Saturday, 3 December 2016

November Book Reviews ft. Daphne Du Maurier & Brian K. Vaughan

During November, I read a recently hauled trade paperback and a novel by one of my favourite authors. A very quiet reading month but a happy one, nonetheless. 

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my cousin rachel by daphne du maurier 
FINISHED: 10/11/16 | PAGES: 335 | ISBN: 1844080404
Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will come to love his grand house as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two have constructed is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and there he dies suddenly. In almost no time at all, the new widow - Philip's cousin Rachel - turns up in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious woman like a moth to a flame. And yet...might she have had a hand in Ambrose's death?

As with most Du Maurier, a sense of unease permeates the novel and it's driven by a delicious subtext concerned with authority and the male gaze that I cannot help but be in awe of as it wasn't commonplace to query such things so boldly back then. 

It may not have gripped me as much as the other Du Maurier's that I've read (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and Frenchman's Creek) but that's not to say that this novel doesn't ooze elegance and skill because it really does. Cousin Rachel will be a character that I will think of for years to come. Don't make this your first Du Maurier but do give it a read.

RATING: 


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PAPER GIRLS BY BRIAN K. VAUGHAN AND CLIFF CHIANG
FINISHED: 02/11/16 | PAGES: 144 | ISBN: 1632156741
In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12 year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood. 

A throwback girl gang adventure from the creator of Saga that features time travel. What's not to love?! As I said in my book haul, if you're pining for Stranger Things then this'll fill that void. Batshit and badass, Paper Girls has Vaughan's stamp all over it with its fast-paced action and quick-witted humour. The story quickly descends into madness and calamity and I was more than happy to embrace it.

The artwork complemented the story perfectly with a stunning colour pallette and panels that I would gladly paste my walls with. I've added the next one to my Christmas wishlist. I have too many unanswered questions!

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A teeny tiny reading month complete with teeny tiny reviews for Blogmas day two! What did you read last month? Any ideas on what I should finish 2016 off with?


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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Stationery Gift Ideas: for readers, writers, list makers & planners

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I was sat staring into the void, as I do most afternoons around 3pm, when I suddenly decided to attempt an every-other-day version of Blogmas. Granted said enthusiasm will probably flail by about 9pm this evening and I'll find myself silently screaming 'whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy' into my cold paws but I've said it now soooo...here I am.


On day one of Blogmas, I've decided to bring you a few gift ideas from Chronicle Books for those that love list writing, reading, writing and planning. A couple of these were given to me as gifts and I for one loved them so they have my seal of approval which, admittedly, counts for shit all but they've got them anyway!

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ONE.
the future listography


This listography offering is for two types of people: the uber planners and the people that don't have a sodding clue what they're doing with themselves. I am, of course, the latter. Full of fun illustrations and complete with a fancy orange ribbon bookmark, this would make a great gift on its own or accompanied by a diary or planner to draw the theme out a little further. 

The lists include: 'Things you'd love to be knowledgeable about', 'Other lives you'd want to lead if you had nine lives' and 'Details about your family for future generations'. 

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TWO.
literary listography*


This listography journal is one for the readers and bookish types who also might be in the market for some booktube or book blog post ideas. Full of further fun illustrations and complete with a royal blue ribbon bookmark, you can serve it up individually or you could pair it with a book on the recipient's wishlist as an added touch.

The lists include: 'Books to read before I die', 'Families I spanned time with' and 'Cities and countries I've travelled to via literature'. 

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three.
 642 tiny things to write about

Aaaaand, one for the writers! Whilst they do have bigger versions of this journal, alongside ones suitable for children, I am the owner of the tiny journal which is the ideal companion for those of us that write things on the go. Gift it on its todd or pop it in a box alongside some writing apparatus, a fancy looking notebook and some sort of warming beverage for a writer's subscription box vibe. 

The writing prompts include: 'Pick any story from today's newspaper. Tomorrow, the story turns in a radically unexpected way. What happens?', 'The title of your autobiography' and 'It's 2045. Describe a roadside attraction on the moon'. 


There we have it. A low octane look at a few gift ideas that you can give, donate or ask for this year. I have got some bookish gift ideas coming up for you next week so keep those beady eyes peeled if that's what you're after. Do get hold of me if there are any particular things that you'd like me to cover over here on Vivatramp before the year is through and I'll aim to make your dreams come true. Happy 1st of December! 


WANT TO READ SOME MORE?
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*PRETTY SURE I WAS SENT THE LITERARY LISTOGRAPHY BY THE PUBLISHER A FEW YEARS AGO BUT I HAVEN'T WORKED WITH THEM ON THIS POST OTHERWISE, ETC. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Book Haul feat. Brian K. Vaughan, Patricia Highsmith & Colson Whitehead

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In November, I picked up a recent Oprah-approved release, a timely graphic novel, a Booktube favourite and a piece of queer lit. 

I have only read one of the following titles so far, that being Paper Girls, so if you think I should read any of the others sooner rather than later please do state your case and I will carefully consider your plea. 


Sunday, 20 November 2016

things i like about autumn

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these are the things that I like about autumn,  this year at least:


1 falling out of the pub of a sunday, with my dad and the cub, full of food and empty of conversation. a weekly tradition that just seems to feel even more comforting during the colder months.