Harry Potter Book Tag

 

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Harry Potter Book Tag

A book you found interesting but would like to rewrite

A first book in a series that got you hooked

A book you wish you could have right now

A killer book

A book you found confusing

Your spirit animal book

A dark, twisted book

A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more than it is

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What Are YOu Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW23

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High Schol Book Tag 

Thanks to Ida for taging me! It was lots of fun to do this tag and I actually got to reminisce on my favorite books! ❤

The rules:
  • Thank the creators: Namitha @ Teen Memoir and Jasmine @ How Useful It IsTHANK YOU!
  • Answer the questions.
  • Add pictures! (If you want to)
  • Tag (about) 5 people.

 

A+ on the test
A book or character that makes you smile?

Gansey from The Raven CircleBildergebnis für gansey raven cycle

Sports team
A fictional family that you want to be a part of?

The Weasleys 🙂 Bildergebnis für WEASLEYS

Class President
A book that tries to make a difference?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseBildergebnis für aristoteles and dante discover

High School Sweetheart
A book character you have a crush on?

Jon SnowBildergebnis für jon snow

Prom Night
A book with a beautiful cover?

In Calabria by Peter S. BeagleBildergebnis für in calabria

Spring Break
A book you can always turn to when you need an escape?

The HObbitBildergebnis für the hobbit book

School Lunch
A book character(s) you want to have lunch with?

Boromir or Ned StarkBildergebnis für boromir

Halloween Party
A character you would like to be for one day?

Hermione GrangerBildergebnis für hermione granger

School Bully
A villain you don’t want to go to school with?

JOffrey BaratheonBildergebnis für joffrey

Graduation
A book with a bittersweet conclusion?

The Return of the KingBildergebnis für return of the king

 

Getting rid of the TBR Troubles

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Down the TBR hole…

Since last year, I haven’t bought many books, but most of what I bough has not been read, yet. I know it’s a shame and that’s why I want to start reducing my TBR pile bit by bit.

Melanie and I have come together and we want to read three books that have been sitting idly on our TBR this month.

For me, the first books will be:

The Thousandth Floor by Kathrine McGee

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The Waking Land by Callie BatesBildergebnis für the waking land

and Soul of the World by Roger Scrouton

Bildergebnis für soul of the world roger scruton

In my TBR, there are about 20-30 books, physical copies and ARCs that I want to read by the end of the year, along with some other great books.

Some of them are

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Wait for it by M. Zapata

The Last Unicorn (Wishlist)

The Bear and the Nightingale

and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Do you have some books on your TBR you want to get rid of? Let’s do this together! 

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW 23

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Books, Power and Police Brutality

 

I was so excited when I was approved on Netgalley to read the Fifth Ward. It promised to be a fun, high fantasy and so I was eager to start asap. And even though I finished a day ago, I haven’t really made up my mind how to rate this book. As I said, in the beginning I was super excited but soon, I realized that I even though I could relate to the main character, ideologically and morally I didn’t approve of the way the book/ characters handled certain situations.

For those hwo haven’t read the book but intend to read it, I won’t spoil anything! I just want to explain in detail what bugged me and therefore I only need a short sketch of a one of the characters: The dwarf Torval.

At first, I really liked his character and I loved how his edges were softened by encounters with other people. He is a tough guy, even though it was quite unnerving that every time the two watchwardens got into a fight, the author would say something lioke ‘even though he was small, the force of his punch forced Torval’s opponent on his knees’. I paraphrased here, but  you get the idea.

What bugged me the most was not only the constant brawling of the two watchwardens, which is more or less the city’s police. It was that Torval was extremely racist towards a particular group of the cities population. In Yenara, there are living Elves, Men, Orcs along with other creatures and magic is part of daily business. We get to know why he hates one group so hotly and this animosity seems to be no secret. At one or two incidents, it even seems that he deliberately searches for a reason to arrest or start physically hurting them as way of punishment for such-and-such thing.

AT first, it seemed funny but the more I read, the more I disapproved of the systemic sorting out of a particular group of people. The main character does seem to have some empathy towards a few of Torwals ‘victims’ but obviously he’s not concerned at all by the display of racism and violence. Granted, most of the people they encounter did some thing or other, but in no way do they deserve what happens to them. It certainly is no justice.

This book so reminded me of the issue of police brutality and the targeting and profiling of black and Hispanic citizens. It really made me sick how this book basically mirrored problems our own society has without actually taking a step towards criticism and solving of the issue. I was disturbed by the casual violence and the fact that nobody stopped Torval from being in the watch even if it was clear that he indeed did have a strong dislike towards a certain group of the city’s population.

May do this book an injustice by saying this, but I cannot give this book more than 2 ribbons. I feel like the author failed to show people, through what could have been a powerful and funny story, that police brutality is not normal and should be taken seriously be every ethnicity. Instead of normalizing without self-reflection, this book could have been an inspiration. It is not alright to kill or injure innocent and unarmed citizens, it is not alright to profile a particular ethnicity.

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW 22

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