Blog Tour: Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – My Person

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“When you look to the Mirror of Erised what do you see?

Me and you, we are all crinkly. After all these years, your now white hair is still perfect. We are old. We are laughing. We are happy.”


As part of the Blog Tour for the hilarious book Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager, I have been asked to write something about friendships, any kind of friendship. Good ones or bad ones. New or Old.

Two things I have realised upon writing this post. First, this is a long ass post and I’m pretty sure it isn’t what the publicists had in mind. Second, never make me write about friendships, because I will probably end up writing a love letter instead. Like this one.

I do have some wonderful friendships in my life that make me the luckiest person in the world. However, I also had some friendships that aren’t quite right, where you don’t realise how manipulative the other person is and I even have been ghosted after 5 years of friendship. I had friendships that have just fizzled out and I have friendships that not even distance can break us apart. The ones that come about in real life and the ones that you make from meeting online. I even had the one that was taken away from me way to soon, but that is a story for another time.

You can say what you want but Emma Nash got it right “Friendships take just as much work as romantic relationships”

I’m a very positive person, so I like to concentrate on my Friendship Successes instead of my Friendship Fails. In this case, I will be telling you about my biggest friendship achievement of all time. Almost 13 years with my person, the Cristina to my Meredith, the finest bird out there, Andreia.

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Look at that face!! Isn’t she gorgeous?!

I was 17 and she was 15 when we met back in 2005. The same year Grey’s Anatomy came out! This was clearly meant to be! We met in high school (college equivalent for UK people). I was the new girl in my class, most people already knew each other as they’ve been together since before High School. It’s always hard to be the new girl, but the moment I put my eyes on this amazing specimen that was Andreia, I knew she will be stuck with me for life. #SorryNotSorry

To be perfectly honest here, we don’t remember much of how this wonderful friendship started. We can’t remember what day we started school that year, so we basically celebrate during the whole of September. It’s one of those friendships that just happened naturally and 13 years after we still friends and we are like WTF? How? How does she put up with me after 13 years, it ain’t easy, why am I so lucky?

I do believe that there is such thing as soulmate friends, and Andreia is my soulmate. Ain’t that deep?

We both have been through a lot, and I probably couldn’t have copped with half of it if she wasn’t in my life. I know that is true because the hardest time I had was when we were apart for 3 years. It was during the time that I moved to England first for University and she stayed behind doing her Biology degree in Portugal. The happiest moment was when she was accepted to do her Masters in London, I had my person back!

In almost 13 years we have some great stories. Well at least we think they are great. You know, maybe you had to be there to understand what I mean, maybe not. To us they are hilarious.

Like the amount of times I used to squeeze Andreia’s face against bus windows. Seriously how does she still love me? 

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The time we travelled on the bus for 15 hours all the way from Lisbon to Andorra for our end of the year/spring break holiday. It was such and amazing week with amazing memories.

Like when our friend Marta took a picture of me and Andreia over night on the bus with a flash and got us blind. I’M BLIND!

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When we decided to go sledge after hours in the tracks and I ended up in a hole.

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When everyone left for the spa and Me, Andreia and Marta stayed behind to cook dinner for everyone. Let’s say cooking while drinking Smirnoff Ice not a good idea. How many fingers do you see Andreia? The rice was so bad that you could throw it against a wall and got stuck. Yes, we did try it. Yes, it got stuck. No, I don’t have a picture of such feat. We need to go back again one day, and re-live our glory days.

There is also the time Andreia said  ‘No way, you going to England without being drunk first with me’. Well, let’s say that night finished with Andreia throwing up in the sink as I needed to go pee. As I was putting my panties down I ended up falling into the bathtub. So there I was, on my back like a turtle, with my panties on my ankles calling out for Andreia. Let’s just say that playing the Grey’s Anatomy drinking game ends up in disaster because the amount of times they say Seriously, is seriously too many!

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We were there for each other graduations in England. We both loved the Harry Potter feel of the whole thing.

She is my favourite person to watch Horror films with. Seriously, anything makes her jump and scream. When I used to have sleepovers at her house, I used to hide under the bed while she went to the toilet and even though she knew I was there (she could hear me laughing!) when I grabbed her feet she still jumped like crazy! She holds onto my arm so much during Horror films that I get bruises in my arm, but is all worth it.

