Thursday, 19 July 2018

Recent Reads - holiday edition!

FYI, me titling this a ‘holiday edition’ literally means: I went on holiday, and that thing happened when I read quite a few books in just a few days, and it was magical. 

I not only got through a whole load of new books (‘new’ here meaning: had been sitting on my bookshelves for any time from a week to a year, unread) and also polished off a couple I’d started before the flight out. I feel so much lighter somehow, having done an intense, week-long reading sesh, and now I'm refreshed and ready to keep the streak going at home. 

So, here's what I read while burning under the sun in Mallorca... 

Monday, 16 July 2018

Things friends have taught me.

In my life, so far, I’ve stumbled into some colleague altercations, fought my way out of unhealthy relationships, and entered unknowingly into toxic friendships. But more importantly, I have found some truly wonderful and wise friends. 

I have wanted to write this post for ages; it’s intended to celebrate just a few of the aforementioned excellent friends, and maybe even impart some wisdom from them via me to you, lovely readers... 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Friday, 13 July 2018

'Floored'; a collaborative blogging adventure!

Not too long ago an email landed in my inbox, its subject line simply saying: 'FLOORED! Stop! Collaborate and listen!' 
Well, obviously I was intrigued. Before I knew it, I'd excitedly signed up to do a collaborative blog tour to celebrate this excellent new YA in the weeks leading up to its official publication date. 

The idea is that all the blog posts link somehow, each one starting with the opening line from different chapters of the book, and of course they should run in the same order the chapters of the book do. 

We didn't have to just do creative pieces, either. The options were wide open; fiction, non-fiction, poetry, recipes, mood boards...! I thought I'd try doing poetry, but in the end this funny little story came out. 
I've met some wonderful bloggers through this; they're all listed at the bottom of this post! 

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


My name’s Grace.

My independence is so important to me, my bookshelves are a perfectly colour-coordinated mess, freaky photos are my favourite, I'm making birthday plans, the NHS has saved me many many times, 'Stardust' is one of my favourite cheer up films, I couldn't give two sh*ts about Love Island, the Drag Race result seriously disappointed me this year, I'm a happy drunk, I drive a Polo called Minty, Taylor's 'Reputation' resonates with me now more than ever, my counsellor really cares about me, I keep cool but I'm a slow burn, my face is dented and September cannot come fast enough. 

Brb, going on holiday. 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Monday, 9 July 2018

Recent Reads: The 21st and 22nd of 2018.

I have been totally on the YA hype recently – what else is new?! – and read 2 particularly excellent novels.

(btw, I’ve realised that my numbering Recent Reads is absolutely off...oops. Let’s carry on as if it’s correct, though. Maths isn’t my strong point. I read novels behind my textbooks and doodled in my homework diary)

My most recent reads were a proof (for the official publication date, see below) and an advance final copy from a few months back. Having been sent these books in no way affects my reviews, etc., etc. 

Friday, 6 July 2018

Don't you remember?

My brain is very tired. It's fed up of being told time and time again that it's not like the others; that it's lagging behind, it's lacking, it's misbehaving, it's sick and there's an impostor inside it... 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

I'm used to hearing that my brain is in trouble. I'm totally OK with knowing it's not to be trusted. I'm working on its health, in more ways than one; regular scans and check ups for the physical sh*t, counselling for the invisible injuries. 

But still, when I'm told just how ill it is, or will be, it hurts. 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

'Circa's Peepshow', 4/07/2018; a review.

Last night, I was thrilled to see 'Circa's Peepshow' on the Southbank. I'd heard this was the hottest circus to land in the Underbelly in it's safe to say my expectations were high. 

I wasn't disappointed. This show was freaky and trippy and sexy, all at once! 

Sunday, 1 July 2018

A Greenwich geek visits its book festival!

This book geek and Greenwich lover was invited to the wonderful Greenwich Book Festival a couple of weekends ago (and has only now got around to blogging about it - oops!), and had a fabulous time in this beautiful old corner of London with bookish friends. 

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