Self Care Saturday: Make Yourself Cozy by Katie Vaz

Make Yourself Cozy: A Guide for Practicing Self-Care by Katie Vaz

Embrace the cozy pleasures of life with Katie Vaz’s interactive guide to self-care.

 Freshly baked bread. Cloud-like pillows. Lavender tea. Katie Vaz’s book on self-care shows readers how slow, cozy warmth can help them deal with the anxieties and challenges of everyday life. Filled with tips for creating the perfect atmosphere of coziness (super soft blankets, fluffy robes, and something binge-worthy on TV) as well as sweet, gentle prompts that inspire readers to fill in their own content (“Fill these clouds with words that make you feel light and free”), this book encourages all of us to slow down and find joy in the little things.

Taken from the book blurb

You may have noticed that the majority of the Self Care Saturday posts are about bath bombs or other bath related items – well fear not because this week I am using this space for a book review!

Make Yourself Cozy is a beautiful book by Kate Vaz that not only educates about self care but has so many cute illustrations that illustrate examples of how you can practise self care yourself.

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Super Fun Sexy Times by Meredith McClaren

Super Fun Sexy Times

by Meredith McClaren.

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Cartoonist Meredith McClaren (Hinges) tells five short, sexy stories featuring superheroes, supervillains, sidekicks, and the people who love them.

Showing consent and character-driven erotic relationships, Super Fun Sexy Times answers the age-old question: what happens when the mask comes off? 

Two sidekicks on opposite sides get stuck in an underground lab together, and find a great way to pass the time. A tactician and superhero discuss their desires, limits, and kinks before their first time, and perhaps get a little too excited in the process. A pair of supervillains explore gender and sex together, while growing closer in their relationship. Lesbian heroes try out a kinky rolepaying scenario, and discover how to make it work for both of them. And an exhausted assassin relaxes after a long day with the kind (yet firm) attentions of his husband.

Told with care, sex-positivity, and humor, and featuring a wide variety of sexualities and bodies, Super Fun Sexy Times aims to create an erotic reading experience that lives up to its name!:

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 20th August, 2019.

Length: 128 pages.

Series: Super Fun Sexy Times Vol. 1

Genre: Graphic Novel. Erotica. QUILTBAG.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

If you are looking for a sex positive, queer inclusive, superhero themed erotic graphic short story collection – then look no further! If you suddenly want to read a book like that, then Super Fun Sexy Times is for you!

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Moth & Whisper Vol. 1 by Ted Anderson and Jen Hickman

Moth and Whisper Vol. 1

by Ted Anderson and Jen Hickman.

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Everyone knows that the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper. Very few know that the Moth and the Whisper disappeared six months ago. And what nobody knows is that the new Moth and Whisper are actually one person pretending to be both of them. One supremely skilled but uncertain young genderfluid thief: Niki, the child of the Moth and the Whisper.

Niki has been trained by their parents in the arts of stealth and infiltration, but they’re still just a teenager, and now they’re alone, searching for their parents in a hostile cyberpunk dystopia. Corporations run the streets while crime lords like Ambrose Wolfe run the alleys-identity is a commodity and privacy is impossible. The truth about Niki’s parents and their disappearance is out there, but can Niki survive long enough to find it?

A YA cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead), that just HAD to be told at AfterShock!

Taken from book blurb.

Release Date: 30th April, 2019.

Length: 120 pages.

Series: Moth & Whisper (titles does say Volume 1)

Genre: Graphic Novel. Cyber Punk. QUILTBAG.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

Moth & Whisper is an engaging read that grabbed me from the first page. The art style is one that not only compliments the story and tone of the graphic novel, but looks amazing too.

The story of Moth & Whisper is one that hits so many of my favourite tropes – it features superheroes, super-sleuths, and super-thieves all within a tightly controlled cyberpunk dystopia. Oh, the main character Niki also identifies as gender-queer, so you know, there’s another reason for you to love the story.

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The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico and Shiloh Penfield

The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived

Written by Daniel Errico.

Illustrated by Shiloh Penfield.

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Now a HULU Original Series! 

Knights, dragons, and princesses are the things all good fairytales are made of, but what happens when the tale has an LGBTQ ending? Follow Cedric on his journey from his days on a humble pumpkin farm to the adventures that lead him to become a full-fledged knight. Once a knight, discover how he uses his cleverness and courage to vanquish a fire-breathing dragon and rescue a beautiful prince and princess. It is only then does Sir Cedric face his most difficult challenge. Will he follow his heart, and prove that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is choose for yourself how your fairy tale ends?

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 28th April, 2019.

Length: 40 pages.

Series: N/A. Although the book is now a Cartoon series on Hulu.

Genre: Picture Book. QUILTBAG.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a quick, cute, and LGBTQ positive picture book that tells the story of a boy who grew up on a pumpkin farm and how he became a knight. The picture book is written in rhyming verse and is full of cute illustrations that match the story.

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Long Lost Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rockband, he’s “between jobs” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life 

Taken from book blurb

Just throwing it out there, I read the first few books of this before watching the movie. My memories of the book though are coloured extensively by the movie. It doesn’t help that I’m a fan of everything Edgar Wright does so when I say extensively coloured, I mean extensively coloured. Most of my memories of the book relate to the film 😅

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The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz

The Escape Manual for Introverts

by Katie Vaz.

