2020 Has REALLY Been a Year

OK, so I guess it’s been so long since I’ve been on WordPress that the editor has changed now? When did that happen and also I hate it?

Yeah, so. I didn’t write a single post in 2020. I still have one sitting in my drafts from halfway through the year; the gist is ‘I definitely haven’t had it the worst in this pandemic, and I’m very grateful for that, but also I’m very sad and scared’. Right now I am back to being sad so! I opened WordPress for the first time in ages!

I think it’s fair to say that this blog is now reaching its natural end. I’ve been here for, what, seven years now? I felt myself drifting away these past couple of years and that’s just continued to grow. Blogging isn’t the main way I communicate or make friends online anymore. I don’t really ever feel like writing posts. I’ve even sort of fallen off my blog social media. This might be my last post, or I might come back to write more. I don’t know. We’ll have to see.

I’ve just had a good old cry so probably not a great moment to write a post for public internet consumption but anyway! Whew, 2020 really has been a year. Although some good has come of it – and don’t get me wrong I’m incredibly grateful to have a stable home and to have not lost anyone very close to me to COVID – it has also sucked. It’s probably been my worst year, personally. I’d rather not go completely into it but there’s definitely been some big low points.

Looking back at my goals which I wrote on 31 December 2019 feel so far away – like, technically I completed my A-Levels but I could never have imagined it would have played out like I did. (And, just to be clear: fuck the Tories. They’ve screwed a LOT up. But don’t they always?)

What the heck is going on with the groups in the WordPress editor? I literally don’t care about or want to use groups??? I’m so confused?

Yep. I don’t really know what this post is here for except to say: this year has been kind of rough, as I’m sure it has been for many of you. I’m sending you love. I’m not feeling that hopeful for 2021 at this exact moment but…I guess I can try?

See you around, readers. ❤

Monthly Mixtape #14: Ocean

Hi again, and welcome to Monthly Mixtape, a music feature created by me, Eve @ Twist in the Taile, and Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages. Here’s how it works: each month, we give you a one-word prompt, and you make a playlist. We welcome you to interpret the prompt however you want and with whatever music you’re into.

Please link back to the original Monthly Mixtape prompt whenever you make a playlist. We welcome you to use the title image for your blog post if you wish. You can create a playlist in response to any of the previous prompts as well if you like. The next Monthly Mixtape will hopefully be up in the first week of June! And this month’s prompt is…

#14: ocean

Add or view playlist links HERE

I did not get around to making this playlists before my exam season started, despite my best efforts, so it’s up to you all this time. I may well make one as the month goes on. However, at the moment I am mainly just studying and watching TV with my cats… I definitely need to make a playlist with the new Carly Rae Jepsen album though, oh my goodness. (At the moment my faves are Too Much, No Drug Like Me and Want You in My Room, fyi.)

I hope you’re all doing well! 🙂 I’m sending joy and good vibes your way.

The I Love Sleep Tag

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Hi everyone! Elizabeth @ Musings From Neville’s Navel tagged me for this and I am very excited because I do indeed love sleep. Thank you!

What is your routine before going to sleep?

I like routines a lot, and I have a very specific evening routine! In an ideal world, I’d do 30 minutes of music practice from 8pm (I know I should do it earlier when I’m not so tired but what can I say, habits are hard to break), put my phone onto charge downstairs then have a bath or shower around 8:30, and then I read for an hour from 9pm. But usually it ends up being quite a bit later than that haha. During the week I tend to have a bath instead of a shower since my mum prefers them and then she can get in before or after me.

Also, you probably didn’t know this but I’ve had to use lip balm all the time since I was like 7 for some reason?? So, anyway, I always have to put on lip balm before I go to bed.

What do you do when you can’t sleep?

Listen to something on my iPod, normally a sleep relaxation thing, audiobook, or occasionally a more relaxing podcast. Sometimes I put something I’ve already listened to on super quietly so that I can’t hear the words but there’s still a sound and for some reason that helps me.

What is your favourite sleeping position?

On my back…? I don’t know. I also often end up on my side.

What can I wake you up for?

If something really bad happens? If I just need to wake up for some reason? I don’t know, I can’t ever remember having to wake up in the middle of the night.

What time does your alarm clock go off?

7am on schooldays. I actually live pretty close to my school, but I am not good at rushing in the mornings, so.

What time do you go to bed?

