Monday, February 5, 2018

Claire Kann: Let's Talk About Love

When I read the blurb of this book I knew I had to read it. I'm really interested in reading and trying to understand all the different sexualities that didn't have a name when I grew up. And this one was my first book with an asexual main character.

Let's Talk About Love is the story about Alice. Alice is in a relationship, and she's happy. Unfortunately her girlfriend is not that happy, because there's something missing - intimacy and sex, and because she thinks Alice doesn't love her enough she ends the relationship. Alice on the other hand is asexual, but still very much romantically and emotionally involved.

This is a story about accepting yourself, opening up to others - both as an individual and for the prospect of love, and it's about love in a different matter than most people accept as love in today's society. It's an important story to tell, and I think it can help a lot of young people finding themselves and accepting who they are. And maybe get some tips and tricks on how to come out as asexual and finding love in a way they can accept and thrive in.

Alice is a likeable girl, and the story includes love and friendship and family and heartache and heartbreak and cuteness and fluff and all the ingredients a good contemporary novel should have. But I think Alice might've been a bit too bland or boring for me? I don't want to say this, but I feel that she didn't shine, if you know what I mean.

The diversity in this novel was amazing, and it felt natural - as it should be!

It's a good story, and it's important, and I enjoyed this book, but it's not as good as I hoped. I was let down by this, but I don't really know why, maybe I just had set my hopes too high? It's good, but I wanted awesomeness. Still, a good read, and so easy and quick, and definitely worth the time!



Saturday, February 3, 2018

February TBR

New month, new TBR. Hopefully I will be just as good at following this as I was in January.

This month I'm hoping to join my library book club. I was supposed to in January as well, but I'm having some winter blues and I'm so so so sick and tired of all that damn snow. Maybe this month will be better. At least I get to read some books I would've never picked up myself - and thus reading more adult novels.

My two pre-orders of the month is:
SFF: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Contemporary: American Panda by Gloria Chao

I'm especially happy about getting American Panda, but The Belles looks intriguing as well.

I'm going to do the #Ayearathon and #Duodecathon readathons which I do every month. For the #Duodecathon I will be doing the "A book with a great first line" and I've chosen The Color Purple by Alice Walker - which goes nicely with February being black history month.

And OwlCrate is doing a readathon this month, which I'm really happy about. One of my reading goals this year is to read all my OwlCrate backlogs, which is/was 12 (I think). So, I'll be reading two books from past OwlCrates for this readathon.

I don't know of any more readathons this month, which might be good because my boyfriend misses his board game companion, and it's Oscar month (we have to watch all the nominated movies before the show) which means less time for reading.

What will you be reading this month? Havee you pre-ordered any nice books? Let me know in the comments!


January wrap-up

My January TBR consisted of 8 books (as my monthly TBRs will probably be every month this year). Specifically 8 novels. Plus my goal about one graphic novel every week, and a manga every other week. Which in normal months will be 4 graphic novels and 2 mangas. This January i participated in so many readathons, and was totally antisocial and nursing my introvertness, so I read quite a bit more than planned.

I ended up reading:
  • 13 novels
  • 4 graphic novels
  • 2 mangas
  • 1 comic strips collection
  • 1 audio book.

I'm so proud of this! So many books, so many pages, so many words! And I've enjoyed most of them.

And I even kept to my TBR, allowing myself to read other books when done with those. I missed out on two of my TBR simply because of slow mail to Norway... January OwlCrate has still not arrived.

Best book: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Worst book: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings (DNF)

Only 5 of these books were of male authors (one was co-written with a female author) and a surprisingly 16 were female authors.

I've visited USA, UK, Norway, Chile and Japan this month. I'm looking forward to visiting Finland (and hopefully more countries) in February.

I have calculated the pages for week 1-4 (leaving a few days of January, but I think it better this way), so in January I read a total of 4835 pages. Woop! That is incredible! I'm so happy!

What was the best book you read in January? And the worst? Let me know in the comments!


Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller: Otherworld

I hadn't heard about this before joining the Biannual Bibliothon, were this novel was the group read. So, I ordered it from my library and read it. It was right up my alley, so I'm happy about the discovery.

Otherworld is a virtual reality game concept. It's in the start-phase, and only 2000 special VR glasses are made. And it's supposedly incredible realistic. When Simon finds himself with access he sees it as a way of getting back in touch with a childhood friend. She on the other hand is doing everything in her power to keep him out of her life - in order to save his. Because Otherworld is not what it seems.

I feel that Otherworld has managed to make a really good backstory for these two young adults, a really interesting and sweet and complicated history. This makes me want to read more about them, and follow their story. I feel I got a great view of their worlds - two very different and interesting ones.

The world building is good; Otherworld feels like an awesome place to be - you can be anything you want to be (well, as long as it's somewhat human) and do exactly what you want to do. It's world is vast and exciting. The different types of NPC's they meet in this world is interesting too.

The real world is seen from a really rich kid, but he's got a good head on his shoulders. He's smart and nice, and doesn't really care about money. He cares about his childhood friend, the only love he has in his life (his parents being rich and absent). I care about what happens to him, and want him to get his friend back.

I really enjoyed this book, it's not a new favorite or even a 5-stars, but it's a really enjoyable and entertaining read. I'm looking forward to the sequel.



Claire Kann: Let's Talk About Love

When I read the blurb of this book I knew I had to read it. I'm really interested in reading and trying to understand all the different ...