Monthly Archives: February 2017

On this day: Monday the 27th February 

On this day in 1900:

In London, the Trades Union Congress and the Independent Labour Party (formed in 1893) meet, resulting in a Labour Representative Committee and eventually the modern Labour Party in 1906.

On this day in 1957:

1957 Mao’s famous speech to the Supreme State Conference “On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People” expounding Maoist ideals.

On this day in 1991:

Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreat and Kuwait is re-taken by the US.

On this day in 2012:

Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor.

And there you have it. Just a few things that happened on this day in history. 

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Goodreads Monday 

So I keep seeing this pop up on my feed and thought it was time to join in the fun 🙂 thanks to https://pageturner20.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/goodreads-monday-40/ for making me spontaneously decide to participate! 

Goodreads Monday is a weekly mene where you pick a book off your TBR and showcase it 🙂 

Presenting my choice for this week:


The Timekeeper by Tara Sim is the first in a new series. 

‘Two o’clock was missing. 

Danny wanted it to be a joke. Hours didn’t just disappear. But the clock tower before him and the silver timepiece in his hands read 3:06 in the afternoon, when not fifteen minutes before they read 1:51. 

Because the hour no longer existed.’

This was recommended to me by a friend, it came out last year and I look forward to reading it! 🙂 

Book Review: Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley

Published: 2016 by Bloomsbury

Pages: 354

Rating: 4/5

My thoughts:

This was oddly refreshing. It is presented as a children’s or Young adult historical fiction novel and told from the perspective of a 12 year old girl, who dreams of the finery that Court has to offer.

Eliza Rose goes to live with her cousin after a family disgrace, and who is the cousin but Katherine Howard? I found this such a surprise, but a good one of course! And I was definitely caught off guard by how sly young Katherine is. Eliza was such a cute character, I sympathised with her all the way through and there was definitely a lot of character development. She is into her 20’s by the time the novel concludes, she seen through betrayal, lies, heartbreak, divorce and more. And death, but not hers. 
I praise Lucy Worsley for her brutal honesty throughout the book, not once have I read a historical fiction novel that paints the Tudor Court honestly. And of course Henry the Eighth was ailing after his fifth marriage ends, I really love the “realness” that Worsley wrote with.

Book Review: The Mirror Sisters by Virginia Andrews

Published: 2016 by Simon and Schuster 

Pages: 355

Book 2 in the Mirror Sisters series

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts:

I’m all the anger right now. That was a constant ride of intensity and wondering what in the name of Shakespeare would happen next.

I never could have predicted that ending. Oh my god. What the hell, Haylee? Why would you do that? To your own sister! 
Throughout this book Haylee and Kaylee shared everything. Identical twins, raised to be the same, given the same clothes, the same everything. Their father was suppressed by their overbearing mother and each sister was suffocated and forced to copy one another. Their mother felt so blessed to have had twin girls, feeling like they were one instead of being two separate humans.
Okay so I understand Haylee for being so frustrated, but there are better ways to approach being sick of being a twin! You don’t arrange to meet up with your shady sounding online boyfriend, fake being sick and get your sister to explain to him that you’re not well! 
What’s worse? I read the start of the next book and found out Haylee did this intentionally? What the fuck girl? And then you lie to your mum and say it was Kaylee who was talking to the guy? No! 
Gosh I need book 2. Now. This has reinstated my love for VC Andrews.

Book Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Published: 2016

Rating: 1/5

My thoughts:

Okay this was hands down the most ridiculous book I’ve ever read. 

Okay sure the diversity was great. I feel like this would’ve been so amazing were it not for the immense Insta love that was in this. 
It was hair tearingly frustrating! I was internally screaming at Daniel throughout! His obsession with Natasha was beyond infuriating! He would not give up and he’d definitely convinced himself that he could make her fall in love with him! It was so annoying! I felt sorry for Natasha at first but ach then her story was getting rushed, and I felt like I should’ve found the interlude chapters (eg hair, eyes) illuminating but I found them tiresome! This story was constantly tedious and it had no element of realism love wise in it whatsoever! It all took place in a day but gosh it felt longer! It just didn’t do it for me which is a shame because I thought it could’ve been much better! Argh!

Book Review: Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Published: 2016 by Simon and Schuster

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts:

That was enthralling. Philippa Gregory does not disappoint. She knows her genre and knows how to take her readers on freaking fascinating rides. This book literally made me feel every emotion possible:

At first I was tearing my hair out with Margaret’s character, she was so petty and childish even though she was the elder sister, but she sure grew quickly. Even though her character lapsed between mature and childish thoughts, I definitely grew to admire her at times. She’s the narrator of our story so we as readers are led to see things as she sees and feels how she feels. We grieve with her after the loss of her husband and son and we rejoice and then enrage with her about her subsequent marriages. I cannot believe how infuriatingly good Philippa Gregory portrayed Henry VIII, from a young boy where he was spiteful to his sisters and bewitching his parents (being their only surviving son) and casting Katherine aside for not giving him a live son.

The ending was so sad though, I think and hope Mary’s parting letter taught Margaret a lesson. After all they were three sisters, three queens and what is the use of that if they can’t care for one another? All throughout the book Margaret, Mary and Katherine campaigned to be queens of Scotland, France and England but how much did they lose on the way? 

Definitely a book that will stay with me for some time. 

On this day: 21st February 

Hey guys, sorry for being so absent lately. I’ve been moving house and everything so I haven’t got to post much, but things are slowly starting to quiet down so I’m hoping to get back into posting regularly.

On this day in 1173:

Pope Alexander III canonises Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. 

On this day in 1431:

Joan of Arc has her first day of interrogation during her trial of heresy.

On this day in 1613:

Michael Romanov, the son of Patriarch of Moscow, is elected as the first Russian Tsar of the Romanov House.

On this day in 1916:

The Battle of Verdun in World War One begins. There were over a million casualties.

On this day in 1922:

Great Britain grants Egypt independence.

So there you have it, another blog post stating some events that happened on this day in history. Thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

On this day : 15th Feb 

Serfism: 

‘a feudal social and economic system in which persons of the lower class are bound to the soil, subject to the will of and service for their lord, and transferable to the new owner if the land is sold or otherwise deeded. Also serfdom.’

On this day in 1861, Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom.

But…

What if he never abolished it? Can you imagine how things may be now? Those that were considered lower class would still have to be tied solely to the land and its owner. They would have no say in anything, they’d just have to obey their landowners. 

Thoughts?