November was a jam packed month and I can’t believe that we only have one month left of this year. It’s slightly crazy because this month feels like a complete blur. I ended up reading a lot this month and seeing a bunch of theatre shows so it’s kinda long blog post today, which is unusual for my recent wrap ups.
This is quite late in going up but I had the privilege of being invited to the launch of Pernia pop up in London on the 9th of November. Sadly I couldn’t go but I had a friend go in my place to check the new shop out.
October was a weird month. It feels like I got nothing done but that’s just because final year of university is truly killing me slowly. I did manage to read some books and watch one film so let’s talk about those.
It’s been a while since I uploaded a Bollywood related post but today, I’m back at you with an interview with Shonali Bose, in relation to her latest release, The Sky is Pink which is officially out tomorrow. Sadly, I couldn’t make it down to London for the British film premiere so I didn’t get to interview, but my friend Kopal Gupta was more than happy to go in my place so I could have an interview with her up on my blog.
Shonali Bose is an Indian film director who has directed many heart wrenching stories. The Sky is Pink is her third directorial venture after Amu and Margarita with a Straw. The Sky is Pink is based on the true story of a young girl who was diagnosed with a pulmonary fibrosis and it tells the story of her parents and how much they fought for her to survive. It is bound to be another wonderful story (Kopal watched it and said it was fantastic) and it’s the first Bollywood movie in ages that I cannot wait for. I’m so happy to have gotten the chance to ask Shonali some questions about the film and her life as a director.
I can’t believe we are in the final quarter of the year. How has this happened? The third quarter was my less successful quarter so far this year in terms of reading but I’m fine with that. I still read 37 books in these 3 months over a range of genres and ratings so let’s see the stats break down for this quarter.
This month was really interesting. It was a very busy month with work and moving back to uni and I’ve been in a reading slump for most of the month though I did still manage to read a fair amount of books, just not quite as much as previous months. It was also a mixed bag with reviews so it’s an intriguing wrap up this month.
In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.
When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.
At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Rating: 4 stars
Buy the Book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository
Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.
Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.
By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”
But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”
Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?
Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one house between them lives their eccentric neighbor Miss Flora Mae, the famed local advice columnist behind “Miss Flora Mae I?”
Dividing her time between two homes is not easy. And it doesn’t help that at school, Sweet Pea is now sitting right next to her ex–best friend, Kiera, a daily reminder of the friendship that once was. Things might be unbearable if Sweet Pea didn’t have Oscar—her new best friend—and her fifteen-pound cat, Cheese.
Then one day Flora leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward her the letters for the column. And Sweet Pea happens to recognize the handwriting on one of the envelopes.
What she decides to do with that letter sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of Sweet Pea DiMarco, her family, and many of the readers of “Miss Flora Mae I?”