I Was Diagnosed With PCOS

Hello! So, for a few months now, I’ve been going back and forth to the doctors with various symptoms and each time I was turned away and had my weight blamed on my experiences. I was always told to lose weight. I did lose some, I’ve lost over two stone, but my symptoms have still persisted. I went back and, finally, I was referred for an ultrasound. It was postponed for a few months due to the U.K. lockdown but, once I was able to do that, my blood tests and the scan results showed I have PCOS.

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I know this is really personal and a lot more personal than the stuff I usually blog about on here but I think it’s important and, if you feel like something is wrong, keep going back and keep pushing because you know your body better than anyone else. I believed them when they said it was a problem with my weight and it was only when friends insisted I visit the doctor again that I thought maybe it’s not.

What is PCOS?

I’ve been doing some basic research since my diagnosis so I know some stuff on what PCOS is but I’ll have to do quite a lot more before I’m really familiar with it.

People with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance and metabolism problems. Has the name would suggest, it’s in your ovaries, although you don’t actually need to have ovarian cysts to have PCOS. It’s an extremely common condition that is most diagnosed in your late teens or early twenties. PCOS is the most common cause of infertility but it is treatable (apparently, according to Google!).

The ovaries, as everyone should be familiar with by now, produce eggs that release once a month as part of your period. In PCOS, the egg may not develop as it should or may not be released during the ovulation cycle as it should be. Hence, PCOS can cause an irregular cycle and have missed periods. As well as being a cause of infertility in some people with PCOS, it can also cause cysts on the ovaries.

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of PCOS include irregular periods (where you have too little or too many periods a year), an increase in body hair caused by hormone imbalances, acne, thinning hair (especially male pattern baldness), weight gain/difficulty losing weight, darkening of the skin, and skin tags (small amounts of excess skin, especially found around places like your armpits).

symptoms

My symptoms are pelvic pain, irregular periods, struggle with weight loss and weight gain, and an increase in testosterone/hormonal imbalances found in my blood tests. Thankfully, I don’t have excess hair, my sensory issues would not be very happy with that!

Other Health Problems

Although having PCOS doesn’t mean you will definitely have these other health conditions, it does mean you have an increased chance of developing them in the future. These include diabetes type two, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, and cancer (especially in the ovaries).

To summarise, it says one in ten women (or anyone with ovaries) have PCOS but we all suspect it may be much higher as a lot of people may not even know they have it, some people don’t develop any noticeable symptoms at all.

If you feel like ANYTHING doesn’t feel right, visit a doctor and be persistent. I’m upset that they told me to lose weight instead of doing tests right away as, if it had been something much more serious and time sensitive, they could have been risking my life. I’ve done previous posts on fatphobia that include brief mentions of fatphobia in medical fields but it’s something I’m considering writing a separate post on entirely, as it can be deadly and is something people should take seriously.

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Upcoming Releases I’m Excited For!

Hello! I’ve always wanted to write a post about upcoming releases but, honestly, I’m never that up to date about it. However, I have added a few books to my online wishlist that haven’t been published yet and I’m really looking forward to them so I want to talk about how awesome they are with you guys.

The Haunting of Aveline Jones
by Phil Hickes

Release date September 17th 2020.

Aveline is a horror book lover and so, when half term comes, she gets much more excited for it when she finds a spooky old book. It belonged to a girl who vanished mysteriously. Aveline decides that she’s going to investigate the disappearance – but now something is stirring and it starts to look for her.

As you may know by now, I absolutely love spooky stories and this sounds just for me! Middle aged spooky stories are usually so much scarier than those for adults and they’re so creepy and feed my appetite. Definitely on the top of my list.

The Once and Future Witches
by Alix Harrow

Release date is October 15th 2020.

This is a historical novel set in the 1980’s about how there were no such thing as witches. If a woman wants power, she has to find it at the ballot box. But one day, three women join the women’s movement that might turn it into the witch’s movement. They delve into the oldest magic, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

Historical fiction isn’t usually my thing but it’s witches so I’m really excited for this one. Due to it being historical fiction, it may take me a while to be motivated to actually pick this up (might be a good thing with how big my TBR is), but I’m going to bet I’ll fall in love with it.

I Killed Zoe Spanos
by Kit Frick

Title is going to be released on September 3rd 2020.

