December 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hello! I can’t believe 2017 is over! It’s so scary how fast time flies! This month I read 8 books and beat my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge by exactly 1 book! That’s right, this year I read a grand total of 113 books! Wooh!


So first up this month I read a book for school, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys as well as Earth Hates Me by Ruby Karp.

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I thought Wide Sargasso Sea was okay for a school mandated book. If I read it for fun I probably would not have liked it as much. I did find it cool to read about such a well known English classic character, the mad woman in Rochester’s attic from Jane Eyre. I gave this book 3 stars and out of the 2 books I’ve read for English so far, this one was my favorite.

Earth Hates Me was so on point and relateable at some points and totally off kilter and strange with other parts. I totally agreed with the FOMO thing however! I ended up giving this one 4 stars.


I also read some contemporaries, If There’s no Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout and A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck.

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I thought that both of these books were very typical YA contemporaries with nothing too special. I was rather bored by both of them in fact, so I gave If There’s no Tomorrow 3 stars and A Short History 4 stars because I related hardcore to the whole teen angst and hating everyone and being the protagonist to your own story kind of thing.


I finally read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie! It’s about time! And then I read Because You Love to Hate Me finally as well.

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Funny enough, A Short History has references to The Absolutely True Diary and I was reading both at the same time and I really loved knowing exactly what the references were talking about. I would give The Absolutely True Diary 4.5 stars because it was so heartwarming, but I felt a tad disconnected from the narrator.

I liked Because You Loved to Hate Me! I gave it 4 stars and though I extremely disliked the booktuber input, I loved all of the other stories so I’ve chosen to pretend that the booktuber input does not exist.


And lastly I read That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston as well as Warcross by Marie Lu.

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The first half of That Inevitable was very slow and boring and I almost DNF’d, but I pushed through and I’m glad I did because the second half was a lot better! I did end up giving the book 3 stars because of how complicated and unnecessary most of the first half was.

I also really liked Warcross! It did remind me of other books I’ve read like Ready Player One, however I really did like it though some elements of the game were confusing. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but it’s probably more of a 4.5 star book for me!


How was your year in reading?! Link me up with your December and yearly wrap ups!

-Calliope

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

September 2017 Wrap Up!

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So…school has been keeping me very busy and as a result I haven’t been blogging much (what else is new).

I have been reviewing books though! I’m a member of the 2017-18 teenreads.com Teen Board where I read and review books for their site.

I had a great reading month, 11 books, and I’m on track (ahead actually) of my reading goal of 100 books!


First up I read the Cruel Crown novella and then King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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I really love this series and I can’t wait to read the last book!


I also read some great books from teenreads, they give us reviewers a huge list of books to choose from and I always add the ones I want to read to my tbr

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I thought Da Vinci’s Tiger was fascinating, and I was totally shipping Leonardo and Ginevra from the beginning! I would probably give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars, just because the beginning was a little hard to get into, and many characters had similar names which was a little confusing.

Nothing, was a book where the two main characters think their life is boring and nothing happens, but they realize that maybe their lives aren’t that boring after documenting their sophomore year of high school. I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars because it was slightly boring, though I did relate to the girls a lot more than typical YA females friends.


I read some awesome books with bi main characters!

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Ahh! The Gentlemen’s guide was soooo good! I shipped Percy and Monty so much and they were so cute and frustrating! It was quite a long book with parts that had me raising my eyebrows as to the realistic aspects but all in all it was such a great adventure! This book is tied with Wonder Woman for my favorite book this month! 4.5 stars!

Queens of Geek was such a geeky fun book that fangirls like myself can definitely relate to. It’s more of a quick fun read than anything else and did feel a tad like fanfiction? I don’t know, I just felt that vibe. Nevertheless, 4 stars for Queens of Geek because I was so happy while reading!


I finally read Wonder Woman! And then also Little Monsters because I’ve heard so much hype

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Wonder Woman had all the feminism and kick-ass scenes I wanted and thought it would have! 4.5 stars and not 5 because the plot twist at the end had absolutely no set up and annoyed me very much. And then also the book ended kind of abruptly and I do love my closure so I was sad I didn’t get enough.

Little Monsters felt like it was trying so hard to be Pretty Little Liars but I kept reading eagerly so it must have worked? I was grateful that unlike Pretty Little Liars, the twists and plot was actually predictable and possible to happen cough cough. 4 stars!


Finally I read some classics! And a novella that a tv show I started watching is based on (Good Behavior if you’re interested)

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I liked a Wrinkle in Time, though I felt the middle section of the book was very slow. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads but it’s probably more like a 3.5 for me. I will not be continuing with the series most likely because it’s middle grade.

I had to read A Heart of Darkness for school and it was 72 pages of boring, no plot, and racism as much as a white European can squeeze in. 1.5 stars because go metaphors.

I started binging on this show, Good Behavior and found out it was based on these books by Blake Crouch and went to check him out. The show is amazing, the chemistry between Letty and Javier is insane and I can’t wait for season 2 on October 15th! A druggie and a hit man get together? You’d think it would never work but it does somehow.


What did you read this month? Link me up with your September Wrap Ups and I’ll be sure to check them out!

-Calliope