Movie Review: Like Crazy

I know I’ve been MIA for a while now, and that seems to be pretty commonplace around here lately. So for those of you who are still reading my posts and commenting – thank you. This is not a post about books because quite honestly I have not read one full book since 2015 started. I just don’t have much motivation to read and I’ve been spending my time doing other things, like numbing my brain through hours of television watching. So this post kind of relates to that, because I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for a while and I finally got around to it, and I know I never do movie reviews here but I just thought “why not?”. Honestly it’ll be a miracle if this review is even coherent because I think my brain has melted away since this year started.

Like Crazy / 2011 / Starring: Anton Yelchin & Felicity Jones / Director: Drake Doremus

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

So I tweeted about this movie shortly after I watched it.

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If I were feeling particularly lazy I could probably just leave it at that and let you figure out the rest. Because that’s basically how I felt about the whole thing – on one hand I really liked it, but at the same time I kind of hated it. The story follows Anna, a British girl who studied in the States, and Jacob, the guy she fell in live with while living in LA. Anna is supposed to go back to England when her student visa expires, but she ends up staying longer, causing her to be banned from the US. 

This is the first thing I’ve ever seen Felicity Jones in, and I think she was stellar. She seemed a realistic portrayal of someone going through everything she was going through. Her acting never seemed whiny or like she was trying too hard. She just naturally fit that character. Her ability to wear a lot of dark eyeliner while maintaining a soft, not-goth appearance was quite the feat. Also, she had this one grey sweater that just looked so soft and comfy and yet would still be acceptable to wear in public – excellent choice, wardrobe staff.

a peek at the glorious sweater

Anton Yelchin was also good in his role, but I didn’t feel very attached to his character. I did feel attached to Anna and Jacob as a couple, but when they were separated Jacob lost some of his appeal for me. Nevertheless I thought the acting overall was pretty favourable. Seeing Jennifer Lawrence in there was interesting, because even though this movie is only 4 years old it seems like she’s changed so much. I felt bad for her character, but at the same time I was rooting for Anna.

As for my complaints about the pacing – the whole thing just seemed very off. The meeting/falling in love part of the movie was very quick and felt rushed. There was a lot of cute indie-hipster time-lapse footage that I think was supposed to convey the progression of their relationship, but it didn’t quite work. Only when Anna and Jacob were living on different continents did I actually feel the depth of their relationship. The arguments they have, the struggles they face – those seemed much more realistic than the way their relationship started. 

Possibly my favourite part of the movie was that Anna is obsessed with Paul Simon’s Graceland album, which as you probably know I am also obsessed with. They played Crazy Love Vol. II in a bunch of the scenes and it made the movie 100 times better.

Finally, the ending. I have to say that I, like many other people who have watched this movie, was very unhappy with the ending. I know that it’s supposed to leave it to the audience’s imagination, but there were too many loose ends for my liking. It seemed like the movie just cut off by accident, like they didn’t finish it in time so they just decided to release it without a proper ending. However, I saw something on Tumblr that is apparently what the director has said about the ending of the movie that makes me a little less upset:

The relationship is never fully on and never fully off. I feel at the end, without giving too much away, it’s not an ending, it’s a beginning of sorts. At the same time, it’s gray. In a way, they’ll never be able to shake each other off for the rest of their lives. They’ll always be a part of each other, no matter what they do or who they get with, whether they’re with each other or not. That sort of frames that feeling of helplessness, of not understanding fully what it is, which is sort of the most heartbreaking thing.
—  Director on the ending of ‘Like Crazy’

Overall I did enjoy Like Crazy. The pacing was annoying and the ending sucked (wow, there’s some first-rate reviewing) but it was a cute enough story. And I’ll definitely be looking for more movies with Felicity Jones.

My Current Playlist {3}

My Current Playlist {3}

This series was inspired by Annie’s Ultimate Playlist posts, which are just awesome. This is just a collection of a lot of the music I’ve been listening to lately, because even though I have a dreadful singing voice and basically no musical ability, I do love listening to music. You can see the previous playlists here: (x and x).

Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on Grooveshark
1. home by edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros // I saw this song on last week’s episode of Glee and I thought they did a wonderful (albeit a bit cheesy) job of it. So I looked up the original and I really like it – so fun and upbeat.

 

Riptide by Vance Joy on Grooveshark Riptide (Live from BBC 1’s Radio Live Lounge) by Taylor Swift on Grooveshark
2. riptide by vance joy (and taylor swift’s cover)  // This song is so calming and just nice to listen to. I’m not a big Taylor Swift fan but I heard her cover of this song on tumblr and it sounds amazing, so I’ve included it above.

