Hello bloggersphere! Yes, I am alive. I have not abandoned this ship. How could I?

Life has just been really busy, it is the end of semester so that means deadlines. I had to present my Research Proposal at a mini-conference, that was uhm… stressful. Not to mention that my research topic changed at least thrice before I found the right one.

I think my research topic might just interest some of you, especially if you’re a lover of Fantasy. I’ll be doing a post about my topic soon because it deals with Young Adult Literature, particularly the sub-genres of Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and the Gothic. In fact, I might just turn it into a series of posts discussing my research journey and all the bumps and rocky roads along the way. I want your opinion, I want your feedback. Insights from readers of these genre will be extremely important to my study. So if this interests you, watch this space. I will post the first installment no later than the end of this month.

Now let us get back to business. Even though I have so much work to finish before the 25th of this month I thought I deserved a little break and that I would use it to write up a short blog just letting you guys know where I am at! I am going to be taking a different approach to my monthly wrap-ups and deviate from the books only set-up I’ve always stuck to and include my favourite songs, movies and/or tv-series of the month.

As you can imagine I haven’t had much leisure reading time, so the month of April was filled with prescribed reading.

I read a total of five-ish books, one of which is a short story, another a long essay in the form of a book:

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid

img_20160414_151258.jpgI read this for my ID and Place elective and it was a fairly short read, so I finished it in two short sittings. This novel surprised me, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did because it was way out of my comfort zone. The writing style was rather unique, it was the first time I’d ever read something written in second person so it was a very different reading experience for me.

Deadlands by Lily Hernes

This is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel set in a Zombie infested Cape Town. I had initially bought the novel in hopes that I could focus my thesis on this series however, after reading it for the second time I realised that there was not much to go on and that I am not very passionate about dystopian fiction. That being said, I did enjoy the novel. I love reading speculative fiction set in my hometown and hope to read more speculative fiction set in South Africa by South African authors.

A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolfe

I read this for my Art of Writing course.I am not a huge Virginia Woolfe fan, however this essay was interesting take on a woman’s role as a writer. Her writing is very complex and ambiguous and to tell you the truth by the end of this essay I was more confused than anything else.


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I took a lot longer than I thought I would to finish this novel but thatimg_20160422_175359.jpg was mainly because I found myself in a bit of a reading slump and was reading extremely slowly. I absolutely LOVE this world, the world-building is rich and detailed and filled with intertextual references. So if you’re familiar with Dutch or Afrikaans a lot of the street names lend from those languages and therefore gives you a little more insight into the world. The characters are so layered and complex and funny. I couldn’t get enough of them. I will be doing a detailed review soon, for now I’ll just say it is worth the buy. I can’t wait for the next book.

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Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

This was a super quick read, it is literally 62 pages long. It was so cute and I found myself wishing it was longer by the time I finished it. I hope that at some point Rainbow Rowell will revisit the characters of Elena and Gabe.

 April Favourites:

Character:

Kaz Brekker – I like the fact that he was not your typical protagonist. He is the anti-hero, he’s imperfect, he’s complex and there is a lot more than meets the eye.

Fan Art:

Kaz BrekkerI don’t know who the artist is, if you do please comment below so I can credit him/her for this amazing art. Absolutely love the Six of Crows Fan Art.

Song:

Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley Cover) by Ingrid Michaelson

TV Series:

Outlander Season Premiere 

Vive la Frasers

Movie:

Deadpool because it was perfect!

Deadpool

South African readers if you’re look for good bargain priced books, you can find all the above mentioned books from Reader’s Warehouse via their online store.

April Wrap Up and Favourites
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2 thoughts on “April Wrap Up and Favourites

  • May 19, 2016 at 12:51 pm
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    Six of Crows sounds awesome, I always wanted to read it but its so expensive 🙁 I see its a bit more affordable now though so I might just buy it soon after I get The Rose and The Dagger. I’m also in a reading slump which sucks because I read so many books in April.

    All the best with your studies 🙂 X

    Nihaad – Read and Seek

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    • May 21, 2016 at 6:53 pm
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      The exchange rate is a nightmare. There are so many books I’d like to buy but it is just way too expensive. The new releases will just have to wait. I just realised that Reader’s Warehouse doesn’t have Six of Crows but Raru seem to have it and the price isn’t bad. But it was definitely worth it. I enjoy Fantasy and I really didn’t mind the multi-perspective because all of the characters are interesting. It was a good read.

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