Book Review: You Are A Badass

Last year was challenging. I worked super hard, and I landed myself a job I love. But – I still have self confidence issues.

However, I came across an amazing book which I found to be really helpful! (Disclaimer – I found it through another blogger BUT I CAN’T REMEMBER WHO! Please let me know if it was you as I want to link!) [Read more…]

Approval Junkie by Faith Salie

I am a huge fan of NPR podcasts, though I have way too many podcasts to listen to so have to be selective with what I subscribe to. I’ve never listened to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me but I had heard of comedian Faith Salie before.

Faith is a comedian, improv player, actress and panelist on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. She is honest and raw – and ridiculously funny. [Read more…]

In Defence of Reading Chick-Lit: Techbitch


I feel quite ashamed to say that the place where I most often buy books these days is the supermarket. Especially those big Tescos, they have such a great selection and their deals are usually very good. I’ve bought Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru and The Bone Clocks. Both excellent books, almost undeserving of sitting on a shelf in Tescos, opposite the iceberg lettuce and tomatoes.

Most of the deals will involve me buying a number of books, like 3 for £10 or something, so I have a couple of “filler” books that were my extras when buying the real juicy ones. Techbitch was one of them.

Techbitch is also known as The Knockoff (I think they changed the name to the latter to avoid using bad words…) and is, in every way, a chick-lit novel. Imogen, editor in chief of Glossy, a high fashion magazine, comes back to work after 6 months fighting breast cancer to find Eve, her former assistant, ruling the roost. Queue Devil Wears Prada shenanigans.

I started reading the book as a kind of palate cleanser. I wanting something fun and easy to read. Also, reading the blurb and seeing that there are two authors, I assumed that we’d see the story from both ladies’ points of view; Imogen, the older, wiser veteran of fashion with a high salary and Eve, the millennial kid who really wants to make it in the world of tech. I expected to side with Eve, as I felt I would relate to her, but the writing was mainly from Imogen, with a few bits from other characters.

I found I felt deeply sorry for Imogen (though I guess when I step back and think about it, it’s people like her with the massive salaries while people like Eve – and me – are left being paid close to minimum wage) and that Eve was a horrid little brat, bully and bitch. I found that I loved hating her and couldn’t stop reading to find out what other outrageous things she’d done – from naming a little dinosaur toy after Imogen to inviting everyone except Imogen to parties.

When I was a teen, I stayed reading YA novels way longer than my friends. I always felt ashamed of it, that I was somehow stupid. However, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with choosing “easy” books. I actually think it takes a lot more to write YA than adult books as you have to think about what you’re teaching and introducing to the young readers. As for chicklit, sure, there’s absolutely nothing profound about this book, but it’s a bit of fun, a world similar to my own but with ridiculous OTT characters. It’s like a little bit of escapism every day.

Are there any other fans of chicklit out there? I’d love to hear from you! (and also get more recommendations!)


Book Review: The Good Shufu

The Good Shufu has been sat on my book shelf for a while. I won it in a competition on a blog a while back, along with some other books. But The Good Shufu was always going to be the awkward one.

Before I saw the competition, I read an article on Tracy Slater in some English language Japanese online site. It told of the tale of an American woman living in Japan, married to a Japanese man who didn’t speak Japanese very well and couldn’t write her daughter’s name in Japanese.

In my time in Japan, I knew a fair few people who had lived there a long time and just didn’t bother to learn the language. Although at least one of them is a very dear friend of mine, I find this kind of thing very rude, especially if it’s coming from westerners. Learning a language, especially if you’re living there and dating within that culture, isn’t such a hard thing to do. No, really. So the article really rubbed me up the wrong way. [Read more…]

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