January 2017 Reading Wrap Up

This month I unexpectedly discovered my love for audiobooks while having a cold. In retrospect, I’m surprised it took me so long to take it up, considering how exceptionally useful they are with memoirs. But better late than never, right?
In total I read 17 books this month:

Special posts featured this month on my blog:
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This month I sat down and created my first book tag: Skam Book Tag | Original.

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to perfect it, but I’m proud to say that it’s done!! I hope you had the time to check the tag out, and if you did, I hope you enjoyed the questions. Be sure to let me know if you plan on answering them yourself!

Honorable Mention:tumblr_obyer2nulf1vbeidjo9_500I finally got to watch one of my most anticipated movies: Hidden Figures.
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of this ever since I watched the brilliant trailer a few months back:

Fun fact: I had a dream that I picked up a DVD of Hidden Figures, so the next day I was running to go see the film. And to say that I was blown away would be an understatement.

Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

I was so completely enamoured with everyone’s acting, but particularly with Taraji P. Henson’s. I’m thinking of picking up her memoir very soon because she had me on the edge of tears throughout the entire film. And I hope with all my heart that Hidden Figures wins all the awards and then some.tumblr_obyer2nulf1vbeidjo1_500giphytumblr_obyer2nulf1vbeidjo8_500tumblr_obyer2nulf1vbeidjo7_500tumblr_obyer2nulf1vbeidjo10_500


That was my January wrap-up, thank you for reading!

Favorite Books of 2016

6359628356748047931405586990_finsihThe year 2016 has slowly but surely come to an end. Looking back, it’s been quite clear to me that this was a major year for my reading. My tastes changed a lot in what I now decide to pick up and what not. This has also been the year that I started writing down my thoughts and feelings for the books I read, and it has completely changed everything for me. Writing book reviews has been a great pleasure that I hope to continue doing for years and years to come. And I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone that takes the time to like or comment on my reviews. It always means the world to me. Thank you.

Books:

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  1. I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman 

“The things my mother did not see about herself, I did not see, either.”

This wondrous read made me discover my love for memoirs this year, which, as you can see by my favorites above, has been all consuming.
I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This is a memoir of mothers and daughters—and mothers as daughters—traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again. I highly recommend giving this one a go!

2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah“She’d tell me not to worry. She always came back to the phrase she lived by: “If God is with me, who can be against me?” She was never scared. Even when she should have been.”

I read this one back in November, and I still bring up some of the stories Trevor Noah wrote in here to my own mother, either to educate or make her laugh (and sometimes both). Born a Crime is a compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

3. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
“I am a bad feminist. I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all.”

Bad Feminist made me discover the immense love I have for Roxane Gay. Now, I will read literally anything with her name on it.
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.!
Gay writes about race, gender, and pop culture with her sharp, funny, and spot-on look that I will forever treasure.

4. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero“For the thousands of nameless children who feel as forgotten as I did—this memoir is my gift to you. It’s as much for your healing as it is for my own.”

Similar to Born a Crime, Diane Guerrero’s memoir has stayed with me since my first read. Her honest and emotional take on everything she went through really hit me. Going into this I hadn’t known what to expect, but the minute I closed it, I knew this book was something else. In the Country We Love made me think, even weeks after I read the last page.

5. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

“Hello. I hope somebody is listening.”

Radio Silence is my favorite contemporary read of the year. It had everything I love thrown into one, what more can I ask for? It covers a wide range of topics, from racial and sexual diversity to great music recommendations, developed friendships and relationships, and so much more. 10/10 would recommend.

6. Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

No mourners, no funerals.

The Six of Crows Duology convinced me that Leigh Bardugo can do no wrong with her writing, characters and world-building. They’re phenomenal. Also, she’s the mastermind behind Kaz Brekker aka my favorite bastard of the Barrel. And since we get to know him and his backstory so well in the first book, my love for Six of Crows is a little more intense.
If you’re looking for a gripping and mind-blowing fantasy duology with the best cast of dangerous outcasts, this is it!


Those were my favorite reads of the year, thank you for reading! Be sure to let me know what were your favorite books of 2016.

December 2016 Reading Wrap Up

This month I discovered a great library nearby that made it possible to pick up a lot of books on my TBR, which I really, really appreciated.
In total I read 15 book this month:

Books I decided to DNF:
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer.here-i-am-bookspoils

I picked this one up after I had a weird dream about an earthquake, which is a central plot-point in here. And Here I Am started off promising enough, but the more I read, the more I kept thinking, “Where is this going? What point is this book trying to make?”
I’m generally fine with not having a specific plot at the beginning, but I have to be committed enough to the characters and their lives for that to work. With Here I Am that wasn’t the case. The book kept jumping from one point of view to the other so that I didn’t feel fully engaged or attached to one character. Also, it took me awhile to get used to how the dialogue was written. So 150 pages into this book I was struggling with wanting to pick it up again.

But on a positive note, I did love the pop cultural references — from Percy Jackson fanfiction to Rihanna lyrics, which I never thought I’d see in a literary fiction novel. Here I Am was an unfortunate DNF because it had so much promise to be a favorite of mine.

Honorable Mention:
I started a show called Skam after seeing this brilliant conversation shared online:cxpui0yxuaaqurjcxpujx-xcaamisecxpukucwqaehz5ecxpukz8wqaeipuiAnd just like that this show literally took over my life during the holidays. I mean, not even seven minutes into the first episode, and I was already obsessed. This rarely happens to me. But I quickly came to realize that Skam breaks all boundaries… The love I have for this show is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

In case you’re unaware of the main themes, here’s a run-down of the ones I personally loved:

  • realistic and fleshed-out characters. In this case, Noora Sætre and Sana Bakkoush are like gold in my eyes. (“She’s completely raw.”)
  • witty as hell dialogue.
  • the soundtrack is fucking incredible.
  • LGBTQIA+ ships.
  • feminism, girl power, sex positivity and self-love are all greatly discussed.
  • embodies all the teenage angst and fun, and ugh, I just love it so much.
  • these girls are my pride and joy.
  • the hype for this show is real. So damn real.

Just… Skam is the epitome of everything I’ve been looking for. Who was I before this??? My life seems and feels truly bleak without these characters. Oh, and speaking of, they kind of reminded me of the ones in Radio Silence, which is one of my favorite contemporary novels. There were even London Grammar songs featured in both, just saying.

I also want to take a minute to discuss my favorite character: Noora Sætre.

The minute she was introduced, I knew she’d be a new favorite of mine from the one and a half sentences she uttered. It goes without saying that season two (and the end of season one) was my favorite. And so I have to share this next video that compiled my favorite moments of Noora into one:

And those moments when she sings are fucking MAGIC:

“I know. I know what you’re playing, other than girls.” — I love her so much.

Also, when she started singing this next song to cheer up Eva… THE BEST:

My cheeks literally hurt from smiling. Never has a show made me care so much about every single character as much as Skam has.

And I’m still perplexed as to why it took me so long to pick up this legendary, life-changing show?? The minute I was invested (aka seven minutes into the first episode), I had to continue on until I was finished with the first season… and then the second season (stayed up until 4am for that one)… and then the third one finished the very next day after I started season one. Dammit, am I glad I picked this up on a weekend because to quote Fangirl“Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.” Every minute that wasn’t spent watching this show, was spent obsessing over what would happen next. It’s seriously been the only thing I can think about.
tumblr_inline_oa6tkkvo7p1s2wyks_500And so I think it goes without saying that Skam has skyrocketed to the top of my favorites list. Truly one of the best ways to end the year of 2016.


That was my December wrap-up, thank you for reading!