Saturday, December 29, 2018

Mini Reviews

Hello, Dragonflies, and Happy Holidays! 

I hope you all had an amazing holiday season, and that you took the time to relax this week. It's been a hectic year, hasn't it? 

So I've been absent for a while, and may be for a while again. Uni can be rough at times! 

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BUT, I have been reading when I can! So, for consistency, I'm going to be writing a few mini-reviews of books I've recently read. I managed to complete my Goodreads goal of 40 books this year, which I'm really happy about :)

1. A Lady's Guide the Petticoats and Piracy
I had no idea what to expect getting into this book - I didn't read A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and virtue, but had heard that they could be read separately, so I went straight into Lady's Guide. I really enjoyed reading it! The story was fun and beautifully crafted, I loved the combination of pirates and the timeframe it was presented in, the girl power in STEM in parallel to the love of pretty things. It's not incompatible! I enjoyed reading and learning about the characters and their pasts, as well! I got this book in the YA Chronicles box, check the side banner for a discount code you can use for your next box! 

4/5 feathers! 

2. Beyond the Clouds 2 
This is the second book in a manga series that is published in French for some odd reason. My brother got it for me for Christmas, and I must say, I read it in a day! I love the world that Beyond the Clouds has been set in - imagine a mix of steampunk and fantasy, with a hint of mythology. It's everything I love wrapped up into a visual form! The art style is absolutely fantastic, I would so love a poster of it up in my room! I can't say much about the story without giving anything away, but if you read French, I highly recommend this series! 

4.5/5 feathers!

3. The Shock of the Fall 
This was actually one of the first books I reviewed on my blog - I believe I gave it 5 stars. Well, my opinion stayed solid! This book hits you in the feels over and over again. It's so raw and real and everything that I think every young adult should read, if just to see that some situations are difficult to understand unless you are directly involved. I cried and laughed and read it in a day! 

5/5 feathers! 

4. I am the Messenger
If you guys have been following my blog or instagram for a while (@justanotherbookishblog), you'll know that this is one of my favourite books. I recently re-read it, and it still is! Like the movie Amelie, it really gives you the idea that it is easy to care for others - whether it's helping by picking up an ice cream cone for someone who could use it, or to scare someone into being a better person. Care comes in many forms. The ending of this book shook me to my core, as I haven't read it that way before (again, for spoiler avoidance, I won't say what it was!). 

5/5 feathers! 

5. Throne of Glass
I also re-read all of the Throne of Glass series up to Empire of Storms! I have reviews for all of them except for EoS as this was my first time reading it! And holy stars it was incredible! It was a little slow for me at parts, but I truly loved it! The whole fight scene on the boat marked me, and the ending is cruel in every way! I have yet to have started the last book (I think imma skip Tower of Dawn, I don't like Chaol), but I hopefully will soon! 

I think that's all I've read recently! Again I know these reviews are short, but I wanted to write them up and give them an 'official' rating anyway :) I need to get back to studying - It's a little bit difficult to do so, as we have family over from now until the day before my exams, so I need to take every moment I can to study. 

Stay bookish! 

Miss you guys <3

Sunday, December 2, 2018

12 Days of Giving - Days 2 - LIV Livres Solidaires

Hello, Dragonflies! 

This is the second day of #bookish12days, and I'm so happy with the turnout! Not as many people are participating in the event as I would have hoped, however I've received messages about what people are doing for the greater good around them, and it makes me so happy! 

"I planned on giving (it) to people living on the road in my city, since my country has a hight poverty rate..." - @nabaimran2003

"I'm currently helping on a food bank" - @sunny.pages 

"I love that you're doing this!" - @sjmtrash 

"One of the best giveaways that one could enter. Go and enter peeps. The world needs some kindness."

I've had feedback on individual charities, just as I've gotten opinions on how the event is being run. For those of your participating, thank you! A little information goes a long way! 

Today's Charity is LIV Livres Solidaires. This charity is based in Belgium and works to collect books and educational supplies to send to Haiti, a Francophone colony that has been hit by misfortune, through corruption and tropical storms. This combination makes it very difficult for children and adults alike to receive a solid education. 

This is a charity that I have had the pleasure to work with in the past, through my university. I can assure you, the cause is worthwhile! 

Today, my theme was sharing, and I challenged people to tell me the books they'd like to share with the world. I narrowed my choices down to 6:

- The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan 
- The Giver, by Lois Lowry
- The Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare
- A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab
- I am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak 

Each of these books have an incredible message behind them, that have gotten me forward in various stages of life, and have helped me grow. 

Stay kind, 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

12 Days of Giving - Day 1 - Books 2 Africa

Hello, dragonflies! 

This is the first day of 12 Days of Giving, #bookish12days, has begun! 

Today, I am spreading word about Books-2-Africa

This is a charity that I discovered recently, that I found has a really good way of working. Books2Africa is based in the UK and collects books that will be sorted based on quality and on need, before sending them out to specific countries for specific uses. 

Literature is an important angle of a modern education. We have all read books in school, and, if you're reading this, you've definitely learned to read. Many countries have very low literature rates, partially because of the lack of teaching facilities and medium, such as - you guessed it! - books. Being able to understand specific areas and their specific needs really makes it possible to tailor the aid that is being sent. 

Today, I am being helped by the amazing Elizabeth Sagan to spread the word about Books 2 Africa! You've likely heard of her from Instagram and from the blogosphere - she's incredible! Thanks, girl :) 

Finally there is a link on the sidebar to donate money to the event! At the end of the 12 days, a poll will be added to determine which charity the money should be sent to :) Of course, this is completely optional! 

Stay bookish!