Fiction Friday: Book Review- Geek Girl by Holly Smale (Geek Girl #1)

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Harriet Manners is a geek. She knows tons of facts that no one really cares about. However despite her excellent IQ, her classmates don’t like Harriet that much. In fact, they have labelled her a geek.

So when Harriet is accidentally discovered by a modelling agent, she takes the opportunity to reinvent herself. Sure it’s been her best friend’s dream since forever to be a model and Harriet’s mother has expressly forbidden her from modelling. But none of these things matter as much to Harriet as reinventing herself.
I’ve had this book for a while and never picked it up. In fact I only started it because I was bored and I wanted a quick and light read before bed. I started this at 9PM and finished it at 6PM the next day. This book instantly hooked me. I listened to the audiobook, read the paperback at home and the ebook on Scribd while I was at work.
I loved meeting Harriet’s colorful family, her creepy stalker, Toby and learning all of her geeky facts.
I devoured this book and could not get enough. If you are looking for a light, fun read, I definitely recommend this book. I cannot wait to start on the sequel.




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How Scribd Helped Me Kick My Book Buying Habit (Mostly)

It is no secret that I am an avid bookworm. I love reading books, buying books, reading about buying books and basically anything to do with the written word. In fact I would even go as far as to say that I have developed a reputation for being a girl who is a book shopaholic (but rarely gets around to reading all the books). So when a fellow member of a Facebook Book Group suggested Scribd to me, I was hesitant to give it a go.

I already was part of Google Books, Amazon Kindle and Audible. I did not need anything book subscription service that I would just keep and not use. But since I was referred to Scribd, I got two months free so I figured there was no harm in trying it out. I was instantly hooked.

For a fixed fee (R150 in South Africa. $8.99 USD), you get access to countless ebooks and audiobooks. Now I know some of you may be thinking “hello, libraries are free?” but my local library is crap so this is great for me. Also it’s easier for me to read eBooks on my cellphone instead of going out with a print book (people are more likely to stop me when I’m reading a book instead of reading on a electronic device). So Scribd was perfect for me.

Immediately I disconnected my Audible subscription (which was much more). I kept my Amazon account just in case but it’s been months since I purchased a book.

Most of the books I already own are on Scribd so it’s been helping me tackle my TBR as well as preventing me from purchasing new books unnecessarily. Sure if I see a sale book that isn’t on Scribd or that I loved but don’t own in print, I’ll purchase it but for the most part my book buying has decreased dramatically since I joined Scribd. Interested in trying it out for yourself? You can join with my referral link here and you will get two months free!

Have you tried Scribd? What did you think? Let me know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis (The Good Luck Girls #1)

The Good Luck Girls (The Good Luck Girls, #1)

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Good Luck Girls are anything but lucky. The girls are sold to a “welcome” house as children, marked with “favors” to depict their positions as “Good Luck Girls” and trained to entertain “brags” (men who have enough money to pay for the girls attention). When Clementine accidentally kills a brag on her Lucky Night (the first night a Good Luck Girl officially starts her night-time duties), the girls rally together to protect her the only way they can- they run away. The girls know that if they are caught they face death or a brutal punishment even worse than death. They are joined on their journey by a mysterious rangeman who has a few secrets of his own but is willing to help the girls escape. The group try to track down Lady Ghost, a possibly fictional character mentioned in countless bedtime stories, in order to remove their favors. Along the way they have to battle the law, the wilderness and even vengeful spirits.
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for a review. From the very first line, I was hooked. I loved the writing, the world-building, the characters, EVERYTHING!
This was a book about strong females fighting against a world who didn’t see them as equal and I loved that.
The ending was spectacularly beautiful and I cannot wait for the sequel. This book was everything I didn’t know I needed in a novel and I enjoyed it immensely.




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5 Reasons Why You Should Get a Credit Card

Credit cards have a really bad reputation with most people. More often than not, they are seen as a gateway to mountains of debt and a bad credit rating. However there are actually some perks to having a credit card as long as you play your cards right (see what I did there?). Here are 5 reasons why you should consider having a credit card:

1) To build a credit rating- You might not care about your credit rating now however when it comes time for you to take out a loan, your credit rating is a huge factor. Starting to build a credit rating as soon as possible certainly won’t hurt. I have a single credit card but it has still helped my credit score.

2) To have extra spending money- Now I don’t mean spending recklessly. I mean in a genuine emergency. There have been months where this emergency has ranged from “I forgot my bank card and need to purchase something” or “a genuine unplanned expense” but the credit card has always come to my rescue in both these cases. Having a credit card as a back-up is great provided that you don’t overdo it. Which brings me to my next point.

3) To learn responsibility- You absolutely HAVE to be responsible when you have a credit card. Once you start owing more than you can pay, that is when the trouble begins. Try to only spend an amount you know you can cover once you get paid. 

4) To have  a “credit card story- Everyone has a story (most worse than others) about how they got their first credit card and what they did with it. Most of my friends warned me against getting a credit card since they blew through it like crazy and ended up in debt that they are still paying off in their late twenties. This has served as a great lesson and warning to me so I avoid making the same mistake. My credit card story is basically that I’ve had it for two years and never ever had to pay back a huge amount.

5) Swiping is more convenient- It is safer to carry a card than cash especially when you’re the only one with the pin. I usually carry my credit card when I know it’s not feasible for me to go walking around with cash on my person.

Do you have a credit card? What’s your credit card story? I’d love to know below!

