2014 Preview

2014Preview

We were going to make this into three larger and more detailed posts, but as our uni schedules don’t give us much spare time we’d rather spend our free hours writing reviews and posts for you than waffling on about what’s going to be on P&P in 2014. So starting with books, here’s a sneak peek of what to expect from us this year!

BOOKS – Gemma
To review…
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
books2The Help by Kathryn Stockett

To read…
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
London Belongs to Me by Norman Collins
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Stoner by John Williams
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
1984 by George Orwell
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

BOOKS – Kelly

To review…
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Pure by Andrew Miller
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Wicked by Gregory Maguire

books1To read…
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
Disgrace by J.M Coetzee
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
This Book will Save Your Life by A.M Holmes
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
• More Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

PERFUME
Whilst a trip to Waterstones will inevitably end up with at least one purchase, we’re more cautious with our perfume buying habits. As a result, our fragrance collection isn’t half as big as we’d perhaps like it to be. Nevertheless, in 2013 we acquired many beautiful bottles – Kelly continued expanding her assortment of masculine scents, whilst Gemma encompassed a few male fragrances into her more feminine collection. Here’s a (rather large!) list of those masculines and the other perfumes and colognes that we’re yet to review.

masculine1

To review…
Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf
Dior Homme by Dior – we both absolutely love this fragrance!
La Nuit De L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent
The Sexiest Scent on the Planet Ever (IMHO) by 4160 Tuesdays – we’ve also got lots of samples from 4160 so there’ll be plenty of reviews of their fragrances!
Vanillary by Gorilla Perfume
Karma by Gorilla Perfume
• Lots and lots of Penhaligon’s, including: Malabah, Artemesia, Ellenisia, Lily of the Valley, Endymion, Blenheim Bouquet, Sartorial, Quercus and Opus 1870.
Aqva Pour Homme by Bvulgari
Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier
Antidote by Viktor & Rolf
Black Orchid by Tom Ford
Jasmin Noir by Bvulgari
The Jardin Mystique Collection by Friedemodin
Noir by Tom Ford
Luna Rossa Extreme by Prada
No doubt we’ve also got lots of other samples hidden away too!

To smell and discover…
Much to our delight, in 2013 we discovered loads of amazing independent perfumeries and we hope to continue with our exploration of niche brands in 2014. Those currently on our list to try include Juliette Has A Gun, Etat Libre D’Orange, nu_be and CB I Hate Perfume (we think their In The Library fragrance could be the perfect Pages & Perfume signature scent!). We would also like to smell some more Serge Lutens perfume – we know they’re revered in the perfume community, but we’re yet to find one that we really like… If you can recommend one then let us know in the comments!

We hope you like the sound of everything that we’ll be reviewing this year. If you’ve got any book and fragrance recommendations then let us know in the comments below. We’d also love to know what you’ll be reading and sniffing this year too!

Kelly & Gemma, xo

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