slayer – book review

slayer – book review

Slayer by Kiersten White
Simon & Schuster
Pub date: Feb 21st 2019
4/5 Stars

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Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

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feminists don’t wear pink – book review

feminists don’t wear pink – book review

The other day at work, while we were generally chatting about films and TV and the like, a male co-worker announced that he didn’t agree with Brie Larson’s comments about not wanting white males on her press tour. Automatically, myself and another guy I work with said: ‘that’s not what she meant’ – he then immediately stepped back and allowed me the floor to explain that Larson wanted her press tour to give opportunities to women that normally were not accessible.

We had a spirited debate, where he argued that the right person for the job should get to do it and if they are a white man, they shouldn’t be punished for that; I pointed out that those women could be the right person, but they never get the chance to prove that because the spaces are already filled with aforementioned white men. It was all very respectful and we hugged it out after, but I didn’t realise until I went on my lunch break that a third co-worker, at the same time the original issue was brought up had said ‘you’ve just said that to the wrong person.’

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charity birthday book haul

charity birthday book haul

Hey everyone! So, Sunday 17th February was my birthday! I’ve reached the grand old age of 23 and had a lovely weekend celebrating (aka I ate A LOT of food!).

As you may or may not know, this year I put myself on a book buying ban with one exception: my birthday. The main focus of today’s blog is a little project I like to call my Charity Birthday Book Haul.

I am a massive supporter of charity shops; the rare occasion I go Marie Kondo on my belongings, the majority of them get sent to my local stores. They are an endless well of bargains (okay, if you sift through enough!) and a great place to find books without breaking your bank.

I took a little of my birthday money (and put the rest into savings like A Responsible Adult) and went on a spree to get as many books as I could, all from charity shops! As well as looking at what books I found, I’ve provided some details on the charities my money will go towards and links for you to donate yourself if you feel inclined.

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music shuffle tag

music shuffle tag

My lovely pal Becca created a music shuffle tag and my other lovely pal Michaela tagged me to take part!

Basically, you put your itunes/spotify/music streaming service on shuffle and think up a book, character, ship or plot point that the song you land on reminds you of! There’s no need to explain your choices (although you can if you like), it’s your opinion and that’s what matters. Then tag 5 – 10 bloggish friends and see what they come up with!

Here we go:

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my february tbr

my february tbr

Hey folks! We’re settling into February nicely so I figured its time to share my TBR for the month.

I did some polls on Twitter in the following categories: ‘grown up books’, LGBT, historical fiction, sci fi & fantasy and non-fiction! My lovely followers then voted and here are the winners:

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because i read…

because i read…

I’ve seen a few posts recently about how if you read and enjoyed ‘x’, you’ll also like ‘y’ book and I find them so useful to get recommendations. Here I’m doing something similar, picking a book that I liked and looking for something I haven’t read but seems to be in the same ballpark.

Obviously, I haven’t read the second book so I’m going off blurbs, reviews and a few friends’ recommendations to try find books that contain matching elements.

Basically, I’m making a new TBR pile based on novels I already love!

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the book interview tag

the book interview tag

Hello everybody! And hello new followers – somehow there’s 99 of you?? What?? This seems like a good time to introduce myself a little better and get to know you all!

I put it out into the Twitterverse that I’m not good at writing ‘About Me’ and my gorgeous friend Michaela @ A Novel Idea, one of my favourite people in the world, came up with a list of prompts for me to answer! I joked she was interviewing me, so I’m turning it into a tag: The Book Interview. 

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favourite books of 2018

favourite books of 2018

Am I too late to join the party? We’re a week into 2019 and I feel like everyone was done and dusted with their best of 2018 posts before the end of December. Ah well! Here we go anyway.

In 2018 I read 115 books (my goodreads challenge was 100) but looking back on it I feel like I can barely remember anything from before, ooh, about November?

Still, I’ve dug back into the recesses of my dusty memory and picked my top 5 books from 2018! These aren’t necessarily books published in 2018 (although a couple were), just ones I got my hands on during the year and loved entirely.

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new year’s (book) resolutions

new year’s (book) resolutions

Happy New Year everybody!

And Happy New Blog to me!

The last time I created a blog it was to help me document the struggle of auditioning for singing jobs; ironically the week after my first post I got a job and the blog sort of petered into nothingness.

But that won’t happen this time, because this time I’m talking about my one true love: books.

And so, with the new year being a time for fresh starts, I’ve decided to make some reading resolutions! At the end of the year, as long as my goldfish attention span hasn’t wandered off somewhere else, the plan is to come back to this post and see if I’ve managed to stick to my resolutions.

So, without further ado, here are my four New Year’s Reading Resolutions:

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