 

Bloom by The Paper Kites on Grooveshark Paint by The Paper Kites on Grooveshark
3. the paper kites // I’ve been listening to a ton of stuff by The Paper Kites, my favourites being Paint and Bloom. But all their songs are really great. Leopold Street is another favourite (and the lyrics are so sad).

Homeward Bound by Simon & Garfunkel on Grooveshark
4. homeward bound by simon & garfunkel // As you may or may not now, Simon & Garfunkel are two of my favourite singers. I’m obsessed with all their music but right now I’m listening to this one a lot.

 

Fare Thee Well by Oscar Isaac and Marcus Munford on Grooveshark
5. soundtrack: inside llewyn davis // Last year this was one of the Oscar noms, and while I didn’t really love (or understand) the movie, the soundtrack is fantastic. I especially love Fare Thee Well.

Let me know what you’ve been listening to lately! I love finding new music, and I have an iTunes giftcard that’s just begging to be spent.

Epic Recs: January 2015

Last month I participating in Epic Recs (hosted by Judith and Amber) with Annie from The Runaway Reader and it went surprisingly well. I say surprisingly because I’m notorious for ignoring book recommendations and just generally forgetting the important things I have to do/read. But it worked out, and I loved Fangirl (review to come)! This month I’m a bit more hesitant because Annie has chosen a fantasy book for me which is very, very out of my comfort zone. But I trust her and I’ve already started reading a bit (and it’s pretty good).

Annie’s Rec for Me

 

My Rec for Annie

I read Graffiti Moon a few years ago and it is still one of my all-time favourite books. Cath Crowley is such an incredible writer and this story is so fast-paced, lyrical, and completely engrossing. I really hope Annie loves it as much as I do 🙂 As for me, like I said I’m a bit nervous to read The Raven Boys but I’m taking a leap of faith and giving it a chance. Wish us luck!

Review: My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors

Review: My True Love Gave to Me by Various AuthorsMy True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
on 2014-10-14
Pages: 336
Goodreads
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins.  Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there's something here for everyone.  So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy.  You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love. (Goodreads)

 

♦ Review ♦

I think the only fair way to review this book is by going through each of the stories individually, so that’s what I’ll be doing. My thoughts varied a lot from story to story, so it’s difficult for me to give this book an overall rating. So I’ve decided not to rate this book, just to let the reviews of each story speak for themselves.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell – This tied as my favourite story from the book. It had Rowell’s trademark brand of awkward, shy, subtle romance and I totally fell in love with the story and characters even though it was so short. I would absolutely read a full length story about Mags and Noel.

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link – I didn’t really like this one. I see how it could be a really good story if you’re into that particular type of storytelling (not really sure what to call it – a bit magical, a bit fantasy-like), but it just didn’t work for me. I thought the writing was beautiful though.

Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena – This is the story that was my other favourite (and from a lot of other reviews I’ve read it seems like everyone loved this story). I’ve never read anything by Matt de la Pena before but after reading this, I absolutely will be. He managed to make me care about a character that I have nothing in common with, a character that usually I would have no interest in reading about, and I just got so sucked into that story. I loved the setting, the characters, and all the little details that perfected the story.

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han – I was disappointed by this story. I thought it fell flat and wasn’t very interesting at all. It kind of solidified my thinking that I’ve outgrown Jenny Han’s writing, when I used to adore her books.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins – I was so looking forward to this story because I love Stephanie Perkins, but this didn’t turn out to be one of my favourites. I had a hard time connecting to the characters and I didn’t really feel the romance between them (I honestly can’t even remember their names).

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan – Again, a story that I didn’t love from an author I’m already kind of unsure about. I liked the characters in this story but I just felt it lacked substance. It seemed like their was no purpose to the story, just a neat character doing some actions. I do think this would make a really good full length novel.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black – This story seemed very long and I wasn’t very interested in it. I know it’s probably just because of the magical/fantasy element but I just found the whole thing to be a bit strange and disconnected.

What the Hell Have you Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman – I liked this story, but I didn’t love it. I have mixed feelings about Gayle Forman’s books (I LOVE the If I Stay duology, but I’m not so sure about Just One Day/Just One Year). It seemed like those mixed feelings applied to this story as well. On the one hand I really loved the premise and the setting, and the writing was great, but I didn’t care that much about the characters. I found this with a lot of these stories – I may be very intrigued by the world the author has set up, but when there are only 30 pages to connect to a character, it’s hard for me to get invested.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire – I really didn’t like this one. I kind of hated the main character. I know he was a good person underneath but he just reminded me of some awful guys I know and I had trouble getting past that. It kind of ruined the story for me.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White – Okay so I’ve never read anything by Kiersten White before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed this story – it was cute, and uplifting, and just a nice story to read.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter – Ditto the review above. I was not expecting much from this story but I ended up really enjoying it. I loved the setting, odd as that may seem. I don’t read a lot of books set in rural places and it was very refreshing. And I totally did not see that twist coming at the end – even though it was a bit far-fetched/made-for-tv-movie, I ended up liking it a lot.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – The writing in this story is beautiful, the concept was so unique, and I liked it quite a bit for a fantasy story. I typically stick to contemporary but this was really interesting, albeit a bit long and confusing (and also kind of weird in the end).

