Announcement: Making My Way Through Stephen King

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~Happy Birthday Mr. King~

Welcome! The title says it all! As a long time reader, I’m ashamed to admit that the first time I read a Stephen King book was just last year. (shame! shame!) The moment I put down that book (The Long Walk, review to come), I screamed ‘I WANT MOOOORE!!’ It was so good. I feel in love with his way of captivating story telling and I wanted to be in his world.

That’s where this comes in, I’m creating a reading challenge for myself to read all of his works. But here’s the catch, this man write like a beast. He has more than 60 books in his catalogue and a lot of them are 1000 pages long! Going through them gonna take some time. So I have come up with an action plane.

If you wanna read more about the action plan, go to the page linked below:

Click here to read more! 

 

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Book Review : Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Book Review Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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 80 pages
Published 2018
Non-fiction/Feminism

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a childhood friend, a new mother who wanted to know how to raise her baby girl to be a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response: fifteen invaluable suggestions–direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. Filled with compassionate guidance and advice, it gets right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century, and starts a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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“Do not measure on a scale of what a girls should be.
Measure her on a scale of being the best version of herself”

I’ve been a feminist since I’ve learned the meaning of it. All I learned about Feminism is from what I read on Tumblr circa 2016. Yep, I went through that. But other than that I never really went out of my way to learn more. Mainly because I was afraid or intimated on whether I would understand or if It’s too complex to be put in laymen’s terms. But I’m wrong!

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, is the book that I needed. This book is a long and exceptional essay that was written for her friend, who asked her advice on how to raise a feminist daughter. This book was brilliant in the way it was made. Eloquently written and explained with examples made it easy to digest. I found myself nodding at the many points that were made by Adichie.

My only disappointment was that it did not explore the aspect of intersectional feminism. Maybe I’ll pick up my next read on that? Does anyone have any recommendations?

YOUR TURN!

Have you read this book? Please recommend me some feminism books!

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20 Questions Booktag!

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I stumbled upon this tag on Goodreads one night while I was replaying Taylor Swifts’s Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince  over and over again and since I’m feeling  quite uninspired to write book review, I decided to give this a go!

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1/ How many books are too many books in a book series?
I would say more than 6 are too much. I can get fatigue being stuck in a same world for far too long.

2/ How do you feel about cliffhangers?
If it is a series, I love them! Give me all the cliffhangers!! I wanna be hanging from my pinky when I finish a book! If its a standalone, I want my book to be done when I finish them. 

3/ Hardcopy or paperback?
Does not matter!

4/ Favorite book?   &   5/ Least favorite book?

There is no way that I can ever answer this! Ahhhhh I can’t! 

6/ Love triangles, yes or no?
Errr… I prefer If both love interests has given the equal amount to build up a connection and angsty tension that is believable. But I would really prefer not to have a love triangle..

7/ The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
Sadie by Courtney Summers.

8/ A book you’re currently reading?
The Green Mile by my boo Stephen King.

9/ Last book you recommended to someone?
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

10/ Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
1818 – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

11/ Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
2019 – Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark.

12/ Favorite author?
why you gotta do dis??? Ok ok I’ll try to answer this one.
Patrick Ness, Stephen King, Gail Honeyman, Mindy Kaling, and Maria V. Snyder.

13/ Buying books or borrowing books?
As long as I get to read a book, I don’t care.

14/ A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

Oh boy! Where do I start??
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff & Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. 

15/ Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Does not matter!

16/ A book you can always reread?
Matilda by Roald Dahl.

17/ Can you read while hearing music?
Not music per se but I love listening to ambience sound when I’m reading. This is my favorite one!

18/ One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)
One to three is enough.

19/ Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I can read a book over multiple days, but I much prefer reading in one sitting. Sadly being a working adult doesn’t allow that. sobs..

20/ Who do you tag?
No one tagged me but I’m doing this. Soo if y’all wanna do this go ahead and send me the link! I would love to read them!

YOUR TURN!

If you already made one, leave me a link!

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Top 5 True Crime books I want to read before 2019 ends

Top 5 True Crime books I want to read before 2019 ends

At the beginning of the year I read 2 true crime books (The Stranger Beside Me & I’ll Be Gone in the Dark). It was my first time venturing into that genre and it was the perfect books to start with. Those books definitely made me think about life, the human mind, But now I want more. 

