Happy Galentines day! What’s Galentines day you ask
Galentines day is a fictional holiday from Parks and Recreation and it is one of the bestest holidays. It’s all about ladies celebrating ladies. In honor of this wonderful holiday I wanted to share some of my favorite books that feature strong female friendships. Sadly there are not many books that have well done female friendships all too often the friendship is pushed to the side in favor of romance. Female friendship and just friendship in general is so important. Platonic relationships can definitely be just as important as romantic ones, despite what popular media tends to convey. I would love to see more books where the romance takes a step back in favor of friendship, or better yet no romance at all.
The mean girl trope does at least seem to be going away, and there are more and more books coming out with good female friendships. However I still think we can do better, I could only think of two books that had a female friendship at the forefront of the story. When there is female friendship it often falls flat, the best friend is usually a one dimension character, who the main character forgets about when they start dating.
The Wrath and the Dawn, has a great female dynamic between Shazi and Despina but at its core it’s a romance. A good romance sure however, I want to make a list of books about female friendships, not books featuring it as a substory. I have been searching the internet for thirty minutes and I can only find a small list of YA books that fit what I’m looking for.
YA comics seem to be doing a little better I’ve only read a few of them and found three that feature it: Squirrel Girl, Paper Girls, and Ms Marvel. I strongly recommend them all. And if your interested in reading comics but aren’t sure where to start there each a good introduction.
The only two YA books I’ve read that are about female friendship are Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and Truthwitch by Susan Denard. I was delighted to find that Warbringer is about two wonderful female protagonists whose relationship is at the center of the story. And there’s practically no romance! I know I’ve already mentioned Truthwitch a few times but I can’t seem to stop thinking about it. The dynamic between Safi and Isult in Truthwitch is one of my favorite things ever, it’s at the heart of the story. Their friendship might even be the thing that ends up saving the world.
Lucky for me the next Witchlanders novel, Sightwitch comes out today! It’s partly what inspired this post, I will be spending the day reading it. I also intend to look for some friendship focused books while I’m getting it at the bookstore. So definitely leave me some recommendations in the comments. And let me know your thoughts on female friendships in young adult lit. I’m thinking about also buying Moxie I have great things about it and it would definitely be a good book ti read on Galentines day.
There’s certain elements I love finding in books and specifically look for because I know it means I’m highly likely to enjoy books that feature them. These are the things that make me instantly want to read a book and sometimes there enough for me to literally drop everything and read that book. I’ve also included a list of my favorite books that include these things I highly recommend all of them. You can click each title to go to my review.
Fairy and folktales
As I’ve mentioned many times I love fairytales and retelling but what I love just as much, maybe even more, is reading an original fairytale. I don’t often find a book like this it doesn’t have to be specifically trying to be a fairytale it just has to feel like one. To be what makes a book feel like a fairytale is beautiful prose, a touch of magic and of course a brave hero.
I love magic of any kind in books I love when a magic system is well thought out and complex but I also enjoy it when the magic isn’t explained. For the longest time I didn’t know what magical realism was. I have come to understand that it’s unexplained magical elements rooted in the real world.
Royal mayhem/political intrigue
I will never get tired of reading and watching things about royalty it always makes for compelling drama. Even though I avoid talking about real life politics at all costs (but still am aware of what’s happening) I love reading about fiction political systems.
Any book that celebrates being a nerd is one I want to read it always gives me a reason to relate to the characters and that alone helps to grab me from the beginning. These books tend to be really funny they usually have lots of banter and references.
A lot of the books on this list actually feature friendship it’s always something I enjoy reading but I have found that few books do it well. Usually the friendship doesn’t seem very meaningful to me there often flat your told what that they have a great friendship but it’s not apparent. In Truthwitch the two best friends are separated half the book yet it’s the best friendship I’ve ever read, time is taken to properly establish the relationship.
Fall is my favorite time of year sadly it didn’t start to feel like fall where I live until recently and I am so glad that it’s growing colder outside I am ready to wear cute fall clothes. With the cooler weather and Halloween quickly approaching I have been in the mood for what I consider fall reads. During the colder months of the year I tend to want to read things that are magical, a bit unsettling, and have a touch of whimsy. I rounded up a few books that I feel would be perfect to read during fall especially around or during Halloween.
I don’t usually get that exited for Halloween but this year I am exited for it partly because my family recently moved to a neighborhood that’s big on Halloween so I think it will be a lot of fun this year. My plans are to give out candy and watch The Nightmare Before Christmas and of course reading a spooky book.
The Night Circus
I finally read this and I loved it I wasn’t sure if I would but I was so satisfied with it it’s quite different, and I think it’s best to go into it with low expectations and not knowing what to expect. I read it on a dreary rainy night and it was the perfect weather for this magical book.
Anna Dressed in Blood
This wasn’t my favorite book but I wanted to include something spooky, well it’s more unsettling then scary, if you like ghost stories and want something more on the scary side then definitely check this one out.
The Walls Around Us
It is hard to describe this book especially since it’s been a while since I read it I don’t remember it well I know it was surprising and quite unique. It’s a very mysterious and peculiar tale and those are the sort of books that I gravitate towards during the fall.
Girl on a Wire
This one is not at all spooky in fact it’s a rather light and adorable read but the circus setting and the magical elements would make it a fitting book to read around Halloween.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
I don’t think any list of Halloween recommendations would be complete without a vampire book the vampires are so cool and the whole book is action packed and the ending is awesome.
What will you be reading this Halloween? Have you read any of these books? What did you think off them?
