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Monday, 14 August 2017

RELEASE BY PATRICK NESS | SPOILER-FREE REVIEW




Release by Patrick Ness
Published by Walker Books
Release date: 4th May 2017
Source: proof copy from Walker Books.
I received this book for free from Walker Books. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It's a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

Themes: LGBT, family, friendship.

My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

When I heard that this book was coming out at the Walker Books Christmas party, I audibly gasped. For some reason I had no clue that Patrick Ness was even writing this and it came as the most pleasant surprise. Patrick Ness is one of my auto-buy authors, I've read almost everything he's written and will continue to do so. So when a proof of Release fell through my letterbox, you can bet I was more then excited.

Monday, 7 August 2017

CURRENTLY #7


Reading: I'm about to start re-reading The Girls by Emma Cline for The Girl Gang book club this month. Come and join us, everyone is welcome!

Watching: Game of Thrones has just started back and whilst I'm really enjoying it, I'm also slightly struggling to remember everything that's happened in the seasons before and I keep annoying my boyfriend with all my questions - does anyone else do this?

Planning: blog content for the next couple of months. It's been a bit quiet around here lately whilst I've been so busy with my job and etsy shop, and I really want to get back into blogging.

Making: bookmarks! I've been wanting to sell bookmarks for ages and now they're finally up in my etsy shop! I particularly love the Hogwarts house pride ones. I'll be coming up with lots more designs but if you have any requests, please let me know! 

Stocking up on:
plants! I decided that our flat needed a little more life so we popped down to the local garden centre at the weekend and came away with a gorgeous dieffenbachia (or it's ugly name: dumb cane) and a cute succulent to accompany our aloe vera plant. I'm now a bit addicted and want all of the plants!

Wishing for: more hours in the day. I feel like I've been so busy these past few months but I'm still not getting enough done. I want more hours in the day so I can work, make things, blog and actually have time to relax at the end of it all.

Enjoying: the long days and light evenings. Although autumn is my favourite, I'm actually really enjoying the bright, long days and nights of summer - it makes me feel so much more awake.

Trying: to do more yoga. I've been an on and off gym-goer for a few years and I've dabbled in both pilates and yoga, but I've been trying to make yoga a regular thing lately as I find it really relaxing and it just feels great, it's just about making the time for it.

Eating: slow-cooker curry, particularly this recipe by The Kitchn. It's the perfect thing to stick on, head to work and it's ready and tasting delicious by the time I come home. I like to throw some veggies in there to make it a little healthier.

Goal Setting: This isn't quite a 'goal' but we're hoping to move to a cheaper flat by the end of the year. We moved into this one because we needed somewhere last minute but it's not the best we could get for our money and although it's going to be exhausting and stressful, it'll be worth it in the long run.

Learning: how to become a better teacher. I'm not a teacher in the traditional sense (although I might possibly be considering it, eeeek) but I'm a tutor of maths, English and creative writing and I'm always looking to improve my teaching methods and lesson planning. It's surprised me how much I enjoy tutoring!

That's it! What's been going on with you lately?

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

MID-YEAR BOOK TAG | 2017


We're just over half way through the year and you know what that means? Essentially superfluous but fun mid-year book tag time! Okay so it's actually called the 'mid-year book freakout tag' but I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be freaking out about.

My reading has been much slower this year, I could make excuses about busyness and reading slumps but you know what? It is what it is. I may have read 19 books compared to the 41 I'd read by this time last year but my life is also very different from this time last year, and I'm not going to beat myself up about it.

So let's get into this tag!

Monday, 3 July 2017

42 HOURS IN BRUSSELS

Back in January some friends and I booked flights to Brussels for just £40 return in the January sales, a few months passed, then all of a sudden our weekend break was just around the corner and none of us were really prepared. One of my friends did some hasty research and we booked two apartments, hoping for the best. I honestly didn't know what to expect from Brussels because I knew almost nothing about it but a weekend and a shedload of culture, food and drink later and I can honestly say I'm in love.

So here's how we spent 42 hours in Brussels.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

VERI PERI, BRADFORD REVIEW


Recently, my boyfriend, Stuart, and I were lucky enough to be invited along to Veri Peri in Bradford to try out their menu. I go to Bradford quite a lot and had walked past Veri Peri a number of times but this was my first time actually trying it out. As you can probably tell from the name, Veri Peri are known for their piri piri flavours - but they don't just do chicken! They have a range of steaks, salads and vegetarian options, as well as the expected chicken, so I was super excited to be trying out their menu.

Monday, 22 May 2017

MY BULLET JOURNAL ESSENTIALS | HOW TO BULLET JOURNAL


Last month I announced my series on bullet journaling with my post 'One Year of Bullet Journaling' and today I'm here to tell you about my bullet journal essentials.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

MARCH 2017 READING WRAP UP


It's currently May so why not talk about what I read in March? Better late than never! I spent most of March travelling around Thailand accompanied by my trusty e-reader and a bunch of e-galleys. So between lazy beach days and fourteen hour plane journeys I ended up reading quite a lot. Let's get into the reviews...