For the next 5 month, before 2019 ends. I want to read one true crime book per month. There are endless amount of true crime books lists on Goodreads and have picked the ones that good reviews and intrigued me the most. Here’s my TBR 😊

 

August

helter skelterHelter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
by Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

September

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American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
by Maureen Callahan

October

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In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote

November

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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit
by John Edward Douglas, Mark Olshaker

December

cruel sacrifice
Cruel Sacrifice
by Aphrodite Jones

 

YOUR TURN!

Any true crime reader’s here? GIVE ME RECOMMENDATIONS PLEASE!!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-up

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Wow! That was a wild 24 hours! This is my first time participating in this readathon. I loved watching the 24-hour vlog’s, that’s how I find most of my favorite booktubers. So, I was excited to finally participate. The readathon went on from Saturday, 9 am to 9 am in my timezone.

I did not have a TBR, I just scoured the shortest books I have and read that. Overall, It was a successful day, but not the selections of books.

Hourly Updates

Hour 1-3 (9am-12pm) – Zzzzzz…
Hour 3-4 (12-1pm) – Started and finished Jane Austen (Life In Portrait) while having breakfast.
Hour 4-6 (1-3pm) –
Started Elevation on audio while laying in bed (wrong decision!)
Hour 6-9 (3-5pm) – Zzzzzz…
Hour 9-12 (5-8pm) – Went to dinner with mom 🙂
Hour 12-15 (8-11pm) – Continued Elevation until I finished it and just stared at the wall for a minute.
Hour 15-16 (11-1am) – Took a break to rest my brain by catching up on some Youtube videos.
Hour 16-17 (1-2am) –
Started and finished In Real Life.
Hour 18-19 (2-3am) – Continued
Hour 19-20 (3-4am) – Read Lottery, which was only 20 minutes read and I hit the bed…

Books read:

1/ Jane Austen by Zena Alkayat & Nina Cosford | ⭐⭐⭐

2/ Elevation by Stephen King | ⭐⭐⭐

3/ In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang  | ⭐⭐

4/ The Lottery by Shirley Jackson | ⭐⭐

Total pages read: 479

YOUR TURN!

If you participated, comment & let me know how you did, I’d love to know!

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The Reading Rush Wrap-up

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Wohooo!! The Reading Rush is official over!

The last readathon I participated in was in January of this year and I’ve been meaning to do another one to catch up on my reading goals. It was a lot of fun and it pulled me out of my reading slump. I also documented my day to day progress on twitter, which you can check out below:

By the end of the readathon I read four and a half books. (Sadie being the half)

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Challenges I completed: 

1/ Read a book with purple on the cover
I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

2/ Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.
Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, Emily Carroll | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

3/ Read a book you meant to read last year.
Sadie by Courtney Summers – Read 50% only
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros | ⭐⭐⭐

4/ Read an author’s first book.
5/ Read a book in the same spot for the entire time.
6/ Pick a book that has five or more words in the title.
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Challenges I didn’t complete:

7/ Read a book with a non-human main character.
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells

 

Badges I collected:

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Pages read:

Wrap-up Page Count

And that’s it for my The Reading Rush wrap up. I had so much fun this year.

 

YOUR TURN!

If you participated, let me know how you did, I’d love to know!

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Book Review : Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide

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Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
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 304 pages
Published 2019
Memoir/Biography

The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder!

Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.

In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

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When the people from the podcast that disrupt your reading time releases a book, you just ought to read them.

I love reading memoirs. That’s the most of my non-fiction reads, especially the funny ones! So this book was right there on the sweet spot.

This book highly caters to their already big and very invested fanbase. It’s a more chilled collection of essays that explores some parts of their life before the podcast, how they came to meet each other and how true crime and therapy has instrumental to their life. I listened to this on audiobook, so basically it was a 6-hour long podcast for me.

The writing is very meta and conversational. You’re not gonna get ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ typewriting. It reads like they talk. I found Karen’s stories to be funny, genuine and hard-hitting. Especially when she talked about her mother suffering from Alzheimer’s. Georgia stories were raw and vulnerable.

‘Karen’s Lesson from Listeners and Canadian Aldermen’ chapter talking about the “Violence Against Women” was so powerful and something that I would always remember.

In some ways, the book feels unfinished. There are more stories to be told from them and if there was a 2nd book, I’ll be picking that up too.

YOUR TURN!

Have you read this book? Are you a fan of the podcast?

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