I love how passionate she is about birds and does her best to achieve her life goals, and I try my best to support her. Like making sure we take pictures with birds!

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I love how my warm hands heat her cold hands during winter.

I love how she dances like Mr. Bean.

I love how we are each other next of kin for literally everything. I got you boo!

I love how we love to dance to the Mamma Mia soundtrack around my grandma’s pool and just be silly together.

I love how when she comes visit us, Nick (my boyfriend) knows that his side of the bed isn’t really his side of the bed anymore. It is her side of the bed. You know, she was here first after all. 

I love so many things about this woman that if I was gonna write them all I will be forever typing.

This is why I can connect with Emma Nash so much, because the way she describes her friendship with Steph, is how I feel with Andreia. There is nothing I won’t do for that woman! I just love her so much. Argh. Why is she so awesome? So smart? And so beautiful? With such perfect hair? I sometimes dream of cutting her hair out and making a wig. I know. I seriously don’t know why she loves my weird ass!

If only she could see what I see! Maybe she would see how amazing she is.  She is one of the first people that when I first met I knew that she is the one I want to grew old with. Retirement is gonna be epic!

She really is the Cristina to my Meredith.

“She’s my person. If I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor. She’s my person.” — Dr. Cristina Yang – ‘Drowning on Dry Land’ (Season 3, Episode 16)

So this is my Friendship Success! Who is yours?

Make sure to get Chloe Seager’s Editing Emma and Friendship Fails of Emma Nash now at Amazon (affiliated link).

Two laugh out loud books that you need in your life.

*FangirlSince 1988 xxx

How Do I Know If I’m Bisexual? – My Self Discovery Tale

“Don't worry about a thing,every little thing is gonna be alright”I have asked myself that very same question so many times over the years. How do I know if I’m bisexual? Really, how?

Most things in life don’t come with a manual, so you need to figure it out for yourself. I’m in no way saying that there should be a manual on how to be bisexual, but heck, I sure could have used one. Or at least someone to very clearly tell me ‘Ana, stop this heterosexual bullshit. You know you are bisexual, right?’.

Looking back now, I realise that the signs were all there. I just choose to ignore them. It was easier that way.

The first time that I remember wondering if I was bisexual was when I was about 12 years old. I was flipping channels in my bedroom when this new TV show came on. I decided to give it a go and I was instantly hooked. Gilmore Girls was perfection but the thing is, I couldn’t take my eyes of the most gorgeous women I’d ever seen. To this day I still have the biggest celebrity crush on Lauren Graham, or Lorelai Gilmore as she is known in the show. That show not only made me question my sexuality, but also shaped me as a woman.

I wasn’t the only 12 year old in love with that show, a lot of my friends were too. However, while most of the girls were all giddy about their crushes on Dean and Jess, the two young teenage boys of the show, I wasn’t that bothered. I remember 12 year old me thinking that I must not be normal. All the other girls were obsessing over the boys, I should have been doing the same. So when they asked me who I thought was the hottest, I said ‘Jess’.

That was the first time I lied to myself.

How come, I’m almost 30 years old and do not know my own sexuality? I believe that for the most part it has to do with the fact that I have grown up in Portugal. I grew up with a lot of comments like:

‘I don’t have anything against it but I really don’t understand it!’

‘I’m okay with them getting married but now to adopt? I don’t think so.’

‘Well, I kinda understand being a Lesbian or Gay but what’s Bisexual? That’s just another word for greedy. Pick a side’.

For the other part I was 100% sure I was attracted to boys, so I did what it was asked of me, I picked a side.

‘Maybe I’m not bisexual! Maybe I’m just the type of person who can appreciate the same sex, doesn’t mean I’m attracted to them.’

That’s what I kept saying to myself. Ignoring the fact. I had the same amount of crushes on female wrestlers than male. Ignoring the fact, that any red head female on TV just got my love instantly (looking at you Debra Messing).

It’s like I was trying to find excuses for my own sexuality.

When I was 16, I questioned things again. At that point I only had kissed boys so I thought that my doubts as a kid were a thing of the past.

However, on a night out clubbing those doubts come crumbling back in the shape of the softest strawberry lips ever, and the touch of a beautiful girl.