I try to go to bed around 10-10:30. No jokes, I actually get super tired beyond about 9pm when all my friends are still awake. Oh well.

Snooze or getting up instantly?

Get up instantly, I think? I mean, I read for like 20 minutes after that. But I’m AWAKE and not dozing.

Do you sleep in on the weekends?

Not really; I still wake up at about 7:30 anyway. But I get more time to chill and not leave for school.

What kind of weird stuff do you do while you are asleep?

I don’t sleepwalk or anything as far as I know, but I do kick the duvet everywhere haha.

How many pillows do you have?


What do you wear to bed?

In the summer, I wear one of my many tie dye t shirts and pyjama shorts, and in the winter I have some very nice fleecy pyjamas.

Do you sleep with or without socks?

Without. When we go camping I wear socks but my feet get very sweaty and I don’t like it much. (But it’s better than cold toes.)

How big is your bed?

I confess that I had to look up bed sizes for this…I think I have a small double? It’s not, like, a full double bed. But you can fit 2 pillows next to each other on it.

The first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is…?

Go to the loo. And then read.

Do you dream every night?

Yup, though I don’t always remember them later.

What dream or nightmare do you remember most clearly?

Dreams are very hard to translate into writing; sometimes I just have very specific images of old dreams I’ve had. (For example one where foxes came into my old house.) (Warning for light horror?) My most recent very memorable nightmare was during exams when I kept dreaming that all my teeth fell out. I can still recall the VERY specific sensation of them crunching in my mouth, and I’ve had that dream a couple of times since. It is Not Good.)

What is your biggest dream?

Um? I don’t know? If this is like, life goals, then I guess just being happy. I DON’T KNOW.

I’m not tagging anyone specifically for this one but please feel free to do it if you so wish! I’m still away without internet at the time this is scheduled, but I’d love to hear about your experiences with sleep. 🙂

The cat in the featured picture is not in fact one of my own, but I thought it was very cute and also a big mood. The photo is by Alexander Possingham on Unsplash.

YALC 2018 Recap

The words 'YALC 2018 recap by twist in the taile' next to a 'Five Years of YALC' tote bag and a pile of books. The top book is Run, Riot.Hi everyone! Over the last 3 days I’ve been attending YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) in London and I wanted to share my recap. Before you say EVE, THIS POST IS SO PROMPT: I’m actually going away this evening so I had to write it right now. Nothing like working under a deadline, right?

I’ve been to YALC twice before, but instead of going only on Saturday, this year I went for all 3 days on my own. It was quite a different experience! I don’t know if I’ll go for 3 days next year since I did get pretty tired and I’m an awkward bean so sometimes I didn’t have anyone to talk to. But I did have lots of fun too.


The spines of the books Only Love Can Break Your Heart and Starfish. An enamel pin with a cactus and a broken heart is in the foreground.

My first signing on DAy 1 was with Non Pratt. I’ve loved Non’s books for AGES and I’d sadly missed her at the last YALC so I was very happy to get mine signed here! Along with an early copy of her new novel Giant Days, I picked up Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber. I actually read it all in one sitting this morning!

Eve and Non Pratt. Eve wears a yellow t shirt that reads 'maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story'.

Next up was the Can we be friends? panel with Alice Oseman, Gayle Forman, and Lauren Price, moderated by David Owen. I’m so glad there was a panel on friendship, since although I enjoy reading romance, my friendships are far more important in my own life and sometimes I feel like I’m doing something wrong for not having an epic romance. (Not every teen falls in love, folks!)

I got my books signed by Alice Oseman and David Owen who drew a cool alien in the front. 🙂 I also picked up a sampler for David’s new book, yay! It sounds so good!

The books Giant Days, Done Dirt Cheap and Run, Riot spread out on a flowery duvet.

After wandering around for a bit, I went to the Where will you be in 5 years? panel with Katherine Woodfine, Non Pratt, Sara Barnard and Sally Green. It was really interesting the about the origins of YALC and the careers of all the authors. On a similar topic, I’d also like to note that this weekend we saw some more statistics showing that the number of author of colours in the UK has decreased since 2006, following findings by CLPE that only 1% of children’s books published in the UK featured a BAME main character. You should read this thread by Wei Ming Kam on Twitter on the situation and writers of colour to look out for in the coming years.


Saturday began with a rocky start when I forgot to check the trains and realised one of them wasn’t working so had to improvise with public transport. Note to self for future: ALWAYS CHECK THE TRAINS ARE WORKING.

