Sunday, 30 December 2018

Book to Screen Adaptions 2019

Hello Readers,
I hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve planned no matter how you chose to celebrate. Today I thought we would look at some book to screen adaptions that are coming out in 2019. Yesterday I posted books I can't wait for in 2019 feel free to have a look. I Haven’t read the all the books I’m afraid but hopefully I’ll soon catch up I have time. Also here is my favourite book to screen adaptions from this year 

Good Omens  
Release Date: Spring 2019
Based On: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman Terry Pratchett
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Cast: David Tennant, Michael Sheen and John Hamm
Synopsis: A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an 11-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.
Book Review  TV Series Review 

Chaos Walking (Now 2020)
Release Date: March 1
Based On: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Book 1 of the Chaos Walking trilogy)
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas
Synopsis: Todd Hewitt has been raised to believe that a viral germ has killed all women and unleashed Noise, the special ability to read people’s and animals’ minds through a stream of images, words and sounds. After discovering a patch of silence, free of Noise, Todd is forced to flee his town. Alone, he must face a planet erupting in war—that is, until he meets Viola, the source of the silence.

Little Women
Release Date: December 25
Based On: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Director: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern
Synopsis: Following the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—Little Women details their passage from childhood to womanhood. The latest adaptation is expected to focus more on the March sisters’ young adult lives, particularly after the sisters leave their family home.

The Kitchen
Release Date: September 20
Based On: The Kitchen comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle
Director: Andrea Berloff
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss
Synopsis: The Kitchen centres on the wives of Irish mobsters—Kathy, Ruby and Claire—who take over organized crime operations after the FBI arrests their husbands.

The Good Liar
Release Date: November 15
Based On: The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen
Synopsis: The Good Liar follows a man named Roy, who successfully deceives a wealthy widow he meets online. As she opens her home and life to him, he is surprised to find himself growing to care about her over the course of a decade.
2019 looks like a good year for book to screen adaptions they might prove me wrong but I’m excited.

L x

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Books I cant wait for in 2019

Hello Readers,
I hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve planned no matter how you chose to celebrate. Today I thought we would look at books coming out in 2019. Tomorrow we'll sneak a peek at some book to movie adaptions coming out in 2019. Each of the titles I have linked to GoodReads so you can add it to your ever crushing TBR pile and read they books synopsis. 

Slayer by Kiersten White
Simon Pulse
Young adult fiction
Pub Date: 8 Jan 2019

A Curse So Darkand Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ)
Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Pub Date: 29 Jan 2019 
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

HMH Books for Young Readers
Fantasy, Young adult fiction, Historical fiction
Pub Date: 5 Feb 2019


The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
Pan Macmillan
Tor
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: 07 Feb 2019 

The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan
Hodder & Stoughton
Sci Fi & Fantasy Teens & YA
Pub Date: 21 Feb 2019

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Bloomsbury Publishing
Fantasy Fiction, High fantasy
Pub Date: 26 Feb 2019

A Time of Blood by John Gwynne
Pan Macmillan
Macmillan
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: 18 Apr 2019 

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
Fantasy, Young adult fiction
Katherine Tegen Books
Pub Date: 23 April 2019

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Egmont Publishing
Electric Monkey
Mystery & Thrillers, Teens & YA
Pub Date: 02 May 2019 

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury
Fantasy, Young adult fiction
Pub Date: 2019



Friday, 28 December 2018

My Favourite Book to Screen Adaptions 2018

Hello Readers,
I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve planned no matter how you chose to celebrate. Today I thought we would look at some book to screen adaptions that happened this year. I will be competently honest I have seen most of these films but not read the books sorry I know I suck but the films or TV series have made me add the books to my to buy list.

Books to Film
Dumplin’
Based On: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Director: Anne Fletcher
Cast:  Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston and Odeya Rush
Synopsis: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.  Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any girl does.

A Wrinkle in Time
Based On: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast:  Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon |
Synopsis: When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a 'wrinkle in time' for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as 'It'. How Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father makes this a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.

Love, Simon
Based On: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast:  Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel
Synopsis: Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal ... It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

Ready Player One
Based On: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast:  Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn
Synopsis: It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.  For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.