We are big on dancing in Portugal, that’s the main reason to go clubbing, so it’s also very normal when you are a good dancer that other good dancers approach you. There aren’t any intentions from it, apart from having some fun. (Not sure if things are still the same, for one the legal drinking age limit has gone up from 16 to 18 years old).

That night while I was dancing, this gorgeous girl – with beautiful long curly hair and who was maybe a year older than me – came up dancing next to me. She moved to the beat like the music was an extension of herself. I was in a trance, captivated by her movements. We danced together for a few songs, the club couldn’t get their eyes off us and I couldn’t get my eyes off her.

Later on that night I went outside for some fresh air, and there she was. She approached me ‘You are such a great dancer’ she said to me. I was still mesmerised when she gently grabbed me by the waist and kissed me. I’m sure that my reaction to such a surprise kiss should have been seen as sign (Oh yes, I kissed her back and don’t regret it one bit).

That kiss haunted me for years to come. Every time I put myself out there as a heterosexual my mind came knocking ‘But what about that kiss? Remember how you enjoyed it?’. The thing is, it was much easier to repress that other side of my sexuality than having to deal with the storm of comments. Things were already hard as they were growing up, I really didn’t want to bring something else to the plate.

I believe I repressed that side of me, because I thought I was doing myself and my family a favour, but I realised now that not being true to myself did me no favours.

Growing up, I never talked with people about my doubts. I never actually stopped to have a proper conversation about it with a friend. Maybe if I had, things would’ve been different. I think in my mind, I thought if I didn’t said it out loud to anyone then it wouldn’t be real.

I know, stupid, right? Doesn’t really work like that. It’s always real, even if you don’t admit it to yourself.

Throughout all of these doubts in my life I’ve always known where I stand for LGBTQ+ rights. I’ve always made a stand for equality and to try and change people’s narrow mindedness. I always challenged my family’s views on it. Always defended anyone being bullied for being who they are.

But what I don’t understand is how could I be so strong for others and be so weak for myself? I know now that I was living the life that was expected of me, and not what I wanted for myself.

Moving to England at 21 was when my self discovery as a woman started. I became who I was supposed to be. Still it took me until last year to actually make the first step to talking with someone about being bisexual.

I think it was because I thought, what was the point now? I have been in a loving relationship with the most amazing (and handsome, if I do say so myself) man for the past seven years. I found who I want to spend my retirement days with, so is there any need to figure out now, if I’m bisexual or not?

I realise that part of the struggle was the fact that I had never actually hung out with bisexual people before. I’d always hung out with people that were straight, lesbian or gay. It wasn’t until recently that I connected on Twitter with some freaking awesome girls, two of whom are bisexual, and who gave me a better understanding of myself.

I learned that bisexuality isn’t as black and white as it was made to be. It’s more like a spectrum, and suddenly it all made sense to me.

This is what led to me asking my fellow bi-friend in the middle of a bookshop ‘How do I know if I’m bisexual?’ She looked at me and said ‘Well, if you saw yourself single would you consider dating a woman?’ I don’t think I even hesitated when I said that I think so. ‘Well, there you go then. Welcome to the club!’ she said.

Coming to terms with my own sexuality in the middle of a bookshop at 29 years old wasn’t how I saw things panning out. But hey, better later than never, and at least I was surrounded by the things that bring me the most joy. We then kept chatting away via group text that day and it was a relief to just let it all out.

That was the first time I talked out loud about my doubts. I came home that day and nervously talked with my boyfriend about it. I told him that I had been having these doubts for some time and that I thought I was bisexual. ‘I kinda always thought you may be a bit. Do you feel better knowing?’ Heck Yes I do! Especially, when you have someone so understanding like him by your side.

I now have talked about it with three of my best friends that know me for so long and everyone has been super supportive. One of my best friends being a Portuguese gay man, really understands the doubts.

For him there wasn’t a way for him to repress his feelings, he knew he was gay and he had to grow up in Portugal with the struggle of being gay man. I got the easiest escape, as the only person bullying me was myself.

I have come a long way, but I feel that I would never be able to be completely honest with everyone. I still struggle to see a reason to tell my family who I truly am. We’ve all gone through so much, and we still are. I’m never truly myself around them anyway. I love them more than anything in the world, but we are so very different.

