Annnnd I’m back….Again…

I won’t bore you with an update of my life, nor a promise of consistent posts or even content that you will want to see. We all know I am anything but consistent when it comes to this blog, that I pay for, and do not use. At this point, it’s been so long since I last blogged I may as well start from scratch.

Welcome or welcome back to my little corner of the internet. Where I plan to share the little bits of me with the world and hopefully not embarrass myself along the way.

I will say that since my last post in April 2020 I have continued on the book reading, my goal last year was 50 books and I was just short by four! I was so proud of myself considering I had a few months where I didn’t read anything at all. This year I have set it to 50 again with the hope that I will achieve it and maybe even pass it. So far as of today, I am eight books in!

And, I did read Girl, Woman, Other after that post. It is one of my favorite books and I plan on doing a whole heap of belated reviews. Thankfully I kept a reading journal and annotate my books, so I will be able to recall alllll the feels when I make my review posts.

So to kick off the 2022 posts I will share my reading goals for the year:

  • Borrow more books than I buy, use the library and only buy the books I love
  • Read 50 books in the year
  • Read one Non-Fiction book per month/ 12 in the year (I wont be strict on the one per month rule)
  • Read before bed to wind down
  • Use Storygraph to track my reading
  • Fill in my book journal at least once a week and review each book & take notes as much as you can.

Should be doable…

I have of course joined MANY year-long readathons and challenges… “Hi my name is Marteen and I’m addicted to readathons”

I am taking part in the following:

  • Buzzword Reading Challenge by Books and Lala – announcement video (here)
  • Popsugar Reading Challenge – link to post (here)
  • The Avengers Reading Challenge – Instagram page (here)
  • Pondathon II –
  • Disney Lovers Readathon – Instagram page (here)

I *think* that’s all of them…this does not count the monthly ones that I add on top and book clubs or buddy reads 🙃


Spotlight Sessions: Scratch&Pout

Scratch&Pout review :o)



One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to take better care of myself, so what a better way than to pamper myself and indulge in the world of nail lacquers!

Scratch&Pout is a new funky, indie brand which supplies some of the most unique and exclusive colours, which are cruelty free and vegan-friendly! Some of the brands that adorn the site are, Crazy Rumours, Floss Gloss, Glamour Doll Eyes, The Balm, Smokey Mountain Lacquers and Trust Fund Beauty.

Many of the brands are not known as well as your standard polishes, such as Barry M or Maybelline – and this is where the magic begins. These smaller brands have niche and unique products that are not widely available in the UK, meaning you will be setting the trend with your new purchase.

SOOOOOO…I, myself, decided to try a few of their nail lacquers and would like to give you a…

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