I can’t believe this little series is up to it’s tenth post! Pretty neat. Books I Want to Buy and Why is where I tell you about eight books I want to buy and why I want them. I find it really helps me prioritise when I write exactly why I want to read them and my readers always have great insight into what is worth getting. You can read the rest of the series here!
This posts eight books are…
Firstlife by Gena Showalter
I knew I was in trouble the minute I saw that cover. Look at it! Firstlife is about a world where the afterlife is really important and these two realms want the main character and are fighting over her or something. I’m not too sure. All I know is that it has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen and I’ve heard great things about Gena Showalter in the past so I’m more than willing to give this a go!
Dubliners by James Joyce
I was looking at the reading list for my future modules and Dubliners jumped out at me as I already had it on my Penguin English Library wishlist! I’m a sucker for a pretty cover and that rubber-y finish on a book, but also, this story really appeals to me. I love Dublin, I love the time period, I’m pretty positive I’ll at least like this book.
The Walking Dead Book 9 by Robert Kirkman and Cliff Rathburn
As you may know, I’ve been re-reading my The Walking Dead comic books and while I have the twelve issues in this hardcover in singles- I’d like the hardcover as it’s much easier to read and it’ll just look so nice on my shelf. I don’t know why I cringe at the price so much when the individual issues are £2.20 each.
Early Daze by Jennifer Gilby Roberts
I’ve had this on my wishlist for at least two years. It’s a novella about having a premature baby and life when you’re a mother of a baby in the NICU. It just sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading, as someone interested in the whole having babies thing but not at all ready yet. And I don’t think I’ve heard of any other book covering the topic.
Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love chocolate with a fiery passion. And I love cosy crime novels. And books in general (obviously). So a cosy crime novel based in a book/chocolate store… It’s the book of my dreams! In all seriousness, nothing has filled the gap that Aurora Teagarden left. But I’m hopeful.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
After a questionable exploration into being a Hot Feminist, I’m ready to see what it takes to be a Bad Feminist. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this collection of essays and I’m on the look out for some non-fiction where I can actually get past that 50% mark.
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
I have never read an Agatha Christie book. I know. I just always wanted to start at the beginning and when I was a kid it was a lot harder to figure out the order of novels. But as an adult, I have the internet, Amazon, and way too much free time apparently. I saved every Agatha Christie book and made a note of what order they were. This is the first Miss Marple and I am so ready to start this journey.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
In a conversation with my soulmatepal, they recommended this book to me as it’s their favourite. And I take peoples favourite books very seriously. Admittedly, this has never really appealed to me before, maybe because I’m older than the coming-of-age audience, but I’ve heard great things.
With Spring in full swing, it seemed like the right time to review Lush’s Rosie gift set and it’s contents! It’s such a beautiful present that I saved the wrapping paper, now I just need a DIY to use it. Any recommendations or ideas would be much appreciated! I’ll find something. It’s super pretty paper and matches the greatness of this gift.
This may be one of my favourite Lush gift sets. It comes with…
How about some reviews, eh?
I’ve never been a Lush shower gel kind of person. The soaps always interest me more because of the colours and textures. But I actually love this one, a little goes a long way and the scent is actually noticeable- something I can’t say for all shower gels. You can’t buy this separately at the moment but it’ll probably pop up in the Kitchen eventually.
It’s love when it comes to this bubble bar. The Rose Jam Bubbleroon smells, unsurprisingly, like rose. I managed to split it in two and both baths were bubble-y and perfect. The thing I love about bubbleroons is the bath melt centre that stops the bubbles drying out your skin and can be really moisturising. It’s a bit pricey at £3.75 but it’s a nice treat. I’ll pick it up again!
On the other hand, the Tisty Tosty bath bomb left a lot to be desired. There was nothing fun about it unless you like sharing your bathwater with seven gooey rose buds, no colour to the bath water and the smell was an overpowering floral perfume. At £3.50, I just didn’t get anything from it.
I love a good pun so this Jason and the Argon Oil shampoo bar was right up my street. I’m not blonde but it made my hair really shiny and soft without irritating my scalp like most shampoos. I haven’t had a shampoo bar in a while and forgot how much I loved them! This one is available here for £5.95 and I’m already thinking about which I’ll buy next.
