at the moment

At the Moment #6

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Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope you’re having a lovely 2019 so far. I know we’re only two weeks into the new year, but I’ve already fallen in love with some wonderful stories and I’m so excited to talk to you guys about them.

…I’m reading: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

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I’m reading A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I don’t usually connect that deeply with YA contemporaries, but I’ve found myself relating to this one in ways I wasn’t expecting. Shirin, a Muslim girl in post 9/11 America faces discrimination and injustices that I never did growing up in Norway, but I still see so much of my teenage self in her and I think anyone who’s ever felt like they’ve been defined by one thing and resented it, who’s let the hurt of it turn their hearts angry and mistrustful will not just see themselves in Shirin, but find comfort in her story.

…I’m watching: Derry Girls

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Erin: “Look, I wanted to be an individual but my ma wouldn’t let me.”
Clare: “I am not being individual on my own!”

Set in 1990’s Northern Ireland in the midst of the troubles Derry Girls follows four catholic school girls and one of the girls’ English cousin, who can’t attend the boy’s school cause they’re worried he’ll get beaten up too much. The gang’s always coming up with schemes, which unravel in unexpected and ridiculous ways. Leaving the girls to explain why they started a fire in a chip shop or convince the deeply unimpressed headmistress that they definitely didn’t kill a nun. The humor’s sharp, silly and quick-witted – I haven’t heard this many iconic one-liners since Mean Girls! (Just check out no context derry girls if you don’t believe me)

…I’m listening to: Again by Kehlani

Kehlani’s voice is milk and honey for the soul. This song’s so beautiful and mellow I could listen to it all day.

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Have you watched Derry Girls yet? What have you been reading, watching and listening to lately? I love getting your recommendations! 
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27 thoughts on “At the Moment #6

  1. Can’t wait to hear what you think when you finish A Very Large Expanse of the Sea! I’ve heard so many people say good things about it but I’ve been hesitant to pick it up because I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Shatter Me series.

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    1. I haven’t heard of Travelers, I’ll have to check it out! Derry Girls is a super quick one to binge, the whole season’s like 3 hours long. A Very Large Expanse of Sea is completely unlike anything else I’ve read my her, so I wouldn’t let that be the reason you put if off 😊 It’s a wonderful book, I hope you enjoy it if you do pick it up!

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  2. I haven’t read, watched or listened to any of these, but they’re amazing recommendations! Kehlani’s voice is so addicting! I’m reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and listening to The Milk Carton Kids!

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    1. I’m in love with her voice. I’ve been meaning to read The Silmarillion for years, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it! I’ve never heard of The Milk Carton Kids before, but I’ve just put on Michigan. It’s lovely!

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      1. Oh my goodness how could I get the title wrong! I’m reading Unfinished Tales, and hopefully after this, The Silmarillion. I think I’ve been stalling way too long to read these books that I get muddled whenever thinking about them!

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