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    Looking Back On 2016

    I’m going to start with the obligatory is it 2017 already? Didn’t David Bowie die just a little while ago? How has another whole year passed. All joking aside 2016 has been a pretty good year for me. Here are some of the best bits. I’M A GRAPHIC DESIGNER I spent quite a lot of time at college. It took me nearly a full year to accept the fact that I’m a graphic designer and actually be brave enough to add that to my Twitter profile (it sounds silly but it was a big deal to me). HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD During the summer I went to see…

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    A Closed And Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

    A Closed And Common Orbit is the second book in the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers. This book is set in the same universe to The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet. But is not a direct sequel and features a different cast of characters. The series is continued in Record Of A Spaceborn Few. A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT SUMMARY Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper,…

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    My Problem With The Bookstagram Aesthetic

    I love bookstagram (bookstagram being bookish things on Instagram). I wouldn’t call myself a true book blogger. But I love posting book photos and I love talking to people about books. But there is one thing about it that annoys me. And that is the bookstagram aesthetic. You’ll probably know what I’m talking about. All those lovely flat lays featuring a book along with a fluffy blanket, maybe a cup of tea or a fancy bookmark (usually featuring some funny quote about reading). A candle or fairy lights and various other bits of ephemera that is somehow related to the book. MY ACTUAL PROBLEM WITH BOOKSTAGRAM Now I should point out I love these photos, the…

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    Review | Goldenhand by Garth Nix

    Goldenhand is the latest book in the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. This is the 6th book in the series and is set some time after To Hold The Bridge. The books are set in a world which is divided in two parts, one with technology and one with magic. GOLDENHAND SUMMARY Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with Dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind. She’s also a Remembrancer, wielder of the Dark Mirror. Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter…

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    Don’t Read Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

    I had intended this to be a review of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book but I can’t do it. I know a lot of people who have only read the script didn’t like it and I think I know the reason why. Reading the script is nothing like actually seeing the play. It’s sort of similar to how you can’t really enjoy a musical soundtrack until you’ve actually seen the musical because it misses out on so much of the context. I realise you get the stage directions in the book (which are really weird by the way, this must be the only script to make…