#TrendThursday | How helpful are figures like Zoella for the publishing industry?

#TrendThursday | How helpful are figures like Zoella for the publishing industry?

This week’s topic is focusing on the pros and cons of having popular YouTubers and social media people releasing books.

The top 6 reviews of Girl Online by Zoella (Zoe Sugg) are all rated 1 or 2 stars, in fact 9 out of the top 10 reviews were rated as such. However, the top review didn’t even read the book, they just wanted to rant about the fact that a popular YouTuber got a book deal because the fangirls and boys would read the book to satisfy their thirst for more information about her. But to be fair to her, quite a lot of the 5 star reviews are from fans that have given their rating before the book was even published as they put posts like “so excited for this!”, “I love Zoella!” and other similar reviews.  Continue reading

TV Review | Gap Year

Gap Year
Channel: E4
Starring: Anders Hayward, Ade Oyefuso, Brittney Wilson, Alice Lee, Tim Key

Humpo Show Rating | 4.25 / 5

Channeling similar vibes to that of successful Channel 4 comedies, The Inbetweeners and Fresh Meat, Gap Year is a new comedy that is shown on E4 about a merry band of travelers that have gone to Asia separately but fate has brought them together for hilarious hi-jinks and nincompoopery. A comedy well worth a watch.

The series follows the funny five-some across Asia, each episode is in a different country, as the group struggle with the usual travelling problems – language barriers, food poisoning, misunderstandings with locals, and the inevitable bust-ups with friends – all familiar to anyone that has traveled with friends and strangers. But what separates this merry band of travelers from any other is the extraordinary mishaps, dangers and mistakes that they make, whether that is shooting a friend with a poisoned dart or blowing up an orphanage! The Gap Year writers has tapped into an untapped comedy setting that helps to establish its own identity and to make it more memorable among an audience. The closest to come to it was the Inbetweeners 2 film that seen that gang “travel” around Australia. Despite that having more laughs-per-minute, Gap Year has a more solid story-line as well as story arcs for all of the characters that seem to develop with every episode which is a credit to the writers and the actors who have managed to make the viewers care about their personal struggles that many keep a secret for much of the series. Continue reading

#TrendThursday | Next Week’s Topic

#TrendThursday | Next Week’s Topic

A reminder that next week’s topic is…How helpful are figures like Zoella for the publishing industry? This is your one week warning for those who want to do a blog post about it, or just want to think about your answer before commenting next week.

Suggestions for future posts are very welcome! Whether the question is to do with publishing trends, blog topics, a lack of or too much of something in the bookish world, the influence of an author…feel free to leave a comment! 🙂


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#TrendThursday | Where are the male book bloggers?!

#TrendThursday | Where are the male book bloggers?!

I have decided to start a weekly post where I, and hopefully others, will offer their opinion on a particular bookish trend. Most of them will be planned, although if somethings happens in the publishing world or mainstream news that sparks something I may do a more a topical trend. If you are interested in joining in the discussion, you are more than welcome to do a blog post and tag me in it, or you can leave a comment. Suggestions for topics are also encouraged. The layout of the post is still not 100% sorted and we’ll play around with it as it early stages.  Continue reading

Recent Songlist (Country)

Recent Songlist (Country)

The songs I have been listening to, besides Sheeran’s new album, have been a mixture of country songs. Here are 6 songs that are some of my current favourites, some are new, some are old. The artists include The Shires, Catherine McGrath, LAdy Antebellum, Keith Urban, Heartland and Kelsea Ballerini.

The Shires | Drive

Catherine McGrath | When I’m Older

Lady Antebellum | You Look Good

Keith Urban | Blue Ain’t Your Colour

Heartland | I Loved Her First

Kelsea Ballerini | Dibs


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TV Review | Homeland (Season Five)

Homeland Season Five

Channel: Showtime
IMDb Rating: 8.4 (Overall) 
Starring: Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, Mandy Patinkin, Tracy Letts, F. Murray Abraham, Sebastian Koch.  

The Humpo Show Rating | 4 / 5

The game has changed for Carrie Mathison. Out of the CIA and living in Berlin, Carrie is trying to start a new life but realizes now she’s the one with a target on her back. As the danger intensifies, and without Saul and Quinn to rely on, one thing becomes clear – she’s never been at greater risk or with more to lose. (Rotten Tomatoes)

* Previous Season Spoilers Ahead * Continue reading