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January wrap-up (+ writing opportunities and more!)

I can’t believe that January has come and gone already! This month was full of ups and downs for me. I ended up reading three books, being a part of an online book club, helping edit a magazine (if you’d like to see your words in print, keep reading!), and travelling to Amsterdam to see a friend! It’s definitely a month I won’t forget, and I’m excited to see if February will be better.

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So, I ended up reading only three books, and I’m on track with my Goodreads reading challenge.

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

This Will Be My UndoingThis was a great book to start the year with — it absolutely blew my mind. It’s a collection of essays penned by Morgan Jerkins revolving around the African-American female experience in the US. In these essays, Morgan Jerkins delves into her past as a school girl in a predominantly white environment, as a student at Princeton, and as a Harlem resident getting in touch and owning up to her blackness.

Morgan Jerkins is a phenomenal writer. Her voice leads the reader with such ease through her essays, a lot of them about harder topics to accept — racism, intersectionality, and “otherness.”

I wrote a full review upon the release of this book. You can read it here.

5-star rating

Goodreads page

The Displaced edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Another great read this month! This book is only coming out in April, sadly, and my review will be up later this year. But I can safely say that you won’t regret waiting for this one.

The DisplacedThe Displaced is also a collection of essays, this time written by authors who have experienced being refugees — both recognized and unrecognized by the countries that took them in. In these essays the themes of home, culture, physical and metaphorical borders, and identity are explored.

Between these pages are expressed the voices of people who have gone through hell to guarantee they would survive another day. These are narratives coming from 90s war-torn Bosnia, present-day destroyed Syria, and present-day impoverished Mexico; and these countries’ story become even more heart-breaking. The authors are incredibly talented and I got to

My review will be up on April 9th of this year, and the book will hit the shelves the following day.

5-star rating

Goodreads page

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a HalfThis book came out ages ago and I’ve just now gotten around to reading it. If you haven’t heard of this book, it’s about the author’s life explained through comics and short-ish snippets of text as she’s dealing with mental health problems and her two misbehaved dogs.

Some of the chapters were very funny, especially the ones about her dogs; but others were just “meh” and I ended up skim reading them. I could relate to some of the points she brought up about depression, which redeemed the book a little. Overall, I have the feeling that I’ve read this book, even though I know I haven’t. This probably sums up my feelings the best about the book.

3-star rating

Goodreads page

I have also joined a book club online for the first time — whoohoo! The name of the book club is The BookBum Club and you should join in on the fun too! This month’s theme was “New Year, New Book” and I completed this challenge by reading Morgan Jerkin’s book.


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I had mentioned in a previous post (you can read it here) that I was giving my first steps with freelancing, and January was a good month for me. I started a contract with a new client who I really like working for and I’m being considered for another position with another client that would make me jump with joy. At the moment I am doing more blog writing and article writing than editing (which is what I’m most interested in). I’m quite hapy about being able to explore more of my writing skills, and hope to be doing this for some more months.

I have also been very focused on Kettle Mag — the online magazine I work for. We are launching a Spring issue, being printed in London in March, and I’m the head editor for it. And this is where you come in!

I am looking for some tallented writers who want to get their words published. A lot of articles still need to be assigned to writers, and we’re looking for some fresh blood. Some of the articles in need of writers are listed below, but there are many more sections accepting pitches!

  • Women section: Reproductive Rights — what’s the history of reproductive rights? Why do we think of it as a women’s issue and not just an issue (ungendered)? An opinion piece or an historical look into the pill, condoms, IUDs etc. would be amazing.
  • Books: Young Adult — why are Young Adult books important? Are they good reading material for young people and adults alike?
  • Sex & Relationships: Long Distance Relationships — have you been in one? What was your experience with them? Can love survive the test of distance?
  • Sex & Relationships: Consent — how has consent changed in the light of rape and sexual allegations in Hollywood? Does non-verbal consent exist?
  • Travel: Free theme! — do you have any ideas for this section?
  • Current Affairs: Youth and the Labour Party — a year after the election that saw Labour’s lead increase, how much influence has the youth had on Jeremy Corbyn and the future of the party?
  • Fashion: Through the years — how has fashion changed through the decades and how does it represent culture?

If you can submit an article with a minimum of 800 words until the end of February and want to see your name printed on a physical copy of a magazine — get in touch! While we can’t pay any writers at the moment (all writers and editors are volunteers), this is a good way to get some experience in the field.

You can reach me at my personal email address (rita23cunha@gmail.com) or at my work email (women@kettlemag.co.uk). I’m very excited to gather new writers! If you have any questions or would like to know more information about this entire project don’t hesitate in messaging me!


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I’m currently in Amsterdam! I came to visit a friend and I’m staying here for a week and the city has inspired me to create new things for my blog — which you’ll hopefully see in the near future!

I have also been enjoying the whole blogging thing again. I feel more inspired than ever, and connecting with the community has helped that a great deal. I have found some amazing book bloggers that I want to give a quick shout out to.

The first one is Alex, blogger at the paperback pianoHer posts are unique and she takes some incredible pictures! She’s also incredibly nice and her blog deserves to grow so much more — go check out her blog!

The second and last one is Hannah, blogger at I have thoughts on books. She posts so often, and her drive to read so much and review so many books is truly inspiring. I recently started following her and I regret not knowing about her blog sooner. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

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What were you up to in January? Did you read any fantastic books? Let me know about all the things in the comments 😊

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