asking for trouble

September Round Up

Goodbye September! You were quite a whirlwind of travel and work.


My 4 favourite photos

From my Instagram (L-R, top-bottom)

  • Perfectly positioned ghosts, straight from the laser cutters
  • My tomatoes are turning red!
  • Iona Abbey (more on that trip soon)
  • Turquoise water at Carrick-a-Rede in Northern Ireland

Fave 5 from the blog

New stuff in my shops highlights

Links I Loved


Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I didn’t enjoy this as much as the winter version but I liked a lot of the stories and I appreciate how diverse the couples are. Super pretty hardcover though.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was definitely the weakest in the trilogy as it barely tied into the others and the plot made no sense. Lola wasn’t very believable either – she was a cartoon character literally wearing a costume.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was much better and nice to go back to the original location and familiar characters.


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