August Wrap Up

Hey everyone, welcome to the end of August – its nearly time to catch the Hogwarts Express from Kings Cross to start a new term at wizarding school! Or in my case, I’m nervously waiting to start back at university…

Before I get bogged down with big assessments, it’s time to talk about what I’ve read this month. So without further ado, lets begin the wrap up! Fair warning, there may be spoilers.

First up is the first volume of The Seven Deadly Sins by Nakaba Suzuki. It follows The Sins who were once a great band of warriors, but disbanded after being accused of trying to overthrow the kingdom. When the Holy Knights threaten to destroy the kingdom, princess Elizabeth sets out to reunite The Sins, rescue her family, and unite the kingdom. The first volume establishes everything nicely and we start to understand some of the characters. It’s a fun read, and easily worth 4 stars. I also trialled out reading this on my Manga Rock iPad app.

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The next novel was a reread for me, and that is Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It has to be said, it’s one of my favourite books. A horror, drama novel, it follows the lives of two very different girls and the way they perceive the world and others around them. Theres was found in a carrier bag in the woods and since her rescue, has been hidden away from the world, in order to protect her and her angelic voice. On the other side of the story is introverted Teresa, who doesn’t fit in with her family and school. The novel focuses a lot on the trials and tribulations of growing teenage girls, friendship and belonging, mental health, the price of stardom and the problems that come with it. A solid 5 star read.

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I then read Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase, which is the first book in the Jade Calhoun series. Jade moves into a new apartment in New Orleans, only to find out that its haunted. Jade struggles with relationships and friends as an empath – and things get more difficult with the haunting, and her attraction to Kane, the sexy landlord who co-owns the local strip bar. I rated this book 2 stars, as I felt like I’d met the characters and the plot before. The novel essentially tells you who the evil ghost is quite early on, and it became a predictable novel.

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I also read volumes 6 and 7 of Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba. These two volumes continue on the desperate battle between Light and L, and how they manipulate others to suit their needs. During these two novels, there is a conflict between the task force and the new owners of a Death Note, who are using it more as a business opportunity and success ladder. Vol 6 was 4 stars, and then I rated Vol 7 as 5 stars – it was really pushing the plot. And now I’m adding the rest of the series to my Wish List on Amazon…

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I’m a huge Coraline fan, so I thought it was natural to read the graphic novel version of Coraline. Neil Gaiman wrote the original story, and P. Craig Russell adapted and illustrated this book. It follows the plot of the novel really well, as Coraline moves into a new house and is bored with her life. She finds a set of Other Parents and everything starts to change. I was impressed with the art – it was cute, but dark at the same time to appeal to children. A solid 4 stars as it was a quick read, but enjoyable all the same.

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The next two books on my list are part of a series – Gotham City Sirens volumes 1 and 2. Vol 1 was written by Paul Dini, Guillem March, Tony Bedard, Scott Lobdell and Marc Andreyko. Vol 2 was written by Tony Bedard and Peter Calloway. Both volumes follow the friendships between Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, and how they team up to form a power group. Each girl has their own trials and tribulations and can be quite hard hitting for the DC Universe. I really connected to Harley Quinn’s stories and in the end, it was slightly uncomfortable reading. Both were worthy of 5 stars.

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Speaking of the DC Universe, I read Batman: Harley Quinn by Paul Dini. This was a collection of Harley Quinn themed stories, following from her debut in the comics to where she stands now in the New 52 universe. It shows how Harley’s popularity has risen and she has catapulted into the hearts of many fans. Whilst it was quite a quick read, it was worthy of 5 stars.

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The next FOUR books are the first four volumes in the Black Butler series by Yana Toboso. The series follows Ciel Phantomhive, the young head of the Phantomhive family. Ciel has a demonic butler, Sebastian Michaelis. Sebastian keeps Ciel safe and in line, as well making sure the house is not destroyed by the incompetent chef, gardener and maid. Ciel is also tasked with being the Queen’s Guarddog, who solves crimes in the London underworld. Some of the sections in the manga are almost filler, but I think it’s a case where I found the anime preferable to the original source material, sadly. So in this case, I rated Vol 1 as 5 stars as it was a solid start. Vol 2 and 3 were both 4 stars, as I knew the storyline well. Sadly Vol 4 was only 2 stars, as I found it bland.

