A Fatal Footnote: A Salacious Murder Mystery at a Royal Wedding in the British Countryside – Book Review

A Fatal Footnote by Margaret Loudon revolves around the writer-in-residence at the local bookstore in Upper Chumley-on-Stoke, England, named Penelope Parish. She gets invited to the royal wedding of the year for the Duke and Duchess, the latter of which has become a wonderful friend for Pen. But when the Duke’s former girlfriend is found murdered in the gardens, the visiting writer rolls up her sleeves to find the culprit before the crime can be pinned on her friend’s dearly beloved new hubby.

Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly: Sleuthing Shenanigans with Magically Sassy Kitties – Book Review

Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly follows small town librarian, Kathleen Paulson, and her two very special kitties, Hercules and Owen. When she realised that her feline friends had magical abilities, Kathleen thought for certain that she was turning into a “crazy” cat lady. But when they helped prove her innocence in a murder, she knew that her adopted companions were something to be cherished

The Big O: A Chic, Cool, and Clever Tech-Noir Mecha Series about Forgetting Our Pasts – Anime 1st Impressions

The traits that I love about The Big O are exactly some of the reasons why the series probably wasn’t very popular in Japan, and instead has become a bit of a cult title within Western otaku audiences.  Some of these include the gorgeous animation style, the perception of how toxic it is to bury our pasts for the sake of our future, and the toss-backs to classic Western media and literary sources.

Mid-Morning Musings: Processing Loss & the Poisonous Nature of Hate

On Wednesday, July 21st, I received news that my uncle had passed away. We weren’t blood relatives. He was my mum’s neighbour in Fiji when they were kids and also her best friend from childhood, one of the few that she had. As long as I can remember, he’s always been a strong and positive presence in my life. From my own childhood, I have always loved, respected, and perceived him as a second father to me. When I received news of his death, I felt nothing but shock and disbelief.

Caturday Reads: Cosy Mysteries & Sci-Fi Adventure

All of the books that I had intended to read a couple weeks ago ended up falling through because I simply didn’t have the attention span or time to devote to them. While I’m saddened by it, I’m also glad that I realised I had to put reading aside to just let Life do its thing, otherwise I may have fallen into an atrocious reading rut (my second biggest nemesis after spiders). Since things have been super hefty with respect to my emotional and mental well-being, I turned to chill, cosy books to help me unwind

Anime Recommendations: 5 Reasons to Watch Poco’s Udon World

A couple of my favourite things in anime include food and character-driven feel-good narratives. If it has beautiful animation and amazing music, then I know that I’m going to have strong positive feelings about it once I have finished watching. Then there are those super rare moments where an anime will be so mind-blowingly awesome as to leave a special sort of imprint on my mind and heart. One that will have me thinking about it and the themes that touched me intimately for a long time to come afterwards. Poco’s Udon World is one such anime

Extinction Code by James D. Prescott: A Great Introduction to a Potentially Awesome Sci-Fi Action-Adventure Trilogy

Extinction Code by James D. Prescott is the first novel in the science-fiction, action-adventure series, Extinction. The story follows a group of various scientists and researchers who obtain grants to dive into the ocean so they can study the asteroid that dropped tens of millions of years ago, leading to the decimation and extinction of dinosaurs. However, once they’re down and discovering, other interested parties come knocking.

The Brink by James S. Murrary & Darren Wearmouth: A Sci-Fi Horror Treat Turned Political Thriller with Awfully Overdone Villainy Dynamics

The Brink by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth is the second novel in a science-fiction, action-horror trilogy called Awakened. This book picks up almost a year after the events of its predecessor and follows the survivors of the New York attack as they deal with international political ramifications of that attack on a global scale.

Summer & Fall Anime Watching ADHD Relief Project

Having ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) can make it extremely challenging for me to sit down and watch a single anime series for extended periods of time. Since I have trouble focusing on a single anime in a prolonged period, I came up with an experiment for the rest of summer that shall go into the fall sea

Astra Lost in Space Episode 2 & 3 Musings: Space Monsters, Scrumptious Fruits, & Saboteurs, OH MY! (#AniTwitWatches)

After last week’s fantastic pilot, I wanted to see the development of friendships and teamwork between this motley crew of kids, with some tiny rough patches for conflict and better storytelling, as well as some kind of explanation (or the start of) what the initial intention was of sending kids alone into space. While I suspect it is some sort of coming-of-age ritual, I also can’t help but wonder if it’s

Self-Care Sunday: 3 Mental Health Hurdles to Heal in 2021

Last year—the year of 2020 and the pandemic chaos—taught me a lot about the mental health challenges that I still struggle with on a daily basis. When this year began, I had told myself that I was going to take a higher initiative at mending these concerns that still weighed me down. But 2021 has turned out to be even more exhausting for me mentally and emotionally than the previous year, and because of that, I’ve actually fallen deeper into the very problems that I hoped to improve and cope through.

Films & TV Shows that I Watched in June 2021

June was all about films. I didn’t watch a lot of television serials because I didn’t have time to really watch chunks of episodes at a time, which is how I typically like to consume serials (if my ADHD allows). So, when I did find myself with a couple hours of free-time, I just went with whatever films sounded good in the moment. As such, the list of seen titles is pretty large.