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July Wrap Up 2017

July 31, 2017

My first ever wrap up! I know not a lot of people read these (or at least that’s what I’ve garnered from the reactions of other blogs), so thank you for even reading this much of it so far. I’ve tried to make it as repeat as little as possible with the rest of my blog. So, here we go.

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  2. How to Read When You Hate Reading
  3. These Sentences Explain Why I Don’t Like Firebolt by Adrienne Woods
  4. Let’s Join the New World | Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May
  5. Saving Books For Special Occasions
  6. Make Me Click On Your Review
  7. 5 Netflix Shows + Movies You Should Be Watching
  8. These Books Have Made Me Who I Am Today | Book Blogger Hop

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The Female of the Species
by Mindy McGinnis
★★★★★

I had this on ebook, but as soon as I finished I went online and bought a physical copy despite having almost no money in the bank. If that doesn’t tell you how brilliant this book is then I don’t know what to tell you.

Here is an excerpt of my article ‘How “The Female of the Species” Captures Rape Culture Perfectly’ 

“You shouldn’t be that way about her,” Alex says. “I hear what people say and I bet half of it isn’t even true. And even if it is–fine. She’s no different from you and me; she wants to have sex. So let her.”

This acceptance, the instinctive reaction to blame women over men or to furl our eyebrows up at women but laugh when men do the exact same thing shouldn’t be a part of our everyday lives, yet it is. Let’s face it. Even our language is riddled with words that may not be consciously used to degrade women—language that sometimes successfully warps our vision of ourselves and others around us.

Language is very male centric in nature, which can sometimes be seen in “comedy.” Rape has been made into trashy jokes in locker rooms as are, without their knowledge, the women who have had the misfortune of sleeping with them. To quote Donald Trump, too many people see this as simply “locker room talk” and as something that is acceptable.

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The Chaos of longing
K.Y. Robinson
★★★☆☆

I’m going to be doing a post on this, or you can read my goodreads review here which is essentially going to be the same thing as the upcoming post. Um, I need more content ideas? Don’t forget to like the review on goodreads!

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Firebolt
Adrienne Woods
★★☆☆☆

I got this through the ‘read now’ section on netgalley.
Every now and then expectations are made. Maybe it’s the magnificent blurb, or perhaps the cover is a piece of literal art. For this book it was both. I mean come on, a fairy tale killed her father? Who could resist a line like that? Admittedly, I have brightened up the cover a little bit in my featured image – but there’s no doubt that it’s gorgeous even without the photo editing. So where did the book go wrong?

Read The Rest: These Sentences Explain Why I Don’t Like Firebolt by Adrienne Woods

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Every Heart A Doorway
Seanan McGuire
★★★★☆

This was a lovely book. Very short and sweet without dipping into the realm of middle grade. It wasn’t as gory as I might have liked, but I’m certain that it was due to the honeyed voice of the narrator and not any fault of the writing. Not to say that there was anything wrong with the way the book was presented. I enjoyed the narrators voice; her accents and her different volumes, all of which made the book more enjoyable.

I haven’t given this book the full five stars because I was a little confused by the tone of the book. POSSIBLE SPOILERS ONWARDS Logically, I know that the school is an extremely dark place to be in but I couldn’t help thinking that some of the scenes were a little bit on the younger side. Although I suppose this does help the idea of conflicting ‘logic’ and ‘nonsense’ worlds – it was perhaps the writing that threw me off a little bit. I also didn’t fully empathise with the children who wanted to go ‘home’. Aside from Christopher who talked about his skeleton girl, it seemed to be a surface longing for the children.NO POSSIBLE SPOILERS ONWARDS

Apart from that, I enjoyed the diversity and characters that the book had to offer. I also enjoyed the idea on which the book was based on. Doors that open to other worlds? Worlds that you’re perfectly suited for? Sign me up.

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High Rise
J.G. Ballard
★★★☆☆

If I was a different sort of person, I might have added one more star for Tom Hiddleston’s narration when I rated this book but I honestly do not think that this book is a four star book – so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for his rendition of it.

I’m also going to be using the rest of this review in an upcoming post, so I guess you’ll have to wait!

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Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer that runs from Friday to Thursday.

Do you read tie-in novels to movies or television series? If so, which ones?

I mean, I read books prior to movies coming out but I rarely read them afterwards. Something about a book being turned into a movie makes reading the book seem counterproductive? Let’s take everything everything for example. It’s already not my ideal type of book, but now theres even less chance of me reading it because I can figure the plot out from the movie – you know? No point in wasting time.

Although having said that, I did try to read American Gods by Neil Gaiman but I quickly got tired of that. Both the show and the book just – well I suppose I stopped having time for them. A nice exception from this is Percy Jackson. I didn’t mind the movies when I watched them, but I adored the books.

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↳ I’ve been overseas for the entire month, so I’m missing Jack (my dog) quite a bit. I’m sure he’s doing fine with my dad though! Apparently he’s barking quite a lot, and eating the plaster of the balcony. Humph.

↳ A lot of ice cream, cake and apples have been eaten this summer holiday. Unfortunately that means the numbers beneath my feet when I step on the weighing scale goes up, and the chance that I can fit into last years jeans goes down. Fingers crossed that I start eating healthier.

↳ I’ve been buying way, way too many books in second hand stores. I guess that’s what happens when you go from a country with 3 second hand stores, to a country with hundreds. Absolutely no idea how I’m going to get all of them home! I might do a mini book haul on it all though 😀

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9 Comments

  • Reply HannahCassie July 31, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    The Female of the Species looks really interesting, adding it to my TBR!

    HannahCassie @ http://www.psilovethatbook.com

  • Reply jkimexploring August 1, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Wrap-ups are my FAVORITE blog posts to read because I get to see what everyone’s been up to 🙂 Are you planning on reading the sequel to Every Heart a Doorway? It has the same fairy tale writing style.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 2, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that! Personally, I’m a huge fan of them as well but I didn’t think that was the consensus. I’m definitely going to try and listen to the sequel if I can’t get it in print. The synopsis sounds so fun!

      • Reply jkimexploring August 2, 2017 at 9:01 pm

        I never really heard anything either way, I’ve just heard reviews don’t get many views. And it was really good! I saved it for when I’d be able to read it in a day 😂

        • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm

          Oooh yeah, they’re so short aren’t they? Helpful for long car rides that really aren’t THAT long, but also over waay too quickly. Hope to get to it soon!

  • Reply Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such August 3, 2017 at 7:26 am

    You did a great job on your first wrap up post! Personally, I love seeing how everyone’s month went and they’re one of my favorite types of posts, but everyone is different.

    I sometimes read the book after seeing the movie, especially if I liked the movie. The book can go into more detail and sort of fleshes out the story for me. Have only done this a few times, but like to keep my options open.

  • Reply asreadbytina August 5, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I love reading wrap up posts! They are my personal favorite to read. The Female Of Species was one of the books I read this year for book club. It was pretty good! I did listen to it on audiobook but the narrators for the girls were a bit too similar and I had trouble distinguishing it.

    I can’t wait to see your book haul, I avoid the second hand stores because I end up with too many books and my bank account hates me the next day.

  • Reply jkimexploring August 5, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I wanted more with the first one! And that’s true! I never thought of that..

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