So, because my lazy ass didn’t bother sharing any favourites at the end of April, I figured I might as well combine the last two months in a single favourites post. I have quite a bit of stuff to tell you guys about, so let’s get started!
If you know me at all, you know how much I love Rick Riordan’s books. I am obsessed with the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series. However, you might also know that I wasn’t super impressed with his two current spin-offs, the Magnus Chase and the Trials of Apollo series. I gave both first books five stars, because they are still fantastic, but they just pale when compared to his other novels.
Now, this book completely changed my mind. While The Sword of Summer was, in my opinion, a weak start to the new series, The Hammer of Thor brought back everything I love about Rick Riordan’s writing. It’s funny, it’s interesting and fast-paced, and it’s lovingly diverse.
When I finished reading Asking for It by Louise O’Neill a few weeks ago, I realised how much I had actually enjoyed it. I gave the book five stars in my review, so you’d think it’s obvious I enjoyed it. However, when it comes to books that deal with difficult topics, books that have terrible things happen to the characters, the ratings are often based on the importance of the book as opposed to the actual enjoyment of reading it. So today I want to ask you this: can you actually, genuinely enjoy difficult books?
As you guys might have noticed, I have a new header! My blog looked kind of horrifying for a while after I experimented with some design stuff, but I was too busy with essays and other university things to take care of it. So today I finally decided to sit down and dedicate some time to figuring out what I want my blog to look like. I’m pretty happy with the header now – it’s not perfect, but it’s clear and relatively pretty. I hope you guys like it!
But moving on to the actual blog post: I went on a bookshop crawl around the beautiful city of Norwich on Friday, and after visiting six different bookshops I ended up with 10 new books. So this is going to be an overview of the bookshops and what kind of books they sell, as well as a book haul! Let’s get right into it.
Hellooo, I’m back! I have officially submitted my essays and am now a free elf. I haven’t even looked at WordPress in weeks, so I will do some serious blog hopping soon – but first, I have some reviewing to do! I feel kinda rusty, so we’ll see how this goes.
Asking for It follows Emma O’Donovan, the most popular girl at school. She has her circle of attractive friends and everyone is in love with her – until she is drugged and sexually assaulted at a party, with pictures of the event all over the internet. The novel deals with victim-blaming and self-blaming, mental health, social media, and sexism, and all of it is done brilliantly.