April Round up

Wow, April, you were random but fun!
I think I socialised more in April than I have the rest of the year! This month I got to spend time eating take out and watching Riverdale with Charlotte, spent many hours sat eating in Chris and Julia’s kitchen, there was eating involved there too and got to do some Easter themed baking with my favourite munchkins! You might have noticed an eating trend there. No biggie. What is the point of Easter if not for eating, eh? There was even a day warm enough for me to sit in my mum’s garden and just read, I managed two trips to see Guardians of the Galaxy, there was new Paramore and new Fall Out Boy and a whole load of previously unpublished F Scott Fitzgerald stories were published!

What I read this month:

Who’s That Girl – Mhairi McFarlane
Well, I think the disappointment of this book can only be matched with the disappointment I felt when I first tried a Hershey bar. So many people I trust told me this was good, but honestly, I got so tired of it so quickly, I didn’t find any part of it funny, just mostly ridiculous and predictable. I’d like to give Mhairi McFarlane another go, but this wasn’t a good start!

Unconventional – Maggie Harcourt
Oooo this was cute! Take all the endearing nerdiness of Fangirl, make it British and set it at a series of conventions instead and you have this story of Lexi – daughter of a convention organiser who has a cute meet cute with an author at one of the events and fun ensues. I haven’t read a fun, British YA romance for so long so this was a nice change.

Girl Up – Laura Bates
I have wanted to read this for so long! I still have a copy of Every Day Sexism I’ve not managed to read yet. Though this didn’t have anything in it that I didn’t already know/ think before (guess that’s because I’m on the internet but *shrugs*) but it was still wonderful to read a book that shared all my thoughts on the subject! If you are interested in gender politics, this would be a great and accessible book to start with and is presented in a fun, engaging way. If you are planning to read it in public, there are lots of doodles of vaginas, just so you know!

Windfall – Jennifer E Smith
I love Jennifer E Smith’s books, seriously, if you are looking for some cute, fluffy YA (which let’s be honest, is a sub genre that gets more hate than it deserves) then you need to get this woman’s books in your life! This was an ARC I received from Netgalley and I was so excited to get a copy of this… While I enjoyed it, I don’t think its the strongest of her books, check out the review here.

Things I should have known – Claire LeZebnik
This was such an interesting book! While the blurb is all, girl decides to set up her sister and ends up falling for the brother of the boy she wanted to set her sister up with, which doesn’t sound like anything new, this was written in an engaging way and  I didn’t realise until I started reading it that the two kids being set up on the date are on the autism spectrum – I’ve never come across a book about kids with autism before! See my review here.

The Idea of You – Amanda Prowse
I feel really bad about not enjoying this more. Admittedly, it isn’t to my usual taste, but I wanted to read outside my comfort zone a bit more, there was nothing wrong with the narration or the story per say, it just didn’t really gel with me. I should preface that having started this book I did realise that I’m not really its target audience. There will be a full review up soon, even though it wasn’t for me, this is the exact thing you’d want tot take on holiday with you!

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
I feel like this book is every where, it appears in every review and haul video/post I consume, so I’d wanted to read it for ages, though I was put off by the fact that I’m not that well versed in poetry, it’s just never really been something I’ve been able to really sink my teeth into. (I say this, but one of my favourite books is a poetry book lol) I can understand why people love it and why it resonates with so many people, but it wasn’t my cup of tea I’m afraid.

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!

  • Nerve
  • Fire walk with me – Twin Peaks prequel 
  • Moana
  • The Nice Guys
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (I actually ended up seeing this twice! 000ps!)
  • Ghostbusters
    Yes I finally saw the latest Ghostbusters movie, I don’t know, I think it would have worked a lot better as a sequel or a spin off rather than a remake, the ladies were all fab, but I didn’t like the original cast turning up and not being themselves and bits were a tad silly, but it was fine.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

TV I watched his month:

  • 13 Reasons Why
    I read and loved the book and when I heard it was going to be a Netflix series, I wasn’t sure how they’d make a whole series, but omg that was intense and so well put together. The series comes with trigger warnings before the harder episodes if you’re worried but those scenes are very intense, so do look after yourselves. Also there is a random cameo from Dan Howell, so… there’s that.
  • Riverdale
  • iZombie
    ITS BACK ITS BACK I AM SO EXCITED
  • Doctor Who
    Honestly, I had been falling out of love with this show for the past few series, but the opening episode was so much fun and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
  • Iron Fist
  • Pretty Little Liars
    I can’t believe we’re on the last nine episodes!!
  • Once Upon a Time

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

Bristol is looking pretty spesh today

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its time for the great munchkin bake off

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y e s t u r d a y || this is as close to sunbathing as i get.

