Book Review | Animal by Sara Pascoe (12/12)

32490576Sometimes I confuse myself. I get wildly and pointlessly jealous. I spend too much time hating my bum. And you know what I hate more than my bum? My preoccupation with my bum. I’ve had sexual experiences with boys I wasn’t really in to, but I got a post-coital crush on them. I’ve ruined the start of a relationship by immediately imagining it going into reverse.

There is so much about my behaviour I want to understand. So I started researching what makes me – and us – tick. And what I read made my eyes fall out of my face.

Reader, here is everything I’ve learned from science about love, sexuality, infidelity, boobs, periods, pubes, broodiness, and clever old fat. Merry Christmas and Hallelujah, suddenly being a woman doesn’t look like such a minefield after all. – from Goodreads Continue reading

7 1/2 recommended books by female authors | IWD 2017

iwd-icon-logoHey everybody! Today (March 8th) is International Women’s Day around the world and I thought I would celebrate it on this blog by recommending some series and books I’ve LOVED by women authors.

International Women’s Day, firstly: why is it important? Well, because women aren’t being treated fairly in society. We earn less in the exact same job in which a man would be earning more. In America, and certainly other places in the world, we have to carry babies to full term because men seem to think they can control our uteri. We have to cover our shoulders and backs and thighs because allegedly they turn men on (in which case, men shouldn’t even be out in society) and yet we’re meant to sit back and watch happily as boys run around shirtless. Men get angry if we wear too much makeup; men get angry if we don’t. Men get angry if we won’t sleep with them; men get angry if we sleep with too many of them. Men try to control and explain our periods for goodness’ sake, and they get angry when we say, “Well, actually, you don’t have a period, but I do and it’s not like that…”*

Men, men, men. Women, women, women.  Continue reading

Book Review | Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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Side note: the girl on this cover is WAY too old to be 14. When will cover designers start choosing models who actually match the characters they’re trying to present? *generic screeches* 

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education. – from Goodreads Continue reading

Book Review | Gemina (Illuminae #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

24909346Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

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Reading Out Of Your Comfort Zone 

51fh4ejd6kl-_sy344_bo1204203200_If there’s anything I’ve learnt at university, it’s that reading books you otherwise wouldn’t normally try can be really rewarding. A book I love, The Go-Between by LP Hartley, is a book that I would never have read if I hadn’t had to read it for university. Another book, Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend, I wouldn’t have read for the same reason.

What I’m trying to say is: don’t be afraid to read books out of your comfort zone (even if you have to). They can be really rewarding. We read books to learn more, and become more empathetic, so surely reading books you don’t normally pick up is just helping you to become a “better” reader? (If these are the terms we take to mean a “good” reader, of course!)  Continue reading

Book Review | Pottermore Presents by JK Rowling

If you didn’t know, Pottermore Presents is a set of three eBooks of short stories by JK Rowling about the Harry Potter-verse. They’re a collection of some of the posts which had been released on the original Pottermore website. I’m going to be reviewing these as three separate mini-books. And… I kind of have a little rant/mini discussion at the end (#sorrynotsorry) if you’d like to see that too. Lots to be had in this post! 57d06c45180000b429bcfe13 Continue reading

9 1/2 Books To Read If You’re Having a Bad Day

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If you need it ❤

I feel like January-February is always the most down time of the year. The festive season is over, Spring feels like it will never come, and Easter (and chocolate) is still far away. It’s cold, almost always raining, and you have to go back to work and/or education. If you’re on the other side of the world, it’s all the same, but it’s starting to get colder instead, which isn’t fun either.

 

So today I’m going to be recommending you some books that might help a little. I’m not saying that any of these are miracle workers, and in fact you might disagree with some of them, but books have always been my crutches and maybe a book down here can offer you a crutch, too.  Continue reading

Book Review | A Reading Diary by Alberto Manguel

4915288Alberto Manguel takes us on a journey through his reading. Keeping a journal to record his experiences with travel, friends, family, quotes, world events and his own thoughts, Manguel rereads one book a month, and now we are invited in to see a little of his world at this time and what happened on his reading journey. 

I wouldn’t necessarily say that this is a unique novel – there have been many books about books – but Alberto Manguel is a very unique person, and I think that is what makes this an interesting and different read, far different from what I was expecting.

He says himself in the novel that he “speaks in quotations” and that is very true in his writing, and is a reason why much of this review will consist of quotations.  Continue reading

How to Choose The Next Book You Read // and some winter-y book recs!

One of the biggest decisions of a bookworm’s day (besides, “Do I review/blog or read?”/”Do I read the book want to read, or the book school wants me to read?”/”I wonder if the author in my basement is nearly finished with the sequel yet?“) is deciding what to read next, so I’ve got some “helpful” hints and tips to help you decide!  Continue reading

Book Talk! | Giving & Getting Recommendations

Bookish recommendations are marvellous. There’s even a thing on Goodreads for them. I love getting a recommendation, and then reading and loving the book. It’s also great when you get a recommendation of a person’s favourite/in their top favourite book/s, because when you read it it feels like you’re reading a part of them, like you’re learning about them.  Continue reading