Top Ten Tuesday- 14th November 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment of by creating their own blog post.

This week’s topic is all about the books you want your future children to read. Or nieces and nephews. I keep choosing the same handful of books each week, which is great because they are soooo good, but I want to try and find a couple more this week! I thought I’d change it up a little bit and do books I wish I’d read as a teenager (and still haven’t). Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday- 14th November 2017”

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REVIEW: Elijah’s Mermaid by Essie Fox

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DSC_0937Set in the underworld of Victorian London, Elijah’s Mermaid pulls you into the darker side of society. The places nobody dares to go, or keep to themselves if they do. It’s a world that is ruled by fear and shame, secrets are as common as air. Women have little power and almost no control over their fate; they are passed around, shove aside, locked away. Yet despite the darkness, an unlikely relationship flourishes. Continue reading “REVIEW: Elijah’s Mermaid by Essie Fox”

DOWN THE TBR HOLE #12

EtheringtonHeaders-Down the TBRIt’s been nearly a month since my last Goodreads clear. So I probably should dust off the shelves and see which books need to go! And which ones need to be bumped up the list!

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 “DOWN THE TBR HOLE #12”

WWW WEDNESDAY: 8th November 2017

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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?

Hello, it’s me. I haven’t done a WWW Wednesday since the middle of October which seems shocking. I have been reading, I swear – but I read a couple of manuscripts during my internship that I can’t really talk about, so I’ll stick to the books I have read. It’s been a slow few weeks on the reading front but I have finished a few. Continue reading “WWW WEDNESDAY: 8th November 2017”

Top Ten Tuesday: 7th November 2017

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My Top Ten Tuesday game has been fairly poor recently, so has my blogging. Turns out working 9-5 and running a blog requires some serious time management, and more that a little motivation. The clocks went back this week, and the darker nights have made me a little lazy, but I’m back and hoping that a little bit of preparation will help me get back on track! This week’s topic is: Top Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders.

I thought I’d pick ten characters who would make great leaders because they don’t follow the status quo. They push for change even when that means making themselves vulnerable or they are always there for the people who need them. Some of them just march to the beat of their own drum.

Starr from The Hate U Give

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She’s brave, passionate, and her courage to stand up drives change and gives other the encouragement to do the same.

Simon from Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Simon has a refreshing take on the world, and of high school. He handles some difficult moments well, and doesn’t compromise who he is. Although he does make mistakes and apologises for them.

Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic

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Lila literally barges into the action, whether Kell wants her their or not. She seizes the opportunity for adventure, even when that means stumbling into a world that isn’t her own.

Oliver from Submarine

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Oliver’s world is weird and wonderful. He sees things in a way others doesn’t. It makes him act a little irrationally, and sometimes insensitively but he never tries to change for others. I don’t think he even realises not everyone sees the world the way he does.

Hermione from The Harry Potter Series

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Hermione is who she is and she doesn’t hide it, even when the Malfoys of the world try to rile her. And she fights for those who can’t find for themselves.

Roxy from The Power

The Power

Roxy comes from a world dominated by men, and despite her limitless power she doesn’t let it go to her head as others do. She’s tough because she has to be, and she makes her own way.

Ponyboy from The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Ponyboy is a greaser, but that isn’t all he is. He’s intelligent, sensitive, and sees that privilege isn’t everything. Even at his age he sees that different doesn’t necessarily mean better.

Eleanor from Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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Eleanor has a beautiful view of the world, and she’s honestly a delight to read about.

Jane from Jane Eyre

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Jane comes from a traumatic upbringing, and despite her horrific childhood, she works hard to become something and she never wavers.

Prof. Andrew Martin (alien) from The Humans

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The alien in The Humans is a wonderful character, who without the inconvenience of social norms, is able to be more human than the rest of us.

 

Which characters do you think would make great leaders?

THAT’S A WRAP: October 2017

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This wrap-up is slightly belated but it’s here. Hurray. I feel like I’ve been using the ‘I’ve been busy’ excuse a lot recently, and I’m sorry. I won’t use it again. This is the last you’ve heard of it, I promise (until my next post where I apologise for being busy, again). But October has been a great month even if the blogging has been a little irregular.

Reviews

Reading Summary

This month I’ve read four books. It’s not as many as I would have liked, but I have read a few manuscripts too which technically count!

  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrews
  • Fever by Deon Meyer
  • The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

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Books Bought

I’ve been pretty good this month I have to say!

I left my job in the middle of the month and had a belated birthday present, and that meant I got a few books as gifts which was super lovely.

  • Autumn by Ali Smith
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • To Esme with Love and Squalor by J D Salinger

Other news

October has been a BIG MONTH for me. I quit my job, I left Liverpool, I moved up to London, I started an internship. I dropped my phone down the toilet (sad, but extremely true). I’ve done a lot of things I wasn’t expecting and that might have meant a quieter reading month, but it’s been busy in all other aspects of my life. I’m not sure I’ll be able to blog as much as I’d like but I’ll definitely try. I’m only hoping that November is as good as this month has been!

MISC: Taking on a Kindle

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I haven’t been the most active on the blog recently, I’ve got a few posts scheduled, but I haven’t been leaving as many comments or actually been doing as much reading. The thing is, moving and starting a new job do take some adjusting, and while I’m having an absolute blast, I haven’t quite settled into a new routine yet. Literally everything about my day has completely changed and moving to the big(ger) city has already led to a lot of new and exciting experiences.

I’ve done my first commute to work and my first day in an office. I’ve gone for my first drink in Soho and gone to watch a panel show being filmed. But on a more bookish topic I did something that I didn’t think I’d ever do: I read a book on a Kindle. Continue reading “MISC: Taking on a Kindle”