Review: ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas

Once again, I found this book by browsing all across Instagram. I had recently watched ‘Dear White People’ – a Netflix original which I really recommend, especially to white people as although I knew of my white privilege, this really opens up your eyes. In the same way, the show opened up my eyes, so did this book. I rave on about it to pretty much anyone who will listen.

It shows a black girl, who lives in a black neighborhood, but she goes to a pretty much all white school. During a police shooting of a (black) friend of hers, it portrays the two points of view. The typical view of white people ‘oh well he was part of a gang…’ or ‘well the police officer was just doing his job its an easy mistake’, and the truth behind so many of the shootings which have happened to innocent black people by Police. It is a really well-written depiction of something that happens in real life and really opens your eyes to the victims and situations they can find themselves in, despite their innocence.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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How I Keep track with my TBR (to be read) books

I think everyone knows the feeling of ‘too many TBRs’, but sometimes they can get lost within your bookcase. I’ve recently come up with a way that helps me pick what book I should read next that has been on my list for probably months!

So, the wonderful uses of Bullet Journals are making their way back on my blog! I’ve converted a few of my friends to bullet journalling and it was great to see their different takes on it.

For me, this is a super fun, pretty way to log the books you want to read, and you can even write the date that you finished it, or the date you started it for those DNF (did not finish) books. I’m also using this organisation style to encourage me to get back on those books because I hate the idea of leaving them blank.

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Sierra Burgess is… problematic?

I waited to post this for a while because I didn’t feel good about posting a negative review of something on here, but I wanted to give my own thoughts and opinions regarding the film.

So after watching ‘To all the boys I’ve loved before’ (TATBILB) after reading the book, I fell in love with Lana Condor [Lara Jean Covey] and Noah Centineo [Peter Kavinsky]. So naturally, when I saw that Noah was in another Netflix movie, I wanted to jump further in on the cute romantic vibe that I was already in. So I grabbed some snacks and cuddled up waiting for some cute as hell scenes.

Now, I prepared myself for cringe – I cannot deal with cringy movies most of the time, it can just get too much and too uncomfortable. But I thought that TATBILB had that sweet level of cringe that didn’t make me want to run away from my laptop screen, so I assumed it would be the same for this movie. But instead of cringe, some of the feelings that came around watching ‘Sierra Burgess is a loser’ was not what I looked for in a cute romantic film. I happened upon an article by The Atlantic which inspired me to put my own two cents in regarding how this film actually turned out quite problematic, and probably shouldn’t get as much hype as it does.

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A New Turn.

I began my blog after I started a bookstagram account in my first year of university, and it began as a place that I wanted to record my thoughts surrounding books and just to improve how I think of books rather than just absorbing the text. Because of university, I realised I need to think more independently rather than just taking things at face value both with books and people.

I wanted to make a quick post on here to explain to people that they should expect a slight change in my blog, but I think it’ll be a positive change and one that I’m really excited about. I already have a few blog posts drafted out in a notepad, and I just need to edit the wording and take some pictures before I upload them! I’m honestly excited for this new creative flow I’m feeling and I can’t wait to share it with you. So read on to see why I am changing my bookish blog to include things like feminism, kitting, and self-care.

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Review: ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller

I have been waiting to read this book for so so so long, and I’m so excited that I managed to get my hands on it!

Madeline Miller is one of my favourite authors because I love how beautifully she turns ancient Greek myths into an easy to read piece for YA and fantasy readers. Like with the story of Achilles, it can be difficult for someone who is casually interested in the myths to gain a full insight without trying to read the original text fragments. Reading the Iliad for a partial section of Achilles life, or the Odyssey for just one book on Circe, covering only a year of Odysseus’ long travels home, can be a bit too much, as the writing styles of some of the translators are a bit much.

Miller portrays the immortal witch Circe from the beginning to the ‘end’ of her life, drawing in a different perspective to the typical portrayal of her as an evil witch.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love

*Trigger Warnings for rape in chapter 14*

Circe. A mythological character largely known from the Odyssey. Madeline Miller shows her in a new light, as a strong, independent woman trying to find her place, beside mortals or deities. 
I have only read about 80 pages of her book so far and im already in love. Its another adaptation of an ancient Greek myth from start to finish, and im completely obsessed! I don't know as much about Circe as I did with Achilles but I definitely want to look into her more after beginning this book!

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Review: ‘Legendary’ by Stephanie Garber

OKAY so I honestly don’t know where to start with this book. I loved it so much so I naturally read it within a day…

This is a sequel to the much loved book Caraval which I reviewed previously, so if you haven’t read Caraval, or want to let me know what you thought of it, let me know here!

It continues straight after the previous books events, so if you haven’t read the the first book in a while like me, you may have forgotten what happened last. If you don’t have access to your copy, I really recommend this website which explains simply what happened in the book your search for! Honestly saved my brain.

We follow Tella in the next round of Caraval while she tries to uncover the mystery of Legend, making her hide secrets of her own from those she loves.

Welcome to Caraval… The Games have only just begun…

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isnt yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes to him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more – and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets… including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything – maybe even her life.

But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

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Review: ‘The Betrayals’ by Fiona Neill

When I started reading this book, it was something different that I wanted to push myself to read because I want to widen the scope of my genres (I know fantasy books are my life but sometimes I just need a bit of mystery or some romance in my life you know?). So when I found this book, I was definitely intrigued.

When Rosie Rankin’s best friend has an affair with her husband, the consequences reverberate down through the lives of two families. Relationships are torn apart. Friendships shattered. And childish innocence destroyed. Her daughter Daisy’s fragile hold on reality begins to unravel when a letter arrives that opens up all the old wounds. Rosie’s teenage son Max blames himself for everything which happened that long hot summer. And her brittle ex-husband Nick has his own version of events. As long-repressed memories bubble to the surface, the past has never seemed more present and the truth more murky. Sometimes there are four sides to every story. Who do you believe? Told through the eyes of four members of the same family, The Betrayals takes an unflinching look at contemporary family life, explores the nature of memory and desire and asks whether some things can ever be forgiven.

*This book tackles sensitive topics such as cancer, divorce, mental health issues, and adultery.*

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