Thursday, 31 December 2015

6 goals for 2016


I've never been one to make new year resolutions but this year I've changed my mind. It may not be 'new year, new me' but more along the lines of 'new year, slightly changed/better version of me.' My mindset has changed quite a bit the past year and I've realised that I'm constantly evolving and growing as a person - it's hard to make sudden and drastic changes and maintain them, but it's more effective to make smaller and more gradual changes. So I'll try.
  1. Go vegan for one month - I rarely eat dairy products, but I'm going to cut out products with added animal products (like chocolate, ice cream etc.) It's mostly junk food so this doubles up as getting back into eating healthily. 
  2. Create more - I want to blog more, and I'm going to write a post every week about whatever topic I'm feeling at that moment. I want to create everything and anything. I want to take more photos and photograph everything that feels right. 
  3. Make a new friend - I'm kind of a hermit and having more friends is always a good thing. 
  4. Don't give up on things just because they're hard - I'll try this one but I definitely have to allow room for slip ups. I want to be a positive shining star and not let the small thing get me down, and I guess that starts with trying. 
  5. Dye my hair - I've been talking about dip dying my hair red for years, but this year I'm going to do it. I'm just going to do it, going to do it for sure. 
  6. Try to kick that procrastination habit - I've got to try right!? (I type as I procrastinate my essay by writing this post) I'm going to make more time for reading and playing video games and generally doing all the fun things without feeling guilty. 
(bonus words from 2015 to remember in 2016)
it's okay to be scared sometimes, and brave sometimes, and fail sometimes, and it's not possible to lose every time
unconventionality is your thing, embrace it
it's okay not to know everything, making mistakes is okay
don't give up on things just because it's easier
take as many damn photos as you want
living in your head might be easier but it does nothing good for you
you always feel a little bit behind everyone else but it's fine, there are reasons and those reasons are valid
it's fine to move at your own pace
you're not that weird
don't be so harsh on yourself
you're doing well considering
you don't have to justify yourself to anyone, just do the thing
smooth seas don't make good sailors

Have you made any new years resolutions? 

What are you determined to do in 2016!? (you can do it, I believe in you)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Saviour Songs // November 2015

So I've decided to name my playlist posts 'Saviour Songs' because the struggle with university is real and these are the songs that make my month a little less stressful. I love these songs and they've been there for me through tumultuous university times (so much work!!!!) I hope you find something you like and please enjoy!



Thursday, 5 November 2015

October In Review

October has been a strange month. I can hardly recall what happened and where I've been. I'm assuming it went something along the lines of, eat, sleep, university, procrastinate & repeat. The usual. Prepare yourself for a hazy attempt at recalling what's I've been doing over the last few weeks.


Reading 

Required reading has most definitely put me off reading for fun this month. Picking up a book that that isn't related to my university modules feels almost wrong. I can never relax and enjoy my book when I know I could be using my reading time to get some scholarly articles read. Student problems I guess. I did manage to read Mary, and The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft and did enjoy the feminist themes, despite the somewhat clunky writing style.

Music 

I've been listening to a lot of Fightstar recently. They released their first album in over 5 years this month and it's pretty damn amazing! My favourite tracks are 'Sink with the Snakes,' 'Murder All Over,' and 'Sharp Tongue' I  managed to see them live in London which was pretty amazing, I don't know quite how to describe it, but I always find it an almost sublime and very inspirational experience to see my favourite bands live.


                     
           low quality, high value. commemorative selfie I took before leaving
Fightstar 



Watched

Both The Walking Dead and American Horror Story returned this month! October is always a good month for TV! I've also been watching the odd episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (aka my favourite tv show ever) which is always a good throwback! I'm half inspired to buy a stylish pleather trench coat and channel my inner Buffy, that, or buy all the velvet clothes I can find to channel my inner vampire. Or maybe both...