The first panel I went to was Politics on the Page with Alice Skinner, Karen Gregory, Sarah Shaffi, Tom Pollock, Tomi Adeyemi & Yaba Badoe. This was one of my favourite panels of YALC and I found it very inspiring. I’m now keen to read the books of the other authors who I didn’t already know! I wanted to get my copy of Children of Blood and Bone signed but the queue was really long (which is awesome!) so sadly I didn’t get round to it.The books Far From the Tree and A Closed and Common Orbit. The cover of Far From the Tree has illustrations of falling leaves.

Next was the Amongst the Stars, a panel with Becky Chambers, Lauren James, Samantha Shannon & Sasha Alsberg discussing all things space and sci-fi. *whispers* I actually love sci-fi a lot and I wish I read more sci-fi books.

I bought a whole bunch of books today which you can see above and throughout this post! They are: Giant Days, Only Love Can Break Your Heardt, Starfish, Done Dirt Cheap, Run Riot, Far From the Tree, A Closed and Common Orbit, Floored, and Noteworthy.

Finally, I went to the Loud & Proud panel with Josh Martin, Keris Stainton & Simon James Green which discussed LGBTQ+ representation. I’d have liked to see more discussion of identities beyond gay characters but I did get some good recs.


On Sunday it RAINED! Finally! The workshop I’d intended to go to was full, so I went to a panel on travel with Cecilia Vinesse, Clementine Beauvais, Emily Barr & Rutendo Tavengerwei which was super interesting. Then I had lunch and headed off to Real world, real me with Akemi Dawn Bowman, Eve Ainsworth, Holly Bourne, Lisa Williamson & Lydia Ruffles. (Okay, I know this is getting rather factual but trust me, it was good, I’m just tired.) I saw the cover reveal for the Proud anthology which sounds great!

The books Floored and Noteworthy. Floored shows 6 pairs of feet and 1 pair of feet at the side as though lying down. Noteworthy shows a hand holding a microphone.

I also got to meet many online friends like Elm, Helia, Megan and also some wonderful new people! I’m so glad that I got to do this and it was one of the highlights of YALC this year. 🙂 Thanks everyone I met!

Aand that bring me to the end of my YALC recap. I’d also like to point out that there were serious issues with accessibility at YALC (see this thread by @redrocketpanda on twitter for some details) which is completely unacceptable and needs to be improved for next year.

Once more, I’m going away until the 20th without any internet and I won’t be able to reply to any comments, emails or tweets and such. But I do have 2 more posts scheduled, and I look forward to talking to you when I get back!


What Cats Do // book tag & pics!

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I was so excited when I saw this tag on Books & Cleverness because HI I LOVE CATS AND I ALSO LOVE BOOKS. Although I wasn’t directly tagged, I decided to pick it up anyway! And it turned out to be an excellent excuse to take pictures of my beautiful cats with my beautiful books. 😀 (If you’re interested, the black cat featured here is Clemmy and the tortoiseshell is Mia! THEY ARE THE LIGHTS OF MY LIVES.) You can find the original tag at meltingpotsandothercalamities.

Purr: As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

When I’m feeling sad, I usually read fanfiction to make me feel better. (Usually one that I have already read about 103729 times.) Or a webcomic. But if I did want to read a book to relax me then it would probably be either Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, because I love it with all my soul, or Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour because AAAH THE MOST CUTE SOFT GIRLS IN LOVE.

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Sleep: What is a book that put you to sleep or was just boring?

I got about two thirds through Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and then I just…never bothered to return to it. I don’t remember hating it, but, yeah. Exactly that. I wasn’t invested enough to pick it up for the ending. Who knows, maybe I’ll try again at some point.

Twitch while dreaming: Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

I do feel like I have, but honestly I can’t remember! I feel like maybe I dreamt about a Juno Dawson book one time. I don’t know why that would come to mind if not…?

Seems to play nice…until the claws are out!:  Which book had the biggest plot twist(s)?

I just finished The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James and I absolutely ADORED it but also IT PULLED VERY DRAMATIC THINGS ON ME. MULTIPLE TIMES. But that’s sort of why I loved it! I think it’s great when a book can truly surprise me.

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Cuddles: Which book character would you give a hug to?

Can I hug August from the Monsters of Verity duology by VE Schwab? Because he really needs a hug. He is basically a toddler except also a teenager and with crazy magic monsters going on. Bless this poor boy.

