What’s on my Kindle 4.0

Yes, yet another round of ebooks I’ve managed to accumulate! I feel like I spend far too long on this blog complaining about not having physical books any more, but being an adult and only having one bookshelf. I don’t have space for books. I also spend library opening times in an office… So ebooks. Here is an assortment of things that I’ve downloaded recently:

I know I said I wasn’t going to read Lady Midnight, mostly because I felt so cheated by the ending of the Mortal Instruments… But it was super cheap… So… I caved. Sorry not sorry. I have yet to actually get around to read it… But have it I do. I also picked up a copy of The Girls by Emma Cline, I have seen this book everywhere and heard lots of good things – any of you guys read it? If so, was it a good choice? Man I hope so!
Finally I picked up the first two books in the Spinster series by Holly Bourne, she’s another one that I’ve heard lots about, I read the Manifesto on How to be Interesting and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I figured I’d give these two a go. By the time I’ve gotten around to reading them, I’m sure the third one will be affordable enough for me to add it to my collection!

#LoveThisQuote – Asking for it

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They are all innocent until proven guilty. But I am a liar until I am proven honest.

This book.
Damn this book. This book and this quote in particular, sums up everything that is wrong with the rape culture across the world. Asking for it is a brilliantly written book which is bitter to swallow, you are made to hate this girl and then you are presented with something awful happening to her. It really plays with your inner prejudices as much as it does those of the characters. My God, its genius but it was hard to get through.

If you ever find yourself having to explain what slut shaming, rape culture or victim blaming is to someone, instead, shove this book under their nose and let them find out the consequences of those things themselves.

The Great Bookish Bake Off – Eggless Meringue?!

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The cakes I bake and the books I read while baking them. 

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Yes, you did read that right, this is meringue, as in crispy on the outside, marshmallowy on the inside meringue and not an egg in sight!
Do you ever get the urge for baked goods and then realise you have no ingredients and your nearest super market closed ten minutes ago? Its something I get a lot, its why I should really stop watching Come Dine with Me marathons. They always leave me wanting desert and its always a really inconvenient time of day in which to go get desert. If you’re a seasoned vegan, this recipe won’t be new to you, but if like me, your someone that is fairly new to vegan baking and is also someone who doesn’t tend to have things like egg in the house while watching cooking shows where suddenly pavlova is on offer, this might interest you!

What you will need:
A can of chickpeas,
A mixing bowl,
Caster sugar,
An electric whisk,
A baking tray
Also a book, if you like for when they’re cooking.

I know, I know, you’re hung up on the chickpea thing right? Well, hold up and I’ll splain you a thing.
Open that tin of chickpeas, and drain the contents into the mixing bowl, now, do what you will with those chickpeas, but put them somewhere safe for now because all you really need is the juice. Yes, you read that right. It might sound weird af, but you’re going to need the weird bean water that your chickpeas were living in.
So now you have your bean juice in your mixing bowl, plug in the electric whisk and whisk that bean juice for ten minutes, after a while it starts to look exactly like egg whites! At this point, you should start slowly pouring in the caster sugar while continuing to whisk. You’ll need the same measurement of sugar as you had bean juice, so judge this on the size of your tin. Ya’ll know how meringues work, but basically you need to whisk together until you get the stiff peaks you would with normal meringue. When you’re satisfied, dollop your mixture onto a lined baking tray and cook on 180 degrees for 40-50 minutes, depending on how hot your oven gets, you may want to adjust the time. Mine were ready in 45 minutes!

However long they take, you will have time to do a spot of reading! I was finishing off Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – I’ve heard mixed reviews about the movie, anyone seen it? I had mixed feelings about the book, so I’m not sure whether to see it or not… Thoughts?

Anyway, once these are ready, take them out of the oven and let them cool down before enjoying them – they are exactly as you’d imagine meringues to be! So next time you get that Come Dine with Me induced desert feeling and have no eggs (or you’re vegan and you fancy meringues) then give this a go!

Pokemon Go Book Tag

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Now if you saw my July wrap up, you’ll know that I LOVE Pokemon Go, so imagine my excitement when I came across this tag! This tag was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight (she also created the beautiful header! I hope you guys don’t mind me using it) and I spotted it over on Nut Free Nerd!

