One of these days I’ll figure out a blogging schedule that doesn’t involve me disappearing in a puff of smoke for weeks at a time.
Today, however, is not that day. So before I get into some mini-reviews (the best things in life are mini), I’m just going to fill you in on THE HOT GOSS of my life.
Although let’s be honest, it’s probably more like lukewarm goss.
1. I GOT A NEW JOB
I’m now working at my university (UTS) as an internal communications assistant. This involves everything from writing the student newsletter to watching videos of stabbing machines (really). It also means I won’t have to work weekends, which is probably the best thing to ever happen to me.
2. SPRING HAPPENED
Much as I love hot chocolate, I can’t deny it’s nice to get out of bed and not have to defrost myself. My favourite colour is yellow for a reason, you know. Also, I volunteered at The Colour Run and threw green corn starch at the runners. There is still green powder in my glasses.
3. I’M WRITING A BOOK
(I tried to be clever and do a widget again, but WordPress still hates me)
So basically it’s about adults who are bad at being adults. It’s also a retelling of Snow White. There is a lot of yellow.
Now that everyone’s back in the loop, let’s go on to our mini-reviews.
ALLEGEDLY BY TIFFANY D. JACKSON
The most interesting part of this book is the narrator, Mary. Throughout it you get the feeling that there’s more to the story than what we’re told. Allegedly, she killed a baby, but nothing is adding up. And then you get to the finale and OH MY GOD WHAT JUST HAPPENED. Although I totally called it, just saying.
Anyway, this is an incredible book, and I love that it includes transcripts from the first trial. It talks about a lot of the ways the justice systems fails marginalised people, and it’s just really, really good.
ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen
I’m calling it early. This book is the disappointment of 2017. The love interest was annoying as heck, the MC was boring, the tragic back-story didn’t seem to mesh well, and there wasn’t enough made of the wedding planner angle. Plus, next to no diversity and you’ve got a story that just seems like all of her others. ALSO (while I’m ranting), there was this random thing with William (her mum’s business partner) always getting mistaken for a store employee. It was just really random and it made me irrationally angry. Lol.
BEAUTIFUL MESS by Claire Christian
This book has a LOT TO LOVE about it. Basically we’ve got GIDEON, who has depression/anxiety, and we have AVA, whose best friend died recently. It also has 1) letters!! 2) Mental illness and positive portrayal of therapy (heck yeah). 3) A rainbow family! Gideon has two mums and I love how their parenting styles complement each other. With this postal vote rubbish happening in Australia it’s lovely to see some positive rep there. Overall very deserving of the Text Prize.
ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia
CAN YOU BELIEVE this is better than FANGIRL?? Because it definitely is. If you’re someone who loves fandom, you absolutely must read this book. It perfectly captures being in love with something, and awkwardness, and internet friendships, and how a fandom becomes bigger than the art itself. MONSTROUS SEA HAS TO BECOME A REAL THING. The only thing I didn’t like was when Wallace chucked a Rapunzel and let me down. But he was great for the rest of the book.
I hope these mini-reviews give you at least an idea of whether you’d like to read them. I also hope that whether you’re going into spring or autumn, you have a lovely season. May you only read five-star books.