Claire x Nikki Review October 2015

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This month I’ve been feeling stretched in all directions with lots of things vying for my attention and it’s been tough keeping up!! I haven’t really felt like reading (although, bizarrely, I got through a fair few stories, but that is largely because of audiobooks..!) and I feel like my reading pace is going to slow down as we near the end of the year… But I’m okay with that. I’m on track with all of my reading goals and have blown my original Goodreads goal of 40 books right out of the water(!) and am now rounding on 100 books which is super crazy because never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine myself to be the kind of person who would read 100 books in a year. So…that’s cool.


Review :: Kafka On The Shore
Review :: Legend (Legend #1)

Books Read (let me know if you want a review of any of these!)

Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Please Look After Mother by Kyung-sook Shin
The Girl’s Guide by Melissa Kirsch (only got halfway before my copy expired though)
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
The Narrow Road to the Interior/Hojoki by Matsuo Bashō
Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

Book of the Month

the icarus girl

Miscellaneous Favourites:

dorayakiFood: I love dorayaki! Since starting my journey in learning Japanese, I’d started getting sushi cravings. I decided to try out Wasabi (which is the favourite food place of the month!) and every time I go I’ve been trying something new. First I tried some eel sushi and an onigiri. The next time I tried a sweet mochi ball with sweet anko filling (red bean paste) in the middle (did not like). Then I tried a green tea custard filling dorayaki! Sweet, lovely, yummy dorayaki. It’s like a pancake sandwich. So nice! Highly recommended. Since the anko dorayaki is the traditional/original kind, I thought I’d try one of those two, but I didn’t like it as much. Food exploits are definitely one of the most fun parts of language learning!

App/website: Also language learning related, Wanikani has been really great for learning the kanji and vocabulary readings. I was finding I have an okay time remembering what the kanji mean and had about 100 of them memorised after about a month. But it was hard studying what they actually sounded like! And Wanikani’s been really great at that. I’ll have to find some other way to go over grammar, of course, but I feel like this website has been a massive help in guiding me through what seems to be one of the most tedious parts of learning Japanese.



Hey everyone! So October was a bit of a blur for me to be honest. I quit my job in September and started an internship at another company and was considering staying when I got an offer for a digital qualitative/market research company in London- and I took the offer. So my moaning and groaning has finally come to an end, I started my new job! I’m based in a better part of London and I just started this week so it’s scary and blurry but it’s also a great feeling. This whole new job thing has also made me realize something: I have 0 confidence and that is something I really need to work on. I’m not sad about it but will work to reclaim some sense of self and my worth (intelligence wise but also socially, because that’s been on the rocks for some time as well).

Other than that I am hopeful for the future. I’m not going back to The Bahamas for Christmas, I’ll spend it in the UK and maybe even in London so that will be interesting and fun!


Books Read

  • The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

Book of the Month

There is none this month. I only finished one book this entire month. What the heck?


Places: Covent Garden is so pretty right now you guys! It’s Design Month I believe and as such, London is looking extra gorgeous. I’ve not been hermit like and I’ve gone out quite a bit by myself or with friends and it’s been immense fun. I’ve also taken the time to visit other more tourist-like places, such as Buckingham Palace because I think it’s ridiculous that I have the chance to live in this city and I don’t see any of it! Even though I’m broke there is a lot of good fun to be had for free and I’m going to take that personally and go out more!

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Food: Speaking of which, I discovered a new corner in Angel the other day and I was astounded. First of all, I had no idea this little niche was there and that it had such cool stuff. In addition to an Antiques market, there was a great sushi store (which AFFORDABLE sushi!!!!! that tasted really good!) and I’m mad because I can’t remember it’s name at the moment and a Bubble Tea joint called Brew Box which I talk about over on Instagram. They’ve got cheap yummy bubble tea and free wifi with comfy couches. What else do you want?

TV: I don’t know why but for some reason I’ve been watching the heck out of the Big Bang Theory. Where I live, they’ve given me a tv for my room (*_* I haven’t watched/been able to sit in front of an actual TV since I left home at 17) and it’s just magical, to the detriment of my reading unfortunately! However, the E Channel has a ton of Big Bang reruns on in the night when I get home from this Internship and I just sit for hours watching reruns. It’s magical

Music: THE QUEEN HAS RETURNED! Oh she might not be a Queen to you but she sure as heck is to me- I’m speaking about Enya, the goddess of flowly music that mellows me out. Her camp released a single this month with her first album in 7 years being released November 20th. You can bet that I’ve already preordered a copy! Listen to the single below. It’s even got me messaging Nikki about taking a vacation to a Dark Sky Island (which is what her album is about).


How was your October?

The November Bitchin’ Book Club pick is from Claire and she chose:



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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3 Responses to Claire x Nikki Review October 2015

  1. Pingback: Claire x Nikki Review November 2015 | Bitches With Books

  2. Lauren Becker says:

    Glad you both seemed to be doing well! Congrats on the new job, Clarie and Nikki, that’s awesome you’ve already read 100 books this year. I really need to do the Goodreads challenge next year so I can keep track of all the books I read. i have no idea how many i’ve read. hah


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