July Favourites! Hannibal | The girl with all the gifts |

It’s that time where I wave my favourite things in your face again! Sit back and enjoy the Things.

Previously: April | May | June


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MAGICAL.

Stationery: Pencilcase

Okay, so this is my all time favourite of the month. Nothing is going to beat this, in any way.

My pal Mel took the cover design of The Next Together and got it MADE INTO A FABRIC and then had the fabric made into a little pencilcase!

It was a complete surprise and I’ve still not recovered from my amazement. Is that not the best thing in the entire world? 

Music: Halsey – BadlandsHALSEY_BADLANDS-66t1k9lhizjmmbzjw7y0py8wt373yvcpl6ev5cv0un7

An anon on tumblr recced Halsey to me, and ever since I’ve basically been listening to her non-stop. She is so. good. Especially Trouble, which is literally a summary of the novel I’m writing at the minute.

Halsey describes her music as being like a horror movie, and that’s exactly right. I love it.

TV show: NBC Hannibal – Series 3

Hannibal is destroying my life. I had to make a new tumblr just so I could complain about all of my Hannibal feelings without everyone in the world unfollowing me. HANNIBAL, GUYS. I can’t handle it. It’s too much for me. Just – in every way. Help me.

The series so far is best summarised by this headline from The Onion:

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By Silkysimpona

JUST KILL ME NOW.

Book: The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey

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By Powells

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Honestly, I just love this because it reminds me of The Passage, which is one of my favourite books. I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s already one of the best books I’ve read in 2015, I think. I’m such a sucker for this kind of storyline. Give me more.

Recipe: Coconut rice

I went to a thai restaurant for my friend Clare’s birthday last week and tried sticky coconut rice for the first time. I think it changed my life. How have I never had coconut rice before? How?!? Why didn’t you guys tell me about this?

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Charlie, being a cutie.

Webcomic: Recovery: A mini comic by Alice Oseman

Alice draws the most amazing art of her characters (and mine!) and posts something new and incredible almost every day.

She completely knocked it out of the water this time, with a comic about the characters from her new e-novella Nick and Charlie. It’s very short but hard hitting, and I highly recommend you check it out, along with basically everything else on her art blog.

Plus, we filmed a video together at YALC which is hopefully coming . . . some time soon? So brace yourself for that magic. It’ll probably be something like this.

Article: 7 Signs He’s Not Over His Ex – Clickhole

1. He regularly refers to you as a “poor man’s Janet”: Sorry, but if your guy constantly calls you a “poor man’s Janet,” referring to his ex named Janet, chances are he’s still hung up on her.

2. When he says his ex’s name he points at the sun, but when he says your name he points at the sewer: Not much else this could mean. He’s definitely not over her yet.

I would usually aim for something a little more highbrow that a spin-off Onion site (The Onion is clearly a theme today). However, I haven’t been so genuinely tickled by something as I am by “poor man’s Janet” in a long time.

Poor man’s Janet. 

Fanfiction: “I like Spain” AU by Arianne

“Hi,” he said, then glanced at a hastily-written note in his hand and added, a little warily since she hadn’t blinked in several seconds, “Katherine?”

So, don’t freak out guys. Be chill.  But…..someone wrote The Next Together fanfiction. SOMEONE WROTE FANFICTION FOR MY BOOK. WHICH ISN’T EVEN OUT YET?

It’s ridiculously sweet and adorable and I love it soooo much. Basically, Arianne is my new favourite person.


And….we’re done! We survived another month, guys! Give yourselves a pat on the back.

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.  She has written articles for numerous publications, including the GuardianBuzzfeed, Den of GeekThe Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

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