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A Masculine Bookshelf

It’s raining testosterone right now and, as with everything, they’ve got a book for that. Check out my top 6 masculine books…

Book Vs. Film: Maze Runner

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Probably not. The Maze Runner franchise seemed to both blossom and wilt in a very short season of success; but maybe I only think that because this fabled third film is taking so long and I’d forgotten about it? That being said the first film grossed over $348  worldwide and was a massive success so who am I to judge its popularity? Fans of the series, or ‘gladers’ will already have read all the books and seen the first two films but as we are still waiting on the third instalment I thought it was about time we started talking about it again. I didn&#8217…

5 great books, each for £1 or less (Kindle reads)

In case you haven’t already noticed, I’m not a big fan of spending money. (Quelle surprise) But in tangent to that I’m also a bit of an online shopaholic. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to balance the two. I’m also fairly certain that I’m not the only person who feels this way; at the moment I’ve not quite broken the bank. I’m still able to pay my rent and enjoy the things I like (books mostly) by using a few basic tricks to help avoid the purchase of expensive hardback books the second they come out. Aside from secondhand purchases, advanced reading copies and…

Books with Maps

As a kid I didn’t really acknowledge the usefulness of maps provided in the front of books; these maps were designed to help navigate innovative new worlds but I was sure I’d never need them. I was confident in my own skills of imagination and wanted the world to be as much my own as it was the author’s. However, over the last 6 months or so of reading I’ve come to really appreciate them – structuring a character’s literal journey has become a much bigger deal for me. I don’t know if that’s because I’m writing now and am giving the smaller details…

Happy Birthday Canada! 28 Books and their Canadian Authors

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR CANADA!!! Happy Birthday to you! (You don’t know how tempting it was to put “Happy Birthday Mr President” there instead, for some reason my brain was all about that reference today. Weird.) Anyhow, the beautiful country I currently call home is turning 150 years old in less than a week and, in tribute (and alongside the gorgeous red t-shirts my workplace has us wearing this week), here’s a list of some Canadian authors for you to try as well as some of their most popular works. All these lovely wordsmiths have one key thing in common: they are all Canadian born! So…

“Who is Holly Golightly?” Breakfast at Tiffany’s

It’s been 56 years since Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) first graced our screens and it was undoubtedly different from the 1958 novella upon which it is based. Both the Hollywood audience as well as dominant sociological ideals (critically the assumptions made about gender and sexuality) contributed to the changes made during the adaptation process. “A film adaptation creates a new story; it is not the same as the original, nor should it be considered as such” and I will NOT be comparing these two in a “which one is better” way but more hope to examine the differences in an effort to celebrate both.  I have such a big love for this story in every…

Get that Court of Dreams Aesthetic

I’m moving in September (hopefully) and therefore have had to impose a serious book-buying, merch-ordering, home-ware-shopping ban upon myself and honestly, it’s killing me. There’s far too much cool stuff I want to buy. I’ve also been reading the ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses series) books and getting suitably obsessed. Long story short, I (and many others) want to live in Velaris and it is high time we figured out just how to do that. So here’s a nifty little collection of stuff  to get you through the book slump. “To the Stars who Listen” First off you’ve got to…