Catnip: What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon gave me ALLL the warm feelings. It was so cute! I mean, there were also not-cute bits but, like, obviously. Dimple and Rishi were just so cute and wonderful!


Cat breeds: Your favourite book(s)?

I can literally never answer this question aah! My favourite recent reads have been Release by Patrick Ness, When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore and Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. But PLEASE NOO I CAN’T CHOOSE.

Getting the cat: How did you find your favourite book(s)?

Okay, so, I think Radio Silence is the most interesting — I picked up Release from the library and was recced When the Moon Was Ours about a million times — because I’d already read Solitaire, but it was only after that I started following the author Alice Oseman online! And then I reread Solitaire, enjoyed it way more, and got SUPER hyped up for Radio Silence.

Being in places they shouldn’t: Least favourite cliché?

(Yes, I might have changed the words of these questions to the British English spelling of favourite. Oops.) I’m…not actually sure if I have a particular cliche that I hate? I mean, if I hate it then I probably won’t read or remember the book. I’m not really into guys who are super masculine and annoying and don’t respect other characters. Queerbaiting also annoys me a lot.

The good old cardboard box: Most underrated book series?

I think I’m going with Curse Workers by Holly Black! I admit, it has been a little while since I last read these but I loved them even on reread, and I think the world setting is so unique. It’s like…a contemporary fantasy, plus cons? (The heist-y kind. Not the comic and cosplay kind.) I REALLY LOVE CON AND HEIST BOOKS, Y’ALL. #sorrynotsorry

I’m tagging: Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff, Elly @ A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts, Lia @ Lost in a Story, Jess @ Bookends and Endings and anyone else who wants to do it! ❤ (No cat required.) And of course if I've tagged you please don't feel obliged to do anything.

how do you feel about cats? do you have any pets? ever dreamt of a book?


7 Reasons I Love Witch Please

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Hey everyone! I’ve talked a bit about the podcast Witch, Please — a fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world, to definitely not quote its own introduction — on this blog before, but it’s just started up again after hiatus and I’m feeling a lot of love for it. Instead of yabbering on to my friends all day, I thought it would be fun to actually voice these feelings and thus convince you to flail about it along with me. (Fun fact: this idea literally came to me as I was falling asleep. I AM SO GLAD I REMEMBERED IT

1. Feminism 

I mean, do you even need any more of a reason? FEMINISM IS THE BEST. For a while I sort of, er, forgot that feminism was a thing because I was going through a bunch of personal stuff but this podcast reminded me that feminism is a cool thing that exists. *nods* I feel like I’ve learnt a lot of stuff and just in general become more engaged with feminism and how I can think about the world and what stuff I read.

2. The hosts are super cool

The hosts, Hannah and Marcelle, are extremely cool badass lady scholars! I admire them a lot! I, too, would love to be such badass scholar one day. The guests that feature in various episodes are also of course very lovely — I mean, to be honest EVERYONE IS LOVELY.

3. Excellent use of sound effects

I mostly listen to narrative fiction podcasts where, like, the audio corresponds to stuff happening in the story, but I think this makes SUCH good use of sound effects! I now imagine owl noises whenever anyone mentions Hedwig. Actually, I just imagine sound effects into my whole life.

3. I’ve learnt a lot

Every time I listen to an episode I feel like I LEARN SO MUCH. I read Harry Potter when I was in primary and although I think I have reread it at some point, I…definitely missed a lot. So it’s cool to revisit the books, sometimes even reread them as well, and then listen to the episodes. However, I not only learn about Harry Potter but also stuff like: how film works! Narrative! Print culture! Advertising! Long words that I can use to intimidate people!

5. I’ve been inspired

I admit, I haven’t been enjoying English lessons at school that much? I don’t really like our GCSE text and I was feeling like it was a bit pointless but this podcast taught me that academia & analysis actually can be fun be fun and interesting. It really inspired me to take more of an interest in reading because I, too, would like to be able to read a book and go LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS INTERESTING. Now sometimes I use things I’ve listened to in episodes in class and feel very accomplished, mwahaha.

6. It makes me laugh

You might not be expecting a lot of laughs from the summary but trust me, IT IS VERY FUNNY. Listening really puts a smile on my face. I also really adore the recurring jokes! And the segments! I spent most of the holiday special episode laugh-crying. Other highlights include character impressions and the ‘sexyy’ sound effect. Just trust me.

