November 2017 Wrap Up aka I’m stressed out

What Did I Read This Month

Whoever said senior year of high school was easy has clearly never taken IB. College can’t possibly get any harder than this.

So yes I’m stressed out and have not been blogging…like at all…but I have read 12 book this month and have smashed my 100 book goal for 2017. I’m at 105 right now and will hopefully surpass last year’s final of 112? Maybe, we’ll see.

Let’s get started!


I read some books for a book trivia competition that I do every year called Battle of the Books!

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It’s funny, usually I’ve already read two out of the three battle books but this year I’ve never heard of any of them. I liked all three and if I had to choose one to study for the competition I would say probably ‘Tell Me Three Things’ because it’s the most contemporary and easiest to memorize, unlike ‘Starflight’ which is very intense and would be a pain to memorize facts and the little obscure things about it.


I read some random books that are all from different genres and authors as well!

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I know that ‘Without Merit’ and ‘There’s someone inside your house’ are controversial but I think that they were both okay books. I definitely see both sides of readers’ arguments and I agree with a lot of the negative but also the positive things about them. I really liked ‘Renegades’ as well as ‘They Both Die at the End’.

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All of these authors except the Lizzie Borden book I’ve already read and loved so though these latest books did not match up to my already set expectations of them through their other books I still liked these books. I actually almost DNF’d the Lizzie Borden book because it was so boring but I pushed through it in the end.


Lastly, I finished the Sinners on Tour series!

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I read the first book last month so it doesn’t count, this month I read books 2-5, but I just didn’t feel like cropping the first book out of the picture so here it is.


In others news my first college app is due tomorrow so yay, I’m slowly crawling through the year.

What did you read this month? Link me up with your November Wrap Ups!

-Calliope

 

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu // Book Review!

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Publication Date: September 19th, 2017

Page Number: 330 pages

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary Borrowed)


Goodreads Synopsis:

Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

My Thoughts:

Oh my god I loved this book!

I first saw Moxie mentioned in the Zoella book club video and thought that the synopsis sounded nice. I later saw Moxie again in my list of books to choose from for teenreads.com and I thought it was a sign for me to place a hold on live-brary.

I am so glad I decided to give this book a read because it was everything this high school feminist wanted to read. I had no idea what was going to happen and every time you thought that Mathieu was going down a typical YA high school plot she turned around and surprised you.

I related hardcore to Lucy and how indigent she was when sexist events would happen at school and everyone just accepted it as how it was in Texas. If anything like what happened at East Rockport High School happened at MY high school, you can bet 100% none of the girls in my school would let the boys or administrators get away with it. I’m blessed that my town is pretty progressive.

Side note: When my school first started back in September actually, an administrator apparently made a remark at a back to school assembly that girls have to dress more conservatory because if you get sexually harassed it’s hard to defend you to the boys parents.

…well the sophomore girls who this happened to blew up, started a petition for an apology and they had a whole new assembly where apologizes were made. I genuinely do not think that the administrator at my school meant for her words to come out that way, and I do think that she loves all of us students, but she just has to be careful what she says because girls are no longer staying silent and we’re speaking up now.

So anyway, given what happened at my school, the events that happened in this book that were FAR worse definitely made my blood boil. Honestly, how some of the girls managed to NOT punch anyone in the face is beyond me.

FEMINISM! I loved it so much! The dialogue between Vivian and Claudia about Claudia wanting to be an equalist and then later seeing why feminism is so important was amazing!

SETH! Like what?! How in the world did such an amazing boy end up at that school full of jerks minus the boys he sits with at lunch! And the fact that Vivian and Seth had actual fights about meaningful things and it wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine!

GIRLS SUPPORTING GIRLS! Emma! I knew it! The bonds these girls formed over Moxie was amazing and I loved seeing how Vivian and Lucy wanted to help the girls soccer team get new uniforms because they win more than football. (In my school actually, the soccer players, boys and girls are the popular ones who win games while football players generally do not win that much, soz football players but I’m right).

FEMINISTS AND DIFFERENT RACES! Mathieu was so clever that woman. We finally see non white feminists and white feminists who acknowledge that this fight is an EVERY girl fight. I understand that this is a conservative town but it would have been nice to see more LGBTQ rep, but it was fine honestly.

We NEED more books written like this! GIRL POWER!

My next feminist read is going to be WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Actually, Adichie has been everywhere for me, I listened to her danger of a single story TED talk and we talked about it last year in my TOK class, this year in my English class, and now I’m going to be using it in my IB extended essay. I was also recommended to read PURPLE HIBISCUS, so I’m going to request that one at the library as well!

Verdict:

I LOVED IT! I flew through this book and loved all of the emotions I experienced, from outraged to annoyed to making heart eyes at Seth and Vivian, I loved it!

My Rating:

5 stars


Have YOU read this book? Let’s chat!

-Calliope

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh Review!

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Page Number: 393 pages

Publication Date: May 16th, 2017

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary)


Goodreads Synopsis:

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book! Renee Ahdieh is such a beautiful writer and her books have such unique characters.

I like to think of this book as Mulan meets Girl of Fire and Thorns, (By Rae Carson).

The cover is eye catching and gorgeous and Mariko was such a strong character to follow throughout the book.

I also loved the romance! At first I thought Mariko would have romance with one character but it ended up being the other and I was totally fine with that!

Some of the backstory with the shogun and Japanese culture was unfamiliar to me and confusing to understand but I loved reading about it because that’s what books are for! To educate on topics you might not otherwise read about or know.

The main antagonists of the story I feel are the typical antagonists expected of an emperor/divided family type story, so I’m interested in seeing if the next book proves me wrong.

I loved the feminist aspect with Mariko and Yumi and how Mariko didn’t let her gender define her limitations. I also loved how some of the important men or boys (man boys?) in the book didn’t let gender shape their image of Mariko either.

There was sort of a plot twist at the end that I’m unsure about and it’s weird how it seems like a realistic fiction type story set in the past but really it has magic. I’m a little worried about reading the next book because with the Wrath and the Dawn duology, I loved the first book but didn’t like the second one as much, so once again I’m looking forward to be proven wrong!

My Rating:

5 stars

Verdict:

I felt so many emotions and there were so many gasp worthy scenes followed by awww moments! I’m looking forward to reading the next one!


Have you read this book? What did you think? Let’s chat! 

-Calliope