Anna arrives at a new village hoping for a fresh start, but what she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos. She’s a local girl that has been missing since New Year’s eve. Anna delves deeper into the mystery and becomes more and more involved in Zoe’s life, and becomes more convinced she and Zoe are connected and that she knows what happened to her. When Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake two months later, Anna is charged with manslaughter, but Anna’s confession is riddled with holes. Martina Green, host of the Missing Zoe podcast, is not convinced Anna did it. Can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?

This sounds absolutely amazing. I really can’t wait for this one to come out. It’s just my cup of tea and sounds similar to audiobooks I’ve listened to that i’ve really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to the suspense and finding out what happened to her, which I’m hoping will be an interesting plot twist, and I also can’t wait to read about what made Anna confess to a murder she didn’t do.

One to Watch
by Kate Stayman-London

This will be released on January 7th 2021.

Bea is a plus size fashion blogger with amazing friends, thousands of Instagram followers and a massively broken heart. Bea has a weekly obsession, the reality TV show Main Squeeze. It has fantasy dates, kiss-off rejections, and a shockingly large amount of men named Ben. Bea, however, is sick of the lack of body diversity on the show and doesn’t think being a size zero should be the only criteria for being engaged on television. Bea has sworn off men altogether, but Main Squeeze asks her to be a contestant and she agrees on the basis that she absolutely won’t fall in love with anyone. When the cameras start rolling, she finds herself in a whirlwind of Twitter wars, sexy suitors and many opportunities to find messy, real life love for a TV fairy tale. Bea has to decide whether it’s worth trusting herself and these men to find her happily ever after.

I’ll admit that my main reason for being so interested in this is the plus size representation. As a fat person myself, finding myself represented in fun ways like this and positivity is quite difficult. I’m not a romance person but I think this will be funny, light hearted and make me feel loved and wanted as a fat person. I’m really excited for this one.

Can’t Take That Away
by Steven Salvatore

Release date March 9th 2021.

This follows a genderqueer teenager who finds the courage to speak out against for equality when they’re discriminated against by their high school administration. Carey dreams of being a diva and bringing the house down with song. Despite their talent, dealing with daily homophobia and their grandmother’s dementia makes it hard to find their voice. Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time ever. With the rush of a promising romantic relationship, they feel the confidence to audition for the Wicked Witch of the West in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice and it’s up to Carey, Cris and their friends to stand up for what’s right.

I have a feeling that this is going to be difficult to read, especially from personal experiences which make it difficult for me to see it as an outsider and not be personally hurt, but I love reading about stories where young teenagers become so powerful and fight back against the hatred that’s thrown at them. It’s strength and bravery at outstanding levels and I can’t wait to cheer them on.

Something to Say
by Lisa Moore Rameé

Released on August 20th 2020 (so soon!).

Janae doesn’t have any friends. She’s just fine with that. She’s so good at being invisible it’s almost like a superpower, much like her idol Astrid Dane. At home, however, she has plenty of company – her no-nonsense Mama, her older brother Malcolm and her beloved Grandpa, Gee. Then a new student shows up at school, Aubrey. Janae can’t figure out why he keeps popping up whenever she goes. The more she tries to push him away, the more determined he is to become her friend. Despite this, she starts to get used to having him around. When the two are teamed up in a debate to have the schools name changed, she knows the friendship had an expiration date. Janae would do almost anything to avoid speaking up in front of a school audience, risking the first real friendship she has ever had.

Another cute, and diverse, little middle grade book to add to my list of upcoming releases! This just sounds cute and I really love books that focus on the importance of friendship instead of making close connections and love about romantic love, even when the two main characters are really young. Friendship can be just as important, sometimes more so, than romantic love and I can’t wait to see this book emphasise that.

Cinderella is Dead
by Kalynn Bayron

Release date August 6th 2020 (by the time I publish this post, it would be in the past!).

It’s been 200 years since Cinderella found her prince and the fairytale is over. Sophia knows this story though off by heart. Every girl has to recite this story by heart from when she’s tiny until she is sent to the royal ball for choosing. The lives not chosen by the men at the ball are forfeit. Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen. She’s in love with her best friend,Erin, and hates the idea of being paraded around like cattle. When Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. There she meets someone with the power to remake the world.

I’m sorry but if this doesn’t sound absolutely incredible to you, I don’t know what will. I’m not sure when I’ll ever get around to this because my TBR is so long and I have limited funds but I’m still extremely excited because it sounds AMAZING.

