April Book Haul

Monday, 30 April 2018

My new favourite thing? Finding out that my favourite city's second-hand book selection is not completely shit after-all. I love you, Cardiff. I love you, I love you, I love you.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Spring 2018) – Progress Report

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Here we go, here we go, here we go.

My Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon TBR - Spring 2018

Thursday, 26 April 2018

As you are probably able to tell, I will be using Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon as a way of tackling the overspill of the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist. I thought I could read 16 in 6 weeks and, to probably no one's surprise, I couldn't. And so, of course, I am going to remedy not reading 16 books in 6 weeks by attempting to read 10 in 24 hours...
I know, the logic doesn't make sense to me either.
So do you want to find out the books that I'll be racing through this Saturday? Then keep reading and be sure to follow my upcoming Progress Report post that will be updated throughout the readathon, as well as my updates on Twitter on the handle @_changingtime 

REVIEW: The Leavers, Lisa Ko #BLOGTOUR

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist: Round-Up

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Well, well, well.
Whilst I leave you to read my thoughts (so far! This post will be updated every time I finish each of the books that still remain outstanding on the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist, I am going to need a lie down. Since International Women's Day, these sixteen amazing women have guided me through a plethora of hard-hitting, emotional topics and honestly, my heart needs a break - it needs to sit in a dark room somewhere, put a face-mask on and watch something mindless like Masterchef to recover.
That does not mean that I have not enjoyed the task, oh no, just that it is going to take a minute to recover from.

REVIEW: I Know A Woman, Kate Hodges

Friday, 20 April 2018

Behind every great woman… is another great woman. Here, the extraordinary achievements, relationships and secret histories of 84 pioneering women are revealed in inspirational stories which together show the indomitable strength of womankind. From ground-breaking scientist Marie Curie to political activist Malala Yousafzai, from feminist author Virginia Woolf to the game-changing Billie Jean King; I Know a Woman creates a gigantic web of womanhood which celebrates the relationships between the world’s most inspirational and influential women. Threading tales from across the globe and throughout history, the lives of innovative aviatrixes, gun-toting revolutionaries and women with incomparable intellects are revealed. Each woman is connected to the next, discovering the women behind the scenes; those who didn’t get the credit for scientific discoveries, sporting achievements or acts of bravery when they were alive. Some names will be familiar, some might not, but all are equally important. 

REVIEW: Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Edited by Danielle Barnhart & Iris Mahan

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A collection with a feminist ethos that cuts across race, gender identity, and sexuality. Creative activists have reacted to the 2016 Presidential election in myriad ways. Editors Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan have drawn on their profound knowledge of the poetry scene to put together an extraordinary list of poets taking a feminist stance against the new authority. What began as an informal collaboration of like-minded poets—to be released as a handbound chapbook—has grown into something far more substantial and ambitious: a fully fledged anthology of women’s resistance, with a portion of proceeds supporting Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Representing the complexity and diversity of contemporary womanhood and bolstering the fight against racism, sexism, and violence, this collection unites powerful new writers, performers, and activists with established poets. Contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Sandra Beasley, Jericho Brown, Mahogany L. Browne, Danielle Chapman, Tyehimba Jess, Kimberly Johnson, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Maureen N. McLane, Joyce Peseroff, Mary Ruefle, Trish Salah, Patricia Smith, Anne Waldman, and Rachel Zucker.

SPOTLIGHT: Penguin Modern Collection

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Modern classics are dense. Less so than actual classics, sure, but they still take a certain level of time and dedication to get through. So to give readers a little motivation and slowly open them up to the writing of some of the most iconic (and perhaps intimidating) authors of all time, Penguin has released a collection of 50 books, each no more than 100 or so pages, that will serve as a form of introduction.
Their words still have the power to move, challenge and inspire, and this new format is key - can you imagine how many powerful voices people are missing out on because in this frontier of full-to-the-brim lives, they cannot spare the time? Honestly, I think this is amazing.
And, because I am a hoarder, take this is a promise that I will soon own them all. 
After-all, they are only £1 each from both Waterstones and Amazon (internationally of course, you can order them from Book Depository, but be aware that they are slightly more expensive), and that temptation is too much to resist.

REVIEW: Educated, Tara Westover

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn’t exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.

REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History, Hannah Jewell

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

These are the women who were deemed too nasty for their times - too nasty to be recognised, too nasty to be paid for their work and sometimes too nasty to be allowed to live. When you learn about women in history, it's hard not to wonder: why do they all seem so prim and proper? The truth is, you're probably not being told the whole story. Also, (mostly male) historians keep leaving out or glossing over some of the most badass women who ever walked the surface of this planet. Fake news! But fret not. Former Buzzfeed senior writer and Washington Post pop culture host Hannah Jewell has got you covered. In 100 Nasty Women of History, Hannah will spill the tea on:
-the women with impressive kill counts
-the women who wrote dangerous things
-the women who fought empires and racists
-the women who knew how to have a good-ass time
-the women who punched Nazis (metaphorically but also not)
And that's just half of the women in this book. That's pretty metal. So, if you think that Nasty Women are a new thing, think again. They've always been around - you just haven't always heard of them. Take these stories and tell them to your friends. Write them on a wall. Sneakily tell them to your niece (who's old enough to hear the bad words, of course). Post them to your local MP (especially if it's a man). Make your friends dress up as Nasty Women for Halloween. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History who gave zero f*cks whatsoever. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History who made a difference. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History whom everyone needs to know about, right now.

REVIEW: Kat Von D x Billie Joe Armstrong Basket Case Anti-Precision Pencil Eyeliner

Sunday, 8 April 2018

I remember the first time I heard about the Kat von D and Billie Joe Armstrong collaboration. I didn't even know what it was, but I knew that I had to have it - I was so adamant in getting it that I even included it in the Current Beauty Wishlist post I did back in early-February. Green Day, and Billie Joe Armstrong in particular, were an incredibly important aspect of my formative years; they were the playlist of my life and their posters formed the wallpaper of my bedroom walls. Nearly every memory that I have of my teens has their music playing in the background.
So when I heard that Billie Joe Armstrong was putting his name on a product by one of my favourite beauty brands, it was pretty obvious that I would be one of the first in line to pick it up.

REVIEW: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli

Friday, 6 April 2018

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

REVIEW: Targeted, M. William Phelps

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

When her missing boyfriend is found murdered, his body encased in cement inside a watering trough and dumped in a cattle field, a local sheriff’s deputy is arrested and charged with his murder. But as New York Times bestselling author and investigative journalist M. William Phelps digs in, the truth leads to questions about her guilt. In his first full-length, original true-crime book for WildBlue Press, Phelps delivers a hard-hitting, unique reading experience, immersing readers in the life of the first female deputy in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, who claims a sexual harassment suit she filed against the sheriff led to a murder charge. Is Tracy Fortson guilty or innocent? You read and decide.