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IT ARRIVED!!!

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What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

As much as I hate April 1st, it does mean that we get a Dan and Phil Crafts video and this year’s was utterly genius! We also got ASDF Movie 10 which is one of my favourite things on the internet, seriously (beep beep I’m a sheep!), while we’re on the subject of Tomska, his Last Week series are the best weekly vlogs out there, so get on that, yeah? Liam Dryden‘s YouTube comeback was amazing, so if you haven’t seen it, do! I have to mention Emma Blackery’s new music video and this video about twenty one pilots and this birthday edition of Baking with Layton.

December round up

Wow. We made it. This month was kind of a strange one for me, it was a month of firsts, it was a month of endings and it was a month of reflection, as well as being Christmas and all. Firstly, I celebrated my one year anniversary of being in my flat. I’ve been an adult for a whole year! Go me! I also preformed my first ever show as a ukulele player as part of the Frome Ukulele Group, my niece appeared in her first school nativity play, we took our first ever train trip together, went to many a festive party and generally, this month has been fun!

What I read this month:

12600138Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
My brother lent me this! This is a big deal if you know my brother, the boy that spent our entire child hood ignoring the written word, but who now actually likes reading! This is his favourite book apparently and I can see why! I’m not much of a gamer, but I did love this! A novel set in the future about an international cloud based game that is littered with eighties references – sign me the frick up.

31114950No Virgin – Anne Cassidy
I spotted this in the library and was drawn in by the attention grabbing cover and the fact that the blurb consists of “My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped”. I’ve read a lot of books about this subject this year (which sounds like a strange thing to say, I didn’t intend to do that, I just think that sexual assault and consent have been on the forefront in recent years, as they should). While this was an important story, I don’t think it was handled very well, its very short and I think it could have done with being bulked out a little. Stacey didn’t have enough room to grow on me, I just didn’t feel like I knew her or even wanted to, she also spends a lot of time blaming herself, which I know can happen, but I wanted her to remember that she wasn’t at fault. Would like to discuss this further though if any of you guys have read it – let me know!

568061The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
So if you saw my video about all the bookish things, you’ll know that I visited the library and found out about the reading passport, this is my first trip and let’s face it, a book I should have read already. This was honestly one of the most harrowing things I’ve ever read, I can’t say as I enjoyed it, it’s a bit hard to enjoy something like this, but its something I can check off of my things I should have read already list.

23361172Paperweight – Meg Haston
This catches my eye every time I visit the library and finally the time came and I checked it out. I did a whole post on this just because I felt like the subject matter deserved more than just a few lines in a round up post and also, you know me, I do like to give you guys trigger warnings and I felt like I needed a bit more of an explanation. So… Check that out here.

29567432Generation Next – Oli White and Terry Ronald
I’ve never watched any of Oli White’s videos, but like I’m in the internet, so I know the name (even if I couldn’t tell what he looked like…). While I’m glad that this book actually does acknowledge the ghost writer I am a bit like… Why give Oli White a publishing contract when he can’t write the thing himself?! Eurgh. Also, though this was an interesting idea for a story, I didn’t get on with the way it was written at all. Good idea, badly executed. Can someone point me towards a YouTuber who has a publishing deal because theyre talented as opposed to because they have a big audience?

31182580Motherland – Jo McMillan
Honestly, I mostly picked this up because it’s about communism and the Daily Fail recommended it and I thought that was kind of funny… Anyway, while this was an interesting take on a mother/daughter relationship set against a strong political ideology I was hoping it would be a bit more… Well, more. I wanted to learn more about the eastern block and communism and British communists and that was kind of a backdrop as opposed to the main focus. Which is fine, but not what I was looking for!

31259053Saying goodbye to London – Julie Burtinshaw
The last ARC of the year! I mentioned it in my last book video and showed you the cover… Honestly, I think the cover was the best bit… Sorry, I will do a more thorough review of this in the next few days or so, once I have my thoughts together! I picked this up mostly because of the cover, look at that cover and because I love London, tis my home town after all, this was about a very different London and while I thought the story was interesting, I don’t think it was executed very well… Anyway, look out for my thoughts!

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!