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Feeling cornered at a wedding reception by gossipy guests? Stuck at a holiday party that lasts forever? This beautifully illustrated book is the ultimate funny, sometimes absurd guide to escaping those painfully awkward situations. 

Trapped in an airplane seated next to a chatterbox? Are you hosting a dinner party with people who just won’t leave? Katie Vaz has the key to your escape. The Escape Manual for Introverts guides readers through different scenarios with themed chapters (“Friends,” “Family,” “Strangers,” etc.). Each chapter covers a range of situations, from an invitation to karaoke night to group lunchtime. And she offers a number of escapes for each scenario: bringing odoriferous foods to lunch for a while, having a pet (real or imagined) that “requires” frequent check-ins, and even investing in a jet pack. This book features Vaz’s full-page illustrated spreads, hand-lettering, and spot illustrations. From the silly to the sincere, Vaz’s clever, hilarious escape plans and bizarre excuses speak to the introvert in all of us.

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 6 August, 2019.

Length: 144 pages

Series: N/A.

Genre: Self-Help. Graphic Novel.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

The Escape Manual for Introverts, is a fun and quick read which not only features cute illustrations but actual advice. I will admit that when engaging socially with people, I tend to get emotionally exhausted and over the years I have found I do have a time limit on how much social interaction I can take. The Escape Manual for Introverts is a perfect guide for people who want ready made excuses to get out of social engagements.

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Confessions of a Professional Book Lover – I Borrow Books and Don’t Read Them

My name is Ally and I am a Librarian.

I am also a Librarian who rarely reads the books that I borrow.

I love my job, and I am very proud to call myself a Librarian. I will admit though, that the biggest draw of the job is also the biggest drawback – I work in an environment where I am surrounded by books.

Books that I can take home, for free.

A person can only have so much self control. So naturally I borrow a lot of books.

Also completely naturally, I do not have enough time to read all of these books.

So I am a librarian who borrows a lot of books, takes them home, thinks about reading them, and then has to return them back to the library… unread.


So there it is, my terrible professional secret. Try not to judge too much, I could always be out there actually buying these books and never reading them 😋 Do you also borrow library books with the best intentions but never read them? Please tell me I’m not alone in this 😅 Leave a comment and let me know!

Book Bingo Update 7

Goodreads RECOMMENDATION

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill

I am pretty sure (read 100% sure) that Goodreads recommended Aquicorn Cove to me because I have just finished reading The Tea Dragon Society. I have also previously read Katie O’Neill’s book Princess Princess Ever After for this very Book Bingo.

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Small Snippet of July 2019

July is not only the half way mark for 2019 but it is also a month of big change for me.

I got a new job!

The position is permanent part-time and comes with guaranteed hours per month. As someone who has worked casually for five years and who has been looking for permanent work for eight, this is a momentous occasion.

I actually have a wage. I can make plans with my wage. I don’t have to live in fear that my contract will be cancelled early with no notice! So much of the stress and fear I have been carrying around is slowing fading away and I’m coming to terms with these things.

July has been a good month and hopefully the rest of the year will be just as good!


The Sims 4: Island Living

Okay so it has taken ages but we finally have the island paradise expansion of the The Sims. I say finally because the Seasons and Island Living expansions are my absolute favourites. If I only had to chose two they would be it!

The Sims 4: Island Living does not disappoint, it is beautiful, fun to play, and I doubt I will return to the other town areas 😋 Why would I leave paradise? The added game play and careers are really engaging and I was so exited to see a lesbian couple and the first non-binary character included in the area.

Honestly, look at the below picture, how could you not want to play this expansion?

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Favourites: The Art of the Didgeridoo

The Art of the Didgeridoo: Music for Didgeridoo and Orchestra

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Blurb: The didgeridoo is recognised around the world as an iconic part of the traditional music of Indigenous Australia, its rich, full tones seeming to evoke the breadth of the land itself. This album is a celebration of that ancient voice, and the music it has inspired from Australia’s great composers.


The Art of the Didgeridoo features performances by legendary player William Barton, including recordings which trace his relationship with one of Australia’s greatest composers, Peter Sculthorpe. Barton’s collaborations with Matthew Hindson, Sean O’Boyle and his mother Delmae Barton showcase the vastly different sounds of the didgeridoo, and Barton’s own innovative music runs throughout the album. Matthew Doyle’s performance of Dawn Mantras by Ross Edwards closes the album – a work which was written to herald the new millennium in a performance from the sails of the Sydney Opera House. This moment was viewed throughout the world, and music that has lost none of its resonance over a decade later.

Taken from ABC Music

Length: 14 Tracks

Genre: Classical and Indigenous Fusion


Why is it a favourite?

I am a fan of classical music and the moment I heard a song from this album on ABC Classic I was hooked. The sound of the didgeridoo by itself or in traditional Aboriginal songs has such an amazing depth, I really love the sound the instrument makes. Build an orchestral arrangement behind this sound and you have struck gold.

The Art of the Didgeridoo not only showcases the instrument but it demonstrates the range the instrument has and the ways in which it can make beautiful music. ‘The Concerto for Didgeridoo’ songs are powerful ones which demonstrate the breadth of not only the Australian land but the ways in which the orchestra and Didgeridoo can work together to paint stunning soundscapes.

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