Created 

I crazily managed to get some blogs posts written towards the end of October. I recommended some spooky halloween reads and posted a playlist of my saviour songs for the month!

For a while I've wanted to become a more creative person or at least make time to be creative, Last month I started a journal and it's been a lot of fun to keep it. I write about my day or how I'm feeling and maybe do some doodling or collaging. I'm not sure where it's going but I do feel more creative and I'm challenging myself to make more creative entries every week! It's also a fun and reflective way to document my life in the midsts of hazy university stress.   


November means Christmas and festivities are near but also university deadlines! I'm going to remain optimistic and look forward to the satisfaction that comes from completing work and being able to relax for Christmas!

How was everyone's October? 
Please share your fun November plans, I need to know there are still people having fun out there! 


Saturday, 31 October 2015

October Playlist

Facing an autumn consumed by university reading and a seemingly unprecedented amount of procrastination, I've been listening to a lot of music recently. Partially to save my soul from the stress of third year university reading and partially because I love music more than ever, I've complied a list of the saviour songs I've had on repeat this month. From my favourite releases of the month (Fightstar) to some Halloween inspired songs (This is Halloween//Graveyard Whistling) give it a listen and maybe you'll find something to keep your ears entertained this autumn!
    



Hope everyone has a great Halloween!
 What have you guys been listening to lately? I'm always open to music recommendations! 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

SPOOKY READS


As a fan of all things horror, you'd assume Halloween would my favourite seasonal event, but to be honest I've never really gotten into it. Despite my love for all things creepy, one day (or one month) just never seems enough to me, I prefer my spooks all year round. However I do enjoy the general appreciation of all things creepy and that witchy and vampy clothes and make up are socially acceptable for at least one month! Here are some of my favourite horror related books for anyone who wants to get into the Halloween spirit!

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film is super creepy. The book follows a reporter and his investigation into the death of a reclusive film maker's daughter. Creeps ensue. It's very addicting and more of a thriller than a horror, but it has some very sinister moments and managed to creep me out both at night and during the day! 

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice 

Interview with the Vampire is probably my favourite book series about vampires (sorry Twilight!) It's got super interesting characters with rich and unique histories and all the characters wear a whole lot of velvet, and let's be honest velvet is the best! I love reading the books from this series during the colder months and hope to get round to book three this autumn/winter! 

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks

From the author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival guide is exactly what it says it is - a guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse. It's literally full of tips on how to deal with zombies, including which tools and strategies are best suited to your situation. A must read if you want to survive the zombie apocalypse and gets some tips for your emergency zombie apocalypse plan! 

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl with All the Gifts is a twist on the classic zombie tale, featuring intelligent zombies and a whole lot of emotional turmoil. It's not all horror and gore, the characters are so human and the balance of action/character is perfect. Definitely read if you want a zombie book that stands out from all the others! 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is a classic choice for Halloween and whilst it's not the spookiest of books, it's definitely unsettling. It's quite deep and brings up a lot of questions about mortality. Frankenstein is one of my all time favourite books and has shaped both the horror and science fiction genres in many ways so it's definitely a must read! 


What spooky or creepy books are you guys reading for Halloween? Leave some recommendations! 

(ps I found the cute clip art from my photo on this website! definitely check it out if you're looking for some basic clip art that is free to use!)

Monday, 3 August 2015

A post in which I disguise my required reading as an August TBR


August is going to be a very ambitious reading month for me. I plan on reading almost all the books I need to read for University, of which there are plenty, and they are plenty long.

I'm plan to read Bleak House, Little Dorrit and The Pickwick Papers, all by Charles Dickens. These books are all around 700 (or more) pages long but I've accepted the challenge to read them all this month! (required reading so I don't have a choice) This might be a little very ambitious but I believe in myself! The power of positive thinking will get me through! It will.

I also want to reread two novels by Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary: A Fiction, and her unfinished novel, Maria: or, The Wrongs of Woman. Wollstonecraft is the mother of Mary Shelley and a radical 18th century feminist often cited as the mother of feminism! I first read these novels two years ago and I'm super excited to revisit them!

