The Insane Bookhaul

So my book buying kinda got out of hand and I filmed this crazy bookhaul… I guess now I’ll just try to go on a book buying ban, because honestly that would be the most reasonable thing to do. Meanwhile, feel free to watch me ramble about all these new books I bought!

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Meeting With Reni Eddo-Lodge!!!

I read Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race a little while ago and I absolutely wanted to talk about it on here, so this is the perfect opportunity. Last week, Reni Eddo-Lodge was in Paris for a talk at my favourite library Shakespeare & Company, so of course I had to go. And trust me, it was worth it. First of all, there was A LOT of people, but luckily I got there super early, so I got to sit on the third row. If you have ever been to Shakespeare and Co, you’ll know that’s there’s not a lot of room inside, but it was completely packed with people everywhere, sitting, standing, and seeing the talk from different screens in the shop.

For an hour, she answered questions about her book and her activism. She even read her original blog post, which inspired the book (and she has a gorgeous British accent, sorry not sorry I had to say it). She talked of course about the questions addressed in the books, the history of Black people in the UK, white priviledge, feminism, and more. I could have stayed listening to her forever, honestly she is such an interesting and inspiring person. If you haven’t read her book yet, I highly recommend it. I just want to reread it now honestly, because though I have spent my time tabbing it, I still feel like I have missed so much… This book is so important. If you’re going to read only one book this year, it should be this one. It’s really well made, and clear, and I just, I don’t have the words, but go read this book.

In the meantime, I also found out that she made a podcast called About Race, which I am definitely going to check out.

After the talk, the bookshop offered us wine, and Reni Eddo-Lodge signed her book! It was so surreal to meet her (and of course I made a complete fool of myself). But I can’t wait to hear more and read more of her!

O.W.L’s Exams Readathon TBR

I found out about this readathon on Literary Wisdom‘s blog and I immediately wanted to give it a try. It’s taking place through the month of April, from the 2nd to the 29th. Basically, it’s a themed readathon with 12 different themes matching the different Hogwarts school subjects and different O.W.L.s that students are taking during their 5th year. If found a book for almost all of the themes, and I will try to read as much as I can, and see how that goes!

Ancient Runes – Read a book with a symbol on the cover

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Zenith Part 1

Arithmacy – Read a book with a number on the cover or in the title

27 Hours by Tristina Wright

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

Astronomy – Read a science – fiction novel

New World: Inferno by Jennifer Wilson

New World Inferno (New World, #3)

Care of Magical Creatures – Read a book that includes magical creatures or features a magical creature on the cover

The Golem and the Djinni by Helen Wecker

The Golem and the Djinni (The Golem and the Djinni #1)

Charms – Read a fantasy novel

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Defence against the dark arts – Book about/featuring secret societies/clubs

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

Divination – Read a book about prophecies

Wonder Woman, vol.5: Flesh by Brian Azzarello

Wonder Woman, Volume 5: Flesh

Herbology – Read a book with a nature related word in the title

Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

History of Magic – Read a Historical Fiction book

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Muggle Studies – Read a muggle non-fiction book

Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates

Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism

Potions – Read a book about/with alchemy

I’m going to skip this one because I couldn’t think of anything ~

Transfiguration – Read a book that deals with transfiguration/ shape shifting/ similar theme or a book with a cat on the cover

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)

Pass Grades:

Outstanding – Sit (and pass) at least 5 O.W.L’s

Exceeds Expections – Sit (and pass) at least 3 O.W.L’s

Acceptable – Sit (and pass) at least 2 O.W.L’s

Fail Grades:

Poor – Sit only one O.W.L

Dreadful – Start but not finish any O.W.L’s

Troll – Don’t show up for your O.W.L’s

I hope I read a few of those, and I will let you know how it went at the end of the month!

February + March Reading Wrap Up

Currently Reading:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
My Perfect Friend by Elena Ferrante
Beloved by Toni Morrison

Books I Read:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★☆
Combray by Marcel Proust ★★★☆☆
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ★★★★★ (review)
The Frozen Woman by Annie Ernaux ★★★★★
All Of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor ★★★★☆ (ARC, RTC)
Cleaned Out by Annie Ernaux ★★★★☆
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon ★★★★★
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass ★★★★☆
Plays by Guillaume Apollinaire ★★★☆☆
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison ★★★★☆
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge ★★★★★
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab ★★★★★
Titus Didn’t Love Berenice by Nathalie Azoulai ★★★☆☆
The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace ★★★★★

Comics:

Huck by Mark Millar ★★★★☆
Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid ★★★★☆
Star Wars vol.3 by Jason Aaron ★★★★☆
Wonder Woman vol.4: War by Brian Azzarello ★★★★☆

3 Quotes 3 Days | Day 3

And here comes the last day of the 3 Quotes 3 Days Tag! I’m a huge lover of quotes, and it was so much fun to do this and share the love. Once again, thank you Lady Bibliotaph for tagging me!

The rules go as follows:

  1. Thank the wonderful human who nominated you
  2. Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers every day

And for the last day, I decided to share my favourite quote from my favourite book. I have it up on my wall, just above my desk. And in case you didn’t know (because I don’t talk about it enough), my favourite book is One Day by David Nicholls.

“You’re gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life, it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle.”

I just love this quote so much ♥

I already tagged people yesterday and the day before yesterday, so I’m not tagging anyone specifically today, but if you want to do this tag, feel free to do so! I’m tagging you! And I hope you have a wonderful day!

3 Quotes 3 Days | Day 2

To be honest, I had already seen bloggers do this tag and I thought this was pretty cool, so I’m glad I was tagged to do it because it gave me the perfect opportunity to do it! Again, thanks to Lady Bibliotaph for tagging me!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the wonderful human who nominated you
  2. Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers every day

For this second day, I have chosen to present you with a quote from Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, because I believe this book is extremely important and want everyone to hear about it. The quote is from the third chapter: What is White Priviledge?

“How can I define white priviledge? It’s so difficult to describe an absence. And white priviledge is an absence of the negative consequences of racism.”

I’m tagging Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles, Drizzle and Hurricane Books, and Ally Dewing

3 Quotes 3 Days | Day 1

I’ve been really slacking on this blog, but I’ve just been tagged for the 3 Quotes 3 Days Tag and it’s the perfect opportunity to make up for that! Thank you Lady Bibliotaph for tagging me!

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the wonderful human who nominated you
  2. Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers every day

My quote today is from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, which I just finished reading!

“He wasn’t evil, wasn’t cruel, wasn’t monstrous. He was just someone who wanted to be something else, something he wasn’t.”

I’m tagging Digital Jen, Romie We Deserve Love and Literary Wisdom