May Round up

May was a bit of a whirlwind if I’m honest. We started off with a bank holiday (always good), playing a charity gig with the uke orchestra, interviewing potential parliamentary candidates and spending a few days in Brighton! I finally broke through the wall of writer’s block and this month seems to have been one where my creativity has been able to actually work – looks like the whole documenting my life every month is starting to work! We also had some pretty horrific things happening in the UK this month, but that keep calm and carry on attitude has kept us all strong and able to continue being kind and caring in the face of adversity.

What I read this month:

I’d die for you and other stories – F Scott Fitzgerald
New Fitzgerald claxon! Seriously, who expected there would be new F Scott Fitzgerald? This is a collection of previously unpublished stories presented together along with some biographical facts, letters to publishers and photos of Scott and Zelda. I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, but it was interesting seeing Scott attempt a different style of narration and genre to some of his more famous works.

Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith
What a disappointment this was! I adored the first of Cormoron Strike’s adventures and I enjoyed the twists and turns of the second instalment, but this one… I don’t know, I just found a lot of the misogyny very gratuitous with this one. While I know that there are people who do think the way the antagonist (no spoilers here!) did, I was just a bit like, really? I also found a lot of the tension between Strike and Robin in this one kind of ruined the relationship that had been built up over the past two books. Won’t stop me reading the next one though!

That Close – Suggs
I’ve had this book sitting on my kindle for what feels like a life time, Madness are one of my favourite bands and I have always enjoyed Suggs’ humour and found him a very interesting fellow in his forays into television. While this was great because I got to see bits of London I know and love through his eyes as he was growing up, this was a very disjointed autobiography. It wasn’t like those memoirs that are a collection of essays and it wasn’t a chronological look at his life either, every now and again, something would link back to the original story, but I found myself lost at times as he meandered through life! He does have a very engaging and friendly voice though, so no complaints from me!

Big Little Lies – Lianne Moriarty
The folk at Penguin very kindly sent me a copy of this, as I’d been searching the shelves at my local library and agonising over buying a copy every time I walk into a book shop, it was a little serendipitous that it turned up! I’ve yet to watch the TV show, so I’m not sure how they compare, but this was unlike anything I’d read before in terms of layout and pacing I wasn’t sure how something could be so subtle and yet in your face at the same time! It kept me very entertained on the train to Brighton however and I’ve reviewed it for you here

My Life – David Jason
Oh I do have a little soft spot for David Jason, perhaps its because we used to watch a lot of Open All Hours and Only Fools when I was growing up or perhaps its because he reminds me a bit of my Grandad because they’re both quite tiny and from London. Although, unlike David Jason, my grandad actually is from Peckham. This was such a charming and interesting read, I loved hearing about growing up in Finchly during the war and reading about the late, great Ronnie Barker was a delight.

Mind the Gap – Phil Earle
I saw this at the library and may have side stepped a small child heading in the same direction to pick this up and was it worth it? No. Not really. Honestly, this was on my TBR because I heard someone talk about it on YouTube and as the cover had a London tube map and I’m one of those Londoners that no longer lives in London so anything to make me feel close to my roots. Honestly, I am not the intended audience for this book which was why I was ultimately so disappointed, but for younger readers, this would be a great book about dealing with grief.

The Muse – Jessie Burton
Woah. Honestly, I picked this up because I liked the cover, but bloody hell that was an intoxicating read! I’ve not read any Jessie Burton before, but now I want to read her shopping lists, she writes so eloquently! I’m not into art, which is the main thread of this book, but I am into beautifully written prose about interesting, creative people and this was just… vewy noice.

 

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!

  • Saving Mr Banks
  • Casting Jon Benet
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
    I was watching this as the results for the French election came in. Thought it was appropriate.
  • Clueless

TV I watched his month:

  • Teen Wolf
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Riverdale
    THOSE LAST TWO EPISODES THOUGH
  • Once Upon A Time
    I know series 7 is coming, but I might just decide to end with series 6 cos it really was kind of a perfect ending if you ignore the flash forwards.
  • Doctor Who
  • iZombie
  • Brooklyn 99
  • Miss Fisher Mysteries
  • House of cards
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
    Honestly, I could barely breathe let alone anything else while watching the first episode, my God, that was intense, it was everything I remember the book being. 

