'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Monday, 29 October 2012

Halloweeeeen!

So it's Halloween in two days time and I am SOOO excited! The only problem being, I'm stuck on what to wear as a costume. Many ideas have flicked through my mind; from vampire to witch, mime to a zombie, Alice (Zombieland style) a pirate! Nothing has stuck so far and with a presentation due in tomorrow there isn't really a lot of time left. What I have done though is give my nails a trial run ready for the day :).


Not too bad for a first go but could definitely be better :). I followed the nail guide on the lovely Swansea University Fashion Society blog. Go take a look at the lovely designs they've created - all I need to do is invest in a hair clip! 

What are you guys dressing up as for Halloween? Please feel free to share ideas! I saw a wonderful photo of someone dressed up as Katsu (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) and wish I had the time/ creativity to do something as good as that :).

xxx


Sunday, 28 October 2012

Showcase Sunday #16

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicki over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. Fairly quiet on the book front this week!

Books
Pride and Prejudice

Net Galley
Future Games A Coming of Age UnEarthed Princess Avenger Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen, #2) The Rising (The New Kid #2) 

xxx

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A gender journal.


My course at university is basically focused on gender and all of its encompassing issues due to the modules (classes) I've chosen to study. I've always been interested in gender and how it relates to society, the portrayal of it in literature and how it functions in my every day life. I'd never actually stopped to think how it impacts on my every day life and the issues that are raised through this. My lecturer for my Gender and Culture and Introduction requested that we keep a gender journal for the week and it has opened my eyes to the stereotypes which surround us daily. I thought I'd share it with you guys :) it's really interested me!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Showcase Sunday #15

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicki over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I've been buying a bit this week so should be a full post! Also, I looooove Vicki's new button for Halloween :).


Books
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) The Selection (The Selection, #1) Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) Legend (Legend, #1) The Pledge

Net Galley
Cleopatra Ascending Dark Dealings Scent of Magic (Healer, #2) Summer of the Mariposas Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls, #1) 

xxx

Friday, 19 October 2012

Feature & Follow #9


So here's Fridays meme: Feature and Follow hosted over at Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The aim of the blog is to gain new followers! :)

How to participate:

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

What sets this Hop apart from others, is the Feature. Each week they will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow the Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy.
                         Featured Blogs: Kinxs Book Nook & Shelf Addiction


Q: When you step out of your USUAL genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?

My usual genres are anything paranormal, sci-fi or fantasy. When I step out of these - which isn't often if I'm honest! - it tends to be crime novels, mysteries, anything really with a strong female protagonist. I've recently discovered J. D. Robb which is my new love so we'll see how this goes :).

xxx


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

And the winner is... *Drumroll*

DeliriumThe winner of a paperback copy of Lauren Oliver's Delirium is...... Nicky!
Well done! :) The email has been sent so just waiting for a reply and the book will be on its way to you!

Thank you to everyone that entered and keep your eyes peeled for more competitions in the future :).
xxx

Monday, 15 October 2012

Is feminism still relevant?

A few days ago I was debating with my boyfriend about the relevance of Feminism in the 21st Century. He argues that it is no longer needed and that the spectrum is slowly rotating so that the males will be in need of some form of 'Masculinism'. I, on the other hand, argue that Feminism is still relevant to today's society. I agree that some women/men parade under the title of 'Feminist' but are in fact sexist pigs - I'd go as far as to argue that they'd be on par or worse than the males which still believe that women are a species which come under the males. The term 'Feminism' is misunderstood by many in my opinion. Most picture a stereotypical feminist to be masculine-like in appearance (er, irony?), homosexual, angry, rough and to have a full hatred of men. The movement is to fight for equality, not to be above anyone else. Anyway, the point of this post is me gathering some viewpoints and opinions on what you guys think of feminism and the 21st century? What do you define it as? Is it still relevant to the Western world? Why?

I'm eager to write a blog report on this so any opinions would be incredibly helpful :).

xxx

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Showcase Sunday #14 & 200 Followers!! :)


Before I begin with my Showcase Sunday I just want to say a maaaassive thank you to all of you, my wonderful followers for helping my break 200! I will work on another giveaway (as well as my Delirium one) to give something back to you guys :). Thank you so much, you're all amazing!



It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicki over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. My requesting finger has been itching this week so I have many lovelies to show off :). 


Books
The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, #1) The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #1) The Routledge Companion to Feminism and Postfeminism

Kindle
The Dream Slayer (The Dreamer Slayer Series, #1)

Net Galley
Waking the Moon The Specimen Trinity Heart of the Dragon's Realm Courting Trouble (Bustlepunk Chronicles, #2) The Reluctant Amazon Cold Light (After Trilogy, #2) Alternity Crewel (Crewel World, #1)  

So that's what I've got so far this week! Also, did anyone see Felix fall from what was basically space?! How AMAZING is that - a million man points to you, sir.

xxx



Friday, 12 October 2012

Feature & Follow #9


So here's Fridays meme: Feature and Follow hosted over at Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The aim of the blog is to gain new followers! :)

How to participate:


Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

What sets this Hop apart from others, is the Feature. Each week they will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow the Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy.
                         Featured Blogs: Reese's Reviews & Book Fever

Q: What book do you think would make a great Halloween movie? Please explain in graphic detail of goriness...

The Little StrangerGreat question and so many options! Any of Kelley Armstrong or J. R. Ward books would do the trick, they have the perfect balance of supernatural, gore and sex which would make for an excellent Halloween movie BUT I think I may have to go with Sarah Waters; The Little Stranger. It's a Neo-Victorian text which is one of the few that full on gave me the shivers! For the text synopsis click here. The uncanniness and uneasiness which Water's weaves throughout the novel (is it haunted? Is it psychological? Who?) would be the perfect film adaptation to curl up with at Halloween! 

xxx



Monday, 8 October 2012

**GIVEAWAY**DELIRIUM**UK ONLY**

Hey guys! I recently received two paperback copies of Lauren Oliver's Delirium so I thought there was nothing better than to offer one of you guys the chance to win a copy! To enter is really simple, all that you need to do is to fill in the Rafflecopter form below and to make sure that you are a RESIDENT OF THE UK. Unfortunately, I am unable to host an international giveaway at the moment but keep your eyes pealed for the future! :)




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Showcase Sunday #13



It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicki over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I've had a very meh few weeks book wise as I've had to begin purchasing the 'wonderful' course books which I get to study... yay? I've also been absent from this meme so the list to come will be a reminder to me too :P.

Course Books
Dan Leno & Limehouse Golem The Journal of Dora Damage Wanting The Siege Of Krishnapur Hottentot Venus: A Novel 

Books
Supping With Panthers The Casual Vacancy The Left Hand of Darkness

Kindle
A Prophecy Revealed (Destiny's Kingdom #2)

Net Galley
What Matters in Jane Austen? A Demon Lies Within Kiss of Death (Kiss Trilogy, #2) The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy 

Won
Delirium

So that's more than I expected! What did you guys buy yourselves this week? :)

xxx