When I first started my blog, I wanted to create a space to share my reviews and ramblings; as the years have passed, there’ve been plenty of reviews, but little ramblings. So, welcome to the first instalment of Ramblings from my pages… – a new weekly feature here on Keeper of Pages. This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.
In this week’s ramblings, I’m talking Ameriie, Shots Fired, a potential book swap, and a life update with a blog tour focus. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings. Note: if it’s green, it’s a link, click it!
AMERIIE: FROM SUPERSTAR TO BOOKTUBER
This news blew my mind! One night, I fell into that rabbit hole that is YouTube, and I found this really great channel called Empressive, she has this great feature on her channel called ‘Unsung Music Story’– mini documentaries that let you know what happened to your favourite artists. I now know what happened to R’n’B singers, Ashanti and Keri Hilson, but most excitingly, I know what happened to music artist, Ameriie, her sound was so funky fresh – I loved it! If you haven’t heard of her, listen to One Thing, it’s my jam! Anyway, I watched Ameriie’s unsung story, which (fingers-crossed) should be embedded below, and I found out she has a booktube now!
From artist to booktuber, she’s even edited a book ‘Because You Love to Hate Me’ which features a short story she wrote, and if that wasn’t amazing enough, she’s finished her SFF full length novel, so I’ll be hunting around for more information on that. I was speaking to Marija @ Inside My Library Mind, she knew Ameriie as a booktuber and was surprised to find out she was a music artist first, so I wanted to let you all know, if you didn’t already, Ameriie is an incredibly talented artist, who, in my opinion, should have been a much bigger star. She is the real Queen B – because Beyonce stole her sound – don’t @ me, watch the video – 7mins, 30secs into the video and you’ll see how Beyonce was inspired! Don’t get me wrong, I like Beyonce, but in a contest, I’m buying Ameriie’s album every time! In case the embedded video doesn’t work, here’s the URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc4PDce0zFw
TV SERIES: SHOTS FIRED
I binge watched this entire series, it’s so good!! I have so many programs recorded on Sky, and thought it was time to start watching some of them as I’m almost maxed out on memory, I watched one episode of Shots Fired, first aired in 2017, and my night was claimed, I was up til 5am because I had to watch the entire season, episode after episode, it was that good! To use the description from imdb.com, it “examines the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shooting in a small Southern Town, providing an explosive autopsy of our criminal justice system.” (“our” being the American justice system). It stars Sanna Lathan (who I first saw in ‘Love and Basketball’ – I swear this woman hasn’t aged a day in 17 years!) and Stephan James. I highly recommend this TV series, especially if you enjoy crime dramas.
I have a Goldsboro Books signed & numbered, limited edition hardcover, UK first edition, first printing, of Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow, that I don’t want – I didn’t skip my BOTM membership in time, so I’m offering it up for a book swap if anyone is interested. This edition is valued at £24.99 on Goldsboro Books website. UK only, unless you want to cover international shipping. Let me know if you’re interest, in the comments, you can also DM me on Instagram or Twitter, let me know what you have available to swap, or if you want to buy it at a reduced price, that’s cool too, I’m happy to send more photos of the actual book via DM – it’s brand new and unread with the plastic protective cover still on.
EXCLUISVE HARDBACK EDITION FOR GOLDSBORO BOOKS. SIGNED AND NUMBERED WITH A RIBBON MARKER
Let me tell you a story, about a man I knew, and a man I know…
Mr Baxter is ninety-four years old when he falls down his staircase and grudgily finds himself resident at Melrose Gardens Retirement Home.
Baxter is many things – raconteur, retired music teacher, rabble-rouser, bon viveur – but ‘good patient’ he is not. He had every intention of living his twilight years with wine, music and revelry; not tea, telly and Tramadol. Indeed, Melrose Gardens is his worst nightmare – until he meets Gregory.
At only nineteen years of age, Greg has suffered a loss so heavy that he is in danger of giving up on life before he even gets going.
Determined to save the boy, Baxter decides to enlist his help on a mission to pay tribute to his long-lost love, Thomas: the man with whom he found true happiness; the man he waved off to fight in a senseless war; the man who never returned. The best man he ever knew.
With Gregory in tow Baxter sets out on a spirited escape from Melrose, bound for the war graves of Northern France. As Baxter shares his memories, the boy starts to see that life need not be a matter of mere endurance; that the world is huge and beautiful; that kindness is strength; and that the only way to honour the dead, is to live.
Baxter’s Requiem is a glorious celebration of life, love and seizing every last second we have while we’re here.
After enjoying six weeks off, I’m back to uni tomorrow, it’s the last year of my degree, so this time next year, if all goes to plan, I’ll be a qualified Mental Health Nurse! But it also means I have to buckle down and get my shit together to make sure I pass the course. So you’ve been forewarned – there may be periods of silence, or limited blog interaction, when things get busy!
I’m also thinking of no longer participating in blog tours in 2019, I’ve had a few issues this year with the organisation behind a few I’ve participated in, and quite frankly, I’m starting to think they’re not worth the hassle, I mean, they shouldn’t even be hassle in the first place! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing hosts and publishers, and I appreciated the hardwork that goes into planning them, and I think they’re great exposure for a book, but when they stop being fun to participate it, it’s time to rethink. I also have a habit of over-commiting and then feeling the pressure, again – not fun. I’m participating in quite a few in the remainder of the year and I’m still deciding if I’m going to blanket ban myself next year, or just limit myself to a few.
With the coming intensity of my course, I’m leaning towards a ban, especially as I have plenty of review copies I’m working my way through. What’s your take on blog tours, do you participate in them?
LINK AROUND THE WEB
Dystopian or Post-apocalyptic
When I was writing my review for ‘The Stand‘ by Stephen King, I first referred to it as a dystopian novel, I then deleted that and referred to it as post-apocalyptic novel instead. And that got me thinking, about the difference between the two, I found this fantastic (and useful) article on dystopic.co.uk – The Difference Between Dystopia and Post-Apocalyptic.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me next Sunday for some more ramblings.