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

Awesome mix vol. 2 was the soundtrack of the day

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☂️ they're back ☂️

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that's more like it, Brighton

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What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:
Firstly, let’s talk about Leena’s video about being ginger, mostly because it made me think so much I ended up rambling to a camera myself! Liam Dryden’s Scottish roadtrip part one and part two was so good, it made me want to go back and explore more of Scotland! I’ll mention the end of the My Horse Prince saga purely because it became the soap opera I never knew I wanted! What sort of roundup would this be without Carpool Harry-oke, is it the best one yet? And well, I can’t not mention bae can I? My crush on Darren Criss was fully reignited by his band’s new music video and I was a bit blown away by Lucy Moon’s last 168 Hours.

January round up

Did you think this was all over? Mwah ha ha. Ok, so the most important thing we should all remember from January is the stress of getting Hamilton tickets. I AM GOING TO HAMILTON YA’LL. Yes, it is next summer, but still… Anyway, the year began with me taking advantage of the bank holiday and spending all day at the cinema catching up on some new releases I missed (A Monster Calls was beautiful and made me cry and Rogue One was just so much fun!), my nephew turned three, there was much talk about thundersnow which then never happened and I got to play a musical instrument in an actual music venue. This month I’ve decided to take on Sammy Paul’s PMS project (more on that next month though) I just really want to document the world, though I’m not sure how much I want to remember considering what has been going on in the world this month. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are safe and if enough sensible people stand up, we can stop these things happening.

What I read this month:

30095461-1Ultimatum – K M Walton
Bit of an emotional one to start the year! This was kindly sent to me by NetGalley and was reviewed here. The actual book will be out in March and so if you’re into character driven, family dramas, I thoroughly recommend. It isn’t the most fun of subject matters, but I am a sucker for a broken family trying to mend itself!

26138370-1Seven Days of You – Cecelia Vinesse
A cute, easy to read YA novel about an American ex-pat who has seven days left in Tokyo, the place she recognises as home and the struggles she faces as she prepares to say goodbye not just to her home and school, but also the friends she has made there. Cue the arrival of an ex friend returning to Tokyo who she happens to have a very complicated relationship with that makes the whole leaving in seven days thing seem even more dire. Though it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever read, it was fun, check out the review here.

33393021Relativity – Antonia Hayes
I was lucky enough to be included on the blog tour for this charming novel about three different stands of the same family, intelligent Ethan on the cusp of adolescence, his single mother, Claire, suddenly so aware of how old her son is and how much like the father he’s never met is and then we have Mark the absent father suddenly appearing in their lives again, all intertwined with science and astrology and all that good stuff. Read the review here!

33407778The Dead Inside – Cyndy Etler
This month is full of reading ARCS, which is always nice, send me more books in the post please! This was a difficult one to read, its Cyndy Etler’s memoir about her time in a rehabilitation centre of sorts, which, if nothing else is very good for me in my quest to read more non fiction. It is harrowing and not exactly bed time reading, full review coming soon!

852594A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill – Lemony Snickett
As I started the TV show, I thought I’d pick up where I last left off with this series. It was just as fun and dark and wonderfully narrated as I remember, maybe this year I’ll re-read all of them? Who knows. I’d forgotten how much I loved these when I was a teenager! Even now, I think of Violet whenever I see someone tie their hair up!

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!

  • A Monster Calls
    Emotionally exhausting and really beautifully done – if you’re a fan of the books, don’t fret, they do it justice!
  • Rogue One
  • Beautiful Creatures
    Pretty sure the guy from this is the new Han Solo… Right?
  • La La Land
    Oh God. I cried. I hated it and I loved it and its beautiful.
  • The Duff

The Oscar nominations were announced this month! I’m such a charlatan I’ve only seen a few of the nominated films this year! My predictions for the main ones are as follows: Best film, La La Land (I haven’t seen the others, but I think its a given), Director, Damien Chazelle (I’m sure best film and best director are usually the same thing), Best Actress, I’d like Emma, but probs Meryl, Best Actor, I’d like Andrew, but probs Casey Affleck, Supporting Actor, Dev Patel, Supporting Actress, Viola Davis (she needs her EGOT), Best Song, I loved the two from La La Land, but I do really want the song from Moana to win so Lin-Manuel can have his PEGOT, it’ll probably be one of the La La Land songs though. That soundtrack was immense. What are your predictions? Let’s see who was right next month!

