More Things to (try to) Binge Watch

Okay one thing about me: I am absolutely terrible at sitting down and watching TV. There are so many shows and movies people have told me to watch, and that I’d like to watch, but I seriously struggle to make myself actually do it. Saying that, there are a couple of bookish viewing options that I have my eye on.

Firstly I have heard quite a bit of buzz about the new Netflix adaptation of The Babysitters Club. I actually managed to watch the first episode and it was really warm and sweet in a ‘I could watch this and enjoy it without having to think too much’ kind of way. It was also really refreshing to see 12 and 13-year-olds in a TV series actually cast using actors that reflect their age. I am going to actually try hard to watch the rest of the season; luckily there aren’t too many episodes and they’re only like 25 minutes each. Totally doable.

I have also heard about something else pretty exciting concerning Netflix: they are making a TV series based on the novel When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon! Coincidentally, this is actually one of the books I’m reading currently. The series was created by Netflix India but should be available on our Netflix by the end of the year. The adaptation is set in India, rather than the US, so keen to see how that plays out.

With so much amazing looking bookish viewing (that was both a rhyme and a tongue twister) available, I solemnly swear to try my very best to make a proper commitment to some Netflix bingeing.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something – but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of – if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

Okay so when I heard this was a cult book I was pretty intrigued. And yeah it definitely lived up to expectations with all the crazy cult references you could imagine. It was so much more than that as well though. It addresses big questions about religion, the world and our purpose in it. I never would have though a book about an insane religious cult would actually make me think about how I see the world in a different way, and how it is kind of important to believe in something, whatever that may be. Minnow’s voice is so well developed, and she comes across as incredibly strong but with all the accompanying flaws that we all have. Yes this is a book about a girl who escaped from a cult but it’s also about a girl finding her way in the world, as we all do. And the fact that is was the author’s debut novel is just mind blowing.

Rating: 9/10

Lazy Rainy Reading

Although my last post commented on how slack I have been, I probably have to revisit that. To be fair I have a bit of an excuse, I’ve spent a lovely few nights away with my partner and while I didn’t get much reading done it was a well deserved break from everything. So now I’m trying to knuckle down a little more and I thought I’d write a quick post just to chat about what I’m reading at the moment.

I currently have three books on the go which is a little crazy, even for me, but I’m actually managing them okay. I just finished After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson which was a survival novel set in the Australian outback and it was so nice reading a genre novel by an Australian author set in my own country. Review coming soon. I’m currently reading We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez which was released a couple of months ago I believe and is about three South American teenagers deciding to go on the dangerous journey to escape their dangerous lives and seek refuge in the US. Lastly I am also reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay which is a collection of essays exploring feminism and diversity and I actually got inspired to read it when it was reference in Rules For Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno, so really looking forward to digging into that.

Thankfully this dreary, rainy weather is a perfect excuse for reading so hope to catch up a bit in the next few days. Hope you all find your excuse to fit in some more reading too!

Dumplin’

Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1)

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mum) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body.

With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked… until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant – along with several other unlikely candidates – to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any girl does.

Apparently it is possible for a book to be really feel-good as well as kind of heartbreaking. Let me explain: Will really resonated with me as I was also a plus-size teenager that struggled with how people saw me and just wanting to feel comfortable in my skin. So seeing Will struggle with self-esteem issues and worry about being in a relationship with someone who is thin felt pretty real to me. There were so many nice aspects to this book as well though. Like the many Dolly Parton references, drag queens and watching a pretty kickass girl get her confidence back. I think Dumplin’ is for anyone who needs that little boost of confidence and it portrays some pretty important points about body issues. It also highlights the importance of having good friends to support you in everything you do.

Rating: 7/10

July YA New Releases

So I’ll admit I’ve been a bit slack with posts recently, I’ve had a 10 day break from work and somehow this worked to make me less productive rather than more so. I’ve tried to keep up with my reading though and also compiled a list of a few July new releases you can add to your TBR list. Personally I’ve already ordered The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune and Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy, I couldn’t resist!