Sunday, September 23, 2018

***GIVEAWAY ALERT*** Win a Book and a Mug from Me!


True story: books are expensive. Especially if like me you prefer traditional books to ebooks. So, I was ecstatic when the opportunity to host this competition, courtesy of 4th Estate books came up. I decided to throw in one more from Penguin, plus my branded mugs, and there you have it! Three of you have the opportunity to win one of these amazing books and a mug from me!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

What BlacKkKlansman Taught Me About The Irony of History

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Every so often, I may switch things up on the blog a little, and I'd like to begin with this film review.

An Important Film
BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee and Jordan Peele, made its debut in cinemas across the UK, last month with much noise and media attention. If there ever is a time for everyone to be awakened to the effects of structural racism (in case you've been sleeping) now would be it, which is why this film is timely. So I went off to see what it was all about.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Book Review | Stay with Me


Stay With Me is a heartbreaking tale depicting what happens when desperation collides with misfortune.

Barrenness, a woman's problem?
Set between 1985 and 2008 in Ilesa, Nigeria the novel tells the story of Yejide and Akin, who despite being married for years, are plagued with barrenness. Typical as it is in Nigerian culture, fertility issues are always placed squarely on the woman's shoulders. She's often blamed for having a hostile womb, or at worst being a witch. Stay With Me thus opens with the Yejide' s and Akin's family members invading the couple's home with a 'second wife' in tow, much to the couple's horror. "It is one child that calls another one to this world...once she gets pregnant and has a child, we are sure you will have one too", Akin's relative attempts to explain to (or taunt!)  Yejide. 


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

What Has Madeline Been Reading?

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Don't you just wish that life would just afford us a few extra hours so we can get some of the important things done, like, oh I don't know...reading a good book? Well going on a blogging hiatus did relinquish some much needed time to get myself lost in between the pages of a few.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

7 Ways to Rekindle Your Love for Reading


This blog post is in response to one of my lovely readers who left a comment under one of my posts. It read, "I really hate reading...truth be told. Would love if you write a post on how to enhance our reading skills."

Wish granted.


Finding the time to pick up a book in this busy life can elude the best of us - even for myself the book blogger! With the rise of more convenient ways to take in information such as videos and podcasts, it's easy to see why the world is foregoing reading. The gag is, there is so much material being published. All day, every day! There's no end to the number of books out there.


Most of us know we should read more, but we don't. So how can you encourage yourself to do something when you don't really want to do it? If you are in a bit of a reading rut, you may want to follow some of these tips:

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Book Review | Slay In Your Lane


When I first got my hands on Yomi Adegoke's and Elizabeth Uviebinen√©'s Slay In Your Lane, little did I know the fuschia pink and gold number, with its title emblazoned in white on the front  was going to be a game changer for many UK black women, who for a long time have largely gone ignored, silenced, and uncatered for.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Three Storytelling Lessons from The Bobby Brown Story

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The much-awaited Bobby Brown Story, a biopic documenting the life of the "Don't Be Cruel" singer premiered on BET on Thursday, closely followed by a plethora of social media commentary. Depending on who your friends are on Twitter and Instagram, you might have found it difficult to escape from, as I did!

The height of my curiosity came on Friday night, which led me to plug into part one of the two-part series. The film closely followed the genesis of Bobby Brown's fame, his relationship with Whitney Houston, and concluded just as we were beginning to see drug abuse disassemble a successful music career. And trust me in between the hypersexualised scenes and questionable portrayals of some of my favourite artists, I did pick up a thing or two!


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