Most won’t understand it, especially with me being in a relationship with a man and the fact that I’ve never had one with a woman. People find it hard to grasp that you don’t need to have a relationship with the same sex to be sure if you are bisexual. It pretty much goes the same way as falling in love with the opposite sex. It’s literally the same. I don’t need to go check out a vagina to know. Just sayin’.

For now this is the end of my tale, and there isn’t any better way to finish this than by saying:

Hi, I’m Ana, I’m bisexual and proud! X

*Fangirlsince1988 xxx

This post was originally posted on Thehairypotato.co.uk.

Blind Date With A Book: Bookish Charity Event at BFI IMAX

Today I have some exciting details to share with you. My friend Leona is a supervisor at BFI IMAX and she had the brilliant idea to organise a Blind Date With a Book Charity Event to raise funds for the Costa Foundation.

Lately, there has been a lot of films coming out that are based on books. A Wrinkle in Time, Everyday, Red Sparrow, Love, Simon, and Ready Player One. These types of films draw a lot of people to the cinema, either fans of the books or cinema goers in general. It’s basically a nice day out for bookworms like us.

So Leona thought, what could be a better way to raise money for the Costa Foundation than to organise a book related fundraiser for when one of those films is showing at the BFI IMAX?

Leona very kindly asked me to assist her on acquiring books to be sold at the event and I had a blast using my publisher contacts for it. It really feels good to use your contacts for something as important as a Charity. The publishers were all so kind and we have acquired such a good amount of books for the event.

We have now wrapped all the books and they are ready to be bought by you from the today until the 13th of April, at the Costa Coffee inside the BFI IMAX, at Waterloo.

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Me and Leona, after an afternoon wrapping most of the books. (Thanks Katie for all the beautiful handwriting and the photo)

So make sure to come on down and treat yourself to some new books. You don’t need to have a ticket to the cinema to come inside and buy the books, but why not REALLY treat yourself and come watch Ready Player One and get some books, while helping out such a good cause?

If for any reason my charming skills have failed to convince you to come, then I’m going to leave you with a little Q&A with Leona, the brains behind this awesome idea.

How did you started as a Costa Foundation Ambassador?

I first started raising money for the Costa Foundation when I was working at Bournemouth. Me and my team were like a family and we were trying to come up with ideas for things to do together.

My first idea was to organise a raffle and we were able to raise quite a considerable amount of money. That’s also when I started to learn more about the Costa Foundation and what they do, and I realised that it was a really good thing, to raise all this money to build schools in countries where our coffee is grown.

I then transferred to the Costa at BFI IMAX and because both my stores have been able to raise £1000 each in that year, I was able to get my Costa Foundation Ambassador Status.

One of the reasons, I got invested in raising money for the Costa Foundation was because all of the money raised actually goes into the foundations’ projects. As a team we are told every year how much the store has raised and where the money has been spent on, and its wonderful to see that the money we raise is going to these communities who need it the most.

The Costa Foundation motto is “Changing Lives, One School At A Time” and I really love to be part of that as their Ambassador.

What is your goal for this year?

There was this store in Wales, which was the first Odeon store to raise over £2000 in one year. I’m hopping to go over that amount this year, so I’m constantly planning the next fundraiser idea.

So do you have any ideas for your next fundraiser?

I do have a few ones that I’m already getting things organised for. The first one that I would be running for Easter is to guess how many sweets are in the jar. People donate to have a chance of guessing and whomever guesses it right, wins the whole jar of sweets.

The second one is to be run during Avengers: Infinity War that is coming out on the 27th of April. Previously, I have sold my hand embroidered patches for Black Panther and I was quite happy that we raised quite a good amount of money towards the Costa Foundation. I’m currently working on some hand embroidered patches related to the Avengers to sell when the film comes out, so make sure to pop in there if you want to be in the chance to get some.

This is all I have for you today! If you see yourselves around the Waterloo area why not pop in for a Blind Date With A Book and help a wonderful Foundation? I’m sure I will.

If you want to know more about the Costa Foundation you can check their website here.

If you like Leona’s awesome hand embroidered patches you can check her Etsy store out or her Instagram. She actually takes commissions, and she is also working (as per my suggestion) on some bookish ones! So keep an eye out.