I may attempt to read for fun this month, but chances are my entire August/September reading is going to be devoted to required reading. I am quite excited to read these books but the fact that I have to read them by a certain date is a bit stressful (especially as they are so long) sort of takes away from the enjoyment of reading. I'm currently reading Great Expectations and will hopefully finish it within the next couple of days!


What books do you plan on reading this August!? Let me read vicariously though your reading choices!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Top Ten Fictional Booknerds!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! 


This weeks topic is ten fellow booknerds! I'm sure everyone who loves books also loves characters who love and cherish books! I know I do. Here are some of my favourites and a bookish quotes from each! 

   

Cath Avery from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
'To really be a nerd, she'd decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.'
Cath loves books so much she even writes fanfiction! 

Ruth and Nao from A Tale for The Times Being by Ruth Ozeki
'I find myself drawn to literature more now than in the past; not the individual works as much as the idea of literature—the heroic effort and nobility of our human desire to make beauty of our minds—which moves me to tears, and I have to brush them away, quickly, before anyone notices.'


Pretty much everyone in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 
'We are not quite novels.We are not quite short stories. In the end, we are collected works.'

Clay Jannon from Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
'Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines -- it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.'

  


Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
'Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.'

Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin 
'A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.'

 


Amir from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
'Sad stories make good books.'

 Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
'I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.'

 


Guy Montag from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
'The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.'

Marie-Laure from All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I couldn't find the quote I was looking for. Marie-Laure is blind but that doesn't stop her from reading (or anything really) She reads and rereads her books in braille. She receives books for her birthday and even finds her books in a real time of need. 

Thanks for reading! 
Who are your favourite book loving characters!? 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales 
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date: October 2013
Genre: Contemporary//Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★★
Summary: 
All her life, Elise Dembowski has been an outsider. Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last – but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. Then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time, and finding her true passion – DJ’ing.
But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise?

Trigger warning - This novel also deals with some topics such as depression, suicide (attempt and thoughts) and low self-esteem issues.

In a nutshell: This was so good it gave me a book hangover.  Character development, a book with music in its spine, friendship, identity, and self-acceptance

I deserve to be here, No one can take my dance space away from me, I don’t care if anyone thinks I look stupid.

Elise stumbles upon an underground disco, named Start, which changes her life and throws her into learning curve. Elise is a character who grows. She grows throughout the novel as a character and she grows on the reader. In other words, the character development in this novel is strong. At the beginning of the novel, Elise is in a bad place- she’s bullied,  socially excluded, and  after her attempt to become popular fails, she becomes quite depressed - I felt a lot of sympathy for her. 

Often, when someone is in a bad place, they can become bitter and consequently seem a bit stuck up and annoying.  Elise comes across as a little annoying but she learns and evolves throughout the novel.  It’s quite understandable that she has become a little bitter, as no matter what she does she doesn’t get to where she wants to be. She’s obsessed with popularity and it’s quite understandable, considering her lack of friends and the relentless bullying she experiences; however her obsession with popularity is more of a desire for friends rather than popularity, as Elise later realises. Elise learns to accept herself, become more accepting of others and finds her passion for DJ’ing.  Ultimately, over the course of the novel she learns, evolves and grows as a character, a friend and a human being. She undergoes a journey of self-discovery and it’s beautiful to read. 

Identity, friendship and acceptance are overarching themes in this novel, which I really enjoyed and think a lot of people can relate to. Sales drives home a really uplifting messages about what it means to be yourself and self-acceptance- that how others label you, and who you are, are two very different things. Elise’s night life of DJ’ing and the new friendships she forms contrasts with the misery of her school life and she gradually has to come to terms with her self and accept that she is not defined by the labels others assign to her. 

