Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff REVIEW

Howdy book loving fiends.

I am back today with a review of sorts, though it's not so much a review as a general thoughts process and OMG I just finished reading GEMINA.AND.I'M.DYING. *cries in a corner*


If you want to see. My review of Illuminae, the first in this series. Click Here. (Link available soon)


Now without having a ship load of spoilers (hardy-hard see what I did there?) I seriously need the next book "Obsido" AND RIGHT NOW. I have preordered it though so at least I know I get it on release day.....in March....2018. Yay.

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As before the book is laid out in a dossier style format, though this time they have more exciting things like our main character 'Hanna's Journal. Some of the journal pages are my Fav'! The drawings that's she has draw bring the characters, we are reading about, to life. It's a really nice addition compared to the first book which was mostly writing strewn over the page as if it was acting out what was happening.

Also very much like the first book,  We have a bad ass heroin. Hanna Donnelly. She has been taught self-preservation, survival, strategy. Seriously she is awesomeness woven against any 'Blonde' stereotype ever, and I love it! She makes her own way through life despite being the spoilt daughter of the Station Captain and she proves her worth. BIG TIME. It's Amazing.

I'll post a picture of the blurb so you can have a quick read and get the gist of what's happening.


The great thing about starting this book is that it continues almost immediately from 'Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1)' except it comes across from a different couples viewpoint. On a different ship. Called Hemidall. At first I was worried that it wouldn't be the same, turns out these characters I LOVED so much more than the team from Illuminae. I mean you though Erza was attractive, you need to read about Nik! And oh my gosh little Ella, what an awesome little human, I was LOLing at some of the chat logs. Full of sass that one. Still, it's unfortunate we don't get as much of the old characters that I would have liked to come across into 'Gemina' but they do make an appearance in the text, so they haven't been completely forgotten. 

I enjoyed the exchanges between the old and the new characters, and they were very believable. I'm forever reading through like dude, these guys would be best friends in the real world, shame they are on different spaceships! But the Gemina team are currently holding the top spot.

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**SLIGHT SPOILERS FROM HERE ONWARDS UNTIL I SAY OTHERWISE**
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On another note, the last 150 pages?! CREEEEEPY. And SO SO SPINNY.
So if you have all read the Illuminae Files Book #1 it's kind of zombie-esque. People-turning death toll rising. In Gemina is a whole 'Udder' story (I'm sorry I've done it again hehehe)

Weird, slimy, teeth, snakelike, eel-like, slithering, sneaky, vile, sightless, flickey tongue, lengths of evil. EGHH NO. Brilliant. But no. It's a perfect read to start October (HALLOWEEEEEEN) off to a mild start. The other part (SPINNY)... There was quite a lot of science stuff in here, and some things I had to read a few times, to get my head around them, but the whole thing was pulled off brilliantly and the way they wrote the text from either side of the story mirroring on each double page was a refreshing way to read.

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*SLIGHT SPOILERS OVER*


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That's all I can type about now, I am soooo bummed that the next book isn't out for so long. It's why I waited so long to read this one, I really hate having to wait for release dates because my memory isn't the best anyway and seriously, how am I supposed to last a year on that last line?!? I guess is could be thought as BIG SPOILERS... though I won't show who said it, so you won't know who does or doesn't make it to the end...
... I'll post the picture at the bottom of this post.... So don't go see if you haven't read it!

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Until next time
J4
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Back to Work Catchup chat - Life with J4rming.

Good evening world,
How is everyone?

It's just and update today as I haven't been reading much to review and I have no brainwave. Yet I still feel the need to type.

I've had an amazing 17 days off work. 17 days! I know. It as amazing. Although I didn't go on a fancy holiday, or anywhere particularly fancy at all, it has been really nice spending time with the people I love. Especially buddy! (I think he has definitely enjoyed the extended company too) he has a new obsession for Tomatoes - but only when they are full not popped open!
(This is Buddy BTW If you haven't met him before you need to check him out on my Instagram, He is always getting up to mischief! - we are called 'J4rming' there too)
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Today, Sunday. Marks the end of the last day off. It's a bit of a sad day really.
Life goes back to the normal wake up, work, workout, eat, sleep. Same old same old and living for the weekend to spend time with loved ones and friends. I know, I know! You're supposed to find a job that you love doing but seriously, sometimes the things we like doing are not financially feezable...

On another note we have a fun weekend to look forward to and we're back in the healthy eating diet and exercise after putting on a few pounds each, but it's expected. We eat healthy whilst we're working and when we have time off we eat whatever the hel we like ;) It works great for us as we like our treats, It's a great way to moderate bad foods and drinks since we only get around 28 days holiday a year. That's only one 12th of the year eating bad food!
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Oh I don't think I updated you guys on my new bookshelf! I finally finished it after about 3 months of procrastination.

I filled, primed/under-coated (seriously who know what the difference is?) sanded, painted, filled, sanded, painted... Ok you get the picture. But it was a old waxed pine dresser top that belonged to the parents, so naturally I stole it and isn't it pretty! - (ok I did get permission first haha, wrath of parents is not fun, no matter how old you get!)

I could have finished it in a week if I set my mind on it but alas, other hobbies have a habit of getting in the way sometimes. Do you find that? there is just so many things to do with so little time to do them in.
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Well that's me all done for now, time to get my uniform ready, find my work shoes, pack my work rucksack, find my locker key (God help me) and then it's time to wind down with a spot of reading. I haven't been doing as much as I'd like to, and it's back to reading in the work breaks and falling asleep at night with book in hand.