TV I watched his month:

  • The Crown
  • Sherlock
  • Brooklyn 99
    NINE NINE!!!
  • Timeless
  • Supernatural
  • Shadowhunters
  • Taboo
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Teen Wolf

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

❄️ icy af

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i just played on the same stage dick and dom are going to appear on. so there's that.

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la la land inspired shoes today

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What I did on YouTube this month:

So, I decided I wanted to make more stuff, so I am documenting my life this year (I know, self indulgent, narcissistic and boring af, but…) I want to get better and generally make things, so as you’ll see at the bottom, I’m doing Sammy’s PMS project this year. Enjoy.

What I loved on YouTube this month:

Starting at the beginning of the month (a fab place to start) Emma Blackery uploaded this that sums up exactly how I feel about New Year. Jack and Dean came back with another Good, Bad and just plain shit parts of 2016, Erika uploaded her final instalment of CRAMPS for 2016 and my God, I wish I were able to make things that looked that good! This video from Amelia Ace about her bisexual headcanons, purely for her Han Solo explanation alone and I feel that as creepy as this is, I’m going to link to the danisnotonfire live shows, which now get uploaded to danisnotinteresting purely because they actually are very interesting… so I’m just gonna leave a link here. Casey Neistat uploaded a couple of great videos this month, firstly this one from the time he went bowling in the white house and this one, from when he visited JFK after the ban on visitors from certain countries. Finally, let’s leave this round up on a happier note, Hazel and Jack did a cover of a song from La La Land way better than I did, Lucy Sutcliffe made this wonderful short film and Tom Fletcher uploaded this very cute video about his wife.

November round up

November feels like its crept up on me and now its only weeks before the end of the year! I think we can all agree that the world feels like a very strange place thanks to events of November and I don’t really know where we go from here… In more local news, this month saw my niece turn five (HOW ON EARTH IS SHE FIVE YEARS OLD?!), I joined the Emotional Roadshow in Brussels and though the trip wasn’t quite as planned, Brussels was a very interesting place and the show was amazing, you can see more of that here! I also got to see Billy Elliot live on stage (by jove that was fun) and spend time in my home town hanging out with the fam. My parents and I did a tour of the Houses of Parliament, which was so good, I also got to witness my dad get mad at tourists for ruining his photo op when he was being a complete tourist! Actually, I spent a lot of time with my parents this month which has been really nice.

What I read this month:

26117652The Rest of us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
Urgh. I love Patrick Ness so muuuuuch. So, like, you know all those stories where the unlikely hero/heroine is just this teenage kid that goes around slaying demons/ saving the world whilst handing in their history homework and stuff? Do you ever wonder whats going on with their classmates and what they think of the situation? Well, wonder no more! This is the story of Mikey, his friends and his family who live in a town regularly invaded by aliens, vampires etc but its ok because they’re not the chosen ones and the indie kids at school always sort those problems out for them which is fair enough cos Mikey has enough going on with his dysfunctional family life and all he wants to do is graduate and go to prom before yet another apocalypse begins so… Just pure and utter brilliance once again from someone who is fast becoming my favourite author ever. I’m not sure if by writing this Ness is admitting to being a complete Buffy fan boy or if he hates it, but either way. AWESOME. Also, if you didn’t know, Patrick Ness is the writer behind the Doctor Who spin off – Class, which is as the title suggests, Class. Check it out!

10814687Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
Finally I got around to reading the next in the Rivers of London series! I love the way these are written, I’ve said it before, the Peter Grant books are how I hoped the Harry Potter series would end up. Other than the magic, the wonderful narration, the humour and the way the mysteries are shaped, I do love books where the setting itself ends up being a character and as I love the city of London and know it well, its always a bit special seeing all these places I’ve stomped around coming to life as Peter goes about his business!