One character who perfectly encapsulated this was Vicky. Vicky who made up the rule, ‘I deserve to be here, No one can take my dance space away from me, I don’t care if anyone thinks I look stupid,’ and sees herself as a rockstar despite her career as a musician not quite reaching that level yet. Vicky is a character unashamedly herself and such a positive influence in Elise’s life. Believing in yourself and your abilities is another positive statement Sales explores and a sentiment that is important for young people (and everyone else) to hear.

Sales also explores friendship and what it means to be a friend. Elise gradually learns that you don’t have to have everything single thing in common with someone to be friends, you just have to have something; whether that something is attending secret warehouse parties or just being unpopular and average together.  Elise makes real connections and friendships which are so heart-warming and exciting to read about.  Another definite stand out point of this novel was the romance. The romantic elements were very realistic, complex and a bit messy. For a young adult novel, I really appreciated this quite refreshing take on romantic relationships and their complexities.

Music is a really big part of this novel and I cannot express how much I loved this. If you’re a huge music fan this is definitely a novel to read.  There’s even a suggested listening list at the end of the novel.  Music is really appreciated throughout and it binds the story.   Start, and music bring people together for different reasons. Whether like Elise, they use music to escape their miserable life, or like Vicky, they feel truly themselves on the dance floor, everyone in this novel is brought together, in some way or another by music. Elise finds her passion for DJ’ing and even her Dad is a part time musician who works in a record store.  Music is everything, and music does save and transform Elise’s life.  

Sales writing is very simple but manages to convey a lot of emotion and the voice of Elise distinctively. For a novel that deals with some very heavy and serious topics, the simplicity of the writing and Elise’s voice allows these topics to be explored in an approachable and engaging way. 

Overall, the overarching message that I took from this novel – that you are not defined by the labels others assign you is such an important one and one that I think Sales expresses wonderfully. Elise is a character who grows and evolves this novel and delivers some great messages about hope, identity and friendship. This novel made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and left me with a book hangover. If you want a contemporary young adult novel with some uplifting sentiments and musical inclination, definitely pick this up! 

And finally, I will leave you with this quote:
‘You think it's so easy to change yourself. You think it's so easy, but it's not. True, things don't stay the same forever: couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred. And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions-- but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor. Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable. And isn't that - just you – enough’ 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Ten Books that Celebrate Diversity and Diverse Characters!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Be sure to check out everyone else's posts!



Over the last few years I've become increasingly aware of the need for diversity in books (and in pretty much everything) and the representation of diversity. There are so many reasons to be aware of minorities and topics which do not receive much representation in books and in society. I've found the We Need Diverse Books campaign really helpful in broadening my reading scope and just the other day I stumbled upon this list of books and resources about people of colour in books! 

I've divided the books into books I've read and books I want to read, as despite being aware, I haven't read that many. This is definitely something I want to change and I've found that especially over the last couple of months, I've become more aware of how much diversity there is in the books I'm reading and the books I want to read. These books mainly focus on the representation of mental health and representation of race. 

Books I've Read





Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
This deals with mental health, depression and anxiety mainly. This book follows fourteen year old Audrey whilst she is recovering from some extreme anxiety after a bullying related incident. She suffers from social anxiety as well as general anxiety, to the point wearing sunglasses to avoid eye contact and finds it difficult to leave the house. The mental health elements are presented both realistically positively. Kinsella also reaffirms that Audrey's mental health condition should be taken seriously and emphasises that it is real. It's a really positive portrayal of a character dealing with their mental health and removes a lot of the stigma surrounding mental illness.

No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! by Nico Tanigawa
This is a manga. I actually watched the anime first but I've read the first volume. This follows Tomoko, an fifteen year old girl who, although it is never stated, suffers from severe social anxiety. She struggles to even say more than a sentence to other people and celebrates quite simple interactions, such as managing to say a simple goodbye to her teacher. It's quite dark and might be a little hard to read for some people, but I think it's a very realistic and sharp portrayal of severe social anxiety (coming from someone who has experienced severe social anxiety.)

