BOOKISH FINDS: Frida

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It’s not a book, but my new Frida Kahlo print is too wonderful not to share. I handed in another dreaded assignment at uni yesterday, and this popped through my letterbox at the perfect time. Sarah’s Chapter recently launched her etsy shop, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to buy this print. It’s giving me some serious typography envy. It’s also giving me flashbacks to my glory days in art school. I find Frida Kahlo such a deeply fascinating person and I think this quote perfectly captures the essence of her work. I can’t wait to get it framed and sprucing up my wall!

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REVEIW: The Wrath & The Dawn (The Problem With Characters)

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DSC_0450Writing a review of a book that disappointed you can be hard, especially when that book has a lot of love behind it. There are a lot of positive reviews out there for Renee Andeih’s The Wrath & The Dawn but I’m afraid this isn’t one of them. But that’s okay. We don’t all share the same experiences, life wouldn’t be life if we did, and the same goes for books, because we take a part of ourselves into the stories we read.

For me, characterisation is the most important part of a novel, and it’s what I focus on most in my reviews. Continue reading “REVEIW: The Wrath & The Dawn (The Problem With Characters)”

BOOKISH FINDS: Tea & Paper

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Does anyone remember that self-inflicted book ban I imposed a few months ago? No? Probably not- I put very little effort into staying away from the book stores. Over the last few weeks I’ve come to the decision to embrace my book-buying nature. There are worse things to be addicted to, and I honestly don’t buy financially crippling amounts of paperbacks, so I’m probably not hurting my back account too much. Right?

So I went on a shopping trip to buy some much needed clothes last week, and then came back without any. But I did find some new teas in TK Maxx to try out and two books. They may not have been essential, but they definitely made the torturous journey into town feel worthwhile. I’m also a tea-hoarder. I have several hundred loose leaf tins all waiting to be drunk. Anyway, here are the books I bought:

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

I have been coveting this book for a while now, particularly after reading The Girls. I’ve been enjoying reading more complex female characters recently,  more complex characters in general really. There’s something about a character you can have a conflicted relationship with. It makes a story so much more interesting to read.  I’m looking forward to peeking behind the wallpaper and uncovering the family’s secrets.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I felt like I couldn’t really walk past this book without picking it up. The blogging community has so much love for this book, there are so many strong reviews. Its a story that is so relevant to current issues and has encouraged people to talk about what’s going on in the world. I think any book that can do that is worth reading.

 

Bought any books recently? On a self-imposed book ban, or failing in your book banning?

WWW Wednesday: 12th April 2017

It’s been a hectic few weeks, but with one deadline down and one (and one BIG one) to go, I thought I’d take some time out to share what I’ve been reading over the last few weeks! WWW is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading “WWW Wednesday: 12th April 2017”

REVIEW: The Girls by Emma Cline

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These long-haired girls seemed to glide above all that was happening around the, tragic and separate. Like royalty in exile.

The Girls, Emma Cline (2016)

The Girls is Emma Cline’s debut novel about Evie, a young girl drawn into the dark world of a commune that preaches love and understanding, but hides something much more sinister. Its charismatic leader, Russell Hadrick is loosely based on Charles Manson. It’s not Russell who attracts Evie to the commune though, but the girls he holds in his sway. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Girls by Emma Cline”

MISC: Down the TBR hole #3

It’s been a while since I ventured down the TBR hole. Things seem to conspire against me, and land on my lap all at once, so I’ve been battling with a busy schedule recently. But I’m back on track! Lia at Lost In A Story started this weekly post to trim down the Goodreads to-read list.

The rules are simple:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading “MISC: Down the TBR hole #3”

BOOKISH FINDS: Animals & Absence

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‘Where have you been?’ no one actually asked, but I shall tell you anyway! Easter and summer might mean the holidays, but they also mean final university deadlines. The big ones. The last few weeks I’ve spent desperately scrambling a story together and today is the day that I handed it in, which means freedom for a few days before I start frantically compiling an essay, and then you know, it just a short 15,000 words until I’m officially done. But, in my writer’s panic I let the blog slide. So I’m using these few days of respite to write up some lovely posts ahead of time, so I won’t go missing for too long again! Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Animals & Absence”