The Caravan of Broken Dreams
by C L Latham

Release date 15th December 2020.

At night, windows are closed and children are locked away, but nothing can stop the music from entering. When the music began two years ago, Ekaterina lost her only family. When she vowed to hunt down whoever was behind the disappearances, she never expected to be pulled deep into a world she never knew existed, or that she would have even more to lose. Especially when Luca, a strange boy with lion’s eyes, appears with a note from her brother and a connection to the music.

I’m lucky enough to already own an ARC of this as the author of the book is a good friend of mine! I filled out an ARC application form and I got approved (I’m still going to buy the book on release day, of course) – fairytale retellings are some of my favourite kind of books to read, so I’m so excited for this. Especially since I’ve never read a Pied Piper retelling before, it sounds incredible. This is next on my TBR so expect a review of this in the next couple of weeks.

 

So that’s some upcoming releases I’m really looking forward to! I think I have a few more and, if I do, I’ll write a part two as this one is already long enough as it is. Have you heard of any of these and, if you have, what do you think? Do any of these sound like something you’d enjoy?

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JULY 2020 READING WRAP UP

Hello! I know it’s been a while but I have absolutely no idea what to write on here, and I’ve lost all motivation/inspiration which makes me sad because I miss this. Part of this is because I’m not reading very much and, considering this is a book blog, it does hold me back a little bit and I don’t want to do just endless book tags. Anyway, here we go, what I read in July!

Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Buisness of Death Saved my Life
Caleb Wilde

I read this over audiobook and I really enjoyed it. I love everything medical, especially things like this, and it was a really interesting insight into the life of a funeral director. I didn’t really like the religious tone, though, it felt a little overkill in parts, but I loved knowing how he didn’t emotionally detach from the people he worked with even when it was really hard for him.

The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath

I wanted to read more classics this year and this one has been on the top of my list for such a long time. Unfortunately, It felt a little disappointing but that might have just been because I’ve been anticipating it for such a long time. It was really slow to start with and the narrator was so judgmental and rude that it was often difficult to feel sympathy for her, but it did give an interesting insight to what it was like being a mentally ill woman in that time period.

All Boys Aren’t Blue
George. M. Johnson

I listened to this on audiobook, as well! I didn’t really know anything going into it but I ended up really liking it. It’s an important perspective on being a black queer person and what it was like for them growing up. It was kind of hard to read at times, but it was necessary.

Loveless
Alice Oseman

One of my new favourites! This is the first time I’ve ever read a book about being aro and ace from someone who is aro and ace themselves. I don’t really talk about it much on here but I’m demiromantic and demisexual, the representation really meant so much to me. I had demi-specific representation in another book she wrote, Radio Silence, so this author is quickly becoming one of my top favourites. I have a full review of Loveless here. 

The Heathrow Doctor 
Dr. Stephanie Green

Again, I really like reading about medical things, and this is a book on what it was like to work as a doctor in one of the busiest airports within the UK. There were a few passages that were racist, such as saying “Eskimo” and “Indians” (in reference to Native Americans, not people from India). Other than that, it was a good insight into things they look for in international visitors and a little bit about immigration.

Monstress Volume 1-3
Majorie M Liu

I was originally going to read these for The Reading Rush, but I failed (oops) and I ended up being pretty happy I failed considering the stuff surrounding The Reading Rush and I no longer want to associate with them for the time being. They were really, really good. The plot was a bit difficult to follow and there were so many species and so many different people against different people that I couldn’t keep up, but the whole art style was so gorgeous I didn’t really mind and I really like the main characters.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Leigh Bardugo

I can’t believe this has been sitting on my shelf for so long and that it took me so long to get to it because it was incredible, I really really liked it. I, personally, love Marvel more than the DC universe (but the DC vilians are so much better than the Marvel ones) but I really loved seeing Diana/Wonder Woman from a more personal point of view. I also loved most of the side characters. I’m upset there isn’t a sequel as every book in this series is told from a different DC character. I’m currently reading the Batman one, so you’ll see my thoughts on that one in my August wrap-up.

 

So, there you go, everything I read in July! I would love to know your thoughts on what I’ve read, and if you read them what you thought of them too. Until next time.

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REVIEW: LOVELESS BY ALICE OSEMAN (Spoiler Free)

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Book Summary

It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean? Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day. As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight. But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever. Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?

