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.
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.
This is a story of two very different (but sort of similar…maybe? I will let you decide!) Will Graysons’. They bump into each other one evening and this leads to both of them affecting each other’s lives.
Fact: the book review for Yes Please by Amy Poehler on my blog has not been written by me. It was written by a friend, a contributor who has also contributed the Feminist Beyonce series. However I have long since read Yes Please by Amy Poehler and I decided to share some of my favourite quotes.
I interviewed Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Melinda (Mel) likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel. Mel has recently announced the second book in the series: The Sleeping Prince.
North Korean defector Yeonmi Park is A 23 year old who has seen her mother raped, crossed the Gobi Desert and watched neighbours disappear. On Monday evening she stood in front of me at Penguin HQ London to tell the story of her life, worried and astonished by the bloggers/vloggers in the room wondering if they would understand the suffering she has gone through and being mind-boggled by the ‘job description’ of these internet people. She answered questions with grace, humour and selflessness. We all have something we bury inside ourselves but Yeonmi decided to sacrifice this. She has shared her story through her book In Order To Live at the cost of her privacy, a luxury she recognises she cannot have as an activist.
Over the last couple of week I’ve had the courtesy of meeting and becoming friends with Melinda Salisbury author of debut novel The Sin Eater’s Daughter. A beautiful, intelligent, kind, Harry Potter obsessed, opinionated feminist – she tries to be scary but I think it is all pretence, she’s a softy really. Strangely enough after my first conversation with Mel, she asked me not to read her book – so I ordered it that evening. For your information this review will contain spoilers.
Before I talk about this book: Elizabeth is Missing, it is important to know that dementia is an illness that is close to my heart. I worked very closely with people with dementia for several years and my Nanna suffers with dementia too. My Nanna has been my second parent along with my mum and I lived with them until I was nearly 27. It is vital to know this because this affects the way I read, understood and absorbed Elizabeth is Missing.
I know the prime-hype for these books has passed and despite my reluctant stubbornness I have not escaped, I have been worn down by a friend who compared these books to their replacement for Harry Potter. I see now, why they did that. I also see a lot of other things.
The writing style was elementary but since this was Cassandra Clare’s debut novel I’m going to not comment on the writing because every debut is allow something bad and I’m labelling the writing style to be the thing in this book that made me want to scream – the similes, the god-damn similes.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio is a children’s book which I purchased when it was initially released. However with a to-be-read-pile so extensive I have only in the past month been able to pick this book up, and didn’t put it back down until the final page.