Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Comics For Crazy Cat Lovers

a collection of 4 illustrated cat books

OK so the title of this post may be a bit misleading as it's more like four illustrated books for cat lovers, but that doesn't quite flow off the tongue as nicely. Anyway, if you are a huge cat fan like me then you will love these books and will be able to relate to a lot of them!

a collection of cat poems

Let's start with something a bit different, a poem book. Cat vs Human, Poems about Cats is full of poems about cats (surprise surprise!) ranging from Shakespeare to Blake and with other cat themed poems in there such as nursery rhymes.
The poems are all illustrated by Yasmine Surovec whose work is some of my favourite. The illustrations are gorgeous and glossy and go so well with the poems themselves. 

book by the Oatmeal

Next up is How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, a collection or all the most popular cat comics, facts and guides from TheOatmeal.com
If you have ever visited The Oatmeal then you will have a good idea of what to expect, but for those of you who haven't you are in for a treat. This is a super funny collection that explores how much of a dick cats can be. We all know that if cats had opposable thumbs most of us would be dead right now and this book explores the darker side of cats but with lots of humor thrown in. 

Cat comic book

Cat Person by Seo Kim is another collection of comics, the first half of the book focuses solely on cats but later in the book it goes on to feature more subjects.
Seo Kim has a very unique and lovely art style, it's easy to spot her work from miles away. Her outlook on life is often quite cynical, but I think most cat people can relate to that.

another dose of catnip

The last book on my list is yet another Cat vs Human one, (did I mention Yasmine Surovec is my favourite?) this one is titled Another Dose of Catnip and is the follow up to the original Cat vs Human. Both collections are just full of really amusing comics about crazy cat ladies and cats in general.
As a crazy cat lady I relate to every single page in this book and I think I annoyed all my friends and family by shoving the book under their noses whilst exclaiming about how true it is. If you are a crazy cat lady/fella I seriously recommend picking this one up.

I hope you enjoyed my crazy cat lady comic recommendations as much as I enjoyed finding them, my only hope is that they bring out a proper weekly cat comic!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Book Review | Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornail
My Rating: 10/10
Published: July 7th 2016Pages: 272Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary 
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Our main character in Under Rose-Tainted Skies (hereby referred to as URTS) has extreme OCD and agoraphobia leaving her housebound, homeschooled and pretty much friendless, until she meets the new boy next door after struggling to fish her food shopping in from the front porch.

Whilst this sounds like a relatively typical boy meets girl scenario, it is anything but as Norah struggles with her OCD and agoraphobia preventing her from having a normal relationship. Imagine liking someone but not being able to touch their hand for fear of the germs on there? This for Norah leads to massive anxiety, making URTS a great look into the thoughts someone with these types of mental illnesses may experience.

This is the first book I have read this year that I feels deserves a 10/10. I flew through it in a day and was completely absorbed from the first chapter. Norah is an incredibly likeable character, and for many she will be quite relatable as she has all the normal fears a teenager may have, but amplified by 20 and mixed in with a little OCD and anxiety.

URTS takes you on such an emotional rollercoaster, I have a very expressive face and I think anyone sitting next to me on my train commute must've been wondering what I was up to as one moment I was beaming widely, but the next my face was screwed up because it felt like my own heart was breaking.

Not only does this book tell an interesting story, but to me personally, and to anyone else who has suffered with any sort of mental illness it's quite inspiring. It really shows how much of an uphill struggle dealing with mental illness can be, and that there is no quick fix but things can get better as long as we push ourself.

I have no problems recommending this book to everyone. It's one of the books I've enjoyed the most this year for many different reasons and I think it's an interesting and informative read for everyone.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Book Review | The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill

Malcolm Mcneill the beginning woods review
My Rating: 7/10
Published: September 1st 2016
Pages: 448
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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The Beginning Woods is set in a world similar to ours, except in this version of the world all of a
sudden people started vanishing without a trace, leaving nothing behind except a pile of clothes.
A scientist believes that Max, a boy who was abandoned in a bookshop as a baby is the key to finding out what is behind these strange vanishings and follows them as they embark on an adventure to uncover the mystery behind it all.

The language used in this book is lovely. Without giving too much away The Beginning Woods referenced in the title is a place of fairy tales, and the language used in this book reflects that with lovely long descriptive passages that really help create an atmosphere of whimsy, although at times may have been a bit too long as I did find myself a bit confused at times. The language used also made the book feel a bit slow at times too, not necessarily a bad thing but if you are looking to read this prepare yourself for a long lazy afternoon, not a run away adventure.

Max, the main character is bit of a tricky one. At first he is presented to be an unwanted baby so you feel almost sorry for him, but as he grows he ends up being a bit bratty, and as a character I didn't actually like him. There are however quite a few really likable characters in this book who seem a lot more solid than Max is.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but I think it will be like marmite, either you will love it or hate it. It is slower paced than most things I have read recently, but it makes for a nice rainy day read to whisk you away to another world. One thing I can say for sure is this is unlike most things on the market today and that may be because it was originally written in German and has been translated to English.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Unboxing | August Nerdy Bookworm Box

August Nerdy Bookworm Box

Nerdy Bookworm Box is another Subscription box for book lovers. This one is a monthly box and specialises in sci fi and fantasy YA. The box retails for £28.99 a month with free shipping to the UK. Each box has a different theme and the theme for August was Dystopian, which is definitely a theme I can get excited by!

The box comes with a range of goodies to accompany the book. This month included a plastic mug inspired by The Hunger Games, which if I'm being honest felt a little bit on the cheap side. To go with the mug is another Hunger Games inspired item, the Arrows and Anarchy fandom coffee by Cracked Black Inc. I'm a massive coffee fan and also a fandom fan, so I loved getting this in my box!

coffee wax melt bookmark

There was also two items inspired by Divergent, an I'd Rather Be Divergent keychain and some magnetic bookmarks with the faction logos on them by New Leaf. Once again the keychain felt a bit on the cheap side and I don't think I will get much use out of it, the bookmarks however are lovely and come at a time when I really need them!

And lastly before we move on to the book we have a wax melt inspired by The Maze Runner and is called The Glade. It smells lovely and I can't wait to check out the rest of Owlchemy products.

Unplugged

Now onto the real meat of the box, the book itself! This months book is Unplugged by Donna Freitas and it was beautifully presented in brown wrapping paper with the cutest charms. Here is the blurb:

Humanity is split into a dying physical world for the poor and an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy. Years ago, Skylar Cruz crossed over to the App World for a chance at a better life, and her family stayed behind in the Real World. Now Skye is a virtual teenager, surrounded by glamorous apps and expensive downloads—yet she’s never felt like she fits in, and all she wants is to see her mother and sister again.
Skye is desperate and ready to risk everything to unplug from the App World. But she soon learns that the only person she can trust—in either world, including friends and family—is herself

Personally I'm not all that sold on the book from the blurb, but that is more of a personal thing, I just prefer when things are in the physical world rather than a virtual one, I will definitely still give it a go though!

Overall I really enjoyed this box and think it is lovely, but I don't think I like it enough to subscribe monthly as there are a few items that I didn't enjoy. I think this makes a nice treat to yourself or a gift for another person but for the price I preferred the Illumicrate and that one is quarterly which just suits my lifestyle more.