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Continuing the manga theme, I read the first two volumes of Sword Art Online: Mothers Rosary by Reki Kawahara and Hazuki Tsubasa. During this arc of the story, Asuna is struggling with her home life and the relationship she has with her mother. During her time in the video game, she goes to duel Absolute Sword aka Yuuki. Asuna and Yuuki form a friendship when they work together in a Guild. I’m already well aware of what happens as I’ve seen the anime, and it’s a real tear jerker. The manga does a good job of showing friendship, love, compassion and strength. Both were worthy of 5 stars, although I have to wait until September for the next volume…

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I read a complete box set this month. That box set collected the first 10 volumes of Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. The series follows Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of a headmaster as she guards the Day Class (human students) from the Night Class (vampire students). Yuki is childhood friends with Zero Kiryu, a man who despises vampires. It doesn’t help matters that Yuki has a crush on childhood hero, and vampire, Kaname Kuran. The plot has twists and turns and its an addictive page turner – although I’m sure everyone is sick of love triangles! The art was gorgeous – almost erotic in places! I read the first five books a while ago and rated those 5 stars at the time. Now I was able to finish the series and rated Vol 6 as 3 stars. Vols 7 and 8 were rated 4 stars for the action and plot. Vol 9 was sadly 2 stars – we had this massive build up and it fell flat. The final book of the box set (Vol 10) was rated 3 stars, as I had mixed feelings over the ending.

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So that completes my third wrap up for this blog! Let me know what book/books you have read in the month of August – whether it’s paper/hardback, audio, eBook, graphic novels or manga. They all count! Of course, if you have any recommendations, please feel free to let me know!

– ReadWriteZoe.

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Drag Queen Quotes I Love

Hello hello hello! Oops, I mean, hey everyone! Sorry, that was my inner RuPaul coming out… If you missed my last post about RuPaul’s Drag Race, then you what are you playing at? Go and check it out now, and then come back to read about the drag queen quotes I love.

Some of the queens have had some witty one liners, or funny little catchphrases. Some of the queens are just so entertaining. So I thought I’d share some of the quotes that mean something to me. These are in no particular order and may contain spoilers!

Kim Chi: “I’m not going to be ashamed of being hungry, I am hungry!”

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Kim Chi is one of the most beautiful queens. She is so talented with the fashion she creates and the make-up she uses. She hasn’t let being unable to dance get in her way and made the top three of her season! She has a clear speech impediment, but it makes her more endearing. And I love the fact that she talks about food a lot! I’m a curvy girl, some may even call me plus size. There’s one thing that me and Kim Chi have in common and that’s what we eat. And Kim Chi has taught me not to be ashamed of this – thank you!

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Bianca Del Rio: “Not today, Satan! Not today!”

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Bianca Del Rio is one of the sassiest queens I’ve seen on the show. I really want to see her live – as long as she doesn’t read me. Bianca’s had so many quotes that it’s hard to pick out just one, but I did. A costume designer and insult comic, Bianca has a lot of quick wit. The quote I chose speaks to me because it’s a way of saying “f*ck it” to the world, but in a more polite way. When you’re fed up of whatever is going on, I just like to channel my inner Bianca, put a smile on my face and sashay away from the drama.

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Latrice Royale: “I want people to realise that it’s okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to fall down. Get up, look sickening, and Make Them Eat It!”

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Latrice Royale has been through so much to achieve the success she has now. On the show, she had no qualms about talking about her past – she was arrested and sent to prison. During the time she spent in prison, she lost her mother and was unable to go to the funeral. Thanks to her friends benefit concert, Latrice was able to see past her mistakes. She got up, she looked sickening, and made everyone around her eat their words! If Latrice can do it, so can I!

