BOOK REVIEW: Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera

What’s a better way to finish my Woman’s History Month Reading List than with a novel about a lesbian woman of colour? There isn’t one, truly. For a month I’ve been trying to ignore my growing list of books written by men (Gaiman’s Norse Mythology among them!) and to give space to women’s voices in literature. It was really hard but it really made me think how I should do things like this more often.

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A couple of years ago if you’d like to read a book about lesbians you’d have to search very hard or just end up with Sappho who wrote around 600 years BC! Today we have a growing list of queer authors and authors who write queer characters The world is finally starting to understand why not only queer people but everyone else too needs to see different sexualities represented in media. And I use queer here to talk only about lesbian, gay and bisexual people, although we who use that word have had some annoying setbacks recently. 

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Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice

the story adaptation by Stacy King ,

art by Po Tse

written, of course, by Jane Austen

21433253I’m always looking for new adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, it doesn’t matter if it’s a movie or a TV show or just novel about girls obsessed with Mr. Darcy. There are thousands of versions of this story and I’ve been through most of them.

I’ve always been a fan of manga, mostly because it’s an interesting way to read a story and the drawings are more often than not, really impressive. So this adaptation is like made for me.

If you’re looking for a way to make your children, students or friends read a classic they probably wouldn’t read by themselves, you can give manga classics a shot. Of course, if you’re a teacher, don’t expect your kids to go with any written version, they may just watch the movie.

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“My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier

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When you mention a gothic romance and a dark romance tale I’ll admit, I’m already hooked. The novel “Rebecca” By the same author may be one of my favorite stories so I was happy to read this one. This book is certainly not that good. Sadly.

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“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

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 When you’re not  American you probably learn a lot about Americans from news, movies and books. It’s not like an European kid can understand what is like to to live in a racist American society. Europeans have a racist system of their own.

This is also how you learn about black kids being murdered. You get that information from white people who run the media. And you don’t really understand anything.

Now this book is another story. It’s a story about a black girl, written by a black woman, and it talks about violence against black people.

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One book of poetry: “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur

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This is probably the most famous new book of poetry on the Internet, to be quite honest. Maybe it’s the writing style – most of the poems are short and easy to remember, maybe it’s because of the illustrations which are simple and yet they contribute to what is written or maybe it’s just the theme – love and loss.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Edge of the Abyss” by Emily Skrutskie

The Edge of the Abyss (The Abyss Surrounds Us, #2)

A couple of days ago I’ve written a post about “The Abyss Surrounds us” which is the first part of this duology. I’ve also recently read a review by a girl who has never read the first book and still understood everything. I agree with that. You can very well start with this book although you’d probably miss out on a lot of great character development. I still stand by what I’ve written when I finished the first book: this is a great book for lovers of fantasy, lesbians and those who really need some main non-white characters.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Abyss Surrounds Us ” by Emily Skrutskie

24790901Last year this little book cause quite a stir and I was  lucky enough to be there at the right place and time. I actually found it on NetGalley and after reading the description I knew it was the right book for me. Now this story is already known as “the one with the lesbian pirates” and even though that’s an oversimplification, it’s quite catchy and it brings more audience and that’s really important too. Before I start writing about the sequel I feel like I should say something about the first book too. If you haven’t read the book, continue with caution and then…go read the book.

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Carrie Fisher’s autobiographies

One of the worst things that happened last year was the death of the actress Carrie Fisher and her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds. They were both great artists and amazing humans and the world is a worse place without them.

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 Carrie Fisher was, of course, known for her role in “Star Wars” as the legendary princess Leia. But many people only then found out that she’s also a great writer and an active speaker about mental health. She was suffering from bipolar disorder for years. The experience she had with dealing with that disorder, along with the troubles in family and work  gave her enough material to write at least three autobiographies.

I don’t read that many autobiographies. Too often they turn out to be a disappointment. What do people look for in an autobiography, anyway? If you’re asking me I’d say: honesty and a creative way of telling about the events in life that may not be of historic importance. Carrie writes about her hard life with so much humor that you can’t help falling in love with her and her books.

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Starting March 1st I am

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  1. One book that I’ve read at least two times  link
  2. Autobiography written by women link
  3. One lesbian story link
  4. One fantasy novel link
  5. One classic that I’ve never read before link
  6. One book written by a WOC link
  7. One YA book
  8. One book of poetry link
  9. One recently published book

I hope to finish this challenge until April 1st.

After I publish every post  I’ll link them all to this post.

Happy reading!

Rereading “The Raven Cycle” by Maggie Stiefvater

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 This is probably the most famous fantasy series among younger readers on Tumblr. I don’t know a person who hasn’t even heard about these books and the hype before the last one, The Raven King, was available for purchase was so big that even if you haven’t read the books before (like me) you…had to…just to see what the fuss was all about.

And I get it. I really get it.

Recently I decided to reread these books (if you’re wondering why, keep reading) and I was happy to see that they are still as good as I thought, even though I’d still give them four out of five stars.

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