Featured Friday – Curly Sue Review

Happy new year lovelies and welcome to the first featured Friday of 2017. Today we are chatting with lifestyle and book blogger Amanda Horan aka Curly Sue Review/Go Book Yourself. This curly-haired (so jealous of her gorgeous curls and beautiful porcelain skin) animal loving blogger is also living life with a chronic illness. Her life like many of us going through illness has been turned completely upside down. Like myself, she turned to blogging as a means of escapism and to raise much-needed awareness for those suffering with a chronic illness.

The beautiful Amanda

Please introduce yourself? Do you blog, if so please tell us about it?

Hi my name is Amanda, I am 29 years old and live in Ireland. Yes I blog. I have a lifestyle blog called Curly Sue Review which details my own personal story of living life with a chronic illness. I also like to talk about my hobbies; mainly reviewing movie and video games. I also have another blog that is over 3 years old called Go Book Yourself. It is somewhat different from my lifestyle blog as it discusses everything fiction and non-fiction. Reading is another one of my favourite pastimes and I would consider myself quite the bookworm.

Amanda’s two blogs, Curly Sue Review and Go Book Yourself

Do you personally or does someone close to you suffer with a physical and/or mental illness?

Yes I suffer with a few chronic conditions myself, autoimmune arthritis (Psoriatic), osteoarthritis, endometriosis and hypothyroidism.
What has illness taught you?
It has taught me to take nothing for granted and to live in the moment. I never know how I am going to feel from one day to the next so I have to make the most of every second that I feel even the slightest bit well.
Please tell us something not a lot of people would know about you?
This is a hard one! I don’t think many of my online followers would know that I am a very artistic person. I studied animation and game design for over 3 years. I have always loved drawing and painting even though I don’t have a lot of time to do it anymore.
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by creative people, people who make a mark on this world through their personal talents. I am also inspired by all the fantastic authors and artists that come from this country. I enjoy reading their stories and seeing their work as it sparks something deep inside of me. It fuels the fire of creativity within.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
At home, my favorite place is sitting in my comfy chair beside my dog Lulu and a good book in my hand. Outside, it would have to be Egypt. I have been to Egypt seven times and feel a real connection with its history and culture.

Amanda’s gorgeous dog Lulu

Outside of blogging what do you like to do with your free time?
I freelance as a book editor so that eats up an awful lot of my time. When I do have a spare few hours of an evening I enjoy reading, writing, watching movies or playing video games on the PlayStation.
If you could sum up your life in one quote what would it be?
“Never judge a book by its cover”. All of my illnesses are invisible i.e. internal. If you were to look at me you would never guess that I am battling illness or enduring such physical unrelenting pain each and every day. My exterior may look normal but inside is quite the opposite. You never know what is going on in someone else’s life so I try not to judge anyone before I really get to know them.
You can find Amanda over at:
Snapchat: @amandahoran86


  1. 7th January 2017 / 4:53 AM

    Great blog! I too suffer with Chronic Pancreatitis and am in N Ireland. You ladies are kicking ass in the most chronically fabilis way! Happy New Year xx

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      7th January 2017 / 7:36 AM

      Hey Wendie thanks for the lovely comment your so kind. I’m so sorry to hear your one of us too, welcome to the club lol! I would love to feature you on one of our featured Fridays if your interested? Absolutely no pressure. I’m all for raising awareness for those suffering with chronic diseases and giving people a voice. Come kick ass with us ha ha! Happy new year to you too. May 2017 bring you nothing but positive things x

      • 7th January 2017 / 7:39 AM

        I would be honoured!
        I’m just a few weeks out from a hospital procedure but would definitely be happy to raise some awareness for Pancreatitis as it’s very rare so not much awareness. Sadly only a few specialist centres worldwide in England & USA.

        • apalershadeofbeauty
          7th January 2017 / 7:50 AM

          Aww that would be great. Firstly there is absolutely no rush. Just email me when your feeling up for it and we will sort it out. Secondly don’t be pushing yourself. You’ve to look after you and get some serious rest and recuperation. It would be fantastic to share your story as you don’t know who you might help in the process. You poor thing, it’s an awful disease. When I was in hospital last year, my room mate suffered with it coupled with a few other conditions. Chronic illness sucks but we are fighters. X

  2. 6th January 2017 / 9:53 AM

    Thank you so much for the lovely feature!! And thanks for featuring Lulu too :D. It’s great that you’re helping to get the word out about chronic illness! Knowledge is power!

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      6th January 2017 / 9:56 AM

      Aww thank you Amanda for agreeing to feature on the blog and for sharing your own personal story. I’m all about standing up for people going through illness no matter what illness it may be. The only way to break down stigma is through education.

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