7. The awesome Witch, Please community

I love that there’s a really interactive listening community for this podcast! There are many lively discussions and insights from other smart people on Twitter, where @ohwitchplease are the most active. It’s great that you can have a conversations with the creators and other listeners beyond just listening to each episode. ! I actually went to some of the London fan meet-up (although I had to leave early to go to my friend’s birthday, alas) and it was VERY AWESOME.

Just AAAAALL the superlatives, if you couldn’t already tel. I wholeheartedly recommend. You can find all Witch, Please episodes, including the first episode of the new season on ohwitchplease.ca, iTunes, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Complaints About School English

English at school is something that constantly frustrates me. I don’t know exactly if it’s the way it’s taught, or if it’s the fact that I just don’t enjoy it, or both, but I DON’T HAVE FUN.

As you might have guessed, I love to read and write and everything else wordy! They’re some of my absolute favourite things and I don’t know where I’d be without them. But this definitely doesn’t translate into a love for GCSE English as some people might think…

My major issue with my current class is that I don’t particularly enjoy the text we’re studying. (Spies by Michael Frayn.) Obviously this is different for everyone exam board but I just DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE STUDYING IT. It’s deathly boring and the writing style is…really weird? I kind of like the things going on with memory and perspective but apart from that I’m just meh.

I genuinely wish that we could study something more inspiring — I understand that it has to be complex enough to study or whatever, but there are SO MANY great books out there! Heck, there are some far better “typical classic/literary/GCSE English-y” books. This one is just a complete bore.

I’m not sure if I’d enjoy analysing texts more if it were a text I enjoyed. Perhaps I just don’t really enjoy analysis! (Which obviously is fine.) But I do quite like reading analysis things about books I enjoy. Like, sometimes I actively go and read academic-y articles because they’re interesting. Can our English lessons please just…be more like Witch, Please. (I KNOW. I know I talk about it a lot. BUT I LOVE IT.)

I really wish that there was more scope to be creative in English. I understand that later things sort of separate out into literature and language but it frustrates me that we haven’t really done much free creative writing work since, like, year 7. (Oh my god, I WISH I could go back and redo that poetry book assignment. THAT WOULD BE AMAZING.)

I’m not all the way through the course yet, but it is a bit frustrating to not really enjoy something that I think I should like. Although I’m sorry but – the rules on comma splicing are SO HARSH. Even the set text would only get a Band 6 haha. Sorry, Michael Frayn. There’s a bit of a grey area that so many authors cross but our exam board is like NOPE.

I think we spend quite a lot of time listening to the teacher analyse without actually getting the tools for analysis – and I do love my teacher, but still. I also think it’d be really fun to look at more popular culture or modern stuff, because they are cool too. But I feel like that’s not very likely to happen, alas. It’s all just about improving the grades.

Having said all this: I definitely could have a better mindset! Writing this post did actually give me a bit of enthusiasm for being more positive about English. Part of it is also that I have a set idea in my mind and I just switch off during lessons when I decide it’s not fun. I’ve actually been enjoying it a bit more recently now that I’ve been actively trying to engage, so, who knows. PERHAPS THIS COMPLAINING WILL HAVE RESULTED IN SOMETHING.

what’s your (least) favourite subject at school? do you enjoy studying english? any feelings about comma splicing?

Femslash February // i rec some things!!

February is not only LGBT History Month, but also the wonderful internet creation that is Femslash February. It’s essentially a month where people do prompts, write fic, art, whatever, celebrating f/f  and girls liking girls! It’s mostly for fandoms, since both m/m and even f/m fanworks are a lot more popular there, which kind of sucks. (I talk ENDLESSLY to my friends about how people just aren’t as interested in f/f. They’ve heard all the things.)

SO! I am here today to recommend some fun queer girl things for you to read. I thought about just doing fic recs, but I have a somewhat specific and obscure fandom tastes, and also sadly I don’t know loads of f/f fic. (I’m hoping to find some more this month.) (Literally? I’ve read about 2 novel-length f/f fics ever. Which is small compared to others. I feel distressed.) I know it’s Femslash February, but in general I think queer girls are left behind in the fandom so I’m also including some GENERAL QUEER GIRL THINGS.

