The Goldfinch follows Theo, a boy who survives the bombing of a museum and accidentally finds himself a part of the art underworld. It’s a story about art and identity, and, despite the philosophical premise, it is an incredibly exciting and moving read.
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I’m not a big fan of cinemas – the screen is too big and the sound is too loud, and the combination of both usually ends up giving me a headache. However, I made an exception when my girlfriend
bullied me convinced me to go see Black Panther. And it was absolutely worth it.
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(I’ve been putting off writing this review for ages, simply because this book was problematic as hell and it’s gonna make for a damn long blog post. Ugh.)
Mage’s Blood is the first book in the Moontide Quartet series, set in an epic fantasy world in which two continents are separated by a bridge that can only be crossed once every 12 years. The next Moontide is getting nearer, and some magical shit is going down.
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I don’t write negative reviews very often, because most of the books I read I end up loving or at least enjoying quite a lot. This was not the case with The Girl in 6E. It’s not absolutely terrible, and it has its good parts, but what is described as a ‘shocking’ erotic thriller is mostly just a boring, oversexualised novel that reads like fanfiction.
[TW: suicide, sexual assault, paedophilia]
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The second book in Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo series, The Dark Prophecy follows the Greek god Apollo as he is cast down to live a mortal life as the awkward teenage boy Lester, trying to gain back his status as a god while struggling with all things mortal and discovering something resembling kindness. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, this was absolutely amazing – and here’s why.
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In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates examines the root causes of racism, what it means to be black and what it means to be white, and how racism relates to capitalism, the American dream, and the destruction of bodies.
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There is good non-fiction, and then there is non-fiction that blows your mind and haunts you forever. I have lost count of the people I’ve told about this book, of the new and changed ideas it’s formed in my head, of the things it made me consider. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is one of the most amazing books I’ve read all year, and if you’re in any way interested in death customs, rituals, or even just society and the ideas humans have about death and aging, you need to read this book.
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