Thursday, 31 March 2016

February & March's Monthly Recaps

I didn't have much to share in February, so I thought instead I would post a recap that covered both February and March.

February & March Recap

February Reviews:
March Reviews:
  • Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (review copy) - This book is so incredibly empowering! I loved it; beautifully deals with body image and friendship, and is so wonderfully feminist!
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (review copy) - Oh my god, this book is incredible! Such a fantastic sequel to Cinder, with an epic ending! I am so excited to read Cress!
  • Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff (bought) -  I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. It's a quiet, captivating feminist high fantasy, and I absolutely adored it!
  • How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne (proof) - I really, really enjoyed this, but I loved Am I Normal Yet? more. I found Amber to be immature and irritating. However, I loved this one covered alcoholism, and still dealt with feminist issues!
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (borrowed) - This book is absolutely incredible! Oh my god, it left me feeling so much! I was completely heartbroken and numb, but also SO inspired. Such a beautiful, beautiful read. I am SO looking forward to the movie - I will most definitely be an emotional wreck. I bought my own copy after reading, which is in the photo.
  • The Night that Changed Everything by Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice (proof) - This is a really awesome story, but it's not the romance you're going to expect. A really poignant but uplifting read!
Other posts:
  • I started a new feature called Story Time, where I highlight some of my favourite picture books. In this first edition, I discuss:
    • With Your Hand in My Hand by Mark Sperring & Brita Teckentrup
    • What a Wonderful World by Tom Hopgood
    • The Boy Who Loved the Moon by Rino Alaimo
    • Kiss It Better by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & Sarah Massini
    • I'll Never Let You Go by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & Alison Brown
  • I wrote about Five Books that Changed My Life, inspired by Almost Amazing Grace and Queen of Contemporary.

    Reading Challenges:


    Debut Author Challenge 2016:
    • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (YA)
    • Loud is How I Love You by Mercy Brown (NA)
    • When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid (YA) - UK Debut
    • Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (YA) - UK Debut
    • Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff (YA)
    Total so far: 7/12

    LGBTQIA Challenge 2016:
    • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
    • When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
    Total so far: 5/30

    2016 Diverse Reads Challenge:
    • The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (Latina MC/#OwnVoices Latina author/Queer author)
    • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (biracial MC/#OwnVoices biracial author/author with bipolar)
    • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (Iranian Lesbian MC/#OwnVoices Iranian Lesbian author)
    • The Forbidden Wish by Jessia Khoury (MCs based on Middle Eastern/South Asian folklore/biracial author)
    • When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid (Gay MC/#OwnVoices Gay author)
    • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (quadriplegic MC)
    Challenge is to read more, no levels or points. Total so far: 10

    British Books Challenge 2016:
    • Starborn by Lucy Hounsom
    • How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne
    • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 
    • The Night that Changed Everything by Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice
    Total so far: 4/12

    Retellings Reading Challenge 2016:
    • The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (Romeo and Juliet)
    • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (Aladdin)
    • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Little Red Riding Hood)
    Total so far: 4/12

    Contemporary Reading Challenge 2016:
    • Loud Is How I Love You by Mercy Brown (NA)
    • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel (YA)
    • Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (YA) 
    • How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne (YA)
    • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (adult) 
    • The Night that Changed Everything by Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice (adult)
    Total so far: 8/16

    Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2016:
    • Starborn by Lucy Hounsom
    • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
    • Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff
    Total so far: 3/12
     

    NetGalley Reading Challenge 2016:
    • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
    Total so far: 4/21


    Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016:
    • Loud Is How I Love You by Mercy Brown
    • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
    • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
    • Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff
    Total so far: 30.77%

    Elsewhere:

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