text talk

Text Talk: The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Hello! So today, I have for you a “text talk”, which is basically where I review a book by doing a text conversation with another person. This time, it’s Manfred – yes, I know, wacky name. If you Google it, Manfred is the name of this super emo, death poem written in the 19th century. *shrug* Enjoy🙂

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bookstagram

11 Of The Best Bookstagram Accounts To Follow

So today will just be an Instagram spotlight – I joined Instagram a while ago, and I haven’t posted very regularly, but I love all these other accounts, and there are heaps of swoon-worthy bookstagram photos out there – these accounts being just a few!

(Mobile users, beware! This post is very image-dense!)


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Books and Life and the World in General - AKA The Kinda Weekly Recap from The Galaxial Word

Books And Life And The World In General (AKA I’ve-Given-Up-Coz-It’s-So-Not-Weekly Recap)

So, a few interesting things that have happened since I last posted one of these recaps (which was a huge amount of time ago), both book related and blog related. Let’s recap!

On the blog

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How To Turbo-Charge Your Book Reviews (Six Fail-Proof Methods)

How to Turbo-Charge Your Book Reviews - Six Fail-Proof Methods!

Book reviews are the staple of a book blog’s audience’s diet, yet they’re easily the thing that most people overlook. They’re also probably the most difficult type of post to write – they require a large amount of thought, probably more so than discussion posts. There’s always that fear that nobody else will agree with you, or that you’re only making 50% sense and the review is confusing.

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Nimona

Nimona: A REALLY, REALLY Good Comic Book. Period.

I’ve seen Nimona around on the blogosphere for a while now, but didn’t get a chance to pick it up until I stumbled across is at my local library.

The first thing I noticed – and probably the only shortcoming the book had for me – was the art style. Drawn in a very simplistic way, each panel was roughly the same size. This meant that each scene – whether they were just eating dinner or someone was getting killed – was delivered in a similar fashion with the same weight. I would have enjoyed the book even more if there had been more variance in the panel sizes – a few full page spreads would have done wonders. (WONDERS, YA HEAR ME?)

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If It Fits I Sits

If It Fits… Would You Really Sits?

I’m not a “cat”-person (probably more of a dog person if anything), but this book is so disarmingly cute, you will probably end up converting to a cat person anyway.

You know that internet meme going around, called: “If It Fits, I Sits”? With cats squished into tiny little spaces? Like this:

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One Would Think The Deep

Oh No… This One’s A Flounder (AKA: A Review of One Would Think The Deep)

So for those of you who have been following this blog since the very beginning (as in, dinosaur-age beginning), you’ll know that I gave Claire Zorn’s The Protected a full 10/10 (back in the day, when I still did out of 10 reviews). Hence, I was REALLY excited to learn that Zorn was writing another book, and quickly got on my computer to request it.

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as I enjoyed the first one.

The first problem I had is that the plot line is essentially the same, really. In The Protected, we have a girl who has lost her older sister – it’s a story about the road to recovery. In this one, we’ve got a boy, this time, who has lost his mum – also another story about the road to recovery. It’s basically The Protected, but with a gender swap and more “ayy, bruh, how ya doin’ matey??” (seriously, does anyone ever speak like that?).

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This Is Where the World Ends

Annoying Characters, But Great Writing… I’m So Torn!

Okay. Amy Zhang is an amazingly talented writer, but that doesn’t meant that she’s immune to writing bad books. This Is Where the World Ends features one of the most annoying and frustrating characters I’ve seen in a long time – Janie.

All throughout the book, through the flashbacks we get, Janie treats Micah incredibly badly. She rocks up at his house late at night, grabs him and gets him to drive her somewhere. And that’s normal. Micah – poor Micah – who is badly in love with Janie, simply goes along with it (oh, and she knows very well that he’s in love with her, but still goes around having flings with the jocks).

They’ve been friends with each other for a very long time – but nobody knows it. Why? Because Janie insisted they make a pact when they were young that they should never ever interact at school – they should pretend like the other didn’t exist. Because that’s the kind of wonderful, kind, loving friend she is.

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The Elusive Productivity Ninja

The Elusive Productivity Ninja

It is not the biggest secret that I am not the most productive person out there. For example, I will spend hours writing blog posts/doing blog maintenance/reading and commenting on other blogs instead of doing my homework, and pass it off as “productive”, because I’m doing blogging – which is pretty good – even though I’m not doing schoolwork. Hence, I often find myself doing my work at 10pm the night before it’s due. No doubt many of you do the same (right? Right????). Enter: “How To Be A Productivity Ninja”

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Six of Crows

Why Six Of Crows Was Good, But Very, Very, Exhausting

It seems like I’m always running behind when it comes to fandoms and hyped books – I only got round to reading this last night – but I assure you, I stayed up until 1:07am doing so.

This book is good. Let’s put it that way. It’s very good. Well written, nicely paced and an exciting read altogether – but it’s very, very exhausting.

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The majority of the second half of the book – that’s about 200 pages – is dedicated to one, big fight. One big mission, where the plot is just so complicated, it needs 200 pages to completely unravel. In terms of scale, this book is MASSIVE. It’s incredibly detailed, and at times, overly detailed – which can be both a curse and a blessing.

But, for now, let’s go back to the beginning.
At the beginning, the book is slow. There’s no way around it. The info dumping is dense, and could have potentially been crippling in the hands of a less experienced writer. Fortunately, Bardugo manages to spread out all this information over a few hundred pages – and while it’s still incredibly dense, it’s not devastatingly confusing.

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