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

Bildergebnis für TBR books

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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This is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. I think it’s a cool way to let you guys know what I am currently reading. Let the show begin…

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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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This is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. I think it’s a cool way to let you guys know what I am currently reading. Let the show begin…

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LET’s TALK ABOUT Genre Racism

I’ve wanted to talk about this for quite some time now and finally I have the time and courage to talk about a topic that is not only extremely important to me, but also a hot topic for many debates I have had in the last couple of months.

 

Genre Racism is something I notice not every day but at least once a week. Like many other bloggers, I have geners I like to read more than others. For me, YA, Fantasy and Romance are the main genres I dwelve in, though that doesn’t mean I won’t read something else if the blurb is enticing. Unfortunately. Most people don’t think outside their box. You won’t believe how often I got that smile ‘So, you read such childish things as fantasy’ a snidely huff, a sly grin. That’S all you get instead of a nice conversation. Usually, I don’t care about people having prejudices about the things I read because they are missing out, not me.

 

What bugs me is how short minded- some people can be and how they judge other readers by the things they read. For example, I talked with a collegue about my business, and he was like “Well, if you can get the money from stupid people who read that sh** [meaning fantasy], then they haven’t deserved anything else”. I was shocked about such a mean coment, to say the least. What kind of hate do you have to have to say such a thing. Of course, I defended the fantasy ( and the YA) genre many times before, but there is really nmo point in arguing with people who don’t want to listen.

 

Here are some of the prejudice I heard the most:

  • Fantasy is for people who don’t get along in their lives.

& who can’t cope with reality

  • YA is shitty writing, plots and has no high standard whatsoever
  • YA and Fantasy are for children. Grow up!
  • Sci-fi is no fantasy
  • Folklore, Myths and Legends can be serious study material, but fantasy books can’t.

 

 

I want to shortly say something about all of those

 

  • Escapicism is not an exclusive habit for people who read fantasy. I think every fictional novel or book has some kind of hold on the way you perceive reality while you read. I don’t see why a historical novel should not make for a similar feeling of ‘being sucked into a different world’
  • This is simply not true. I have read so many ‘adult’ books in my life that I can honestly say that there AT LEAST as many unevolved plots, flat characters and stereotypical stories as in YA or basically any genre.
  • I don’t even want to give such an accusation room for discussion
  • I want to make one thing clear. Fantasy is a genre that is full of things that we do not encounter in out ‘natural’ world: demons, dragons, wizards and witches, magical creatures, hers, plants and objects. Of course sci-fi falls into the fantasy genre, simply because all plots, devioces and technology are simply made up.
  • The same goes for old tales such as Beowulf, the Niebelungen song and many other Nordic tales or songs of other cultures. There is no point in denying it. That’s where our ‘modern’ fantasy gets almost all its mysterious and horrible creatures from. They come from these tales so how can one be a sophisticated part of the culture and the other meant for the trash can? Something doesn’t add up here, in my opinion.

As you might have noticed, I’m not really understanding of these people because I feel lkikke their views are really backwards and narrow-minded. Either way, I want to encourage all of you, whether you read lots of genres or just a selected few, be aware of other genres and people. There are so many great books out there that can only be fonud outside your own comfort zone.

 

That’s why I want to encourage everyone of my readers to try out a new genre every once in a while and try to be open about other genres. This world is so full of variety, it would be a shame not to take advantage of the possibilities laid before us.

 

Have you encountered people who are genre racists? What are the genres you might have prejudices about? Let’s chat a little 😉

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia-Moreno Garcia | Review

BowBowBowBow 4/5The Beautiful Ones is categorizes as a fantasy book, but I would have put it in the romance/ drama genre because the book is about Nina Beaulieu and her struggle with a renaissance-ish society she must be part of. At the beginning of the season, she is to attend all the important balls and soirees and therefore comes to the beautiful and high-up city of Loisal and is to stay with her uncle and his wife. Nina actually lives on the country but alas, her strange, uncontrollable talent has kept away any suitors there. She, as many others, can manipulate and move objects with their minds but such actions are not befit a lady.

This is where the story begins… it is basically a love story with the usual love-triangle that seems to be so popular at the moment. At least I meet it all the time. Even though the plot could barely surprise most of the time, I have to say that enjoyed this book immensely.

 

As so of you might know, for me characters and world-building, and the creating of a ‘realistic’ world are much more important than the actual plot since, let’s be honest, there are not so many original ones around. Almost everything has been told in one way or another.

Nina, Hector, Valerie and a few side characters really sucked me into this story with their cold charm, their melancholic realism and with their sweet naivité that gave me as a reader a refreshing start.

 

They player together wonderfully, even though the plot was mostly predictable. I enjoyed the world-building, the cultural notes the author made and the lessons of Etiquette a lot. I enjoyed the dialogues between characters and the strolls through town they took, partly because the time really fascinates me. It is the time just when cars begin to emerge and women walk through town in pretty petticoats and carriages.

 

As I said, the book is mainly about a certain love triangle between the three main characters so I don’t want to tell you any more about that because anything I could tell you would be spoiling the fun. This is a read you should definitely mark as ‘to read’ on Goodreads if you want to have some light reading material this autumn 😉