Firstly Happy International Women’s Day.
Secondly, let’s talk about some strong, funny, badass and brilliantly wonderful women in fiction…
She was looking for a place to land. Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she’s had it with her life at home. So Anna “borrows” her stepmom’s credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn’t quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined. As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls—and although the violence in her own life isn’t the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present. In Anna’s singular voice, we glimpse not only a picture of life on the B-list in LA, but also a clear-eyed reflection on being young, vulnerable, lost, and female in America—in short, on the B-list of life.
Because in life, there are few things greater than Disney and Harry Potter!
I recently posted a video to my YouTube channel with 101 books that are being released in 2017 that I think sound pretty great! Since I couldn’t add any links or much description to that video, as apparently 101 book titles and links is far too much for the YouTube description box to handle… I thought I would make a blog post with them too with their links and also showing which books are diverse and/or #OwnVoices! Most of these are YA books, although there are a few Middle-Grade as well! Making this list was so much fun, despite it taking quite a long time to put together!
There’s no denying that the festive season is great. With it’s presents and joy, family and friends, over eating and inevitable collapsing in front of the TV to watch hours of christmas specials and movies that, for some reason, you only watch during the holiday season, despite you claiming them to be some of your ‘all time favourites’. But for a lot of people, with Christmas and New Year, this season is incredibly hard, emotionally, physically and mentally. Christmas is also something a large amount of people simply don’t celebrate! Therefore, amongst all the Christmas recommendations currently being shared, I thought I would share with you some book recommendations that I personally feel have the potential to, possibly, help in some way if you’re someone that finds this season difficult. I have a few that cover mental health, as I know that is specifically something that can be specifically hard to live with during this time of the year. I also have a few that are total escapism, almost ‘anti Christmas’ reads to take you mind of things and a sprinkle with a Christmassy feel to them, that may just give you a momentary boost of excitement or ‘Festive Spirit’. So here are a few of my ‘Not Quite Christmas’ Book Recommendations…