Claire x Nikki Review May (& April) 2016

BitchinRundownClaire x Nikki Mash Ups

Bitches Book Club Review: In Real Life
Literary Listings: Our 10 Fave Graphic Novel Standalones/First in Series
Claire and Nikki Talk “Genre”
Bitches Book Club Review :: Kitchen



WE DONE GOOFED! We totally missed April, but whatever. Stop drawing attention to it! Jeez! In other news, I have been trying a few vegan and vegetarian foods and the results have been encouragingly positive. I’m also hankering for more Japanese crime novels and philosophy. Any suggestions?*
*(Vegan/vegetarian related or book related)

Oh! And did I mention I passed my Life in the UK test?? Because that’s something that happened. I am now available for all pub quizzes requiring an expert on UK history, laws and culture.
Need to know when the Battle of Agincourt was? Can’t quite remember how long the Bayeux Tapestry is? Want to know who the heck Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is? Don’t Google it, CALL ME! :’D hahah


On Ethics and Environmentalism
Review :: The Fat Years
2016 Quarterly Check-In #1
New York Times Book Tag
Reading Rut

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

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ★★★☆☆
The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung ★★★★☆
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto ★★☆☆☆
Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley ★★☆☆☆
Jazz by Toni Morrison ★★☆☆☆
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith ★★☆☆☆
At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid ★★☆☆☆
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach ★★★★☆

Book of the Month(s):



YouTube: I rediscovered The School of Life videos and they are so so good. I just want to indulge in reading some philosophers now and be a better human and make the world better and help other people to achieve the same and build a utopian society forever.

Vegan: I tried rice milk and it was nice. I tried vegan cheese and it was nice. I tried almond milk in my cereal (for the second time; the first time was not so great..) and, after switching cereal and not heating it like I usually do, it was also nice. I tried a vegetarian portobello mushroom burger and a vegan cajun vegetable bean burger (wooo spicy!), and they were both great successes. YAY!



I read a fair bit in April but not much at all in May. Actually, I haven’t read anything at all besides the monthly pick! I’ve been very lackluster lately and uninspired to do much at all with my life besides watch movies and run outside if the sun is there. If the sun is out, I spend much time frolicking! I do have a funny story of sorts.

So my phone died this month and I decided to invest in a fancy new iPhone (I’ve always wanted one and it’s super cool to finally have an excuse to get one!) but I must first tell the story of my old beloved 3 year old samsung. The stupid phone was acting up for some time and cracked to bits but I still taped it up and figured that I could make it last. Until I ran across the road and it fell outside of my pocket and got crushed by an oncoming car. That pretty much describes my May.

On the fun side, I did spend 2 weeks in the USA visiting my Mum and her husband in Atlanta. I even got to go home for 3 days! I haven’t been home in nearly 2 years and I really missed it.


Something Borrowed + Something New: April 2016
Literary Listings: Claire’s Favorite 5 Books Set in London
Literary Listings: 4 Moments when British Phrases Defeated Claire (in Fiction)

Books Read

At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid ★★★★☆
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman ★★★★★
The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #2) by Anne Rice ★★★★★
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto ★★☆☆☆
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg ★★★★★
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey ★★★☆☆
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death #1) by Ariana Franklin ★★★★☆


I got the Cineworld card in January and since then I basically watch 2 to 3 films a week. I figured, why not show them here? So films watched in April and May:

Warcraft : THE BEGINNING ★★★★☆
Captain America : CIVIL WAR ★★★★☆
Angry Birds ★★★☆☆
Alice Through the Looking Glass ★★☆☆☆
Bad Neighbours 2 ★★★★☆
Bastille Day ★★★☆☆
Eye in the Sky ★★☆☆☆
The Jungle Book ★★★★☆
The Huntsman : WINTER’S WAR ★★★☆☆


How was your May (and April)?

The Bitchin’ Book Club pick for June 2016 is from Nikki and she chose:


Feel free to read along with us!


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