Review

I make it no secret I’m a huge Alice Oseman fan and one of my favourite books, Radio Silence, was written by her so it goes unsaid that I was ridiculously excited about this upcoming release. I preordered a copy, which I pretty much never do, and it was signed ON THE PAPER instead of a sticker which means she herself held a copy of the very book I own – what a ridiculous fangirling moment that one was. It’s special to read an author from their first book to their latest release and see their writing skills improve.

I also don’t make a secret that I am gray ace/aro so reading a book that is OwnVoices for both of these things may be one of the best moments in my reading life. I didn’t know how badly I needed that representation until now. There’s background diversity that’s so casual and natural, emphasis on the platonic love found in friendships and how it isn’t worth less than romantic love, love of the live action Scooby Doo movies and I shall tell you now I’ve watched both those movies hundreds of times, and sexual tension between two involved queer characters if you’re into that.

Not to mention it was surprisingly sex-positive. It talked about how it’s okay not to have sex, and how it’s okay to have sex everyday with a different person, and it even focuses on masturbation and the different things people do to achieve the…desired effect. This has never happened in any young adult book I’ve ever previously read in this way. I’ve only ever read it before in YA books in a joking way, or sometimes in an aggressive/assault way. It felt raw and honest and something I believe teenagers need, stuff like this should probably be normalized, especially in young girls who aren’t encouraged the way young boys are.

Just…so much queerness, diversity and happiness. I love how Georgia went on a slow discovery to find out who she was and she was never shamed by people she loved for the way she feels about romance and sex. They were so accepting and loving and it gave me all the feels. It even made me want to go to Uni, which is something I don’t really want to do currently (the debt is staggering, friends).

There’s so many wonderful things to love in this book and I feel like everyone should read it, especially since there is next to no aro/ace representation in the world at the moment and we as a group tend to have a lot of hate aimed at us and, lately, being told that our sexuality was made up by Tumblr (note: Alice even includes little historical snippets in here on recorded aro/ace people long before the Internet even existed so take that!). If you need validation or a book that feels like a warm hug, then read this. NOW.

This is the first review I’ve written in a while and it’s currently midnight but hopefully it’s not terribly written. READ IT.

Also, a special shoutout to Alice Oseman for making all of her paperback books match, thank you. 

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

Yep, it’s that time of year again where I revisit this tag but refill it with different answers, more or less. I say this everytime but I wasn’t tagged and, until I mention otherwise, assume I haven’t been! I’m going to go right into it!

1. Best Book You’ve Read so Far in 2020

Probably a book I’ve just finished, Loveless by Alice Oseman. It’s the first aro/ace representation I’ve read in a book that’s OwnVoices, it was a bit slow in some parts but I genuinely loved it and all the casual background diversity, as well.

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read so Far This Year?

Probably Symbiont by Mara Grant. So far, I’m really loving this trilogy. It’s amazing how Mara can take a fairly over-used topic (apocalypse caused by a pandemic) and make it so original and interesting. I’m hooked and I’ll be reading everything she has ever written.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, but Want to

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling! I own a copy and I’ve been meaning to get around to it for a while since I loved the first one so much but I intend to re-read the first book, as well.

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

I have SO many anticipated releases coming up that it’s so difficult to pick one. I’m excited for One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London because I think it’s about a fat woman falling in love and I am always looking for that representation, I’m also looking forward to The Extra ordinaries by TJ Klune and Cinderella is Dead by Kaylnn Bayron

5. Biggest Disappointment 

Maybe The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath! I did actually really like this book but, maybe because I’ve wanted to read it for such a long time, it didn’t live up to my pretty high expectations. Also, it was pretty problematic (racism, fatphobia, etc).

6. Biggest Surprise

Possibly Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, not that I thought it would be a bad book but I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. Plus, Eleanor Oliphant is most deffo autistic in my opinion.

7. Favourite New Author (Debut/New to You)

100% Mara Grant! Technically, she’s not new to me because I read her Wayward Children books last year (well, some of them) but Mara Grant is a pen name so…maybe I can still count it? If she doesn’t count, then probably Katee Robert. Yes, I’m gray-aro/ace but I still enjoy reading smut and romance and she writes them really well!

8. Newest Fictional Crush

Like I just mentioned, I’m ace/aro (even if it’s gray), so I don’t really have crushes, even fictional ones.

