Spare Room Project

Spare Room Project 

An appreciation post of sorts. Since graduating from university in August 2016 I have been trying my best to get my foot in the door at publishing houses as I have decided that working in a marketing and publicity role at a publishing house, or as an agent’s assistant at a literary agency is what I ultimately want to do. For those of you that are unaware of the publishing industry in the U.K., the central hub of publishing houses is London, although there are some in areas like Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol, but the majority are based in London.

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The Spare Room Project was founded to set up “aspirant publishers outside of London with publishing people in the capital, who can give them accommodation for a week. One of the starkest challenges to diversity in publishing is the difficulty faced by those who live outside of London and have no friends or family there to put them up, while they do an internship or work experience placement. This pilot scheme will start to address the issue by asking people working in publishing in London to pledge the use of a spare room in their house for a week. They will then be matched with an aspirant publisher, who will have arranged work experience in London for that week.” Continue reading

Book Review | 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why
Jay Asher

Genre(s) | Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health, Realistic Fiction
Goodreads Rating | 4.04
Published | 2007
Publisher | Penguin Random House
I received my copy from Penguin Random House.

Humpo Show Rating | 4 / 5

Absolutely gripping

Disclaimer: suicide, rape, depression and mental issues.

13 Reasons Why tells the story of Hannah Baker, a high school girl who had committed suicide. Before she made that decision, she decided to record seven tapes that detailed the thirteen reasons that snowballed to make her life unbearable and ultimately unlivable. Her story is told from the perspective of Clay, a fellow high school classmate who had a crush on her. When he returns from school one day, he find a package containing tapes from Hannah. She tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out.  
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London Museums

London Museums

Along with visiting the art galleries of London, I also managed to squeeze in a visit to quite a few of London’s museums. I’ll be doing the same format as my London Art Galleries post, including the Admission, Nearest Tube Station and also the areas of each museum which I enjoyed the most. Continue reading

Book Giveaway | ARC of Spoils!


On my Instagram account, there is a book giveaway of an advanced reading copy of Spoils by debut American novelist Brian Van Reet.


Described as “The Kite Runner meets The Things They Carried”.

1 Mandatory Entry – Follow me and like the photo.

2 Entries – tag 2-3 people in a comment.

3 Entries – reposting the photo on your Instagram. Continue reading

Book Review | Six of Crows

Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo

Genre(s) | Young Adult, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating | 4.5

Humpo Show Rating | 5 / 5 

Heart-stopping…like a Grisha, and addictive…like Jurda Parem. Six of Crows is an utterly fascinating page turner, and a compulsory read for Young-Adult readers.

Six outcasts have accepted the charge of a seemingly impossible heist job that could earn them wealth beyond their wildest dreams. They have to break into a never before breached military stronghold, Ice Court, retrieve a hostage that holds a formula that could wreak mayhem on the world, and make it back to collect their reward. If that seemed improbable enough, they have to contend with enemies intent on derailing their efforts, conflict among themselves, and an ever-changing plan that leaves a lot to chance. Continue reading