Harry Potter, Brunch & The Devil Wears Prada

There’s something about brunch that just screams relaxation and contentment. Especially on a Sunday. That’s why my niece and I decided to go out to a cute little café called Coffee & Cream that wasn’t too far from us (we both live within, I kid you not, sixty seconds of each other.)

I’d been to this cafe once two years ago with my cousin and her husband, thought it was pretty decent, and suggested to Khadijah (yes, my niece is also called that–but if you read my review on Kinkao Thai Restaurant and Peggy Porschen’s Cakes, then you’ll spot the difference in her name;))

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Peggy Porschen’s Cakes: Worth the Visit?

If you’re on Instagram, then you will probably have seen various influencers and bloggers hitting up the chic bakery, Peggy Porschen’s Cakes, specialising in cute cakes, pretty cupcakes, other sweet treats, drinks of which ranges from teas to champagne.

For months, I’d been seeing pictures of it all over my social media, so my interest grew.

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A Court of Thorns & Roses Series

I recently reread this amazing series by Sarah J Maas and figured I’d write a review on it. After all, I need an excuse to talk about how much I love the Inner Circle. (Especially Cassian.)

SPOILERS AHEAD. (Seriously, if you haven’t read these books, do not continue reading the review after A Court of Thorns and Roses because I will talk about what happens.)

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The Undoing of Ryder Burke: A Discussion

LET’S TALK ABOUT TOXIC MASCULINITY, SLUT SHAMING, RAPE CULTURE AND VICTIM BLAMING

TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE

Thirteen days after finishing this masterpiece, I am still thinking about The Undoing of Ryder Burke.

That should tell you something.

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If I Had A Time Machine

When I was around seven years old, my parents and I lived in this little house at the end of a pretty long road. I remember it feeling like forever by the time we finally got to the shops every Saturday, when we did our weekly grocery shopping at Iceland and Tesco’s, buying jams, bread, various cereals, milk and cookies.

Occasionally, we bought chocolates.

Back then, I wasn’t a huge fan of chocolates or crisps. I never saw the appeal to them. We’d moved around a lot, from a flat to a house to a bed-and-breakfast room, to another house, to a house, to a flat, ’til we got to this one.

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The Rest of the Story

When I think of Sarah Dessen, I think of summer. (Even though she does have, I think?, three or four books also set during the school year—Lock and Key, Someone Like You, Saint Anything and What Happened to Goodbye). Her new book, The Rest of the Story, doesn’t disappoint. It is all about summer. It was amazing, truly Dessen-esque, but it hasn’t made its way up to my top 5 of her books.

Here is the summary:

Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten.

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All The Things We Never Said

Firstly, I would love to thank NetGalley for sending over a copy of All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman to give an honest review. I appreciate it so much.

TRIGGER WARNING: MENTAL ILLNESS, SELF-HARM, SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, MENTIONS OF SUICIDE, SEXUAL ABUSE

Synopsis:

16-year-old Mehreen Miah’s anxiety and depression, or ‘Chaos’, as she calls it, has taken over her life, to the point where she can’t bear it any more. So she joins MementoMori, a website that matches people with partners and allocates them a date and method of death, ‘the pact’.

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These Witches Don’t Burn

These Witches Don’t Burn is a spellbinding novel to a new series by Isabel Stirling.

It features everything from (gay) witches, first loves and heartbreaks, trying to get over said first love whilst searching for the Blood Witch in town and trying to solve a mystery to meeting a cute ballerina at a party and trying to flirt and hopefully get a date with her.

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Kinkao Thai Restaurant

So, on the 6th of June, it was the day after Khadija’s 21st birthday and we decided to go to a Thai restaurant (after days of searching for a place).

We took the DLR from South Quay to Island Gardens — from there it was a 2-4 minute walk. It was nestled in a little corner by the Thames, overlooking the expanse of blue sky and fluffy white clouds.

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A Review on BakedbySameera’s Brownies

I came across @bakedbysameera on Instagram and fell in love with the pictures of her brownies first.

They looked glorious. She does various flavours: lotus biscoff, Nutella, Snickers, Lindor, Kinder, Ferrero Rocher, and so many more, as well as mixed boxes. Her small business is based in Manchester.

(Thankfully, she does postal deliveries but those orders are somewhat limited to specific flavours–still, they’re beyond delicious).

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