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February Roundup: Monthly Favourites

 Hello Readers & Friends,

February came and went very quickly, as it always does being a short month! I struggled a little with mental health at the start as it was so dark and rainy and awful and lockdown seemed to be going on forever, but the tail end has been better. We've seen some sunshine, have at least the bones of a plan for leaving lockdown, my best friend moved down the road so I can go on walks with her at lunchtime and we made the difficult decision to postpone our wedding (again) to 2022. But it feels like a weight off the shoulders, and now I'm just ready for Spring to come in full force!

February Book Roundup:

I read 8 books this month, which I'm happy with as it was a short month! I jumped from fantasy to contemporary quite liberally, and even squeezed a non-fiction in there!

Film for Her by Orion Carloto ****
Wildwood by Colin Meloy ***
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson ***
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman ****
My Broken Vagina by Fran Bushe ****
Witch by Finbar Hawkins **
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer ***
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater ****


Ocean's 8 - Netflix

For our date night we watched Ocean's 8, which I really enjoyed. I haven't actually seen any of the original Ocean's films, but they are now on my list. I loved the strong, sassy women in this, and particularly liked Rihanna's hacker character. I just thought they were all so wiley and it made me want to get a hot girl gang and rob a bank or something. 
I also feel like we will never live to see such a strong female cast again, ever. Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson (my Queen), Helena Boheme Carter AND Rihanna all in one!? Someone pinch me.


I have full reviews coming for My Broken Vagina and a funny video rundown for Twilight, so stay tuned. I don't have too much to say about Shiver, Thursday Murder Club or Sorcery of Thorns that I haven't already said, and I've done a quick rundown of why I didn't like Witch on Instagram. I also have a review on Wildwood available already, so I thought I'd share some parts of Film For Her which speak for themselves. I've followed Orion online for years and bought her first poetry book, Flux, a while ago. Film For Her shows her growth as a writer and artist, and I found it much stronger and more beautiful. I also just think it's a beautiful thing to have, her accompanying photography is as lovely as her words. It's very relatable in the pain and suffering she shares as a young woman of today.

“Don't get too close,
I'll turn you
into poetry”

"I titled this chapter
of of our story
'Death by Muse'

Because suddenly, and
all at once,
we turned our holy place
into a war zone"

"Raptured fantasies
have never been
out of the question.
If we're going to feel, 
let's do so deeply."



I spent a lot of this month doing up the reading room / spare room! We FINALLY found a Wifi booster which reaches it, (we live in a very long house so it wouldn't reach before) and now we get internet in there, so I got busy painting, redecorating, finding a desk and chair and making it into a working-from-home space. Only a year late! I have a tour blog post coming soon, so stay tuned, but here's a sneak peek! I've also been writing again - a very commercial women's thriller. More on that as I have it!


Not much that could be done on a rainy lockdown Valentine's Day, but we put on quite an impressive charcuterie spread!

C x


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