Thus: I’m also going to be reccing some books and comics. I’ve tried to include some different ones to what I always recommend ahaha. Enjoy 😀


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour I read this the other week and AAAH IT WAS SO WONDERFUL. I loved the setting, the characters, the soft & hopeful beauty of it. I know that I’ll be rereading it when I feel down. It was also cool to read because it’s about a girl who does film production and I’m currently doing some production for my school play. IT’S A SIGN AMIRITE.

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham I LOVE FINDING QUEER CONTENT WHERE I WASN’T EXPECTING ANY. This is about three generations of women in a family, and how their lives interact. And there is also a thing about sexuality.

Carol by Patricia Highsmith This one is also published under the title The Price of Salt, but my copy was Carol, so. It’s hella awesome! There are vintage lesbians in New York! The writing is lovely! And it’s also a super cool film. The soundtrack gives me a lot of emotions.

All of the Above by Juno Dawson Aaah!! Another queer girl UKYA! (I would also put Radio Silence here, but by now you guys have probably just accepted that I talk about it 24/7. I LOVE IT. READ IT.) Anyway: this is a funny, honest contemporary YA with a bunch of queer characters and it’s just generally cool.

The Last Beginning by Lauren James This is the second book in a series about science and time travel which I think is super cool! The MC is super gay, and I liked that it was less focused on a coming out narrative. (Those are very valid and important. But sometimes I want to read something where the character is also comfortable in their sexuality already and worries a lot about accidentally messing up the entirety of time.)


Following You, Following Me by lady_ragnell An Eponine/Cosette AU in which Cosette has a tumblr crush on Eponine, and also a new neighbour. A podfic (like an audiobook except of a fic) is also available here.

to be loved and to be in love by missandrogyny Eponine/Cosette, soulmate tattoo AU. (Where the first words your soulmate says to you are tattooed on your arm. Yeah, don’t ask, just suspend disbelief.) Eponine and Cosette are music people! They are hella cute and I love them!!

your passion, you take me home by knightinbrightfeathers Clary/Izzy, Hogwarts AU. Things heal after the Battle of Hogwarts. By an author who I think is very cool. *nods*

Here, Queer, Getting Used to It by azurish REMEMBER BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM. Remember that movie?!? Yeah, no, I like it a lot. One time I just stumbled across this fic and I was like…in retrospect, it was a pretty gay movie. I realise there was stuff about stereotypes of all girls who play sport being queer but also — I think it would have been really cool to consider how then do they find their place within that? (Because queer girls play sport too.) I am not articulating my feelings very well but anyway. YEAH.

Grazed Knees by montparnasse Ginny/Luna. Also healing after the Battle of Hogwarts. Except it’s different to the other one. *nods sagely*

I have read a miserable amount of Harry Potter f/f, which makes me sad because I SHIP ALL THE THINGS. I think that’s probably because a) there wasn’t loads of it to begin with but b) I don’t really look beyond AO3, and a lot of HP fic resides in other places like livejournal or ff.net. However, a quick internet search pointed me to this 2007 masterpost, if you so wish to browse it.


Rock and Riot by Chelsey Furedi It’s 50s except way cooler and lots of queer characters aah! his comic is about gangs at school except there is diversity and GIRLS LIKING GIRLS and AWESOME ART STYLE and it is just all round very wonderful. I may or may not have read it all in one day. Whoops…?

Always Human by walkingnorth This is still-running sci-fi webcomic about the cool peeps Austen and Sunati. Although there is cool future stuff, it’s more about their personal lives and how they develop as characters. There’s a diverse cast and lovely glowy art and the creator is also a complete cinnamon roll! The updates bring me a lot of joy. 🙂

Lumberjanes Sometimes I’m confused by this comic, but it’s fun to be surrounded by just a whole lot of pure joy and enthusiasm, hehe. IT’S SO CUTE AND THERE ARE CUTE GIRLS AND SMALL CUTE PEOPLE GAH. There’s also a trans character, and maybe some some other queer characters about from the confirmed ones, so…?

Anyway! I hope you liked these recs, and perhaps find some use for them. I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions! 😀

My 2016 in Books

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I know I already did a New Years-y round up post, but SURPRISE! Here’s another! I’ve seen a lot of top reads of 2016 stuff going around, and although I did talk a bit about books in my round up, I thought it would be cool to do one more in depth.