20733840Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour book store – Robin Sloane
This has been on my to read list for what feels like forever, then Sophie posted a review, so I had to bump it up a few spaces! Also according to my goodreads (be my friend?) a couple of other people started reading this around the same time as I did, so I’m looking forward to their thoughts! This was one of those really addicting books that I kind of felt lost without, its a mystery set around a bookshop with an enigmatic owner and has the power of google and the power of books coming together to solve the puzzle! That’s about as much as I can say without ruining it completely. If nothing else, you have to love a book about books!

16122237Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander
(Should I credit this to JK Rowling or is putting Newt’s name on it ok?) After watching the film, I thought I ought to return to the magical world and so picked this up! Fun fact, I brought this with my first ever wage packet and haven’t looked at it since! While its a shame that this doesn’t include instructions on how to do the mating dance as beautifully demonstrated by Eddie Redmayne in the movie, it does fill my Harry Potter loving heart with joy!

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!

  • In Bruges
    Thought it would be a good way to prepare for going to Belgium. It just made me want to go to Bruges too!
  • The Aristocats
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    This was so charming! I was a bit wary what with how bad the cursed child script is and the fact that Johnny Depp was named as a cast member, but it was just so lovely! I nerded out about it for about a week after seeing it and now I have so many theories and I love Newt and I want to give Credence a hug!

TV I watched his month:

  • Once Upon A Time
  • Class
  • The Missing
    It was recommended that I catch up on this and dear God, if you need a thriller that keeps you guessing at every turn you should track this down!
  • How to get away with murder
    All I have to say on this is Coliver: 
    iwillgodownwiththisship
  • Supernatural
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life
    I don’t know how I feel about the revival. On the one hand there is all the Luke/Loralai which I LOVED, the life and death brigade came back which I LOVED, Emily had the best storyline and there were so many wonderfully nostalgic moments but then there was that weird musical number and the destruction of Rory and the barely mentioned Lane and barely any Sookie and how has Chris not aged?! And of course, those last four words.

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

Grand place, Brussles as the lights start waking up

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Sorry not sorry for all the pics from Brussels…

I had a rather lovely day in London this month, during which my parents and I did a tour of the Houses of Parliament which was SUPER INTERESTING. The only thing that was kind of sad is that despite the fact that MPs are constantly on their phones during PMQs, you aren’t allowed to use your phone or take photos while in the building, there were so many ridiculously ostentatious rooms and so many pretty bits of design work and I’m worried I won’t be able to remember them!

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

Firstly, Hazel Hayes did a Tipsy Talk with Amy Adams which was wonderful, she also made this little animation which was the cutest thing ever and I did love September’s instalment of Time of the Month, no matter how late it is! Philip DeFranco explained how the American Voting System works – I knew it was a bit more complicated than in Britain by wow, how did that system even come about? Lex made a beastly favourites to advertise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she also did a slightly spoilery review of the Gilmore Girls revival and I agree, so… Check it out! Also, Wes Anderson made a Christmas themed advert for H and M, yes, you did read that right. It’s amazing, watch it here!

October round up

Winter is coming.
I can now legitimately say that. That is terrifying, 2016, you need to slow the eff down. Anyway, October. Firstly, the month started with my friends, Chris and Julia tying the knot! The heavens may have opened, but it was such a lovely day and so nice to see them happy! Also Chris and a bunch of my buds performed in the band at the reception which was incredible! Well done guys! This month, I also spent a few days at Disneyland Paris, it was cold af, but there was barely anyone there which was amazing, I may be British and therefore good at queuing, but I do not enjoy queuing, so it was amazing to only have to wait five minutes to enjoy all my favourite rides.  This time I got to actually stay on site, which I’ve never done before and was a bit of a surprise as my friend booked the whole trip and kept that bit quiet until we got to the airport. I do bloody love Disneyland, like, seriously, I do well up every time I walk towards that big pink castle.  October also called for another birthday event, this time for Charlotte’s birthday, which involved us trying really hard not to cry at the stories on Stand Up To Cancer in front of each other while she opened her presents. And of course there was the terrifying clown epidemic, big bag of nope. This month, the aforementioned Chris and I also began our next writing project…! You can download our previous collab here for free!