9. Newest Favourite Character

It’s still Fleabag! Technically not a book character, she’s from a TV Show of the same name, but I read the scripts earlier in the year and I’m absolutely in love with both her and the show, and all the actors who made the show. It’s truly beautiful, if you haven’t seen it yet. 

10. A Book That Made you Cry

It’s really hard for me to cry at books so I haven’t, yet! 

11. A Book That Made You Happy

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gailman! I’ll admit that a big reason as to why this made me happy is because my partner is a big fan of both of these authors and sort of learnt how to talk like them so the whole thing reminds me of my partner, but it was also just hilarious. It’s a shame they didn’t have more of a chance to write things together because they really are such a good couple.

12. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought/Received This Year

I’ve tried not to buy any new books this year because I have way too many books to get through so, unless it’s a new release or something, I don’t buy new books at all anymore. Maybe I can buy myself one new book for every ten I read or something. 

13. Books You Need to Read by the End of the Year

I don’t think there’s any I necessarily need to read because reading is purely enjoyment for me and not, like, a challenge or something? Or a job. I do really want to get to some books, though, but at this point really it’s any book I own. I’ll be sorting through them all so I might do unhaul posts but…maybe those only work in YouTube videos?

 

So, another year, another midyear book tag done! I enjoy reviewing my reading year. Really, my reading year should be really good seeing as we all have nothing to do but…it really hasn’t, it’s been consumed by Netflix and Animal Crossing.

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Recommending Books to my Favourite Animal Crossing Characters – PART ONE

Hello again! This was originally going to be one post but, as it turns out, I actually have quite a few favourite Animal Crossing characters (none of which have been on my island yet, pfft!). It’ll probably be spread across about four different posts, this one obviously being one of them. I wanted to find out some basic information about them and then use these basics to find a book I think they might be interested in.

You know, if they were real and…into older books? I don’t know, this might end up being a really terrible idea but I’m running low on ideas so here we are. They will be in alphabetical order because that’s the order they appear in on my favourites list on the Animal Crossing app (insert laughing face here!)

(Oh, and a disclaimer, this isn’t meant to be taken too seriously! I’m pretty bored, as I’m sure we all are. Also, some of the books I will recommend I haven’t read so I may be going off the synopsis)

Ankha
Personality traits: snooty (she loves make-up, gossiping, appears rude or arrogant, talks about herself and her own experiences a lot, and judges other villagers but will warm up to you over time) loves cherries, enjoys nature, she’s a Virgo, is strongly based off of Egyptian styles/culture

For Ankha, I wanted to recommend to her #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruse. I’ve never read it before but I think it would teach her a lot about the fashion business and help her understand other peoples’ struggles more. I’ve never read this book before but I want to. It’s about someone who used to struggle with money to someone who is now a retailer. Also, Ankha seems like someone who wouldn’t struggle to be a leader and is deffo a girl boss! I’ve been in search for her, I’d love for her to be a part of my island.

Audie
Personality traits: really into fitness, her style is a tropical theme, her goal in life is to become a pop star, she’s into makeup, often in a good mood and easy to become friends with, is often excited to see other people, hard to discourage from doing things she enjoys, enjoys reading fashion magazines, they have a short attention span, she is easily upsetted in casual conversations

I know she’s into fitness but I think she would enjoy something to get her away from that and into the tropicals like she clearly very much likes! Especially that she loves being on the island and experiencing a relaxing atmosphere. I’ve never read this book, either, but it follows a girl on a journey to find herself I believe and she connects more to herself through travelling.

BonBon
Personality traits: she enjoys eating and is a competitive eater, her life goal is to become a swimmer, she’s often in a good mood and is easy to become friends with, her style is very simple but very cute, she is excited to see other people, she enjoys reading fashion magazines, a short attention span, her house is very cute and is filled with furniture from the cute collection

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is probably one of my favourite books ever and there is no denying that it’s absolutely adorable! I think BonBon would love it because, clearly, she loves cute things! The adorable romance, friendships and family relationships in this book are bound to have her squealing with happiness (very much like it did with me, the baking bits were especially adorable)

Chadder
Personality traits: he enjoys wearing suits, he likes to study before tests, he wants to become an actor, he’s polite, kind and gentlemen-like, he gets along with most people, he has a large ego, he enjoys science-fiction as his home is designed from the Astro series collection, and it suggests he also likes technology 

So, obviously, I had to pick science-fiction for this character! I’m not a huge science-fiction reader so I don’t have many picks for this genre to choose from that I have actually read. I haven’t heard much about this book, before, but it sounds super interesting and I think Chadder would like it very much! It has a lot about space involved in it, which he seems to have an interest in, AND technology as they develop a whole new society on another planet.

