GIVEAWAY (INT) & October Wrap Up

October was a bit of an iffy month as far
as reading was concerned, for me, but I did manage to read six books, so this is my October
Wrap Up. Let’s do this! First up this month, I read Yeonmi Park’s
In Order To Live. I got this after going to the Vlogger’s Event at Penguin for the release
for it, and I absolutely, absolutely loved it. It’s basically about this young woman, obviously,
obviously named Yeonmi Park, and it’s about her escape from North Korea and her life since
she has left there. It’s incredibly emotional, but I absolutely
love it. I’ve actually done a full review video of
this, which you can watch here, and I really cannot recommend this book enough. Next up this month, I also read F*ck This
Journal by Dale Shaw. I’m not going to lie, I gave this half a star
and that was being generous. I just do not see the point to this book. It is basically the antithesis of Wreck This
Journal and those creative journal books, and I hated it so, so much. It’s basically just taking the piss out of
them all, so like for example this one: ‘Free Page: Fill up this page with anything
you fancy…’ and then of course the entire page is filled up. That’s what the entire book is like and it
just comes across…like, I get it’s meant to be satirical and funny, but it’s honestly
just not funny, and I just really don’t see the point in this book whatsoever. It’s just… It’s just… …eurgh…! Next up I read the first volume of Kill Shakespeare
by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. I was actually really disappointed in this
book. I gave it only three out of five stars. The storyline was just…it wasn’t that great. I did think the colouring was really great.
I don’t know how well you can see it, but it’s really vibrant and I really loved that
part of it, and also, just from a Shakespeare nerds point of view, I really loved the little
quotes in there that were obviously from his works, and just the use of language that referenced
certain parts of his works, I really liked that side of it, but the story itself was
kind of iffy. I didn’t really like the drawing style. I
don’t really like graphic novels that have that really, kind of, thick outline on characters.
There’s just a lot of black, a lot of black, and I kind of felt like it just detracted
from what could’ve been really beautiful artwork, and I just felt it was too much. Also, I really didn’t like how they presented
women in this book. I think maybe 95% of the women in this graphic novel are big-breasted
and very revealing. I don’t mind it in moderation, that’s absolutely
fine, a woman celebrating her own body, that’s fine, but this was just too far, like every
page, every time you saw a female character she was overflowing out her dress, it was
ridiculous. Keeping in the Shakespeare theme, I re-read
Hamlet this month. I tend to re-read this, not gonna lie, every year, at least once a
year. It’s my favourite Shakespeare play, I don’t know how many times I’ve read it at
this point, I absolutely love it. My favourite thing about re-reading this play,
or seeing it again on stage, is that every time I see it or read it I see a different
side of the character that I hadn’t seen before, and I love that. This play is just so brilliant,
every time I read it, it’s just totally different to the previous time. I love it. I love this
play so much, seriously, it’s amazing! I LOVE IT! Going from one Shakespeare that I’ve read,
you know, 10+ times to a Shakespeare that I had never read before, and that was The
Winter’s Tale. I’m going to see it in a couple of weeks (so
excited!) and I wanted to read it before I saw it so I did and I really, really enjoyed
it. I gave it four stars, and I just thought it
was a really clever play. It was unlike any other Shakespeare play I’ve read before so
I really, really liked it, and I’m going to see it in a couple of weeks so I’m looking
forward to that! Finally this month, I read A Modest Proposal
by Jonathan Swift. I got this from Penguin when I went to the Yeonmi Park event. This was really cool. It’s basically a political
satire on the famine in Ireland and talking about the way people were forced to live under
the government and it’s very critical of the English government and everything. It was really interesting, and it was actually
really appropriately timed, because I’m pretty critical of the current government in England
and a lot of the stuff that I read in this, I thought ‘wow this is really appropriate’
cause a lot of people are going through…I mean obviously not quite to the extreme that
the famine in Ireland caused, but there’s a lot of stuff in this that I just thought,
‘wow this is so politically appropriate right now.’ Yeh it was a really interesting read…yeh! I haven’t finished, but I’m also currently
reading #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. I got this again from the Penguin event. I’m loving
it, i’m not gonna lie. I’m only about fifty pages in, but I absolutely, absolutely love
it. It’s one of those kind of empowering books, and whenever I finish reading a little bit,
I’m always like ‘Wow, I want to go take on the world’. It’s absolutely awesome, and I
cannot wait to read the rest of it! So that is it for my October Wrap Up! Also, this month I actually hit 400 subscribers
on my channel, and to thank you all for that, because I’m just overwhelmed that anyone wants
to watch me talking about books, let alone 400 of you, I am running a small giveaway. It’s open internationally, but you have to
obviously live in a country where The Book Depository will ship to, and you have to be subscribed
to my channel, because obviously this for my subscribers, but if you’re watching this,
hopefully you are. If you’re not, there’s a button down there! So the prize is any book of you choice, up
to £10, on The Book Depository. Good luck, and yeh, thank you so much for
subscribing, like honestly, I’m really like, ‘yay, thank you guys!’ That is it for me today. I will see you again
soon, but until then, bye!

21 thoughts on “GIVEAWAY (INT) & October Wrap Up

  1. Congrats on all your subscribers!! I agree with you on the thick outline in comics. I usually don't like it unless the comic is very cartoony.

  2. I'd really like to read Shakespeare's plays, but I'm just not sure I'd understand the language. I'd dislike sitting with a dictionary deciphering every word, so would you say they're understandable enough to read without actively researching?

  3. i just finished in order to live and then watched the one young summit speech she gave and was in floods of tears such a powerful story. Thank you so much for the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Congrats on 400 subscribers!! <3 I am new to your channel, and I have to say I love your filming background! ๐Ÿ˜€

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