Things have been utterly mad round here for the last fortnight or so. I lost a friend, it’s still raw, it still hurts, and I really cannot describe just how much I hate cancer. But what’s helping me through that is that my fiance and I have adopted two gorgeous, five month old kittens from the local RSPCA shelter.
I mean, just look at their tiny faces! (Leia is the kitten on the right and Zelda is the kitten on the left being squished by her sister.)
I was delighted by how deceptively tiny this pile looked in the photo. Delighted! Until I remembered my to-be-read (TBR) pile for 2017 is the above pile plus last year’s pile as I utterly failed to make much dent in it.
I have high hopes this year though. So without further ado, I present to you… Read More
2016 was a weird year. It was definitely a year that went out kicking, screaming and flailing its fists.
The biggest thing that happened was easily moving into my new home with my fiance. They’re not kidding when they say that buying a house is one of the most stressful things to do. They’re really not. But we moved and that’s the important thing.
I did manage to achieve a few personal blogging goals last year. I did 29 blog posts and took part in my first weekly meme (The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday). I also branched out a little from just reviewing, with posts on my love for Gail Carriger’s books, musings on re-reading old favourites, and I even posted a basic cake recipe. Read More
It’s been a while since I last posted – five months actually – and I think I’m ready to come back to blogging. The TLDR of those five months is this: things got really hard in my personal life and 2016 went out kicking and flailing. So I took a break. It was important. It Read More
Me and my fiancé have just bought our first home together. This is the scariest grown-up thing I’ve done for a while, but it means upgrading from our teeny one bed flat together to an actual house. A house! That distant sound of cheering you can hear is my parents celebrating. They’re celebrating because it Read More
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is a top ten rewind, so I get to choose any top ten theme to revisit and I’m going for… *drumroll*
My top ten favourite book quotes!
I love, love, love when I find a fabulous book quote and I plan to use a few of these to decorate my future office. However, I’m going to hold my hands up and confess that I had to find the exact quotes on Goodreads – I’m in the process of moving house and all my books are boxed up (great sadness) – but I couldn’t pass up on putting up some of my favourite quotes.
So without further ado, on to the list! Read More
Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Who’s it for? Adults
What’s it about? I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.
If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If non of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.
So yeah. I’m screwed.
[Blurb taken from book]
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘ten books you’d buy right this second if you had a fully loaded giftcard’ and this may be the easiest post I’ve ever written.
Seriously. All I needed to do was crack open my Amazon wishlist/saved for later list and it just wrote itself.
Just squeaking under the wire with this, so onwards to the list! Read More
Title: False Hearts
Author: Laura Lam
Who’s it for? Adults. Not that I think that teens wouldn’t enjoy it, but it does involve sex, drugs and violence…so personal preference I guess
What’s it about? One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood. She’s then arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades. The San Francisco police suspect involvement with Verve, a powerful drug, and offer her twin sister Taema a chilling deal. Taema must assume Tila’s identity and gather information to bring down the drug syndicate. The police may then let her sister live. However, Taema’s investigation raises ghosts from the twins’ past.
The sisters were raised by a cult, which banned modern medicine – yet as conjoined twins, they needed life-saving surgery to replace their failing heart. And with help from co-conspirators, they escaped. Taema now discovers that Tila had found links between the cult and the city’s criminal underworld. The twins were once unable to keep secrets, but will learn the true cost of lies.
[Blurb taken from the book]
I’m taking part in The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and this week’s topic is ‘Ten Facts About Me’.
I’ve not been around much recently. All the usual suspects (work/life) have conspired against me and it has left zero time for blogging and for reading. However, this meme is great for getting those blogging braincells into gear, so it felt like a good time to post again.
Anyway, onwards to the facts! Read More