7 Of My Anticipated 2019 Releases | blogmas day 20

Today I thought I’d share just 7 of my most anticipated 2019 releases! I really want to get my mitts on all of these! I’ve tried to put them in date order for their releases. There are probably books I would be ridiculously excited for but don’t know about yet too, so I might do another one of these books in the future! 

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Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throne of glass.jpgThrone of Glass is the first in a series by Sarah J Maas following the assassin Celaena Sardothien (I think that’s a pretty great surname to be honest). Celaena has been doing her time in the salt mines after being caught doing her assassin thing (doing what precisely, we don’t know). It’s a horrendous place – basically a death camp – but she is “rescued” by Captain Westfall and Dorian Havillard, aka the Crown Prince. Dorian and Chaol Westfall take Celaena back to the city of Adarlan to perform in a series of tests in order to become the King’s Champion. If she wins, after four years of work for the king, she will be set free. Continue reading “Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas”

Book Discussion: Reading What You Want To Read

bd; what you want to readA few months ago, I was outside with my mum and our next door neighbour, aka one of her close friends. The neighbour asked what I was reading; I replied, “Oh, just some teen thing.” She said, “There’s nothing wrong with reading something that isn’t a high-brow book, you know!” That kind of humbled me, to be honest.

I do watch what I read when I’m in public, if I’m honest. I want to read what’s expected of me (I mean, I also enjoy it, too, most of the time), like YA, fantasy or classics. I wouldn’t want to necessarily take a “crappy” teen fiction novel to college, nor would I want to take something like 50 Shades of Grey (which I haven’t read yet, by the way!). Likewise, although I have since not bothered since someone commented on a post on Facebook, before at secondary school I wouldn’t have taken a Doctor Who BBC book for fear of being teased more often for being a “geek”; likewise, I probably wouldn’t have read a children’s book like Michael Morpurgo’s. The question I want you to think about, though, is this: do you read what society expects of you, or do you read exactly what you want to without a care in the world?

Do you think society and the social stigmas that come with reading certain literature affect what people read?

I want to read what I want to read, and I don’t want to be ridiculed for it. So, if someone comments on what I’m reading, no more am I going to get upset, jump to my defence immediately, or grab a hidden classic from the realms of my bag for exactly this scenario to prove that, yes, I can read big words! I’ll probably not hear them to start with, and then I’ll just remind myself that I’m not reading for their benefit. I’m reading for me. 

I think next time I’m going to talk about colleges and schools affecting what you read, because I think that it’s related to this, but if you want a say in the blog post, comment below about both this topic and next week’s, and I might include some quotes!