Me and Leona would like to finish this blog post with a massive thanks to all the awesome publishers that have sent their amazing books out for this fundraiser. Make sure you send them some love too!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

February Wrap Up

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February was a hard month for me. A lot of stuff happened with family and with my personal life, and with that my mental health plumbed into a new low. I found it hard to get myself out of it. I struggled with getting motivated and to do the things I loved. I felt a bit like a zombie. Eat. Cry. Sleep. Repeat.

The anxiety was taking over me. I had a few panic attacks at home, which hasn’t happened for over 10 years. When I’m like this the first thing to go is my will to read. The only thing I can do, is to watch TV or Netflix. I think some time ago, I swapped my binge eating as a coping mechanism with binge watching TV. Binging on things isn’t the way to go, but I’m glad that I’m not eating my feelings away anymore. Instead, I use what I watch to get all my emotions out. I’m an emotional whore, so most of the time I just cry show after show, and I get so tired out that eventually I feel a weight of my shoulders. It works for me I guess.

I’m still not 100%, but at least I feel a bit more like myself again.

This has also made me realise that I wanted my blog to branch out into other areas. I was feeling quite restricted in what to write, which is never nice. With that I have revamped my blog header and social media accounts, adding Lifestyle and Travel into the mix of things. Hence, why I’m feeling more open to talk about how my mental health was a bit of a pain in the bum this month.

Anyway, let’s move on to what I still manage to do this month despite feeling like sh*t.

Read

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Hardback)
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (ARC)

feb readsIf last month my reading wasn’t perfect, this month was even worse. However, I still managed to be on track with my Goodreads Challenge. Once again, I haven’t manage to read any Beat The Backlist books. I do feel that I’m disapointing my fellow Book Bards here. However, I have promised myself that if I manage to finish my March TBR with time to spare I will be picking up a Backlist book first.

I haven’t wrote a review yet for The Cruel Prince but will have the review up this month. To Kill a Kingdom was published yesterday and it’s amazing so go get it!

Goodreads Challenge: 8/52

Beat the Backlist Challenge: 0/20

Watched

  • Winchester (Cinema)
  • When We First Met (Netflix)
  • Black Panther (Cinema)
  • Irreplaceable You (Netflix)
  • The Outcasts (Netflix)
  • Love, Simon (Preview Cinema)
  • Happy Death Day (DVD)
  • Wonder 
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Thor: Ragnarok (DVD)
  • Red Sparrow (Preview Cinema)
  • Resident Evil (Six Film DVD Marathon) – Re Watched

I was very lucky to go to two Preview screenings this month. First, for Love, Simon which it was absolutely gorgeous. Secondly, for Red Sparrow, which was very different from what I was expecting but still very much enjoyable.

My absolutely favourite film this month was Black Panther. It totally exceeded expectations and it was freaking amazing. I’m planning on going to watch it again this month. #WakandaForever

Winchester wasn’t actually as bad as I expected. Or maybe it’s because I went with my two best friends. My Andreia is literally the worst at getting scared. 12 years of friendship and watching horror films with her is still one of my favourite things to do. She loves them films but she jumps and screams at everything. It’s hilarious! So basically I spent most of the film crying of laughter because of her.

  • Stacey Dooley Investigates: Second Chance Sex Offenders (BBC iPlayer)
  • Stacey Dooley Investigates: Russia’s War on Women (BBC iPlayer)
  • Stacey Dooley Investigates: Gypsy Kids Taken From Home (BBC iPlayer)
  • Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with Isis (BBC iPlayer)
  • Islam, Women and Me (BBC iPlayer)
  • Crossing Birmingham’s Invisible Boarders (BBC iPlayer)
  • Altered Carbon (Netflix) – All of Season 1
  • Queer Eye (Netflix) – All of Season 1
  • Living Differently (BBC iPlayer) – All of Series 3
  • Everything Sucks (Netflix) – All of Season 1
  • Inside No. 9 (BBC) – All of Season 2, 3 and 4
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – Season 14 – Episodes 11 and 12
  • iZombie (The CW) – Season 4 – Episode 1
  • Scandal (ABC) – Season 7 – Episodes 10 and 11
  • Lucifer (FOX) – Season 3 – Episodes 14 and 15
  • Riverdale (The CW) – Season 2 – Episode 13
  • The Fosters (Freeform) – Season 5 – Episodes 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16
  • Chicago Fire (NBC) – Season 6 – Episode 11
  • Chicago PD (NBC) – Season 5 – Episode 14
  • Chicago Med (NBC) – Season 3 – Episodes 09 and 10
  • Blindspot (NBC) – Season 3 – Episode 12
  • Slasher (Netflix) – All of Season 2
  • Total Bellas (WWE Network) – All of Season 1
  • Seven Seconds (Netflix) – All of Season 1
  • Britannia (SKY Atlantic) – Season 1 – Episodes 04, 05 and 06
  • The Good Place (NBC) – Season 02 – Episodes 12 and 13

I’m happy that I’m finally all caught up with The Fosters, still can’t believe that this show is gonna end soon. It deals with so many real problems, it’s such a shame.

