AUTHORS: Alice Chipkin & Jessica Tavassoli
PUBLISHER: Echo Publishing
RELEASE DATE: September 2017
GENRE: Graphic Memoir, Mental Illness
PAGE COUNT: 224
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One sentence blurb: two young Australian women collaborate on a creative project in an attempt to make sense of severe depression. Continue reading
PUBLISHER: Hachette Australia
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017
GENRE: Junior Fantasy
PAGE COUNT: 451
MY RATING: ★★★★☆
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Blurb: Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away to a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to pass four difficult and dangerous trials – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate. Continue reading
This Valentine’s Day I’m celebrating love in all its shapes and shades. Gender, sexuality, race, and religion have nothing to do with the authenticity of a couple’s love. It’s important to raise up narratives that represent true love in all its forms.
While these recommendations may portray some of the challenges marginalised couples face, this post is about normalising diverse love stories and recognising the beauty of healthy, happy relationships.
The purpose of this series is 1. to reflect on the technique the author is using and how, and 2. ask how I can practically apply this technique to my own writing.
I’m currently rereading The Hunger Games. Even the second time, it is gripping and tense, well-structured and full of great characters. I think Suzanne Collins’ writing tricks apply to any genre and audience.
These are the authors I discovered in 2017 and instantly fell in love with. From YA to feminist manifestos to graphic novels, their books warmed my heart, led me outside of my comfort zone, and changed my perspectives forever. What authors did you discover in 2017? And who did you fall in love with?
I’m trying something a little different with this post. Although I didn’t feel right reviewing IT by Stephen King, didn’t want to forget what I loved about it and how it motivated me to try out different techniques in my own writing.
So the purpose of this post is to reflect on great writing techniques used in this book in a practical way that will help me grow. Who knows, maybe you’ll find something here to inspire you too! I have a feeling this post will grow into a blog series, so keep an eye out.
As always, if you have any opinions on this book I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
What books are on your reading list this Summer? Share your recommendations and most anticipated 2018 releases in the comments! Here are some of my favourite books to read by the beach. They are all easy reads that transport you to another place – perfect for when it’s too hot to set foot outside!
I love writing reading resolutions because they are fascinating to look back on. They make it easy to see how much you’ve grown and how your interests and values have evolved. (Needless to say I plan to read a lot of Own Voices this year. If your resolution is to read more diversely, check out my 2018 Diverse Voices Reading Challenge.)
I would love to hear about your resolutions, whether they be personal, reading, writing, blogging, or study goals. I wish you the best of luck in everything you dream of achieving xo