The Darkest Minds
Based On: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Cast:  Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore and Bradley Whitford
Synopsis: Ruby is sixteen. She is dangerous. And she is alive. For now.
A mysterious disease has killed most of America's children. Ruby might have survived, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse than a virus: frightening abilities they cannot control. Pressured by the government, Ruby's parents sent her to Thurmond, a brutal state 'rehabilitation camp', where she has learned to fear and suppress her new power. But what if mastering it is a whole generation's only chance for survival?

Crazy Rich Asians
Based On: Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh
Synopsis: When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and time with the man she might one day marry.  What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars and that she is about to encounter the strangest, craziest group of people in existence.  Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian jet set; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money - and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

A Simple Favour
Based On: A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell
Director: Paul Feig
Cast:  Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding
Synopsis: A woman who seems to have it all rocks her tony suburb by failing to pick up her son from an after-school playdate and subsequently going missing under suspicious circumstances. Her best friend and admirer, a stay-at-home mommy blogger, begins to investigate the disappearance in the hopes of finding her, but everything changes when her pal seemingly turns up dead under even more suspicious circumstances. Or is she?

THE HATE U GIVE
Based On: THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Cast:  Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby
Synopsis: A teenage girl juggles two very different lives for the sake of a good education — she lives in a poor, predominantly black neighbourhood, commuting to her affluent, white prep school during the week thanks to a scholarship. She’s well-liked in both communities and makes the best of her separate worlds, but when her unarmed best friend is shot to death by a police officer in her town, it sets off a chain of events that soon becomes a national controversy. As the only witness to the shooting, she has to grapple with all sides pressuring her on how to act and speak in the wake of tragedy, the potential backlash is rebuked.

Books to TV Series 
Instinct
Based On: Murder Games by James Patterson
Creator: Michael Rauch
Cast:  Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic and Daniel Ings
Synopsis: A serial killer is loose on the streets of Manhattan.
His victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue that links the crimes is the playing card left behind at each scene that hints at the next target. The killer, known in the tabloids as the Dealer, is baiting cops into a deadly guessing game that has the city on edge. Elizabeth Needham, the tenacious detective in charge of the case, turns to an unlikely ally – Dylan Reinhart, a brilliant professor whose book was found along with the first playing card. As the public frenzy over the Dealer reaches a fever pitch, Dylan and Elizabeth must connect the clues to discover what the victims have in common – before the Dealer runs through his entire deck.

A Discovery of Witches
Based On: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness
Cast: Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer and Valarie Pettiford
Synopsis: When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of the powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire geneticist.

L x

Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas Eve Box


Happy Christmas Readers,
Each year Mother Goose and I get each other new pjs and some naughty snacks this evolved into bags and now boxes. It’s not something we go over the top with and it’s something we’ve always done.

The Contents  
T  Something to drink out off (mug or glass)
T  Pjs
T  Chocolate buttons to make hot chocolate with it (try it)
T  Marshmallows
T  Chocolate coins
T  Favourite sweets
T  Bath Bomb (not in the box)
T  Terrys chocolate orange

Other things to include
T  Christmas movie
T  Christmas book
T  Slippers
T  Festive bedding
T  fleece blankets
T  Board game 
T  Pyjamas
T  Popcorn
T  Bubble bath
T  Tiny cans of pop

As its Christmas Eve I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow however you celebrate

L x

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Hampers


Happy Christmas Readers,
Christmas hampers are usually packed to the brim with indulgent treats, are tradition for many people. Each year I make one for My Dad but before we get into that a little history and then onto the fun stuff.

A brief history
The tradition of the Christmas hamper may be intended as a special holiday meal for people who were unable to join their families for Christmas. A Christmas hamper is a traditional gift containing small non-perishable food items, particularly seasonal favourites such as fruitcake or plum pudding, chocolate, nuts, jams, biscuits, honey, smoked or dried meats, and cheese and May also contain bottles of wine or, for non-alcoholic hampers, tea or coffee.

Every year I make a hamper for my dad, He’s a little difficult to shop for if he wants it or if he finds something, he likes he tends to buy it. So, a couple of years ago I started making him a hamper and now it’s a bit of a tradition. Each year he gets a mix of snacks and alcohol in a pretty box which is great this year as he now likes gin and it’s a popular right now so there’s a vast selection and I'm spoilt for choice. (I would show you a picture but he reads my blog sorry guys)

I think that Hampers are great for people who you struggle to buy for out of pure chance and odds they’re going to like something. I love setting myself the challenge every year of being able to find my dad new and interesting things to fill the hamper with. One thing I have learnt is that the contents don’t have to be complicated- it could be anything from their favourite biscuits to a reminder of a silly memory.

