Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?
This May I'm due to take my final GCSE exams, and the date to my first exam is coming incredibly quickly, and it's slightly terrifying. But for my English Literature GCSE, I've gotten to study some amazing novels, and one of my favourite plays, which has been wonderful to do. And, in all honesty, it will be a shame not to study these after my final exams. What are you studying for GCSE/A LEVEL? Let me know!
Pigeon English | Stephen Kelman
I've spoken about this book a few times, and have seen the adaption that the National Youth Theatre had put together a few months ago. This year is the first year to have this book featured in exams, and I'm so pleased that my school picked this for us to study. Pigeon English is so relatable to today's society, tackling immigration views, gangs...it brings a new view to our society that I hadn't even known. Kelman's book is just fantastic (I will keep saying this) and it will leave you speechless for good.
Frankenstein | Mary Shelley
I think it's safe to say that I adore classics and Frankenstein is probably one of my favourites. There are so many little things that get to me in this novel, and the contrast in ideas really work with this book. Shelley's characters move me, especially the Monster (who is my favourite...I'm the only one who likes this character in my class). The plot is amazing, it keeps you hooked all the way through and it's just a superb classic to read. Good for rainy days.
Much Ado About Nothing | William Shakespeare
When I was younger, I was obsessed with Shakespeare (still am), so I used to watch his plays on Youtube, and when I came across Much Ado About Nothing I fell in love with this play. (It's also known as Love Labour's Lost). I love the characters in this play, the comedy, every little detail. The story has me hooked, I love re-reading it over and over, it's my little treasure, and hopefully I'll get to see it be performed live, as I know, for sure, that I will fall in love with this play again.
A few months ago, the lovely Luna from Luna's Little Library had interviewed me for Diversity Month, asking me about diversity in books. Obviously, I was thrilled to have been interviewed on something that I am passionate about, although, it's made me realise that there is some to little diversity in books which is not okay.
When I was younger, I used to read books where a girl would always fall for the guy (yes, I am aware that I have gone for a cliché theme in most of my childhood books, but stay with me) and I had always thought that it was the "norm" for every story, and for every person in the world. Back then, I didn't have the slightest idea that people could love whomever they wished, because books had never taught me any of that. Rather, it was more a girl meets a guy and BAM true love. It wasn't until I got into more young adult/middle-grade novels, where I began to learn that what my childhood taught me wasn't entirely true.
Recently, I wanted to break away from the novels where the protagonist was considered either "weak" or ended up with a predictable character for a romance, so I went book shopping. In most online bookstores, you can just type in "ya books" and whole selection will appear on a screen like so:
However when I go into type (I'm using this as an example) "lgbt/gay/lesbian/trans/etc books" into the search bar I get this:
Unless I go onto the interwebs and ask the Great Google for LGBT (again, as an example) books to read, find a book, then type the book into the search bar, I won't get any results. This is really disappointing because I want to learn about a different culture, or a country that I wish to travel to, but it's hard to find such diverse books. If it's non-fiction, then sure, there are books about different people and cultures, but I want fiction. I want something that I will enjoy reading on a Sunday afternoon.
there are some books that I have read that are extrememely diverse and are actually my favourites, so here are my recommendations!
Although this is my opinion, and I think that we need more diversity in books, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Do you feel the same? Have you got any books to recommend?
Whilst the art in Wonder Woman is fantastic, the plot is phenomenal! Every page kept me on edge, I constantly wanted to know what would happen next, what Wonder Woman would do next, and I was desperate to meet new characters. I found the story very original, and therefore interesting to read - I think that it is definitely not one to miss.
I really loved how the characters were written, and even though this was the first volume of graphic novels in this series, I felt like I've known the characters for a long period of time. Each of them were mysterious in their own ways, which kept me reading on, honestly, the cast in Wonder Woman were so enjoyable, and I thought that their involvement in this graphic novel was perfect - each character had their own importance.
Without a doubt, I found Wonder Woman such an enjoyable piece to read. The art and plot worked together nicely - this is a good graphic novel to read if you are a fan of the character, or if you are looking to expand your graphic novel collection.