Time for burning bras

I went bra shopping last week (feel free to shudder). Why is it so hard? Why isn’t there a universal size for all brands? I think it is time to take them off and burn them girls!

Not only was I unable to find 2 bras in different brands that fit the same but bras of the same size in the same brand also had fitting issues. Eventually, I found one that fit and looked nice under my shirt so I bought it…

… I get it home and it doesn’t fit the same! How does the change room deceive me like this? I feel like I’m 15 again and trying to work out my size except that all my other bras are the same size and they fit.

I need to get fitted again maybe, have you been? How often do you go and when did you get your first fitting? I didn’t get my first one until I was 24!! and then I had the best bras I’d ever worn… it didn’t help that until that point I didn’t know what cup size came after D.

Now I’m off to shrug around until this bra feels like it fits.

Reviewed: Someone Knows my Name

Someone Knows My NameSomeone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an incredible read. This story is loosely based on facts about slavery in the 16th century and revolves around Aminata who is stolen from her village at the age of 11 and forced to travel months on foot to the ocean and taken over to America to work in an Indigo farm.

This reads like a biography, parts of it feel real and you want to save Aminata from the perils of her life. Although, she goes through many distressing situations she is strong and helps everyone around her and becomes an enigma of sorts, intriguing all the white folk around her (a smart black woman? never!).

I found this hard to get into initially, maybe because of the age of the character and the discussion of talk in her village but as I read more and more I wanted to know what happened to Aminata and how she had fared through her incredible journey.

Also, generally I don’t like male authors writing female characters, they never seem to do it justice but Hill definitely made me forget about him and just focus on the character. Brilliant work.

This makes you think about slavery in our history and how people justify stealing people from their homes to be sold on. It is just an ugly trade and sad to know it still goes on, if not highly publicised.

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Reviewed: Feeling Sorry for Celia

Feeling Sorry for Celia (Ashbury/Brookfield, #1)Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t expect to love it this much but when I saw that it was written entirely through letters I had to give it a try.

Feeling Sorry for Celia is the story of Elizabeth, Celia’s best friend, who has to deal with Celia disappearing on occasion and not telling anyone. Celia is her best, and only, friend so when she leaves Elizabeth has to cope with her worry about Celia and her bizarre family by herself.

Enter in Christina, Elizabeth’s new penpal from a neighbouring school. Even though they don’t know each other they begin to confide in each other through their letters.

I really loved that this book was entirely written through letters between the character, with Elizabeth’s Mum’s being my favourite. The characters are interesting and caring (mostly) and make you want to really wish you were friends with them.

One of my favourites for the year I think.

… just realised this is #1 in a series of books! I’ll have to find out about the rest!
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I’m not a baby machine

The older I get the more questions I get about when I’ll get married and have kids. It surprises me that in today’s world there is still this expectation that people will get married, move into a house with a white picket fence and have 2.5 kids.

The world just doesn’t happen that way anymore. For me, I don’t intend to get married or have kids. The idea of pregnancy and kids scares me quite a lot. I don’t understand how a ‘natural’ process for a woman can have so many side effects and consequences. We’ve (as people) been around so long now, why haven’t we adapted and evolved where babies are concerned? Why are our babies so large in comparison to say, a tigers?

The more and more I hear about pregnancy the more it repulses me. Morning sickness, hot flushes, nausea, stretch marks, cracked nipples, leaking nipples, etc. etc. The older I get the more exposed I am to pregnancy the more I hear about new, disgusting side effects of it. The words mucus plug makes me shudder.

And all of that for what? 18+ years of dependency. I think I am far to selfish for it all. I don’t want to have to think of someone else every waking hour. I just want to worry about me.

I think number one thing that frustrates me most about the apparent requirement that I have kids is that people who can’t have kids don’t understand. I am meant to show sympathy towards them and yet, if I were pregnant, I would be shunned for not being happy about it rather than it being acknowledged as pretty much my biggest fear.

What is your stance on babies and marriage? How does pregnancy make you feel?

Reviewed: The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me by a friend. I was told that I didn’t need to have read Jane Eyre previously to understand the book but I’m really glad I read it first. As far as I’m concerned you definitely need to have read Jane Eyre first otherwise the biggest plot of the book won’t even matter to you.

This book took me quite a long time to get interested in. I think it was the complete lack of knowing what was going on. Most of the time it didn’t make any sense. I got a little giggle at some pop culture references but many I didn’t understand or care enough about.

I didn’t particularly care about Thursday either. She didn’t make me feel sympathetic to her issues and where her life had ended up. I was more interested in Landen and would love to have seen a day with her Dad. Now he seemed like a character I could get interested in.

Then here is Hades, he could have been an excellent villain but he really wasn’t fleshed out. He was just a bit crazy and mostly a sociopath, which is something I usually love in a villain but he just wasn’t well written.

Overall the book was a good read but I probably wouldn’t pick it up again and if it hadn’t been recommended to me probably would never have read it in the first place. The pace just wasn’t fast enough for me.

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