Radio Silence (Book Review)

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Author: Alice Oseman

Genre: Contemporary YA

Rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: February 25th 2016; published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

Goodreads: here

 

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“Hello. I hope somebody is listening.”

And so begins this incredibly precious novel written by the lovely Alice Oseman about a boy stuck at university following a path he’s not passionate about, a girl described as a “study machine”, and how art and creativity binds these two.

Radio Silence follows Aled, the shy genius creator of an insanely popular podcast on Youtube of the same title, and Frances, the brainy girl who excels at academia and posts her art online for the world to see. Against all odds these two lovable teenagers meet and their friendship develops over the art each one of them create, and post, anonymously online.

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One (Book Review)

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Author: Amanda Lovelace

Genre: Poetry collection

Rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: 14th February; published by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are my own.

Synopsis – what’s it about?

 

The book is divided into four different parts: the princess; the damsel; the queen; & you. The poems included in the first three sections are an exploration of the author’s experience with several themes throughout her life so far, they range from bad break-ups to mother related issues. The final section is dedicated to the reader, a sort of quiet and assuring whisper to the ear by Amanda Lovelace herself.

The Princess Saves Herself in this One is being re-released, this time by Andrews McMeel Publishing, after the original version — which was self-published by the author — won Goodreads Choice Award for Poetry (2016).

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Favorite Graphic Novels and Comics (Top Ten Tuesday)

A genre I tend to read very little of is graphic novels/comics. I don’t know why, they have a lot of things that draw me to them but I end up archiving them on my ‘to-be-read’ shelves and rarely end up reading them.

However, the ones that I have read I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Moreover, this year of 2017 has revealed to be the one in which I read more books in these two genres, in part thanks to NetGalley and some publishers for sending me digital review copies.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as per usual by The Broke and The Bookish, is dedicated to graphic novels and comics and I’m taking this chance to share which books I’ve read in the past and loved.

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It’s All Absolutely Fine (Book Review)

fineTitle: It’s All Absolutely Fine

Author: Ruby Elliot

Genre: Comics; Non-Fiction (mental health)

Rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: 31st January; published by Andrews McMeel

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Synopsis — what’s it about?

 

In this compilation of Ruby Elliot’s drawings she takes the reader on a journey through the ups and downs of life, basing it off her personal experience. She approaches a lot of different topics relating them to her mental health, discussing anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and her identity. While the topics at hand tend to be depressing she manages to talk about (or rather, draw) them with a positive message lurking underneath.

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The Rule of the Land (Book Review)

the-rule-of-the-land-coverTitle: The Rule of the Land

Author: Garrett Carr

Genre: Non-Fiction; Travel/Nature

Rating: 3.5 stars

Publication Date: 19th January 2017, published by Faber & Faber

Disclaimer: I was sent an ebook copy by the Publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Synopsis — what’s it about?

Author Garrett Carr traveled the broder between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on foot and by canoe, mapping the landscape as well. In light of the Brexit referendum that took place on the 23rd of June of 2016 the author tries to answer what the implications of a split between the European Union and the United Kingdom, of which Northern Ireland is a part of, would be to the people living near the border and their everyday lives. In order to contextualize this, he tells the story of both countries, with a focus on the borderland, from their formation, to the history between the Catholic/Protestant divide and to the 1990s and The Troubles.

Because the author also mapped the landscape surrounding the border — namely the places he references and tells the story of — those maps are included in the book, as well as some photos of said places, to give the reader a mental image of the background of the topic being discussed.

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Big Mushy Happy Lump (Book Review)

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Title: Big Mushy Happy Lump

Author: Sarah Andersen

Genre: Comics/Humor

Rating: 4.5 stars

Publication Date: 7th March 2017

Disclaimer: NetGallery kindly gave me an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion

 

Synopsis:

This is a collection of comic vignettes created by the author, Sarah Andersen. It’s done in the same style as her previous work, Adulthood is a Myth, from the perspective of a young woman as she deals with anxiety, stress, a carreer, relationships and other everyday things that make up adulthood.

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