Past to Paper: What Happened to Southern Africa?

Welcome back to Past to Paper everyone! I’ve been thinking long and hard about this month’s topic and I’m 97.4% sure we’re all going to get confused, but where’s the fun in things that are simple and easy? This is actually another topic I’ve been looking at at uni and for those of you even remotely familiar with the history of Sub-Saharan Africa you’re probably going and HOW is this going to be just one topic. Yes, that is a good question. Let’s say this is going to be a broad poke with a stick to introduce everyone to Southern Africa (NOT South Africa, that’s just one country) and maybe I’ll follow up in months to come with the specifics.

photo source || Abercrombie & Kent – Madagascar

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Wishlist Wednesday [#29]

Welcome back! I’m getting very excited to run out to the bookstore because CROOKED KINGDOM IS OUT GUYS. *sirens sound* I’m actually so excited to pick it up and continue the story. Today is a good day. But I digress – let’s get back to that infinite wishlist of mine.

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted @ Pen to Paper where we get to feature a book that’s been on our wishlist for a long time that we want to buy/read! I have a hugely extensive list that I keep updated over on The Book Depository so I’m never short of books that I’m wishing on. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday [#41]

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a fabulous start to your week (sure it’s midweek, but hush). I have just returned from a delightful weekend away on a farm and oh it was GLORIOUS. I did share just one photo with you all (I’m generous like that), if your interested, because you’ve gotta love those Australian browns. Anyway, on with the show!
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Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover?

HAH what rubbish. Judging books by their covers is what makes up 83% of the fun being a bookworm. I thoroughly enjoy my trips to the bookstore or library that consist of me running up and down the aisles (I’m a very rebellious bookworm you see, watch me run in a library) picking out all the shiny looking books. This is frequently how I choose what to buy. Some of my prettiest purchases have been All Our Yesterdays and The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. They look simply marvellous on my shelf.

But this is not a post to drool over pretty books or prod arguments with sticks to work out whether cover judging is a worth while pastime (it is). No. Today, we are going to celebrate the UGLY books! *throws confetti* That is, the ugly books that are magnificent stories.

Every now and then I go mad and decide to read the blurb of a book or listen to someone’s suggestion and delve into a book with a failed Botox episode for a cover. I’m also going to look at books that have worrisome or misleading covers. So yes, let’s have a look at the ugly ducklings who are, in fact, swans to be. Continue reading