I wanted to talk a little about something that’s personal to me: I’m aromantic and asexual. In case you don’t know what that means, it means I do not experience romantic or sexual attraction. If you want more info, I wrote a post about aromanticism here, I hope that answers most of your questions. What I want to talk about is how romance is portrayed in media and how harmful it can be for aspec people, and share some thoughts on how we can change things.
Last week I wrote a guest review on Laura’s blog (you should follow her blog because she’s amazing) for Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake, so in case you haven’t seen it yet, you can find it below!
Title: Girl Made of Stars
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Genres: Young Adult contemporary
“I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”
Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex and best friend since childhood, Charlie.
As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely…
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One of the things I love most about reading, is how it can literally change someone’s life. Books have the power to change things, even if they’re minor things. They can. In this (hopefully) monthly series on my blog I am going to talk to you about the impact and the power YA books have. I’m going to include not just my own thoughts but also other people’s opinions and if I can find them, stats and figures.
This first post will be about Simon Spier (Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli), who has quickly become one of the most iconic LGBT+ YA characters and will probably only gain popularity once the movie (Love, Simon) is released over the world. I have sadly not been able to see Love, Simon yet because it’s not released where I live, but I have seen the impact it has had on many others.
This post does not include any spoilers about neither the book nor the movie it is simply a discussion of the effects Simon’s story has.
I am normally not a huge fan of historic fiction (in the sense that I rarely pick it up) but this book really took me by surprise!
Nothing but Sky by Amy Trueblood
rty only feels alive when she’s dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.
No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.
After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick.
The story follows Grace, who is a wingwalker, which means she does tricks on airplane wings while it’s in the air. I was immediately impressed by her daring but also by her character. She is, in many ways, ahead of her time. WWI just ended and wingwalking is not exactly the most common job for a young woman to have. But despite everything, she still gets on that plane, because she wants to and she loves it. She’s strong, independent and fierce and I loved that about her.
“Men loved to use their height to try and intimidate me. It happened at shows across the nation. Whether they wanted an autograph, a photo, or just a chance to show their distaste for the life I’d chosen, it was a tactic that never worked. I battled rain, wind, and thunderstorms at 500 feet; men didn’t frighten me.”
Grace and her crew are trying to earn money participate in a competition, and I loved how the author showed this struggle within the team, but also showed the external struggles and the changing situation in the world. I loved the setting and how the author described it. I could dream away in cloudless blue skies, stuffy hangars, and cigar-smoke-filled bars and I loved it! It makes me want to pick up historical fiction more often!
“This life we’ve chosen is full of risk. Every day we go up into those clouds knowing there’s a chance we may not come down alive.”
A couple of other things I loved were the romance, which wasn’t take a huge part of the story but added to it really nicely and it was so adorable, and the plot twists: these were so well-done, I really didn’t see them coming.
“May your skies always be cloudless and blue, Grace.”
Overall, I’m giving this book 4.5 stars because it was just so much fun to read! I loved reading about Grace and her crew and all that they were going through. The writing was great and the story kept me really interested in the story at all times! I definitely recommend this book if you are a bit hesitant about picking up historic fiction (like me) but want to try to read more! And also for everyone who already loves historic fiction, of course!
I promised you a recommendation post for IndieAthon so here I am. I’ve asked some of my blogger friends for their favourites and their recommendations so a big thank you to everyone who has send me their recommendations! Without any further ado, let’s start the recommendations!
Sometimes I read a book and I don’t like it, and a while later I think, maybe I just read it at the wrong time. Or I just wasn’t in the right mood. Or something like that. I’ve read a very large amount of books in my entire teenage years that I just didn’t like for no particular reason, but also the other way around. Looking back at some books I read years ago makes me rethink why I actually liked them. And sometimes I can’t even remember.
So, anyway, today I want to talk about some books I read and think I would judge differently now then I did back when I read them.
Most of these are from the past three years because I didn’t track my reading before that so I have no idea what I read before that.
I had this fun idea to predict my rating for a book before I read it, so that’s what I’m going to try to do today. I’m going to pick 5 books on my TBR that I want to read really soon, and I’m going to try to estimate what my rating will be based on the synopsis. And then, hopefully, after a month or so, I’ll do another post comparing my estimated rating to my final rating! I’m really curious to see how well I know my own reading tastes and how well I can predict what I will love and what I don’t. So let’s get started!