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Strictly Saturdays | Week Five

I realise that I say things every week that sound repetitive but can you believe that we are on Week 5 already? I mean, we’re almost at Halloween week which is the first show to aim for and we’ve already had a shock elimination, and seriously, it’s week 5…whaaaaaaaat?

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions | Review

Title:Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 24 Apr 19

Publication date: 07 Mar 2017

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Genre(s): Non-fiction, Epistolary, Feminism

Description:

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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The Grateful Boys | Review

Title: The Grateful Boys

Author: Françoise DuMaurier

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 07 Oct 19 – 14 Oct 19

Publication date: 01 Oct 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Vampires, YA, Supernatural

Description:

When seventeen-year-old Hailey’s multi-racial, single parent family migrate to the tiny rural town of Corpus, Georgia (population 700), she would rather have moved anywhere but there.

That is, until she spots him. Mysterious definitely, perhaps even supernatural. Where Hailey is awe-struck by the young man of her dreams, her little brother, Mason, sees a soulless creature of the night, a half-man who may be responsible for a series of grisly murders across the southern gothic town.

Antwan Zeddman, the town’s first African-American Sheriff, must enforce a curfew in Corpus to ensure the safety of the townsfolk. He must contend with sightings of hellish winged beasts and investigate the slaying of an innocent young couple traveling through town. There is a growing sense of racial unrest. Hailey will find herself caught between her family, the residents of Corpus, and the vampire she’s falling in love with.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Authoright and Clink Street Publishing as part of their The Grateful Boys Blog Tour*

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Strictly Saturdays | Week Four

So its week 4…already! Where does time go huh? Last week we were in the Movies, before we know it we’ll be celebrating Hallowe’en week! Week 4 has seen some historic jives and belting dances over the last few years and has been the week where some of the celebs let go and give it some beans, I hope this week is not different! This post might be a little lacking as I am not feeling my best, but I’ll get something down anyway!

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The Island of Dreams/The Island Prince | Review

Title: The Island of Dreams

Author: Gregory James Clark

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 10 Oct 19

Publication date: 05 Sep 2017

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Utopian, Politics, Economics

Description:

In 2107, twenty-four year-old Gary Loman is disillusioned with life. There are scant opportunities in the capitalist world that surrounds him. When he receives a prestigious invitation, Gary knows that the change he has been waiting for has finally arrived; it’s a ticket to fame and glory as a skater.

Leaving the old world behind, Gary embarks on a new adventure on The Island of Dreams, led by the world’s newest monarchy, where he is introduced to the woman who will become his wife and a wildly different social order, one which has evolved over the previous seventy years by virtue of a slow, quiet and largely unnoticed revolution. By 2107, however, The Island is poised to become one of the most powerful states in the world, acquiring, most notably, the territory of Kamchatka.

The Island Queen, Queen Katie of Kamchatka, with the help of her devoted Prime Minister and her faithful staff, then attempt to educate and train the 240 receivers of the distinguished Queen’s Ticket, both for their roles as skaters and within the Kamchatskiy organisation, for whom they will be working under a completely new concept in political economy, based on quality rather than profit motives, and which is replacing Marxism as the world’s rival to capitalism.

As Gary progresses on The Island, and as its Queen seeks out her new King, the world is on the brink of a breath-taking transformation.

Title: The Island Prince

Author: Gregory James Clark

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 10 Oct 19

Publication date: 01 Oct 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Utopian, Politics, Economics

Description:

In the Spring of 2108 Australian Defence Minister Aub Ryman resigns from his post, committed to an alternative system for determining the sovereignty of nations that would end warfare forever.

In order to lead this transformation, he must first marry Queen Katie of Kamchatka, whose many fans throughout the world have given her power to approve or remove governments to achieve her objectives under a system known as The New Game.

Before he can assume his role as King, however, The Island Prince must first convince The Queen’s Ministers and the prestigious Kamchatka Parliament that he is indeed the right choice.

One the item and with the world’s eyes upon them, they express their love for each other and reinforce their message for world peace

*I received a copy of these books courtesy of Authoright and Clink Street Publishing as part of their The Island Prince Blog Tour*

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Chessboxer | Review

Title: Chessboxer

Author: Stephen Davies

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 27 Sep 19 – 04 Oct 19

Publication date: 03 Oct 2019

Publisher: Andersen Press

Genre(s): Contemporary, YA, Sport

Description:

Leah Baxter is a genius. She’s a few wins away from becoming a junior chess grandmaster, and her life is on course to achieve everything her mom and coach want for her.
But Leah is at stalemate – grieving for her father, and feeling suffocated. She decides to make the ultimate sacrifice and quit chess. But chess doesn’t want to quit her. Soon Leah discovers her new gambit: chessboxing, a dangerous hybrid sport which will test her body and mind to their limits. Can the pawn become the queen?

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Dark Room Tours and Andersen as part of their Chessboxer Bookstagram/Blog Tour*

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Strictly Saturdays | Week Three @ The Movies

Strictly Come Dancing is heading to the movies!! I absolutely love movies week. Each year, we see some hilarious, some brilliant, some genius, and some dreadful dances to iconic songs from Hollywood hits, and it always makes for an entertaining evening. It’s the week when some of the dances lose themselves in their dancing personas and come out of their shell. It’s the week that brings a special dance, and often a dance disaster. It always means extra themed pro dances (yay), and everyone has a great time.

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