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Goodbye 2022

  I don't know about you, but I feel like 2022 was both miserable and magical (see what I did there?). Which is okay. If you've made it through the year, congratulations! I'm proud of you, and you should be, too.  Personally, 2022 felt like it lasted a very short time, but when I look back at January of the year, I can hardly believe it's the same year. I was still doing mostly online classes, and most of the books I read during that time were way better than what I finished with. How is it that Turning Red came out this year? It's kind of crazy, actually, how so much can happen in just 365 days. I got to see some family members after a really long time, made new friends, watched weird movies and shows, memorized the lyrics to a bunch of different songs, and visited some really interesting places.  (I sort of want to write an entire series of posts breaking down every thing I did or saw this year now, but no promises. We'll see if I have the time and motivation
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Welcome to the Grishaverse

F rankly, I'm scared of writing this. Just a little bit.  Hello everyone! I know I disappeared for a while. School started, and since it's my last year before my first proper board exam, there's been a lot of pressure. Today I remembered that I had this sitting around in my drafts, so I thought I might as well finish it, in honor of the sneak peak of Shadow And Bone season 2.  Originally, I had ranted about my braces and the fact that people don't read Leigh Bardugo's books despite the fact that they're so famous, but I think I'll cut that bit off 'cause it's kinda irrelevant now. I did get my cousin into reading it, so I call it a win.  Let's divide it according to series (Note- I haven't read the short stories): Shadow and Bone Trilogy Shadow and Bone Siege and Storm Ruin and Rising This was the first trilogy set in the Grishaverse, and if I'm being honest, it's very basic YA fantasy. Alina, our main character, a normal orphan grow

The Night Circus • Review • Erin Morgenstern

  I have to admit, I read a lot this summer. Not sure if 'summer' is the right word for it though- I technically didn't have school since the end of March. Insane, huh? But I had exams, then a surprisingly long vacation- a vacation that has now been extended, so I have more time for books and other fun stuff.  Well, with all that being said, let's talk about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Funny story, I'd actually planned to buy this book like a year ago. But the bookshop I was ordering from ran out of copies, and I'd ended up buying something else. And then I completely forgot about it. A few weeks ago, I was at the same book store, and saw they restocked it. I decided to get the book this time, because why not.  Here's a bit of the plot if you want to seeing if it piques your interest:  The Night Circus arrives without warning. Like, seriously. One day, there's nothing, and the next, you see a bunch of black and white tents, and a sign announci

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

  The title of this blog is a really popular sentence that's commonly used all over the world. It's often used to refer to the idealistic feminist, the 'badly-behaved' (according to society, anyway) women who stand up against the patriarchy by breaking the invisible (and sometimes visible) rules set for them.  That's not a bad implication of the statement, no. But the original meaning of it is kind of ironic, because most people don't know the woman who actually said this: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. In her book of the same name, she talks about simple women, who make changes in every corner of the world, but are not recognized for it. Mothers, nurses and teachers cause huge impacts on our lives, yet their stories are often forgotten, or not considered at all.  It's so weird how even now there are certain conditions for everything, including being the proper feminist icon. You have to have a certain skin tone (ever hear of white feminism?) wear certain clothes

Review - The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

  Hi hi hi! I know I haven't posted anything recently, and part of the reason is that I had exams. Like, a LOT of them. It was annoying, but at least now they're over! This non-exam period won't last long, but what's life if not an exam?  Anyways, I did a little bit of reading, and today's review will be of Matt Haig's The Midnight Library . I'd seen a lot of people talk about it, and the concept seemed cool enough, so why not check it out?  Trigger Warning: The book (and this review) contains suicide, suicidal thoughts, depression. I think it's best if you search up trigger and content warnings for the book.  Here's the plot: Nora Seed's life is filled with regrets. There were always so many things she could've done, but she made the wrong decisions. She therefore decides to put herself out of her misery, and commit suicide. And she does do that, except she ends up in this library. Nora's stuck in the stage between life and death. All

Crimes Committed by Readers

  Hello! Today's post is something I'm very excited for, as it's a quiz! I've done quizzes before, like the book addict one and fandom one. Check them out if you're interested! If you're here, there's a very, very high chance that you've read at least one book in your life, even if it was for school. Now, a lot of readers have committed crimes against their books. This highly hurts the class of people called the 'Book Protection Squad'. Let's see if you guys did any of this.  Rules: Add the numbers for the ones you've done, and then check for the grading system at the bottom. Good luck! Quiz!: 1. Spilled something on it (+1 point) 2. Torn a page (+1 point) 3. Dog-eared a page (+1 point) 4. Folded a page (kind of similar, but still) (+1 point) 5. Scribbled directly on the book, with a pen/marker (+2 points) 6. Scribbled directly on the book with a pencil (+1 point) 7. Thrown a book very hard (I don't care if the book made you wanted to

Writing Reviews

  Hello! I'm gonna start with a disclaimer: this entire post consists of my personal opinions, so feel free to disagree. I know most of my old reviews don't follow some of the stuff I've mentioned here, because I didn't know that then- I'm still learning! I really hope my future reviews will be much better. Also, this post isn't a step-by-step guide, more of a general thought on reviews. Introduction: Okay, so you can start however you want. You could include a photo of your book (if you're doing a book review- though applicable for all reviews), the blurb, how you found out about the book etc. You can also mention content/trigger warnings, and the ideal age group. But you can talk about this stuff later on, too. Really, it's up to you. It's your world, so you get to paint it. The review: I'd like to go over some points I've recently thought of.  Personally, when writing reviews, I try not to look at other reviews. This is to make sure my rev