Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Muse by Jessie Burton Book Review

The Muse book cover, second novel by The Miniaturist author Jessie Burton

I really enjoyed The Miniaturist last year so when I saw that Jessie Burton had a new book out I was intrigued. I mentioned it in part 2 of 2016 Book Releases I’m Anticipating. I read the blurb and while it sounded interesting (two women from different eras that have a mysterious link), it didn't hook me immediately. But seeing that I really liked The Miniaturist I thought I'd give it a go. And I am SO glad I did!

We start in 1960s London with Caribbean immigrant Odelle, who has been living in London for 5 years and aspires to be a writer. When she is offered a week's trial as a typist at an art gallery, she decides to take a chance and quits her job at a shoe shop. She quickly becomes intrigued and captivated by Marjorie Quick, her eccentric, aloof boss. Odelle comes across a painting that's rumoured to be an Issac Robles piece, a talented Spanish painter who died in mysterious circumstances during the Spanish Civil War. While everyone else is very excited about this painting, Quick has a strange reaction upon seeing it and Odelle begins to wonder if Quick's secrecy is tied to history of this painting. Olive Schloss is the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer father and English heiress mother. She follows her parents out to Spain in 1936 and they're greeted by Teresa Robles and her half brother Issac, who spot an opportunity to take advantage of these wealthy foreigners. Teresa becomes their housekeeper while Issac is their part time gardener. When Olive's mother Sarah discovers that Issac's secretly paints, she requests he paint her and Olive as a present for her husband Harold. Olive has a secret of her own but then again, so does everyone else in that household. Art, passion and secrecy all come to the forefront as everyone tries to gain the attention and affection of others while also hiding their secrets. Adding to this is politics, as clashes occur in Germany as well as Spain being on the brink of a civil war, which creates more tension.

The story crosses back and forth between these different times but it's not a seamless crossing. Not that it's a bad thing, it just means that bits and pieces of overall story come out, until you can piece it all together near the end. If you're anything like me you'll be guessing all through but even if you manage to guess correctly, there's still loads in here that I didn't see coming! I enjoyed being in both worlds, I really warmed to Odelle's character as the novel progressed and she grew. She's smart, strong, talented and ambitious but also has doubts and knows that even if she works hard to become a writer, she will face stumbling blocks because she is a woman and also because she is an immigrant. We see similar features when it comes to Olive, who is also talented, an immigrant and knows she is at a disadvantage because she is a woman. But they're not mirror images of each other and they have plenty of differences too. While Olive is still an immigrant, she does have a lot more privilege and coupled with her being younger than Odelle, she comes across as naive and self centred at times.

While I enjoyed the Spanish side of the story, it was a tiny bit slow at times but I loved all the twists and turns! Jessie Burton weaved such an intricate story and oh boy does she know how to turn a phrase or two! When Odelle speaks about her co-worker's boyfriend she says 'Pamela wore Billy like a medal, but thinking of the men I'd seen there, I wondered if he was more of a bronze than a gold' which tickled me. I also liked Odelle and Quick's relationship, how Quick tries to encourage Odelle's talent. I read a review somewhere that suggests that the plot is heavy handed and Burton has suffered from a case of 'second story syndrome'. I don't think that at all, I think Burton has succeeded in writing a fantastic follow up that lives up to the same standards as The Miniaturist and confirms that she's a great writer. [NetGalley]

Monday, July 18, 2016

American Roadtrip! Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam

Last week I had a post showing some of the things my boyfriend and I did on holidays when we were in LA. We also went on a road trip as my boyfriend really wanted to go to Las Vegas. And so I decided if we were going to Vegas, I wanted to go to the Grand Canyon! So we rented a car and off we went for three days.

First off we left LA and headed for Vegas. It took us 4 hours to drive there. At first I was nervous about the drive, as the drivers in LA can be a bit erratic! But my boyfriend coped really well at driving on the other side of the road! The trip there was tiring so by time we checked in I really needed a nap (so rock ‘n’ roll!) so after that grabbed something to eat and walked down the Vegas Strip at night. As we were staying at the Circus Circus hotel, we walked down as far as the Bellagio to see the fountains, stopping along the way to look at the other hotels, specially the canals in the Venetian. Vegas is a whole other world! It’s great for people watching and if you’re a party person, you’ll probably love going there! I’m not, so I found it a bit overwhelming but I did enjoy the people watching aspect and all the crazy hotels. The heat though! At midnight I was still in a t-shirt because it was so so warm out. It was glorious standing by the fountains and other water features because it gave some relief!


