I’ve read quite a few books recently that I really, really enjoyed, and I was shocked to have not heard much about them. There are a bunch of books that I think deserve more hype in this community, so I thought I’d showcase a few of my more recent reads in an attempt to entice you.
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
I absolutely adored A Girl Like That. It’s my favourite book of the year so far, and I honestly cannot recommend it enough or rate it more highly. It’s a contemporary about a Muslim girl who lives in Saudi Arabia. There are a lot of rumours and gossip surrounding her, because she’s unconventional. This book shines a light on what it’s like to grow up in the Middle East, and particularly what teenage girls have to deal with.
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
I read this one more recently even though it had been on my TBR ever since it was announced. There was a bit of hype surrounding it back in 2016 when it was released, but I think The Girl From Everywhere kind of overshadowed it. This is a Blackbeard origin story, and while none of it is set on a pirate ship, it gives a good background on Blackbeard and what led him to the sea. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the second book takes these characters, particularly Anne, who I loved.
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
This is a non-fiction book about the girls who worked in the factories that painted dials using radium paint. Their employers told them that the radium was safe, but then they all started getting ill. The book follows what happened to the girls after they left the factories, and their lawsuits against these companies. It’s a fantastic book, and it gave me a lot of information on a topic that I didn’t know anything about, while also keeping it very personal.
Since starting blogging, I’ve taken part in a lot of events that get the whole community together to celebrate books and each other. They’re always memorable and tonnes of fun. I thought I’d share my favourites with you all, and I would love to know what your favourites are as well, whether they’re readathons, monthly events, or something completely new!
1. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon
I first took part in Dewey’s about six years ago. I wasn’t around to speak to Dewey herself, but I love that this readathon still happens twice a year in memory of her. The aim for this readathon is to read as much as you can in 24 hours. In the UK, the event starts at 1pm on the Saturday, which is perfect timing if you need to get everything prepped in the morning! I’ve never stayed up for the whole 24 hours, but I’ve managed to do about 18 hours of reading before. I’m going to try to manage 12 hours when it comes back around in October, which marks the tenth anniversary of the event! Continue reading
I don’t know if you remember, but before this year (and last year, I guess) I was a massive TV addict. My life basically revolved around books, TV shows, and travelling. Then I got sucked into having a social life with actual people (I know, ew) and I had to cut down on my precious Netflix binges. I only stuck with the shows that I already adored (with some exceptions, see below) and stopped myself from starting new ones unless the whole season had already been released. So I’m now left with a trillion things to watch, and not enough time to watch them. These are the ones that I absolutely need to get to before the end of the year, or my soul will never be the same.
So when I said I was up to date with all of my BEST SHOWS EVER, I didn’t mean that I’m up to date with The 100. I didn’t have the time this winter to watch it weekly, so Tatum and I marathoned the first half of season four while it was on a break. I’m going to do the same thing with the second half over the summer so I’m all caught up for season five. I am seriously craving my Bellarke fix!