International Women’s Day!

Sunday 8 March is International Women’s Day. On this day, people everywhere celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

This year the theme is #EachForEqual.

The IWD 2020 campaign theme is drawn from a notion of ‘Collective Individualism.’

We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.

Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world. 

We can all choose to be #EachforEqual.

Taken from the IWD webpage

What better way to celebrate inspiring women everywhere than by picking up a book written by or about inspiring women! Check out my below categories and recommended reads for International Women’s Day.

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Crack open an auto-biography written about and by an inspiring woman! I made the decision to use ‘auto-biographies’ as these are examples of women telling their own stories – using their own voices.

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama – “In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era.”
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – “Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope and joy, achievement and celebration.”
  • Women, Equality, Power by Helen Clark – while not technically an autobiography, this book contains powerful speeches made by the ex New Zealand Prime Minster.
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler – “Yes Please offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious.”
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Book Bingo 2019

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Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again! Reading challenges were met, I’ve finished reading Christmas themed romances, and now I am looking to the new year. I figured that since I focused on my Comfort Zone Challenge last year, I would go back to Book Bingo this year.

I had a fun time trying to expand upon my last Book Bingo Card and really challenge myself. I did find last time though, that I was struggling to fill the spaces as I wasn’t really looking forward to reading books that would fit the squares, so this time I made sure to give myself wiggle room.

Squares such as Shifters, Western Romance, Sports, Fae, and Paranormal are all kind of vague. This vagueness and lack of specificity should help me keep my motivation throughout the year as I can easily find books to my taste to fit those genres.

If you are wondering, MC means Main Character and Poly Romance is referring to a polyamorous relationship.

If anyone is interested in using this bingo card, go ahead. I only ask that you attribute the blog if you post it anywhere 🙂 You should look forward to sporadic updates about my progress as the year proceeds.  As always, happy reading!


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My Goodreads Year in Books – 2018

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I did it! I finished my challenge!

Initially I had only challenged myself to 40 books but each time I hit that number I increased the number. So here we are at a total of 81 books out of 70. I am pretty sure I’m going to extra super duper challenge myself in 2019, and try and hit 100 books.

The last couple of years I haven’t really been using Goodreads as much, nor updating all of the books I have read, so it was great fun making sure that I maintained my record for the whole year.

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The CEO’s Christmas Manny by Angela McCallister

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by Angela McCallister.

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Blurb: Anything but business as usual.

Billionaire CEO Nic Price lives for his job. With sales down and grumbling from the board of directors—including Nic’s permanently dissatisfied father—the last thing Nic needs is distraction from the new manny, whose freewheeling approach to childcare is outlandish… and who makes Nic feel things he’s never allowed himself to feel.

Ex-teacher Sasha Lindsey is all about fun—that’s the reason people love him, so he has to be. After a bad break-up leaves him jobless and homeless, the live-in manny job with Mr. Price seems like a windfall. But his chemistry with Nic is off the charts, and he can’t afford another workplace romance disaster.

Can Nic leave his dominance in the bedroom and open his heart to the best thing that’s ever happened to him? Or will Sasha’s leap of faith backfire and ruin his chances at the family happily ever after he’s always dreamed of?


Release Date: 18th December, 2018.
Length: 222 pages.
Series: Beyond the Boardroom #1
Genre: Romance. M/M. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: The CEO’s Christmas Manny is a quick and emotional Christmas read. The characters of the novel shine through and the story is an engaging and entertaining one. Tipping the babysitter/governess trope on its head, The CEO’s Christmas Manny is a such a great Christmas read.

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Five Reasons to Stop Reading a Book

Ally's words of wisdomHave you ever put a book down and thought, why am I reading this? What possible reason do I have to keep reading? Why am I making such an effort for something I am not enjoying? Only to pick it back up and struggle onward to the end.

Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to finish the book. It is okay to want to stop reading something. Not every single book that you read is going to be one you enjoy – it is okay to put the book down.

Abandon it, I say!

All jokes aside, the below list contains five reasons to stop reading a book. Think of them as warning signs that on your journey through a book, might indicate to you that hey, you might not want to finish this book.

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Book Bingo: It’s almost a year!

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I can’t believe it, my year is almost up! I started this in February and now have four months left to read ten books. With this in mind, this post is a super rushed catch up.

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Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

I read this book for my book club and was surprised. I had always envisioned what the book was about from the descriptions other people have given me. It was nothing like any of them. I can say that I did not enjoy this book, however it was interested to finish the book and research the history and context surrounding the book being banned.

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Book Bingo

Thanks to the lovely Amy of Lost in a Good Book, I have recently hopped on the Book Bingo Bandwagon. So after a few hours of deliberation and then a few more hours making the image, I present you with the ‘What I Like’ Book Bingo List.

 

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You may notice that there is a quite a diverse range of options but a lot of these are open to interpretation. For all of you who want to know, B.C.E. means Before Common Era which is essentially a non-denominational way of saying B.C. or Before Christ. Additionally MC simply means Main Character and ‘Pile of Shame’ is in reference to those books that are the ‘to read’ piles.

If anyone is interested in using this bingo card, go ahead. I only ask that you attribute the blog if you post it anywhere 🙂 You should look forward to sporadic updates about my progress as the year proceeds.  As always, happy reading!