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Sharon Needles: “When in doubt, freak ’em out.”

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Sharon Needles never thought she would be successful on Drag Race. Her quote came to me at an important time – I was at university and comments were being made about me. I suppose you could say there was some bullying involved. And Sharon had experienced a lot of bullying in life, as well as on the drag scene. This quote speaks to me – its literally what it says on the tin. That way, when you do freak ’em out, you can walk away from them with your head held high and know that you’ve done your best. And no one can take that from you.

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Jinkx Monsoon: “My motto is water off a duck’s back. Meaning: don’t let negativity weigh you down, perpetuate positive thinking.”

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Jinkx Monsoon is without a doubt, my favourite queen. I’d love to see her shows and meet her – she’s incredibly talented with whatever she does. She was the underdog of her season, but rose to the challenge each time by quoting, ‘water off a duck’s back’. This quote was important when I was at university and the bullies were making comments. They didn’t seem to understand other points of view, besides their own. I wasn’t going to let their negativity pull me under and so Jinkx really spoke to me in that moment.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be RuPaul’s Drag Race, without one of the most infamous quotes from the host with the most!

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What’s some of your favourite quotes from the show? Share them with me!

– ReadWriteZoe.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Tag

Hey everyone, I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately. My heads been a mess, and I feel like my confidence has been knocked more than once. So I’ve been drinking lots of tea, taking long hot baths and watching repeats of one of my favourite reality TV shows – RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009-ongoing). If you don’t know about it, the general gist is that drag artist, RuPaul, is searching for America’s next drag superstar. There’s plenty of fashion, comedy and bitching. There’s always lip syncs, dancing, and that contestant you just fall in love with, or you just love to hate. It’s a show that’s taught me a few life lessons too – something I didn’t think I’d take from the show. Watch out for my post on that!

So, I thought I’d do the tag, inspired by Adventure & Anxiety and Cardigan Jezebel. In the spirit of RuPaul – good luck, and don’t f*ck it up! Although there may be spoilers!

Favourite season? I’m torn between seasons 4, 5, and 6. These seasons had some great challenges and queens, and have had the most impact on my thought processes. Without these seasons we might not have classic lines like, “When in doubt, freak ’em out”, “Water off a ducks back”, and “Not today Satan!” Some great looks were served and everyone wasn’t as polished, and there was always room to improve!

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Favourite RuPaul song? Sissy That Walk is the one for me, I think! Whilst I do love a lot of Ru’s music (I have a Spotify playlist), there’s something about Sissy that really makes me smile, dance, and strut.

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Favourite drag queen? I think my favourite queen of all time is Jinkx Monsoon – she was a girl of many talents and was so sweet. She made ‘Snatch Game’ one to remember and showed a high level of consistency, as well as improvement. Although, I love Sharon Needles and Bianca Del Rio in equal amounts – both were strange in their own ways, but were so talented.

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Sharon Needles (left) / Jinkx Monsoon (centre) / Bianca Del Rio (right)

I do like many other queens though. Honourable mentions go from left to right: Shangela, Alexis Mateo, Latrice Royale, Chad Michaels, Adore Delano, BenDeLaCreme, Violet Chachki, Ginger Minji, Katya, Kim Chi, Sasha Velour and Valentina.

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Favourite maxi challenge? ‘Snatch Game’, without a doubt. It’s a test of a queen’s improvisation, styling and comedy, and there have been some amazing acts, including (from left to right) Chad Michaels (Cher), Jinkx Monsoon (Little Edie), Bianca Del Rio (Judge Judy), BenDeLaCreme (Dame Maggie Smith), Ginger Minji (Adele), Kennedy Davenport (Little Richard), Thorgy Thor (Michael Jackson) and Bob the Drag Queen (Uzo Aduba AND Carol Channing).

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Have you ever seen any Ru-girls live? No, but I’d love to see some of them. I think it would be amazing!

