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Zarina de Ruiter
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Book addict. Globe trotter. Musical theatre lover.
Book addict. Globe trotter. Musical theatre lover.

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Chocolate is most definitely in my list of favourite c-things (alongside Canada, cheese and Christmas). However, I don't often stand still by the process that makes all the chocolate I devour so scrumptious. Until I was given the opportunity to attend an actual chocolate making workshop courtesy of +Red Letter Days and +MyChocolate where not only we got to make our own truffles, giant chocolate button and cocktail but we learned some nifty facts along the way too.

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe already sounded interesting when I first heard about it at a +Walker Books blogger event but I never considered myself much of a sci-fi fan and beyond its concept of a lonely girl in space I wasn’t sure what to expect from it… Well, I certainly didn’t predict I was going to get my mind blown by this highly imaginative and constantly thrilling YA space adventure!

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Some books are perfect for scorching summers and others for the iciness of winter, but today I've compiled a list of 2017 releases for my favourite season of them all: autumn. This time of year is cosy, chilly and with the setting in of the darker days and the arrival of Halloween just a little bit creepy; so the books I've selected are a real mixture going from horrifyingly bleak to heartwarming and cosy.

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I had the pleasure of seeing +Kinky Boots UK for the first time on Broadway among an audience of its creatives in the week before it swept the Tony's by winning six of the thirteen categories it was nominated in, including Best Musical – it was a memorable experience. The show strutted into the West End in 2015 and while it's taken a little while to find its feet, it has really managed to carve out a 'kinky' niche for itself in London.

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I grew up on classic tales such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oliver Twist, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. While I may not have read these tales in many years, I have fond memories devouring them and of the adventures and the depictions of historic times within the USA and UK within their pages. What doesn't happen often is getting the chance to return to the bookish setting for a whole new story. Until now, with the release of a sequel to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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Looking for a pick-me-up for the darker and colder days ahead? Well, Meik Wiking has you sorted. With the follow-up to his super cosy and comforting The Little Book of Hygge, in which he details the secrets to the Danish way of living well, The Little Book of Lykke delves into his global search for happiness and things that have made a positive impact on the world. And this new book is both educational and inspirational, providing case studies and statistics alongside heartwarming moments of positivity.

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As my blog started out as a book one I always love it when I can write posts with a literary connection and my Edinburgh getaway was filled with bookish inspiration. One of the first things I discovered during my research is that you can have afternoon tea in an actual library, how cool is that? We of course had stop by for a visit and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Not only were our surroundings in +The Colonnades at the Signet Library stunning, but the afternoon tea delights on offer were as scrumptious as they were inspired.

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August was a bit of a quiet reading month for me as my siblings stayed with me for two weeks meaning I wasn't commuting by myself, diminishing my reading time to the few longer train journeys we took. Still, out of the six books I did manage to finish in August, five were 4-star reads which wasn't bad at all. My favourites were YA alien invasion sci-fi I Am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdóttir and magical fantasy epic A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke. What did you read and love in August? :)

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London Zoo is the perfect summer holiday outing, but what if it rains all day and some of the animals are in hiding? When we went for a visit last week it was the one miserable day sandwiched between 28 degrees summery ones, but that didn't stop us from exploring London Zoo and making the most of it; we just had to be a bit creative (and no, this didn't include a swim with the penguins, though by the end of the day we did slightly look like we had done just that...).

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The Glow of Fallen Stars by Kate Ling (the follow up to the bleak and chilling YA sci-fi The Loneliness of Distant Beings) was surprising, fascinating and so very imaginative. It sets up an entirely new concept within the Ventura world and has an explosive conclusion that instantly had me craving more!
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