Cherry
She has more of an emo style than many of the other ACNH characters so I think she’s enjoy more gothic-style books, she is kind to others, she gets along with most people, she doesn’t like people who gossip or spread rumours, she supplies medicine to those stung by bees so she’s very helpful and friendly, she comes from a large family, she wants to be a dancer, her favourite colour is purple, she likes rock n’ roll music, she has a very sleek and dark themed home 

For this one, I went with something that was perhaps quite obvious but I thought Cherry might really enjoy Edgar Allan Poe literature! I’ve never read them before but I do own a copy, and from what I know about it they have a very gothic theme/atmosphere to them and I think Cherry would really enjoy that. I’ve also read a lot by Carloz, and I think she would enjoy literally anything written by him as well.


Clay
He enjoys nature, he’s based on the Japanese culture, he’s a Libra, he wants to be an archaeologist, he enjoys history and bases his style off of history, he’s laid back and easy to get along with, he loves food and loves to relax, he likes to talk about food, comics or superheroes, his home is based off of the African Savannah, where he displays animal bones (little disturbing, Clay) and other historical artifacts 

I think Girl in Reverse would be perfect for Clay! Again, I haven’t read it, as historical fiction is not my favourite genre so therefore I tend not to reach for it very often but it sounds just like Clay’s cup of tea! It involves a girl finding ancient Chinese artifacts (so very Clay!), and discovering secrets about her history and about the woman that abandoned her so she embraces her culture. Probably the most perfect pair I’ll come up with for this short series.

Cleo
Cleo enjoys education, she has an interest in fashion, she’s an Aquarius, she’s good at juggling, she wants to be a dermatologist, she can be rude and arrogant and a little self-absorbed but warms up to people over time, her house in New Horizons is science-themed indicating she also has an interest in science (possibly biology, as she has similar equipment to what I used when I was studying biology 

For this one, I wanted to recommend Cleo a book about the history of the human race. It features a lot of biology and scientific information. I’ve never read the book myself but, as Cleo enjoys both biology, science and education, I feel like she would really like this one and I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews on it. I think I own this, somewhere, in my very large collection of books so if I do I’ll try and read it soon to see if it really would be something Cleo would enjoy!

Fauna
She enjoys nature, she’s an Aries, she’s good at mental mathematics indicating she’s academically smart, she wants to be a teacher, she has a very basic sense of style, she’s very kind and soft, she likes to wake up early and is easy to get along with, in New Horizons she has a very simple designed home, and she owns a lot of books 

To me, Fauna gives off very romance vibes. I think she would really enjoy something sweet and cute and doesn’t seem the sort to be in invested in anything deeper, despite her intelligence. Fauna is so soft and sweet and I haven’t read this yet but I’ve enjoyed everything written by this author so far.



Felicity
She encourages people to clean up the town so she appears to care a lot about her local environment, she’s a very happy person, she enjoys fashion and singing, she’s an Aries, she wants to be a swimmer, she has a cute sense of style, she is very excited to see other people, she’s hard to discourage from doing what she enjoys to do, she has a short attention span, her house is very nature-themed and peaceful with lots of flowers and she sleeps in a hammock

Perhaps a weird choice, but she has a short attention span so a book that’s short and aimed at children seems like a good choice anyway! Also, I haven’t read the book but I’ve seen the film and I both love the film and the message behind it. I think she’d love it, especially with the strong nature theme present throughout and it might encourage her to keep up her little activism on the islands she lives in! (Should also mention that Dr Seuss was a terrible person so watch the movie instead, although he’s dead so he can’t benefit from this anymore!)

Flurry
She enjoys nature, her name references to meringues and snow, she’s an Aquarius, she wants to be a superhero, she’s very kind, she gets along with everyone, she likes to wake up early, her house is very simple and white-themed and she seems to stick with furniture from the minimalist series, and she also has a few furniture items from the princess series 

I recently learnt about this book and it sounds absolutely adorable! It’s a cozy mystery book set in winter. Flurry really likes winter and she likes the snow, and the cold, so this seems ideal and it’s also adorable just like Flurry! I, too, love winter so I’ve deffo added this to my TBR! I’m trying to get through the books I already own, first, though.