  • Men in Black
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Muppets Most Wanted
    I had a craving after all those evil Kermit memes.
  • School of Rock
  • Frozen
  • Moana
    Took the oldest munchkin out for the day to see this! I really enjoyed it! The soundtrack is my latest to buy!
  • Love Actually
  • Naked Gun
    My brother and I may have concerned our collective facebook friend list by sending each other quotes from this…
  • Die Hard
  • Home Alone
  • The Muppets Christmas Carol
  • Hateful 8
  • The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Raiders of the Lost Arc
  • The Take

There are a lot of movies on the list this month, blame Christmas, there are always way more movies on than usual at this time of year!

TV I watched his month:

  • Class
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Tatoo Fixers
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
    I’m a big fan of the book I’m not sure yet what I think of the Netflix series, I think the characters are all a little too young… But I’ll stick with it!
  • The Crown
  • Timeless
  • Doctor Who Christmas Special
    Is it me or is Doctor Who just getting worse?

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

House pride

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It got very cold at the beginning of the month which meant that I got to show off my house pride on my morning commute.

I found bath's baubal

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Bath’s Christmas lights looked pretty spesh this year.

Took the munchkin out on the train today. She found the metro very interesting

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I took my niece out for the day, we got the train into town to see Moana!

Much jolly very christmas

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What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

There were so many awesome videos on Dan and Phil Games this month, so I’m just going to go ahead and recommend their whole channel! YouTube Rewind arrived in December, so many memes, so many memories and is it just me or did Dan Howell’s Stranger Things inspired wardrobe look a little Marty Mcfly? Because he’s in my favourite film and if so, D Hizzle, you are the one for me. Hit me up yeah? Stepping away from British boys with great fringes for the moment, I also enjoyed James Corden’s festive Carpool Karaoke, Casey Neistat’s batshit crazy drone video and this cute skit from KickthPJ. Also this month, Tyler and Josh were super nice and gave us a Christmas gift by releasing five reimagined songs with MuteMath and they made a video about it too and head here to download the songs for free before 18th January! Hannah Witton did Vlognukkah instead of Vlogmas (why didn’t I think of that last year?!) the videos were all so good and interesting, so check all of those out!

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You

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The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You – Lily Anderson

I know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, its something I have to tell myself far too often. I always get drawn to books with pretty covers, but seriously, look at that cover! Its got a graphic novel/ comic book feel about it added with a pretty beach scene and some pretty people being romantic and I was like, I must have this book, then I read the blurb…

Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West–and his horrendous new moustache that he spent all summer growing–down to number four.
Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben’s, including give up sleep and comic books–well, maybe not comic books–but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it’s time to declare a champion once and for all.
The war is Trixie’s for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben’s cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie’s best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they’re on–and they might not pick the same side.

So the cover looks like a comic book and the blurb references Doctor Who and Firefly and has talks about fandom friends and I was sold. I love nerdlove, I love Doctor Who, I love Firefly, I love comics, but did I love this book? Well, I did and I didn’t.

This book is super cute, we have a group of high school nerds who end up joining friendship groups because of nerd love and they like Doctor Who and Firefly and Cosplay and comics and science and stuff, I do love a pop culture reference. The bantz are also great, so, so many bantz and the whole I hate you until I realise I love you was so Han/Leia that I was all over it, but like…. Love stories are ten a penny aren’t they and there wasn’t anything particularly different about the Ben/Trixie story to keep me too interested once the sniping had finished. So I was excited to get to the more detective part of the book, but it took far too long for me to get there. You see, that’s my main problem with the book, it is far too long, it takes far too many pages before we get to the actual story. Also, the characters may enjoy the same kind of things as me, but that doesn’t mean that I like them… Trix begins the book by pretty much insulting every single other person in her vicinity. I am not about that life.

While there are a few things that didn’t gel with me, this is a fun, cute read and it is a modern day retelling of Much Ado About Nothing and well, everyone knows that modern day Shakespear stories are amazing, like I dare you to try and find me someone who doesn’t like Ten Things I Hate About You or the Lion King. (Yes, the Lion King. It is Hamlet with lions.) Actually, if I needed to describe this book to someone I would say that it was tumblr crossed with 10 Things I hate About you. It has the fandom references and it has the bants of the two perfectly combined. It just needed less pages and less of a focus on the generic romances and it would be awesome.

That being said, I would recommend this, especially to mid teens/ younger readers and even more so if they happen to be into pop culture references.

What Leah Wore – one, two, three, four, I declare a time war.

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Howdy friend and welcome to another edition of What Leah Wore, the feature where I get to show off another great love of my life, geeky clothing! Today’s post features my good friend Chris Loveder, who I recently wrote a supernatural detective novel with about a jazz, funk fusion front man. Check it out by heading to the My Books tab up there!

