Fashionable Feminism

Last Thursday was International  Women’s Day, and for me it was the first year that this day was well and truly celebrated. The majority of social media posts I saw were about International Women’s Day in some way or another, I heard it mentioned several times on the radio and people were talking about it in the office.

However, instead of feeling pleased that the day was finally getting some real recognition, it started to get on my nerves.

Am I the only one who senses an air of ‘jumping on the bandwagon’? The #metoo and Time’s Up movements have been so successful at raising awareness about how far gender equality still has to go. These are fantastic campaigns. But it feels like feminism is the latest trend, like avocados or rose gold homeware.

Anything that gets people noticing how women are kind of equal but not really is a good thing.

But it doesn’t feel genuine. Many IWD articles pointed out the capitalist corporations cashing in on the day, like Brewdog releasing a pink beer and fashion magazines celebrating diverse bodies while simultaneously lowering the self-esteem of women everywhere.

My Facebook friends are a tolerant bunch so I don’t see much sexism from people I actually know. But I see friends of friends mansplaining sexism to women, and comments on articles telling me that, actually, there are more men than women in top positions in most industries because men have the right qualities for these roles and apparently women just don’t have those qualities. (Tell that to Anna Wintour, Malala Yousafzai and Theresa May). There are a lot of feminist articles being posted but you still can’t comment on them without a group of men jumping on you to tell you it’s ‘not all men’.

Feminism is a buzzword at the moment but we are no better off than before. Next year, a new trend will replace it and outspoken women will be silenced all over again.

All in all I don’t really have a point, except that I know I should be happy that IWD received so much recognition this year, but I’m not. I feel like the way it was recognised is damaging. Does anyone else agree? Am I talking nonesense? I don’t really know, I just know something doesn’t feel right. There is something sinister and fake about the way people are currently talking about women’s rights, as if they’re playing at being feminists and could get bored of the game at any moment.

In conclusion, I think I need a break from Facebook.

A Bookish De-Clutter.

Getting rid of books may sound like sacrilege to some of you, but I would very much recommend it. As beautiful as books are, they take up a lot of space and I don’t know about you, but I often buy books that I’m really excited about at the time but when I get it home I’m just… never in the mood to read it. And if I haven’t been in the mood to read a book for 6 months, it’s got to go.

Here’s a few books I’m getting rid of and why.

The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain, The Night is Darkening Round Us by Emily Dickinson, Circles of Hell by Dante, Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling.

I bought these Penguin Little Black Books in my ‘I’m going to have a beautiful book collection’ phase, before I realised how much I dislike clutter. These were purely shallow purchases, bought for their good looks, and I’m not interested in what lies beneath the surface.

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty.

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My Bookish Wishlist.

I’ve been neglecting my book blog lately, haven’t I? I’ve been excited about fashion and have had lots of ideas for that blog, and although I have been reading, I’ve not had much to talk about in the way of books. I’m thinking of combining my book blog and my fashion blog on a new site. I still think WordPress is great but its limitations are starting to show – I feel like it’s hard to make your blog look unique on this platform. What do you think?

Anyway, here’s my bookish wishlist. I could go on all day and talk about my dream library but these are the books I’m actually planning on buying, and which won’t need their own room.

Beloved Authors

Origin by Dan Brown.

Robert Langdon returns this October in Origin, to solve more mysteries and break more codes. A lot of people think the Langdon books are silly and low-rent (read my D is for… The Da Vinci Code post to see why I disagree) but I was so excited when I heard we were getting a new book. These books are the definition of page-turners and I’m sure Origin won’t disappoint.

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory.

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New Blog!

Just a very quick update today to let you know I’ve started another blog. If you’re interested in beauty, skincare and fun things like that, please take a look and follow if you like what you see 🙂

I actually created this blog a couple of years ago but have never written any posts on it! The name comes from a quote from Mulan:


I can’t remember the thinking behind it – I think I wanted to mix my love of Disney and beauty and this quote seemed to fit. Even if it’s a bit vague, I like it!

(I will be carrying on with The Bookish Underdog of course. I did consider just doing a few beauty posts on my book blog, but I felt like it might be annoying for people who aren’t really interested in that sort of thing.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Top 10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes.

According to Facebook, everyone is talking about the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer reuniting (don’t get excited) for… an interview. (I told you not to get your hopes up.)


I mean, you can’t tell who half of those people are. They could have just grabbed people off the street. (Except Angel. Angel looks EXACTLY the same. Which means still gorgeous.)


 Apparently the interview took place because it was recently the 20-year anniversary of the Buffy premiere – how mad is that? The show is nearly as old as me.

I’m a huge Buffy fan, and I was actually considering going all non-bookish and doing a top 10 Buffy episodes post anyway, so this was the perfect excuse. In terms of the order, I’ve gone with a mix of my favourites and what I think are the most technically good, well-crafted episodes.

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What I Got For Christmas.

1) Drrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiink.

For some reason everyone got me prosecco this year, and my sister also got me a set of flavours to put in prosecco so we are having a very fancy new year’s party this year!

2) Some bookish presents.

My partner got me a Paul Hollywood recipe book, so we’re going to try to do a recipe a51Dpi4wD4iL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg week from it (and get better at baking!). I also got a stand mixer and some non-stick baking trays to go with it, and my other bookish present was a Fantastic Beasts colouring book from my sister (I also got her one, but thankfully they weren’t exactly the same!).

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I’m Very Thankful For…

Being English, I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving myself, but I like the idea of going around the table and saying things you’re thankful for. We often take things for granted. So, in no particular order, here’s a list of bookish things I’m really grateful to have in my life.


I adore ebooks. I love their portability and the fact that I can buy as many as I like without having to find the space. I also prefer reading ebooks, because I can read in whatever position I like without my neck aching. Sure, they have their cons as well, and they’re not everybody’s cup of tea, but I’m a big fan.


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Film Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.

Yesterday I went to see the Fantastic Beasts film, and I was so damn excited. I didn’t really realise how excited I was until we were queueing up, and from the point that we handed over our tickets to when we were sitting through the adverts I couldn’t stop smiling. Sadly we chose a different cinema to the one we normally go to, so I was uncomfortable throughout – but hey, that’s a small price to pay to go and see a new Harry Potter film.

I was just so excited to be watching a Potter film where I didn’t know what was going to happen. However, this did cause problems now and then: they didn’t outright tell us the names of a lot of the magical creatures, which was a shame because I haven’t read the book of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them since the year came out. I was therefore a bit embarrassed when people were asking me afterwards if I knew what something was and I was like, ‘Nope!’

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The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag (ORIGINAL).

Hi everyone! I was thinking that it’s interesting how we choose which books we want to read. I always like to say how I discovered certain books, like if I had to study it at school or uni or if it was a favourite of one of my friends, so I can find similar books in the future. So I thought I’d make a tag!

1. Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?


Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

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