Born a Crime by Trevor Noah | Book Review

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Publisher: Doubleday

Pub. Date: 2016

Genres: Memoir, Comedy

Pages: 304

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I watch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah frequently, so I’ve been interested in reading about his life for a while and I appreciate Trevor’s brand of comedy. I was mostly convinced to read Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood after I watched one of Trevor’s old stand-up comedy acts. It’s an amazing and hilarious read.

His memoir is hilarious while covering serious topics, such as apartheid, colonialism, religion, and gender roles. In Born a Crime, Trevor was born a crime in South Africa because he is the son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother. He was born in a time when his existence was proof of their coupling, which was punishable with prison time. The memoir follows the trials and adventures of him as the mischievous…

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The Gutter Prayer (The Black Iron Legacy #1) by Gareth Hanrahan Book Review. #BookBlogger #BookBloggers #BookReview #Review #Fantasy #TheGutterPrayer @orbitbooks @mytholder

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  • The Gutter Prayer (The Black Iron Legacy #1).
  • Gareth Hanrahan.
  • 544 pages.
  • Fantasy / Grimdark / Dark Fantasy / Fiction.
  • My Rating: Hell Yeah Book Review.


Book Blurb.

The city of Guerdon stands eternal. A refuge from the war that rages beyond its borders. But in the ancient tunnels deep beneath its streets, a malevolent power has begun to stir.

The fate of the city rests in the hands of three thieves. They alone stand against the coming darkness. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed, their friendship will be tested to the limit. If they fail, all will be lost and the streets of Guerdon will run with blood.

Book Review.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Gutter Prayer, is (in my humble opinion) a grimdark must-read, a beautifully crafted, highly entertaining and gloriously…

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A Poem: The Lies I Tell. #Blogger #Bloggers #Poem #Poetry #Feelings

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the lies i tell.

These are the lies I tell,

I tell myself that things will get better, I will be OK,

I tell myself that I do belong, I can be strong,

I tell myself that my life matters, I will be missed,

I tell myself that the pain will fade, scars can heal,

I tell myself that the darkness won’t last, the colour will return,

I tell myself that I’ve not fallen apart, I am not broken,

I tell myself that I don’t live in the past, I can move on,

I tell myself that I will make it through, I will stand and fight,

I tell myself that even if I lose the battle, I can win the war,

I tell myself that I am not decaying, my life isn’t rotting away,

I tell myself that someone could love me, I am not lonely,

I tell myself that someday I will…

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Book Review: Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #24)Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the first few cozy mysteries I began reading almost fifteen years ago was the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke. For years, I adored the series, but then I switched to something else to try and experience a wider variety. About two years ago, I jumped back into its safety and caught up to the latest one… that is, until Chocolate Cream Pie Murder was published (or will be in the coming weeks). I won it via NetGalley and had to devour it today. How exciting to catch up in Hannah’s life especially after the new about Ross! If you haven’t read the last few books, stop reading here. If you have, it’s okay to continue…

I loved Ross in the beginning. I wanted Hannah to choose him. I loved Norman more than Mike, but…

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Book Review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (4/5)

Taking on a World of Words

It seems right that my first book of the year was a comedic memoir. That’s a genre I really enjoy. It’s even better that it’s the work of Jenny Lawson whose first book I adored. It’s a joy to revisit an author I’ve enjoyed so much before and help light up a gloomy January.

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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Summary from Goodreads:

In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:

“I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people’ also…

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Blog Tour: The 13th Witch (The King’s Watch #1) by Mark Hayden Guest Post. #The13thWitch #BlogTour #BookBlogger #BookBloggers #Books #GuestPost #Blogger #RandomThingsTours #Bloggers @MHaydenAuthor @annecater

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Today on The Tattooed Book Geek I am pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for The 13th Witch (The King’s Watch #1) by Mark Hayden with a guest post courtesy of the author himself.

My thanks to Anne Cater for the tour invite, Mark Hayden and Paw Press.

The 13th Witch (The King’s Watch #1).

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Paw Press (25 Aug. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1999821211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1999821210
  • Amazon UK

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Did you know that the gods can use mobile phones?
They can, and Odin has a message for Conrad

Conrad Clarke, former RAF pilot and alleged gangster gets a text – and a visit – from The Allfather.

Odin has a challenge for Conrad: sign up to protect England from wild magick and get a commission in the King’s Watch.

All he has to do is find a missing witch. Simple.

Conrad never could resist…

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The Hate U Give Empowers You To Change The World.

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“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”

Author: Angie Thomas

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking…

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Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens


What’s it all about?:

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we…

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#BlogTour #GuestPost: Mask of the Gods by Karen Furk @rararesources @karenfurkauthor

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thumbnail_mask of the gods Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Karen Furk’s fabulous work of fantasy The Mask of the Gods. I hope you enjoy the guest post as much as I did, as it’s always intriguing to catch a glimpse of the creative process!


Soul Demons live off the souls of the living.

When Haydan’s home world is invaded by a soul demon seeking an item shrouded in myth and legend, his father evicts him and sends him to safety. His chosen one and warrior should provide reassurance and sanctuary, but neither appears to be working very well. Just when he thinks matters cannot get any worse his scheming grandmother arrives. She has her own plans that appear to involve him, none of which bodes well.

Diego feels confident he has the soul demon under control. Overlooking his devious mother’s involvement, he fails to…

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How Do You Connect with the Blogging Community?


Hello ladies and gentlemen,

With almost four years of blogging under my belt now, I can safely say that connecting with readers from all around the world is one of the best perks about being a blogger. Being able to meet readers who have a passion for reading, even if it’s not for the same genres, has been an eye-opening and thrilling adventure that never stopped to amaze me.

To this day, it remains one of the most exciting thing about reviewing books: to speak with curious minds who want to know more about what you’ve got to say and vice-versa.

However, the art of connecting with bloggers is a complicated one that has brought countless people to adopt various strategies to stay up to date with everyone while exchanging with them on their own posts.

And that includes myself.

So, what strategies have I attempted in the past to…

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