Lx

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Festive Food


Happy Christmas Readers,

Today we're looking at festive food I promise this isn’t a love letter to pigs in blankets. Below are some of my favourite festive recipes I thought I would share with you guys. First, we have Cheese Biscuits which are my Aunt’s favourite and almost every special occasion she asks me if I can make them. Secondly, we have Cinnamon cookies, please excuse the icing fail in the picture but they tasted good or everyone was too nice to say anything else. Finally, we have Cranberry Sausage Rolls Mother Gooses favourite.



Cheese Biscuits
Ingredients
Method
120g Plain Flour
120g Margarine
120g Mature Cheddar Cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/fan 150C/gas 5.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl using your hands until a dough is formed.
  3. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 5mm. Then use a cutter to cut out the biscuits.
  4. Place the biscuits onto a floured baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden and crispy.



Cinnamon cookies
Ingredients
Method
150g self-rising flour
150g plain flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
125g butter
100g sugar
1 egg beaten
  1. Set oven at 160 degrees C (Gas Mark 3).
  2. Sift flours and cinnamon into a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and mix well.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients and mix into firm dough. Lift on to a lightly floured board, knead until smooth. Roll to 5mm thickness. Cut into shapes and place on a greased oven tray.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until light golden colour, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool and harden.


Cranberry Sausage Rolls
Ingredients
Method
Ready Rolled Puff Pastry
1 packet Sausages Meat
2 tbsp Cranberry Sauce
1 Egg beaten

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas mark 7.
  2. Combine the sausage meat and the cranberry sauce using a fork until mixed
  3. Take half of the sausage meat and evenly spread it over one half and then repeat with the other piece.
  4. Fold the empty half of the pastry over and use a folk to seal the edge.
  5. Next brush each of the sausage rolls with the egg wash and then cut each of them into 6 mini sausage rolls.
  6. Finally bake the sausage rolls for 25-30 minutes until the pastry has puffed up and the sausage meat is cooked through.


L x

Friday, 21 December 2018

Festive Drinks


Happy Christmas Readers,
Today I’m going to share my favourite festive drinks both homemade and from coffee shops.

The first recipes I want to share has been one of my favourites for the last couple of years and its the Baileys Kinder milkshake, I overdid it a little this last year and I will be breaking tradition and I will be giving it a miss. However, this year my favourite homemade milkshake has been mint choc chip it's amazing and so naughty and good although it’s not as good as the Costa mint choc chip cooler. A couple of years ago I experimented dissolving different hard sweets in vodka (go uni life) I have listed the best I made for you guys to try. If you have seen my Instagram you know I love a Costa and this year I think they have outdone themselves I preferred the Black Forrest hot chocolate this year and I completely adore the Hazelnut Praline hot chocolate.


Baileys Kinder Milkshake
Ingredients:
One Kinder Bueno bar (2 sticks).
Vanilla ice cream
half a cup of milk
Optional – 10-20ml of Baileys
Optional - whipped cream

Mint Choc Chip Milkshake
Ingredients:
Mint choc chip ice cream
half a cup of milk
Optional - whipped cream

Vodka Mixes
T  Vodka and Werther's Originals
T  Vodka and Skittles
T  Vodka and Candy Canes
Leave for 2/3 days to dissolve shake occasionally

This year’s Costa hot chocolate ratings
T  Hazelnut Praline
T  Black Forrest
T  Gingerbread
T  Caramelised Orange
L x

Thursday, 20 December 2018

My Top 10 Christmas Songs and Films


Happy Christmas Readers,
Todays post is all about my favourite Christmas songs and films if you think I’ve missed anything off feel free to add any recommendations in the comments.

Top 10 Christmas Songs
T  Fairytale of New York - The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl
T  Thank God its Christmas – Queen
T  Christmas is All Around – Bill Nighy (Love Actually)
T  Making Christmas – Pentatonix
T  A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris De Burgh
T  Once Upon a Christmas Song – Geraldine McQueen (Peter Kay)
T  Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
T  You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch – Jim Carrey
T  Christmas Lights – Coldplay

T  Step into Christmas – Elton John 


Top 10 Christmas Films
T  The Nightmare Before Christmas
T  The Grinch
T  Love Actually
T  Scrooged
T  The Nativity!
T  Elf
T  Christmas with the Kranks
T  Bad Santa
T  Blackadders A Christmas Carol
T  Arthur Christmas

L x

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Let there be light


Happy Christmas Readers,

Nothing quite announces the arrival of the festive season like the switching on of Christmas lights there’s something incredibly magical about the Christmas light period. I love it little lights glowing, Christmas songs blaring through speakers and the warmth of festivity that spread throughout simply cannot be beaten.

