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.
It’s time to wrap up and give you all a snapshot of this week’s posts, podcasts, YouTube videos, books and other bits and bobs that have had me clickety clicking online and missing my stop on the morning commute ’cause I’m so engrossed!
The Journal is a new feature on my blog capturing my time online and otherwise.
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.
As part of the graduate series on my blog, I interviewed a friend about her recent role in the creative industry (TV). We chatted jobs, life after university, misconceptions and feminism. We also chatted about the rest of our lives and realising things aren’t always, maybe never, the way they are painted. Don’t forget to read previous graduate profile posts if you’ve missed out!