The Sun Is Also a Star: Spoiler Free Review

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.

Plot: Natasha is a rational, as it is girl, about to be deported back to Jamaica. Daniel is a whimsical poet who believes in love at first sight. They fall for each other and spend the rest of the day roaming New York City, trying to save Natasha, her family, and they’re relationsip.

Comments: Honestly, the book was a little too cliché for me: boy meets girl, they fall madly in love, it’s not meant to be, etc. But it was a good book and I did enjoy it.

The format was a bit odd, and took a while to get used to. It jumped between Natasha and Daniel’s perspectives, but the transition were seamless. Sometimes, however, I did forget who’s perspective I was reading, as it was in first person, so it was all pretty similar. There’s also the odd history of another character in the book, which at first seems random and unnecessary, but it all tied together at some point.

Even though it is a romance at heart, it deals with the struggles immigrants face in a new country and the not at all accepting nature of American society.

It was really well written and I struggled to put it down. I recommend this book to anyone who loves soppy, cliché romance, because that is basically the book in a nutshell.

Rating: 4 stars

Organising My Bookshelf

After recycling or giving away my revision guides, I had an abundance of space open up on my bookshelf. It needed a good clean and I wanted it to look a bit prettier and less like a bomb had gone off.

The first thing I did was completely empty everything off of every shelf, dusting off all the ornaments and memorabilia as I went, because it seemed like a waste of time to take it off, put it down, then pick it back up to clean. Once I’d laid out all everything out on my bed, I took a pack of multi surface wipes and completely scrubbed every shelf until they was nothing to be seen but wood. It was probably the best workout I’d had all month.

Then the more difficult task for me: organising the contents. I wanted everything to be grouped in some way and almost all easily accessible, as well as aesthetically pleasing and nice to look at. The first way I tried to do was like a rainbow order, but I didn’t have books for all of the colours so I had to give that up quite quickly. I got stumped for a while because I couldn’t think of a good way to organise them. It was really difficult because I have some really tall books that can only go on one shelf because it’s bigger than the others, so I had to really work around what fit wear.

I decided to put all of my comics and graphics novels together, some notebooks and paper pads together, and a JK Rowling / Harry Potter section. Once I was happy with where all of the books were, I started adding my Pop figures and other ornaments. I put all of my Marvel Pops with my Marvel comics, but moved my The Flash comic into a section of its own, so it could stand with my three Flash Pops. I kind of just fiddled with the placement, order and angle of the figures until I thought it looked nice. My JK Rowling / Harry Potter section turned into a sort of blue / green section, so I put some of my blue ornaments in that corner. I left the bottom shelf as it was, messy and unorganised for a day or two because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to put on it or how I wanted it to look. I needed a place for The Night Circus and because it has such a beautiful colour I wanted it on display, so that was left out for a couple of days.

A couple years ago my mum gave me these book ends that you slot in the middle of the book at the end so you can’t actually see the bookend, which I think is so cool, but I’d only used one of the two that I had. I came up with the idea of using the second book end as a stand of The Night Circus on the bottom shelf, completely on its own, because it deserves that attention. Because it was paperback, when I stood it up the front cover fell open so you couldn’t really see it. Then I remembered I had a cute plant that would be the perfect size to fit in the gap between the book edge and the end of the bookcase, and would hold the cover in place so it could be seen.

And there we have it, the final product. My pride and joy. I think it’s so beautiful and I could honestly just look at it for days. I’m not sure what I will do  when I have to add more books to it, but I will think of something when the time comes.

EDIT: So I wrote this post on Tuesday, but I finished a new book on Thursday, so I had to find a place to put it. I wasn’t sure where I wanted it to go because I thought it looked so beautiful as it was. I think I will always have to adjust it slightly to accommodate for when I finish a new book, so this will always be outdated, but it will be roughly be like this for the foreseeable future.

SECOND EDIT: I went shopping on Friday and bought two more comics as well as my dad giving me two of his old ones. All four of them are DC comics, so my Flash section has turned into a DC section, with the not-Flash comics going in a pile underneath. My TBR list is mostly comics at this point, and I’m not sure how I feel about it, I don’t know if I will do reviews on the comics, because I feel like they’re not the kind of things that you guys would be interested in, but we will see.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Spoiler Free Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky.

Plot: Charlie is a high school student who struggles to “participate”. He writes letters to someone known only as “Friend”, telling them about his experiences and struggles with high school life as a wallflower.

My Comments: Overall, I wasn’t really a fan of this book. The format of the letters made it difficult to follow and the writing style wasn’t for me. I struggled to read the book at the beginning, it wasn’t interesting, and the only reason I didn’t stop reading it was because I was determined to finish it after buying it.

I will say it brings up some very important topics: abuse, mental health, drugs and addiction, and loneliness, and trigger warnings are necessary for these things. And it really shows the effect that the events have on Charlie through the first person perspective.