 

So, this ends my PART ONE of this series and I really, really hoped you liked it because it took an unexpected amount of work to make! I know it’s not original, probably. I haven’t looked but I’ll be really surprised if others haven’t come up with this idea before so I’m sorry if I haven’t credited them for that. Let me know if you know anyone who came up with it first.

GOODREADS LINKS:

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Girl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
The Lorax by Dr Seuss
Greenglass House by Kate Milford and Jaime Zollars

BLACK LIVES MATTER LINKS

 

June 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

Well, this was late (I’m currently writing this on the 10th June!) but better late than never? I’ve had so much happen in my personal life that it’s hard to keep track of things like this, even though I really enjoy it over here! I’m also a bit stumped at what to write and I suck at writing book reviews, but I’ll try! Practise makes…better.

The Inhumans
Paul Jenkins

I was trying out Marvel Unlimited and it’s actually pretty good but I’ve cancelled the subscription for now to save money because I’m not reading a whole lot, at the moment. I enjoyed this, a lot, and I think it’s a shame that all the older Marvel comics aren’t read much anymore – although they are pretty problematic.

The Forgotten Guides to Happiness
Sophie Jenkins

I’ll be honest, I couldn’t even finish this, it was painfully boring. It felt like walking through thick mud. I’m counting it, though, because it wasted a week of my time.

Educated
Tara Westover

This was so, so good. It was about Tara, who grew up with a Mormon family and a dad who suffered from psychosis – I’m not sure if Tara ever says as much, but both her parents are abusive. She does say her brother is abusive, which he was (and is). It can therefore be pretty tough to read in some parts, but if you are sure it won’t harm you it’s worth it.

Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo

Another incredible book. It is told from multiple perspectives of different POC women/non-binary POC. Some are queer, some are not. It’s told from different lifestyles, all kinds of different life journeys, and it’s so refreshing and somewhat empowering. I really loved it.

The Lost Boy 
Duncan Staff

This is a true crime book written about Mara, the wife of Ian Brady, both whom are responsible for the Moor murders. I won’t go into detail about this for obvious reasons and I know this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I really enjoyed it. I know a lot of people like to say Mara was abused into it, but this made me see that it really isn’t the case and she was just a big a part of it as he was.

The Color Purple
Alice Walker

I know Alice Walker is problematic, but at the moment I don’t remember why? I really enjoyed this, though. An awful lot of trigger warnings for things like abuse and racism but I think the way it was written was really interesting, and I loved how it was queer although any labels weren’t mentioned. It was just a woman loving another woman, it made me happy.

 

So, that’s everything I read in the month of June. Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

Pride Flag Book Tag

BOOKSTEASTORIES

It’s pride month! Well, the end of pride month. Y’all already know how horribly, terribly bad I am at time management, so believe me when I say that I was planning to do this tag earlier. I’m sorry.

Anyways, I first saw this tag done on youtube, around a year ago and then stumbled upon Alyx (crankyautistic)’s wonderful post and decided that I would do it! I apologize again, profusely, for not doing this earlier. All the books I am going to mention will have LGBTQ+ rep.

RED: LIFE

Prompt: a book with a sprited protagonist, someone who is proud of who they are, someone who gives you life.

Jesper from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

He’s incredibly confident, definitely spirited and definitely proud of who he is. He most definitely gives me life.

ORANGE: HEALING

Prompt: a book that made you, as a reader, that made you…

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The Reading Rush 2020 – My TBR

Hello! So, I did amazingly reading-wise last year (I finished the year off with 200+ books which isn’t a lot to some people, but it is to me!) and The Reading Rush 2019 was a piece of cake but it’ll be harder for me this year as I’ve lost the ability to read books quickly and reguarly fall behind on my reading goal. This challenge is perfect for me! My partner will be coming to stay with me around the time the start date of the challenge is, but I’m going to try my best anyway!

I present to you, my 2020 RR TBR! (It might change but, as of now, this is what I’m going with).

1. Read a Book That Matches the Colour of Your Birth Stone 

2. Read a Book That Starts With the Word “The” 

3. Read a Book That Inspired a Movie You’ve Already Seen

4. Read the First Book You Touch

5. Read a Book Completely Outside of Your House

6. Read a Book in a Genre You’re Always Wanted to Read More of 

7. Read a Book That Takes Place on a Different Continent to Where You Live

 

Because I am more or less incapable of reading seven books in seven days now, I’ll be merging some of these challenges together. Reading four or five books in one week that achieves all of these challenges is still pretty good for me at this point in my life.