vegas hotels Circus Circus, Bellagio, Venetian Hotel with canal, Bellagio fountain show

Clockwise from top left: Circus Circus hotel, Bellagio Hotel, canals inside Venetian hotel, Bellagio fountain show


The next day we got up early to drive to Grand Canyon! We decided to go to the Southern Rim as I’d heard the views there were the best but it did mean it took us 5 hours to drive there. And 5 hours back! Was it worth it though? Yes it was! In hindsight we should have stayed the night closer to there as it was a lot of driving but I’m just so happy we went. It truely is breath taking and I really want to read up more on the history of the place. We also got to travel on parts of Route 66, including posing with some vintage cars at a gas stop.

grand canyon, American flag at half mast

American flag was at half mast at Grand Canyon (and most other places) because of the tragic events in Orlando, Florida at the weekend

When we arrived back in Vegas that night we ate at our hotel, had a few drinks and gambled to help us wind down after the long day. Unfortunately I didn’t win the jackpot otherwise I’d be off somewhere right now! We had a well deserved lie in before checking out, hitting up the breakfast buffet and gift shops before leaving the hotel. We visited the famous Vegas sign, the one thing I really wanted to do in Vegas. It was a good half an hour wait in the swelting sun but it’s a Vegas must do!

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada sign

Before truly leaving Vegas, we visited Sin City Knit Shop so I could pick up some yarn as a present to myself! Then we headed back in the direct of the Grand Canyon but only for an hour. On the way there the previous day we past Hoover Dam but didn’t have a chance to stop. We decided we’d detour there before heading back to LA. The first thing we did was go on the Memorial Bridge, which looks down over the dam. It is THE windiest place I’ve ever been! Then we went to have a look around Hoover Dam itself. We were too late to do any of the tours but there’s still enough to look at and read without doing that. It’s actually pretty fancy looking! There’s so much beautiful Art Deco design and the doors are gold! Probably not real gold but there’s such an element of decadence. The heat that day was unreal. LA was hot too but being by the sea seemed to make it easier. Being in the desert the heat was unrelenting!


hoover dam

View from Memorial Bridge, look down on Hoover Dam; View from Hoover Dam looking up at Memorial Bridge; vintage cars at Route 66 gas stop

After Hoover Dam, we drove back to LA, stopping at a Walmart for some essentials and to stretch our legs. I never looked at the food section when I was in there and I’m kicking myself as I probably would have found some interesting Oreo flavours! I was too busy looking at the beauty bits and obsessed with finding nail polish heaven which I didn’t find. I wanted rows upon rows of shelves of nail polishes and didn’t really come close. But I did find some beauty bits which I’ll share later in the week. After returnign to LA, we had two more days there’s before our flight home. One of those days was at the Emma Cline book event in Skylight Books which I’ll also be blogging about soon!

Friday, July 15, 2016

2016 BookTubeAThon Challenges and TBR

It’s that time of read again! Summer time means the BookTubeAThon! For any of you not familiar with the BookTubeAThon, then let me explain. It’s a week long readathon, run by the lovely Ariel Bisett. It started in 2013 so this is the 4th year running. Ariel sets some reading challenges, as well as video challenges and fun Twitter challenges over at the BookTubeAThon Twitter account, with different booktubers taking the reins over the week.

It’s a bit of fun and you don’t have to be a booktuber or blogger to take part! You don’t have to do any of the challenges either you if you don’t want to. If you just to try read a bit more than you usually do and see what everyone else is up to that’s perfectly fine! I love doing the challenges and seeing what other friends are doing too. Here are the challenges:

1. Read a book with yellow on the cover
2. Read a book only after sunset (night time only!)
3. Read a book you discovered through booktube
4. Read a book by one of your favourite authors
5. Read a book older than you
6. Read a book, then watch the film adaptation
7. Read 7 books

The best thing about these challenges is that you can double or triple up on them. So if you have a book by a favourite author that also has yellow on the cover, then bam! You have two challenges down already! I have picked 7 books and some can fit into several of the categories, though I haven’t decided if I’ll double up or not yet. This month has been a bit of a slump for me so hopefully I can pick up again! Some of mine are also dependant on them coming in on time at the library so if they don’t I’ll have to figure out something else. All part of the fun!