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer 
Another book that portrays a character with a mental illness. This follows, nineteen year old Matthew who is dealing with schizophrenia. I think schizophrenia is definitely a mental health illness which is very misunderstood and misrepresented in the media and in society. Interestingly written from the perspective of Matthew, as if he is writing directly to the reader, this book deals with his experience of mental illness as well as family members responses and treatment from mental health centres.  

  


The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
Another book which deals with a character struggling with mental illness. This book follows Ester, whose life seems to be going well, but her mental health slowly deteriorates. It's a really haunting and realistic presentation of mental illness. I actually wrote about The Bell Jar and mental instability for my A-levels, so this book definitely had to make it onto this list. 

Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe 
This is a graphic novel following a group of questing mercenaries. There is a lot of diversity through this series. There's racial diversity and LGBT representation. Furthermore, all the main characters are female and have very different body types, so there's also body diversity thrown in too. Diversity all round! 

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki 
This book focuses on Nao, a Japanese teenager whose diary washes up on the shore of an island, just off the coast of Canada. Not only does this focus on a person of colour, but it depicts some of the darker and less ideal elements of Japan and Japanese culture (bullying, sexual harassment, prostitution etc.) It also incorporates elements of Buddhism and the life of a Buddhist monk, which is quite diverse.

Books I Really Want To Read!


  

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
I own this book and really need/want to reading it! This follows the lives of Ifemelu and Obinze, who fall in love as teenagers, but whilst Nigeria is under military dictatorship they flee and lead separate lives until they meet again years later. This sounds like it deals with issues surrounding race, nationality ,and identity and sounds very interesting!

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob
This book according to goodreads, spans from India in the 70s to New Mexico in the 80s to Seattle in the 90s, I really want to read more books with characters of colour in and this sounds great! 

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone 
Another book which deals with mental illness. This follows a girl dealing with Purely-Obsessional OCD and I've heard so many good things about this!

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
This one follows Alex who suffers from paranoia and schizophrenia, and has difficulty distinguishing between reality and delusions. Again, this is another book I've heard many good things about and it gets a lot of five star reviews on goodreads. 


Has anyone read these books? What did you think? 
I really want to read some more books with characters of colour! Any suggestions? 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Last Ten Books I've Acquired

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! 

This week's topic is quite self explanatory, the last ten books I've acquired! I haven't participated in Top Ten Tuesday for a while but today I'm changing that! On a similar note, I also fell off the blogging train last week. My excuses include: a book hangover, listening to too much Fightstar, and rediscovering my half started Wreck This Journal. Here are the books! 



This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales  
I've already read this book and I loved it so much it gave me the aforementioned book hangover. It deals with some heavy topics in an approachable way and follows a girl who stumbles upon an underground warehouse party. This book made me feel all warm and fluffy, definitely give it a read! 

A historical fiction book following a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy during World War Two. I'm currently reading this and I'm really enjoying it so far! 
I recently purchased a bundle of Lindqvist's books. I've seen the film version of Let The Right One In (the english version) and liked it! I'm sure his books are translated from Swedish so these will be interesting to read, especially as I find foreign horror books/movies are usually a little bizarre and unusual but in a good way! 

This book centres around a man whose six-year-old daughter vanishes suddenly at a frozen lake. Upon returning two years later, he realises that people on the island are keeping secrets from him and embarks on finding out the truth. 
This one follows a town in which the deceased are rising from the dead. From what I've read, these aren't flesh eating zombies but just corpses that have reanimated. It sounds similar to the TV series The Returned that I watched a couple of years ago. Yay for zombie twists! 

Written from the perspective of a stalker, this book sounds super creepy and complex. I'm super excited to read this book! 
I just love Sarah Dessen books so this really is no surprise. 

