You may or may not have noticed that my usual content has been disrupted. Well, maybe disrupted isn’t the correct word, more that I’ve put my usual bookish content on hold in light of the current, escalating situation. Posting a book review or a light-hearted tag just didn’t sit right with me. Not when protests are taking palace all over the world. I needed to hit pause out of respect while I re-evaluated my thoughts and drafted my response.
The truth is, I have never been more disgusted, frustrated and disappointed by my race. If this revolution has taught me anything, it’s that nothing, nothing has changed during the past century. It’s 2020 and yet fear, racism, bigotry and hatred still poisons our society.
On the 14th of April 1912 at 11:40pm, the RSM Titanic struck an iceberg on it’s maiden voyage across the transatlantic. Just two hours and forty minuets later, in the early hours of the 15th, it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, taking with it the lives of 1,500 passengers and crew. Only 710 survived.
The sinking of the Titanic is a tragic story that has fascinated the world for more than one hundred years. Today, on the 108th anniversary of the sinking, I’m breaking routine because I wanted to share 5 things that you [probably] didn’t know about the RMS Titanic. [I consider myself an amateur Titanic historian].
It’s been two weeks since I entered self isolation and it’s been a wild time. I feel like I’m still waiting for that pin to drop because so far I’ve been, dare I say it, okay? This socially anxious introvert has been thriving, living in this perpetual creative high. Trust me – I’m just as shocked as you.
That being said, self isolation is not for everyone and I know a lot of people who aren’t coping with this new era of social distancing. Which brings me to today’s feature post: a nifty list of social-distance-approved activities to keep you busy and sane during this unprecedented time.
I’m twenty-three years old and I’ve just spent that past twelve months living alone. Let me tell you, it’s been an overwhelming experience but I absolutely love it. For starters, I am pretty much 100% independent and self-sufficient and it feels good. I’m the master of my own fate.
It’s a pretty sweet deal but, much like anything in life, living alone isn’t without its challenges. After all, you are now fully responsible for your well being and safety. Who are you going to call when you wake up to a noise in the night? There’s no more hiding underneath the bed – you learn to cope on your own. And spoiler alert: you’re going to have to kill a spider at some stage.
So, here are a few of the life lessons I’ve learned in my first twelve months of living independently.
“In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling star-mists waver and part…
For the intrepid young hero seeking adventure, one must look no further than that of Sir Terry Practchett’s Discworld saga. Satire and comedic in nature, it’s an adult fantasy series that can be enjoyed at any age.
But the thing is, when a series is over forty books long, picking it up can become more than a little intimidating. I mean – where the actual heck does one start???
Well, grab yourself a Rat-Onna-Stick [a staple of Ankh-Morpork’s questionable street cuisine] and a pint of Scumble [fingers crossed you survive] and your Discworld passport [literally available online at the Discworld Emporium] and settle in for today’s discussion as I bring you, fresh outta the Disc; The Noobs Beginners Guide to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Universe.
If you live in Australia, you’ll know that when it comes to book tours [or lack there of] the struggle of managing to see and/or meet your favorite author is real. Since missing her last Aussie event, I’d kept my eyes peeled, stalking Sarah J. Maas’s social media for any news of an upcoming tour down under. Imagine my anticipation and excitement when not only did Sarah announce an Australian Kingdom of Ash book tour but when I secured that golden ticket.
So, donning my best Night Court attire and projecting some serious High Lady vibes, I finally attend an afternoon with Sarah J. Maas and let me tell you – it was as surreal and epic as I’d imagined. Fair warning, this post is a long one. There is just so much that Sarah talked about that I can’t wait to share and that I need to unpack.
Hey guys – If you saw my last review, I mentioned that lately I’ve had an influx or poor mental health. While there are more than a few factors impacting my life at the moment, I’ve found that there hasn’t been any real reason why I’ve been so down. I’ve just been feeling all-round blue.
And you know what?
I’ve since come to the realization that being blue, well, that’s okay.
Today I would like to share with you why it’s okay to feel down and what I do to try to stay positive. Please don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments too. This, right here is a safe place where we can share our experiences, maybe recommend some comfort books or something else to ease those pesky worry times. Let’s light a candle, spread the love and support each other.
Reading slump. The cursed words that make any booknerd run screaming for the hills. As much as we hate them with the burning fire of a thousand hells they happen to the best of us. Yes – even the most dedicated reader experiences the dreaded slump at some point in their reading career.
For the past week I’ve been stuck in one of the worst slumps in the history of reading slumps so I figured I would share some ways to break free and get back to your over-piled TBRs. These are my personal tried and true home remedies but please, “chime off” in the comments below and tell me how you survive the plague known to all as the reading slump.
Okay, first things first – just what exactly is a reading slump?
Do you remember when this was our cover? A dark, dreary age when a title and a black background was all we had to sustain us during the long wait? A black background with our shiny new, glorious title ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’?
Well, the light at the end of the tunnel has finally appeared because now, not only do we have a name (which let me tell you I practically cried over) – now we have a cover too! A beautiful one at that! And, not just one cover but two covers! Sarah J. Maas has finally released the UK and US edition covers (which I will both be buying because they are just EVERYTHING).
So, without further ado lets reveal these gorgeous covers that I need ASAP on my book shelves. I’ll also be sharing my reaction with you all and, what I think ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ might bring. Speaking of my theories – I would love to hear your own thoughts – who knows? Maybe together we can uncover some plot points! 🙂
BUT BEWARE TO ALL YE WHO ENTER
IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ‘A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES’ OR ‘A COURT OF MIST AND FURY’ THIS IS SO NOT THE POST FOR YOU. THINGS DISCUSSED WILL GIVE AWAY KEY PLOT ELEMENTS AND SPOILERS SO EITHER READ AT YOUR OWN RISK OR COME BACK LATER.