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You’ll know from other posts like this, that I love a good fandom cross over and how could I possibly resist a Doctor Who/Star Wars cross over!
Chris and I were in the middle of presenting a radio show when this was taken, it was a shirt so good we both had to buy it and present a radio show in it! We’re hoping to film the Doctor Who tag together soon, which I think is gonna be hella fun!

Today I had a traumatic experience where I got stuck in a field on my way to do some photos. It was like being in Slenderman. I ended up being saved by some angry looking farmers and then I burned my soup at lunch. I must be the only person in the world that manages to burn soup. I’m off to do some filming for work at the local Christmas lights switch on, so I’m expecting something else horrible to happen to me!

T shirt – qwertee
Chris – @krisskarnage79

 

What Leah wore: Star Lord in Training

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Welcome to another edition of Leah tries to do fashion. As you can tell from these posts, fashion doesn’t happen very often in my life.
You may have noticed from previous editions of this feature that I have a couple of shirts dedicated to fictional schools, well, here’s one dedicated to a fictional university.

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Well perhaps not all that fictional, it’s the university listed as the one I graduated from on Facebook. (I did intergalactic studies!)
Anyway, my brother and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday!
It was the first trip he’s taken in my new car, in fact, because we live in the middle of nowhere, any trip to the cinema is akin to a road trip, I don’t often get passengers so it was a new experience for the both of us!
Guardians of the Galaxy is a film that I have been eagerly awaiting since I first heard that it was a thing and I was not disappointed! It was funny and completely insane and dancing groot is the cutest thing I have ever seen.
Seriously, if you’re looking for something to do during the holidays, get yourself in front of a screen for this film! It’s such fun! Plus, Peter Serofinowicz is in it, so you really can’t go wrong and this shirt was perfect for viewing a film that was set almost entirely in space!
Now I’ve seen it, I’ve preordered the guardians pop vinyls and downloaded the soundtrack, so I’ll be trying to get a promotion from being a time lord to star lord as soon as I can!

Tshirt – qwertee.

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What Leah wore – Genuinely British at heart.

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Sometimes you see a shirt and its just so good you can’t help but show it off.

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I’ve just finished updating my iPod!!
This might not seem like such a big deal to most of you, but my in my old car, the stereo didn’t work, which meant that I talked to myself  a lot when I was driving because I couldn’t listen to the radio or any mix tapes, now in my new car, there is an iPod dock! So, on the rare occasion that I get bored of Grimmy (only ever happens when he’s on holiday, or if I’m particularly obsessed with a song), I can listen to my iPod! I’ve had so many albums that I’ve not bothered to put on there and now I can listen to Mumford and Sons whenever I want! Also, I’m really into the Vamps at the moment and I’ve just been gifted them, George Ezra  and Ed Sheeran’s latest album! Anyone think of any bands/ artists that are similar to any of those you can recommend me?
Anyway, this shirt, that’s sort of the point of this exercise! I genuinely am British, so I guess I don’t really need a shirt telling people what my nationality is, I just kind of like this one because I get to represent HP, Sherlock and Whovian status all at the same time! It’s hard being in multiple fandoms because it means that you can’t always be reppin’ your favourite, so this shirt kind of ticks all the boxes!

Shirt – Qwertee

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What Leah wore: Saving the universe from seven evil exes

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Sometimes, the need for fandom cross overs is too great, which is why I love it when shirts like this become available to buy:

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This is my doctor versus the universe shirt which incorporates two of my favourite things, Scott Pilgrim and the RTD era of Doctor Who!
If you’re wondering what this post is about, wonder no longer, occasionally, I wear a geeky t shirt and sometimes, if wearing them hasn’t resulted in people saying either this:
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Or this:
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I post them on here for the internet to enjoy. Don’t worry though, my attempts at fashion posts are very sporadic.

I am travelling to Bournemouth today, I went to uni there and I haven’t been back since graduation, I don’t think any of my old course mates are still in town, but I’m going to be there for an entirely unacademic reason, I am reliving my adolescence by going to a McBusted gig!! Guys, I am so excited! I feel like I’m fourteen all over again! I think the McFly fandom refer to themselves as Galaxy Defenders, which is why this is such a good choice of shirt for the gig! No doubt you’ll see a picture from this miraculous, life affirming moment in my next 365 post, but either way, I’ll be back with a hopefully less boring and more bookish post soon!

T shirt – qwertee.

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