Books I Regret Not Reading Yet

Ahhh, the weather is finally getting nicer. May is my favourite month, I feel like you can actually enjoy the weather here in good ole Canada, haha.

I just want to read all of the books! I can’t get enough. If I wasn’t on a book buying panned I would be there, at my favourite book store today soaking up the sunshine through the windows while smelling each book. But instead I’m here at my computer reminding myself that I have a sh*t ton of books here, at home to read still.

Here’s a list of books I regret not reading yet:

Believe it or not, I haven’t read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adevemi yet. Everyone on BookTube and Bookstagram have been singing such high praise for this first book in the series. This one is a high fantasy about Zélie and her mother who can summon forward souls. One night magic disappears from their world. The king is out for answers and Zélie has one chance to bring it back. Goodreads

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Next book on my list, The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. I borrowed this one from a friend about a month ago and I haven’t touched it. I found the audiobook on Scrbd, but I don’t want to give the book back until I’m able to see if the audiobook is any good. Guess what?!? This is another fantasy! I don’t have any idea what this one is about all at. Someone on BookTube I follow said it was good and my friend who isn’t quite taken with reading as I am, loves it. So more or less, I’m going to read it based on her recommendation and I hope I like it. Goodreads

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Of course I have to include Throne of Glass by Sarah L. Maas. I technically haven’t started it, but I am going to this weekend! I’m excited to see what’s all the hype about. My friend Brittany from Bookstagam highly recommended it, I’m pretty sure it’s her favourite book, so I thought I would like give it a try. Other books just keep getting in the way, like always! I don’t know much about it, you might have noticed, but I like going into books almost completely blind. I just know that there’s a chick assassin who’s a badass and an orphan..? YUP, that’s it, haha! Goodreads

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Fourth up is Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. I came across Dread Nation on BookTube in someone’s video about new releases they were excited for before it was out. She described it during the Civil War with zombies.; SOLD! That’s all I need, take my money!! Other than her and one other person, no one I have seen has been talking about this one. If you have read it, please let me know what you think. Goodreads

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Two honourable mentions are Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (Goodreads), and The Language of Thorns By Leigh Bardugo (Goodreads).

Thanks for reading; you are lovely and wonderful. If you’re curious, I started reading Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (Goodreads). On May 8th, I finished Wonder Women (click here for more), which was about 25 women in history that was cool. I also, finished on Tuesday The Princess Saves Herself In This One By Amanda Lovelace (click here for more). Also, what a fun last name, Lovelace.

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Love Simon: Book vs. Movie

Spoilers to ahead! To be able to compare the two properly I will have spoilers here! You’ve been warned.

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So, recently I went and saw the Love, Simon movie, and now I would like to take a moment to compare the original text with the film. The book was first released as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda in April 2015 as Becky Albertalli’s debute novel (Goodreads). While the adaption came out just this past March (IMDB).

I loved both so much and consider the book a 5 stars while the movie is a 4.5 stars. I will have to say that my favourite out of the two has to be the book. I read the book in May of last year (my review [not the best review, but it was one of my firsts!]) and it was one of the first books I read with a main character coming out. I connected right away with Simon and the corkiness of the character and corkiness of the writing. When I first laughed out loud was Simon was thinking about a certain blanket being stiff as a board, ahahaha! I had so much fun reading Simon vs even the moments where I cried, for example, the moments between his mom and dad.

Both have handled the story of coming out beautifully. While the movie has more of a traditional Rom Com spin where something like the ending is a little more of a spectacle, where Blue and Simon meet for the first time in front of a huge crowd. However, the book Blue gave Simon a shirt with his cell phone attached, so Simon didn’t need to post publicly where to meet at the fair making it for just them. Another example is the relationship between Simon and Leah. In the movie, Leah and Simon no longer have a platonic friendship as they do in the novel, but where Leah has a crush on Simon. The movie has gotten some backlash for this because Leah being Bisexual, however, I can’t say I agree because we are seeing Simon’s story and he doesn’t know she’s Bi, and just because she likes a guy that doesn’t make her straight. The scene when Leah comes out to her family about being straight, that’s still Simon’s perspective. Which by the way is the best. Why IS straight the default? Why do we have to come out if we’re anything but straight?

One thing I was worried about in the movie was how the parents were going to handle Simon coming out. This being a feature film, I was worried that they would change it for the worst, but it was actually handled pretty while. I adored the scene with Jennifer Garner where she tells Simon she has noticed this change in him for a while and that now it’s time to let got of the breath he’s been holding. Just a rainfall of tears, even just watching the trailer back. Just tears. However, Josh Duhamel didn’t deliver for me during that suppose to be touching point between son and father. The family dynamic in both visions were wonderful, and I can see why they cut the older sister out from the movie as she was away from college.

One difference that not many notice is Ethan. Ethan is “the gay kid” at Simon’s school and is not in the book at all. He represents one of Simon’s struggle as to why not to come out; he doesn’t want to get bullied like Ethan. That is cemented for the audience when Simon and Ethan are both bullied after Simon is outed by Martin (horrible human by the way). But it did create this nice moment between Simon and Ethan as they wait to see the principal. Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 3.58.13 PM.pngSide note: what was up with that weird principal? He didn’t seem like he added any weight to the story, and was more of a comedy relief a lot of the time.

ANYWHO, I really loved both visions of Love, Simon. A wholesome story of a kid coming out hadn’t been done like that until Albertlli, and a feature film hasn’t done so until this movie. Each experience I was tricked to who Blue was, and wasn’t sure who he was until the big reveal.

If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie then I don’t know why you’re reading this, hahaha, but go read and then watch the movie. It’s well worth it, especially for us in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Sarah <3<3

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Batman: Nightwalker: Review

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Batman: Nightwalker is the second book as part of a series of DC characters in their youth, each written by different YA authors. The first book was Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo (Goodreads: here.) Which I think was more successful in writing a book of Wonder Woman as a teenager. I enjoyed that one much more. Unfortunately, Marie Lu was a bit of a disappointment with Batman: Nightwalker (Goodreads: here.). This was my first book by her too and now I’m second guessing if I should to continue to read anymore of her work. Comment below if you’ve read her other work that I should try.

My Rating: 2 Stars 

Thank god that this was a short read because it was one I did not want to drag out any longer. I felt no connection with Bruce Wayne, a youth athletic, rich, white boy who got a slap on the wrist for a major crime. The plot was predictable and sometimes painful to read through, like we get it can we get to an interesting part? I was a little intrigued by Madeleine on her own as a character, but anything cool was muddled by the predictability of  her actions. I felt Bruce’s motives to speak with her were only plot driven at times, and created an insta-love between the two of them that didn’t grab me.

The only saving grace was the technology. I had a lot of fun reading about futuristic tech being in a car, robots, or computers, that was really cool.

I was frustrated for half of the book because of the logic behind Bruce being even a potential target was not aligned with the motives of previous targets. Why would he be danger unless he decided to put himself in harms way to save others?

I kept hoping to get more out of Alfred because I remember him being more of a badass in the cartoon show. I know that was farther along in Bruce’s life but still! He was so smart and more than just a caregiver.

The book left me feeling disappointed and wanting more action. It could have been better…

Sarah<3<3

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