Fiction Friday: Recommended Reads- Fairytale Retellings

I love fairytale retellings. It’s a tale as old as time with a twist. In fact I am so obsessed with retellings that I actually have two shelves decided to them. To help you find your next favourite retelling, I’m compiled a list of my favourites below:

  1. A Court of Thorns and Rose by Sarah J. Maas- One of my all-time favourite books and series, this is a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” set in a world where both fae and humans reside. Feyre accidentally kills a fae and as punishment needs to return to their lands to live out the rest of her days.
  2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh- A retelling of “One Thousand and One Nights”. Now while I have not read the original, I did enjoy this book and it’s stories immensely. A young caliph takes a bride every night and kills her before dawn. Shahrzad volunteers to be his next victim- um, I mean bride-in order to extract revenge on him killing her best friend. What she did not expect was to fall in love with her mysterious new husband.
  3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer- The Lunar Chronicles is also one of my favourite series. Set in a futuristic world, this series follows a host of unforgettable, colourful characters from the stories we know and love. The first book, “Cinder” follows an android, Cinderella while the remaining books are about Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel) and Winter (Snow White). It is a delightful twist on traditional tales.
  4. City of Wishes by Rachel Morgan- This fairytale is set in a world with vampires, werewolves, humans and fae. I loved the assortment of characters here and I especially loved the worldbuilding.
  5. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine- An oldie but a goodie. I’m not sure if Ella was supposed to be some sort of Cinderella but this was the first book I read with a movie adaptation (and the first book I loved more than the movie).

What are some of your favourite adaptations? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Andie is a Type A who always has her every move mapped out. As the daughter of a Congressman, her every word and every action has to be to ensure that she projects the best possible image of herself and her dad. But when scandal hits and her father has to stay away from the office, Andie loses her summer internship and they’re both stuck in a house together.
Neither Andie or her dad have been alone together since before the death of her mother. Desperate for something-anything- to occupy her time, Andie takes the first job she can find.
She ends up working as a dog walker and that is when she meets Clarke. Clarke is kinda nerdy but very cute and there is a very obvious chemistry between them.
I’ve had this book for a few years and I haven’t read it mainly because I am not a huge fan of contemporary. However I loved this book and was glued from the very first page.
“The Unexpected Everything” is fun, entertaining, light-hearted and heart-warming. I couldn’t stop reading and I loved every second of it.
Andie has a beautiful support system with her friends and family and I loved seeing her with them. If you’re looking for your next summer read, I strongly suggest this one.



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Fiction Friday: The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa

The Blessed Girl

The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I picked this up expecting a nice, fun, light-hearted read. And it was. Until it wasn’t.
Bontle Tau is a twenty-something (her age changes throughout the book so I don’t even know if she knows her real age) who is living “the life”.
She has a business, lives in a penthouse, drives an expensive car and uses designer clothing. As she mentions throughout the book, she may not have a degree but she has street smarts.
She also has several blessers.
I loved how over the top Bontle’s life was. I flew through this book in a few hours. However the second part of this book turns a bit darker and Bontle’s picture perfect life starts to show more than a few cracks.
I immensely enjoyed this book but the ending left me chilled. I had grown fond of Bontle and it was tough for me to NOT root for her throughout the way.
Yes, she is self-absorbed and vain but she was clever in her own way (with her street smarts and MENcology).
Definitely give this book a try. It’s hilarious, it’s moving and it’s entertaining.




SPOILER ALERT
If there was anyone who could be in her situation and wear it without any shame, it would be her. The ending devastated me
SPOILER ALERT**



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Life Update: I Just Got Put on a Diet

If you ever told me I would have to go on a diet for health reasons, I would have accepted it. I knew my eating habits were bad and I would probably have to go on a meal plan at some stage. However I expected that to atleast be in my thirties.

So imagine my shock when my dermatologist suggested that I might be insulin-resistant. And the even bigger shock when I found out that yep, my insulin levels were high and I needed to cut out sugar and carbs.

You know how they say you don’t know how strong you really are? Yeah, well it’s been four weeks exactly and I’ve been doing relatively well. I have been having carbs now and again (maybe once or twice a week) but for the most part, I have been sticking to the meal plan.

I’m pretty excited to actually see some (really small) changes.

I cannot wait to see what the results look like in another 4 weeks.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

There's Something About Sweetie

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When smooth and suave Ashish Patel is dumped by his hot long distance girlfriend, his self-confidence and basketball skills take a nosedive. Previously so popular with the ladies, Ashish is now self-conscious and a mess.
His parents assure him it is just a part of being young and when the times come, they will find him someone better. So Ashish challenges them to do it now- find a girl that will interest him AND meet all of his parent’s strict requirements.
So they do. They match him with Sweetie Nair, an Indian-American athlete who is fat. Sweetie doesn’t mind that she is fat. Neither does Ashish.
However her mother can barely seem to look past that fact so Sweetie decides that she is going to show her that she is more than her weight.
But as Ashish and Sweetie start to spend time together they eventually find that there is a connection between the two of them.
This was a sweet read that I adored immensely. Sweetie and Ashish were a great match (at this point, as an Indian, I’m convinced I should enlist my family members to find me a match) and I was surprised that they suited so well.
I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a light YA read.


Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other



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Fiction Friday: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The Escape Room

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam receive an SMS on a Friday evening about a mandatory team-building escape room challenge, they all rush to attend.
These competitive, cut-throat employees cannot afford to upset the company board while there are rumors of people being laid off.
However this escape room is unlike any other. It is an elevator with questions posed based on the teams personal life and the dirty deeds they have done to get ahead at work.
This book had me entranced till the very end. I could put it down and found myself reading while walking around the office (almost walked into a door too) and throughout my lunch breaks.
This is a well written book with an intriguing plot and several twists and turns that I most certainly did NOT see coming. Definitely read this. You will not regret it



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