I’m sorry these reviews are so short and incoherent. I’ve been putting this review off for a while and have forgotten A LOT about the stories, but I think I managed to convey most of my thoughts. I would definitely recommend this book as a sweet holiday read, especially if you like love stories. It was a good book for me to read because I was in a reading slump and didn’t want to commit to a full length story, so this way it was like I got to taste-test different genres and authors. I could see myself re-reading this next holiday season.

End of Year Book Survey

I’m participating in the End of Year Book Survey created by the Perpetual Page Turner once again this year. I only read 28 books this year, which is a bit depressing, but whatever. That just means I only need to read 29 in 2015 to have improved.

Number of books read: 29 (this is almost as sad as the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy)

Number of re-reads: 3 (but I’m a cheater and counted them as part of my books read)

Genre you read the most from: Contemporary YA (surprise, surprise)

1. Best Book You Read in 2014? 

I really don’t know. I didn’t read any books this year that were life changing or all-consuming or made me so emotional that I had to lie on the floor like a slug (I’m looking at you, Code Name Verity). The book that came closest, and is therefore my favourite form this year, would be Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I really didn’t enjoy that book at all, and it didn’t help that the ending had been spoiled for me. It seemed like all the momentum gained in books 1 and 2 just disappeared, and book 3 felt like a dud.

3. Most Surprising (in a good or bad ay) Book You Read in 2014? 

Please Ignore Vera Dietz (I totally didn’t see myself liking this book but I ended up loving it, obviously).

4. Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read in 2014? 

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, but I don’t think anyone actually took my advice. Please go read this book if you want an overly personal introduction to Lena Dunham, her various sexcapades, and/or her dynamite writing.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series ender of 2014? 

Best series I started would be none, because I only started one series and I didn’t love it. Best sequel… Just One Year by Gayle Forman. And best series ender is Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Mostly because of one small scene wherein my OTP made the most magical appearance.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2014? 

I’m gonna say Rainbow Rowell, because although I didn’t love Eleanor & Park as much as I hoped,  that was mostly a case of me listening to the hype and then being disappointed when my own thoughts differed from that of almost everyone. Eleanor & Park was still a very good read and later this year I read Rainbow Rowell’s story in My True Love Gave to Me, and absolutely loved it. My favourite story in that book hands down. Then for December’s Epic Recs, Annie chose Fangirl for me to read and it was fab. Especially Levi. Levi was the most fab.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It’s a middle grade book and I typically shy away from MG because I find the characters too young/immature, but Wonder is such a fantastic book that I think everyone should read, regardless of age.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, because although it’s a contemporary, I was rushing to get to the end to see if my predictions were right (they were – I was hoping they weren’t).

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

Honestly I would have to say Anna and the French Kiss, because I re-read it about twice a year. But that seems like cheating because it’s already a re-read, so if I’m choosing a book I read for this first time this year… either Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham or My True Love Gave to Me (during next year’s holiday season).

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Levi from Fangirl or Vera Dietz from Please Ignore Vera Dietz.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, even though I didn’t love it as much as I was hoping to.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2014?

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. Super thought provoking and just an amazing book all around.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2014 to finally read?

The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?

“I can never be who I was. I can simply watch her with sympathy, understanding, and some measure of awe. There she goes, backpack on, headed for the subway or the airport. She did her best with her eyeliner. She learned a new word she wants to try out on you. She is ambling along. She is looking for it.”
― Lena DunhamNot That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”

 16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2014?

Longest: Allegiant by Veronica Roth (526 pages). Shortest: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (103 pages).

17. Book that shocked you the most?

I guess I would say We Were Liars, but quite honestly I saw that ending coming and it didn’t really surprise me like I know it should have. Either way, a great plot twist.

18. OTP of the year?

Levi & Cath from Fangirl. BUT. It would really be Anna and Etienne, because technically they are in Isla and the Happily Ever After, and their one tiny scene was my favourite part of the whole book.

19. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year?