I've read this book and I really liked it! It follows fourteen year old, Audrey who has an anxiety disorder which disrupts her everyday life. It's very focused on family and recovery and was a really nice read which deals with mental health in a very positive way. 
This is a graphic novel following two friends, Enid and Rebecca as they navigate through adolescence, growing up and changing relationships. It's very crude and an honest portrayal of bitter teenage years. 
I downloaded an electronic version of this book. I studied this back in Secondary School but I don't think I actually read the entire book. Now I can finally finish it! 

What books have you recently acquired? Which ones are you most excited to read!? 

Monday, 6 July 2015

Review: Rat Queens Vol 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth by Kurtis J. Weibe

  
Title: Rat Queens Vol 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth
Author: Kurtis J. Wiebe.
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 6th May 2015
Genre: Comics/Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★

Summary: 


This booze-soaked second volume of RAT QUEENS reveals a growing menace within the very walls of Palisade. And while Dee may have run from her past, the bloated, blood-feasting sky god N’rygoth never really lets his children stray too far.







Wow, what a follow up! Rat Queens Volume 2, collects issues 6-10 and picks up light-heartedly after the celebratory party thrown in issue 5. Following a blast from the past and the disappearance another character, the Rat Queens undertake another epic adventure full of sass, action, mushrooms, and the almost end of the world!   

So much more is revealed about the characters in this volume. The inclusion of flashbacks and back stories give us a glimpse at Hannah, Violet, and Dee’s lives before joining the Rat Queens. The characters are even more developed and distinct which makes them all the more enjoyable to read about. Despite seeming a little disjointed and confusing at first, the flashbacks are cleverly woven into the story and add more depth and intrigue to the characters. Dee however, is still shrouded with some mystery, although the exploration of her faith (or lack of) was done well in this volume.

Violet’s back story was particularly interesting. One detail I loved was Violet adding a dash of eye liner after suiting up in her armour. We find out more about Violet’s family and her relationship with them. It is both very amusing and captured in a way that is very reflective of real and genuine family relationships anddynamics. Another aspect I really appreciated was Violet’s appropriate slaying whilst dealing with inappropriate comments from creepy old men (slay, violet, slay!)

Plot wise, the story is quite formulaic and typical of questing style plots. However, multiple character’s personal histories and interests are entwined with the main plot and villain’s scheme, in an interesting way. The formulaic nature of the plot does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this volume, as the Rat Queens retain their sassy sense of humour and distinctive personalities. It does not take long to re-familiarise yourself with the characters and they really are the force which makes this series so entertaining to read. Additionally, the continuing ‘Gary’ jokes never fail to amuse.

The art style has changed slightly with the switching of the illustrator, but it still retains a similar style. The lines and especially the noses are a lot sharper and pointier than before but overall, it is a small change and does not detract from the enjoyment of the story. 

I really enjoyed this volume. The characters are diverse, complex and all round awesome which really makes reading Rat Queens so enjoyable. Rat Queens combines complex female characters with a brilliant sense of friendship and humour in an action packed fantasy world. This second volume definitely lives up to expectations.  


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Most Anticipated Video Games!


I caught the E3 fever.

As well as being a huge book nerd, I'm also a huge video game nerd. I first got into video games at around eight or nine, my Dad bought a PlayStation 2 and that's pretty much where my gaming journey started. My favourite games are story based ones, as they allow you to become an active participant in the story and I think that's pretty amazing. In general I find that there is not a lot of diversity in video games, especially in mainstream video games. This year however a lot of the big developers are (finally) releasing more female led games which is amazing and exciting! Here are some of the games I'm most anticipating! 

THIS GAME SOUNDS AMAZING. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, where nature has taken over, few tribes of humans are left, and the world is dominated by robot animals. Robot animals. Robot Dinosaurs. The concept for the game is supposed to explore the 'juxtaposition between the danger and beauty of the world' and the 'concept of humanity not being "at the top of the life list" which sounds like it will make an really awesome game. The protagonist is female and seems awesome. I am so excited and this is definitely the game I am looking forward to most. Just watch the trailer and prepare to be amazed. 

