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Cinderella – the cyborg mechanic in New Beijing

Introducing: MY FAVOURITE BOOK SERIES EVER. Willow here, and let me tell you how much I love the Lunar Chronicles: Not only is book one FANTASTIC, but so is the whole series. I mean, maybe I don't love book two, but for a whole series to be epic? That's rare. Re-reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer… Continue reading Cinderella – the cyborg mechanic in New Beijing

Reading, Reviews

The Eve Illusion – not the popcorn flavour you were expecting

So, it’s 3am and I’m lying in bed trying (and failing) to go to sleep. I know, I think, I’ll read The Eve Illusion for a bit. That’ll be a good bedtime story – cute romance with a chance of mild threat.   Fast-forward to 4am and I’m now lying in bed, further away from… Continue reading The Eve Illusion – not the popcorn flavour you were expecting

Reading, Reviews

Eve of Man – DON’T WORRY, LADS, SHE’S HOT

Look at that book cover. Mmm. Delightful. ❤ Tis Willow leading the review today. My mum actually chose this book for Lauren's birthday (hi Mum). I enjoyed this way more than expected. I'm not sure what made me nervous - probably just the premise "beautiful teen girl living in a world of literally only men"… Continue reading Eve of Man – DON’T WORRY, LADS, SHE’S HOT

Reading, Reviews

A Vow so Non-existent and Deadly Boring

Hello, Lauren here. OK. I'm going to try and be nice. You know when you have a wobbly table? Well, I’m sure A Vow so Bold and Deadly would be an excellent book to shove under the shorter leg. Highly useful book, this one, several extremely practical uses for it. Fire kindling, chip wrapping, bog...… Continue reading A Vow so Non-existent and Deadly Boring

Dungeons & Dragons

The Invention of Wings

A Court of Books of Bullshit - book 2 Willow here. If you read our last post about The Goddess in the Machine, then you'll know I devoured it in less than two weeks, while it took Lauren the full four. Despite her jesting that I'd read the next one just as quickly, it was… Continue reading The Invention of Wings

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The Goddess In The Machine & The Chapter In Binary

If you're here just because you want the binary chapter translation - skip to the SPOILER WARNING heading! From Lora Beth Johnson's instagram. Lauren here - seasoned member of the month-old Court of Books and Bullshit club, cousin of Willow and book-lover usually lacking the commitment to actually, well, read. Book one on our list… Continue reading The Goddess In The Machine & The Chapter In Binary

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A Court of Books and Bullshit

The thought of someone else choosing books for me to read has always seemed horrifying. I’ve never joined a book club for this reason. There are so many books out there – I will never read all the ones I have chosen for myself, let alone what a group chooses. So, naturally, I’m starting a… Continue reading A Court of Books and Bullshit

Reviews

My Best Books of 2020

I managed to write three blog posts this year? Woof. What a year. I'm terrible at remembering dates, like even my own birthday, but I think I'll remember this one. This year I managed to read 48 books! *fanfare noises* Ironically, I read maybe...two books throughout lockdown #1 (in the UK). As it turns out,… Continue reading My Best Books of 2020

Dungeons & Dragons

Inkarnate Review • Make your own D&D maps

Sometimes, you just want a pretty picture to actualise the image you're trying to conjure in your players' minds. This can be difficult when describing continents or large cities. Sometimes, everybody just wants a sense of scale and location. I struggled to find a website that would let me create a beautiful map for free.… Continue reading Inkarnate Review • Make your own D&D maps

Dungeons & Dragons

Spellcasting FAQs • Dungeons and Dragons

When I first started playing D&D I was utterly baffled about the terminology and descriptions of how to use magic. I avoided it. Some of my players wanted to use magic, so I trusted them to learn their own class. This was a mistake 😆 Whilst they grasped the basics of their class, one player… Continue reading Spellcasting FAQs • Dungeons and Dragons

The Blog, Writing

Sleep Paralysis: my real nightmare

My face goes slack, I feel my body sinking and locking and I try to shake myself. It happens lightning-quick, this loss of control. [...] HELP! I'm screaming, SHAKE ME! But I can't speak.

Reading, Reviews

My Best Books of 2019

Hello bibliopals! I didn't just succeed at my reading target this year (to read 25 books), I smashed it (I've read 38 books), whoo! But how many of those would I actually rave about? Here are the few that make my shortlist of best reads in 2019*. *Note: I do not mean published in 2019.… Continue reading My Best Books of 2019

Japan Series

Shintō: “the way of the gods”

As a writer who, currently, can barely afford her weekly groceries, let alone go jetting off around the world to gain first-hand experiences, I must settle for a lot of research. For years, Japan has been a great source of fascination for me. It's so different from the world I live in. Its cultural beliefs,… Continue reading Shintō: “the way of the gods”