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Maresi will give you life.

I tried to think of something witty for the title of this review. But as I’m writing this I’m half way to a food coma on Christmas Day and I just… *sigh* I HAVE NO PUNS! So let’s just imagine I thought of a really witty, fierce and storm-related title. Just close your eyes and pretend.

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Cool, we there? Then I’ll begin. Maresi is life changing. Continue reading “Maresi will give you life.”

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On finally reading The Hunger Games – What took me so long?!

Yep, I’m one of THOSE people. The ones that are a little bit embarrassed and often resort to being very non committal in conversations about the big fandoms… because we haven’t read them.

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And not having read something as HUGE as The Hunger Games feels like it’s probably a crime in the world of YA. So first of I’m legitimately sorry it has taken me this long to read this book (oh yes, because I still have 2 books to go… I’m getting there, ok?) Secondly, I need to talk about Katniss, and Peeta, k? Continue reading “On finally reading The Hunger Games – What took me so long?!”

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How a couple of middle-of-the-road books can seriously break your stride

Reading slumps are real, yo. And sure, when you’re riding high after finishing with a five star read, it’s hard to imagine you’ll EVER have trouble picking up a book ever again.

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Well. You’re wrong. All it takes is for that whim of a book you’ve picked up (hey look, jaunty cover, cool concept, a little out of my normal comfort zone, what could go wrong?) to be an absolute fail and suddenly the mere thought of trying to dig through your TBR to find the right read fills you with a kind of sickness.

READING SLUMPS SUCK! Continue reading “How a couple of middle-of-the-road books can seriously break your stride”

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Remake Makes Me Sad

Let me give you my stats: I’ve watched the original film more times than I can count. I have been to see the stage version 6 times. And the soundtrack is on ALL of my Spotify playlists. Basically, I’m a Rocky Horror nut.

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So hearing that there was going to be a remake… I was worried. Why fix something that isn’t broke? The fact that the original is a little dusty, it didn’t have the biggest budget, and it feels a bit cobbled is all part of its charm. The CAST however were perfection. How can anyone EVER fill Tim Curry’s shoes? Continue reading “The Rocky Horror Picture Show Remake Makes Me Sad”

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: Was Marianne always so mean?

I recently had a revelation: I CAN listen to audiobooks without nodding off (or getting incredibly frustrated). Sophie (from the wonderful ‘So Many Books, So Little Time’) gave me a push in the right direction.

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By listening to an audiobook whilst doing work, I can hit two birds with one stone! But let’s not forget one simple fact: I’m broke. So how do I listen to pricey audiobooks? Continue reading “Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: Was Marianne always so mean?”

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‘The Call’ is hands down one of the best books of the year

It’s not often that a book completely grips me. I think it’s more to do with right place and right time, you know? Like, all the planets must be aligned or some crap. It’s a bit of careful choosing and a lot of luck. But I was kinda digging Peadar O’Guilin’s ‘The Call’ from the moment I heard about it.

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In fact, I think I almost begged my friend Sophie for her proof copy. HA! I’m not beneath begging when I get a feeling about a book.  Continue reading “‘The Call’ is hands down one of the best books of the year”

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‘Dirt’ – Inspired by Dawn Kurtagich’s ‘The Creeper Man’

What am I?
A small fissure? A crack
in the floorboards, a knot-hole
expanding into a yawning gap.

This is my life in dirt.
Disturbed topsoil,
agitated ash. And I dig deep
to find nothing but desperate sighs.

I see it in him too. Blurring the edges;
the boy with fruit in his pockets
and apples in his eyes.
He wants me to stay visible.

Is this the last time I shall write this?
He is coming, not the boy, the man,
even though he’s got his pound of flesh
(rolls it with a sickening stickiness
along the grooves in my fractured forehead)

he wants more. Creeper.
His fingers in my throat and I can’t eat.
I gag. And wait for remembrance.

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Writing kick-ass women – Guest Post by kick-ass author Jen Williams

I’m so BEYOND excited to have the wonderful Jen Williams here on my blog this week. And it’s even better that she’s talking about that writing thing. About the creative writing thing and what exactly goes into making that kick-ass leading lady.

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Atelier might be the best thing I’ve found on Netflix since forever.

If you’re a fan of shows like ‘Good Morning Call’, or manga like ‘Nana’, then this might just be the perfect match for you. Think ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, but set in Japan.

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Are you picturing it? Good. Continue reading “Atelier might be the best thing I’ve found on Netflix since forever.”