Reagan & Cath from Fangirl. I thought Reagan was hilarious and awesome. I’d be so down to read a book just about Reagan. A series, even, starting from when she was in high school going up to her current age, and Cath and Levi would appear in there too, obviously.

20. Favourite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously?

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Not my favourite of the trilogy, but I still really enjoyed it.

21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read solely based on a recommendation from somebody else?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which as already mentioned was the book Annie chose for me for Epic Recs in December.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Levi from Fangirl. At first I was creeped out that he seems to be following some sort of no-‘poo-for-the-agriculturally-inclined regimen, but I managed to get past it. Now I realize his hair is a masterpiece. Shampoo would only ruin it.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

I didn’t read any 2014 debuts, unless you count the non-fiction/memoirs I read.

24. Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year?

I’m going to choose a re-read here and say Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.

 

I’m totally kidding.

It was actually Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

27. Hidden gem of the year?

Pleae Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King. I would really like this book to get more attention.

28. Book that crushed your soul?

Hamlet by Shakespeare. Not because I was so invested in the story that my soul felt crushed by the weight of the characters and their emotions, but more because this play was so dreadfully long and dull that I felt as if my soul were slowly dying, page by page. I’m pretty sure Shakespeare wrote Hamlet thinking “Ah, let’s give ’em a bit of a laugh – first let’s have our main character’s father come back from the dead, then why don’t we bring in a nearly psychotic woman to fall in love with our main character, and to top it all off, the final scene of the book will simply be a massacre of every single character, just to rub it in the reader’s face that this play truly was pointless and they’ve just wasted precious hours of their life that they can never get back. Also this will be my longest work.”

29. Most unique book you read in 2014?

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King. Am I becoming repetitive yet?

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because although I loved this book, I was so angry about the sheer amount of knit material that Cath insisted on wearing. Not just a cute knit sweater, or perhaps even a nice knit scarf. No, no, Cath wears knit wristlets and a KNIT COLLAR. I know a knit collar can be cute, kind of like a chunky scarf, but when she described it it sounded like she was about to put on some God-awful mildewy relic that hasn’t seen the light of day since 1921. And she was wearing this on a first date, I might add. I could practically feel the collar choking me as I read.

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I know this is only the first section of the survey, but I’ve decided to only do this part because I wasn’t active enough in the blogging community to do the blogging/bookish life part, annnd I’m just too lazy to do the looking ahead section. If you’ve read this far, then congrats and thank you! I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to 2015, and if you did this survey/a survey please leave the link because I’d love to check it out! Even if you didn’t do a survey I’d still love to know what your favourite books you read this year were, because I’m gonna need some recs for 2015 🙂

2015 Reading Challenges

I’m only participating in two reading challenges this coming year because after my miserable year of reading in 2014, I don’t want to set any goals that I know I can’t reach. So both the challenges I’ve signed up for don’t have any requirements other than read as much as you can.

I’ve already posted about this challenge, but basically the idea is to read as many diverse books as you can. I’m really looking forward to expanding what I read and looking for books featuring diverse characters. This challenge is hosted by Rather Be Reading and Reading Wishes.

The  Around the World reading challenge is hosted by All About Books. For this challenge, you try to travel around the world in books. I’ve embedded a Google Map below, on which I’ll be tracking the settings of all the books I read this year. The main focus of this challenge is to step outside the US, and since I live in Canada, I’d really like to find some books set in my home country, possibly even Toronto – that would be really cool.

It’s likely that I’ll fail miserably at these challenges, but it’s worth a shot. Let me know what challenges you’re participating in in 2015, or if you have any book recs for me for the challenges above! Happy almost new year 🙂

My Year in TV

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Although I love books and reading, I also spend a considerable amount of time watching screens. I know I’ll be doing an end of the year survey focusing on reading and blogging, so today I’m focusing on television – my favourite way to waste away 15 hours of my life at a time. I spent an unhealthy amount of time watching TV this year. And I have no plans to cut back in 2015. So here are some of the shows I was addicted to in 2014…

Orange is the New Black

  This show is equal parts hilarious, witty, and intense. Also the social commentary is amazing, and the character development is out of this world.

Orphan Black

This show does not get enough recognition. It’s so complex, and Tatiana Maslany is QUEEN. Her portrayal of EVERY MAIN CHARACTER IN THIS SHOW is ridiculously fantastic, and when I’m watching it I often forget that it’s all her. It’s also filmed in Toronto and the actors are pretty much all Canadian, which pretty much never happens in a TV show that is actually good.

Girls

Girls just tells it like it is, and it’s a pretty groundbreaking show. Everything is imperfect and awkward and painful, and also hilarious. And after reading Lena Dunham’s book I feel like I have an even better understanding of why Girls is written the way it is.