I have finished Inside No. 9. I really enjoyed some episodes more than others but overall is a good series. I still don’t know what to think of Britannia. I don’t think I like it but for some reason I want to keep watching it. Probably, will finish this first season and then if the second is a go I will think about it.

Have started to watch Total Bellas with the boyfriend, and I really like it. The Bellas are the best and my heart ached for Bryan and all he had to go through. We will definitely watch the second series.

Also watched Seven Seconds on Netflix, I thought it was quite good and deals with a lot of current issues. A great show for the fans of The Killing.

OMG! Queer Eye was absolutely amazing and got me in tears every single episode! What an amazing reboot! YAAAAS QUEEEN!

As you can see I watch a lot of Documentaries, that’s because most of the time I can watch it while doing housework or cooking, like a radio show. You can’t really do it with TV shows as you need to pay more attention.

Adventures

Cirque Berserk (Peacock Theatre) –  For our seven year anniversary, me and the boyfriend decided last minute to get tickets for Cirque Berserk. It was absolutely fantastic and we had an amazing evening. Definitely something we will get tickets for again if their come back to London.

 

Hot Chocolate Tour – On my last wrap up post I told you that my friend Savan is a Content Creator. This month he wanted to do a Hot Chocolate Tour video for his YouTube Channel, and who better than me to help him out? I absolutely love Hot Chocolate! You can check the video now on his YouTube here (Make sure to subscribe too).

In the end, I still had an okay month. The highlight was definitely all the amazing books that publishers sent to me. I felt that I had a bit of joy arriving ever so often through the post.

Let’s hope in March things get better. I know I have some exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Ah! Don’t forget to check out my Instagram over March, as I’m taking part of Harriet’s #ReadWomenMarch challenge.

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

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This Or That Tag

THIS OR THAT TAG

Today I have a tag for you all. The lovely Ash has tagged me ages ago and I kept forgetting to do it, but today is the day! So here it goes.

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

THE QUESTIONS:


Reading on the couch or on the bed?
Usually, I prefer it in the couch. I tend to get tired reading in bed. However, at the minute I’m in a house share with no living room, so the only option is to read in bed.

Male main character or female main character?
Female, because I grew up reading too many books written by Men with Male protagonists! Growing up in Portugal, the variety wasn’t great. So now I read what I wanted to read growing up.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
I’m a sweet tooth!

Trilogies or quartets?
Trilogies, because quartets need to be very good for me to not lose interest.

First person point of view or third person point of view?
I don’t think I have a preference.

Reading at night or in the morning?
The “joys” of being unemployed I guess, is that I can read anytime of the day.

Libraries or bookstores?
Bookstores, because my record with libraries in England isn’t great. Let just say they kept charging me for books that I have already returned! However, in Portugal I was very dependent of libraries growing up, as books are so bloody expensive to buy.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
To be honest, any book makes me cry. I’m an emotional whore and literally cry at everything! Even books that are suppose to be a laugh.

Black book covers or white book covers?
Even though white books are very pretty, I do get worried about taking them out to read as they can get damaged quicker than black ones. So for that reason I choose black covers.

Character driven or plot driven stories?
You really need both to be honest. But I think I find it easier to power through if I connect with the characters even if the plot is meh, than the other way around.


Alright, hope you enjoyed the tag. I’m not tagging any specific people because most have done the tag already. If you haven’t and you are reading this, then you are now tagged!

Happy Readings,

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

January Wrap Up

I have been feeling more confident with my blog content, so I thought I could start doing Monthly wrap ups. These wrap ups are a great way to keep track of everything I have read, watched and done over the past month.

