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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?

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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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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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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Book Review – Vox by Christina Dalcher

img_20190407_121121-0152815122958061560.jpeg5_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars I had a random encounter with a stranger because of this book. This isn’t something that normally happens to me but a woman approached me because of what I was reading. During a short train ride this weekend, I was rushing to finish my chapter before I got off at the final stop. Prompting a fellow passenger to tell me I’d have to finish it later. She then informed me that she’d recently bought the book for her daughter but she hadn’t read it yet. I’m not used to this happening because I’m always fearful of popular fiction. Meaning I’m not normally reading books that are topping the best sellers lists. That wasn’t supposed to sound like such a weird and patronising brag as it does. I just mean, I’m normally met with blank stares or bemused nods when someone spies the cover of my current read.

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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?

It’s been a super weird week for me this week. I started me new job on Wednesday so it’s all been a bit of a blur. I’m getting my head around the new role and the new people. After being at my old job for 14 years it’s a massive adjustment. I keep telling people that it’s like coming out of prison, which is only partially a joke. There are certain things that make me feel like an idiot. I’ve worked weekends and bank holidays for as long as I remember so the idea that I get Easter off is kind of messing with me. It doesn’t feel legit that I get two extra days off. As is I’ll take Good Friday off but then have someone calling me to find out where I am. Something that is really stupid in the real world. So, it is hard to escape the feeling that I’m a little out of my depth. I knew my last job inside and out and it’s all a bit difficult feeling a bit useless. However, I’m confident that I’ll get there and end up doing great things. Or, at least, things.

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Book Review – Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl

331485045_star_rating_system_4_stars1 I have to be honest, when I first requested this on NetGalley, I didn’t realise this book was part of a series and, embarrassingly, it took me a while to realise once I’d started. So, what was I going to do at that point? Stop reading altogether? I was invested now. And who is to say that you can’t just totally ignore the first book in a series? Well, pretty much everyone but it’s okay. This was a children’s book and, if I’ve learnt anything from trying to re-read The Chamber of Secrets over and over again, it’s that the second book in a kid’s fantasy series is just going to recap the whole of the first book anyway. In the case of JK Rowling, that almost literally means retelling the whole story whilst writing some half-arsed plot about a massive snake. Sorry to go off track as always but I bloody hate The Chamber of Secrets. Nothing happens for the first 2/3 chapters. It’s just Harry thinking about everything he did in his first year. It’s no wonder she had to keep spacing out her releases. It’s only when you read those babies back to back that you realise how repetitive she is. But, let’s not let She Who Must Not Be Praised ruin this extra bookish post. On with the review I should have written on Wednesday.

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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?

So, as promised, this week I can actually reveal my big life changing news. Last Friday I was offered a new job after about 8 years of looking. I can’t even put into words just how much of a relief it is to finally be getting into Digital Marketing after all this time. However, I’ve been at my current job since I was 16. I was there for my gap year before uni and there during my holidays. I worked throughout my Postgrad and ever since I graduated. It’s been 14 years of my life and I’ve made so many great friends. Of course, it’s caused me some of the most stressful and awful moments of my life. I’d say that the year or so I spent as manager was definitely the most anxious and depressed time in my life. I didn’t sleep, I was cried every night I got home, I dreaded going to work, and, generally, felt terrible. Add to that the fact that my boss basically told me to forget about because “we all have problems” and I’d say that I’ve long since lost my respect for the company. But, I love most of my colleagues and it’ll be a shame to leave them behind. I had my final day of work experience this Friday and it was weirdly sad considering I’ve only been there once a day since September. And, if I’m honest, they’ve all been way more supportive than the managers in my branch. They all said how proud they were of me, said so many positive things about my work, and were just so incredibly supportive. My Branch Manager? She’s not said one word to me about it. My Deputy Branch Manager? She’s asked me one question. These are people who’ve known me for years and know how much I want this. It doesn’t say much for how much respect we’re all given by the top dogs. So, if I’m honest, it is making it a little easier to walk out forever. Maybe I should be thanking them?

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Book Review – The Shadow Tribe: Book 1 by Jaffrey Clark

381005795_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars I’ve had this book sat in my NetGalley account for a while now and, as I’m trying to get better at sending my feedback, I decided it was finally time to read it. This was one of those books that sounded like a really interesting read. I don’t tend to read much fantasy these days and I tend to particularly avoid fantasy for younger readers. It’s the kind of genre that can be done so well but, on the flip side, just be turned into a horrible stereotype of things gone before. There is a fine line between creating a brilliant fantasy world and just shoving a load of random letters together to get a magical sounding city name. But, despite my misgivings, I’m always willing to give the genre a chance and this one sounded interesting.

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