So without further ado, lets go!

Starters: The book that started your love for reading
There are so many things I love from my childhood, but I think I’ll go with the Worst Witch because it was one of the first things I remember reading on my own and really loving.

Pikachu: An iconic classic that you’ll always love
I’ll be honest, I am an awful book worm because I find classics really hard to get one with, so I’m going to go for the Hobbit… It still counts as a classic, right?

Zubat: A book you lost interest in because its literally every where
Hahaa, so. many. zubats. I am also apparently constantly surrounded by pidgeys and rattats. Where my interesting pokemon at? Anyway, I think I’ll go for Me Before You. It suddenly was all over my goodreads time line and when I read it I was a bit meh, but now I’m sick of the sight of it!

Ditto: A book that reminds you of other books, but you love it anyway
Literally every teen vampire novel ever written.

Snorlax: A book/ series you haven’t started because of sheer size
I started A Song of Ice and Fire. I still have like four books left to read, but they’re soooooo long and I can just watch the TV show. I know. I am lazy and I hate it.

Gengar: A book that kept you up at night
A Book of Blood and Shadow – Robin Wasserman. OMG I don’t think this woman has ever written a book that doesn’t start with blood and intense fear.

Nidoqueen/King: Your bookish OTP
Its been a months, but I am still not over Baz and Simon from Carry On. Sorry.

Rapidash: A fire hot, fast paced read
I wouldn’t say it was hot, but I raced through When We Collided – Emery Lord.

Eevee: A series you will never get tired of seeing spin offs for
Harry Potter. I have nothing else to add. I will read and watch every and all spin offs and additions that JK Rowling wants to throw at me.

Magikarp: A book/ series that was surprisingly awesome
The Drowning of Arthur Braxton – Caroline Smailes, everyone I knew who’d read it told me that it was weird. It is weird, but it is also one of the most original and exciting stories I’ve read in a very long time.

Legendary: An overhyped series you’re still excited to read
I can’t think of a single thing to answer here! Every over hyped series I can think of doesn’t instil me with a great desire to read them and all the series I do want to finish aren’t over hyped…

Mew and Mewtew: Collectors edition you wish you had
Is it cheating to mention Harry Potter twice because I wish I had the pop culture collection, you know, the ones that look like this:

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Poke-egg: A debut you’re looking forward to
I don’t know if its a debut, but I keep eyeing up The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett everytime I go on Netgalley desperately waiting for it to be available to my country!

Lure Module: An author you auto buy
My go to answer here was always David Levithan, but after reading his most recent publications now I’m not so sure

Server’s Down: A book you’ve been waiting for forever
Its not a case of waiting for it because its been out a while, but I am desperately waiting to find a copy of All the Bright Places because everyone tells me how incredible it is and I can’t find it ANYWHERE.

Now comes the part where I tag people… As I wasn’t tagged myself, let’s make this a free for all!

 

July round up

Wow seven months into the year!
2016 has kind of sucked so far hasn’t it. It needs to slow the eff down and chill the eff out. The first of the cool stuff that happened is that my so far only published book, Harley’s Angels, turned three! I also had a lovely night full of too much Indian food with my friend George, celebrated Somer Valley FM’s 10th birthday and finally downloaded Pokemon Go! I also acidentally achieved gingerness! Well… Sort of. I am on the road to ginger, which is a start. (Backstory, I have always wanted to be ginger, but my hair is too dark… Now I think I have found a way to achieve ginger.) Then the month ended by going bowling with my homies and picking up a copy of The Cursed Child!

What I read this month:

11282000Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
You will know from previous posts (in fact there is a section below that mentions it), I really love films, yet despite that, I have never seen the classic that is Rosemary’s Baby. Mostly because everyone tells me its terrifying and I’m not too good with horror films. Even so, I picked this up for a pound a while ago and its been on my shelf ever since, so I thought while its light enough in the evenings for me not to be too freaked out, I’d give it a go. It wasn’t jump out of your skin scary, but it was still pretty uncomfortable reading, the whole anti christ, devil worshipping cult thing aside, there is also a very abusive relationship to be found here and that is what got to me the most. Maybe I will give the film a go, thoughts?