Lately, most of my content has been book related so my mission is to get more film and TV blog posts going up too. Even though I haven’t wrote anything about Films or TV in the past month, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t watched anything…on the contrary. This is when I should warn you….that I’m a TV addict. #NetflixIsBae

Anyway, this is what I have been up to in January.

Read

  • Skeletal by Emma Pullar (E-book)
  • Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany (E-book)
  • The Intruder by P.S. Hogan (ARC)
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (Paperback)
  • Big Bones by Laura Dockrill (ARC)
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven (ARC) – Re Read

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Reading wasn’t perfect, but wasn’t bad either. I’m quite happy that I read 5 new books and re-read another one. This time last year I had only read one, so definitely some improvement here. However, I have only wrote one review. Definitely need to improve my reading/review ratio.

So far I have not read anything for my Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge. I’m hopping to change that in February (Sorry Book Bards).

 Watched

  • The Greatest Showman (Cinema)
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Cinema)
  • Coco (Cinema)
  • Moana (Sky)
  • A Street Cat Named Bob (Sky)
  • Get Hard (Netflix)
  • Maze Runner (DVD) – Re watched
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Netflix) – Re watched
  • Love, Rosie (Netflix) – Re watched
  • Step Sisters (Netflix)
  • Rip Tide (Netflix)
  • The Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Cinema)
  • Acid Attack: My Story (BBC iPlayer)
  • Pain and Gain (Netflix) – Re watched

I haven’t watched as many films as I normally do. This month, I didn’t had the time to go for a big marathon day at the Cinema. Also I wasn’t very good at keeping track of what I have been watching, so I feel that I’m missing a few films.

I shall add that I’m a very lucky person, as I have a Cineworld unlimited card and one of my besties works for Odeon, so I actually don’t spend that much money in the cinema as may look like.

  • Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life (BBC) – All 3 Episodes
  • One Bad Choice (Netflix) – All of Season 1
  • Inside No9 (BBC) – All of Season 1 – New
  • Criminal minds (CBS) – Season 13 –  Episodes 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – Season 14 – Episodes 09 and 10
  • Scandal (ABC) – Season 7 – Episodes 08 and 09
  • Riverdale (The CW) – Season 2 – Episodes 10, 11 and 12
  • The Good Place (NBC) – Season 02 – Episodes 08, 09, 10 and 11
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – Season 5  – Episodes 10 and 11
  • Black Mirror (Netflix) – All of Season 4
  • Brittania (SKY Atlantic) – Season 1 – Episodes 01, 02, 03 – New
  • Blindspot (NBC) – Season 3 – Episodes 09, 10 and 11
  • Chicago Fire (NBC) – Season 6 – Episodes 07, 08, 09 and 10
  • Chicago PD (NBC) – Season 5 – Episodes 10, 11, 12 and 13
  • Chicago Med (NBC) – Season 3 – Episodes 05, 06, 07 and 08
  • Lucifer (FOX) – Season 3 – Episodes 11, 12 and 13
  • Modern Family (ABC) – Season 9 – Episodes 11, 12 and 13
  • The Fosters (Freeform) – Season 5 – Episodes 10 and 11
  • Van Helsing (SyFy) – Season 2 – Episodes 1 and 2 – Quit

I haven’t watched any episodes of Jane The Virgin and How To Get Away with Murder, making me quite behind on those shows. Hoping to catch up soon. I’m also a few episodes behind with The Fosters but that would be easier to catch up. I’m quite happy that most of the other shows are on track.

At the minute, I’m enjoying what I have watched so far from Brittania so I will give the show a proper go. I also started watching Inside No9, as my bestie recommended it to me, and I really enjoyed the first series so far. It’s an anthology series so you don’t need to watch it in order.

Unfortunately, I won’t be watching Van Helsing anymore. I watched two episodes of the new season and just got bored. This tends to happen to a lot of SyFy shows that I watch, things just seem to get sloppy after the first season.

Events

Walker YA Preview Evening – I had the absolute pleasure to be invited to my first Bloggers Event! To top it all off it was with Walker YA, which publishes some of my favourite YA books. We all had a lovely goodie bag and got to listen to the publicists and editors talking about the upcoming Walker YA books. Also got to listen to Tom Pollock talk about his book White Rabbit, Red Wolf. He is so lovely, and we got to talk a bit about mental health while he was signing my proof copy, as is one of the central themes of the book.