End of Watch by Stephen King (Book by Favorite Author)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Book through booktube)

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (Book to film)

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson (book older than you)

The Burning by Jane Casey

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (book with yellow on the cover)

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Some of the books don’t have a category yet, partly because I haven’t decided what will be my night only book. The Liz Nugent is because I want to read it for the Rick O’Shea Bookclub and I hope to get some of my Book Riot Read Harder challenges.
Here are some links if you’re interested in enjoying in! BookTubeAThon YouTube Page, BookTubeAThon Twitter Page, Ariel Bisett YouTube.

And my links for previous years
2013- TBR post. Results post
2014- TBR post. Results post
2015- TBR post. Results post

And seeing as one of my favourite things about BookTubeAThon is seeing what others are reading, I can’t wait to see my friends are planning! Sharon from Behind Green Eyes has a post up, which you can check out here. I’d love to hear if you’re taking part! Leave a comment below and let me know

Thursday, July 14, 2016

LA Trip


View first morning in LA!

Last month I went to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. It was such an amazing trip! The last time I had been properly abroad before this was 2008, when I went to Prague (I say properly abroad as I have been back and forth between UK and Ireland every year and it doesn’t really count to me!). The last time I’d been properly abroad with my boyfriend was 10 years ago! Yes TEN! We went on holiday with a bunch of friends summer of 2006 to London, Rome and Paris. So I was very excited to be going to LA, a present my boyfriend got me for Christmas and to celebrate 10 years going out together. We were so lucky to visit our friends K&K in LA, who had stayed with us in 2012 and who we went to London with in 2013. K&K graciously put us up for our visit and were fantastic hosts, knowing locals really makes such a difference.



The first day we went to Downtown LA, went to The Last Bookstore (I’ll have another post with pictures from there), wandered around looking at the buildings and Union Station, getting a mini tour of the area. Tha evening we went to see a Dodgers game, which was super fun! And of course, we had to have a famous Dodgers Dog while there!



Disneyland was another big day for us! I’ve only ever been to Disneyland Paris before (on that 2006 trip actually!) so it was fun to try out another one. We had a blast, even getting soaked on Splash Mountain! I had my first Dole Whip as well, after hearing about it from friends. It was DELICIOUS! Seriously, I want another one now!



Clockwise from top- The ‘Y’ in the Hollywood artwork outside the Hollywood Museum of Death; Craft and Folk Art Museum; La Brea Tar Pits; Craft and Folk Art Museum

I love going to museums so I was glad we got to go to some in LA. First off we visited the Hollywood Museum of Death. It’s not for the faint of heart! I did enjoy it, I spent a long time looking at everything, it’s certainly fascinating, but I do think that one or two exhibits were there for more of a shock factor and therefore they were tacky. Another day we wandered around the La Brea Tar Pits. While there is a museum you can pay in to look around, if you don’t fancy that then there’s loads of information around the grounds. Across the road is the Craft and Folk Art Museum, a small gallery that has a cute gift shop. I really regret not buying the drinking glasses with cacti on them!



Of course, being in LA it’s hard not to go check out Hollywood. If you just want to see The Chinese Theatre and the handprints, as well as the Walk of Fame (like I did, I wasn’t interested in doing a tour), then it can be easily done in half an hour. It does get crowded around there, it is perfect for people watching though!



While we didn’t see any celebrities ‘in the wild’ we did see some! Our friends scored us tickets to a Conan O’Brien recording so we got to see Conan, Andy Richter and Will Arnett. Conan is such a pro, he only messed up once and he was very funny. I also won a t-shirt at the show! That night we went to a comedy show, Hot Tub Show, which was hosted by Kristen Schaal. We also walked past the Bernie Sander’s cafe, which isn’t really a celebrity I know, but seeing as it was around the time of the Californian primary there was loads of people milling about taking pictures!



No trip to LA would really be complete without a trip to the beach! The photos above were taken at Santa Monica pier, we spent a whole day there wandering around, taking pictures and just having a relaxing day. Got to dip my feet into the Pacific Ocean!



As our flight out of LA was at 6pm, my friends suggested we go look around Venice Beach for an hour or two. We spent most out time at the skatepark, it’s mesmirising around there! The picture on the left was taken in the evening we spent at Santa Monica. We walked up along the beach towards Venice Beach but stopped when we saw a bunch of people slacklining. I couldn’t resist trying it myself so eventually I gathered the nerve and hopped up on the smallest line!

