LIFESTYLE : February Favourite Reads

Good Evening everybody and Happy Friday! 

I am always grateful for a Friday night. 

Luke and I successfully adulted after work and did our weekly food shop and in this I managed to add to my tea collection(much to Luke's chagrin).

If you read yesterday's post, you'll know that my tea collection was sitting at 15 boxes... well I added two more..... 

I decided to try a new brand, Taylors and Hemming... I picked up Two flavours that sounded really different, Sour Cherry and also Rose Lemonade. 

I love a cup of tea after work in particular, and now every morning... and at work.... tea is infiltrating my life. 

As I said before, I don't drink Hot Chocolate due to being Vegan and I only drink coffee at work so tea is a lovely way to enjoy a hot drink.

That and I'm British as eff. 

Before we get on with the review - the next part of the Last Guardian has been uploaded : 

So I thought as part of the new 2017 line up, and for my own motivation, I have decided to add book reviews to the blog. 

Reading was a passion as a child and I can feel that coming back to me now.  

I'm someone that has a very busy mind so gaming, reading and chilling out in general is important to calm my anxiety. 

So the First book review is actually one of my favourite Novels. 

It is the Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. 

Now this is in my favourites for a few reasons 

Reason number one - the story changes every time I read it, or more that my interpretation of it does. 

The story is a coming of age story about a teenager (Holden) after he is kicked out of
Pencey Prep. He takes an adventure to New York City in the attempt to evade his parents, until they find out about his expulsion.

 I first read this book when I was fifteen, ten years ago (yikes (the book was originally published in 1951) ) and I remember thinking that Holden was really cool... 

He was drinking and smoking and staying in hotels all by himself.... (I know, I know) it was also one of my first windows into New York City life. 

Now as I read it, I can identify some of the key themes... Holden is lonely, he looks back at the brother he lost and the friends that he has lost touch with. 

He is struggling with his identity.... where is his life going? This is something that hits me very strongly. 

At the moment as a 25 year old, I am very much the master of my own destiny, yet everything I chose doesn't seem to be the path I thought that I would go down.... I also felt this at 15 when I was picking my A level subjects... Feeling lost isn't that uncommon.

Finally, the idea of losing touch with friends is sadly one that becomes common in adult life... those school friends that you thought would be around forever are gone and moving on etc. You look at them on Facebook and cannot help to compare your life.... their highlights become your personal beating sticks. 

I love the way the story is written, it is very much a personal dialogue so I find it very easy to follow. I feel at some points, I could talk back and Holden would hear me... its that close. 

This is a book that I go back to every couple of years without fail and for the life of me I can't remember who recommended it to me. But I am so grateful that I did.

It's well worth a read. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. I am always looking for ways to evolve Hideaway. 

Thanks for reading 

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Unknown said…
I'm desperate to try that tea now! I bet it smells amazing! X
Becky Russell said…
Both are amazing. Well worth a try. The lemonade one is my favourite!
Helen C said…
Ah such a sweet post, I liked the variety of topics. I’m tea-obsessed too and have been eyeing the Taylors of Harrogate brand for ages now in Morrison’s, I’m waiting until there on offer. They have such tasty sounding flavours!! I haven’t read The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger but it sounds amazing from the review. Have a great weekend! :-) xx

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