Monday, 15 January 2018

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

The Changeling by Victor LaValle {Goodreads}
Published by Spiegel & Grau in 2017
Hardback edition; 431 pages

Apollo is about to become a father. He's ecstatic about it but at the same time there is a fear at the back of his mind. His own father abandoned him when he was a little baby and he is scared about not being a good father because he didn't have a fatherly figure while growing up. Once the baby arrives, he starts to settle into his new life, being a committed father and then, one day, everything changes. Emma, his wife, starts acting strange and after seemingly committing a terrible violent act, she disappears. Now Apollo's odyssey begins. He must find her and bring her back.

Friday, 5 January 2018

weekend reads | 05.01.18

First weekend reads of 2018! I'm still kind of shocked that 2017 is over and I'm currently stuck on my desk with all my notes all over the place, studying and revising for finals. However, I'm taking a bit of time at the end of the day to read for a few minutes the beauty that is the changeling by Victor Lavalle. 

I'm absolutely in love with the writing style and I'm taking my sweet time with it. If you've checked my reading goals for this year you already know 2018 is the time I put the word enjoyment back into my reading and one way of doing that is just reading at my own pace. Some days I'll read, others I won't and that's okay. I don't want 2018 to be a race for me.

What plans do you have for the weekend? Here were are celebrating the Twelfth Night and I'm going to the Three Wise Men parade with my family. Hope you have an awesome weekend ^^


Sunday, 31 December 2017

My 2018 reading goals

Earlier this month I told myself I wouldn't set any reading goals for the year to come but these aren't really reading goals; more like reading activities I won't be doing. The first six months of 2018 will be me dealing with finals, a new semester and handling in my dissertation. And I don't think I'm ready. Don't get me wrong, I want to finish and be done with academia for the time being but I'm also a bit worried about my mental well-being, not gonna lie. And I've decided that as much as I would love to read for fun to unwind, it's not going to be a priority. At least from January to June. So here are my reading goals for 2018.

If you've been reading my blog or following me on social media, you probably know that I haven't been in the greatest reading mood. However, I've realised that what is happening right now it's not an isolated moment. Looking back I've noticed that for the past two years - both in 2017 and 2016 - there have been periods when I stopped reading altogether and that is something that hasn't happened to me before. It's become clear that these burnt-out moments are due to blogging and bookstagramming. I've let having to put content out there get the better of me and I'll try my hardest to stop doing that. I'll post whenever, and the same goes with my instagram account. Sometimes I'll have more bookish things to talk about, sometimes I won't but I refuse to put content out there for the sake of it if I have nothing to say. As you will see, 2018 is all about relaxing reading. It's about making reading fun again and not a 'social media' activity.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Favourite Books of 2017

As promised here are all the books I absolutely adored this 2017. I' gonna talk about each of them in the order I read them because I refuse to rank them so there is that.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Most Disappointing Books of 2017

This post is probably the hardest to do. This list is not about my most hated books and if I look back to all the books I read this year, there are so many more with lower ratings that aren't on this list because this one is about all those books I thought I would love, but ultimately that wasn't the case. I always feel the need to do a little disclaimer: the fact that I didn't love these books is no reason for them to be bad and I've seen many amazing reviews popping up for each of them. Two books in this stack - The Power and Autumn - I actually enjoyed reading and I would recommend them but the high expectations I had worked against me and that's why I included in my most disappointed reads of this year. As always, I will say if the premise of the book sounds interesting to you, I'll say give them a go; plenty of readers out there loved these titles. But let's talk the reasons why I included them in this list, shall we?

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Book Haul | December 2017

Books, books, books and always more books. Until now. I hate the word 'ban' so I'm not going to use it but I've decided to not buy a single book until I'm done with finals in February. I've said getting book mail makes me happy. However, it also distracts me from studying.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward {Goodreads}
Published by Bloomsbury in 2017
Hardback edition; 304 pages

Sing, Unburied, Sing is a road trip story. The novel starts when Jojo's father, a white man, is released from prison. His mother, Leonie, gets him, his little sister and a friend of hers, and hits the road to the penitentiary to pick him up.