25255576Asking for It – Louise O’Neil
I’m still struggling to describe how I feel about this book. Reading it felt like such a chore and not because it was bad, it was genuinely wonderfully written, but because of the subject matter, it was so oppressive and there were times when it made me very unsettled. I think this needs to be read in school’s because everyone knows a girl like Emma and everyone wishes girls like Emma would get kicked by karma, but no one, not even Emma deserves what happens to her. I think that was part of my problem, this highlighted so many latent problematic ideas I had buried deep within me. Please read it so we can discuss at length. I did post a slightly spoilery word vomit type ramble about it, which you can read here.

15984268The Universe versus Alex Wood – Gavin Extence
Wow. Just wow. The blurb on this doesn’t give anything away, so I’ll try not to, but this was not about what I thought it was about and for such a quirky, fun book, it has a very heavy subject matter. To start with it reminded me a lot of  Kurt Vonnegut books, full of tangents and yet somehow managed to be about the life, universe and everything and that was without all the KV references. A very serious subject wrapped up with heart and humour, its a long and winding narrative but when you stop meandering, it packs quite a punch. Also its set around where I live, which I always love! It is also, incidentally, the second book I’ve read recently about the aforementioned secret subject and is definitely the better of the two.

278958I am David – Anne Holm
This is something I wish I’d read when I was a lot younger. Its just such a shame that something that contains this good an emotional story was kind of hampered by how simplistic and childish the language was. If like me you’ve never crossed paths with this while young enough to appreciate the child like language, this is the story of a boy who escapes a labour camp with the help of a guard and his adventure as he tries to run to freedom. Its a quick, easy read while broaching some very big, scary subjects. Why didn’t I have this when I was a kid?!

20703242A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby
I saw the film a little while ago, it was ok, it was no High Fidelity or About a Boy, but it was an alright way to spend a few hours, I assumed the book would be better, because no matter how great High Fidelity the film is, the book is better, but it turns out, the film was a pretty good indication of how the book would be. It isn’t the best Nick Hornby book I’ve read, but it also isn’t the worst thing I’ve come across. Give it a go if you are looking for a light hearted, quick read… Well, I say light hearted, this is a book about suicide…

Films I watched this month:

You may have noticed if you follow me on twitter, have been keeping up with my Film reviews in 10 tweets or less posts or this video, that I really like films and that I spend a lot of time watching them, so here are all the films (some new, some rewatches) that graced my television this month!

  • Tangled
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Paranoia
    Liam Hemsworth’s face and Harrison Ford’s weird haircut were by far the best things about this film.
  • The Fundamentals of Caring
    Selena Gomez drops all the F Bombs, Paul Rudd is amazing and Craig Roberts just makes me wonder why he’s so under rated.
  • Diary of a teenage girl
  • Ghostbusters (the OG, not the new one)
  • Slueth
    The original with Michael Caine. Not the remake with um… Michael Caine.
  • We need to talk about Kevin
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

TV I watched his month:

  • iZombie
    Come the end of series three, I had developed a Saturn sized crush on Ravi. Ooops.
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Gilmore Girls
    Baby Sam Winchester is in this and his name is Dean! Anyway, I remember watching this when I was very young, but I don’t really remember an awful lot about what happened and apparently there is a new series coming? Colour me excited!
  • White Collar
    Netflix finally updated and gave us the last series. Matt Bomer should be on tv more, he’s so nice to look at! Also that ending was incredible.
  • Celeb first dates.
    Wtf has my life become when this is what I watch on TV, but honestly, Preston from the Ordinary Boys was on there and I used to freaking love the Ordinary Boys when I was in sixth form! From watching it, I can confirm that I would totally date Preston.

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

I GREW A STRAWB!!! GO STELLA GO

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I thought I’d update you all on Stella’s progress, she’s giving me strawberries!

