When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown.
And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.
When I heard that “Where’d you go Bernadette” was being made into a film (released in March 2019) I knew I had to read it. The book is focused primarily on Bee, a young fifteen-year-old girl who happens to be very intelligent for her age. There is also Bee’s relationship with her mother Bernadette, an agoraphobic who was once a thriving architect.
As mentioned in the synopsis, Bee gets straight A’s in her exams so she suggests that the family take a trip to Antarctica. Bee, dad and Bernadette begin to prepare for the trip as a serious of events occur throwing the whole Branch household upside down.
first like to mention that the synopsis is a little misleading. You expect
Bernadette to disappear fairly early on right? Wrong! She doesn’t disappear
until part 5 which is about half way through the book.
mentioned an internet security storyline in the beginning which I liked. She
emphasised the dangers of the internet, hackers and the types of information
hackers can easily get a hold of. It’s scary stuff indeed.
through the first half of the book. It was mostly composed of emails and
letters so it was easy to read. After part 5, the book became a bit
complicated. I didn’t really feel anything towards the characters and I began
to lose interest in the storyline.
say this was “one of the year’s best books”. It was okay but it wasn’t great.
While I enjoyed up until part 5, the book went a bit bland after that. All in
all, I would give “Where’d you go Bernadette” 2.5 stars.
been quite an organised person. I usually get assignments done quickly and
handed in a few days before the due date. So I thought I’d share a few tips
with you on how I stay organised in college…
When you get
you’re assignment and you understand what you’re being asked to do, brainstorm
what to write about first, or if you’re like me, dive straight in. Either way,
start the assignment the day you get it so you can keep on track and keep
procrastination at bay.
Make good use of your notebooks, highlighters, folders etc. For example, I have several envelope folders for different things (1 folder only for assignments). Envelope folders are light and hold plenty of sheets. They’re cheap too. I got these ones for like €1 in a local bookshop.
Use free classes wisely
often a day when a teacher is out, there’s a meeting or the class has been
cancelled. While some students use their free classes for a lengthy chat about
the weekend, free classes could still be put to better use.
Take advantage of free classes by going to the library to study or finish an assignment. If it’s a nice day, you can also go outside and study in the fresh air.
Jot down important dates
Get yourself a notebook/make a bullet journal and jot down
all upcoming assignment due dates and exams.
Water is really important. I drink 100ml water in college (2
small 500ml water bottles). It helps me stay focused and hydrated throughout
Catch up on those Zzzzs
Sleep is important in staying focused throughout the college
day. I’ll admit I’m definitely not a morning person (more of a night owl) but I
still need enough sleep because I’m constantly busy in college. If I’m really
tired after I get home, I’ll go for a nap. Later on I usually go to bed around
11 but the time I go to bed depends on how tired I am.
So there’s my tips on staying organised as a college student.
I hope you guys liked this post and thanks for reading x
Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.
Set on the French Riviera in the
1920s, Tender is the Night charts the captivating lives of American Dick Diver
and his wife Nicole. The pair are the epitome of chic, living a glamorous
lifestyle and entertaining friends at their villa.
Young film star Rosemary Hoyt arrives
in France and becomes entranced by the couple. It is not long before she is
attracted to the enigmatic Dick, but he and his wife hold dark secrets and, as
their marriage becomes more fractured, Fitzgerald laments the failure of idealism
and the carefully constructed trappings of high society in the Roaring
There are three books (parts) within ”Tender is the Night”. Book 1 of “Tender is the Night” was nicely written. In the beginning, we are introduced to young film star Rosemary Hoyt as she arrives in France accompanied by her mother. Rosemary has only been a celebrity the past 6 months but people already recognise her. Rosemary meets Dick Diver for the first time in chapter 2.
Nicole Diver, is described later on in chapter 4 just as Rosemary becomes
infatuated with Dick Diver.
reading book 1 but sadly, the story went quickly downhill as book 2 began.
There were several times where I found myself wanting to skip pages and to try
and figure out where the remainder of the book was headed.
The final parts of the book seemed like an attempt by Fitzgerald to finish the 315 + page novel but in doing so, gradually let the plot slip through his fingers. However, I think the ending was a good and well-structured end to the novel.
I was looking forward to reading “Tender is the Night” after reading Fitzgerald’s most successful novel” The Great Gatsby” which I loved. However, if you are looking to compare the two novels, then I am afraid you may be disappointed.
