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30 Books For My 30th

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Are you sick of me banging on about turning 30 yet? It’s already been 2 months meaning there’s still a full 10 to go. So if you aren’t now then I guarantee you will be. March, of course, is special because it’s my actual birthday on the 5th. I decided to mark the occasion by starting my biggest blog challenge yet. It’s something I’m already kind of dreading and I haven’t even started it yet. However, I’m equally pretty excited about it. It’s something I’ve been thinking of for a while and now seemed like the best time. It is also super fitting that I’m launching this on World Book Day. I love when life works out like that.

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Book Review – My Purple Scented Novel by Ian McEwan

Kindle and glasses on vintage books5_star_rating_system_4_stars1When I was younger, I was a huge Ian McEwan fan. I first read Enduring Love and I adored it. He had such a way about his writing that I wanted to read everything else I could get my hands on. His short stories were creative and experimental. His novels got to the heart of their characters. He was a massive influence on me. On Chesil Beach was the last of his novels that I bought, though. It wasn’t that I hated it… well I did but only because of how awkward and real it was. It was such a fantastically written book but such a horrible reading experience! I just think I overdosed on him. So, when Sweet Tooth came out and it sounded so meh I just thought “maybe not”. But I’ve always wanted to go back. I own copies of both Solar and The Nutshell but I never got round to reading them. I decided that I had to make a point of reading this short story though. First published in The New Yorker in 2016, My Purple Scented Novel was released as a booklet in 2018 in honour of 70th birthday. And it just felt like something I needed to read. I owed it to McEwan and I owed it to my younger self. Of course, I do have a tendency to be melodramatic. It was probably more that it just sounded really interesting.

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Tuesday Review – The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

mv5bmjmzotuwnzgyov5bml5banbnxkftztgwnjk3mtqwnzm40._v1_5_star_rating_system_3_and_a_half_stars I don’t know who is in charge of creating the trailers for Joe Cornish’s films but he needs to have a quiet word. The first time I saw the Attack the Block trailer I absolutely hated it but, as a long-time lover of Adam and Joe, I wanted to give it a chance. The film was certainly better than the trailer made it seem. It was a fun play with a much seen genre and Cornish really made the most out of his younger cast. It was the film that introduced us to the great John Boyega and gave us yet more evidence that Jodie Whittaker was a force to be reckoned with. And look where they both are now. An ex-Stormtrooper and Dr Who respectively. Cornish has a talent of gathering a great cast and making things work despite appearances. So, when I first saw and hated the trailer for his second film, I couldn’t help but cringe at The Kid Who Would Be King. It just looked like a boring children’s blockbuster that made obvious jokes and wasn’t very exciting. But I had hope. And, let’s face it, it had to be better than some of the adaptations of the Arthurian legend, right? I mean there have been some stinkers.

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Instagram, photography

Creatively Content: One Amateur Instagrammer’s Experiments With Photography

img_20190419_131014-011928632678125842183.jpegFor just over a year now, I’ve been fairly consistently creating photos for the weekly challenges set by Creatively Squared. At its heart, Creatively Squared is a website that brings together content creators and brands. The platform has a database of different creators and will match each brand with the most suitable people for their purposes. It’s a fantastic site but I’ve not had the nerve to sign up as a creator. For one thing, I’m still very new at this whole photography thing and, for another, I’d be worried about having adequate time to create. But, for professional creators, it’s a brilliant thing to be involved with. If you’re more of an amateur like me, then you can join their weekly hashtag challenges and become part of the community. Each week a new theme is announced and you have from Monday to Sunday to post your entry. The best are shared through the platform’s Instagram page and, at the end of the week, an ultimate winner is announced. With prizes sometimes up for grabs and the chance to be noticed by other creators, it’s a wonderful thing to be part of.

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blogging, books, films, rundown

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

Happy Easter to you all. I’ve had a wonderful weekend so far. Good Friday was spent doing nothing. Yesterday I went on a walk with my sister so my legs are agony today. Tonight I met a friend for a wonderful drink. And, magically, I still have one more day off. Seriously, the simple joy of a bank holiday is lost on people who haven’t spent most of their life working them. It’s a lovely feeling. I could get used to a 4-day week. I’m not sure I could wangle it though. I will say, the only downside has been all the chocolate I’ve consumed this week and will continue to consume this week. It’s going to be bad man.

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Book Review – Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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So, on Wednesday I promised that I’d get my review of Daisy Jones & The Six written up today. I had the day off so I could have done it at any time. When am I writing this? Just before bed time. I just got so carried away with my bank holiday vibes today and basically did nothing. Sometimes I do scare myself with my ability to just do nothing. I’ve always told people that if I win the lottery (I don’t play so no chance) I’d not want to give up work. “I’d just get too bored,” I tell them. Not true. I could easily waste my life just lying in bed, watching Netflix, and reading books. Would it be healthy? Not at all. Would it be fulfilling? Of course not. Would I be wasting my time on Earth? Most definitely. But would I enjoy my life? Certainly. Of course, I’d be even worse at getting these posts up in time. I’d probably not even stick to my schedule at all. So, I guess it’s probably better that I continue to not play and carry on being a semi-functioning member of society. Starting with getting this damn thing written and heading to bed.