I keep saying to everyone, that if publishers just keep giving us amazing books and feeding us, we will be very happy bloggers.

Adventures

Transworld Publicity Work Experience – I was very lucky to get a week’s work experience with the Publicity Department at Transworld. I will have a post coming up about my week there and answering some of the questions people have about it. So keep your eyes peeled.

Deliciously Ella Free Breakfast – I nabbed 2 tickets to go try some of the Deliciously Ella’s breakfasts at her Deli in Herne Hill. Me and my best friend wanted to go for ages so this was the perfect excuse to finally go. The weather was awful but the deli is so nice. Oh and the people are so lovely. We were able try a few different things, from her cereals to her avocado toast. It was all so yummy. We also bought some cake and Hot Chocolate. I have to say their Hot Chocolate with almond milk is the best! Just thinking about it is making my mouth water. Can’t wait to go try the lunches one day.

Autism Focused Lush Tour – My friend Savan is a British Asian Autistic Content Creator and got invited to do an Autism focused tour at the Oxford Street Lush Store. He was very kind to ask me to come along and help him with the filming for his Youtube Channel. The video won’t be up until World Autism Awareness Week which is from the 26th of March to the 2nd of April. So go subscribe as he creates awesome content and also raises a lot of Autism awareness.

So these are my highlights for January 2018! It was a fabulous month and can’t wait to see what February brings.

How was your January? Did you read as much as you wanted? Are your all caught up with your TV Shows? 

May February be full of adventures…and pancakes!

*FangirlSince1988

Satellite Book Party With BKMRK & #DrinkYA

IMG_6340Another post about another fabulous book party. This party was a BKMRK and #DrinkYA collaboration for the launch of Satellite by Nick Lake. This time it was just me and Nicola, well there was more people there of course, but from the girls of the what I like to call The Book Bloggers Sisterhood, she was the only one that was able to attend.

It does make things so much easier when you know someone already, plus Nicola always cracks me up, she is great company.

The party was held at The Escapologist in Convent Garden, and let me tell you that BKMRK knows how to throw a party. There was a lot of wine to keep people entertained, but because I don’t really drink alcohol it was quite nice that I was allowed to order coke or lemonade. Also there was pizza! Literally, you can win anyones heart with pizza!

There was some packages for each guest, that looked like what the astronauts keep their food in when they are up there in space. I later discovered that it contained a copy of Satellite, magic stars and a postcard.

After a little speech by both Nick’s editor and Nick himself we got to enjoy a few more drinks. The atmosphere was really nice and I even ventured myself alone for a bit and got to talk with some lovely BKMRK publicists and other book bloggers at the event.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay too long because I had to wake up super early for work next day. So after getting my book signed by the lovely Nick Lake and saying my goodbyes to Nicola, I made my way home.

A fantastic evening, with even more fantastic bookish people.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Wunderkids Book Launch Party

IMG_6035A few weeks ago, I got the pleasure to go to the Wunderkids by Jacqueline Silvester Book Launch Party. This was my first Book Launch so I was equally excited and nervous, thankfully I could count on my new Book Blogger friends to not fly solo at this party. Once again I was reunited with Paige and Nicola, and we had such a great time (one of us was having a little more fun than the others, not going to point fingers *cough* Nicola * cough*)

The launch party was hosted at The Workers Cafe in Kingsland Road, when we arrived the space was decorated with Wunderkids books, fairy lights, flowers and a table set up with meringues. As the evening went on the food started coming out and it was pretty delicious, well it was for me not so much for the girls. Basically I had the chance to try oyster for the first time and there was also this prawns on a stick that had been barbecued and I may have ate about 7 of them. #SorryNotSorry

Thankfully for the girls there was some amazing cupcakes to go for, and yes I only ate one of them!

We had a chance to talk with Jacqueline a few times about her book, how the next one has been written already, how she hopes it gets translated into more languages, and how we both agree that even though it will be lovely to see Wunderkids being adapted to the screen, most book to screen adaptations aren’t that good. So for now let’s just keep it as it is.

Overall, my first book launch was pretty awesome. We left the event very happy, some more than others (*cough* Nicola *cough*). I got to meet some other lovely bookish people, and after talking with Jacqueline I got even more excited to read Wunderkids. Have you noticed how chunky it is! Perfect!

Be Wunderful!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx