Countless by Karen Gregory ~ A Review

‘Love means holding tight
Love means letting go’

Countless is a moving and emotional novel that follows the story of Hedda, a girl very much controlled by her mind. She struggles with her eating disorder on a day to day basis, and until she takes a pregnancy test, her life has quietened down. She knows deep down that she cannot give up this baby, but she is also terrified of the weeks that will follow.

Countless is raw, and treats mental health the way any teenager would who has been fighting one as long as she can remember. It felt uncomfortable at times reading parts of the novel, but I understand that it is an important issue to tackle today in society. Gregory uses this novel as an allegory to show that many other girls are facing similar problems which they find themselves struggling alone. Countless reminds the reader that we are not alone and things will get better.

I loved the characters and Hedda in particular – I feel like her character was already developed from the start which added to the plot and gave the reader a reason to carry on. Why has her life ended up like this? Will she be able to cope with the bump and her eating disorder at the same time? At first, I had my doubts about Robin, the boy next door. He sounded very cliche to me but as the novel progressed he reader learns more about his character that sets him apart from other characters.

All in all, I didn’t enjoy Countless as much as I thought I would, but it is an acquired genre and I felt myself likening to Hedda as I read more. A sensitive topic that Gregory captures successfully through Hedda’s fight story.

Autumn and what it holds | The Sweet Review

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Autumn – the crisp smell of leaves and dry air; warm jumpers and dressing-gowns – is definitely my favourite time of the year. Yes, Summer and Spring is equally as lovely, but there’s something about Autumn that just screams books (and hot chocolate, of course). In this post, I will be exploring why that is, and how best to enjoy an afternoon on a rainy day.

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First off, you need to set the scene. This won’t take long if you want to read a page or two, but for those long hours reading, I strongly suggest to do this. Whenever I get time to read bucketfuls, I find the sofa the best place to sit. Make yourself a hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows and cream, and light a scented candle for the best results. Here I have Our Own Candle Company’s Lemon Pound Cake; my go to when reading. It’s the perfect scent for Autumn and smells DIVINE!

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Then of course, you need to choose a book. My two favourite types of books to read in Autumn are my old favourites, and horrors. The two oldies I’ve grabbed for this pic are Harry Potter and Eleanor and Park. Both are magical in their own way, which is perfect for Autumn. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire’s my fave- it’s set around Autumn/Winter also! And of course, horrors. I adore scary books, especially around Halloween time. Here I have Say Her Name, my favourite horror (partly because it’s a children’s book!). An easy read, you could get through this novel in one night.

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So there you have it! That’s how I like to spend my afternoons, but let me know what you like to do in Autumn, and if you like the season in general.

~The Sweet Review

 

 

How to sort your bookshelf like a pro | The Sweet Review

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Hello all! I hope you’re having a lovely day 🙂

So today I thought I’d put a little post together for you all. I know a lot of people struggle with making their bookshelf look good, or even choosing the bookshelf itself and making it match your room.

But fear no more!

I have all the answers to your questions, just keep on reading.

First of all, you need to have a bookshelf to be able to put your books in. I know that seems the most obvious thing, but it’s true! A while ago, I moved in to a flat and didn’t have time to think about the layout of my room. And eight months later, I still haven’t achieved my dream room layout. But, I do have a lovely little bookshelf that sits in the corner of my room. It’s more like a book-cabinet (that’s probably not a thing but now it is).

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In the summer, when I rejuvenate my room with the money I’ve saved, I am going to have  three shelves above my bed. This will give me more space for my endless supply of books and will fit in better with my room as a whole.

So as you can see there are lots of different types of bookshelves to buy, and even to make, if you’re into DIY. And once you’ve got your bookshelf sorted, the next step is to sort out your books.

There are a number of ways you can do this which I went through when sorting out my bookshelf. I used YouTube to help me sort out my books and I also came up with a few myself:

  1. Colour-coding – the ultimate art of sorting your books to make them look beautiful. It’s not the most sensible way to do things but it’s DEFINITELY the prettiest! My bookshelf at the moment is sorted using this method, going from white to red on the first shelf, then red to turquoise on the next and on the last shelf it goes through the colours purple, blue and black.  
  2. Author’s name – this is the pretty simple way to sort out your books – by the name of the author. You can base it on their first name but it’s typically done using their second name.
  3. Series and singulars – yes, I made up this name. I call this series and singulars because it consists of the books sorted into either series or single ‘one-offs’. With practise, you could make this quite pretty by adding little touches, such as themed bookmarks or Pop Vinyl figures. This one does take a lot of effort, which is why I haven’t done this method, but it IS very rewarding!

And there you have it! Of course there are many more ways to sort out your bookshelf but the three I mentioned are my personal faves. However, putting aside methods and all that malarkey, the best way to have a nice bookshelf is to have nice books! When sorting out your bookshelf, think to yourself, do I really need this book? Will I want to read it again? And by doing this, you will easily be able to get rid of books you don’t need. I must have given more than twenty books to charity, and now my bookshelf displays only the best!

I’m glad I sorted out my bookshelf – it was about time! And if you have piles of books lying everywhere like I did, it’s about time to sort yours out too.

I hope these little tips help!

~ The Sweet Review

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