I love the Walking Dead TV show, and I love the Telltale game series, although I have yet to read the comic books (definitely need to get on that!) I've played the first two games and they were absolutely amazing. They're heart wrenching and are really interactive as the decisions you make in the game will impact the outcome of the story! It's so much fun to play and is graphically reminiscent of comic book art. Michonne is undoubtedly one of my favourite characters in the TV series, so I am super excited to have a mini series dedicated to her! I can tell it's going to be amazing! 

Where do I start with Lara Croft? She raids tombs and ventures across the globe in search of ancient artefacts. I first played Lara Croft as a child, on my PlayStation 2 and I loved it so much. I haven't played all the games in Tomb Raider franchise but I've played enough to know that I love Lara Croft. I was super excited to play the 2013 reboot, which follows Lara as a young archaeologist and the experience which made her the illusive Tomb Raider. Rise of the Tomb Raider follows on from this and I am super excited! Also, the graphics have come so far with this series, see this image for reference.

Uncharted is one of my favourite series. I actually played Uncharted 3 first (out of order) because it came in a playstation bundle, and accidentally fell in love with the series. Since then I've played the first and second games in the series and loved them all. The series follows adventurer Nathan Drake and his travels across the globe to track down ancient and powerful artefacts (kind of like a male Lara Croft.) There are usually some twists and turns and these games are always super fun to play. On top of that, the characters are funny and the relationship between Nathan and his mentor Sully is great. This is going to be the last game in the series and that makes me really sad because this series is just so much fun. 

Hellblade

This game sounds awesome. The protagonist looks amazing and the game follows her into hell as she battles the manifestations of her mind. The game is based on a Celtic myth and sounds really interesting and unique! I found this game through The Mary Sue, which linked a really cool video about the development of the character and how they created a female character, despite people's claims that female led games don't sell well. YES. (take note Ubisoft) 

Despite Ubisoft's stupid comments on how women are apparently hard to animate. I still love the Assassins Creed series.They seem to have made some improvements with Syndicate though, as the story follows a brother and sister and both are the playable, but I'm sure that the story is more focused on the brother (don't even get me started on the placement in the photo.) The Victorian London setting and the focus on the criminal underworld are some redeeming features though, especially as I've been reading a lot of Charles Dickens (who makes an appearance in the game!!!!)
I have to admit, I never played a Fallout game before. I've heard so many rave reviews about Fallout though, and I think this may be the one I get into! Fallout takes place in a post apocalypse world, destroyed by nuclear forces. Fallout is an open world game but the storyline follows the playable character, who after locking their self and their family into a capsule before the nuclear disaster, wakes up 200 years later as the only survivor. I'm sure I can play this without having played the previous games, as the story is separate to the previous games. 


The E3 announcement for this game really solidified my excitement for this game. The creative developer looked so nervous, but you could tell he was really passionate and really cares about what the game. It's my favourite thing when you can see someone is really passionate about something, it makes me want to feel passionate about it too. He even brought the real life Yarny to the conference and explained how he came up with the idea for the game. This game looks so beautiful and chill, it seems like exactly the game to play when you really need to unwind and relax. 

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture


This game looks really beautiful, despite the ominous title. I'm not entirely sure what it's about (haha) but I know it's a first person game, set in an abandoned or empty English Village. The whole English Village element is really intriguing because I haven't played many games set in England, let alone in English villages. Graphically, this game looks amazing and seems to really capture the English Countryside! 

Notable mention: Mirror's Edge Catalyst - This is the second game in the series and I have yet to play the first one. It's an open world game, set in a futuristic city which main protagonist parkours around. Also the protagonist has been praised for being realistic and a woman of colour. Double win!


Do you guys play video games? Are you excited about any of these games? If not, which games are you excited for!? Leave your thoughts below!