Glee

Okay so I know, I know, I KNOW how awful this show got by season 5. By that last season I hated about 60% of the characters, and really would not have cared if they left the show (cough – Blaine – cough). But I just got so sucked into it and I couldn’t stop. Mostly (okay, pretty much only) because I wanted more Brittana moments. And now that I know the spoilers for Brittana season 6, I can guarantee I’ll be watching every episode.

The Walking Dead

This isn’t a new show for me, because I’ve been watching it since the beginning, but I think this fourth season has really picked up from what I found to be quite a boring third season. Although I have to say I am pretty upset with how they ended the first half of this season. No spoilers, but ugh. It sucked. Still love Glenn though.

Parks and Recreation

 

This was my replacement for The Office, and I was not disappointed. It’s witty and satirical and very addictive. I actually dressed up as April Ludgate for Halloween, because Aubrey Plaza is my hero. Also, um – can we please never forget that Tatiana Maslany was in Parks season 6?? The worlds collide.

Currently Watching…

  • Grey’s Anatomy – I’m on Season 9, and let me tell you, this show is literally a never-ending roller coaster of emotions (Chris Traeger). Although I had most of the major moments (sorry, major deaths) spoiled for me, it doesn’t even matter because this show is amazing. It’s basically a soap opera at this point and I don’t even care. Also, the music from Grey’s is always really good – except for the musical episode; that was a train-wreck.
  • Game of Thrones – I’m on Season 2, and I’m actually a bit disappointed as to how un-invested I am. I watched a major character get killed off last night and I didn’t even flinch. I’m only still watching the show for two reason – Khaleesi and Natalie Dormer
  • Breaking Bad – Just started Season 2 on this one, and I’m finally getting into it. It took me a while, but now I’m pretty interested, if only to hear Jesse Pinkman’s answering machine message.

What shows did you guys watch this year? And any recs for me in 2015? Hope you’re having a lovely holiday season so far!

I Didn’t Read Enough Diverse Books in 2014

I just signed up for the Dive Into Diversity Challenge hosted by Rather Be Reading and Reading Wishes. It’s a pretty cool challenge because the only aim is to push yourself to read more diverse books – and this is definitely something that I need to do. In the past I’ve just read books based on what interested me, or where the hype was. I never really gave much thought to the diversity of the books I read. I’m taking a page from Rather Be Reading and using the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign’s definition of diverse books:

“We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

(We Need Diverse Books Campaign on Tumblr)

After signing up for this challenge I decided to look through all the books I read this year and see which ones fit the above description. I only counted books where the main character fit this description, not a side character or minor role. I only read 28 books this year, only 5 of them are diverse books. These are…

The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy (person of colour) – and I only read this one for school

Eleanor and Park (person of colour – but only half the time)

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson (LGBTQIA)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (person with disability)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (LGBTQIA)

I also read Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? which features Mindy Kaling – a person of colour (but on the other hand, it’s non-fiction and technically adult I think?).

Clearly, I need to diversify. In 2015 I want to push myself to read more books featuring characters from different backgrounds, with different views, challenges, and perspectives. The lack of representation in children’s and YA literature, or at least the books that I’ve read, is upsetting. Considering everything that’s going on in the world today, it’s so important to appreciate the world from the perspectives of people from all walks of life. So I’m challenging myself to do just that in the coming year, and I encourage you to do so as well! Here are a few links to check out:

Dive Into Diversity sign-ups

We Need Diverse Books campaign

Diverse YA and MG Debuts in 2015

2014 YA/MG Books With POC Leads

Diversity in Young Adult and Middle Grade

Friday Five {12/12/14}

Friday Five is a sporadic post I do to highlight various links I’ve found around the web lately. I haven’t done a FF in a while but I’ve seen some cool stuff happening on the interwebs so I thought I’d bring it back.

1// Next time I order pizza, this is what I’m doing when it’s delivered.

2// Check out what “one size fits all” really looks like.

3// This article about a woman who spent 14 hours in a TGI Friday’s to investigate their Endless Apps promotion is possibly the most exhilarating and entertaining article I’ve ever read.

4// Shopping for Christmas gifts? If the person you’re buying for is an obsessive TV watcher like me, check out this list of gifts for binge-watchers.

5// Forget everything on my Christmas list. This giant NYC colouring poster is all I want.

Giveaway: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Today I’m giving away the third book in the His Fair Assassin Trilogy by Robin LaFevers, courtesy of Thomas Allen & Son! I absolutely loved Grave Mercy when I read it a few years ago, and I’m excited to continue the series.

The Book

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Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

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The Giveaway

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