March 2017 Reading Wrap Up

This reading month was all about a mix of genres, featuring screenplays, short stories, comics, poetry collections, essays, and so much more.
In total I managed to read 21 books in March:

Books I haven’t stopped thinking about:
Nasty Women by 404 Ink.
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I was so grateful to have finally read Nasty Women this month, because it’s been on my mind ever since I mentioned it in my original Skam book tag centered around the girl squad, which you can check out here.

As I’ve talked about before, this is a collection of essays and accounts that gather a group of incredible women to discuss a plethora of topics in regards to everyone and everything feminists. With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it’s more important than ever for women to share their experiences, as the blurb for Nasty Women voices, .

And not only is the title of this collection one of my favorites, the essays written from various authors focusing on a diverse range of topics, such as racism, sexism, immigration, LGBTQIA+ rights, contraception and women’s health, simply captured my heart.

Special posts featured this month on my blog:

This month I came up with a sequel/companion of sorts to my first Skam Book Tag, the one I talked about above, and this time around it’s all about the boys from Skam, aka: Skam Book Tag: The Boy Squad | Original.

It took me a lot more work to make it as specific to the characters as I possibly can, but I’m proud to say that it’s done!! I had a tremendous amount of fun while coming up with the questions for the boys, so 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!

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

February 2017 Reading Wrap Up

In the month of February I decided to tip my toe in and rediscover some romance and contemporary reads I’ve had on my radar but never really gave a chance. And it the end, it made me question why I’ve neglected the genre. YA contemporaries seem to hold this charm that I can’t shake off. And with summer right around the corner, I’ll probably end up picking more and more of them as they seem to be getting better and better.
But for now let’s focus on the 17 books I read this month:

Books I haven’t stopped thinking about:
Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian.

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Even weeks after, I can’t quite gather my overall thoughts and feelings on this book. I know for a fact that I can’t stop thinking about it, and that I haven’t read anything like it before. Plus, it opened up my eyes to a new and fascinating topic for me to explore in books, which promptly made me add a similar read – Rebecca Barrow’s You Don’t Know Me but I Know You – to my TBR. However, with all the positives, I can’t dismiss the fact that I found a couple of aspects to be problematic, which consequently stopped me from adding it to my all-time favorites. I’m just… really unsure and mixed up with what to take out of this.

The book is set to come out on August 1st, 2017, so I’m hoping that by then my thoughts will feel more sorted. I have a full review up for it on my blog here.

Honorable Mention:
I watched one of the most hard-hitting and moving films this month: Lion.

five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

List of things I felt during Lion:

  • I kept pausing the film so I could gather myself together and not end up like an emotional wreck. Even more so when I was reminded of the fact that the film is based on a true story.
  • The actors are beyond phenomenal, but I’ve got to give it out especially to Sunny Pawar (who played young Saroo Brierley).200 For the first half of Lion, Pawar practically carried the film on his shoulders and did so outstandingly. His performance made my eyes prick with tears more than a handful of times.
  • Also, Dev Patel, who plays Saroo Brierley two decades later, is an astonishing actor and human. GO SUPPORT HIM LIKE HE SUPPORTS SUNNY.
  • Sia, one of my all-time favorite singers, contributed a beautifully chilling song to the film:
  • Lion changed me, sparked something that I didn’t know was there before, to paraphrase Queens of Geek. And I’m eternally grateful for that if nothing else.
  • However, I think it’s important to note and warn that the film is not a light one. In fact, it might be one of the most harrowing movies I’ve seen this year. Beyond excellent, but I don’t think I’ll rewatch it any time soon. Still, it’s something I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
  • And above all, Lion brings light to an important cause that’s helping protect street children.
  • Support, support, support.

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

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:
This month I sat down and created my first book tag centered around the girl squad from Skam, aka: Skam Book Tag: The Girl Squad | 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!