How Much is your Body Worth on the Black Market?

I saw an interesting infographic (below) pertaining to illegal human organ trade, and thought I’d share it with you guys. Unfortunately, the infographic does not take into account the black market human organ and body part trade in Africa, but it’s still full of nifty facts. Source: FinanceDegreeCenter.com Intrigued? Read an Excerpt of Muti Nation, or if you’d like to know a bit more about what happened behind the scenes, check out the 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Muti Nation or Top 10 Songs that Inspired Muti Nation posts. Every country has its secrets. Every culture has its taboos. Every house has…

Book Review: Arabian Nights

Title: Arabian Nights Author: Anonymous Translator: Sir Richard Burton Publisher: Harper Press Publishing Date: May, 2012 (first English edition published 1706) Genre: Various (Anthology) Rating: 9/10 Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Shahrazad, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Shahrazad always withheld the ending: A thousand and one nights later, her life was spared forever.  Arabian Nights is a fantastic collection of tales set in the the Middle East and…

Classic Thursday—An Introduction

Welcome to Classic Thursday, the newest segment on my blog! What is Classic Thursday? Well, it’s like Throwback Thursday, but only with books. Every Thursday—for as long as I can manage—I will be reviewing a book or story that’s considered a classic by literary standards. Now, I’m sure you might wonder why I’d review books that most people have already read, and that’s because not everyone’s read these books. I mean, I’m a ferocious reader, and I haven’t really delved into the classics either. Here and there, maybe, but if I’m honest with myself, I feel I’m not as well-versed in this particular area.…

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favourite Reads of 2016

2016 was a lean year for reading, but I did find quite a few good books to enjoy. So, in no particular order (and in a variety of genres), I present to you my top 10 favourite reads of 2016.    The Widow by Fiona Barton—I might have had some issues with the book, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most memorable reads of the year. The emotions ran high, the mystery unfolded at a great pace, and frankly it was an important story everyone should read. The ending, however, sent shivers down my spine, and I wish there was more…

New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

2017 is upon us, and as such it is time to set some goals for the New Year. Seeing as 2016 was a terrible year for everyone, myself included, I’ve decided to start 2017 with a positive outlook on life. Setting some goals is the first and easiest step. It’s usually the second step where one tends to lag, but I’m determined to complete at least 80% of the goals on my list this year. So, let’s start with the easier resolutions and work ourselves to the more difficult ones… In 2016, the amount of books I read for pleasure was…

What’s the Deal with Modern Bras?

I love wearing a bra, mostly because I love not knocking myself out whilst walking at a brisk pace, but also because I love feeling pretty. Those frilly little overpriced things can do wonders for a self-esteem, too, especially when it feels like you’re always waging war against your body to fit today’s beauty standards. So I normally don’t have many qualms when it comes to the over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder… Seeing as I grew up in a household full of women with different body types, and therefore different needs, we tended to go on a bra-buying spree once a year. We used to make a whole day…

Book Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) Author: Sarah J. Maas Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Publishing Date: 06 September 2016 Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy Rating: 10/10 The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in…

Why I Can’t Comment on the 2016 US Election

People close to me know that I have a sort of love/hate relationship with politics. I follow international politics closely, enjoy forming my own opinions on whatever topics are being discussed, but I tend to keep mum on the matter. My silence is not due to ignorance or my approval/disapproval on certain subjects. In truth, I’ve cringed more than a few times, and I’ve been downright outraged on more than one occasion as I’ve followed the 2016 US Election campaigns. Because, let’s be honest, the 2016 US Election has turned into a reality TV show, where producers are trying their best to…

September 2016 Round-Up

Hello ghouls and boils, It’s October, which means that creepy horror-lovin’ fetish of mine can finally come out to play! But first, let’s get down to what happened in September (and then I’ll give you the details of some spooktacular stuff that’s happening in October). ^_^ Favourite Read Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) Author: Sarah J. Maas Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Publishing Date: 06 September 2016 Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy Rating: 10/10 The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with…

Top 10 Tuesday: My Spring TBR List

Technically, this week’s prompt is to showcase the Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR list, but considering I live in the Southern Hemisphere—and it’s Spring here—I had to switch it up. These are the books I have on my TBR list (although most of them haven’t been released yet). Hopefully, you don’t mind too much.    1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan—I love me some Rick Riordan, not only because of how well he writes and incorporates mythology into his fiction, but because I really dig his stories. I can’t wait to delve…