I have not written a book review in a such a long time that it almost feels alien to me. In advance I apologise that the following review may be all over the place and make no logical sense. The reading slump I have been in was so bad that I didn’t finish a single book in October until the 7th. There we so many good books in front of me but I could focus and enjoy any of them. For that reason I have also run short of blog posts but very quickly I have managed to write a few poems! Now the reading momentum has kicked in again, I think the motivation to write again will too.
We are liars.
We are beautiful and privileged.
We are cracked and broken.
A tale of love and romance.
A tale of tragedy.
Which are lies?
Which are truth?
We Were Liars is an astonishing book full of very deep themes and dark metaphors. It completely surprised me, for when I saw reviews on bookstagram I very much expected it to be a soppy romance. I suppose that was an element, but the incredible writing overshadowed it. My favourite quote from the novel is “Silence is a protective coating over pain”. I am quite a silent person and I notice that a main reason for my silence is because so much goes on inside my brain. Sometimes this chronic overthinking becomes so painful that we can’t handle it anymore.
The family drama in this book made it stand out from the normal YA contemporary. Through the perspective of Cady we can see what a large effect strong family bonds can have on people. In this book it was hugely negative. Relationships were broken and never mended, abused and never apologised for.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
I have deducted one star because I think the plot too quickly jumps to the dilemma. There is no time to feel attached to the characters before disaster strikes. The character’s problems in this book are incredibly serious but I could not cry at any point because I had no time to resonate with them. On Goodreads I have rated it a 4 star but really it was only 3.5. I think that this book was amazing but something about it did not make me feel that emotional!
An amazing feature of this book was the short stories Cady wrote. They cleverly reflected what was going on in her life but retold as a fairytale (although they weren’t that magical). A quote I can clearly remember is this: “If you want to live in a world where people are not afraid of mice, then you must give up living in palaces”. Obviously this demands context but I would not like to spoil it for you! As the book is only 225 pages long, it wouldn’t be a burden to go and read it for yourself. I 100% recommend you read it, even though it wasn’t 5/5 stars for me!
Have a great day,
The silky softeners of her fur against the back of my hand;
Rich feathers swimming through my fingers.
Her purrs so deep that they vibrate through my body,
From the split ends of my hair to the tips of my toes.
To appreciate the stillness of sitting requires patience.
A patience that the world lacks,
Because it moves too fast for the purring of a cat.
And the way fingers stroke her back.
It is finally the time of year to drink pumpkin spice lattes, burn lots of candles (sorry, polar bears) and put your jumpers on. October is one of my favourite months because I have finally got into the regular school routine and all of my clubs have started again. It is a very busy month but the evenings are rewarding with their beautiful (sometimes warm) golden hours! I love reading and writing in the late afternoon sun. The absence of rainy days is noticeable now. I can’t say I look forward to plans being cancelled but staying at home on the weekends is a treat! I often spend rainy days in the library and read book after book (not that good for my health but my mind benefits). Today I am sharing with you my first autumnal bullet journal spread. I stuck to warm, brown tones and October’s theme is fairy lights. Though simplistic, I hope you like it.
I rarely do a cover page but drawing is very therapeutic (I recommend book tube in the background). I made the fairy lights as simple as possible: just a wire with little dots in alternating colours. I was going to try doodling bulbs but that would take more hours than I wanted to spend!
My month-at-a-glance is where I document events and upcoming dates. I don’t need a lot of space to do this so I used the spare third of the page for habit trackers. So far this year I have kept up with my habit trackers; I hope that means I will fill them out this month too! I also included a master to-do list. This is where I write things that need to be done but not on a specific date (just when I have the time). I haven’t, yet, done anything with the remaining space but I might add a quote if I find a good one. The best quotes are hidden in books!
In October I am attempting a mood tracker spread. I used to use an app called Daylio but having a record offline somehow affirms my mood better. Journalling with pen on paper feels much more relieving than to write on a computer: I don’t know why! If I do fill this out daily then I will show you the end result. To add in a bit of Halloween, I made the last lantern pumpkin-shaped. Going with a full-on Halloween theme isn’t really my thing because I don’t celebrate it much. However, pumpkin carving is a tradition!
I’m very excited for what October has to bring. In September I implemented new habits, routines and hobbies. With luck, I will finish 10 books and keep fit (sounds ambitious but I’m really going to push myself).
What are you goals for this month? How are you going to try and achieve them?
I wish you all the luck for October and thank you for reading!