• Off into Manchester once again to meet one of my favourite people for some lunch🍕
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And to pick up a final few holiday bits! Not long now 💕
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There’s a review of Good Omens up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Myself and @sam_g_oldham binge watched the show too and my god it’s good!
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#qotd - what is your go to Pizza?
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  • Mild radio silence for a few days...I was so caught up in Dark Age!
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Well I’ve now finished it and I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself now...😭
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Tonight I’m off to see my favourite person and watch more Mindhunter! We’re rewatching the first season atm💕
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There’s also a raft of new posts up on my blog including a little look at some of my random holiday purchases.
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#qotd: what book gave you the biggest hangover?
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  • I’ve almost finished Dark Age and my god what a ride! Books like this remind me why I love reading.
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I can’t imagine how this series is going to be wrapped up in the next book🙈
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I plan on finishing it off today and then going baking with my favourite person💕
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot July box on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - favourite kind of cake?
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  • A day spent in joggers with a good book is always a day well spent.
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Well, I did spend the morning ripping apart the house whilst tidying and clearing out 😂
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A little holiday purchase here. I’ve lusted after @diptyque products for ageees before I took the plunge.
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A little write up of the Vetyverio perfume is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#blogger #beauty #beautyblogger #diptyque #perfume #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram
  • Who knew sipping cocktails all day and night would stop you reading as much?😂🍹
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A bit of a slower reading month but I had a lot of fun and a really good relax on holiday!
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Only 17 days till the next one with my favourite person💕
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My July reading Wrap Up is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Spending a day on the couch again but for much less happy reasons. I am the worst patient when I’m ill 😭
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On a happier note I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Chain Against the Dawn by @drewwilliamsirl
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What an amazing novel! Think Illuminae meets Guardians of the Galaxy😍
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There’s a full review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • I am not moving from the couch today😂
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I have Netflix on, a tea and a blanket...what more could you need?☕️
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There’s a new post up...another Seraph of the End review😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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  • What a wonderful day yesterday 😍
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And another planned tonight!🍸
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There’s a review up of THAT Chanel Bronzer (Link in bio✌🏻)
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The holiday purchases now making their way onto the blog 🙊
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#blog #blogger #beautyblogger #beauty #chanel #chanelmakeup #bronzer #makeup #creambronzer #soleiltandechanel #review
  • Can’t wait to head back to Ville Franche next year with my favourite person.
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Boat loads of wine and snazzy bruschetta 👏🏻
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There’s a little TBR up for the NEWTs read-a-thon up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: Have you got a favourite city abroad?
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  • Off to Southport today with some of my favourite people💕
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Pass me the fish and chips🍟
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There’s a new review of Volume Fourteen of Seraph of the End up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What makes you think of the seaside?🍭🧜🏻‍♀️🐟
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  • Still playing a little bit of catch up with content I had planned...
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Admittedly, spending two weeks drinking cocktails was well worth it😏
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Tomorrow I’m off to Southport with Sam and some friends, then this weekend we’re off into Manchester for food and a night out🙊
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There’s a review up of Seraph of the End Volume Thirteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What are your plans this weekend?
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Books Non-Fiction Reviews

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

December 18, 2017

I was genuinely shocked by how much I enjoyed this. Another one we were required to read for our course but I found myself stuck between wanting to finish this as soon as possible and wanting to savour it. When I'm in that dilemma I know I truly love a book. 

This is an autobiography following the life of Jackie Kay (who is actually the Chancellor of my University) as she meets her birth parents for the first time. Her biological mother hails from the Highlands in Scotland and her father is from Nigeria. This book is full of heartwarming, heart wrenching and eye wateringly funny moments. I love how she managed to make, what I can only as is an incredibly daunting topic humorous. We were fortunate enough to get a lecture from Jackie where she said that she struggled to get the tone of this book right. The first time it felt far too self pitying but the end result is phenomenal. 

I learnt so much about so many different cultures, just as Jackie did as she recounts when she flew to Nigeria for the first time. Whilst moving through this narrative I really liked that she added certain scenes from the past into it too in their own little chapter. Although they weren't set during the present they still added to the overall narrative. It's easy to tell that she's a poet, even though this is a memoir the style of writing was beautiful. So lyrical and descriptive. Annnnnd, which is one of my favourite things - often Jackie would write phonetically and depict how words sound in the Scottish accent. I don't know why but when I see that in books it always makes me smile. 

If you haven't read this then please do. It's a wonderful read. 

INFO

Name: Red Dust Road

Author(s): Jackie Kay 

Publisher: Picador 

Pages: 289

ISBN: 978-0-330-45106-2

Rating: 4.5/5

Have you read Red Dust Road? 

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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