What I read this month:

7537072I heart Paris – Lindsay Kelk
As I was in Paris at the beginning of the month I thought I’d give this a go. I haven’t read the other books in the series and I don’t know if I’ll bother tbh… While this saw me through an hour and a bit on the train as I started my travels to Paris, (I got upgraded to first class for part of my journey purely for being the only person on the train! Result!) I spent most of the time shaking my head in bewilderment at what was printed in front of me. Like for serious, how does so much ridiculousness happen to one person? Seriously, the mishaps in Bridget Jones were believable, the mishaps in this one? Nope. Not one bit. How has this woman managed to survive this long?!

19501Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
I’ll admit I was a little sceptical about this… Most people I know who have read this have complained about it so I was a bit wary, but I was loaned it because of the whole wanting to read non fiction thing. Anyway, I think Elizabeth Gilbert is a great writer and a talented story teller, reading about Italy and its culture was super interesting, as was learning more about a subject I don’t have an awful lot of knowledge on (yoga)… However, it was a tad religious for me and I couldn’t ever really get past the fact that the writer is in an incredibly privileged position and had the opportunity to run away for a year to learn Italian, find herself and then find love… The majority of people suffering from depression and existentialism don’t have the financial support to be able to do those things and I think that should have been acknowledged in the book, but it was a solid ok, so… Non fiction reading is clearly going well. I also watched the movie this month.

22466429Kids of Appetite – David Arnold
Firstly, many thanks to Bookbridgr for sending me a copy of this! You can see a much more thorough review here, but for now, let me just say that I really enjoyed this! I liked the last David Arnold book I read, though it did have a few moments that were a bit problematic…. it was kind of wonderful to see how much he’s developed as a writer with this follow up. This was just so engrossing and I really enjoyed the way the story was told. Also, how interesting were all the characters? Do check this out if you get the chance!

29638189When the Floods Came – Claire Morall
Yet more thanks go to the lovely folk over at Bookbridgr for also sending me this! Its so pretty, look at that cover, also a very believable dystopia about future Britain after being ravaged by extreme weather and disease. The narration was a little hard to get to grips with at some points as it goes off on tangents and then back to the original point frequently and it is very slow, its definitely something that you are going to spend a lot of time on, reading this is almost a committment… Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for a review coming soon!

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!

  • Pitch Perfect
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Hotel Transylvania 2
    This is my niece and nephew’s new favourite movie. I think I’ll be watching it many times in the coming months
  • Drive Me Crazy
    I couldn’t not watch this after hearing Sophie’s podcast!
  • Wayne’s World
  • Eat, Pray, Love
    I read the book this month, so thought I’d check out the film.
  • Corpse Bride
  • Paranorman

TV I watched his month:

  • Gogglebox
  • Ripper Street
    Dat ending though! I’m debating getting Amazon Prime just so I can see the new series now!
  • Go 8Bit
  • Great British Bake Off
  • Luke Cage
    I’m not sure what to make of this, I’m not sure I enjoyed it as much as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but it was entertaining! I might give it a rewatch!
  • National Treasure
    Technically, this aired in September, but I finally got around to watching it this month and OMG it was incredible. All the awards, just take them now.
  • Once Upon A Time
    ITS BACK CAPTAIN SWAN HAS RETURNED
  • Brooklyn 99
    I am up to date now. Also I have a planet sized crush on Jake Peralta. Don’t tell anyone.
  • Supernatural
  • New Girl
  • Class
    Is it technically a webseries? Whatever, I watched it and it was amazing. Legit, this show is better than the last few seasons of Doctor Who, I may write an essay and present it to Steven Moffat. Well played Patrick Ness. If you don’t believe how great this show is, “Holy mother of Kanye” is a genuine line from it.

I accept that I have watched a ridiculous amount of TV this month. In my defence, I don’t have many friends. Also – even though I dip in and out rather than watch religiously, I do have to give a shout out to Emmerdale this month, not only was their car crash story line incredibly well done, but an actual character on actual British TV actually said the line “I’m bisexual.” I thank the Gods for Robert Sugden.

I was thinking of doing a whole post about it… But then I found this article that summed all my thoughts up so much better than I could do!

