Her Guide To Life

An Unofficial Guide to Staying Sane(ish) in your 20s

Friday, 30 December 2016

Review: MAD GIRL by Bryony Gordon

MAD GIRL by Bryony Gordon
Published 29th December 2016 by Headline Publishing Group
ISBN 9781472232090 | £7.99


Sunday, 4 December 2016

My Photoshoot Experience with Alex Cameron

Last Friday, I hopped on a train up to Cambridge to get some photos taken. Photos of myself. And who better to be shot by for the very first time than the AMAZING Alex Cameron, who has photographed everybody from Zoella to Emma Gannon? 


Friday, 2 December 2016

I Met Zadie Smith And I Totally Freaked Out About It

A couple of Mondays ago I went down to the Royal Institute of Architects near Great Portland Street to see a sold-out talk from bestselling author Zadie Smith. Yeah. I'll just let the coolness of that statement sink in for a second.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Is 'Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging' Anti-Feminist?

This time last week, I finally did something that I'd been planning, but putting off, for weeks and weeks. I put the kettle on, grabbed a blanket and some comfy socks, and rewatched Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. With the awful news at the start of this year that Louise Rennison, author of the legendary Georgia Nicholson books, had passed away, and the much better news on Twitter that Aaron Johnson had ditched the blonde highlights and Dick Dastardly moustache, for weeks I'd had an itch that only the Ace Gang could scratch.


Sunday, 13 November 2016

Clue Adventures: My first locked room game #AD

So last weekend, I took the Tube with my boyfriend, Ludo, all the way to Mile End to play my first ever locked room game.

If you don't know what a locked room game is, I'll set the scene: you're in a room. It's locked (duh). There is a timer on the wall. You get given some backstory and context about a mystery, and it's up to you to solve it to escape the room.


Sunday, 30 October 2016

Blogtober #14: Here's to growing up, and growing apart

Some of you might have seen on Twitter last week that I had a certain... falling out, shall we say, with an old school friend over WhatsApp. For those of you that missed the drama, here are the screenshots of the conversation to get you up to speed (name has been omitted for privacy):


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Blogtober #13: The Autumn Reading Tag

First of all, I just want to say thanks to the lovely Emma from Howling Reviews for tagging me to do this post. I've never done a tagged post before, and talking about my autumn TBR pile is DEFINITELY a good way to start! 

However, I will admit that recently, I've definitely been slacking on the reading front. I started this year with the idea (and the Goodreads challenge) to read 100 book in 2016. Right? I know. But at the time, it honestly didn't seem too much of an ask. I read pretty fast and was getting through two or three books a week (because I was unemployed) and I just thought, hey, why not. 


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Blogtober #12: Is being 'in love' enough to save your relationship?

I've been thinking recently about what I want this blog to be to me. I think I want it to be like an online diary, where I can talk frankly and honestly about my life, my opinions, and my take on subjects and topics that life throws at us. Part of the reason I want to write all of this down is because recently I've been thinking about how our stance and opinions on things can change over time, and why it's actually totally fine if you don't think about something the same way when you're 23 as you did when you were 16. That's why my blog's called 'Her Guide to Life' - these are just my experiences, and I am just one person, talking about how I see the world, trying to be as honest as I can.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Blogtober #11: Three recent evenings out in London

I wanted to write these down because I didn't take any photos and I like to remember the really great evenings in my life for a long time. I'm also seriously spoilt because I've had three Really Great Evenings within the space of three weeks, and when life inevitably gets more boring than it has been recently I want to be able to look back and be like, hey, it's okay, you used to do cool things. 


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Blogtober #10: Working in Publishing Q+A | #askHBP

Hey y'all. So, I know I said that this would be up yesterday. The truth is, me and my boyfriend bought Thai takeaway and wine and started watching The Cabin in the Woods, and I kind of forgot all about it.
Thank you to everybody who asked me questions on Twitter, and for making my first Q+A so much fun! I'm not planning on doing any more Q+A's right now, but I know that this is something that lots of my online and IRL friends are interested in and that I could help out with.


Friday, 14 October 2016

Blogtober #9: A Scrap of A Poem I Wrote on The Bus

It's going to be a short one today, because I have a pizza and cinema date to get to in half an hour (yes, I'm seeing Bridget Jones' Baby again. Don't judge me).

Anyway, like the title says, this is a very short poem that I wrote on my bus home from work after reading the amazing Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Blogtober #8: The Best Mid-Week Autumn Soup Recipes

I don't know about anybody else, but to me, autumn = soup. Nothing makes me feel as cosy and domestic as a big bowl of soup and some crusty bread on a cold October evening. I used to be a firm tinned soup fan, but in the last year, my boyfriend has proved to me multiple times just how easy making your own soup is (and how snooty and proud you feel afterwards). These are my favourite soup recipes, all that I've made several times, and all that look ugly as hell, but taste delicious (which everybody knows is the test of a good homemade soup).


Monday, 10 October 2016

Blogtober #7: My New Favourite Feminist TV Show

I am ALWAYS on the lookout for a good TV series to binge on. After I finally got over finishing Stranger Things, I thought I'd have to wait a long time to fall properly in love with a series again. I was definitely wrong. 

