August Blogging Hiatus

Hi lovely people, how are you?  Whether you’re at work, uni, or enjoying a day off like me, I hope you’re having a fantastic Friday.  I’ve decided to take August off from blogging and go on my first hiatus!  There are two main reasons why I feel this is the right time to take a break:

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I’ve been posting to my blog once a week since 2011 and never gone on hiatus!  Of course, over the years a lot has changed about why I blog and what I want from life.  Yet I haven’t stopped to consider how my blog should change to reflect my personal changes.  Sometimes I feel like I blog out of a sense of obligation and perfectionism, without really enjoying it anymore.  So I would like to think about ways I could do things differently to bring some fun back into it.

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Entries to the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award close at the end of August and I’d like to dedicate some time to writing a short story to submit.  It’s been a while since I’ve thought about creative writing besides the novel I’m planning, so putting that project on the back burner for a month will give me a chance to pursue a short-term idea!

If you’re reading this, thank you for being supportive of my blog and for sharing your love of books with me.  At this stage, I hope to be back in the second week of September, when my family and I return from a few days’ holiday to Hamilton Island.  I hope you have a great month. ❤  

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Book Review | When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi Book Review Paige's PagesTITLE: When Dimple Met Rishi
AUTHOR
: Sandhya Menon
PUBLISHER
: Simon Pulse
RELEASE DATE
: May 30, 2017
GENRE
: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance
PAGE COUNT
: 380


When Dimple Met Rishi is a light-hearted rom-com for anyone who’s ever questioned what they want from life.  This book excellently portrays the dilemmas “new adults” face when leaving the nest, and explores generational relationships when cultural traditions are at stake.  We even get a fab feminist protagonist to lead the way on this adventure.   Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review | El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo Book Review Paige's PagesTITLE: El Deafo
AUTHOR
: Cece Bell
PUBLISHER
: Harry N. Abrams
RELEASE DATE
: September 2, 2014
GENRE
: Junior Graphic Novel, Memoir
PAGE COUNT
: 233


El Deafo is an utterly adorable Own Voices  graphic novel based on author Cece Bell’s own childhood experience of severe deafness.  One of the many wonderful things about this book is how it avoids representing deafness as a disability.  Although Cece faces plenty of adversity in the form of loneliness, being misunderstood, and toxic friends, she ultimately uses her Phonic Ear hearing aid as a superpower to become the hero, El Deafo.  This is a universally relatable and informative story for junior and middle grade readers that inspires compassion and respect for differently-abled people. Continue reading

Book Review | Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First Book Review Paige's Pages.pngTITLE: Not If I See You First
AUTHOR
: Eric Lindstrom
PUBLISHER
: HarperCollins Children’s
RELEASE DATE
: December 1, 2015
GENRE
: Young Adult Fiction
PAGE COUNT
: 310


At the heart of Not If I See You First is a powerful message about disability, disbanding blindness stereotypes I didn’t even realise I believed.  While I loved this representation, our fierce front woman, Parker Grant, is not the best developed character.  Despite having some fantastic themes with plenty of potential, this book was hit and miss for me. Continue reading

Book Review | Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea Review Paige's PagesTITLE: Salt to the Sea
AUTHOR
: Ruth Sepetys
PUBLISHER
: Philomel Books
RELEASE DATE
: February 2, 2016
GENRE
: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
PAGE COUNT
: 393


I tend to avoid the historical fiction genre because it’s never really gripped me in the past.  However, Salt to the Sea is distinct from other historical novels I’ve read, using conventions of contemporary YA fiction such as fast pace and multiple first person points of view.  With none of the verbosity and foot-dragging I used to associate with historical fiction, it is an engrossing quick read.
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Double Review | Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic / Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel is an iconic cartoonist well-known for her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.  Her two graphic memoirs apply a psychoanalytical lens to her stranger-than-fiction childhood to paint an intricate portrait of her parents.  Considering how the characters and themes link the two narratives, they are better when read together!  These memoirs will fascinate lovers of literature with references to great writers, and engross readers who enjoy beautifully structured family biographies.  Her perceptiveness left me in awe.

Bechdel’s art is always worth taking the time to appreciate.  She uses only one colour (greyish green in Fun Home and red in Are You My Mother?) as a wash over her greyscale illustrations.  I was fixated admiring the detail in every frame, and how text and art support each other to articulate meaning more powerfully than either could alone.

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Book Review | If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

If I Was Your Girl Review Paige's PagesTITLE: If I Was Your Girl
AUTHOR
: Meredith Russo
PUBLISHER
: Flatiron Books
RELEASE DATE
: May 3, 2016
GENRE
: Young Adult Fiction, LGBTQIA
PAGE COUNT
: 280


If I Was Your Girl is a high school romance from the perspective of a transgender girl.  While the writing and plot are forgettable, this novel is necessary because it gives young adult readers of any and all gender identities the chance to read trans experiences in relatable contexts.  Besides the universal struggles of fitting in and finding true friends, If I Was Your Girl portrays a trans girl being the subject of romantic attentiongoing a long way to affirm that trans teens are equally deserving of prom proposals and a magical first kiss.  

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Book Review | Shadowbahn: A Novel by Steve Erickson

Shadowbahn Review Paige's PagesTITLE: Shadowbahn
AUTHOR
: Steve Erickson
PUBLISHER
: Blue Rider Press
RELEASE DATE
: February 14, 2017
GENRE
: Speculative Fiction
PAGE COUNT
: 320


Knowing nothing about Steve Erickson as a prolific author, I was drawn to Shadowbahn by its eyebrow-raising premise: 20 years after their devastating fall, the Twin Towers suddenly reappear in the Badlands of South Dakota.  Thousands migrate from every corner of the nation to see the phenomenon with their own eyes, and listen to the music the Towers emit.  Like an aural Rorschach test, everyone hears a different tune.  Meanwhile, on the ninety-something floor of the south tower, Jesse Presley, the stillborn twin of history’s most iconic singer, awakes to a reality in which he survived in his brother’s place.

AMERICAN STONEHENGE blares the cover of one newsweekly.  To some who gather, the Towers represent a hallowing of the ground.  To others, particularly those who lost someone in the Towers twenty years ago, they represent a desecration – page 16

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