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
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
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.