A feature section to highlight my favourite posts from my fellow bloggers that were posted this month.
63 Prompts to Help You Write That Book Review! – Even though I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now, I always struggle to write a review. Some days I can’t force the words out of me and I can’t seem to say what I want about the read I’ve read. The lovely bloggers over at The Quiet Pond have made a huge post with prompts to help get the words rolling. I’ve used this while writing two reviews and I’ve seen the immense boost it has given. I found myself writing a lot more and thinking more deeply about my review in places that I would’ve otherwise missed.
There Are No Small Parts in Jeanie Finlay’s ‘The Last Watch’ – A post that reflects on the final season of GOT. Despite whatever thoughts you have about the writing, getting to see the heart of the production was why I particularly loved The Last Watch documentary so much. Daisy, an old school friend who studied film, really summarises her the documentary really well!
That’s it for this month! Tell me what went on in YOUR life this month! What sort of things was important for you this month? New obsessions? New TV shows? Or book? Any new song recs (I’m always open to new music!)? Best books you read this month?
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz finds himself falling in love
with Prince Henry of Wales after an accident launches their non-existent
friendship into international light. Damage control turns into an unlikely
friendship and with his mother kicking off her re-election bid, the choices
Alex must make can upend everything his family has worked for.
RWRB was strangely entertaining. I dived in not expecting
much but came out with a good laugh and a feeling of warmth. McQuinston creates
a world in which Trump never happened and instead, the first female president
was elected. Alex is proud of his family and will do anything to help them. And
that even means putting aside his disdain for Prince Henry for the sake of
Contemporary books that try to get with the current lingo
often come across as embarrassing. But RWRB made it surprisingly work. Alex was
a hilarious main lead. He’s very full of himself but I’m saying that in a nice
way. I personally didn’t like Henry, he just came across as a stereotypical
British person. But their relationship together was pretty sweet. Henry is gay,
but Alex is questioning his sexuality for most of the book, before coming out
as bisexual. They work really well together, and they try their bests to help each
other out, despite the circumstances. The side characters are really great to
read. I really enjoyed the strong sibling relationship and the whole unlikely
yet supportive friendship group that develops in the book.
The political backdrop will be a hit or miss for some readers. I’m sort of in the middle. I feel like this book wanted to stay completely on the romance path but couldn’t ignore the political context in which it’s set in. I wasn’t exactly a huge fan of it,, but I particularly loved the message that Alex sent about being a non-white person in America and how the melting pot that is the country is what makes America and diversity should be celebrated, not shunned away.
I didn’t really have much issue with this book. Adiba
Jaigirdar says its more eloquently than I ever could, but because
this story is essentially these two people, children of national figures,
falling in love. And one of the people being a member of the royal family,
you’re given this idealised image of British royalty. An empire which has
committed many crimes against humanity. McQuiston does acknowledge the
awfulness and Henry is aware of this privilege but positioning him as this ‘not
like the others’ prince really wasn’t cutting it for me. But I don’t think I’ll
knock off anything from my rating for it, it’s just a personal taste.
Overall, I personally really enjoyed it. Another review called it a “bookish security blanket” which is rather fitting. It’s hilarious and heart-warming. I found myself engrossed at most. I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for an international royal romance.