Sunday, 18 November 2018

'Bonnie and Clyde' poem published on WORDLY

Sorry for the inactivity and lack in posting, I was busy with my final trimester of uni. I'm hoping to start posting regularly again.

I've (not so) recently had another poem published on WORDLY's blog.

WORDLY is my uni's student magazine. It publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. Four issues, centred on different themes, are produced a year. They also publish pieces on their website.

My poem is entitled Bonnie & Clyde and is about the famous outlaws and their representation in the 2013 mini-series.

Above is the photo that was used to promote my poem on Twitter. I like how the fiery image is a good metaphor for their relationship.

I've just realised they misspelt my last name (oops).

You can read my poem here.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Prompt #18: A book by two authors (2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge)

Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz by Lee Mendelson, in association with Charles M. Schulz 

This is one of my Dad's favourite books, he read it a lot when he was younger. He thought I might find it inspiring, so he gave it to me to read.

It's written by Lee Mendelson, with numerous quotes and comics by Charlie Schulz, so I think it counts as a book by two authors.

I posted a book review of the book, which can be found here.        

Monday, 30 April 2018

Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz by Lee Mendelson, in association with Charles M.Schulz (Book Review)

Rating: 4 stars

Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz by Lee Mendelson, in association with Charles M. Schulz,  is a non-fiction book celebrating the 20th anniversary of Peanuts. 

It’s a brief biography on Charlie Schulz’s life, the creator of the popular Peanuts comics.  

It explores how Schulz faced many obstacles and how these life experiences inspired the character of Charlie Brown. 

It also looks at how the Peanuts characters and comics were created, and how they became a phenomenon.

Divided into sections, the book shows the evolution of the Peanuts characters and comics. 

Also included are some of his Schulz’s comic strips, and large black and white photographs. The book is a true treat for Peanuts fans.

It was interesting reading about Charlie Schulz and how he got into writing comics. His story was touching and inspiring. 

It was fascinating learning about the evolution of the comics and characters, and the impact Peanuts had on people.  

I liked the inclusion of the comic strips, I thought they were cute and humorous.

Recommended for fans of the Peanuts characters, and aspiring cartoonists. It’s a great book for parents to read the comics aloud to younger children, and read both the comics and biography aloud to older children. 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Easter Book Tag

Happy Easter! I did some searching online and found an Easter book tag created by Rosie The Reader on Booktube. I've decided to do Pucks and Paperbacks' slightly altered version.

1. Rabbits - A book that you wish would multiply - So a book you want a sequel to (that doesn't have one)


This is hard because most of my favourite books are my favourite because they leave me wanting that little bit more but it's the perfect ending. 

I think I'd have to say Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho. It'd be interesting to see and Althea and Oliver's lives one year later.

2. Egg - A book that surprised you


The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey. It's a crime thriller with an unreliable narrator so it had plenty of twists and turns. I kept thinking I knew who the murderer was but I kept getting proved wrong.

3. Hunt - A book that was hard for you to get your hands on 


whiskey words & a shovel by r.h. Sin. I had to wait a long time to get it from the library because someone else had checked it out.

4. Lamb - A children's book that you still enjoy

Penny Pollard's Diary by Robin Klein. I loved this series as a child. I recently reread this book, the first in the series, late last year and I still enjoyed it.

5. Spring - A book with a cover that makes you think of spring

the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kair. Flowers always make me think of Spring, and the poems in this book are all about new beginnings which I think is quite symbolic of flowers.

6. Rising from the dead - A book from a deceased author


The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter. I had to study this book last year for uni. I love poetry and crime thrillers so I loved how Porter combined the two genres in one book. It was an interesting read.

7. Baskets - A book that is in your Amazon cart or wish list right now

The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. This book was written in such a unique format and left me wanting more. I want the hardcover copy so I can admire it on my shelf, and I want the paperback copy so I can put sticky notes on my favourite quotes (basically the whole book).

8. Candy - A book that is sweet


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The romance in this book was so sweet and it wasn't overdone. I loved how there were positive family dynamics. It left me feeling warm and fuzzy after I finished reading it.

9. Peeps - Tag people
I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

Friday, 23 March 2018

'Persephone' poem published on WORDLY


I've recently had a poem published on WORDLY's blog.

WORDLY is my uni's student magazine. It publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. Four issues, centered on different themes, are produced a year. They also publish pieces on their website.

My poem is entitled Persephone and was inspired by the Greek goddess, Persephone.

Above is the photo that was used to promote my poem on Twitter. I love how it perfectly captures the details of pomegranates, especially the colour.

You can read my poem here.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Reading Resolutions

Today I’m participating in the Top 5 Wednesday blogging meme. It was created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey. It’s currently hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group, with all the prompts, hereToday’s topic is ‘freebie.’ I’m doing the January 3rd topic ‘2018 Reading Resolutions.’ I thought by posting my reading resolutions it'd make me more inclined to do them. Better late than never!

Top 5 Wednesday

  1. Complete the 2018 POPSUGAR reading challenge

Last year, I attempted the 2017 POPSUGAR reading challenge but gave up pretty quickly. I didn’t balance reading for class with reading for pleasure. I want to have a better balance this year and complete the challenge. 

  1. Attempt the advanced section of the 2018 POPSUGAR reading challenge 
I think the challenge is an attainable goal, but the advanced section may be too much pressure. I want to attempt this section, but I won’t put the pressure on myself to do it. 

  1. Read books I own 
This year I want to make an effort to read most of the books I own. I always too distracted by library books, and then feel guilty for ignoring the books on my shelves. 

  1. Reread a favourite book 
Sometimes I get so caught up in reading new books for challenges that I don’t make time to reread my favourite books. I want to make time to return to a few books I love.

  1. Read books for book club
I just got a ticket to go to The YA Room’s The Belles book meet. I'm looking forward to meeting up with other book lovers and having a discussion with them. I want to try and make it a regular thing. 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Prompt #38: A book with an ugly cover (2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge)

whiskey words & a shovel by r.h. Sin


I wanted to read a book on my TBR list. I looked at all of the books on my shelf and on my Goodreads TBR list, and this is the closest book I could find with an 'ugly' cover.

At first, I was a little confused at what the picture on the front cover was supposed to be. I soon figured out the picture is of a compass. I don't think the font is spaced out evenly.

I really wanted to read this book and this is the closest prompt I could find.