I’ve had Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner before and didn’t rate it but I actually like it second time around. It’s perfect for those days when I know I’m not going to be bothered putting on moisturiser when I get out of the bath/ shower. My skin doesn’t feel as good as it would if I moisturised but it stops the tightness that comes with dry skin. I’m just not sure I’d repurchase it at £16.50 for 225g when it just goes straight down the drain…
Overall, I love the Rosie gift. It comes with a good selection of things to try and even if I don’t love them all, I know I’ll be repurchasing a couple. You can get it here for £24.50 and it’s perfect for any birthdays coming up!
Three years. Three books. Over 1200 pages. The Red Rising trilogy has been a big part of my life over the past few years. Red Rising was one of the first books I got sent to review as a book blogger and I was invited down to London and got to meet Pierce Brown in February. Beware of slight spoilers in this not completely positive series review…
My original review for Red Rising is here and my original Golden Son review is here with re-read reviews for both books here. And my Morning Son review is here. Phew! Now that’s out of the way.
Here’s the thing I’ve discovered about re-reads; sometimes when you get past the immediacy of how exciting a book is, what’s left is perhaps not what you remember. It’s like watching a movie for the second time and picking up all the little hints that were there all along. It can be good. It can be bad.
For the Red Rising trilogy, a lot of things were hidden under the excitement that were actually pretty questionable. It makes me sad that even fictionally 700+ years in the future, a woman is still a ‘bitch’ by acting exactly the same as a man. That the word ‘Queer’ is thrown around like it doesn’t have a huge amount of history. That being gay or acting effeminate is grounds for being insulted or discredited. That ‘they howl like mentals’ was ever written and isn’t alone in the use of being ‘mad’ to invalidate.
Yes, the world is obviously a bad one and the class system is the big bad guy that the protagonist is fighting. But there were other things, things that weren’t questioned, or were part of the narration that made my stomach twist. Luckily it petered out as the series went on but it did sour the experience for me when I re-visited the world. Hopefully they’ll not feature in the movies at all.
On the other hand, the way the Sons of Ares planned to bring down the class system was great. A lot of series like this take the bad guys head on, openly going to battle, whereas in this the protagonist goes deep into the world of the Golds to bring them down from the inside. Admittedly, this all goes to hell at the end of book two and I think it would’ve been more unique if it hadn’t, but it was a good thought.
Overall, if you’re a fan of worlds with districts, fractions or any manner of class systems then this might be for you. If you like YA dystopians but feel they’d be better with more gratuitous violence, it might be for you. But if you prefer your books with a better gender balance and fewer negative connotations around mental illness then maybe look somewhere else.
Netflix is my favourite thing. I love having such a variety of things to watch on my phone after years of re-watching the same few shows over and over that I bought on iTunes. Alas, Netflix has finally worked out a way to crack down on people using VPNs to get onto other countries libraries. Which sucks. But the UK has some great shows and I thought I would share 5 more things, as most of my original 5 are gone, to watch on UK Netflix if you’re stuck.
This is by far, my favourite show on Netflix right now. I’ve watched each episode at least 5 or 6 times. It might even take over from US Office as my favourite comedy show. I love that so many things that are a given in TV shows, are turned on it’s head. The loveable white guy main character actually respects women. The two Latina females aren’t clichés and are both wonderfully rounded out characters. The captain, an openly gay black man who doesn’t shy away from talking about the prejudices he’s faced. And on top of all that? It’s hilarious.
6 months of The Walking Dead hiatus looms ahead but never fear because Z Nation is now on UK Netflix. It’s hard not to compare but Z Nation is a great show all by itself. There’s a pain-in-the-butt guy named Murphy who was given the last vaccine for the Zombie virus, and a intrepid group have to get him from the North East of America to California. It’s intense, it’s scary, it’s funny, and it’s more reminiscent of my favourite book; World War Z by Max Brooks than the movie ever was.
I’m not an anime person. I appreciate that a lot of people are and I understand the appeal but it’s just not my thing. Which is why it’s all the more surprising that I love Glitter Force. An anime about a group of girls who are kind of superheroes that I’ve been watching with my best friend. It’s all very pink and sparkly and it makes me laugh at how ridiculous it is. “Puppies and Kittens! The Power of Love!” I love it.
