November

Eating: Toasted cinnamon and raisin bagel with slightly salted butter.

Drinking: Reheated green tea, ‘cos I let the pot get cold and I don’t want the teabag to have had a wasted life.

Listening: To Oh Land and loving the mystical trippy videos that go alongside.

Watching: The Hunger Games 1 & 2 in preparation for the release of number 3 later this week. All the feels.

Reading: ‘Women in Clothes: Why We Wear What We Wear’ by Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton and Sheila Heti. Weirdly entertaining look into women’s minds as they get dressed.

Writing: Book #4 of the Equilibria Series for NaNoWriMo 2014 but currently feeling uninspired.

Planning: This week is the busiest week of my year, no joke. Planning everything with military precision.

Before He was Famous by Becky Wicks

Before he was famous

I really enjoyed this story, showing the other side of fame, the tangled web of relationships both real and false. The two main characters were compellingly written, with real depth and history that made their love that much more special.

The twists and turns in the story kept the pace up while also managing to focus wonderfully on the turmoil that Chloe and Noah are experiencing as they try and get used to the roller coaster ride that Noah’s life is taking them on!

Definitely a recommended read, with an extra chapter and accompanying playlist available on the author’s website that is well-worth a listen.

See this book on Goodreads.

Down and Out in Beverly Heels by Kathryn Leigh Scott

Beverly Heels

I expected this book to be a bit of light-hearted fluff that would occupy some downtime I had coming up. It turned into a fun romp through the behind-the-scenes aspects of Hollywood, with a mystery to be solved and a heroine that surprised me.

Meg Barnes made for a likeable character. She was smart, sympathetic to other’s plight (despite being in no small way worse off) and genuinely just trying to get back on her feet. After a stressful run-in with the paparazzi due to her con-man husband taking off with half of Hollywood’s money, she opts for self-preservation instead of status and returns to find that she has nothing. No house, no career, no money.

Making the best of a bad situation, she continues on with her life. The book gave an interesting view on a scenario of homelessness that just doesn’t measure up with the glamorous portrayal of Hollywood’s perfection.

Check ‘Down and Out in Beverly Heels’ out on Goodreads.