I realised after returning that I’m a crappy blogger. Because I took zero photos of food! Even though there’s no photos, oh boy was it amazing. Trust me! Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, after drinks snacks, we had it all! I’ll need to learn how to make my own French Dip sandwich.

I’ll have a separate post for my roadtrip to Vegas and Grand Canyon, another for the bookish delights and one for the small beauty buys. But for now thanks again K&K for helping to make our holiday amazing!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

June Reads 2016

June was a quiet enough month for me reading wise. I was on holiday in LA for 2 weeks at the beginning of the month and after returning home there was a bereavement in the family so it’s been an eventful month. I did manage to finish a few books though so here they are.

June Reads

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

hark! a vagrant

I had requested this from the library a few months ago but the copy is missing so I never got to read it. Boo! Luckily the friend I was staying with on holiday had it on her bookshelf so I read it before bed one night. Kate Beaton has a history degree and she uses that as one of her influences for her comics, along with pop culture references. This made me laugh out loud, it’s very clever at times! I particularly like the Nancy Drew covers explained. You can check out Kate Beaton’s work at www.harkavagrant.com


Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe

paradise lodge nina stibbe

Paradise Lodge sees the return of Lizzie Vogel, now 15 years old, last seen in Man At the Helm. Lizzie has just got a job in a nursing home which is on the verge of shutting down when the owner's wife leaves and starts up a rival nursing home. Lizzie immerses herself in trying to keep the home afloat, to the detriment of her school work, as well as trying to cope with her family and her new crush on her friend's boyfriend. I thought it was a sweet story, I didn't love it as much as Man at the Helm, I felt like the Lizzie from that book had changed. Though let’s be fair, it's probably because Lizzie is now a teenager and that perfect mix of childlike naivety and grownup attitude is gone and replaced with teen angst. I did think that closer to the end I had refound old Lizzie's voice and gotten to like who Lizzie was now. And while we're talking about voices, this has Stibbe's classic mix of charm, humour and darkness. We don't see a lot of the chaos that we see in the first book, mainly because Lizzie doesn't spend as much time at home as she's working but we do still see her eccentric mother and her destructive side at times! An interesting and different take on a coming of age story. [NetGalley]


Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton

Step Aside Pops

Not only did friend have Hark! A Vagrant on her bookshelf but she also had the follow up Step Aside, Pops. I enjoyed this one too, it also made me laugh out loud at times, but I still think I prefered the first book. Saying that, if you liked Hark! A Vagrant then you’ll enjoy Step Aside, Pops just as much.




Civil War by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven

Civil War Marvel

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard of the Avengers. I wanted to read this before seeing Captain America: Civil War but only got around to reading it after. Nonetheless it was still worth reading as there are some differences between this and the film adaptation (which always happens) and I enjoyed the drawing style in here. There’s way more characters in this too, some I’m not 100% familiar with so I think someone with more knowledge of the Marvel Universe would appreciate some of these inclusions more than me. But even if you’re more familiar with the films than the comics, it’s still worth checking this out. As to whether the book or the film is better, each have their own merits. I will say I probably preferred the film, partly because I don’t know a lot of the other characters mentioned or their history. And also because it does a better job at amping up the tension between the two sides. However this book does show the X-Men and Fantastic Four, who belong to a different studio and therefore never show up in the Captain America or Avengers films and it was nice to see a broader look at the Marvel Universe to see how these heroes fit into it too.


Ms. Marvel Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

ms marvel

Ms. Marvel follows the story of Kamala Khan, a nerdy teenager from Jersey City. One night after sneaking out she gets hit by a mist that gives her powers to shape shift, which she uses to change into her hero Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) and saves a classmate. Kamala now must come to terms with having a super power and how to use it as well as being a teenage girl and a Muslim too. I thought it was a good introduction to the character, I liked Kamala and I love the idea of a young teenage female Muslim superhero. The story didn’t blow me away but like I said it’s a good introduction to Ms. Marvel and I look forward to picking up the next few volumes.



We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists

This essay is adapted from Adichie’s TEDx talk, something I have yet to watch (I’m dreadful when it comes to watching things!). But when I spotted it for 99p on Kindle (as of writing this it is still this price so have a look!) I decided to buy it. It’s a very short read, I read it while waiting in the car for my Mum one morning but it hits on some important points. I think it’s a great starting point for anyone hoping to read up on feminism or to introduce teenagers to writings on feminism. In fact, Sweden agrees with me because every teenager in Sweden is to receive a copy of this! 



Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

grunt mary roach

I listed this as my most anticipated book of 2016 and like other Mary Roach books, it’s definitely a good ‘un! I bought this the day it was released in a great little indie bookshop called Skylight Books in LA and read it throughout the month. It took me a while to get through but that was more because I didn’t want to rush it! In this book, Mary investigates how the military uses science to tackle some big problems it faces (clothing issues, diarrhoea, infections from wounds, sleep deprivation to name a few) and speaks to experts and scientists who are trying their best to solve these problems. I love Mary’s writing on subjects, she always makes it interesting and accessible. She doesn’t go in depth, each chapter is more a snapshot on the chapter focus. To be in depth, each chapter would need to be it’s own book. But it does whet the appetite and has plenty of interesting content that will have you saying ‘did you know….?’. If you liked Packing for Mars by Mary Roach then you’ll probably really enjoy this one!


June Stats

Number of Books Read- 7

Ratio fiction to non-fiction- 5:2

Number of eBooks- 2(Paradise Lodge, We Should All Be Feminists)

Number of Books Borrowed from Library- 2 (Civil War, Ms. Marvel)



Book Riot Reading Challenge Completed


Read a book that was adapted into a movie and watch the movie. Debate which is better- Civil War


And that was my short June! Half the books I read in May but still more than I thought I’d get read. If you’ve read any of these or want to know about a book leave a comment below!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Maybelline Color Shows Jelly Tints Ombre Sunset Nails

Hello! So the Maybelline Color Show Jelly Tints are perfect for jelly sandwich nail art, which I showed earlier this week by giving it a go myself. But when looking at the shades Edgy Tangy and Grapefruity I thought they would be perfect for a sunset ombre nail look so I decided to give it a go.

Maybelline Color Show Jelly Tints Ombre Nail Art. Sunset looking nail look using Edgy Tangy and Grapefruity

Maybelline Color Show Jelly Tints Ombre Nail Art. Sunset looking nail look using Edgy Tangy and Grapefruity

I used it over bare nails, sponging the colours on with a cosmetic sponge with a slight overlap of the colours so they’d blend nicely. I’d like to try it again both using a white polish as a base coat and also using the Edgy Tangy as a base coat, just to help build it up better. It takes a lot of sponging to get it looking nice because the colours are so sheer. But I do like the look! It reminds me of a Tequila Sunrise!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To Part 2

Hello! So back in January I mentioned a few books I’m looking forward to this year. And nearly all that I mentioned are already out (and I’ve read most of them too!) because there wasn’t a lot of details for books released from June onwards. The past month or two more books have been announced so I’m going to write about them now! No doubt a few more will pop up come September time, if there’s enough of them I’ll do a third post. Some of these I mention below might be out already but I did hear about them before they came out.

The Trespasser by Tana French

the trespasser

Once I get my hands on Grunt by Mary Roach, the book I was most anticipating in my January post (and I should have my hands on it by the time this goes up!), this will be the next book I’ll be most excited about! When I finished The Secret Place in March I was sad there was no more Tana French books for me to read! Book number 6 in the Dublin Murder Squad, The Trespasser will follow Detective Antoinette Conway, who we saw in The Secret Place when she teamed up with Detective Stephen Moran. I can’t wait for it, I enjoyed Antoinette in The Secret Place, she intrigued me and I’m looking forward to seeing her narrate the story. Also this is the first female protagonist since Cassie Maddox in book 2 The Likeness so that’s another reason I’m looking forward to this one. 22nd September


Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

empire of storms

After writing my post in January I couldn’t BELIEVE I forgot to add this one in! Especially since I loved Queen of Shadows last year I don’t know how it slipped my mind to look up this book, especially since I knew book 5 would be coming out! So much went down in Queen of Shadows that just blew my mind and I have no doubt this will be great too. September 6th




Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe

paradise lodge

I’m a big fan of Nina Stibbe, both of her memoir Love, Nina and her first fiction book Man at the Helm which I read in 2014. Paradise Lodge sees the return of Lizzie Vogel, the narrator in Man at the Helm. Lizzie is now 15 years old and working in an old person’s home. I liked Lizzie’s voice in Man at the Helm so I’m looking forward to checking this one out. June 2nd




Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson

where am I now mara wilson

If you don’t recognise the name Mara Wilson then you’ll probably recognise her face. Or at least her face as a child, as she was the young girl in Mrs Doubtfire and Matilda. Mara no longer acts but she writes and she’s very funny on Twitter too. I’ve read the first chapter of this from the Buzz Books Autumn/Winter 2016 and I really like it so I’m interested in reading the rest! September 15th




Saga Volume 6 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

saga volume 6

I was late on the Saga bandwagon but I read Volumes 1-5 in April and was very happy to find out that book 6 is out soon. I’ve been enjoying this space opera with all the crazy characters and after reading A Long Way to a Lonely Planet by Becky Chambers last month, I’ve had a greater understanding and love of books set in space! July 5th





Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

precious & grace

These books from the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series come out pretty much every year but for the past 2 or 3 years I haven’t actually heard about the book until it’s been released, they’ve snuck up on me! This year I’ve found out that book 17 will be out September 1st.





