Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday involves me picking a book I’ve previously read to talk about, today I’m going to discuss The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.

The White QueenInternationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the tumult and intrigue of The Wars of the Roses to vivid life through the women of the House of Lancaster and the House of York, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. A woman who won the love of a king and ascended to royalty by virtue of her beauty, Elizabeth fought tenaciously for the success of her family — her daughter who would one day unite the warring dynasties, and her two sons whose eventual fate has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower. An active player in the power struggles that surrounded her, she made hard and courageous choices, always trying to protect those whom she loved. Informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills, Philippa Gregory gives an unforgettable voice to an extraordinary woman at the heart of a devastating conflict

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Shadow Warrior by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Illustrated by Celia Krampien)

Shadow WarriorThis gorgeous little story will be wonderful for young girls who are in need of female role models! Chiyome sounds like she was a really strong & incredible woman, & I really want to know more about her; the end of the book mentions some comic books that Chiyome features in so I may have to get my hands on some.

The illustrations in the book were absolutely beautiful; I would love to have some of them as posters on my bedroom walls. The pictures added to the story really well & I found myself staring at them; trying to take in all the details.

I was sent an eARC of Shadow Warrior in return for an honest review, but I really want to Add to goodreadsget a copy of it when it’s released because it is honestly so pretty!

You can order your own copy using the links below:
Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com and you can find Tanya on Twitter here.

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Happy Book Birthday to Starswept by Mary Fan

StarsweptI am so, so excited that this beautiful book has finally been released into the world! I loved this book so much & I’m really looking forward to seeing others enjoy it too. The book includes soppy romance, fast-paced science fiction & characters that you can’t help but love. Mary Fan, the author, is also really, really lovely & she deserves this book to be a success.

Get ordering!

 

Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

 

You can read my review here!

Medical Mondays

Job Hunting

As some of you will know I recently finished university, which means I am now spending my days online, trying to find a job. Job hunting is a draining & irritating task for literally everyone, but things are made more difficult when you’re not able to do manual work (e.g. lifting, stacking shelves, waitressing, cleaning, etc.). Due to this, I wanted to write a quick post about how difficult it can be to find a suitable job when you have a disability or physical illness.

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Syringomyelia Saturdays

Sophie’s Story

Sophie is 24 & is one of the many people I have met through online support groups for syringomyelia; Sophie describes herself as “lucky” in terms of the disease as she is fairly symptom free & hasn’t suffered much because of it. Despite this, I wanted to include Sophie’s story in the collection of stories I’ll be posting for the Syringomyelia Saturdays series because it shows how diverse syringomyelia can be.

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Learning Through Fiction: World War 2

This post was inspired by a conversation I saw on Twitter where Gwen C. Katz was thanking the lovely Krysti over at YAandWine.com for hosting a giveaway for her upcoming book Among The Red Stars…

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What Krysti said about the world needing Among The Red Stars right now & what Gwen said in response made me think about how important books about the Second World War are right now, so I decided to throw together a list of books that illustrate how horrific those times were. This post includes some of my own recommendations, as well as some from some of my Twitter followers & three upcoming titles that I’m really looking forward to.

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday involves me picking a book I’ve previously read to talk about, today I’m going to discuss The Matthew Swift series by Kate Griffin.

The Matthew Swift series is made up of four books; A Madness of Angels, The Midnight Mayor, The Neon Court & The Minority Council. Through the power of magical realism readers are pulled into the city of London, but in a way that no one ever has been before. These books are full of magic, mystery, humour, friendship & are overflowing with fantasy; this series swallowed me whole & changed the way I look at London forever.

 

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The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles

The Taste of Blue LightThe Taste of Blue Light sucked me in straight away & I was totally enthralled in the book right until the last word; the mental illness representation in this book was incredible & Lydia Ruffles deserves an award for it. This book is really educational & I want everyone to read it.

I was sent an eARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Trigger Warning: this book contains discussion of mental illness & trauma in great detail.

Some minor spoilers.

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Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa & Laura L. Sullivan

EdenChildren of Eden has an interesting concept; limitation on how many children a family can have, & that is why it caught my attention… I picked up this book because of my interest in the Chinese rules on children, but also because I do quite like science-fiction. The book has been on my to-read list for a while & although I enjoyed the book I wasn’t addicted to it like I could have been – it was a good story though, with decent characters & interesting world-building, & I will be reading the sequel.

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Medical Mondays

That Time My Kidney Broke

A while back I wrote a post about My Neurological Fight & ever since I’ve been meaning to write about what happened to me a week after my syringomyelia diagnosis; as my exams are now over & I appear to be on a bit of a writing roll, I think it’s time I did just that… this post will be all about when my right kidney developed an abscess, started to shut down & I developed septicemia. This post is going to be very difficult for me to write & I’m going to have to rely on my mum for a lot of the details.

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