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Fictional male role models

Last year, I wrote this blog post about my favourite female fictional characters. The announcement that the new Doctor is going to be a woman (I’m incredibly jealous by the way; I wanted to be the first female Doctor!) has been accompanied by complaints that in making the Doctor a woman, we are losing one […]

The eternal dilemma of trying to Sort myself into a Hogwarts House

Before I even begin, I’m going to list what I believe to be the main characteristics of each House, for definition’s sake. It’s a bit simplistic but necessary for knowing my starting point.

Ravenclaw: wit, wisdom, love of learning, the ability to think for oneself, logic, original thought, highbrow, independence Slytherin: ambition, resourcefulness, a desire […]

Best and worst of 2016

  BOOKS

Best 3 audiobooks that I listened to in 2016 (I’m unable to read books due to my illness so I have to listen to them):

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 3. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

  FILMS

Best 10 films that I […]

My favourite fictional female characters

In general, there is a paucity of fictional female characters compared to the number of male ones and there are even fewer that are really great, three-dimensional characters. I’ve decided to celebrate the ones that do exist. Here’s hoping for more characters as interesting as my favourite ones below. I have divided them into […]

Book Club: January

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Apologies that my choice of books for October, November and December of my virtual book club all turned out to be a bit rubbish. But finally! January has come up trumps. I wasn’t bored once while listening to The Handmaid’s Tale. Thank goodness for that. I was beginning to think that I had stopped enjoying […]

Best of 2015

Favourite discovery of 2015: The brilliant Witch, Please podcast. A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world. The two hosts are academics who are rereading the Harry Potter books and rewatching the films for the first time in a long while and then discussing them, one by one. They’re currently up to the Half-Blood Prince. […]

Book club: October review

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Audiobook: Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer Length of audiobook: 17 hours 48 minutes Narrator: Alison McKenna (Irish accent) Genre: Fantasy Audiobook description on Audible: A high fantasy following a young woman’s defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world’s lost magic. Her name was Kimbralin […]

Jenny’s virtual book club

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In early September I had a mini-stroke (thankfully there were no lasting effects or damage from this; I was lucky), followed by the worst 3 weeks of my life, in which I had 10 severe uterine haemorrhages and heavy bleeding in-between the haemorrhages. I am almost passing out all the time from hypovolemia and […]

Audiobook review: The Final Empire (Mistborn Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson

Length of audiobook: 24 hours 40mins Narrator: Michael Kramer (American accent) Genre: Fantasy Audiobook description on iTunes: A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A […]

What role have books played in my life?

Books were read to me before I can even remember, before my first memories of life. I wonder what impact they had on me and on my growing brain. Were the stories being woven into my subconscious? It’s bizarre that even though my memories from that age are gone, when I see the front cover […]