I think that parents or adults that read this book will really see the trials and tribulations that teenagers go through, so they can maybe cut us some slack.

The main reason I personally didn’t enjoy the book was because it didn’t really have a singular story line, other than Charlie’s mental health. And it constantly repeated the word “incidentally” which got very annoying, very fast.

I think that this was an important book for me to read, and I recommend that if you’re starting high school or college, it’s important for you too. I’m glad I read it all the way through, even if I didn’t enjoy it too much.

Rating: 3 stars

Emptiness

12 years. I’ve spent the last 12 years, at school, 8-3, every weekday.

Now I’ve finished. Now there is nothing. I have all of the free time in the world (unless I get a job but honestly it’s not looking good for me) and I have no idea what to do with myself.

It’s weird how you get so comfortable doing the same things in the same places every day for the majority of your life, and then all of a sudden… it’s just gone, and there is literally nothing you can do about it.

I’m acting like things will never be the same again, but it’s only like 2 and a half months until I start school again, and almost everything will be exactly the same as it has been for so long.I think I am slowly getting used to it, and I’m sure that this time next week it’ll be like I was never at school in the first place.

I was thinking earlier about seeing if I can go volunteer at the local library some days, just to get out of the house and give me something to do rather than just sitting at home mindlessly watching Netflix.

That’s really the only advise I have for anyone feeling the same. Get a job or volunteer somewhere just to get you out of the house and interacting with other people. But make sure you do give yourself time to rest and relax because we’ve all earned this long break from school.

The Night Circus: Spoiler Free Review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Plot: The Night Circus is a circus that opens at nightfall, closes at dawn. It never advertises, just appears in a field in the outskirts of the city, overnight. Within the circus, there’s a competition between 2 magicians, a test of skill and strength. It’s full of magic and romance and fantasy, and it’s a perfect blend of the three, creating something truly magical. I don’t want to give too much detail because it is best to not really know much about it going in, through all the twists and turns.

My Comments: Overall, I really loved this book. It made me happy, sad, resentful, everything. But happy more than any other, which is always good. It’s the perfect mixture of a dramatic but lighthearted read, which is probably my most preferable type of book. From the top of my head, I don’t think there are any triggering topics within it, so it’s really suitable for anyone to read.

I will say, for the first 100 or so pages, I was a bit confused, as it jumps between years going backwards and forwards in time, but one I’d adjusted it became a lot more enjoyable. It’s useful to try and remember the date under the chapter name so you know if you’ve gone forwards or backwards, but it’s quite easy to gauge if you don’t anyway.

This book is everything I hoped it would be, and I will definitely be re-reading it either this year or next. I highly, highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 stars

Applying For My First Job

I won’t lie, the last couple days have been stressful. I’ve had a CV made for about a year, but I really didn’t like it, so I never applied for any jobs. But with school ending in literally weeks, I needed to get it together and apply for something.

I hated my CV so much, I completely rewrote it, removing like half of it because it was tedious and unnecessary and I was finally happy with the results. Normally, I would’ve asked my dad if he would check it for me, but I knew he’d find dozens of improvements and I didn’t want to go through that all again, so I just sent them off. I’ve currently only applied to two places, but as they come to mind I’m applying.

I don’t want to spend my entire summer working, but I would like to get some income so I can go out and enjoy the time I’m not working. I think that’s the thing that everyone should consider when getting a part time job, especially during school holidays. You need a position that’s flexible, because when you go back to school, you won’t be available all times of the day like you are in the holidays.

One of the things I considered as well was how easy it was to get there, not only from my house, but from my college too. The places I’m applying to have stores in the town where my college is, and are quite near the train station, so it won’t take long to travel there. Obviously there will be times when my parents can drop me off and/or pick me up but it’s always good to have the safety net of being close to an easy route home.

Whether you’re going to get a job or not, please ensure you give yourself time to relax and collect yourself. It’s been a stressful year, and we all deserve a long rest.

GCSEs

With my exams starting in just over a week, and my Spanish Speaking exam on Wednesday, my blog has been the least of my worries.

Every time I would sit down to write, I would instead revise, or watch Netflix, but never actually write. And I’m not upset about it. My exams are my priority right now, because I know I will never be able to make a good, sustainable living from this blog, it’ll only ever be a hobby. My GCSEs help sculpt my future, and I need them more than a regular post schedule on my small blog.

I finish my final exam on the 14th of June. From then all I will be completely free to do whatever I wish. I’m going to try to travel, read a lot more, and maybe get a job (I’ll have to sort out my CV first though, it’s a mess). I’ll be able to brainstorm ideas more easily, be happier, and consequently more creative. I’ll try my best to keep to a regular schedule, but my school work will always come first, so it may not happen.

I’ll also have more of social media presence, posting more on both Instagram and Twitter.

Just hold onto until June. The best is yet to come.