Book One – Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, achieves challenge 1 and 6

This has been on my TBR for months, at this point. I really enjoyed Scythe so I don’t know why I’m taking so long to get to this but fantasy is not a genre I usually go for but it is something I want to read more of. I’m excited to get to this one, though, because the first book was kind of a cliffhanger and I want to see what happens.

Book Two – The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, achieves challenge 2 

Another book that’s been on my TBR for a while and I don’t really know why, as I really like thrillers and I really like Ruth Ware. I’ve read several of her books, I liked them all. It’s one of her longer books so I feel like I’m mad for picking this for a fairly short challenge where I’m trying to cram a lot in but it wouldn’t be a challenge if I made it easy for myself.

Book Three – Still Alice by Lisa Genova, inspired the movie Still Alice, achieves challenge 3 and 7 

I watched this movie a while ago and really enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to get to the book for a while now as it’s on Scribd, so I’ll be reading it as an audiobook throughout the week. I wanted to use this challenge to tackle my very big, physical TBR but I don’t own a book that fits the criteria of challenge three (I’m not a massive movie watcher and all the movies I have seen that were previously book are either classics or too big to fit into this challenge). I had to look elsewhere so…here we are!

Book Four – Monstress by Majorie M Liu, achieves Challenge 5

I don’t want to read a full size book outdoors as, well, it’s Wales and the outdoors isn’t sunny a lot of the time, even in the summer. For that reason, the shorter the better. If one comic book doesn’t count, I have the first three, so I can read all of those if need be! I’ve been meaning to get to these for a while, at least a couple of months now. I’m glad this challenge came around so I can actually get around to them.

Book Five – Natives by Akala, achieves challenge 4

This book was the last one I touched so I’m going to go with that one! Aside from the books I’m currently reading, that is. I’m excited to get to this one, I’ve only recently bought it (despite my book buying ban). I’m trying to make more of an active effort to read more diversely. I was already doing that but I was slipping away from it for a bit, which isn’t okay.

 

So, this is my TBR as of now! It may be subject to change, of course, but I think these are all pretty good fits. Five books for one week will be difficult but I know I can do it if I push myself. Good luck to me, and good luck to everyone else taking part in the challenge too. I’d love to see what everyone else is planning to read.

Tackling my Hefty TBR Pile…

Hello! So, I use an app called BookBuddy on my phone to keep a track of my books. I’m not entirely sure if it’s updated properly and if it includes all the unread books I own, it’s pretty easy to miss one, but I think I got them all. It also doesn’t include double additions as I didn’t add other editions of one book, I just added the one (although it does have options to add different editions of the same book). Mu current owned unread book tally is…669. Soon to be 670. This does include some unread Kindle books, as well.

Yep. It’s one heck of a pile to tackle. I have no idea how I’m going to start by getting through them, especially when I need to read more diverse books and I don’t own many diverse books. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to a good and regularly updated library or I would just use that instead of buying more books. I blame living by cheap, second hand book stores.

Goal One 

My first goal to tackle my TBR pile is to go through my currently owned book and donate some to charity, as it’s very clear to me that there is no way I’m ever going to be able to read them all in my life. I’m usually not the sort of person who gives away a book without giving it a chance first (hence why I own so many…), but at this point it’s taking over my house and it’s not realistic that I’ll be able to read all the unread books I own in my lifetime while still reading new releases. It would take me years.

Goal Two 

I’m going to try and find some online challenges where I use only my TBR instead of buying new books to fit the challenge bingos (or whatever the challenge may be). So, if you know of any challenges suitable for this, then please let me know! I’m going to aim to make nearly every book I read this year to be a book I already own instead of reading relatively new books.

Goal Three 

I hardly ever read Kindle books and I have a slow build up of books on there that I really need to get to at some point. So, another goal I think I should put in place is to read at least one Kindle book a month. If I want to read more, that’s great, but this is the minimum goal I want to reach!

 

I’m going to start with these three goals and see where I can go from there. I’ll try to include end of the month updates of how I’m doing in my wrap-ups, as well, to hold myself accountable. I don’t know if anyone would be interested in an unhaul but I personally enjoy reading those/watching those! I’ll split them into multiple posts so I don’t end up with one gigantic post. Wish me luck!