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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | Book & show review

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A long while back my dad got me a bunch of books from a charity shop, and I was sifting through them, finding some I liked the sound of. I thought the miniaturist sounded cool but a bit creepy so I set it aside for a while, not fully sure if I was gonna read it or not. But then I was watch one of Carrie Hope Fletcher’s videos and she recommended it so I thought I’d give it a go!

Just a forewarning that I’m not very good at book reviews but I did say I’d give it a go!

‘The miniaturist is set in the 17th century and is about a girl called Petronella, Nella for short, from a village who marries a rich merchant in Amsterdam to pay off her family’s debt, after arriving at his house he gives her a miniature version of their house as a wedding gift. So she contacts a miniaturist to make some furniture and such for her new house, but the miniaturist starts sending her disturbingly accurate things that they shouldn’t know about and that Nella didn’t ask for.’

Quite proud of that summary actually!

I was pleasantly surprised to say the least, it took me a while to get into as it’s set in the 17th century so it’s a bit of a jump back! But once I got into it I think I enjoyed it quite a bit, there were things that happened that I thought were thrown in there quite randomly. For example the thing that happened to Marin near the end of the book, if you’ve read the book you’ll know what I’m talking about. It seemed just a tad out of character for her and the other character involved.

I think I’d have to say my favourite character was Nella herself, her character development throughout the book was interesting. She started out as quiet, shy and just wanting to make her husband happy. After a series of quite unfortunate events, I think she handled it as well as a young girl in the 17th century could’ve and really came into the role of being the mistress of the house.

You can get the book here from amazon! >The Miniaturist

I also mentioned in the title that this was a show review too, on boxing day (26th December) episode one was aired and the following day, episode 2. I’m not sure if there’ll be anymore episodes but I have to say I’m very satisfied with the ones that I saw! The two episodes pretty much stuck to the book perfectly, the characters were as I imagined them, except Cornelia but she still fit the character perfectly! The only thing I’d say is that the end of episode veered off the tracks a bit, I can’t say much without spoiling  it but even if it did go off the tracks I did appreciate it as it gave me the answers to some questions I had that the book never quite answered.

How was that for my first proper book review? Keep up with the other books I’ll be reading along with my reading challenge over on goodreads!

Until next time 🙂


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A wintery haul

So shocker, I decided to head out to town with my family today as I had a few things I needed to pick up and I didn’t have any other opportunities to go. So I bought more than three things for once seeing as I didn’t have to pay for all of it! There was a low key theme of winter in this haul and I swear it wasn’t intentional!

So first up we have a hot water bottle! It’s smaller than the average one though, why? Because it fits on my stomach better. Why is that necessary? Well my room is fairly warm, however when I get period cramps, a hot water bottle works miracles but the one I have is difficult to carry around and use while I’m trying to get work done. Hence why I have this small one! Pretty long winded explanation for a hot water bottle but there we go! [£2.99]

Something a little less wintery, lip gloss! I was never a fan of lipgloss when I was younger because they were always so… gloopy? But I’ve begun to realise matte lips aren’t my jam and I’ve heard good things about Rimmel’s oh my gloss! so I thought I’d give it a whirl! The shade is Go gloss, or go home. I may write a review on it soon! [£5.48]

Next up we have some teeny tiny baubles; they’d sure fit perfectly with a, say, teeny tiny tree right? If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories you would already know that I recently got bought a little 60cm tree for my room. We only had big baubles for our big tree downstairs so we went to Wilkos and I grabbed these for only £2.50! The real kicker is that they already have the strings tied on so I don’t have to mess about with that.

The next little group of things are all clothes so I’ll just chuck them together! The main reason I went to town was to get some gloves because mine have mysteriously disappeared and after looking for them for weeks and almost freezing my hands off on the way to school, I decided it was probably just time for me to buy some new ones. I managed to get two pairs for a £1 at Primark, they’re both grey though (different shades, of course) obviously because grey is a beautiful colour. (My 8 year old self would be so confused)

I also picked up a large men’s tshirt in a pretty green colour just to wear at home and add to my growing collection of oversized men’s tshirts! (Current tally: 5) Seriously guys, they’re usually only £2 and they’re so comfy and it doesn’t matter how many times they get washed!

The last two things were necessary but not that interesting, I bought myself some new tights because I’m now wearing skirts to school and just whenever I go out and some of my old tights are looking pretty grim. And I also bought myself some more pants because, well, who doesn’t need pants? [Both £3.50 each]

That’s all for now, until next time 🙂

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