You know how the week after vacation goes. It always slips by, and you have no clue where it went. Especially if you have to catch up with the work because it wasn’t getting done during all the time you’ve been gone! AND you have a cold. But it’s alright, I wasn’t expecting anything else! Post-vacation blues, haha. But even having come back, I still find it hard getting back to the blogging routine. I feel weirdly disconnected. Maybe I just need to go blog hopping?
I also wanted to share my Instagram photo this week that I’m really proud of. I’m mostly proud of it because it’s got my face in it, and I never felt like I’d be gutsy enough to actually put myself out there! Also, it’s a photo for a post that is really important to me – about how we should not portray bullying in positive light or romanticize the victim/abuser relationship, which is still a popular trope in fiction, as well as the media. Please read the post here!
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This is going to be on the controversial side, but I’ve decided to speak up about how certain ways to portray #romance in the media can be incredibly damaging to people who have been bullied – especially women because of how our society sets it up. When in the wrong hands, this trope teaches little girls that it’s alright to be bullied and love (or more like belong to) their tormentors. Because that’s apparently what a woman’s life is? This post comes straight from my heart, soul, bones and blood – because I was once a child like that. And I’m afraid of you reading it. But I have to say it. Please don’t tear me apart, here’s my discussion post: bit.ly/2mELOhy You can also find the link in my bio. I feel like it should be talked about. Raise awareness. Tell your author friends. We must stop teaching little girls that it’s okay to love your tormentors. #booktrope #braveme #faery #empoweringwomen #romancetropes #enemiestolovers #amreading #bookdiscussion #books #hippiestyle #badromance #feminist #girlpower #empowergirls Oh gosh, I’m struggling with these here hashtags, huh 😂
~ We Need To Talk About Some Books I’m Reading ~
I’ve been into middle grade books lately. It’s because I need some more hope and light in my day to day, and I’m tired of reading books that bring me down. Middle grade fiction just seems to have all the right values, as well as the hopeful tone I so crave these days. I’ve been reading one such book that I’m really enjoying, and I’ll be reviewing it at the start of October, but there is no need to wait to present it to you all! The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone seems to have all the right values, and it manages to talk about so many things – loss, grief, depression, but then again – adventure, strong will and fun! I am finding this book to be really spectacular right now, and way more than I thought it was going to be when I just started it. Very good for little girls, as well as mostly-adult-little-girls (I mean if you refuse to grow up like me.)
~ Last Week On The Blog ~
Last week on the blog we had two theatre related books – The Town in Bloom, which I simply adored, because I loooooove Dodie Smith, and Playing to the Gods, an amazing and colorful bit of theatre history – the two women who shaped acting as it is today. Then, I also had a discussion post, the first one in a long time! I was both excited and anxious to post it, because it dealt with a very sensitive topic of bullying. I have already linked it above – it’s about why authors should take utmost care when writing enemies to lovers, because it’s a trope that’s very, very easy to slip on and write it in a damaging way.
~ Coming Up Next Week~
Coming up next week, I’ll have mini reviews again! Including Crooked Kingdom. I will also have a review of a wonderful middle grade book called Sleep, Merel, Sleep. I can wholeheartedly recommend that book. It was amazing!
~ Little Book Haul ~
I only hauled one book last week, but it’s an amazing one. I saw it on Cheeky Lines and got on NetGalley right away, because it’s just my type of book. It’s called A Year of Living Kindly, and it talks about how little changes can make a huge difference, and how easy it is to actually strive to be a kinder person – no matter what your origins, culture or regilion. I was surprised to find how much this book matched my values and how much I’ve forgotten about this point of view in the past year. I am getting back into it, and I can recommend this book to all of you.
So how has your week been? And what are you reading? What did you haul?
I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.