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

Awaiting the arrival of the world's best glam rock band #ChrisandJuliasWedding

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So this month began with Chris and Julia’s wedding, which was such a lovely day and included the groom performing in the wedding band – pretty awesome!

Sorting through photos and unpacking. I wanna be back in dlp

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The biggest thing I miss about living with the parents is that they have cats and I can’t have cats! I want to live with cats again!

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

If I were more interesting, I would aspire to do a monthly video round up like Erica’s videos because CRAMPS is honestly one of the best things on YouTube and the September instalment was incredible and heartbreaking and I felt all the emotions (just check out her whole channel its so good). I am mentioning this episode of the Philip DeFranco show, partly because Philly D is part of my daily routine (also a bit because I tend to accidentally recite his outro whenever I’m telling someone I’ll see them tomorrow) but mostly because there has been some crazy clown nonsense going down and like most people I am TERRIFIED of clowns but my boy Phil got my back with his three rules on how to cope with a rogue clown. Also, as its halloween month and all, have to mention Spooky Week on Dan and Phil Games really don’t we? And of course, here’s my bud Joe being all articulate and intelligent again.

September round up

Ahh, September, the month in which my existential crisis increases ten fold because I am very neurotic and now am closer to thirty than I am to twenty. I am not a youth any more. wtf. Anyway, remember that I was attempting to achieve gingerness? Well, September has seen me get closer to this goal. This month featured bantz, wii tournaments, Yorkshire pudding failures, frozen churros, birthday celebrations, the first theatre trip of 2016 and fun times with my favourite munchkins. The oldest munchkin just started school. I can’t even.

What I read this month:

27766357Moth Girls – Anne Cassidy
What to even say. On the one hand, I raced through this, on the other it was quite simplistically written for something with such a creepy subject and because I’m not good with like kidnapping and murder as a plot line it did freak me out a bit! I was kind of disappointed with the ending, there was closure, but I wanted more and I felt like Tina was kind of robbed by having one chapter where the others got way more.

22913648Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill
Is Louise O’Neill the feminist author I have longed for? You know, I think she might be. If you’ve read A Handmaid’s Tale, this won’t be anything new for you, its essentially the same story, young women chosen by men to either be wives/companions or handmaids/concubines, only this features children rather than grown women, children being groomed into the most perfect they can be so that they can be picked by eligible men. Reading this made me think that this is life before the events of A Handmaid’s Tale. If I had a copy of Handmaid’s Tale, I’d have read it immediately after reading this, I think it would have been interesting to have the two as companion novels. Not exactly pleasant reading, but brilliant nontheless.

dangerousDangerous Boys – Abigail Haas
I read Dangerous Girls a while ago and dear God, it was incredible. One of those books that really stay with you, you know? If you’ve never read it, I recommend that you do so immediately. This wasn’t anywhere near the same standard,which was so disappointing. It didn’t have anywhere near the same thrill that Dangerous Girls did, I didn’t find myself desperately tearing through the pages trying to get to the bottom of the story and I do kind of find love triangles a bit… meh, essentially, this book was a teenage love triangle trying to be Dangerous Girls. It was entertaining enough and I think had I not loved Dangerous Girls so much I might have liked it a bit more… But… Yeah.

20797806The Apple Tart of Hope – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
I bloody love apple tart and it is September, the season of apples, so… yeah, I might have picked up this book based on the fact that I really like apple tart. Or pie if you happen to be into pastry. Which I am. Anyway. Though I enjoyed this I did have a lot of questions. This is the story of next door neighbours, Meg and Oscar, Oscar likes to bake apple tarts and is a genuine ray of sunshine, like he saves a man he thought was considering suicide by baking him a pie. Anyway, Meg moves to New Zealand for six months during which time Oscar makes friends with the girl renting Meg’s house who is a total bitch and then Oscar goes missing and I’m just like… How great was this pie for convincing someone not to kill themselves? Wtf is up with Pamela? It was well written and flowed nicely, but I felt like it needed more…

895856Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald a marriage – Kendall Taylor
You might have noticed (and if you haven’t you’re in luck because I’ve linked it below for you) that I wanted to read more non fiction. I guess this was me easing myself in to exploring the world of non fiction by picking a subject I’m already knowledgeable on. Though I think this book was a little too wordy in places, I did like that unlike other books I’ve read about the Fitzgeralds it focused on Zelda rather than Scott. You can see my review of this here! I did find little notes in this from the last person who read it, which is awesome! I love reading other people’s thoughts on books!

