I haven’t been abroad much, so this trip was very exciting!
I’d been to places when I was younger and to Canada a couple of times as I have
relatives there, but I’d not been on holiday abroad since Austria in 2014. It
was also my first time going on holiday with friends rather than family which
was exciting. I went with two friends from uni and we stayed in a lovely Airbnb
in Weesp, which is just on the edge of Amsterdam, for three nights from 5th
– 8th October.
The journey there went smoothly, except I felt very travel
sick on the plane. But, thankfully, everything was running on time. When we
arrived at the Airbnb in the afternoon we decided to explore Weesp. It’s a
lovely little town with a river, shops, cafes and restaurants. There was also a
church with an unusual bell ring that sounded very pretty.
On our first full day in the Netherlands we headed into
Amsterdam. It was only a 15 minute train journey into the centre of the city.
Unfortunately it rained all day, so we decided to explore some museums. First
up was the Amsterdam Museum, which although wasn’t at the top of my to do list
was actually really interesting and gave a good overview and insight into the
history of Amsterdam. So that was actually a pretty good place to start. At
lunch I satisfied my sweet tooth with a pancake from a nice café which was
Publishing Info: October 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing
Star Rating: 4/5
Back Cover Summary:
Bestselling and award-winning author Trista Mateer takes an imaginative
approach to self-care in this new poetry and prose collection, Aphrodite Made Me Do It. In this empowering retelling, she uses the
mythology of the goddess to weave a common thread through the past and present.
By the end of this book, Aphrodite make you believe in the possibility of your
you so much to Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley for the eARC of this
sure what to expect from this book, or how much I would enjoy it, as I don’t
often read poetry. In fact, I didn’t enjoy much poetry when I did my English
Literature degree, but I’ve come to realise that I don’t hate poetry, it’s just a matter of finding the words that sing to you.
book has a varied style, with some written in more poetic form and other
sections written in more of a prose style. The mixture makes it more
accessible, and although I personally would have enjoyed more of the fragmented
poetry sections, I think this does give it appeal to a wider audience. You don’t
have to like poetry to like this book.
topics covered are very relatable, put in simple terms that everyone can
understand, but those words are put together in a beautifully lyrical way. Subject
matter such as body image, assault, love, coming out, abuse and family are all
explored in a very honest way. Using mythology as a way to tell the story and
explore the themes of the book was an interesting and effective choice. It does
help that I’ve always had an interest in mythology. Aphrodite is given a voice
and the book gives an interesting perspective on how the love goddess is
represented in literature and culture.
I originally started writing this post for a Top 10 Tuesday topic, but struggled to find 10 and ended up running out of time anyway, so as this week is a freebie for Top 5 Wednesday I decided to recycle my incomplete top 10!
It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about writing, so I’ve decided it’s time to get back into the swing of sharing my thoughts. I’ve been writing for around 13 years now, and have completed four novels and one novella. I’ve learnt a lot over the years, and hope someone will find these posts useful. It is always important to remember though, that writing is a constant learning process! No matter how long you have been writing for, there is always more to learn and discover about the craft, and your own processes.
The cast of characters in your books includes all of the named characters. The protagonist is the focus of your story, but the other characters, and the overall cast, are also really important.
Publishing Info: May 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s
Star Rating: 4/5
Back Cover Summary:
Feyre is a huntress.
She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…
Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.
Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.
Having loved the first two books in Maas’s Throne of Glass series, I was eager to dive into the first book in her other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I wasn’t disappointed. The book is quite slow to start but everything comes together brilliantly in the second half. The slower pacing earlier on meant I had time to get to know the characters and become invested in their fates. It didn’t drag or get boring, so if you start reading it and find it a tad slow, please persevere because, well, it gets so good.
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Maggie Smith and many more
Runtime: 120 minutes
Genre: Period drama
Watched in: 2D
Rating: 3/5 stars
Downton Abbey is the much awaited return of a very popular series. This time, the characters take to the big screen with a film version of the television programme. Downton Abbey aired between 2010 and 2015 and was very popular, so in many ways it’s no surprise it made it to the big screen. The film sees the family, and servants, at Downton Abbey preparing for a royal visit from the King and Queen.
While I was delighted to once again hear Downton’s wonderful main theme and return to the halls of the grand house, I wonder if the film was a step too far. It was charming and entertaining, but the plot was a little thin. It would have perhaps worked better as a special episode for TV, as that’s basically what I felt like I was watching, rather than a film. It will certainly appeal for fans of the show, but is not the best entrance to the world of Downton Abbey for anyone not familiar with the TV show.
I had trouble deciding what to write about for this week’s freebie, and as I have added so many awesome looking books to my TBR (to be read) list on Goodreads lately, I decided to do a top 5 of my most recent additions. I do have a bad habit of happily clicking away at books I think look great, so have a rather large ‘Want to Read’ list on Goodreads that I probably need to sort out so it actually has books on it I have some chance of reading.