Until next time everyone, take care. And do please share any tips you have for me in regards to keeping motivated at work and during the working week. Boy am I going to need them in the next couple of weeks!

J4 x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Girl Talk - How to Survive Your Monthly Period 101.

Being female can be tough. Trust me I know.

Setting aside any sexist remarks such as 
"I like hanging with the boys because girls are drama" or
 "Is there any men that work here because I want to speak to someone who knows what they're talking about" 
... I mean, I could go on for days here, but I wont. Today is about Menstruation. 

If you're reading this and you are uncomfortable with this subject, you might find some parts TMI for you. Otherwise, think of it as a friend giving you her tops tips to surviving your dreaded 'Lady week'.

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I tend to refer to menstruation as a 'Period' or sometimes, if referring to how I feel, I say something along the lines of "I'm female today/ I'm on". It makes it easier for people who notice your a bit down, but have trouble talking about the subject, to understand exactly why you're a bit delicate. Seriously girls its nothing to be ashamed of. Mother nature can be a bitch to the best of us and it gets us all down sometimes.

Ever since I was young I would have debilitating periods. I would be in bed off school on day one, moping around on day 2 and finally active and better enough to go back to school on day 3. It was tough. I feel ya' if you have the same problems. 

As an adult the contraceptive pill really helped even everything out. I often joke with the boyfriend about how the female reproductive clock should have a pause button, until we wanted children - if ever, instead of popping possibly damaging hormones every day (but that is another matter) For now I'm lucky enough to only be bed ridden once or twice a year and thought it's still tough, and a pain in the arse, you get on with it and find ways to make it better.

The following tips are what I've used as my 'survival tools' throughout the years, if you have any you dont see here please share! We are all in this together.

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Hot water bottles are your friend.
Hot water bottles, heat pads, cuddles. Anything that puts heat on you abdomen or lower back is going to do wonders. Try keep this area warm when you go out too. Heat relieves the cramps.

Use painkillers if you need to function.
If I really need to go to work or we had a plan with friends I try to function with pain killers. Though I hate using them. (I feel like period cramps are a measly way of preparing yourself for the pain of childbirth contractions. ok... maybe not so much, but Shhh it makes you feel like you're a hero!)

If you have a heavy flow, wear tampons and pads to save embarrassment.
If you are feeling like sh*t, there is nothing worse than adding the embarrassment of leakage (on top of the rest of our problems). We all know how horrible it is to be suddenly attacked by 'that flow' and having nowhere to run to. Its awful, and sticky, and uncomfortable and urrrgh... I dont want to think back to those moments. But all can be avoided. If you know you are having a heavy month, wearing both is a great way to save your ass or indeed your vaginal pride in this case. Of course bed time provides new problems, but Super extra long sanitary pads and dare I say it, a puppy pad on your bed will save you buying new sheets!

Carry Sanitary products EVERYWHERE.
Just like above, being caught in 'heavy flow' can be terrible. But nothing is worse than having to stuff your pants with a wad of tissue because you've suddenly come 'on' and you forgot your sanitary products! It happens to us all and even if its never happend to you, you might save someone else (I've saved a lady in a pub loo before - I swear she will love me forever). Mother nature attacks at the weirdest of times, it's better to be safe than sorry.

DO NOT be ashamed of a natural process.
There is so much who-ha about the simple act of TALKING about Periods. In some places it's taboo! The world is definitely 'warming' to the idea of talking about it but there are still many a person who will turn their nose up at the slightest inkling of it in your conversation. Others of us don't mind at all and will happily compare notes! Try not to be ashamed of something that half the world's population has experienced, if you want to talk about menstruation, do it!
You are teaching the world to open up.

Get yourself moving.
Exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make us feel good. So it makes sense to lightly exercise when you are on your monthly. I say lightly, because a heavy workout and a heavy flow = SUUUPER MESS (or 10x super tampax!) and mess makes us feel sh*tty again. Add that to the fact that your energy levels have been drained anyway and just light exercise is definitely your friend.

Eat healthy and drink fluids
Whilst you may be reeeeally craving that bar of chocolate, ice cream or your favorite flavoured crisps. It isnt going to help you in the long run. Especially if you are watching your figure anyway. Period hormones mean we don't quite know why our mind is telling us these things, but that doesnt mean we can't make good choices. Healthy foods and lots of water will help your body do what it needs to do. Not to mention how it will make you feel mentally once the week is through. Conquer the cravings!

Last but not least do things that make you happy.
As mentioned above. Hormones are hell. They hurt sometimes too. Doing things that you would normally do to make you happy is a great way to beat the feeling-sorry-for-yourself feelings. anything such as:
- Binge watch your favourite show, 
- Finish that book you've been reading the past month,
- Paint a picture,
- Do your nails,
- Get your partner to cook for you.
Keeping your mind busy will remove you from the pit of bloody death you've been digging for yourself the past few days.

Thats it girlies, (and you guys if you've come to learn for the women in your lives - ain't you awesomely supporting, I salute you!)

Keep your chins held high and conquer your menstruation madness. If anyone tries to stick their nose up to what mother nature bestowed upon you, stick your nose up right back at them! ;)

Much love,
J4ZZ 
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