You guys can call me Peter Pan I still get a warm fuzzy feeling when I see Christmas lights and I still love going to the switch on. I can disguise it now as it’s become a little Christmas tradition since my friend had her little girl, we now make a thing of it Christmas jumpers the lot.

Where I now live, doesn’t get a huge Christmas market but its there for the light switch on and adds to the beautiful atmosphere it’s worth the effort to stop and check out the little market stalls and take some time to check out the lights.

I love going to Nottingham at Christmas because the Old Market Square transforms into Nottingham’s very own Winter Wonderland. This year they had the Bavarian-style stalls, with handmade jewellery, woolly winter wear and wooden crafts, as well as homemade and artisan cheeses and chocolates. I love that in the middle they have a real ice rink too.

This is your less than a week away warning 

L x

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

My Favourite Books of 2018

Hello Readers,
If you followed my blog through blogmas you know I had an idea of doing a book stocking filler post. Well I realised the books I picked were also some of my favourite reads from the year so instead of boring with you the same post twice were just gonna change the name of the post and roll with it... Okaaaay. For each of the books, I have linked a review to the title but used a synopsis to explain the book without any spoilers and in a non-biased way.

Funny, powerful and personal writing by women, for women, about what the F-word means to them. Every woman has a different story to tell. Reading them all in one book might just change your life. Published in partnership with Girl Up, the UN women's foundation. 10% of the RRP for each copy sold will be donated by the publisher to the Girl Up charity.

Keira Knightley - Gemma Arterton - Bridget Jones (by Helen Fielding) - Saoirse Ronan - Karen Gillan - Kat Dennings - Evanna Lynch - Tanya Burr - Lolly Adefope



Ascension and Distortion by Victor Dixen
Ascension
'This thrilling space odyssey will keep you turning pages late into the night' C. J. Daugherty, author of Night School, Six girls, six boys. Each in the two separate bays of a single spaceship. They have six minutes each week to seduce and to make their choices, under the unblinking eye of the onboard cameras. They are the contenders in the Genesis programme, the world's craziest speed-dating show ever, aimed at creating the first human colony on Mars. Leonor, an 18-year-old orphan, is one of the chosen ones. She has signed up for glory. She has signed up for love. She has signed up for a one-way ticket. Even if the dream turns to a nightmare, it is too late for regrets.



Distortion
After a speed-dating show that is literally out of this world, twelve young astronauts are set to become the first humans to colonise Mars. They are also the victims of the cruellest of plots. Leonor thought she was a pioneer on an extraordinary mission. She thought she had left all regrets behind her on Earth. But when memories are this painful, there can be no forgetting . . .








In this inspiring and diverse book, Sam Maggs lends her signature wit and warmth to profiles of some of history's most influential female forces. Spanning art, science, politics, activism, and sport, these girl squads show just how essential female friendship has been throughout history and across the globe. Fun, feisty, and informative- with empowering illustrations by Jenn Woodall- it's the perfect gift for BFFs everywhere.





Set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, the first novel in John Gwynne's Of Blood and Bone series, A Time of Dread, takes place one hundred years after the end of Wrath.
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought.
In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests - a sign of demonic black magic. In the south, Riv, a young, tempestuous soldier, discovers a deadly rift within the Ben-Elim themselves.
Two individuals with two world-changing secrets. But where will they lead? And what role will Drem and Riv play in the Banished Land's fate? Difficult choices need to be made. Because in the shadows, demons are gathering, waiting for their time to rise. . .

In a perfect world, what is there left to fear?
A chilling and thought-provoking sci-fi novel from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death.
In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes.
Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.
Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.

House of Night is a series that follows the adventures of Zoey Redbird, a fifteen-year-old girl who has just become a "fledgling vampyre" and is required to attend the House of Night boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Fledglings are marked by a sapphire blue crescent-shaped outline on their foreheads; when they become full-fledged vampires, this mark becomes solid and they receive more tattoos which extend (these usually represent some personality aspect; for instance, Zoey's equestrian teacher, Lenobia, has tattoos that look like horses.) Older fledglings and adult vampires need to drink small quantities of human blood, but House of Night vampires do not attack humans to get it, instead of getting it from blood banks.

