Here: London, Can You Wait? Review

“Life gives you no guarantees.”

As you will know, London Belongs To Me by Jacquelyn Middleton came across my radar thanks to social media. You will also know at this point know I enjoyed the book, I imagine. If not, here is a link to the full review.

Since I enjoyed London Belongs To Me, I decided I needed to read London, Can You Wait?. It is the sequel to London Belongs To Me, although I have read you can also read it as a standalone if you really wish to. I personally would recommend against it, because there is some important backstory for a few of the characters in this book.

So let’s get down to it!

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Stage Door: London Belongs To Me Review

“The coolest thing about fandom is the friendships made along the way with people who share your passions.”

For about two or three weeks, I kept hearing about London Belongs To Me by Jacquelyn Middleton through my social media. The uptick, I think, was because she was publishing the sequel to the book in a few weeks. As I write this, I have not read the sequel yet, but it is on its way to me. I guess that tells you a little about what I thought of London Belongs To Me. So let’s go into a little more detail now!

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There’s An App For That: Unplugged Review

“Before the first plugs, an early version of the virtual world existed. People carried around handheld devices that allowed them to access it.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up in a place like Unplugged by Donna Freitas. By this I mean, having an entirely virtual world where people can live, with their bodies behind in reality. I mean, the vast majority of us seem attached to our electronics, no? I cannot even deny it myself—while I may not be as engrossed as some, I still find certain things and times difficult without access to technology. And I will admit, as I was reading this book I figured I may not actually mind living in a virtual world. But that is a story for another day!

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Musings On Sleep

I know last year, and frankly even the year before that, I was in an extremely unhealthy routine of only getting five hours (ish) of sleep every night. I would wake up between 5:00 and 5:30 in the morning to go to work…not out of necessity, mind you, because I was there almost two hours before everyone else, but because I ended up in that routine somehow and just didn’t want to change it.

I got through every day just fine, or so I thought. Recently I realized just how different people can feel when they’ve actually had a decent amount of sleep compared to when they haven’t. Let me explain. Ever since 2018 began, I have been going to sleep, on average, between 10:30 and 11:00 each night, though it was often closer to 11:00. Sometimes that would be different, of course, but on average that’s what it would turn out to be. Now, due to some other life changes, specifically a new job, I’ve now been waking up at roughly 6:30 in the morning. Now, this doesn’t seem like too much of a difference from 5:30 am, but it truly is. I am now getting, typically seven hours of sleep each weeknight (more on weekends). I’ll be honest, for almost the first three months I believed there wasn’t really any difference, not really. Sure, there were some indications, and I have talked about them a little, but if you asked me about it more, I would have said I could easily go back to my routine from before. Up until a few days ago, anyway.

A few days ago, I only got four hours of sleep (at most) one night. I went to bed at a reasonable time, but I found myself tossing and turning until at least 2:30 in the morning. I imagine it was closer to 3:00 am when I finally fell asleep, but 2:30 am was the last time I actually saw on my phone. I’ve thought about it since and I cannot identify a specific cause. I only had green tea in the evening and there was nothing stressing me out. I had stuck to the same routine, and yet I could not fall asleep. I did eventually, but I know it wasn’t for very long. That said, I slept through most of my alarms and had to rush in the morning in order to make it on time to work. I did, but throughout the entire day, it was as if I had the absolute bare minimum of energy in my body. I did end up making it through the day, but I hadn’t been that tired in a long time. When I actually crawled into my bed that night, I swear it was like I had been hit by a tranquilizer. I was out like a light in no time whatsoever.

Now, falling asleep that quickly was nice given the terrible night I had just had, but it’s evidence to me about just how exhausted you can feel when you don’t get enough sleep. I think it is definitely possible to adapt, but it’s mostly due to ignorance. Eventually, your body will, in my theory at least, simply forget what feeling fully energized is like. I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever want to go back to not getting enough sleep. I think, in the end, it actually took me two nights to recover from the one where I only got four hours of rest. The first night after, of course, provided the most dramatic difference and I wasn’t incredibly tired following that night, but I could definitely tell I wasn’t where I had been before the night of sheer sleep deprivation.

I don’t really have much of a point to this post beyond my realization about sleep. I guess it boils down to I am so glad my routine has changed and now I sleep a decent amount each night. Should it be more? Probably, but I’m a work in progress.

What about you? How much do you sleep? Do you think it’s enough or are you aware you don’t sleep enough? How many hours do you think you need to sleep every night? Let me know!

I Need You: The Lying Game Review

“You’re never an ex-addict, you’re just an addict who hasn’t had a fix in a while.”

What would you do if your best friend texted you “I need you”?

This is the opener of The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. It appears as if a woman’s dog has found a body on the beach, following which Kate texts her three best friends from their school years, Fatima, Thea, and Isa, calling them home.

The Lying Game is full of questions. Why did Kate call her friends home? Did they really find a body on the beach? Whose body is it? How did it get there? Why did the girls leave the boarding school?

The only thing you never question as a reader is the game the girls play. Ruth makes it clear from the beginning what The Lying Game is and how it plays into the story, including the greatest lie the girls have ever told and will ever tell.

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