• The Shadows: A Book a Week Challenge

    One of my goals this year is to try and read a book a week, because it’s easy to do and I love reading but it’s always one of the first things to leave when I get too busy. As a way to hold up my end of the bargain I’ve decided to write reviews of everything I watch and read because, let’s face it, I’m a writer and I pick apart a lot of books and shows without meaning to because I like to see the different ideas that at went into writing the book/show/movie. So I have a few that will come up because I can’t get them…

  • Thirsty for Knowledge: Some Writing Pockets

    I’m someone who loves to share music when I find it, or resources because I believe that everyone out there is thirsty for knowledge and they deserve things that will nourish them to the fullest which is what I’m bringing to you guys today! These little writing pockets will be a random thing that I’ll spring every now and then, as I find things, but they’ll be worth the wait. Music has always been apart of my writing process. I need it to write and when I don’t have it, nothing really makes much sense to me. I can search around for hours for the right music for the right…

  • Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

    Wow, I really don’t know what kept me back from actually reading this book sooner, although if I really think about it hard I can chalk it up to Uni completely consuming me, but still, I was a little silly to wait so long to get my hands on a copy of it. The cover I got, I admit, wasn’t the one that really drew me to the series initially (see a cover really does make a different), but that didn’t matter, the story made up for it. Carrie Ryan’s writing, I’ll have to admit, wasn’t one that I thought I would be initially drawn towards, but she had a…

  • Night Broken

    It’s been a long time since I have had the pleasure of feeling a book hangover. In fact I can’t even remember the last time I had the time to read a book long enough to have a book hangover. I’ve had as much trouble reading as I have with writing in the last month or two. I’m nearly done with The Desire Map by Daniella Laporte (which is actually fantastic) but I’m half way through Tara Moss’ autobiography/memoir/social commentary book (I’m not sure what to class it as and everything works!) as well as nearly finished with an omnibus that I loved as a teen. It currently takes me…

  • Eat, Shoots and Leaves.

    It’s taken me nearly two years to read this book. One because I was studying at uni and two I didn’t really have a lot of time to read anything that didn’t immediately grab my attention. I thought I’d give this a chance. So I read it, it wasn’t as easy to read in the 13 minute gap I had to and from work but it was surprisingly witty and hooked me in. Eats. Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss is definitely a book I’d recommend for any grammarians out there and you wan’t to know why? I didn’t hate it. That’s right. I didn’t hate it. I thought I would because…

  • Writers Know No Shame

    There is a lovely book that I picked up by chance, years ago. It’s called: Robert’s Rules of Writing: 101 unconventional lessons every writers needs to know by Robert Masello. I just did a quick scan on Goodreads and found mostly that people liked his tips and there were many that didn’t. Mostly because of the way they were presented and the person who commented that they were presented like they were the ultimate rules. Anyway! I love this book because it has so many bits of pieces that seem common sense too, but they’re great little lessons that you can take on at any time. I randomly like to pick it…

  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

      So I finished the book and I’m sitting here wondering: Why the fuck did it take me so long to get around to reading it? (sorry about the colourful language. I try not to use it too much out of my fiction work and when I’m really angry or excited). My answer is: Mandi you had uni and FTCM and work and OB and your novel. That’s a lot of ands. I finished it and now I’m staring at my book, which fell apart when I set out to read it while it was hot outside, and I keep seeing the gold mine that this book is. There are so…

  • Why it’s Perfectly Acceptable to Eat Dessert for Breakfast

      This is not something you hear every day. In fact everyone has told you that having dessert for a meal that isn’t after dinner is bad for you, but I say: who cares! Nicole Joy is the queen of raw desserts. Or at least in my eyes anyway. She has released a cookbook (i found her through Lorna Jane’s Move Nourish Believe site) that is full of beautiful and easy recipes that will leave you asking the question: How can some that tastes so good, be so good for you? It’s amazing. With every new recipe I’ve made it just gets better and better. This beauty above is the chocolate…

  • Such Different Eats

    So I have raved about the amazing Tara Bliss and she has teamed up with her hubby to put together this ah-maze-ing recipe book full of amazing raw recipes. I fell in love with one of Glen’s recipes with my beloved bff, Peta, when we taste tested the raw snickers tart and I’ve been waiting for this book for almost three months! Such Different Eats was dropped a few weeks ago and I hadn’t had the money for it but I threw my name into the hat through the Jen at Wild Sister (check her out, she’s amazing too) and won a copy of this BEAUTIFUL book. I was waiting to head…

  • With All My Soul

    I’ll be the first person to toot this author’s horn. Rachel Vincent is AMAZING. She’s so good that she needs caps. I picked up her first book, Stray, while I was at Flinders and fell in love with her words, her worlds and just her. I didn’t know that she had more books come out after it. So when I found out later that she had released 3 more books I devoured them whole. I fell in love with her writing even more and slowly, bit by bit, I got through book after book. It’s not a secret, to my friends or most of old classmates, that I love her.…