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March round up

I don’t know about anyone else, but it felt like February went on forever! Finally we’ve hit Spring! This March was significantly better than last March because my mother didn’t spend Mother’s Day in hospital this time around, even if it wasn’t a particularly great month for me mentally… Anyway! In March I got to do my usual coverage of World Book Day which was just as incredible as always (there was a Princess Leia this year and so many Mary Poppins’ as well as a Jake the dog, a Finn the human and a Scooby Doo!), I judged a talent show for the second year running, finally got all my instruments moved into my house (I learned how to play the Jaws theme and see it as being my greatest achievement of the month), I bought a coffee table (adult level unlocked), finished college and you know this post I made two years ago about whether or not to get a tattoo? Well, I’ve spoken to three tattoo parlours this month….!

What I read this month:

tumblr_o39c0rauQI1ugamu7o1_1280Escape – Leah Smith
I know, I’m a douchebag featuring my own book, but one of my goals for the year was to finally finish and upload this to my proper grown up website with all the other silly little stories I’ve written over the years, so I started the month by actually getting that last full stop on the page and copy editing. Its not the best thing I’ve ever written, but it isn’t as bad as I thought it might be. You can download a copy for yourself free from here if you like!

25337019Hot Feminist – Polly Vernon
Eurgh. So, I wanted to read more non fiction books on gender politics etc because that stuff is super interesting, so I was really excited to see this listed at Bookbridgr and requested it asap. It’s a shame then that the author of this book doesn’t really seem to understand the fundamentals of feminism and decided to really patronisingly explain how she is ‘hot’ and also a feminist. Like, yeah. and. Anyway, for a full review, you can head to this post here, even though I really hate giving bad reviews.

4584Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
I wanted to like this so much more than I did. I just found that it was very style over substance and not in a grand Fitzgerald kind of way, but more of a look how linguistically clever I am with all these intermingling narrations and all these fancy bits and pieces I’m putting in here. It just felt a little… like it was trying too hard. Either that or I’m just  not clever enough to understand it properly…

25152479The Dolls – Kiki Sullivan
It feels like forever since I read a straight up YA fantasy. I was also drawn to this because it had very pretty pink edging on the pages and when the book was closed it just looked super awesome. I really need to stop with the being suckered in with a pretty cover, if I look for personality in people, I should do it in books too (this is why I don’t get on with Tinder very well) anyway, I was, from the blurb, hoping for a whimsical True Blood style story about witch craft and voodoo set in Louisiana where its all warm and hazy and all that… but honestly, it was just a bit… Meh.

20800223Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson
My friend Sophie recommended this to me ages ago, she also mentions it a lot on her YouTube channel, so I grabbed a copy when I was at the library because seriously, Sophie does have a great taste in books. I’d heard a lot about this book, mostly that it’s a great book for the LGBTQA+ community, but actually I think its just a great book for anyone who is growing up and realising who they are and who their parents think they are doesn’t have to be the same thing. Review here.

The night that everything changed PB.inddThe Night that Changed Everything  – Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice
I was sent this from the lovely people at Penguin Random House, I love it when people send me things! If anyone else would like to send me things, I would be more than grateful! This is a wonderfully entertaining story about two well matched people who’s entire lives are turned upside down by one throw away comment on one night. Check out my review and grab yourself a copy!

6473592Gone – Michael Grant
Can you believe this has been sat on my bookshelf for over two years? I know this because when I thought, I’ll read that and opened it, I found a voucher that entitled me to the sequel half price that expired in 2013. Ooops. Sorry I was so late reading this book whoever gifted it to me! Anyway, I was excited about this because its cited as being a modern day Lord of the Flies, but honestly I was kind of disappointed. I know its a series so there are four more books in which the various details of how it all came to be, but this one just didn’t answer enough questions for me. Also it just wasn’t dynamic enough considering all the stuff that was going on. So, I’m not entirely sure the half price voucher would have been used anyway!

