookclub. 

We have discussions about books, competitions, Subscriber Houses, giveaways and so much more. Every box is personalised too.

I’ve set up a Goodreads, Instagram and Facebook group for it and so far it’s doing brilliantly. I sold all the boxes in the first few days.

Secondly I was contacted by Future House Publishing who have asked me to join there Alpha Reader Reviewer team. Which I accepted! Who doesn’t want to recieve ARC and books to review free! I love love love doing this.

Thirdly I was contacted by Rebecca From Dodopad who told me Steve Morton from Philofaxy had recommended me as an influential blogger in the plannersphere and asked if I would like to receive the new Dodopad Block Paper pads to review.

I jumped at the chance. I’ve always liked Dodopad and I’m excited to see how there notepaper compares to others.

I received the items on Friday and conducted experiments yesterday so that review post will be up later this week.

So my main focuses going forward are my blog, business and reviewing. I aim to improve my writing and posts and hopefully can make that all take off so I can earn a little money from it while trying to figure out working and childcare.

Now I have my Saturdays back I can finally get around to finishing the unpacking and sorting the bedroom out, rearranging the girls bedroom ready for the toddler bed, set my desk up for work and sort out a reading corner.

I’m really happy going forward, I feel full of new possibilities. My focus is where I feel it needs to be.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love

I had eagerly awaited Eat,Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I was hoping it would be as inspirational as when I read Wild by Cheryl Strayed however I was quite disappointed this wasn’t the case.

So when I started reading it was soon apparent that the book had religious overtones, now I am not a religious person but have no problem with reading books with a subtle religious overtone.
I found I grew quite bored not that far into it. Overall the stories of the people she met and things she did on her travels were good, interesting to read but all the bits between I found very dull.

It felt like the book had to much filler, completely unnecessary. Take for example the brief history and explanation of Buddhism,  it wasn’t needed.

I also found that the book bordered on preachy in many parts. For me almost the entire Chapter on India could have been reduced massively. I probably found this the most boring part. The only redeeming feature was the introduction of Richard from Texas.

I can see how many love this book but I honestly struggled to find a groove with it, it took me so long to get through as I kept putting it off and really didn’t want to give up on it.

There was a couple of gems in there quote wise that did resonate with me and I will definitely be taking them away with me.

“Instead, try admitting to the existence of negative thoughts and feelings and understand where they come from and why they are there. Then with great forgiveness and fortitude -dismiss them.”

When referring to negative thoughts..

“You may not come here anymore with your hard and abusive thoughts,  your plague ships of thoughts, your slave ships of thoughts,  your warships of thoughts – all will be turned away. Likewise, any thoughts that are filled with any angry or starving exiles, with malcontents, phampleteers, mutineers and violebt assassins, desperate prostitues, pimps, seditious stowaways – you may not come here anymore either.”

Other than that I just found the book lacking, disappointing and not interesting.

I would still recommend people read it as they may get something from it that I never and reading it is most definitely an experience. I would rate the book 2/5 overall.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

My Book Journal 

I love reading. I have been an avid reader since I was very young and I imagine that I will continue to be as I get older.

I never usually track my books, take notes or review them on paper (I’ve done a few reviews on this blog).

Since getting the Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook I decided to create a book journal insert so I could make notes on the books I am reading, review them, write about them and then eventually I will convert them into blog posts.

I started my book journal with a little book shelf picture I drew and listed each book I wanted to read before moving on to others. 

While I haven’t been using it long I do really enjoy making notes in it and writing down my thoughts on the book.

I’d love to hear from you if you keep a book journal and are an avid reader. Do you have any tips of what to record in the journal I may not have thought of?

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Half-Year Planner Set-Up Review

I know I am a little late with this post but they do say it’s better late than never!

When I started the year I had the lovely Leuchtturm 1917 in action along with a Ban.do and personal planner among others.

6 Months later I have to admit my set-up has completely changed.

It’s a constant ‘working’ progress to see what fits with my lifestyle, especially as it changes and evolves.

So let’s have a look at what I am using now. 

Wellness Planner by Kikki-K. This is my everyday planner,  tracks everything from cleaning, orders, appointments and expenses. This is by far my most used planner. The biggest change is that I have gone from personal to A5. I find this much better especially since I don’t take it out with me, it allows therefore for more use and purpose. 

Walnut Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook. This is my blog planner and my most recent change. Prior to this I was using the Wellness for blog planning and a Carpe for everyday. I like having the seperate books which I can take out as and when necessary plus it’s easier to carry about if I need to take it out of the house. Plus how nice does it look with the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows charm from AlyMarinaCraft

Mint Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook. This is a completely new addition with a completely new purpose. This is my creative ‘journal’. In here I have a journal, book journal, doodles book, quotes book and Projects. I use paints, pens and lots of ephemera in this and it is my favourite by far. It’s nice to have somewhere to just scribble, write, doodle and let go.

Nordic Personal Planner by Paperchase. I got this in the sale recently simply because I’d lusted after it since it was released in 2015. I wasn’t using this until yesterday however due to a new business venture I have now decided to use it to write down all the business specific things to keep them seperate and in one place. 

Adelphi pocket size by Filofax. I have so much love for this little gem. This is my handbag planner. It has details I meed to carry about for my job, volunteering job and everything I need to buy while out and errands to run. It’s not neat, decorated or anything. It’s just there to perform a function. If I am out and need to note something I will in this then transfer it to the right planner when I am home.

I also have two clipbooks for studying but they are literally only for that purpose and not decorated or anything. 

I think I have covered them all now. I have the new Reset Girl Carpe Diem in Ballerina coming in August as I preordered it. I will in all likelihood swap my everyday planner to that but I’m not sure yet as I don’t want the Wellness planner to not have a function.

Stay tuned for more info on my business venture as I am sure you book lovers will enjoy this:)

Thank you for reading 🙂

The Stationery Geekette x 

My Planner Inserts Review

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If you are like me you’ll spend forever trying to find the perfect insert for your planner. You spend a fortune on them just to find out that they don’t work for you.

Some of us are lucky enough to be able to create our own and then there are people like me who just suck at it and printing double sided isn’t a possibility either.

There are a few great people out there who make custom inserts designed around your specifications. Just – So – Stationery is probably the most thought of and I am currently using some from there.

However I was talking to another lady, Nicola, who said she has also started making custom inserts and offered to send me a free sample.

We discussed at length what it is I would want from an insert and a couple of weeks later my sample arrived. I received a personal and A5 sample.

Both designed the same way however due to the personal nature of some things written on the personal size I do not have any pictures of that size.

I used the A5 size in my blog planner and I have to say the quality is amazing. Printed on 120gsm paper they are thick enough to handle all the pens I tried.

The paper is smooth and has a great sense of quality. The layout was exactly what I had asked for. The only things I would change would be to box my days and have black rather than grey ink both of which were my choice.

I really like them and will definitely be looking at purchasing some when my current inserts run out.

For more information please visit My Planner Inserts

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Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x