oh comics, how i love thee so

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Attention all. The worst thing imaginable has happened to me: I’ve become obsessed. Obsessed with pretty drawings and comic books, that’s what. It’s terrible – as I’m sure you can imagine.

The desire to devour these bitesize graphic novels has overwhelmed me in the past few weeks. I guess I have my boyfriend to thank for that (love you). It started at his house over Christmas when I picked up issue #1 of Sex Criminals. Fast forward to the Easter hols, I’m back again, and this time I read through issues #2 and #3 and then get myself onto Amazon quicker than you can say “climaxing bank robbers”.

Things spiral from there. I now own eight comic book volumes and I couldn’t be happier.

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non-fiction and me

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This is not a drill. Who’d have thought it? I’ve fallen in love with the gorgeous, non-fiction sitting on my shelves. Okay, let’s be honest – I’ve fallen in love with the world of feminist literature and after reading Laura Jane Williams, Laura Bates etc. I am not looking back.

So on the incredibly warm Thursday evening that it is as I write this, I thought I’d talk about some of my recent faves, some of the ones I’m looking to get to next and just why I’m so enamoured.

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to read diversely

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I can’t believe we’re still having this conversation but apparently some people will never learn. Doesn’t it pain you to see white straight people at it again, complaining when we make things not about them for once in their privileged lives. “I don’t see skin colour,” they cry, “Who cares if a character is gay or not?” they pout. You know who does care? You know who does see it? The people represented by it.

Dear those who think diversity is wrong: take a look at how angered you are when you don’t see white characters in books. Now multiply that by a thousand, act like you never see yourself represented in media, pretend that when you do it’s usually littered with harmful stereotypes, and then stop. Because that is a reality for people who are not white, who are not straight, who are not able bodied. That is what they face every single day and for you to talk as if diverse literature is a bad thing is disgusting. Utterly disgusting.

So, because I stand for diversity and am sick of the incessant white guy whining, here’s a list of some diverse books I’ve loved with a few I haven’t read yet (but know I will love too) sprinkled in. Continue reading “to read diversely”

goodbye august // monthly wrap up

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In last month’s wrap up, I said I was terrified for August because it meant only seven weeks left until I moved back to uni. Well, now it’s September. I move back on the 23rd. Um, what?! Let’s not think about that for now though, let’s reminisce on all the super cool things I’ve been up to this month: from Cursed Child to interviewing my first famous faces.

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