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Favourite Drag Race winner? Jinkx Monsoon! And then it’s a tie between Sharon Needles and Bianca Del Rio – all three are worthy winners!

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Jinkx Monsoon (left) / Sharon Needles (centre) / Bianca Del Rio (right)

 

Most robbed queen? Definitely Raven from season two. Raven was edgy and talented – so much deserving than Tyra Sanchez, in my opinion.

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Best fight? I won’t forget Tyra Sanchez and Tatiana from season two arguing on the main stage in wedding dresses for a long while! Then it’s onto season four for the infamous ‘tired ass showgirl/party city’ argument between Sharon Needles and Phi Phi O’Hara. And then season five had the long running feud between Coco Montresse and Alyssa Edwards…

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Biggest shock? In season three, Ru set down the law that ‘drag is not a contact sport’, after Mimi Imfurst lifted India Ferrah during a lipsync! Not on, girl! Willam’s elimination was pretty shocking too – although it did make the other queens happy. And lately, the shock of Valentina’s lipsync…

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Most underrated runway look? I had to think long and hard about this, but I think I’m going with Chad Michaels Rupocalypse outfit. I really liked it – it was something I could see from video games and films, although admittedly, Phi Phi O’Hara’s look was good too – very Mad Max. Robbie Turner also had some really interesting looks too from the Madonna challenge and the roller girl challenge!

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Last, but not least, what’s your favourite lipsync? I’ve had a few favourites… Jinkx Monsoon vs. Detox was a classic! It’s something I’ll always remember!

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So that’s the tag! Please feel free to complete it too – I’d love to hear about your favourite queens! And remember – if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an Amen?

– ReadWriteZoe.

August Update

Hey everyone, it’s ReadWriteZoe! I realise I haven’t checked in here with you all in 18 days! 18 whole days… I’m really sorry, but you know how life has a way of sneaking up on you? That’s sadly what happened. So I thought I’d take the chance to update you with everything that’s been happening in August so far!

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Well first and foremost, my novel VRES: Digital Quest has been released by indie publishers, Zombie Cupcake! I’m over the moon! This means I’ve been doing last minute edits, having talks with my lovely proofreader, and of course, been trying to drum up sales!

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Welcome to VRES. Click here to Sign In.

When the hottest and newest virtual reality game is released, it doesn’t take fanatics Felix Moon and Erica Beale long to enter its magical world. A place like no other, it becomes everything to them – and there is more than they bargained for.

VRES is more than a game – it’s an experience that you will never forget. Once you enter, you will never want to leave. Draw your sword, equip armour and be ready to fight to the death.

Available now on Amazon!

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I’ve been suckered back into the world of television! I’ve been religiously watching the new season of Rick and Morty (2013-ongoing). If you didn’t know, Rick and Morty is an animated show that follows super scientist, Rick, and his grandson, Morty, as they have weird and wonderful adventures. Often, Morty’s family join in too and it’s just bizarre. I love it though!

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What else have I been watching? Well the highly anticipated new season of Game of Thrones, of course (2011-ongoing)! If you haven’t heard of the show, I think you must have been hiding under a rock… The show follows the families of Westeros as they fight for control of the Iron Throne and the right to rule. Meanwhile, danger fast approaches with mythical creatures – and no readers, it’s not those big dragons!

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Early on in the month, I was suffering from the dreaded reading slump. Everything I picked up, I struggled to be engaged with. I tried paperbacks and Kindle books, but it was useless. I felt rubbish for not sticking with a book. Now though, I’m on a graphic novel and manga kick so watch out for that in the August wrap up at the end of the month.

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I’ve also checked all the paperwork this week and I’m ready to enrol on the last year of my course. I’m going to be studying a Bsc (Top Up) in Health and Social Care. It means that I’ll soon be back to writing assessments and before I know it, I’ll be working on a massive dissertation – so I’ll be a busy beaver! It probably means that I won’t be carrying on with my current book – not until the holidays and reading weeks that is…

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So what have you been doing in August? Let me know, I’d love to here from you!

– ReadWriteZoe.