• Back to university in seven days...
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I’d much rather be looking over the harbour of Villefranche again.
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At least I get to go back there next year with my favourite person💕
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There’s a few holiday posts gone up about this last cruise (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Spending the day with my laptop catching up on posts, emails and everything I’ve let slide over the past three weeks😂
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Oh and I start third year in eight days....😱
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I’ve finally put my August Wrap up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I had a real good reading month 😂
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  • #throwback to a lovely Sunday breakfast with my favourite person💕
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After a lovely night in Manchester we headed to @pkbcoffee - a favourite place of ours.
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And the best eggs royale I’ve ever had! Sam’s breakfast tacos were pretty good too😉
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  • On a rare Saturday off my favourite person and I ventured off to Ikea on a furniture hunt.
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Did we get furniture? No. But I do now have new lamps and a very cool teapot.
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Ah the power of IKEA.
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There’s a review up of This Cruel Design on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - IKEA meatballs, yay or nay?
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  • Well and truly a victim of the plane lurgy😂
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A night of netflix and tea for me.
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I’m thinking about starting the Dark Crystal tonight too.
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There’s a review up of This Mortal Coil by @emily.suvada which I adored! •
And there’s a little recommend post up for the Slytherins out there (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - what superpower would you want?
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  • I am wrapped up in a blanket and determined to finish Supermarket by Bobby Hall! I have about ten pages left😱
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But this headache is making it so difficult 😫
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There’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - how do you deal with headaches. I need help😂
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  • All unpacked and getting back on track with little jobs, posts and also going back to Uni....
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Before Sam and I went away I fully intended to keep posting on my blog and on here.
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That really didn’t end up happening and the little digital break was so nice☺️
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Equally as nice to be back and there’s a full review of Dark Age by Pierce Brown up on my blog - be warned it’s full of spoilers 😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - Beach holiday or city break?
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  • Home and nearly unpacked from an amazing ten days with this one💕
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Now I need a brew and a nap😂
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Can’t wait for the next adventure ✈️
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  • Half way through my last shift set before we go on holiday💕
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I can’t wait to be in Sicily with my favourite person eating all the pasta and pizza.
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I can’t wait to get some more sun and take lots and lots of pictures🙊
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There’s a new post up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) - the first in a new series: The Cruise Diaries🚢
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#QOTD - last film you cried at?
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  • Soon off to get my hair done...I don’t even want to acknowledge how bad my roots are again😂
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Then meeting my favourite person for some drinks in our local💕
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In the meantime I’m still in laptop mode contemplating how long it’s going to take me to write my Dark Age review🤦🏻‍♀️
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There’s a significantly smaller review up of Seraph of the Age Volume Sixteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd: do you review everything you read?
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  • #throwback to a lovely meal out at @common_bar with @felfiramoondesigns and @coffeeeyesandblankstares 💕
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I could eat this again today🤤
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Books Events

An Evening With Tomi Adeyemi

August 30, 2018

It still hasn't sunk in that this happened. That I met Tomi Adeyemi at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. I know, little old me met a NYT bestselling author that appeared on Jimmy Fallon and BBC Breakfast. Is this even real life?

A huge thank-you to Pan Macmillan for hosting this evening and providing us with the most amazing food. I'm still dreaming of that steak... An equally huge thank-you to Kimi, without whom I wouldn't have been able to attend this surreal evening. Finally, of course a thank-you to Tomi herself to taking time out (on her birthday no less) to chat with us.

Children of Blood and Bone is one of my favourite novels, not just of this year, but all time. Set in a world where a group of people known as the Maji exist, or rather existed. These people were separated into different categories of magic users, everything from elemental wielders to those able to inflict disease. They were viciously hunted, eradicated and oppressed simply because they were born different. And apparently different is dangerous. Now, magic no longer exists, those that would've become Maji have that power closed off to them. One of the main characters, Zelie is one such person. After an encounter with a runaway Princess she quickly learns that magic hasn't gone, not completely...

This book is magical for a multitude of reasons, not just the plot, the characters or the beautiful prose but it's ability to make you question you're own world even though it's set in a completely different one. I got the same gut churning feeling reading this as I did when I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (review here). What happens in these two books, is happening now. Here. On earth. And that is simply not right.

Children of Blood and Bone educated me and I intend to put it into the hands of as many people as possible.

Review here.

You'll understand why.

This absolutely stunning print of Zelie didn't come from the event but I instead took it with me to get it signed. It came from the July Fairyloot box and is illustrated by the incredibly talented Diana Worak. I nearly wept (slight exaggeration but there was a lot of squealing) when I pulled this out of the box. Tomi knew exactly where this was from too which was pretty cool.

However, the amazing Now We Rise poster was from the event...and I also asked Tomi to sign it. She's so sweet. There was all sorts of merch and swag we were given from badges to temporary tattoos! Which I had to refrain from applying there and then...

Of course we also all got our books signed which was amazing but the comment Tomi wrote, it got me a little emotional. We spoke about a lot of different things but the actual craft of writing and the determination was something that cropped up again and again. She is such an inspiring woman, such a kick ass woman. I mean have you seen the Kickboxing videos on her instagram?! It was an absolute honour meeting her.

It was lovely meeting everyone. From the incredible Pan Macmillan team: Andy, Bea and Sarah. Andy certainly knew how to pour the wine..again and again and again. To, of course, Tomi and her boyfriend Jackson who I had the best conversation about gaming with, the other booksellers, bloggers and book industry professionals. As always, it was great to spend time with Kimi, Fi and Lois. Three of the most talented and amazing women I have ever met, and I'm lucky enough to call them friends.

I still can't believe that I now get to do things like this. It's an absolute dream come true.

Again, thank-you to Pan Macmillan for an amazing night.

Go read Children of Blood and Bone!

If you have, what did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    Annemieke
    September 9, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    That sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      September 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      It was mind blowing.

      Katie x

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