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.
IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!! How exciting! Christmas is always my favourite time of year, without fail. I just love everything about it. For the past couple of years, since I’ve had my blog, I’ve read festive books on the lead up to Christmas and it’s made me get even more excited! This year, my friends Sarah and Sophie at The Little Contemporary Corner have been hosting a read-along of the festive anthology, I’ll Be Home for Christmas.
The anthology features short stories by a whole range of YA authors (see all the names in the image above). As part of TLCC’s read-along, they’re also hosting a mini blog tour where a few of us will review a short story each. Since falling in love with Juno Dawson at YALC this year, I’ve wanted to read all of her books, so naturally I chose her story to write about.
I’m finally out of my reading slump!!! Wooooop! Being in a reading slump is one of the worst things when you’re book blogger. I had so many ideas for posts but no motivation to read. And as I watched the days tick by without a new blog post going up, I desperately wanted my reading slump to disappear. Now it has!
My blogging friends (and real life friends – shock horror! Bloggers have real life friends too!), Sarah and Sophie at The Little Contemporary Corner, regularly host read-alongs on their blog. They’re fun to take part in and cool to read what other people think of the same book you’ve just been reading. What I especially like about their read-alongs is that they’re often anthologies of short stories. I think that’s what pulled my out of my reading slump – reading short stories rather than a whole novel!
Sarah and Sophie’s current read-along is A Change is Gonna Come, an anthology of short stories and poems by multiple authors. All of the authors are BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) and all of the short stories or poems are written along the theme of change. For my stop on Sarah and Sophie’s read-along blog tour, I’m specifically going to talk about the story Fortune Favours the Bold by Yasmin Rahman.
Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Collective, a YA fantasy novel by R. S. Williams. I’ve followed the author on Twitter for ages and I’m subscribed to her email newsletter, so I was excited to read her book. It sounded amazing, so I couldn’t turn it down!
Matilda Gregson never knew a world outside hers existed, that is until Harvey comes along and shows her something beyond her imagination. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her dissertation, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.
But everything changes when she meets Jenny, an agent of a secret society, and nothing prepared either of them for the adventure they are about to endure. Under the pressures of surviving, their friendship grows and they find friends in the most unlikely of places, and betrayal just around the corner.
Will they both be able to stop him before he tears Jenny’s society to the ground?
My sister Emily is back today with another children’s book review! To find more reviews written by Emily, have a look through my Index. (I think every single children’s book on the list is reviewed by Emily!) Today review is part of a blog tour for this adorable book called Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival.
Norman had always been normal, perfectly normal…
until the day he grew a pair of wings!
A bold and uplifting book about daring to be different and having the courage to dance to your own tune.
Perfect for soothing even the biggest worries.