Am I talking about the movie or the show? Kind of both. If you haven’t watched the original Scream movie then you should do that immediately. But the show is a great modern homage to the original trilogy. They didn’t get the rights to Ghost Face so they have this mask that reminds me of House of Wax- my least favourite movie of all time, by the way. Horrifying. If you’re looking for a scare and mythical creatures like zombies or ghosts don’t do it for you. This is the way to go. Humans are the worst. Scariest show I’ve ever watched.
I watched Charmed as a kid but it was an episode here and there rather than a back-to-back series. As an adult I really enjoy the late 90’s/ early 00’s nostalgia and girl power. The storytelling isn’t half bad either, I might actually prefer it to Buffy! I’ve made it up to the end of Season 4 after a marathon watch last week and it’s a nice show to just have on your list and pop in and out of whenever you feel like something witch-y.
I’ve been doing more TBR posts on the blog lately and I had an idea that I would show you my ‘eventually’ TBR. Books that I look at and say that I’ll get to them, maybe tomorrow, the next day, the next week, next month, next year. Eventually. They’re important books and I want to read them, but I put them off for various reasons. Such as…
The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
I know nothing about this trilogy apart from that I bought it over two years ago in my post-Hunger Games slump and it’s Ceces (Problems of a Book Nerd) second favourite series. It’s enough for me to really want to read it- eventually. Trilogies really aren’t my jam lately though, I’ve only read two in the past three years.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
“Hell of a book… It’s about bunnies.” One of my favourite TV shows is Lost and my favourite character, Sawyer, spends a surprising amount of time reading despite being stuck on a desert island. I’ve wanted to read Watership Down for years now, despite knowing almost nothing about it- apart from the bunnies.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“Confession: I have read Pride and Prejudice about 200 times. I get lost in the language, words like thither, mischance, Felicity. I’m always in agony over wether Elizabeth and Mr Darcy are really going to get together! Read it, I know you’ll love it.” – You’ve Got Mail, my all-time favourite movie, no other explanation needed.
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
Speculative fiction isn’t something I own a lot of, but it’s interested me since I was a kid and first watched Titanic. What would be different if they had not tried to change course? (I learned later: They would have survived, it’s because it scraped down the edge that it sunk) And I’m currently working on a speculative fiction story myself so I really want to read the master of the niche genre. Plus, I want to watch the show and I’m a snob who needs to read the book first.
Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
This is the only book I own with an intersex character and I haven’t even read it. I went a little overboard with my schools reading lists back in the day so I’ve owned this for about 8 years now. That makes me feel really old, wow. I just need to read it!
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
I’ve started this book so many times and never finished it. I love it every time I pick it up but we know my fear of big books by now. This will grace my read shelf eventually. I have the audiobook as well so maybe I’ll listen to it.
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Fun fact about me: My first cousin once removed is married to a pastor, and when I met him for the first time he was reading I Am Pilgrim. I don’t know why I found this so strange, I’m fully aware that pastors don’t exclusively read religious texts. But he recommended I read it so here it is, on the list. It’s huge though, 912 pages of huge.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Despite loving the movies with my heart and soul… I’ve never read the three books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s shocking, I know. But last year I started The Hobbit after not reading it since I was a kid and didn’t really enjoy it so it’s the age old question- do you miss out if you don’t have The Hobbit fresh in your memory?
Remember that series I started in March 2015 where I show you some neat websites I’ve bookmarked? Yeah, I’m a terrible blogger it seems. But! Let us not dwell on the past, but go forth, and look at some of the other things I’ve been bookmarking lately. I promise to do better with this series in the coming months.
- Ever since I finished the Aurora Teagarden books, I’ve been looking for a new cosy crime series and found this website that lists what seems like every cosy crime series!
- Are your email newsletters out of control? Unroll.me rounds them all up and makes unsubscribing as painless as the process can be.
- How can you not want a moon lamp?! The Luna is beautiful and I can’t wait to get my hands on one when they become available.
- Did you know I put up a post on All Subscription Boxes about a new geek box: CultCrate? Well I did and it was a pretty cool box.
Phew! This book took me two months to read and never have I had such a rollercoaster of a time! Hot Feminist by Polly Vernon* is controversial to the point of antagonistic and when it first was released it was- explosive. So I took a step back and read it when everything and everyone calmed down. I can definitely see why the uproar happened though.
