Saturday, January 27, 2018

Bookmarked! January Edition

The Jack Jones Literary Arts Team - Image courtesy of Google
One thing I do to keep me up to date with current stories is to set up Google Alerts. I also watch a lot of news and love to browse the Flipboard app, which is amazing for delivering stories you are interested in direct to you.

What I will be doing monthly is collating the best of these features and news items based on what trended and what I took a particular liking to. I will try and make them as relevant to the world of books and communications as I possibly can, but we all know there is more to life than that, right?

So without further ado, here is my first post on Stories We Loved, January edition.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Book Review: Dear Ijeawele, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

With 'adulting' in full swing, it is often very difficult to finish a book in one sitting. In fact, I never do it. So I knew I had a good one when I was able to devour this beautiful piece entitled Dear Ijeawele: A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions in a single evening. (That, and the fact that it's quite a short read - eighty pages in total).

Dear Ijeawele, a non-fiction literary piece, written in letter form, is from my all-time favourite author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and proves why she continues to hold that prized spot in my heart. In her introduction, Adichie explains that her childhood friend, Ijeawele, asked her 'how to raise her baby girl a feminist', so she decides 'to write her a letter, which she hope[s] would be honest and practical'. And this sets off the tone for the rest of the book.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

How to Apologise Sincerely (Featuring H&M)

With the storm surrounding the H&M debacle, aka "monkey gate"* calming down, I thought it was time to reflect on lessons learned. Whilst I have my own opinions on the company's sense of judgement, what I'd like to focus on is the apology the company's spokesperson issued after news of a bit of marketing gone wrong went viral, and the global fury which ensued. 

The company firstly issued an apology along the lines of "we apologize to all those we have offended". This apology was disingenuous for the following reasons:


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Madeline's Must-Read List for 2018

I need to read more. Seems like a strange comment to come from a book blogger. But contrary to what you might imagine I don't spend all my time pored over a book. Also, if I am going to produce lots of great content for you, I feel I may have to step up this year.

So today I am sharing a short list to which I have added to my "to be read" pile. This compilation consists of books that have been released in the last couple of years and books that will be available to read this year.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Blue Monday and the Problem of Speaking for the Sake of It

How are you today?

This week we've had Blue Monday, which is apparently the most depressing day of the year. The 15th January 2018 has won the undesirable accolade for the following reasons:


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Three amazing books I read but never reviewed

2017 was such a topsy-turvy year for me that it affected my blogging. If you were following me last year, you would have noticed that I took a big break from blogging (just look at the archives in the side panel!)

One thing that I did manage to keep up with was reading. One thing Kindle Reads have allowed me to do is to download books at a whim - which I love! Today, I would like to quickly share with you three great books I read but didn't get to review.

These are not full book reviews per se, but a brief on what they were about and why I loved them.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Book Review: The Smart Money Woman

The Smart Money Woman by groundbreaking author, Arese Agwu was a book I picked up hoping to learn a few lessons from. However I only had to read the first few pages of the sample I'd downloaded before I realised that I had chanced upon a life changing literary masterpiece.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Six Need-to-Know Blogging Hacks that Have Helped Me!

Happy New Year!

Whilst I am not quite a fan of new years resolutions, I can definitely see why people see January as the perfect marker to start something new. As exciting as starting a new job, embarking on a new hobby or simply making the decision to be more sociable can be, the big push out of your comfort zone can be a daunting journey.

This is the same for starting a blog. Being a writer and creating your own content is fun and fulfilling - one reason why many of us spend so much of our free time doing it! But the risk of sharing your life and having complete strangers judge you and your writing can be scary. 

Believe it or not, I have been an on and off blogger for years, starting and abandoning blogs for different reasons. In 2007 when blogging was brand new, three of my girlfriends and I started this blog. When that fizzled out, I decided I would embark on my own little project here. Years later, I started this with a colleague of mine, before beginning this one (my longest term blog apart from 

But praise God, I think I have finally overcome my fear of commitment!
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