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these books via NetGalley in return for an honest review*
the mermaid’s voice returns in this one – amanda lovelace
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
powerful and empowering conclusion to the Women Are Some Kind of Magic trilogy.
I wasn’t too sure about this reading especially since I didn’t particularly
enjoy the second book that much, but I knew it would bug me to not complete a
series that is short like this one. The one thing I liked the most about Lovelace’s
work is how she uses the concepts of fairy tales, subverting traditionally
submissive stories about women and reinventing them in her own way. I guess,
and it isn’t Lovelace’s fault, the style really doesn’t do much for me anymore.
I can’t really fault her on this structure being so overused in popular poetry
Rilakkuma: By Your Side – Aki Kondo
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Cute and simple. By Your Side is a series of different everyday scenes of
Rilakkuma and his friends. It’s pretty sweet, a simple quote book filled with
adorable art of the well-loved cartoon characters. It’s a book I would keep at
my shelf and look through if I’m feeling down.
Don’t expect a lot from this book, it’s mainly pictures with some inspiring quotes alongside it. But it’s delightful and optimistic. I believe this was released in anticipation of Rilakkuma’s upcoming Netflix series, which I did not know what happening. And now I’m pretty excited to watch it.
I’m not even sure how.. but I managed to read 11 books this month!
B O O K S
All The Lonely People by David Owen Everyone tells Kat that her online personality – confident, funny, opinionated – isn’t her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Delete, Disappear.
Queer, There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi Twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow has only three things in the world that matter: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; triplet brothers, who never knew her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him, so some said he’d gone to measure the sea. Others said the sky. The moon. Maybe he’d learned to fly and had forgotten how to come back down. But it’s been almost six years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other. No matter the cost.