23363874 (1)Reasons to stay alive – Matt Haig
I feel like maybe my review of this was a bit of an over share, so lets not go into it again. Just know that this is a great book regardless of whether you actually need a reason to stay alive or not. Its an honest, candid read that is sympathetic without being patronising and was exactly what I needed.


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.

  • Tomorrow Land: A World Beyond
    So many Disney feels, I want to go back! Though I have no idea what the hell happened. I can just assume that the Brit is a bad guy as per and that George Clooney, a robot and a teenage girl who likes baseball caps saved the day? Yes? Someone correct me below if it is in fact something completely different.
  • This is where I leave you
    Dysfunctional family story where not a single sibling looked anything alike. I find that a bit odd about films, like at least pick people with the same colour hair or similar shaped noses or whatever. Also, as great as Jason Bateman is in Arrested Development, he doesn’t make great choices when it comes to films really, does he? The best bit about the whole film was the fact that Yellow jacket from Ant Man played Kylo Ren’s big brother. (See what I mean about family members looking nothing alike?)  Adam Driver was the thing that kept me going until the end, he is a little (well.. 6’3) cutie and should be everyone’s baby brother.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
    I haven’t seen this since the cinema! Oxfords not brogues every time. I’m looking forward to the sequel!
  • Tangled
  • Cinderella
    Fun fact, I saw this in the cinema and thought it was alright, I watched it on Now TV and cried like a baby every time someone said “Have Courage, Be Kind.”
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Licence to Drive
    I bloody loved this movie when I was a kid! I found it on Now TV and honestly, if you have Now TV, watch it! Its one of the worst things you will ever see in your entire life, hard core eighties cheese with the two Corey’s and a very young Heather Graham.
  • Zootropolis
    Great film, made up for the disappointment that was the Good Dinosaur! I really love the direction Pixar is going in at the moment! Also, finally Jason Bateman! You made a movie I liked!
  • Morning Glory
    Harrison Ford was the best thing about this film. Sorry. 
  • The Great Mouse Detective
    The best Disney movie. Like for real. You can fight me on that.
  • Hop

TV I watched this month:

  • The Night Manager
    Man, this just got better and better, more T Hiddles please! How great was the final episode!?!
  • The Aliens
    I bloody love Michael Socha! Confused the hell out of me that they swapped Tattoo Fixers around to put this on on a Tuesday instead! I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the concept, but I will watch pretty much anything with Michael Socha in, so…
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • The People vs OJ Simpson
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Shadowhunters
    I came crawling back. Simon got hot. So….. Are Magnus and Alex ever going to get it on?
  • How to get away with murder
    I forgot it was back! If you’ve not seen this before, its basically a how to guide to excude sexual tension with everyone around you. Also how to get away with murder.
  • DareDevil
    Series two hit Netflix and I am so pleased to have Matt and Foggy back in my life again! Is it weird that I’m starting to ship Frank and Karen? #Kastle

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

Covering WBD is a highlight of being a journalist tbh.

Snow joke

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We had snow!

Close up!

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I found a tree full of wagtails in the middle of Bath, here’s a close up!


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My niece took this picture of me and my nephew! I think she’s a better photographer than me!

On my last night of college I finally managed to take a picture I like.

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College is over, but I finally took a picture I like.

My brother is amazing!

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I bought a coffee table. Because I am an adult now. And my brother dropped by and built it for me. Because he’s awesome.

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:
I’m so glad I started this feature because HOTDAYUM if I hadn’t I’d have needed to make an entire post just dedicated to this slam poem from Leena, I wish I were that articulate and creative. I also need to mention Tom Fletcher and his family being adorable, the new Civil War trailer 9OH GOD HAVE YOU SEEN ANT MAN AND SPIDER MAN ARE IN IT?) ((is it me or does the new spider man sound EXACTLY like Tyler Joseph?)). I also enjoyed PJ‘s interactive story and Tomska‘s latest sketch! I feel like I can’t break tradition, so I’ll also mention Casey Neistat, he celebrated his 365th daily vlog this month, so you can watch that here!


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