“No Winter lasts forever, No Spring skips it’s turn” – Hal Borland
It’s officially the start of Spring 2019! Winter clothes are either thrown out, donated or put out of sight while your wardrobe gets a spring makeover.
Spring is a wonderful time of year. Not only flowers bloom but trees grow once again. There are several other reasons why we should embrace Spring and here are a few…
Colourful clothing replaces big winter coats and winter warmers. For instance, cool colours such as a light blue or dark colours such as black or even grey are no longer used as bold, warm and clothing rich in colour like yellow, green and purple are added to our wardrobe.
· Longer days
During Winter, it usually gets dark around 5 o’clock but in Spring it’s still bright outside until around 9.
Spring can dramatically change people’s mood. Due to more sunshine, people tend to feel happier.
· Flowers, flowers, flowers
They bloom and begin to take over dreary landscapes therefore returning them to their pre-winter beauty.
· Warm weather
I don’t know about you guys but I hate the cold weather. In the Winter, I practically live in leggings, tights and knee high boots so it’s nice to change things up and wear more light, colourful clothing.
I hope you liked this post and thanks for reading x
I suffer from anxiety and depression but while I don’t get depressed as much as I used to (thank god🙏) I still get the odd bad day. More specifically a bad mental health day. Everyone gets a bad day once in a while.
are many things to do if you’re having a bad day such as going for a walk or
watching your favourite movie, music helps me on a bad day.
you feel like it’s not your day, your week or even your month, here’s a few
songs from my playlist to help cheer you up a little bit…
Today’s post is a little different. Recently, I decided to start writing about all-things budget-friendly alongside other niches and came up with lots of ideas but I thought why not start off with a mini book haul on a budget?
So I bought three books from my local charity shop. (I plan to have bigger book hauls at a later stage). The books were priced at €2 each or 3 books for a €5! The majority of the books were brand new (Eason’s sticker was still on some of them) and some were listed as my to-reads on my Goodreads account. I’m really excited to read them but for now, here are the three books I bought accompanied by their synopsis.
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
‘ I need you to call me back. It’s important.’
Just days before her sister plunged to her death, Jules ignored her call.
Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules must return to her sister’s house to care for her daughter, and to face the mystery of Nel’s death.
But Jules is afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of this small town that is drowning in secrecy…
And of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
It is Ireland in the 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and home for the first time.
Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home – and homesick. Then, just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma – a devastating choice between duty and one great love.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Sara has never left Sweden but at the age of 28 she decides it’s time. She cashes in her savings, packs a suitcase full of books and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, a town where she knows nobody.
Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps some romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.
With a little help from the locals, Sara sets up Broken Wheel’s first bookstore. The shop might be a little quirky but then again, so is Sara. And as Broken Wheel’s story begins to take shape, there are some surprises in store for Sara too…
I look forward to reviewing these books but until then I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading x
Living ‘Down Home’ with Mammy and
Daddy, she commutes to her good pensionable job in Dublin and stays two nights
a week with her boyfriend of seven years, John.
But Aisling wants more. She wants the
ring on her finger. She wants the hen with the willy straws. She wants the
grand big house with the utility room of her dreams.
When a week in Tenerife doesn’t
result in a proposal, Aisling decides she’s had enough. It’s time for a change.
A new start, a love triangle (well, more of a square) and some home truths force Aisling out of her comfort zone and into a life she never imagined.
I saw this
book in various bookshops and famous Irish authors saying it was “hilarious “and
“moving”. So since the character Aisling was nicknamed the Irish Bridget Jones,
I thought I’d find out for myself what all the hype was about. Needless to say,
I was very disappointed.
This was a
highly overrated book. There’s a ton of Irish phrases on nearly every page but
the thing about these Irish phrases, nobody says them anymore. Even my father
is from the country and he doesn’t say half of the stuff Aisling was on about.
It seemed like an attempt to fill up the entire 272 page book.
If you ask
me it seems like Aisling doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. She doesn’t know
what she wants in life or who she wants to be with. First she wants to get
married and then later on she doesn’t know if it’s for her or not. Aisling is
breaks up with her boyfriend of 7 years but proceeds to want to know his every
move. Who he’s with and what he’s doing at all times. (Bit stalkerish to be
repetitive mention of the GAA really made me consider closing the book there
and then. It was so annoying. Not every Irish person is involved in the GAA.
really any love triangle/square in this. It was just Aisling deciding who she
liked and then comparing that person to her ex John.
