Monthly Roundup ↪ Nov😴

I HAVE READ SO LITTLE THIS MONTH. WOW. SURPRISE SURPRISE… To be fair on myself, this month has been incredibly busy – I’ve been travelling out of town on the weekends to see friends, going to concerts, finishing assignments, classes have been long, I’ve been tired, etc etc.

LYF IS TUFF.


MONSTERS
by Emerald Fennell 🌊💀🏖

I had a ‘Talented Mr Ripley’ moment with this book. That means I did not expect it to get as disturbing and creepy as it did. I don’t wanna say anymore at risk of giving anything away. I gave it 3 out of 5 not because I didn’t enjoy it that much, but mostly because it weirded me out so much….!!! I’m not really into these kinds of creepy books. ANYWAY, if you enjoy reading about disturbing murders and creepy small towns, this is for you.

📘📘📘 3 Books!

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AND I DARKEN
[THE CONQUERERS SAGA #1]
by Kiersten White ⚔☪🏰

So this book was a lot of fun!!! Long story short: if Vlad the Impaler was actually a girl and this is her ‘origin’ story of sorts. The book blurb basically explains it all so I’m not gonna repeat what’s there already, but what I WILL say is that it is a very fun and addicting read, especially if you love historical fiction. But maybe don’t expect it to be entirely accurate. I mean, it IS an alternate history novel, and also it’s complete fiction but “inspired” by real history. I initially picked it up because anything related to Vlad the Impaler and the ‘myth of Dracula’ or rather the Dracul’s of Romania, is right up my alley. Well enough that I’ll take a look at it. I didn’t know this was going to be a series when I picked it up and on finishing it I don’t think I’ll read the rest. I’m content with what I got from this one and I’m not invested enough in the characters to want to read more.

📘📘📘 3 Books!

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Monthly Roundup ↪ Aug💂💷

Oh August. What a weird month you’ve been.

I landed in the UK on the 3rd and then got sick like a day later from ye olde Travellers Flu/Cold. Which then lasted something around 2 weeks. But I powered through that and even went to the Nine Worlds convention, in which I also was part of a Star Trek roundtable!!!

And when I FINALLY RECOVERED, I spent the weekend up in Edinburgh visiting some friends! Which was of course super gr8, but as soon as I got back to England I got sick. AGAIN. And that has taken me about a week to recover from. Which of course was SUPER.

Did I mention I also got my phone stolen OUT OF MY HAND within the first week of being back in the UK? Thanks August. That was… Interesting.

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Top 5 Fictional Londons [Literary Lists]

Currently I’m living at home again in Singapore. And I really really REALLY miss London.

I spent about 5 years doing a foundation degree and then completing my undergraduate degree there, up until last year when I moved back home. I made a lot of close friends and had a lot of fun adventures, and now I am half a world away and Sad.

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SO to make me feel better I decided to compile into a list, in no particular order, my top 5 fictional novels that are set in London!!


[ 1 ] NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman

I used to live near to Angel station at the same time that I read this for the first time and it gave me a new way of looking at London, albiet a fictional one! I still think about this London every once in a while when I’m walking around the ‘real’ London.

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[ 2 ] THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY by Oscar Wilde

While this London isn’t as fictional as the Neverwhere London, it still is one where Dorian Grey threw the best parties of Victorian England. The London Wilde writes about is very typically Victorian, but also it feels a bit unhinged in an exciting way. Pls invite me to your parties Dorian. I promise I’ll bring wine!!!

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[ 3 ] THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND by Jonathan Stroud

This London has magic!! AND DJINN!!! And it’s a slightly more grim and dark magical London as compared to the one in Harry Potter for example. Which is exciting because when I first read this as a kid that was basically the main type of wizarding world you could find in books.

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[ 4 ] MAURICE by E.M. Forster

Oh Maurice. Sweet sweet Maurice. This is the London I’d visit if I wanted some sad queer drama in my life, like the kind of drama you reach for when you’re in Shark Week and the like. So you sit there and eat everything that is bad for you watching other peoples drama and maybe getting involved and then feeling sorry for yourself when everyone gets a nice ending BUT YOU.

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[ 5 ] THE BFG by Roald Dahl

There are just some books that stay with you for your entire life and quite a number of those books for me, have been by Roald Dahl. Including this one about the big friendly giant. I wanted to live in a world where I, a small pale girl who was very weird and not cool, could make friends with a super tall and kind and incredible being like the BFG. I’m still waiting to stumble upon a BFG in London. It’s been like 5 years, it’ll happen eventually… Right?????

Monthly Roundup ↪ March 📚⛅

This month has been crazy tiring work wise and THEN I got sick and spent a bit of time in hospital, and as all chronic illness kids know, is the fun place to be.

I did manage to read a shit load more than I thought I would which is awesome!! I’m even past the half way point for my 40 book reading goal for the year!!!

Although my new mini goal is to try and read at least half of the books that I currently own before I head back to the UK for my masters in the fall. Which is actually a lot of books as well. So uh, that should prove to be an interesting challenge…

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The Little Black Fish + Take It As A Compliment [Review + Picture Break]

NetGalley is so great but also terrible because I end up requesting a buttload of books that I know I likely won’t get around to reading anytime soon.

THANKFULLY I was able to request 2 graphic novels in exchange for a review, which is a lot easier to read than a full length novel!!!

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Monthly Roundup ↪ Dec 🔯🎄

YOU KNOW WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT DECEMBER?

HANUKKAH. THAT’S WHAT.

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I made a Hanukkah themed Book Tag if any of y’all are interested!! Make sure you send me a link of your completed tag, whether it’s a text post or a video! I’d love to see it!

🔯🍩💛 HANUKKAH BOOK TAG 💙🔥🔯

 

Also I’m in Singapore which means biblical thunderstorms and flash floods like 4/5 times a week. Which is really nice when you’re hiding indoors so you don’t get wet in what is warm rain that sometimes can feel like pee. “Winter” in the tropics of South East Asia is weird. We have snow themed  decorations everywhere, yet we are either sweating like mad or hoping the torrential rain won’t delay the bus system.

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New Year Book Hype: 2016 [Literary Lists]

HOW IS IT 2016 ALREADY???!?!?

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I still forget that the 90s were not 15 years ago, but 20!!!!! Someone even complimented me for having a “vintage” iPod??? As in the ones that were black or white with a click wheel?!?? HOW IS THAT VINTAGE????!!!!!??!

SIGH. Anyway, I digress. Here’s a look at some of the books that are coming out this year that I’m super psyched for. SO EXCITING!!!

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Falling In Love With Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson [Review]

Falling in Love with Hominids presents over a dozen years of Hopkinson’s new, uncollected fiction, much of which has been unavailable in print. Her singular, vivid tales, which mix the modern with Afro-Carribean folklore, are occupied by creatures unpredictable and strange: chickens that breathe fire, adults who eat children, and spirits that haunt shopping malls.

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