black, white, read all over

If any word embodied my primary school self, it would definitely be bookworm. I wasn't just any old bookworm, either  I was literally that girl who read during mealtimes and bus trips, much to the confusion of my classmates ('Doesn't that give you headaches?' they'd always ask). I was also a proud library monitor and managed to finish Harry Potter books in under two days, despite the fact that the Goblet of Fire gave me nightmares! To be fair though, I still haven't read it since...

Anyway, with high school came some weird transition and I thought the magic of reading had been lost on me forever. I'm pretty sure that prescribed reading's to blame here, as it's no surprise that having novels forced on you completely sucks any enjoyment to be gained from reading! However, now that I finally have a break from uni for the year I'm desperately trying to get back my reading mojo. Way back in the day I had a reading list and ticked off a considerable number of books, so now I'm going to be bringing it back by reviving my GoodReads account. I also have so many books that have been gathering dust, and with summer coming up it's the prime time to plough through them!

Here I have a couple of classics that I picked up for the pretty covers, but never had time to read before now. I’m also sneakily borrowing the Jane Austen book off my mum (who knew she even had time to read?), but I’m only really interested in Emma since I started watching the new webseries Emma Approved. While I'm still not sure if it beats its predecessor the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I'm enjoying it so far and am pretty sure it'll take off once it has time to get on its feet!

As you can see I've also thrown some Yen and Frankie magazines into the mix, since I've got a bad habit of impulsively buying and not reading them until they're out of date. Anyway, what are you reading right now? I haven't picked up a funny, lighthearted novel in a while, so swing any recommendations my way! Although, I'm pretty much open to everything so any life changing reads would be good too. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!
Posted by : Mani

lindt chocolat café

Celebration du Chocolat, assorted macarons, Lindt Pecan Brownie

If you're anything like me and could count your camera as an extra body part, you'd probably know how easy it is to lose track of the photos you take. I have an embarrassingly large backlog of old pictures that I wasn't feeling at the time, or simply left out since you can only squish so many photos into one post! Anyway, I'm not quite sure why I forgot about these pictures in the first place but they were taken on a sunny winter's day spent catching up with high school friends. Considering I'd never visited Lindt Café before then I was a bit late on the bandwagon, but I anticipated a chocolate overload and the experience certainly didn't disappoint!

Chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream

After much deliberation I settled on the chocolate lava cake, and the memory of it alone is making my mouth water. To say that I'm obsessed with chocolate would be a complete understatement, so the warm and gooey cake insides were right up my alley! Although the lava cake itself was quite rich, I think the ice cream and complimentary dollop of clotted cream did well to cut through all that chocolatey goodness.

Cookies and cream ice cream with hot fudge, brownie sundae

If that shot of melted chocolate doesn't excite you, I don't know what would! Two of my companions went for the ice cream option, which almost made me tempted to try a scoop for myself. Although my friend said that her brownie sundae was sickly sweet, I think it seemed pretty impressive from appearances alone. True to its name, half of the glass seemed to be filled with pure brownie, which could either be a really good or bad thing depending on how bad your sweet tooth is.

Anyway, that's about it for the things we tried! My only regret is that you can't possibly sample everything in one go, unless you like the feeling of an inevitable sugar crash. That being said, I'll probably be back soon to try out those iced chocolate drinks, or the waffles that I've heard so much about. Until then, hope you all have a great week!
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Posted by : Mani