There was no
character development. Characters such as Piotr, Aisling’s brother and Donna
seemed to be thrown in for the sake of it. I didn’t really like Aisling’s
character. Aisling was overly emotional, indecisive and did I mention a low key
stalker as well? The book was full of Irish clichés. (Oh the cringe). Overall,
I’m disappointed with how the book played out.
Annual Golden Globe Awards hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg was recently
broadcast on TV. While it was a good night for several series and movies taking
home a golden globe, the highlight was the fashion. Here are some of my
favourite outfits from this year’s Golden Globe Awards…
The actress looked fabulous in this purple beaded gown complete with silver statement earrings.
The A Cinderella Story (2004) actress stunned in this pink sequin Alberta Ferretti dress.
The red head beauty from Confessions of a Shopaholic wore Monique Lhuillier.
The actress stunned in this Michael Kors dress.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace actress looked beautiful in this dress designed by Ralph & Russo Couture.
Mock wore this stylish dress designed by fashion company Off-White
The star of 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk wore Custom Dior.
The Parks and Recreation star wore Viktor and Rolf.
The activist looked amazing in this Cristina Ottaviano gown complete with Yeprem jewellery.
The Canadian beauty wore a red satin Ines Di Santo gown with accessories also from Ines Di Santo.
Mai wore a green gown for this year’s golden globes.
The E! News Co-Anchor looked stunning in a white Gucci gown.
The golden globes 2019 Ambassador and daughter of actor Idris Elba wore this dress designed by Elie Saab.
The star of when a stranger calls (2006) wore a royal blue gown by Jason Wu.
Jamie Lee Curtis
The star of the hit horror movie Halloween looked stunning in a white dress with a glittering accent.
Let’s not forget about the suits…
Seacrest looked smart in a custom Ryan Seacrest Distinction Collection suit and Givenchy shoes.
One half of this year’s golden globes most adorable couple, Krasinski looked charming in a blue Brunello Cucinelli tux.
The bohemian rhapsody nominee wore a custom black Givenchy tux.
So those are my favourite looks from this year’s
Golden Globe Awards. I hope you liked
this post and thank you for reading x
Ellie thinks she’s in love. But then,
she doesn’t know Jack…
Ellie Somerset loves her career –
obsessed boyfriend Sam and she loves her job as an advertising copywriter. But
Sam is always at work and her fresh ideas keep being overlooked.
Her life gets more complicated when
new boss Jack Wolfe – Heathcliff in a suit – arrives at the agency. With his
brooding good looks, trademark scowl and plans for a change, he challenges
Ellie to smarten up and prove herself.
To Ellie’s horror, she finds herself
both repelled and attracted to the sexy and dangerous Jack. But this particular
wolf has an awful lot to hide…
Who’s afraid of Mr Wolfe? Not Ellie.
Not until it’s far too late.
this book in Dealz for about €2. This
book was originally €7.77 in stores. The cover was just so sparkly and pretty.
I read the synopsis and thought well, this sounds good.
In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Ellie Somerset. She’s coming up with an idea involving singing knickers for a campaign which is quite bizarre.
Her co-worker Lesley (also her best friend) is mentioned in the introduction along with other co-workers such as Hugo. The co-workers discover they have a new boss named Jack Wolfe who Hugo has mentioned he’s afraid of.
as an advertising copywriter and is hoping to get a promotion for her hard work.
Alongside her friend Lesley, they come up with a song for their knickers
campaign. Some of the board members think it’s absolutely ridiculous but Jack
Wolfe quite likes their idea.
Jack begins to challenge Ellie which nearly almost ends in the pair bickering and Jack being the arrogant boss with a mysterious past. We learn fairly early on that Jack likes to sleep around.
He charms women and sex is always the end goal. But this time something is different, he is very attracted to Ellie but as her boss there’s nothing he can do as his feelings grow progressively.
stand him always taking a dig at her but later on she seems to grow more and
more attracted to the enigmatic Jack. The spark between them is undeniable and
the two eventually reveal their lust for one another.