This year I read 107 books. (Well, at the time of writing. I’ll probably have read one or two more by the time this post actually rolls around.) I’m really happy that I managed to complete my Goodreads challenge; I think 100 books is about right for me. Although I actually read more books last year, I feel a lot better about my reading habits. I don’t have quite as much time as I used to because of school, but I do read a steady supply of books which is nice.

genres read

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I did a little analysis of the genres that I read this year, and I was really surprised at the number of contemporary and historical books in there! I have actually read quite a few non-fiction history books, as well as historical fiction. Fantasy still makes up just over a quarter of my reading, though. The ‘other’ genre encompasses a) books that were difficult to classify, or might come under ‘literary’ (e.g. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell) or b) genres I read so few of it wasn’t worth their own section such as thrillers. Or a combination of those two.

favourite books

These are the 10 books I’ve read this year which I feel I’ve enjoyed the most, and gained the most from, this year! I mean, I feel like I’ve probably forgotten a lot of great books here, and I found it really difficult to pick the ones I’ve liked most because I like books for different reasons… I sort of attempted to get a diverse pick from the different genres that I’ve read and the reasons I enjoyed each of these books. (Yes, some not-YA! I know!)

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I talk about Radio Silence ENDLESSLY to people, so it’ll come as no surprise to you that it made it onto my favourite books of this year list! I only just finished When the Moon Was Ours, but I enjoyed it so tremendously that I thought it should make it onto here. Ghostwritten is sort of a precursor to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, but in some ways I liked it more — I am endlessly amazed at his ability to make all the narrative voices in his books unique, even when there are so many characters.

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I was almost going to put This Savage Song by VE Schwab on here too, but I thought one Schwab book might be enough. I am pretty darn excited for A Conjuring of Light! the Goldfinch was slightly weird and emotionally draining. It gave me lots of weird feelings. (I don’t think the fact that I was reading it in an airport helped. AIRPORTS ARE REALLY WEIRD PLACES FOR ME.) The Lie Tree is kind of an MG book, but there is MYSTERY and GIRLS DOING SCIENCE and SLIGHT FANTASY and just quality times.

hidden gems

These books are lesser-known ones which I’d love to see people discussing more. They might also be books with new and exciting stuff that I haven’t otherwise seen much of!

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Carry Me Like Water by Benjamin Alire Saenz A lot of people have read or know about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by the same author, but his adult books don’t seem to be very well known. THEY’RE STILL SUPER COOL GUYS. They’re written so nicely and asdhjkl.

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz I was lucky enough to win this one in a giveaway, and although the premise seems a little crazy — and the whole book is a little crazy — it was such a satisfying and gripping read. (The writing is once again really nice.)

A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne I got this one for Christmas last year, and it was such a fun read! It’s basically ‘what if Ron killed Voldemort instead of Harry?’ except with more humour and kissing. I’m just going through the Goodreads page to find the cover, and a lot of people are saying it’s kind of fanfiction-y… It is kind of fanfiction-y, but for me as someone who liked fic, it takes the best fic tropes and does wonderful things with them.  Plus, the illustrations and cover are SO NICE.

The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke I barely hear Cat Clarke’s books mentioned, but she has been quietly writing cool queer YA thrillers for rather a long time. I absolutely raced through this tale of a returned sister, and I FEEL SO HAPPY BECAUSE QUEER PARENTS. QUEER OLDER PEOPLE. What a joy.

The Next Together by Lauren James This book was such a joy to read — I raced through it and was swept away by science! wit! reincarnation! history! mystery! blushing characters! It just had, like, so many things I love to read in books. This one is perhaps a little more well-known than the others here, but I haven’t seen it discussed that much within the book blogging community so I thought I’d chuck it in here anyways.

what were your top books of 2016? are any of your choices the same as mine? do you plan to read any of these in the future?

GUEST POST: A Monster Calls Movie Talk & Trailer Reaction


Hey there! It’s Eve @ Twist in the Taile here, presenting to you today many flailings about A Monster Calls. And of course thanks so much to Jess for asking me to write a guest post. I feel very honoured and ~bloggery~. *nods*

Okay, I know this movie is technically released on New Year’s Day, but it still counts as Christmas-related, right?! I mean, yes, obviously, because a) I am always right, ahem, and b) WHAT COULD BE A BETTER PRESENT THAN A NEW COOL MOVIE BASED ON A COOL BOOK.

Read the rest of my post here: GUEST POST: A Monster Calls Movie Talk & Trailer Reaction