23210035My own story – Emmeline Pankhurst
Yes, I’m furthering my quest for non fiction! I spent some time in the library hunting for a specific biography, which I didn’t find, but then my eye caught this. I am hugely interested in feminism and the suffragette movement and I want to read more about this subject and I do find autobiographies easier to read than anything else. This was so interesting and I learned so much more about the period and the suffragette movement. Also I’ve completely changed my view on Gladstone, he used to be one of my favourite prime ministers! (Yes, I have a list of favourite prime ministers. The current one and her predecessor aren’t on the short list in case you wondered.) Its a shame, but we weren’t taught an awful lot about the Suffragette movement at school, all that was covered was that a group of women wanted the vote and went around terrorising the government and throwing themselves under horses. This should be part of the curriculum, especially as we have such low voter turn outs. Since finishing this, I did go and do some further reading and while this was biased (being an autobiography) and didn’t acknowledge that the Pankhursts were privileged (for instance, the majority of women didn’t have access to education or money – though it would have taken people of the Pankhurst’s position in society to have gotten the vote in the first place) or the not so nice things that took place, like the disowning of her own children. That sort of thing. Regardless, from a historical point of view, political point of view and feminist point of view, this was super interesting and now I want to check out the film!

26255907How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne
This isn’t the first Holly Bourne book that I’ve read, but it is the first Spinster Club book that I’ve read and I appear to have started with the second one rather than the first. Ooops. I was drawn to the series seeing the author appear on YouTube talking about how the theme of the series is feminism and well, I am into that equality. I did enjoy this in a nice, fun, YA kind of way, but I can’t say that I got an over riding vibe of feminism coming from this. Had this been sold to me as teenage girl with serious mum issues spending the summer in a foreign country trying to make sense of her dysfunctional family I’d have enjoyed it so much more. The story line with Amber’s mum was so interesting and though I usually get annoyed with whiney white kids moaning about their parents, I was totally with Amber on this one. I’m not saying this isn’t feminist, I think there are many things that make it feminist, but I can’t say it is the most feminist thing I’ve ever read.

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!

  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Brooklyn
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Bridget Jones’ Baby
  • Cockneys Vs Zombies

 

TV I watched his month:

  • Great British Bake Off
    Best enjoy it while we can, eh?
  • Gilmore Girls
    WHY DO YOU KEEP BLOWING HOLES IN MY SHIP.
  • Ripper Street
  • Adolf and Eva – Love and War
    I am a massive history nerd and love learning about World War 2 so I couldn’t resist this documentary about Eva Braun, I don’t know an awful lot about her, so this was super interesting!
  • Brooklyn 99
    I’ve never seen this before and it is legit the funniest thing I’ve seen in a very long time! Also I’ve accidentally fallen for Jake Peralta and I can’t get up.
  • Go 8 bit
  • Teen Wolf
    Netflix just uploaded the first two series and its been forever since I watched this show… So…
  • Gogglebox

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

The 1975's reading set on the tv and updating the scrap book only six months behind…

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Full of food and walking around Bishop's Palace with mum – pretty good celebration of my birth so far

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What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

Well, the first thing I saw that made me go YES. YES, LET’S SHOUT THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS this month is this video from my friend Joe explaining his stance on Nuclear Weapons. Coincidentally, the day after I uploaded a video about reading non fiction, Sophie uploaded this abut non fiction! I got so many recommendations from her video, so thanks Sophie! Other mentions have to go to this episode of Drunk Advice with Rose and Rosie – can these two make videos with Hannah all the time? And while we’re on the subject of Drunk Advice, here’s the episode with the Midnight Beast. I feel like its been a while since Casey Neistat made an appearance, so here’s his vlog showing us how the other half live with this incredible airplane journey. And I can’t not mention my bae, danisnotonfire and the hilarious story of how he almost blinded himself.