The Muse by Jessie Burton

the muse jessie burton

Jessie Burton’s debut novel The Miniaturist was a big hit, I read it last year and really enjoyed it. From what I can gather, The Muse follows two women from different eras that have a mysterious link. In 1960s London, Caribbean immigrant Odelle is hired by an art gallery and discovers a painting from Isaac Robles. Olive Schloss is the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer father and English heiress mother. She follows her parents out to Spain in 1930s and Teresa, a housekeeper, and her half brother Isaac Robles. I saw a video from Pan Macmillian on their YouTube account where Jessie Burton reads an extract, which you can watch if you click here. July 26th


American Monsters by Derek Landy

American Monsters Derek Landy

This is book 3 in the Demon Road trilogy. I read book one Demon Road in March and I read the 2nd book Desolation Road in April after it came out. This book is due out in August, which is awful quick after book 2, so I’m taking it with a pinch of salt at the moment, but it would be great to finish the series this year! August 25th





A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

A closed and common orbit

I read Becky Chambers’ first book A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet last month for the Rick O’Shea Book Club and LOVED it! So I was pleased to here her next month is out later this year. While Goodreads has this listed as book 2 in the series, I read an interview by Becky Chambers where she says it’s not a direct sequel but does feature one or two characters from the first book. I’m looking forward to returning to this world from the book one and just finishing out more about it! October 20th



Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

geek feminist revolution

I’ve read a few books about feminism this year so I was interested when I saw this book of essays by science fiction author Kameron Hurley. The book will talk about feminism, geek culture and Hurley’s experiences of writing science fiction novels. May 31st






Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West


I’ll admit, I don’t actually know a lot about Lindy West, I was drawn in by the book cover, which I featured in my Book Covers post. Judging by what I’ve read about the book, Shrill is a bunch of essays where West writes about her life and how she changed from someone quiet to a loud and proud feminist and it’s promised to be a funny read. May 17th





Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear and Why by Sady Doyle

trainwreck sady doyle

Last year I read So You’ve Been Publically Shamed by Jon Ronson and it struck a chord at how easy it is these days to shame and judge people. Trainwreck sounds like a similar concept, but instead it focuses in on women throughout the ages who have been judged for ‘misbehaving’, such as Britney Spears in her 2007 melt down and the public decline of Amy Winehouse that resulted in her death. Another book with a feminist outlook I think this will be fascinating! September 20th for Kindle, October 7th for hardcover.


Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes

I have no picture for the cover of this but it’s a follow up to Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes, who is a fantastic beauty journalist. I’m guessing the book is about Iconic beauty items, so I expect to see Chanel No. 5 in there! October 6th


Poison City by Paul Crilley

poison city paul crilley

 Poison City is the first in a new series by Paul Crilley about a South African policeman calld Gideon Tau who works for the Delphic Division, which deals with occult investigation. His sidekick is a mean drunk dog. I first heard about this when Elizabeth from Books and Pieces mentioned it and it reminds me of the Rivers of London series, so I want to give this a go! August 11th




Speaking of the Rivers of London series, books 6 The Hanging Tree which I mentioned in January (and last year’s 2nd book release post) has been pushed back not once but twice since I wrote the post in January. I hope it does come out by the end of the year as I’ve been dying to read it, I finally have a glimpse into how Game of Thrones fans feel like! Also the post in January mentioned a few books that are still to be released such as the new Allie Brosh book (of Hyperbole and a Half fame) and the first book in Marissa Meyer’s new series so if you want to learn more about them read the first post by clicking here. I’m still waiting to here if there will be a new Robert Galbraith, it could still be announced! Like I said, if there’s enough to write another post in a few month’s time then I will, otherwise my next one will be January 2017 for the 2017 releases.

Any of these tickle your fancy? Or maybe you’ve read one of them already? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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