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Throwback Thursday – Hellboy (2004)

xohsnvy9gub1z30cdrikw9yygtw5_star_rating_system_3_and_a_half_stars As you already know, I’ve been trying to get ahead with posts. Tonight I went out for dinner for a friend’s birthday. Tomorrow night I’m going to see Adore Delano after work. I came home already to get an early-ish night feeling quite smug when I remembered. I needed to write this TBT post. I’m already a book review behind so it’s not as if I can even push it back until Friday. I’m devastated. I’ve not slept well the last few nights because I was so obsessed with finishing Daisy Jones & The Six. Sleep didn’t matter when I was so deep in that story. So, the idea of another night being up later than I meant to just fills me with sadness. Thankfully, I no longer work weekends or bank holidays. This means, for the first time in years, I have a four day Easter weekend. What am I doing? Is sleeping an adequate answer? I should probably do stuff so I don’t waste it but my bed and books are calling… but I guess they’re always calling. Just like now so I’d better not put this off any longer.

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books, Game of Thrones, television

Bookish Post – I’m Stark raving mad for Sansa

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So, once again I’m having to put off my book review until Friday. At this rate, I might as well just do two bookish posts a week. Especially now I have weekends off. I’ve been thinking about it for a while. It means I can do at least one review a week (if I can keep up) and a random post. Of course, it would also mean me coming up with an extra post idea a week and that’s not always worked out well for me. I’ve never been the kind of person who wanted to write content for contents sake. Despite what I might be being told at work. But that’s another rant for another day. Instead, I’m filling my Wednesday night post with a subject that’s close to my heart. A topic that I’ve been getting quite passionate about with a friend of mine. A friend who really wasn’t ready for how much I cared about it. I’ve ranted about this television show before and I will again. That’s the joy of finding something you actually give a shit about. You’ll always find something to be annoyed about and something to absolutely adore. I’m not the kind of person who believes that anything is flawless. That doesn’t sound like much fun to me. I enjoy conflict and feeling conflicted about something I love is the ideal situation. Really, what I’m saying is, I just love debating and arguing about things.

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Tuesday Review – Hellboy (2019)

hellboy_28201929_theatrical_poster5_star_rating_system_2_stars Is there something of an Arthurian revival going on at the moment. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve watched two films that involve the legend of King Arthur. Last week I finally managed to see The Boy Who Would Be King and now we have Hellboy fighting a foe who was almost vanquished by the legendary King. Am I missing something? Not that I’m complaining. It’s a great story. You know I love swordy stories about Knights and Wizards. It just seemed like my life was being dominated by it. Anyway, I should really be reviewing the Joe Cornish film this week as it was the one I watched first but I came back from Hellboy on Saturday night needing to get this out. I have a lot of thoughts. So many thoughts that I don’t think I really talk about the plot much in this review. Basically, the set-up is much the same as 2004 film but this time we’re fighting an evil old witch who wants to release Hell on Earth. She was stopped by Arthur and Merlin years ago but is back. So Hellboy and some new friends, have to stop her. Standard comic book stuff really. But could it possible live up to its predecessor?

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

Another good week at work this week. I feel like I’m getting more comfortable with the job. Although, I still feel like I don’t know anyone. I just never really see people. I should probably make more of an effort to introduce myself to people but it takes me weeks before I’m comfortable enough with people. When I started my last job one of my closest friends already worked there so I’ve never had to experience being completely alone at a new job before. This is where a little more self-confidence and a little less anxiety would come in handy. Because, at the end of the day, not speaking to people just makes me more anxious which means, if I have to speak to someone new, I get more tongue-tied. I like to think that this is the curse of being a younger twin. I’ve pretty much never had to deal with other people on my own throughout my life. But, really, it’s just cause I’m a socially inept idiot. And that’s something I need to work on.

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Alexis Marie Chute Expecting Sunshine Cover Reveal Game

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Back in 2018 I was approached by author Alexis Marie Chute to help in the cover reveal of her first novel Above the Star. I thought the book sounded right up my street so I jumped at the chance to help. When I got my chance to read the it I wasn’t disappointed. It was an original fantasy novel that really got to the heart of its characters. I was obsessed with the fictional world of the book and I can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy to be released. I have also been lucky enough to work with Alexis again to help promote her other work Expecting Sunshine. In the book, Chute takes us on her pregnancy journey in the wake of losing a child. Miscarriage and childloss affect plenty of people but there remains a stigma around it. I’ve known friends and family suffer because of it and been clueless about how best to help. Alexis’ book sheds the light on what it was like for her and, in the latest edition, her husband. It acts as a guide to those in similar situations and offers comfort and support. So, to celebrate the new edition, Alexis has launched a competition that you can take part in.

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