Fem-i-n-ist (n.) : A person who supports feminism, the movement that advocates equal rights for women
Polly Vernon, Grazia columnist, Times feature writer (hair-flicker, Brazilian-waxer, jeans obsessive, outrageous flirt) presents a brave new perspective on feminism.
Drawing on her dedicated, life-long pursuit of hotness – having dismissed many of the rules on ‘good’ feminism at some point in the early 90s – she’ll teach you everything you ever wanted to know about being a feminist when you care about how you look. When part of your brain is constantly monologuing on fashion. When you check out your own reflection in every reflective surface. When your depilation practices are pretty much out of control. When you just really want to be fancied.
Hot Feminist is based on a principle of non-judgment (because there’s enough already), honesty about how often we mess this up, and empowerment through looks. Part memoir, part road map, it’s a rolling, raucous rejection of all those things we’re convinced we shouldn’t think / wear/ feel/ say/ buy/ want – and a celebration of all the things we can.
It is modern feminism, with style, without judgment.
When she started talking about exercise I found myself wishing that, like the blurb promoted, Vernon could not judge things that she didn’t agree with. I wanted her to embrace the fact that she loves walking without putting down the alternatives. I love my trainer, she’s a gift from god, and I can’t walk for miles everyday. I wanted more positivity.
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I actually read a graphic novel and enough comic books to write a separate Comic Books I Read in.. post this month! Pretty exciting. I really felt like picking trades up this month, they’re quick and easy to read while complimenting the shows I was watching. I need to start on some single issues soon because they’re really piling up, but for now…
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case
I actually said ‘wow‘ out loud in an empty room after finishing this. Written by his son, the story of Detective Tom Jensen’s search for the Green River Killer rings true. It has everything you want in true crime; honest interviews with the killer and the victims families, personal moments, gruesome killings. And everything you want in a graphic novel; the phenomenal art is black and white, and it manages that delicate balance of enough words on a page without overcoming it that every graphic novel struggles with, beautifully.
The back is coated in positive comments from Stephen King, Damon Lindelof, Brian K Vaughn and more, all of whom agree with me that if you have even the vaguest interest in graphic novels, non-fiction or true crime then this is the book for you. My brother got this for me after my obsession over Christmas with Making A Murderer on Netflix and I can honestly say if you enjoyed the show, you’ll love this.
The question now is- where do you put a true crime graphic novel? With non-fiction or comic books?
‘Sometimes I feel foolish for hoping she’s alive. But then I feel guilty- as if being “realistic” is giving up.’
Supernatural: Origins by Peter Johnson and Matthew Dow Smith
I restarted watching Supernatural this month and after getting stuck on a couple novels I was reading, decided to pull out this origin story. I’d never read it before and can honestly say I’ll never read it again.
The story was just so unnecessary. It basically fills in the time that the show leaves to your imagination- directly after Mary dies, but in such a weird acid trip hallucination way that it just leaves you with more questions. And the art. Sam is six months-ish and is at one point sitting on a pool table unsupported like a little demon monkey. I could barely tell who was who. I think I’ll stick to my non-TV-spin-off comic books.
‘The easy way rarely takes you straight to your destination. Which is why a Hunter never turns back.’
The Walking Dead: Book 1 by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Allard
This isn’t a TV spin-off, the comics came first. Just so you don’t think I’m a lying liar who lies.
With the finale of The Walking Dead Season 6 at the beginning of April I really wanted to go back to the comics and I’m glad I did. I love The Walking Dead comics. They’re so fast-paced, this collection of issues 1-12 covers season 1 and 2 of the TV show. They’re action packed, so many things happen there is absolutely no filler pages. And the art is great. I personally prefer the faces and the detail in the shading that Tony Moore did for the first six issues but Charlie Adlard picks it up well and soon makes it his own. The world is laid out clearly, there’s nothing confusing and because it’s the base of the spin-offs, there’s no insider knowledge that might put you off.
Really, it’s a must for any fans of the show or just general zombies and I recommend hardcovers that collect 12 issues. You can really get them open to see the full page, and they still look brand new on the shelf.
It’s not the same as killing the dead ones, Daddy.