5 Ways to Make Time for Reading

5 ways to make time for reading

It might seem strange coming from a book blogger but sometimes I find it hard to make time for reading. You know how it is, after a long day it’s easier to sit on the sofa and watch endless re-runs of CSI or I Found The Gown than it is to work up the inclination to read. Does this scenario sound familiar? Read more

Hello 2015…Hello Blogosphere!

Happy New Year


Happy New Year! January in the blogging world seems to be filled with mission statements and renewed resolutions, or so it seems. I think we all like to take the chance once a year to reassess what we want from the blogs we spend so much time working on.  We all have goals and January is the perfect time to take a moment to set new ones for the year ahead. So I’m taking this moment to make a change and begin the New Year with real vim and vigour! Read more

Reading Apathy: A Case of “Have Books, Won’t Read”


Today is the first of May. Which means that it’s almost 5 months since I last posted anything here at The Female Scriblerian. FIVE MONTHS! First of all, I can hardly believe that so much of 2014 has already sped by. Secondly, and most scary, I haven’t actually finished a whole book in all that time. I start reading them and then fade out, only to put them to one side and fail to pick them up again. I’m not sure what’s happening! Read more

Saying Goodbye to University


I haven’t done a personal post before because I wanted to keep the The Female Scriblerian strictly for book reviews, but since I haven’t been doing a lot of those recently I wanted to explain why.

So here goes: Read more

Friday’s Favourite: Rhubarb and Vanilla Candle


Ok, it’s been a bit of a slow week, so I don’t have any earth shattering, life changing favourite to announce, but it’s the little things that matter right? I’ve also been struck down by the zillionth cold I’ve had this winter, which is why I’ve been a little slow with posts this week. I know, I know, tiny violins are playing somewhere just for me…welcome to my pity party. Anyway I have been feeling pretty rubbish this week so I haven’t been ‘in the right frame of mind’ to think of favourites, but this rhubarb and vanilla candle has cheered me up. So that’s why I picked it.  Sometimes you’ve just got to go with the things that make you smile, and it was the candle or peas, seriously. Aren’t you luck the candle won?

I love scented candles; we have many varieties of them in the house, including one that smells like bluebells and reminds me of my Great-Grandma, but this one is my favourite at the moment. It smells just like rhubarb and custard sweets, which were literally the sweet of my childhood (I just love that sweet but bitter combo) it’s also pink, so that makes me happy. Another deal clincher for “Friday’s Favourite” winner is the fact it was on sale for £1 at Matalan, take that Yankee Candle and your overpriced jars of scented wax!

rhubarb and custard

So there we have it, this week’s “Friday’s Favourite” is my new rhubarb and vanilla candle. What’s your favourite scented candle?

Friday’s Favourite: Gangster Squad

gangster squad

This weeks “Friday’s Favourite” is Gangster Squad. Let me tell you something, my brother and I never want to see the same film, ever. This causes major stress in our family and usually ends up with one, or both, of us flouncing dramatically from the room in a huff. He likes films along the lines of The Expendables, or anything with Arnold Schwarzenegger in it…and, well, I just don’t. So when we both wanted to see this film I knew that something miraculous had just happened. For this reason alone, it would warrant a place on “Friday’s Favourite”.

Anyway, we went to see it this week and it was SO good. The script was a winner for me, it was speckled with some really clever dialogue and just enough period slang to set the scene but not overkill it. I’ve said previously this is one of my pet peeves in any historical drama, there’s either not enough or too much. Gangster Squad had the perfect amount, in my opinion. There was a perfect balance between action and detail and the gore level was also not as bad as I was expecting. Yes there’s a couple of squeamish scenes, but they are relevant rather than just stuck in so Sean Penn (who is brilliant) can run around killing people. I would actually go as far as to say I was surprised by the restraint from gratuitous gore in this film. Gangster Squad also taught me some things about American history that I didn’t know before, which is always nice. I didn’t realise how “new” L.A was, for example, or that it had Gangsters. I knew about Gangsters (Thanks Bugsy Malone), but I didn’t know they ever got to L.A, so it gets points for that!


And, the costumes, can we please have a moment of silence to reflect on Emma Stone’s wardrobe in this film! Everything she wore went straight to my mental wish-list. I’ve heard that her red dress, which is in all the promo posters, was based on Jessica Rabbit, and I can totally see it. I just wish I had the occasions and the resources to dress myself like this. The men aren’t too shabby either, there’s something effortlessly stylish about a man in spats hunting down a King Pin, also in spats. Have you seen this film, or are you going to see it? If you have, what did you think? What’s your “Friday’s Favourite” this week?

I’ll leave you with this little treat, which I enjoyed, and seemed appropriate considering the theme of this “Friday’s Favourite”.