Claire x Nikki Review June 2016

BitchinRundownClaire x Nikki Mash Ups

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Claire x Nikki Review May (& April) 2016



thisisfineI already mentioned how disappointed I am with the referendum. I’m disappointed in particular with older Leave voters who won’t feel the brunt of this and with younger voters who act flippantly about it. But there were a lot of factors involved including no confidence in leaders, misinformation and confusion from the government and the media (some intended, some not), concern for all my many EU citizen friends whose futures are now unknown, the tanking economy/coming recession and, most of all, the terrifying wave of xenophobia taking over the world which is being cultivated to distract from massive inequality in our societies…

Other than that cheery situation though, I’m trying to stay plugged in and informed and to prepare myself while also figuring out how I can somehow ‘help’…something! I want to be progressive, not regressive. Looking forward to an inclusive and compassionate future, not backwards to a glory that never really existed for any but a select few elites.


Bitches Book Club Switch
Review :: The Vegetarian
A Betrayal and A(nother) Switch
2016 Quarterly Check-In #2
Books to Inspire Positive Change

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

The Art of War by Sun Tzu ★★☆☆☆
Suffragette: My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst ★★★☆☆
The Vegetarian by Han Kang ★★★☆☆ (3.5 stars)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson ★★★★☆
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans ★★★☆☆
How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing (Little Black Classics #29) by Michel de Montaigne ★★★☆☆ (3.5 stars)

Books of the Month:


Felting: I have wanted to try needle felting for a long time now and I finally had a good opportunity to try by participating in a workshop last week at work. And I made two things: a fish with a mohawk and a daruma (I filled in his eyes because my goal was to try needle felting 😉 )

Not bad for a first attempt if I do say so myself.



Hello everyone! As you can see from Nicole’s post, this month has been a bit of a fraught one. I’ve had to deal with a couple of personal issues myself here so I am quite glad to see the back of June! July hasn’t started so well but I’ll be sure to turn that frown into something more positive going forth. I’ve also not been able to read as much as I’ve liked but my library finally started loaning out ebooks and audiobooks and I’ve already gone through A Brief History of Seven Killings via audiobook so I anticipate a slight update in my books going forth 🙂 I’m hoping that I can get my hands on Harry Potter via audibook soon too! They’re all booked out for months but I’m like #7 on the queue and that’s all we can hope for right 🙂

I also want to get into rollerblading/skating again this month- does anyone have tips on stores or great places to skate in London?


I didn’t post a single thing this month. I’ve been busy at work unfortunately 😦

Books Read

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James★★☆☆☆
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson  ★★★☆☆
The Crossing Stones by Elly Griffiths ★★★★☆
The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths ★★★★☆
The Sekhment Bed by Libbie Hawker ★★★☆☆


Films Watched This Month
Independence Day : RESURGENCE
Central Intelligence
The Secret Life Of Pets

What else has happened? I got my new phone at the end of May/early June so yay, team iPhone now?


How was your June?

The Bitchin’ Book Club pick for the Summer (we’re combining July and August into a huge feminist summer fest!) is….

Feel free to read along with us!


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3 Responses to Claire x Nikki Review June 2016

  1. Pingback: Claire x Nikki Review July 2016 | Bitches With Books

  2. Mahima says:

    I’d love a review of The Art of War!

    And Hyde Park as well as Greenwich Park are really good places for roller skating.

  3. Love says:

    I’d really love to see a review of The History of Seven Killings. I tried to listen to it on audiobook, but I really couldn’t understand the 3 out of the 4 narrators.

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