The first half of the book was very well – written. Ellie is a feisty, determined character and is not afraid to speak her mind. The chemistry between Jack and Ellie was enjoyable to read as well.
Reading how the constant bickering plays out reminded of a somewhat old married couple but in this case, the two characters would eventually need to give in to their feelings for one another.
The second half of the book was an utter disappointment. The once determined heroine was now an overly emotional, desperate woman who felt she needed Jack to love her.
Jack continued to sleep with other women and frankly, treated Ellie like shit. And the most annoying part, Ellie let him treat her badly. She was so desperate to be loved by Jack even when he continued to manipulate and insult her that it was difficult to finish the novel without skipping pages.
Overall, this book had a lot of potential but
sadly the second half of the book was disappointing.
While there are three modes in the bumble app, the one I will be reviewing in this post is bumble date. I may review the other modes at a later stage.
Wikipedia describe Bumble as a location-based social and dating application that facilitates communication between interested users but with one key difference, women message first.
Bumble is free to download from the google play store. You
can create an account using Facebook or your phone number. For the purpose of this review, I signed up
Bumble have three modes in the one app, bumble date (for
dating obvs), bumble bff (for finding new friends) and bumble Bizz (grow a
network/business with local people)
Creating a profile is easy, just add a few photos of
yourself, enter if you’re active, your star sign, if you drink, what you are
looking for etc. Your profile picture and your age will automatically be taken
from Facebook. Your location will also be used to suggest matches nearby.
On the main page, your first match will appear. Their
picture(s), name, age, and location will also be shown. Swipe left (not
interested), swipe right (interested).
The person icon in the left corner takes you to your profile. Your picture, edit profile, contact and FAQ and bumble coins are shown on this page. The gear icon on the left takes you to the setting page.
Here you can use snooze mode, set advanced date filters, who you are interested in, age and edit notification settings. At the bottom of this page, you can log out.
Go back to main page. Click the message icon in the corner
and you are taken to the match and conversation page. Your matches are shown at
the top. To see who likes you in the match queue, you must upgrade to bumble
If you match with someone, you (female) have 24 hours to
message first. After you make the first move, the recipient then has 24 hours
to respond or the match disappears. In a same- sex relationship, either person
can message first and the recipient must again respond or the match disappears.
My review of Bumble date
I was unable to upgrade to boost due to the fact it had an offer of €20 euro but when I went to pay they wanted to charge me nearly €80! Anyway I continued to use the free version and here is how I got on…
In a month, I had gotten approximately 15 matches. 13
answered so the other matches disappeared after 24 hours. I unmatched with two
guys due to one guy being inappropriate and the other just wanted snapchat
names. So out of 11 guys…
27% wanted my snapchat
22% conversations out of a possible 50 matches
36% were students
19% continued conversation after day 1
81% did not continue conversation after day 1
27% were looking for a relationship
27% didn’t state what they were looking for
18% wanted something casual
27% said they didn’t know what they were looking for yet
I did not meet up with anyone from this app. No dates were
The app is well – designed. It gives the
appearance of a beehive which I liked. The use of colours white and yellow in
the app was really cool.
I like how the woman has to message first. I’m
usually shy to text and in a way this app boosted my confidence in making a
move and saying hey.
It’s easy to text and you can like a message
using the heart icon in the corner.
I like how you can send gifs in the
It’s easy to set up and create a profile.
Bumble have a great support team and they get
back to you fairly quickly.
The location was a big no for me. I hated how it showed my exact town instead of the district like Cork etc. It made me feel uneasy at times. When I contacted them about it they said there was nothing they could do and it goes by your phones location.
The payment for bumble boost seriously needs to be sorted out. I was lucky I spotted the €80 at the bottom of the screen before I entered my credit card!
There should be a filter for the location. I live in Munster and it was showing me potential matches from Dundalk and Dublin which are way too far away.
Bumble is a well- designed app that challenges society and it’s stereotypes. The fact that women text first is a nice modern idea. The majority of people on the app want something casual or they don’t know. There are very few people on the app who are looking for a relationship.
For a while, I enjoyed using the app but it soon seemed like just another dating app in the market. Unfortunately, it looks like the app may be headed into the hook-up culture reputation.
The idea of the name bumble and the beehive appearance is really well done. The biggest problem with the app was the location. I think that if the location was fixed then it would much better. For now, the location problem is bothersome.