PEOPLE LIKE US BY DANA MELE | Spoiler Free Review

35356380Title: People Like us
Author: Dana Mele
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller and LGBT
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (Penguin Imprint)
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Upon beginning People Like Us, I would’ve described it as combination of Gossip Girl meets Netflix’s Thirteen Reasons Why. All the while, still remaining unique in it’s own way. However, the latter half of this book took a sluggish turn that severely hampered my enjoyment of this novel.

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PREDICTING FUTURE CLASSICS ❊ T5W

Before I sat down to write this list, I was slightly petrified in doing so. That is, because I don’t make an effort to read a lot of meaningful literary fiction books or anything. I had this preconceived notion that science fiction, fantasy or young adult  (the genres I predominantly read) couldn’t be considered ‘classics.’

That’s probably because I’m not well versed in the genre. When I think of classical literature I think of Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby and 1984. All books I’ve never read. Or books apart of school curriculums, such as How To Kill a Mockingbird or Shakespeare plays. Books that personally never got me excited about reading.

However in doing some research in preparation for this list, my perception has really changed. Young adult can of course be considered classics! Books like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter are essentially dubbed as “modern classics.” What perhaps grants a book ‘classic’ status, has nothing to do with its genre. But perhaps everything to do with the theme(s) present with in them and how well the author explores those themes. Are they themes that can potentially stand the test of time?…
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SEXPIONAGE, VIRTUAL REALITY & SUPERHEROES | Movie Reviews II

Hello Internet! Today I’m writing about the movies I saw during the months of March and April, which at a glance, involved Sexpionage, Virtual Reality and Superheroes. If you remember the big releases around this time, you should be guessing the movies that correspond with those key words. (Hint: one of them joined the *two* billion dollar club.) Also, in the month that hosted International Women’s Day, I coincidentally saw a lot of movies with searing female leads. Overall, March and April were not disappointing months for movies!

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A THANK YOU| Harry Potter Challenge Week - Day Six (Final Challenge!)

The last challenge… a thank you! I couldn’t see myself doing this, cause even the idea feels sappy. But I thought it wasn’t half a bad idea to ‘close’ off this challenge so to speak. (And perhaps challenging myself a little by doing something outside my comfort zone!)

This challenge is about writing a thank you to someone, be it J.K. Rowling, the characters of the Harry Potter world or anyone else. Essentially, we’re telling the world what this series, characters and world means to us!

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MY FAVOURITE HARRY POTTER QUOTES | Harry Potter Challenge Week - Day Five

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” — J.K. Rowling

Welcome to the fifth day of the Harry Potter challenge week. This day was allocated as ‘the wildcard’, meaning bloggers were allowed to create their own topic for this challenge. As the title says, below I’ll be recounting (some of) my favourite quotes from the series – and I’ll make sure not to leave out which character said what and from which book/movie.

Beware; a lot of these are sappy, inspirational quotes or quotes about friendship and love. I’ve put a few humorous ones in the mix too – but the sappy quotes are the ones I gravitate towards too!

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TOP SEVEN FAVOURITE HARRY POTTER CHARACTERS | Harry Potter Challenge Week - Day Three

My favourite characters are kind of an ever changing list. I think I have some hardcore favourites that never leave this list (ahem Luna.) But this franchise is obviously home to many great characters, it’s kind of hard not to have them on rotation! This topic needs very little of an explanation, so let’s get too it!

 

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RANK THE HARRY POTTER MOVIES | Harry Potter Challenge Week - Day Two

The second challenge for day two of the Harry Potterversary week is pretty self explanatory! In my announcement post I said I’d rank both the movies and the books but it turns out it’s been too long since I read the books… they’ve all meshed together in my head a bit. It feels unfair to rank them because I don’t remember much and have only read them through once each.

The movies however… I’ve seen so many times. So it was almost easy. I say almost because I feel as though this list changes seasonally. I pretty much made my list based on which movie I’d rather watch first before the others. My choices aren’t based on what is critically better than the other. Rather, this list is primarily based on feeling! For obvious reasons: watch out for spoilers for the movies below!

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THE HARRY POTTER TAG | Harry Potter Challenge Week - Day One

AND SO IT BEGINS!

The first official blog post that kicks of my week of Harry Potter related posts is The Hogwarts tag! Creator of the tag is not currently known at this point. This tag is supposed to illustrate a sliver of what my life would possibly be like at Hogwarts.

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HAPPY POTTERVERSARY

Through my blogger friend Caroline (at Fictionologyst) I discovered a Harry Potter related challenge created by Weird Zeal! As always, I’m late to the party. Later than most with this one because the week long challenge has already begun. (On June 20th to be exact.)

However, I thought this was such a fun idea, so I thought I’d spread the word. And this blog has rarely mentioned Harry Potter – aside from a T5W post about my favourite fandom items. You’d honestly think I’d never read or watched the series. But of course like most of the global population, I’m a fan.

So on the 21st anniversary of the publication of the Harry Potter books, I’m going to begin the challenges  (as outlined in Weird Zeal’s blog post.) for every day beginning June 26th. I’ve outlined the challenges below and what you’ll expect on the blog this week!

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SALT TO THE SEA BY RUTA SEPETYS | Spoiler Free Review

25614492Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, War
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

“What had human beings become? Did war make us evil or just activate an evil already lurking within us?”

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