Frank, friendly and funny, Trans Teen Survival Guide will leave transgender and non-binary teens informed, empowered and armed with all the tips, confidence and practical advice they need to navigate life as a trans teen. Wondering how to come out to your family and friends, what it's like to go through cross hormonal therapy or how to put on a packer? Trans youth activists Fox and Owl have stepped in to answer everything that trans teens and their families need to know. With a focus on self-care, expression and being proud of your unique identity, the guide is packed full of invaluable advice from people who understand the realities and complexities of growing up trans. Having been there, done that, Fox and Owl are able to honestly chart the course of life as a trans teen, from potentially life-saving advice on dealing with dysphoria or depression to hilarious real-life awkward trans stories.

Based on the hit graphic novel series from BOOM! Studios, the publisher behind Lumberjanes, Giant Days follows the hilarious and heartfelt misadventures of three university first-years: Daisy, the innocent home-schooled girl; Susan, the sardonic wit; and Esther, the vivacious drama queen. While the girls seem very different, they become fast friends during their first week of university. And it's a good thing they do because, in the giant adventure that is college, a friend who has your back is key-something Daisy discovers when she gets a little too involved in her extracurricular club, the Yogic Brethren of Zoise. When she starts acting strange and life around campus gets even stranger (missing students, secret handshakes, monogrammed robes everywhere . . .), Esther and Susan decide it's up to them to investigate the weirdness and save their friend.

This Mortal Coil and This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada
This Mortal Coil
One girl's quest for answers in a genetically and technologically advanced future.
3 billion lives at stake. 2 people who can save them. 1 secret hidden in their DNA. There's no gene for RUN LIKE HELL.
When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus.
Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine. Only she can find and decrypt it if she can unravel the clues, he left for her.
The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world's genetic tech.
But it's too late to turn back.

This Cruel Design
Catarina thought they'd stopped the Hydra virus. She was wrong.
After laying everything on the line to decrypt the vaccine, Cat realises that Lachlan's daemon code is in the panel of every person on the planet. With it, he can reprogram humanity. She, Cole and Leoben set out to stop him, but they're on a timer. Cartaxus - the shadowy corporation that's both helped and hindered them - has a deadly end game in play. The virus is evolving, the vaccine is dying, and if Cat can't find Lachlan in three days, they'll use lethal code to wipe out everyone.
Their path takes them to Entropia, an underground city deep in the desert and home to the most extreme gene hackers, run by the queen of coding, Regina. Struggling with the revelations about her past, and plagued by strange visions, what Cat finds in Entropia is more than just a trail to Lachlan. Because in the vaulted chambers of Regina's kingdom, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts and discovers that the biggest threat of all may be buried in her own mind.


Lx

10 things I love about Christmas


Happy Christmas Readers,
Today I thought I would share the 10 things I love about Christmas

Eating my body ­weight in food
All the cheese, pigs in blankets and stuffing! What more do you need

The Decorations
I love all the lights, all the colours, and just legit everything Christmas themed

The Movies
This is an issue is our house Mother Goose would watch Christmas 24 all year round if she could so we have soft teasing about what we’re going to watch. But there is a serious debate on whether we watch The Grinch or Home Alone first.

The Music
Mother Goose and I love nothing more than shouting Fairy-tale of New York at each other but we honestly love a good Christmas sing along.

The Holiday Cheer
The holidays always seem to bring out the best in people and everyone seems a little happier

Keeping a secret stash of gifts
Christmas is about giving, I love seeing Mother Gooses face when finds her surprise main gift.

Keeping a secret stash of holiday goodies
Anyone else hide something Non-Perishable away and forget about it till you find it in January? Just us? Okay

Silly Traditions
We have a couple of little traditions on Christmas Eve we’ve kept up or evolved through the years
New PJs
Walking around to see the Christmas lights 
Hot chocolate 
Glass bottle cokes 

FOOD
I know I’ve already mentioned food but this point is about making food most of the festive season I am baking from cookies to sausage rolls

Chill Time
The hectic hustle of the holiday season can take its toll on anybody. Once you’ve got everything sorted you can finally settle down, relax, and give yourself a little holiday cheer.

L x