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
I blinked and September was over! What are your highlights and lowlights from September? You’ll notice I read a bunch of short stories this month — I just got on a roll! Do you recommend any short story collections?
The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion
RELEASE DATE: April 11, 2013
GENRE: Adult Fiction, Rom Com
PAGE COUNT: 297
MY RATING: ★★★☆☆
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Blurb in one sentence: A genetics professor with undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome embarks on the “Wife Project”, only to fall inconveniently in love with a woman with whom he is completely incompatible.
What I Liked:
- Rosie is not a manic pixie dream girl. Presenting a self-assured attitude to the world, she is autonomous and intelligently rationalises her decisions and behaviour.
- I saw on Goodreads that lots of reviewers criticised The Rosie Project for representing Asperger Syndrome in a feel-good, comedic context. I don’t believe that The Rosie Project romanticised Asperger Syndrome or treated it flippantly. In fact, I think this story illuminated its unique challenges and positive aspects, with an appropiate mixture of seriousness and comedy.
What I Disliked:
- So many people want to argue with me about this book, and I honestly can’t be bothered!
- The plot is pretty flimsy, but, considering the tropes of the rom-com genre, this didn’t get in the way of me enjoying the journey.
If you like The Rosie Project, you may enjoy:
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:
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.
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. ❤
July was a fairly even mix of good and bad books for me. I would love to hear what you’re loving, hating, and looking forward to in the blogosphere and publishing world!
Yikes, where has the year gone? Looking back on the first half of 2017, I’m excited to see that every book I read made a difference to my taste and opinions, and that I never have to stop growing and learning even when my interests change over time. Here’s my recap of the first half of 2017.
More Happy Than Not (2015) and History Is All You Left Me (2017) by gay YA author, Adam Silvera, are a perfect pair. Featuring realistic gay protagonists, they confront themes crucial to older YA readers including identity, sexuality, love, and loss. Silvera’s representation of mental illness is unflinchingly honest and raw. I may not be able to bid you “happy reading”, but I hope you will find Silvera’s writing as powerful as I did.
This year, I have enjoyed reading more representations of mental illness in adult and YA books. I love when these narratives contribute to breaking down stigmas, and validating real experiences. As a children’s book lover, I was curious to research what picture books are available for young readers struggling to understand a family member’s depression.
In 2016, I broke out of my reading rut and found some new favourites. Are any of these your favourites? I’d love to hear about the highlights of your year in the comments below!
Last year I tried to read outside of my comfort zone more. In the process, I feel like I grew as a reader and found new passions. The aim of my 2017 reading resolutions are to continue growing as a person with greater love and understanding.