Going green: making sustainable choices

I’ve seen a lot of inspirational posts as bloggers discuss the ways they’re going green. I’ve been feeling really inspired and wanted to write my own.

The raising awareness of plastic, the harm it’s causing and the rubbish we’re producing was highlighted more in 2019 than any other year I remember – and about time, too!

Being inspired is a great feeling – and has become easier to make changes with movements like the charge for a disposable coffee cup.

It can be hard knowing what to do in your own home, however. There are some great products out there, but what if you’re already stocked up? I can find it difficult to justify the expense when I’ve got spares in my cupboard – although it will definitely be a case of making the switch when it comes to replacing them.

With the festive time of year just gone, I thought I’d look at the way I did make a few changes – and cost-effective ones as well.

Going green
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Help! I need somebody…


…not just anybody!

This MA Publishing student is in need of help from all of you lovely bookbloggers, publishers and authors who may or may not stumble across this post.


I’m currently working on my 15,000 dissertation. I’m looking at the impact and influences of blog tours, what effect they have for author, publisher and blogger alike.

But that is only possible with you guys!

Is there anyone willing to give a gal a hand?


I’ve got a few questionnaires to send out, basically to understand what drives you to take part in a blog tour and what you get out of it. There may be some follow up questions depending on the answers and where the research takes me, but it shouldn’t take too long or impose on your day at all.

I’ve now got the go-ahead from uni to start collecting this data. I’m really excited about this project and what I might discover along the way. But I’m going to hit a brick wall if no one is prepared to answer a few questions about a topic which, I hope, already be a passion.

So whether you’re an author embarking on a blog tour, a publisher or tour company promoting one or a blogger trying to help out, please drop me a comment if you are able to help!



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Versatile Bloggers Award

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So, I’ve been nominated for my first ever bloggers award thingymabob. Much excitement happening here over it, I can tell you! So thank you to Stephanie for the nomination!

 The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 facts about you
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly.

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Testament of Youth Review


Based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain with the screenplay adapted by Juliette Towhidi, Testament of Youth brings to the screen the heart wrenching tale of World War 1 and the effect it had on this particular woman’s life.

Vera is young at the outbreak of the war, pursuing dreams her father doesn’t approve of. With a close relationship with her brother and a good friend in Victor – even if his heart is set on more – Vera finds herself swept away. Accepted into Oxford and finding herself falling in love with another family friend, Roland, it should be everything that Vera ever dreamt of.

If it hadn’t been for the war starting out.

Soon, the young woman finds herself doing whatever it takes to stop herself worrying about her young men off at war. Enlisting as a nurse, she works first at home while attempting to continue her romance with Roland. But when one piece of devastating news just leads to a second, Vera heads out to the front line in order to try and be there for her brother. But although he does soon need her and she defeats the odds in keeping him alive, her struggles are eventually for nothing as the war continues.

As the war comes to an end, Vera must find out who she now is when everything she has ever known, loved or wanted has been destroyed.

The film is a powerful, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking one with phenomenal performances from this involved, especially Alicia Vikander as Vera. There is no relief, no respite in the film just as there wasn’t during the war and Vikand portrays the determined yet heartbroken young woman with exceptional talent.

The scenes are beautifully depicted, with soft colouring and slow motion introduced as Vera remembers the happier times with those she cares about. It creates a mood in a way not often seen in cinema and shows how director James Kent must have worked exceptionally hard to create the atmosphere the film brings to life.

It is certainly not one you would watch for the entertainment purposes. The film is heavy going from the start and at over two hours long, you find yourself in a bit of an emotional daze by the end of it. However, due to the content and the fact that it is based from memoirs, any relief wouldn’t have worked regardless of where it was inserted and would appear forced. The last thing it needs is to have the power of the film disrupted.

A stunning visual representation in a time the modern audience can scarcely begin to imagine. The characters are defined and developed well, making each death as hard hitting as the next. The pain Vera goes through is coupled only with her determination to keep going and as aforementioned, no one could have handled it better than Vikander. A truly moving and emotional film that makes you think back to a time thankfully past. It serves as a reminder of the pain people involved went through and it does so powerfully.