WLW RECOMMENDATIONS!

Hey everyone! So, as some of you may already know, last month I took part in F/F February. The aim of the game, basically, was to help myself branch out a little and read more WLW reads, both for the theme of the month, and as a way to contribute to some of my reading resolutions that I set for the year! I managed to get through three LGBT+ books, bringing my WLW reads this year up to four out of nine so far. It’s really great setting challenges like this and branching out and reading things that you wouldn’t necessarily prioritise, but I also wanted to do this as a general rule, regardless of month, as I think it’s so incredibly important for LGBT+ stories to be given more attention. And, as well loved as the Simon Spiers’, Elio Perlmans’, Alec Lightwoods’ and Loras Tyrells’ of the world are, I think we need to step away from merely focusing on white boys being our only, or at the very least most celebrated, form of LGBT+ rep. I can never reiterate enough how important I think it is to keep reading LGBT+ lit, but to never place yourself in a box and allow yourself to fall into habits of hyper focusing on the white, cisgendered, male aspects of the LGBT+ community when there are so many other genders, sexualities, and people coming from varying cultural and social backgrounds to be represented.

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REVIEWS; OH MY GODS & WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

OH MY GODS by ALEXANDRA SHEPPARD

Life as a half-mortal teenager should be epic.
But, for Helen Thomas, it’s tragic.
She’s just moved in with her dorky dad and self-absorbed older siblings – who happen to be the ancient Greek gods, living incognito in London!
Between keeping her family’s true identities secret, trying to impress her new friends, and meeting an actually cute boy, Helen’s stress levels are higher than Mount Olympus.
She needs to rein in her chaotic family before they blow their cover AND her chances at a half-normal social life.
Or is Helen fated for an embarrassment of mythical proportions?”
3/5 stars.

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MARCH ROUNDUP!

HOW ON EARTH IS IT ALREADY APRIL? Good golly. Hello everyone, and Happy April, I guess? So today’s post is just going to be a recap of all of what I got up to in March! And, as ever, I’ll be finishing the post off with a quick nod to some of my favourite bloggers and posts from the last month!

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GIVEAWAY WINNER #2 (AND #3)!

Welcome back everyone! I’m really happy to announce that the second giveaway winner has been chosen! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, then just to recap: At the start of March I decided to host my very first giveaway in honour of both International Women’s History Month and St Patrick’s Day! I announced the first winner on March 18th, and the lucky Aashiwas gifted a free book written by a female, Irish author of their choosing. The second winner, who I announced over on my twitter account, was given the chance to choose any book by any female author!

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MAGNIFICENT MUMS!

Hiya everyone! So, today marks the last day of the month, and so the very last day of International Women’s History month. But what some of you might not know is that today also marks Mother’s Day in some corners of the world! So, in the UK (and other places, no doubt) many of us are celebrating mothers, and all that they do for us. In honour of today, I thought it would be nice to compile a list of some of my favourite literary mothers! And, while I talk about some of my favourites, I’ll then be featuring a selection of other bloggers and tweeters alike who will be telling us about their favourite literary mothers, too!

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SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD!

Hey team! So, in classic Esme fashion, this lovely bean decided to be an utter cutie and nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Now, if I had it my way, then I’d say that Esme should be the sole champion of such an award, but that’s not the rules of the tag, so I’m going to happily take this on! And, with that in mind, if you aren’t already (and, if you aren’t, how are you even here if not for Esme?!) then please give my lovely pal a quick follow! You won’t regret it.

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and links back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
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BOOKS, BIRTHDAYS & BESTIES!

Hello, hi, hey everybody! So, in honour of her birthday, today’s post is going to be dedicated especially to my gorgeous friend Jenny! Though she is, sadly, not a part of the book blogging community, she’s enormously bookish (I mean, she has an English lit degree, works in a bookstore, and is about as pretentious as they come without being Joe Goldberg levels of nuts!), so it felt appropriate to celebrate her, her birthday, and her love of books just the same!

So, Happy 24th to my lovely Jenny! And below, I’m going to be listing off 24 books/series’ that Jenny loves – one for each year! – with a quote (of my choosing!) from each one.

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REVIEW; DEAR MARTIN BY NIC STONE

“Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.”

5/5 stars.

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REVIEWS; CITY OF GHOSTS & AS I DESCENDED

Hi guys! I’ve been a little slack with reviews lately/struggling to get in a good enough mindset to properly construct them, so most of my reviews have been coming much too late, and have been a little topsy-turvy and all over the place. So, today, I’m going to be throwing up some flash reviews for City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, and As I Descended by Robin Talley. This isn’t because I think that either book deserves any less attention than the rest of the books, but mostly just because I’ve gotten a little behind on my reviewing, and I don’t want to keep falling into this rabbit hole of playing catch up!

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REVIEW; DAISY JONES AND THE SIX – TAYLOR JENKINS REID

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.”
5/5 stars.

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