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Blogtober #6: Why I Pretty Much HATE Sundays

I can't explain it. I just really, really don't like Sundays. Even if the Sun is shining, the birds are cheeping, and I've waken up mercifully hangover-free, they just always feel kinda grey to me.


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Blogtober #5: 23 Painfully Honest And Not Always Pretty Facts About Me

It sometimes feels as though we live our lives basically online these days.We chat to people every single day, but how well do we actually know these people? Do we know what they're scared of? What their favourite sound is? Which book last made them cry?

Friday, 7 October 2016

Blogtober #4: Why We Need To Celebrate The Good Days

So yesterday was my 23rd birthday. Thank you SO much to anybody who wished me a happy birthday on Twitter, you honestly made my day, and I’m so sorry that I don’t know more of you in person (yet).


Monday, 3 October 2016

BLOGTOBER #3: The First Chapter (And Maybe The Only)

This is Past (Healthy) Me, feeling super sorry for Present (Flu-ey) Me
Hey, everybody. As you may or may not know, I've been down with the flu for a few days now, and I haven't really had the energy to do anything other than to hunker down on my sofa in a blanket and rewatch The Office for the millionth time on Netflix. I'm going to heat up some chicken soup, put my PJs on, and write tomorrow's post later on tonight, but for today's? I thought you might like to read something I wrote a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if I'll carry on with it yet, but damn, it felt good to write some fiction again. Bring on NaNoWriMo next month... (?)

Happy October 3rd!

(Very Ill) Hannah x


Sunday, 2 October 2016

BLOGTOBER #2: Goodbye Sugar, Bliss, and Pre-Teen Innocence

Remember the teen magazine Mizz? Course you do. How about Sugar? Bliss? Well, guess what? They're all gone. None of them are being printed anymore. 

I don't know how many people this will come as a surprise to. Maybe I missed the grand Internet farewell that sent these magazines off, but I was genuinely shocked and more than a bit upset when I found out a few days ago that the magazines that I had loved as a preteen and early teen were... kaput.


BLOGTOBER #1: Hello, I'm Hannah

Hey, lovely people. It's Hannah here. Are you okay? I hope you're okay.

I had a big ol' chat with my friend Mariam yesterday over coffee. It was glorious. During the three hours that we were sat in Costa, we covered a lot of topics: books, publishing, social media, writing... Okay, those all do sound pretty similar now that I read it back, but what can I say? We have a lot in common.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Unexpected Sexism in 'The Cursed Child' | Hannah Billie Perry

On 30th July, I happily donned Ravenclaw facepaint and red lippie to stand in line at Waterstones Piccadilly and gleefully grab my copy of the much-awaited script of The Cursed Child. I was pumped. For a lifelong fan, it was the perfect way to bid a fond farewell to the franchise that changed, no, shaped, my very existence.

How very disappointed I was.


Sunday, 14 August 2016

I'm Having a Love Affair With The Tube

It's an exciting thing, to be a twenty-two year old in London in 2016. I feel like I'm bang in the middle of the delicious few years in which, in your head, you're still pretty much a teenager, but for all intents and purposes, you're actually an adult. Which means you get to do adult things and make your own adult decisions. you get to do adult things.

Saturday, 9 April 2016


Dear you,

I think I know what you're thinking right now. 'I can't cope. I can't cope. I can't do this. I need to get out of this situation or I'm going to die.' And I know how much all of those statements seem absolutely, incontestably true right this second. To make matters worse, you're probably beating yourself up for feeling like this, too.


Thursday, 31 March 2016


It was #WorldPoetryDay on the 21st March, and if you know me at all, you know that I LOVE me some poetry.

A lot of people think that they hate poetry. They think that it's boring, and outdated, and uninspiring. To those people, I always say the same thing: dude, you're just not reading the right poetry yet. It's one of the most exciting and current forms of literature out there, but unless you studied for an English degree (holla), you might not have come across any contemporary poets in recent years.


Monday, 14 March 2016

Why Zara's Ungendered Range Sucks

Grey, grey, grey... OOH, BROWN! Grey...

A couple of weeks ago, high-street fashion giant ZARA launched a brand new range of clothing that they're marketing as a separate, new category of style: 'ungendered' clothing. 

'Hurrah!' yells the world. 'One step closer to breaking down these arbitrary gender limitations! No longer must we feel confined by our gender in expressing ourselves through the clothes we wear!'

Sounds pretty good, right? You're right. It does. In theory. And it completely would be... if that's what ZARA had actually achieved with this new 'cutting edge' range.


Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A Note On The Importance Of Self Care

Source: @asian.feminist

In a society that is obsessed with optimisation, with being able to achieve the most in the least amount of time, with working harder days and taking longer trains home... it gets pretty easy to neglect yourself.

We can't possibly go to bed an hour earlier tonight, because we've got that report to finish. We COULD repaint our nails before work this morning, but we could also file our tax return*. You know, the one that doesn't have to be filed for another three weeks? Yeah, that one.


Wednesday, 24 February 2016

What does a publishing intern do?

It’s always been a dream of mine to work in publishing. 

Okay, maybe that’s not strictly true. When I was four, I’m pretty sure that I wanted to be a pop star. I mean, who didn’t, right? But from about the age of six onwards, when I'd just fallen in love with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and with reading in general, I always knew that I wanted to work with books.

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