May Favourites | Aesop | Casey Neistat | Peaky Blinders

Again, this is a scheduled post as I’m currently travelling around Cambodia and Thailand on my backpacking adventures. You can keep up with me on Snapchat at flossiepots – or wait until my June Favourites, which I’m sure will be completely obsessed with my travels!

Here’s some of the things I was into in May.

Book: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole 24956528builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war. 

Damn do I wish I’d written this. Life-changingly good. The best look at what social and gender politics might be like thousands of years in the future. I especially liked the idea of the human race splitting and evolving separately, because two groups have been apart for so long. The rich humans evacuate a destroyed earth to Mars, and the poor humans have to just set out for space in spaceships. These two groups, based completely on class, become two different species.

Runner up position is my own short story, because ANOTHER TOGETHER is still free to read! It won’t always be, so download it now if you’re interested. I’m pretty proud of it. :’)

Make up: Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstickjou064_jouer_long-wearlipcremeliquidlipstick_4_1560x1960-rxx6b.jpg
This lipstick is amazing! I’ve got Petale de rose and Watermelon Mermaid. They are both a lovely matte colour which lasts for ages. It rubs off quite easily on my fingers, but if I don’t touch my lips then absolutely nothing gets rid of it.

And people have said they like my lipstick when I wear it, which never usually happens! It’s doing something right.


Youtuber: Casey Neistat


I had an interesting month in May, because I’ve basically consumed no media. I was ill, and then catching up on work from being ill, so I’ve not done much reading or tv.

HOWEVER, I have been watching a lot of this guy’s vlogs. He’s completely wild and does some insane thing every day – I’m pretty sure he’s the exact opposite of me as a person. It’s both stressful and fun to watch. Watch him losing a drone on top of an NYC skyscraper, and then try to get it back.

TV Show: Peaky Blinders

The one thing I did struggle to find time to watch was Peaky Blinders. You all already watch this. The series has just finished and it was intense.


Toiletries: Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant

aesop-online-skin-tea-tree-leaf-facial-exfoliant-30g-c_2.pngThis an expensive but excellent facial scrub. It’s not a gel – you have to add your own gel to the dry scrub, which I love because it lets me control the thickness, and how rough I want it to be. Really refreshing – and it feels so natural, as it’s made of walnuts and tea tree.

Thing: Embossing press

This is a niche one. I saw some Bookstagramers use an embossing press to mark their books with a little stamp saying ‘EX LIBRIS [NAME]’, and I was immediately like I COULD USE THAT FOR BOOK SIGNINGS!!

So I got a press which I can use to add a little extra detail when I’m signing books – it says ‘SIGNED BY LAUREN JAMES’. It’s so cute! Everyone always goes OOOOH when I pull it out. Best investment ever. Here’s mine.


Okay, I’m gonna go back to lazing on the beach now (hopefully that’s what I’m doing when this posts!). HAVE A GOOD JUNE.

Previously: April | May | June | July | August | September |October | November |December |January |February | March | April

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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