Last week was national library week this was supposed to go up then but I decided to not post anything on Easter weekend on holiday weekends I would rather focus on spending time with my family and not be thinking about having to edit a post or reply to comments. Anyway… as a late celebration I’m sharing a list of five of the most spectacular library’s from around the world. There’s hundreds of lists like this and I never get tired of reading them but in an effort to make things more interesting for you I’ve included 3-5 hopefully interesting facts about each one. I spent hours reading about each library and it was really fun since I am obviously a massive nerd and staying up late researching library’s with my cat is my idea of a perfect evening.
- The Old Library is one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions, and holds thousands of rare, and in many cases very early, volumes.
- In the 18th century, the college received the Brian Boru harp, one of the three surviving medieval Gaelic harps, and a national symbol of Ireland, which is now housed in the Library.
- The Library began with the founding of Trinity College in 1592. In 1661, Henry Jones presented it with the Book of Kells, its most famous manuscript.
- The 65-metre-long (213 ft) main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, was built between 1712 and 1732 and houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books.
- Initially The Long Room had a flat ceiling, shelving for books only on the lower level, and an open gallery. By the 1850s the room had to be expanded as the shelves were filled due to the fact that the Library had been given permission to obtain a free copy of every book that had been published in Ireland and Britain. In 1860, The Long Room’s roof was raised to accommodate an upper gallery.
- The Library of Congress is more than two centuries old and was established by an 1800 act of Congress. It is the oldest cultural institution in the entire country.
- The Library of Congress is the largest library in the United States. It features 883 miles of shelving, houses 155 million items total, and holds 33 million books that are written in 460 different languages.
- The library holds the largest collection of maps in the world.
- The library also holds the world’s largest collection of comic books, with more than 100,000 issues within its walls. Its oldest comic dates back to 1936. Along with these comics, the library also houses the largest collection of newspapers in the country.
- Since 2006, the Library of Congress has been collecting every single public tweet ever made on Twitter and archiving them digitally. More than 50 million tweets are collected every day.
- Renowned for its striking architectural interior, the Peabody Stack Room contains five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, which rise dramatically to the skylight 61 feet above the floor.
- Reflecting the scholarly interests of the nineteenth century, the library consists of a general reference collection on virtually every subject but music.
- The library contains more than 300,000 titles most of which date from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.
- This is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford
- Named after Humphrey of Lancaster—the 1st Duke of Gloucester and the son of King Henry IV of England thw Library was built between 1450 and 1480.As a lover of literature, Duke Humfrey amassed a large, multilingual collection of books throughout his life. When he died in 1447, he donated them to Oxford University, and the reading room was specially built to contain them.
- Originally, the reading room possessed 281 of the duke’s manuscripts, but, today, it only has 3. The shelves are now filled with extremely rare books, including “manuscripts of the gospels of the Bible from the 3rd century, a Shakespeare First Folio and a copy of the Gutenberg Bible (one of 42 left in the world).
- And finaly the coolest fact of all the library scences in the Harry Potter movies where fimed here
- The facade is 220 meters long. The whole complex covers 37,790 m² with about 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, and 156 stairways
- The library contains over 36,000 leather-bound volumes, attesting of the extent of western knowledge from the 14th to the 19th century. Among them, are many valuable bibliographical jewels, such as incunabula (books printed before the year 1500).
- The library has bats they keep up during the day and let out it night to keep the books from being destroyed by insects.
All of these are simply stunning normally I would talk about why I like each one but in this case I think they speak for themselves, There’s honestly so so many other amazing library’s but this is already long so I’ll stop here but maybe I’ll do a part two one day for now I want to know what you think of these library’s. Do you agree that there spectacular? Is there any amazing library’s you love that aren’t on my list?
Today’s post has been in my drafts forever and it’s about some of my favorite female characters. It’s a long list I managed to narrow it down to six but their really just the first characters who came to mind, there’s so many others who I love just as much. Three of them are from books and the other three are from TV shows I didn’t even get to movie characters.
I know I mention Six of Crows all the time but it’s my favorite book and I feel like I’ll never run out of things to say about it. Inej is amazing I loved all of her chapters, I loved reading about her acrobatic skills she has some of best scenes and the most emotional. Out of all the characters she’s probably the the most moral she does what she has to do to survive but she doesn’t loose her sense of right and wrong.
I immediately loved Eadlyn I liked her so much that I was surprised when I came online and saw how many people don’t like her. She is a spoiled brat but she’s also someone who was constantly making me laugh and I completely understood the things she did that others hate her for. Eadlyn is complex she’s a amazing character who is very obviously flawed and different then the usual YA protagonist that’s what makes her so compelling,
I love Shahrazad, she’s fierce and understandable my conflicted feelings throughout the book mirrored her’s. What I liked most about her is how she used words to win her battles she could fight but it wasn’t her defining ability, it wasn’t what made her strong. I also loved that she wasn’t indecisive about the love triangle by the end she knew who she loved.
Leslie Knope is the kind of person I want as our first female president, a woman who supports other women, someone who is caring, ambitions and gets things done. Leslie Knope is amazing you should definitely watch Parks and Recreationi if you haven’t already.
Agent Peggy Carter
Peggy Carter is great so was her show it had everything I loved in a show, it was a historical drama, it had a strong female lead, and it passed the bachdel test sure it had its flaws but it was good. It didn’t deserve to be canceled especially not after a cliffhanger.
Donna might be my favorite Doctor Who Companion and therefore she has the saddest ending, because my favorite characters can’t have nice things. Donna is so very special way more then she ever knew and I both love and hate that storyline, even though she’s only in one season she has some of the best episodes.Who are your favorite female characters? Are any of them on my list?