Hello there children! So, it was my birthday a week ago (or thereabouts) and I thought ‘Well, I have some money lying around that I’m not using, so let’s host a giveaway
and draw in lots of new followers’. So yep, birthday/70 followers giveaway! Woo!
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Q:Hello! I need some new books to check out, so top 10 favourite reads so far this year? Thank you!
okay narrowing this down is incredibly hard because there’s at least ~17 that I would say I absolutely loved. But 10 it is. Here are my favourite reads so far:
(I’m totally cheating and counting whole series’ as one though; they’re in no particular order)
- Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. If you haven’t at least considered reading these yet, you’re missing out. The first book is called The Knife of Never Letting Go, and the series is such a unique spin on YA dystopian sci-fi. The messages are so powerful, and you get so attached to the characters, but you don’t really realise any of that until the last book. Chaos Walking will be on my favourites list for a long time. Brilliant characters, and will make you feel all the feels.
[goodreads link to first book]
- Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi. Another YA dystopian sci-fi. This trilogy is all kinds of awesome. Great characters, never boring, lots of action, and the romance is wonderful. I just love these books so much.
[goodreads link to first book]
- The Messenger by Markus Zusak. A stand alone novel bursting with life lessons and basically teaching the protagonist how to be a good person. It follows a young man named Ed who just does pretty much nothing with his life- he has a job, but he isn’t exactly happy. He starts getting these playing cards in the mail with local addresses on them, and he starts doing good deeds. Definitely give this book a chance.
- Anna and the French Kiss (as well as Lola and Isla) by Stephanie Perkins. These books. If you want wonderful contemporaries that are about more than just the romance, have fantastic characters, and are really quick reads that you won’t put down- these are the books for you. Just do it. Read them.
[goodreads link to Anna]
- Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. Honestly, this book was a little bit difficult to get through because of all the themes it deals with, but reading it is absolutely worth it. Just to get to the ending. This is about a young girl named Laurel who is dealing with the death of her sister, and it’s written through letters to famous dead people. There is romance for the main character, but it’s background. It’s more about her making friends, what they get up to, and learning to see her sister for the person she was. It also includes a teen lesbian romance subplot. It’s incredibly realistic and heart-wrenching. The ending though. So worth it.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. If you haven’t heard about this book yet, you must not have been around for long. So here is your introduction to one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This is about two young boys who become friends and grow together, both as individuals and and as, well, more. The beauty of this book is just magnificent. The way it’s written, the characters, the plot, and even the cover. A+ book.
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series, so I can’t say too much about it. But basically it’s my absolute favourite read of the year. I strongly urge all fantasy fans to flock to this series. The first book is good. The second book is great. This third book though? completely blew them both away. The series really comes into it’s fantasy element here, and the character development, the friendships, the plot development, and the writing, were all fantastic. Please, please read this series. If you’re not swept away by the first book, at least give a try to the second book and see how you go from there. I promise it’s worth it.
[goodreads link to first book] [gr link to HoF]
- Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. If you’re looking for an incredibly kick-ass dystopian with highly intelligent characters, a good romance, POC main characters, interesting writing, fast-paced plot and just overall awesome, you should definitely pick up this trilogy. I didn’t realise how attached I was to the characters until the end of the third book. These books sucked me right in and didn’t let go. Utterly fantastic.
[goodreads link to first book]
- Solitaire by Alice Oseman. An interesting YA stand alone, character driven novel. There’s a plot, but it develops very subtly and I appriciated how that all came together. My favourite thing about it was the characters, though. How well fleshed out they are and how very real they all are. It’s bursting with pop culture references, since the main character is a blogger, and seeing fandom in the book was cool. I also really loved how the story and the characters all came together in the end. I just loved it. All around love.
- Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. I have so much love for this book. The way it was written, the well fleshed out characters, the plot, how real it is. The characters are people we’re usually taught to hate, and while Zhang didn’t tell us to love or hate them, she showed us how much more there is to people in general. This book was perfect. Pick it up. Please.
YES, READ CHAOS WALKING AND MARKUS ZUSAK’S BOOKS. The others are awesome too!
Featured Artist #21: Rubis Firenos
Rubis is a French artist who uses several techniques to create beautiful pictures of fantastic creatures. In addition to watercolor and ink, she also developed a technique called O-Ka-Fee based on painting with coffee.
I Am a Bride
A short comic inspired by Finnish werewolf folklore in which it is many times the wedding couple and/or the entire wedding party that is bewitched to turn into wolves by a resentful guest or family member.
Inspired of course by by Joanna Russ. And not set off by anything in particular, just an aggregate of comments and a good friend being treated terribly for posting some of her fiction for free online.She tweets and tumblrs so she must…
A version for tumblr that can be read without opening a new tab, since plenty of people would scroll past this story otherwise.
The bravest woman on Earth.
I love her. Forever reblog.
september 22 is world rhino day, meant to raise awareness about the struggle faced by all five species of rhino, help curtail the supply of rhino horns, and highlight efforts to ensure the animal’s continued survival.
one such effort involves a four man anti poaching team tasked with guarding the ol pejeta conservancy’s four remaining northern white rhinos. with only eight left, it is the world’s most endangered species. located in the laikipia district of kenya, ol pejeta conservancy is also the largest sanctuary for the black rhino.
the rise in asia’s middle class has meant that demand for rhino horn has soared, with prices on the black market exceeding that of gold and cocaine. with an increase in poaching in ol pejeta, the anti poaching team now provides twenty four hour armed protection for the rhinos, and has developed a close relationship with the animals.
poachers will track rhinos from helicopters, darting them from above and then hacking off the horn and part of the face with a chainsaw. the animals are often left to suffer and die. the rhinos seen here were found wandering in unimaginable pain, but remarkably survived thanks to timely veterinary supervision.
to protect the rhinos and deter poachers, veterinarians will remove much of the animal’s horn (as seen in the second last photo). the rhinos are anesthetized, and suffer no trauma. the horn is not like an elephant’s tusk, and will grow back in a few years.
Please boost this signal
These animals are dying out for the greed of human beings. The more who see this, the more will think about animal poaching