At 10.33pm on Monday 22nd May, in the city of Manchester in the UK, an explosive device was detonated by a terrorist in the foyer of Manchester Arena, near Victoria Station, shortly after an Ariana Grande concert had ended. The concert was attended by scores of children, teenagers and adults. There are a number of fatalities … More Manchester

2016 Wrap-Up

So, here we are. The final day of 2016. It’s gone so quickly, as if someone has been firmly pressing the “fast forward” button. It’s that time of year when I lose all sense of what has happened for me in the past 12 months, so this is my feeble attempt to reflect on 2016 … More 2016 Wrap-Up

Book Review: Trouble by Non Pratt

Trouble Author: Non Pratt Publisher: Walker Published: 2014 Type: E-book What’s it about? Hannah’s smart and funny…she’s also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is new at school and doesn’t want to attract attention. So why does he offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah’s unborn baby? Growing up can be trouble but that’s how you find out what really … More Book Review: Trouble by Non Pratt


I’m being adventurous. Well, at least I think I am. I’ve completely altered my blog and I DEFINITELY class that as being adventurous. Miscrawl is no more. Say hello to Open Book Journeys. I felt like the blog needed an overhaul because I wasn’t particularly inspired whenever I logged in. I never really liked the … More Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Book Review: The Night That Changed Everything by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice

The Night That Changed Everything Author: Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice Publisher: Corgi Published: 2016 Type: Paperback Pages: 416 *Thanks to Transworld Publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a bunch of my honest words and sentences.* What’s it about? Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn’t cry at the end of … More Book Review: The Night That Changed Everything by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice

Film Review: The Revenant (2016)

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Overall: A well-acted visual feast which ultimately sacrifices story and character development. Literally translated from French as “coming back”, revenant refers to somebody who has returned supposedly from the dead. In this case, The Revenant is Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), a fur trapper and explorer of the American wilderness in 1823. Sustaining horrific injuries … More Film Review: The Revenant (2016)