You shall not pass

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Indie being a little cutie

 

Time warp

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Taught the munchkins how to do the time warp!

ellie made a friend

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I finally got hold of Pokemon Go and although it is glitchy af, it is my new favourite app! Say what you want about millennials always looking at their phones, but this app has seen me go out and explore my surroundings, I’ve found all manner of interesting places thanks to this game! I even had a fun adventure with the munchkins looking for pokemon and this one popped up at my mum’s house so Ellie made a friend!

Just me ginging around

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I have always wanted to be ginger! Now I am! I fancied changing the hair a bit, so I tried a home colourant which ruined my mum’s towels and although didn’t lighten my hair as much as I wanted, did accidentally turn me into an auburn princess, so!

Bowling with the homies

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AAAAARGH! I was debating whether or not to get The Cursed Child, but then I was like, I have to have it. Its Harry Potter and it came out on Harry’s birthday! Also, I found a load of vouchers and ended up only paying 83p for it!

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

Firstly, PJ’s Pokemon Go review, aka, so much shade I can’t even, also PJ is one of my favourites, so… Like, watch his stuff. While we’re on the subject of Pokemon Go, I also enjoyed Pew Die Pie’s video. Most of this month was me being sad about not having Pokemon Go tbh, so here’s Casey Neistat’s movie about the game and his attempt to play it IRL. I do have it now though and although it is glitchy AF, it is too much fun, if I didn’t work nine to five, I would have so many gyms by now. Also, if you need a giggle, check out Casey’s video orchestrating a prank with Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. Other fun stuff I enjoyed included Dil getting engaged! (Fo reals though it feels like its been forever since Dan Howell has graced my screen. Damn I’d almost forgotten how beautiful his face is), he also did his own roast yourself diss track a whole month later than everyone else, but I’ll forgive him because like I said, he’s beautiful. Finally, I must mention Luke Cutforth  and his vegan parody of Heathens I love twenty one pilots and I’m vegan, so… Lastly, but no means least, my friend Joe introduced me to a new channel by appearing on it and making several very articulate points about being LGBTQ+ and mental health.

What Leah wore: House Pride

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It’s time to get some house pride up in here, especially because everyone is starting to see the Cursed Child and I have to sit on the internet trying to avoid spoilers because I am poor. Anyway, I am a Slytherin. That doesn’t mean I’m horrible or anything, in fact, it was a bit of a shock to me all those years ago when I first got sorted into that house, but since then, I have embraced my Slytherin pride. Dudes, you Griffindors might have had Harry Potter, but we had Draco Malfoy and he is fit. just saying.

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Its a great time to be alive, there are so many Harry Potter clothes around now! Thank you Primark! I have way too many Harry Potter clothes to mention, but I’ve not seen anyone else with a Slytherin hoody, so thought I’d share it!

Hoody – a gift.

#LoveThisQuote – My Heart and Other Black Holes

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Hey there, how you doin?
Did you know I collect quotes? I used to have a notebook full of quotes I liked from books or movies or things people had said that I really enjoyed, but I have no idea where its gone… Anyway, these days, I have a folder on my phone that is full of quotes and I’m bringing one out for you all today.

Depression is a heaviness that you can’t ever escape. It crushes down on you, making even the smallest things like tying your shoes or chewing on toast seem like a twenty-mile hike uphill. Depression is part of you. It’s in your bones and blood. If I know anything about it, this is what I know: it’s impossible to escape.

I read My Heart and Other Black Holes after leaving it to languish on my TBR shelf for what felt like an eternity and there were times when I loved it, because of quotes like the above, there were moments when Aysel described her depression so poignantly and so beautifully and it felt honest. It felt like how my brain works sometimes. She talks about it as though it is a black slug that lives in her gut. I’ve not come across a more accurate depression in a fictional book before. There were also times when it scared me a little. Back during Mental Health Awareness Week, Becky compiled a load of blog posts from various bloggers about their experiences with mental health and in my post, I mentioned that one thing I hated about books focusing on mental health is the idea that love can cure you and that I hated reading books about teenagers with mental unwellness meeting each other and then suddenly being all better just because they’ve found each other. Like eurgh. There was a moment when I thought this book was taking that turn, when Aysel starts to change her mind about ending her life because she meets Roman and falls for him, but in the end, this was a book about two troubled people who although they did find solace in each other, still battled their depression, it was refreshing to read!