Do you ever feel cripplingly awkward? Yes, it is going to sound self-centred, BUT do you ever feel like the whole entire world is just staring at you? And you are so afraid to move or breathe or blink you just stay planted to the spot? Standing like a stone pillar? Just standing and hoping that the earth will open up and swallow you whole or the skies will become infested with aliens who will laser beam you upwards or the walls will envelop you?
Maresi is the first book in The Red Abbey Chronicles. This book had me gripped, invested and definitely left me wanting more. On more than one occasion I’d jolt away from the world Maria Turtschaninoff has created to realise I was going to miss my stop.
The Trouble with Women by Jacky Fleming asks: can women be geniuses or are their arms too short? Why did we only learn about three women at school? What were all the other doing?
A funny, witty and clever poke through History and the roles of women – or lack thereof by Jack Fleming. A great birthday present, a lovely weekend read and a all round fantastic book to go back to again and again, although it addresses important issues it isn’t dense. Jacky Fleming knows how to make a point but she does it with flair and funny-ness.
Yesterday I attended a wonderful event with guest authors: Lisa Williamson (The Art of Being Normal), Sara Barnard (Beautiful Broken Things), Jandy Nelson (I’ll Give You The Sun) and Alice Oseman (Radio Silence). They talked about their books, experience of life and what it means to them to be true to yourself. It was a fantastic event, one I documented! The chair was Katherine Webber and she asked some brilliant questions.
‘Why don’t you drink?,’ is a question I’ve been asked more times than I care for. Pubs and clubs are so central to adult life, so many feel like they need to drink, to be drunk in a social environments to have fun, to fit in. Why does it matter if I don’t drink or if I’ve never been drunk? I still have fun, I relax and you know what I remember all of it, I don’t need to piece together any of the night before or stay in bed the next day.
In all honesty, I was avoiding this post. Then I decided to get a grip my 8 best books of 2015 is subjective. I have decided to crown and parade these books as the 8 best books of 2015 because fiction or not they have influenced me. The stories I carry with me, the worlds I can taste and escape in, the beautiful writing, the sitting on the very edge of my seat and the characters who remain in my heart and mind long after their journeys are over are all the reasons I love to read. These books had me thinking even after I turned the last page, they had my heart pounding or laugh out loud and I just want to say thank you, sincerely to every single author on this list.
I have been more actively involved in the book blogging community in the past 12 months. Recently after reading my lovely friend Sofia’s, blog post titled The Pressure to Read, in which she discusses the pressure to read leading to book slumps I decided to talk about the reservations I’ve had over the past months regarding the book community that have been erking me too.
Recently a friend of mine who has a wonderful blog questioned her self worth in line with her blog value. It reminded me of Essena O’Neill’s sudden departure from social media and the influence social media holds over teenagers, specifically girls.
In regards to Essena O’Neill I’ve seen many people create an argument for pro-Essena or pro-social media. However I don’t believe it is that simple.
The 5th Wave is set in the midst of an alien takeover. This is something I was excited about because I am tiring a little reading about zombie apocalypses. The takeover is done in four waves and we start following Cassie, a teenager who has lost her parents in the first waves, as she runs from and is wondering what the fifth wave will entail. Most of the human population has been wiped out and the aliens are targeting the remaining. Her brother was taken away by the army and she promised him that she would find him, which is what she is doing. So far, so good. Still interested… just about.