It’s been a minute since I posted anything here, so hi, people! Hope you all are doing good and well! My hiatus still isn’t over (in fact, I think it’ll be going on for much longer than I’d originally planned) so I’m just posting an update regarding stuff I’d read while I was missing in action.
Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
My brain kinda went ‘I’m reading low stakes fluffy contemporary romances’ so this was the first book I picked up…and I’m so glad! This book is so GOOD, and Zayneb and Adam are relatable protagonists through and through, and I loved the way they become friends and fall in love.
The story takes place in Doha, Qatar – where Zayneb goes after she was suspended from school for standing up up an islamophobic teacher. She was so fierce, opiniative and determined I couldn’t help falling in love with her. Adam was soft-spoken, kind, but quietly brave in his own way. Just…I loved the whole thing. Just read this book, I’m pretty sure you’ll love this as well.
My rating: ★★★★★ (five stars!)
This had me smiling ridiculously all the way to Volume 4. Like seriously, how could a comic be so adorable and interesting and sweet? I loved the progression of Nick and Charlie’s relationship, the casual queerness of it all, and the friend gang! As a side note, I also loved how it discussed mental health and eating disorders – and also, the inclusion of trigger warnings, they helped me quite a bit. Alice Oseman has now become one of my favourite authors, I’m looking forward to reading more of their books!
Volume 1 : ★★★★☆
Volume 2 : ★★★★☆
Volume 3 : ★★★★★
Volume 4 : ★★★★★
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Somewhere down the line my resolution to read only low stakes stories disappeared and I ended up reading one of the most hyped up books of the year – the hype is so deserved. The plot was gripping and the twists were horrifying and unpredictable. I loved the two main characters, Chiamaka and Devon, and their journey as they reluctantly team up to solve the mystery.
My only problem with Ace of Spades was that I felt the ending wrapped up far too quickly for my taste. The themes of poverty, homophobia and institutionalised racism weren’t subtle at all, but somehow, I loved that about the book? If it was more subtle I think I’d would have lessened the impact this book has. My rating: ★★★★☆ (four stars)
I watched the Loki show with my siblings and I am…underwhelmed. The show was good, funny, and messily creative, and it’s probably because I was in a bad mood while I watched it, but half the time I wanted to punch the characters in the face. And I’m wondering just how the MCU plans on resolving all the chaos that happened. I need season two as soon as humanely possible because what the heck was that cliffhanger?
I also hope that season two is the last season, because I hate it when shows get dragged out. (I’m still waiting for The Dragon Prince season four).
🔸 I got the first dose of the COVID vaccine! That was the only time I stepped out of the house for all this time.
🔸 School has come to a standstill since the teachers’ strike (on one hand, I’m more than nervous about facing my A/L’s after writing only one term test for three years. On the other hand, both my parents are teachers and the strike is more than justified, so…)
🔸 Schools shutting down mean my A/L’s got postponed again, to November, and it’s obvious they’ll postpone it to at least December.
🔸 A lot of my family friends and relatives got infected with COVID in the past two months, which was scary, not gonna lie.
Okay, that plunged into a while lot of negativity. I’m hopeful that school will start soon, because I haven’t interacted with anyone who isn’t family in ages (I suck at being in touch with people, seriously) and I’d be motivated to study more, because I haven’t felt this aimless in forever.
Phew, I’d almost forgotten how to write a blog post! I’d be back around January/February, so in the meantime, hope you all stay safe!