Have you ever had a book that you can’t stop staring at because it’s so beautiful? Last week, I received Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses to Empower You, written and illustrated by Ann Shen. The book is so god damn beautiful that I wish I could tear every page and frame them. (but I’m not a heathen who tears books apart. Not often, anyway.)
From the beloved author and artist behind Bad Girls Throughout History comes this lushly illustrated book of goddesses from around the world. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess whose love overcame mortality. Mazu, the Chinese deity who safely guides travelers home. Lakshmi, the Hindu provider of fortune and prosperity. These powerful deities and many more are celebrated in gorgeous artwork and enlightening essays that explore the feminine divine and encourage readers to empower themselves. Ann Shen’s signature watercolors make Legendary Ladies a unique, gift-worthy homage to the mighty women within.
In case you don’t know (and can’t tell from my blog’s branding), I’m a massive fan of space. Space-themed books like The Martian by Andy Weir are my favourites, and I’m starting to gather a small collection of them on my shelf.
So, when I went to YALC last year and got a little packet of goodies for a new book called Satellite by Nick Lake, I couldn’t WAIT to read the book. I was so happy to be accepted to read it on NetGalley! (And of course, in true book blogger fashion, I’ve only just read it. Oops.)
Fifteen-year-old Leo has never set foot on Earth.
Born and raised with twins Orion and Libra on the Moon 2 Space Station, Leo has grown up in the most extraordinary way.
The time has now come for the trio to make their first flight home to Earth, but they cannot imagine the terrible consequences that their return will set into motion.
This is one boy’s epic journey to discover where he truly belongs.
On one day each year, the whole world comes together to celebrate what I think, in my humble opinion, is the best species in the world: women! March 8th is International Women’s Day, and here at Wonderfully Bookish, I’m joining in the celebration with a few other great gals.
If you missed my Valentine’s Day post that I did with the four awesome people in the image above, you can read it right here. We’re all joining together again for another blog hop to celebrate International Women’s Day. We’ll each be sharing our favourite female authors, female characters, or anything to do with women in fiction!
Without further ado, here are my top four favourite female authors (in no particular order).
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Whether you celebrate it or not, you can’t miss it! It’s a week until the big day (or the unimportant day, depending on how you see it) and the gifts are filling the shops, people are desperately trying to find something for their loved ones, and a lot of people are wondering how they got to yet another Valentine’s Day as a singleton.
For me, Valentine’s Day is and never has been a big thing, like, at all. I’ve never celebrated it (maybe because there’s never been someone to celebrate it with). However, this year, I’m taking part in a fun Valentine’s-themed blog hop with a few other lovely book bloggers! We’re going to share our own themed collections of books that all relate to Valentine’s Day.
I’ve decided to focus my collection on LGBT YA books. As an LGBT person whose favourites books are YA, I love to find a great YA book that features perfectly-represented LGBT characters. So, I’m going to share a few of the books that are on my TBR list. All of these books have so much praise and I can’t wait to read them all!
I’m a bit late with this review, but I got here in the end! Over Christmas, I took part in a read-along for I’ll Be Home for Christmas, a festive short story anthology with the theme of “home”, with my friends from The Little Contemporary Corner. We aimed to read one story a day (I got a bit behind – oops) from 11th to 24th December. I took part in a little blog tour for this which you can read here. I’ve already reviewed Juno Dawson’s short story, Homo for Christmas, and this time I’m back to review the whole book!
The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home.
Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon, Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah.
£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk.
The anthology has a whole range of stories. Some I loved, some were OK, and some I couldn’t finish. It’s one of the reasons I like anthologies of short stories. I could dislike some stories and love others, whilst others might have the complete opposite opinion! I’ll briefly review every story in the book, as well as the book as a whole.
What did you ask Santa for this year? Each year, my mum, uh… I mean, Santa, asks my sister and I for a list of things we’d like for Christmas. Mine almost always ends up being a list of primarily books with a few other things mixed in. My mum’s great at picking books, so I was happy with the selection!
A few of these are ones I said I’d love, while most of them were complete surprises. They came from my mum and step-dad, my sister Emily, and my Secret Santa that we organised with my uni pals. I’ll show you them all now in detail. Let me know if you have any of these and tell me what you think!