Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
This is one of the most talked about books in the bookish community right now and I can really see why. Angie Thomas have written a great and heartbreaking book about a big issue and through it she has started to wake people up. And that is pretty awesome if you ask me.
The thing I liked the most about this story is all the different point of views that are centered around this story. We have Starr that has a foot in both worlds, we have all the people living in this community and we have the outsiders looking in and somehow Angie Thomas make them all work. You can discuss all the peoples motives for getting involved or not in the happenings in the little town.
But one thing we can’t forget and that is the truth. That these things do happen in real life and this book is a door for us that definitely is on the outside to realise what is going on and how the communitys looks and hopefully it will inspire people to make a change!
My vacation has officially begun and I do plan to read alot this summer. Hopefully I will get the time to do that in between all the adventures I have planned.
I have done my July TBR list but I wanted to add a few more that I really really want to read right now and those books are:
Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
All That She Can See – Carrie Hope Fletcher
The Earl´s Complete Surrender – Sophie Barnes
I don´t know how I will manage this blog during these 3 weeks. I will try my best but I don´t have any internet where I´m going. But hey I might be able to do a blogpost or 2 with my phone. So now the question I need an answer 2 is what are you reading this summer? Is there any particular book you want to read?
Ladies and Gentlemen, Booknerds all over the world. Let me tell you something. My bookcart has finally arrived and are just the most adorable thing ever…
I have wanted a bookcart for my unread books for some time now and this week it finally arrived to make my life so much more easy to handle. And it´s blue and pretty and I just feel sorry for the weight I put on it. Haha I have officially 61 unread books that I can now just reach out my hand to grab whenever I feel like it.
I bought it at IKEA and it´s by the brand Råskog if you are curious.
Let´s talk about Subscription Boxes booknerds!
Personally I love that they have become a big thing in the community. Mostly because it gives small business a plattform to reach out to the right costumers straight away. Because we do love to share the bookish love don´t we?
I have recently re-subscribe to Owlcrate because their July and August boxes sounded so amazing and did have overall bookish things from so many of my favourite bookish worlds. And that is exactly why I only subscribe to boxes one month at a time.
I did exactly the same when I subscribed to Whimsify. I checked their Instagrams for information about upcoming themes and fandoms because otherwise it can feel like a lot of money wasted if you have no idea what the fandom things in the boxes actually are even though they are all so beautifully crafted. The July and August themes for Owlcrate and what kind of fandoms that will be included are:
Tournaments & Trials (sold out)
Exclusive signed edition of this months book
Items inspired by Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, The Hunger Games, The Selection, The Night Circus and A Gathering of Shadows
A bookish Mug
Storms & Seas
Exclusive signed Edition of this months book
Items inspired by The Little Mermaid, The Scorpio Races, Daughter of the Pirate King, Sea Witch and more.
Some new items Owlcrate never included before
Do you subscribe to any boxes? Which and why did you choose that box?
A New City. A New Start. Same Old Demons…
Meet Alex, a recent college graduate from Tallahassee, Florida in love with London, pop culture, and comic cons. It’s not easy being twenty-one-years-old, and Alex has never been the most popular girl. She’s an outsider, a geeky fangirl … with dreams of becoming a playwright in a city she’s loved from afar, but never visited.
Fleeing America after a devastating betrayal, she believes London is where she’ll be understood, where she belongs. But Alex’s past of panic attacks and broken relationships is hard to escape. When her demons team up with a jealous rival determined to destroy her new British life, Alex begins to question everything: her life-long dream, her new friends, and whether London is where she truly belongs.
When I read the synopsis for this book I just knew it would be a story for me. Come on it´s basically me, my thoughts and feelings gathered in a book. While reading it was so scary, I honestly belived Jacquelyn had taken over my brain and just written a book about it and one of the main characters, Mark, resembles one actor I have met who actually does musicals in London. Who know maybe it´s based on the same person but it was so much fun reading about because it got so much more real in my own head.
What can I say, if you like romance, storys about discovering yourself while moving to another country and most of all, the theatre and geek world then this is a book just for you. Read it!
I have done some kind of a reading plan for this year which I held to myself but I did tell you guys about one of the challenges and that was The Classic Challenge. I put 3 books on it that I wanted to get to this year. So now that half of the year has gone how far have I come?
The Classic Challange: I have read 0 out of the 3 books I was trying to read and have reduced this challenge to read 1 of them. Hopefully that will be soon.
Goodreads Reading Challenge: I´m trying to read 40 books this year and right now I am overhalf way there. Right now I have read 28 out of 40 books which means I´m 70% done already and vacation haven´t even started yet.
Audiobook Challange: The goal was to try out Audiobooks and I was not the biggest fan but have since that previous post tried another audiobook service and likes it much more. I will still read fysical books but will help myself out if it massive books to read. Easier to listen to it and read at the same time so I don´t have to bring it with me on the train.
Next year I will do my planning and the challanges a little bit different I think. I already have some ideas on how I will do it, but I have to think a little bit more about it.
Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…
When a letter that was never meant to be seen draws high school senior Evan Hansen into the Murphy family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell. That the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend. Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore.
I have to admit it. I do love the soundtrack of the musical this book is based upon and I might be listening to it right now. When I saw that they were going to release a book based on the musical I just had to have it. And I am happy that I have read it but some things in the story was a major issue for me. Namely the big lie. I can see where it comes from and why it was said in the first place but I just don´t agree with what Evan did. I don´t think it´s ever okey to lie about a big thing like this. I do understand why he told Connors parents they where friends but I really don´t like that he just makes a big deal about it. Evan starts to make up e-mails that never happend and tell story after story about him and Connor hanging around like two best friends. Nothing about it was true.
I actually liked the ending when the lie got revealed and that people actually took a stand against it. In real life it would have been so much worse that the respond Evan got in the book but he at least had to stand for what he had done.
If the casting for the musical version in Londons West End is good, I will definitely go and see it but for now I´m quite pleased with forgetting that the story exists and just enjoy the amazing soundtrack instead!