A book review as a meal: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

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George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, determined to persist in the routines of his daily life. An Englishman and a professor living in suburban Southern California, he is an outsider in every way, and his internal reflections and interactions with others reveal a man who loves being alive despite everyday injustices and loneliness. Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the true textures of life itself.

A small meal but a full meal. An array of flavors but all cohesive and satisfactory circular. A firm patty, tough yet tender, buttery crumb. Pickles and mayo. Hand whisked, hand sliced, hand salted. Right after your carnivorous heart. Splash o’ intoxicant. Beauty and insecurity. Quite devastating in the end but only for the question, what if, what if there was more? All the more gustatory pleasures, that mouthfeel of balanced richness and common ground, those swirls dispersed in between that spoke of faraway things here contained. (Almost like (dark)chocolate in a burger.) Oh just what if! But that meal, it was there. Are you ravished or are you famished?

What do you think?
Beez.

The truth about keeping secrets is just another Young Adult book. By Savannah Brown. Claps.

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Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town.
He is also unexpectedly dead.
Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad-a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples’ secrets-crashed alone, with no explanation?
And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town’s golden child, at his funeral?
As the two girls grow closer in the wake of the accident, it’s clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship.
But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know?
THE TRUTH ABOUT KEEPING SECRETS is a page-turning, voice led, high school thriller.

This is: Just another YA book. Complete with script and absent parent and angsty child voice. Maybe a little better than many. With this skirted off mystery on the top. A poor rendition into grief and death. With a smacking coping mechanism to go with. A strange half-present friendship. And an unfulfilled heart. Another friendship. The one from that John Green book. Overall nothing really special. Or new. Just your typical. YA book

All of this is to say that. I hate genre publishing. And that fiction should be a cause for digging into something. Not to tie the strings and resolve a long chapter. And I like deeper contemplation. And that this is this authors’ debut. And she’s hardly 20. Which means she’s allowed. All the tropes and tribulations. All the better if she gets to make the sweet dough for life through it. Even better if it appeals to other people. I just hope the industry makes spaces for spillings.

This is also to say. That I hate myself the most. But the review wouldn’t come out any other way. Take my lackluster apology.

Beez

(Does anybody reading this care about this blog? Should we just shut it?)

An Absolutely UNremarkable thing by W(h)ank Green

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This book will only get good reviews.

Not because of the book oH no! It’s because Hank Green,- the entire vlog brothers enterprise – are Great Advertisers.

L00k at the title! It’s BAIT for their baby minions to write in their squeal reviews that An absolutely remarkable thing is An absolutely remarkable thing. They love being told what to think. And you don’t get better than the Vlogbrothers at it.

#i have not read it #don’t think i intend to #it’s going to be such a self important book #why is this my second youtuber book rev in a row hang me

Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark [YouTube is actually a wannabe writers detour]

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I mean, I picked it up so blame me.

I believe in principle that YouTubers should not write memoirs and self-help books unless they’re an in-depth one on YouTube specifically. But that’s not how the world works is it? This world works on a if-it-cashes-in basis.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books to read without the synopsis

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It’s been so long since we’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday. We’ve had a super busy year so far but this topic is just so good that we couldn’t pass it up.

So today we’ll be telling you about 5 books that you should be going in blindly because they are just THAT good.

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We were liars by E. Lockhart [so am I]

(So so so sorry for the big absence we do other stuff sometimes? You can leave a Howler below.)

What started out as an easy and interesting read turned into the last chapter of shock.

We were liars, is about what goes on behind the scenes in the house of the Sinclair family.

Particularly, Cady.

The story is about four cousins who get together every summer and hence call themselves the liars.

And then there’s an accident.

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Our Liebster Award!

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We were nominated for the Liebster award by http://amiesgoodness.com/ (Go check out her blog! It’s about health and beauty) Thank you so much for nominating us and making us feel like we are recognized out there in the blogging community.

Now, to be honest we didn’t really know what this award was so we did a little research and found out that this is an internet award for upcoming bloggers. You get nominated by someone and you have the option to CHOOSE to accept the award and PASS IT ON or not choose it and break the chain.

To know more about the award and how it works click on this link –> http://wordingwell.com/the-liebster-award-the-official-rules-my-first-blog-award-and-a-few-personal-secrets-revealed/

For obvious reasons *cough* to feel good about ourselves *cough* we decided to accept the award and now we have the power to pass on this magic MUHAHHAHAHAHAHA!

To be honest I think it’s a great way to motivate people to work more on their blog. It sure did help us feel accepted in the blogging community and we felt that our work was making a difference out there.

The rules of this award are pretty simple.

 

Liebster-Award-RulesBelow are Amie’s questions for us:

1. How many favourite people do you have in your life?

Beez: We are each others favourite person!

Raven: Yas! (Cause everyone else hates us)

Beez: We love each other more than we hate everyone else.(Whaddup Landline reference!)

2. Name 3 of your favourite body features you possess.

Beez: My hair, my long spindly fingers (maybe I’m a witch) and my collar bones?

Raven: I love my fat calves, the little bit of my tummy that exposes itself whenever I’m angry and my jiggly thighs.

3. If you had a choice to choose a country for permanent residence where would it be?

Beez: On this measly Earth? Underwater.

Raven: Narnia.

4. Do you love makeup? If so why?

Beez: I don’t love makeup because I don’t like poking my eyes and because chemicals.

Raven: I don’t like makeup cause I was born this way! *dances*

5. Have you complimented anyone today?

Beez: Do you seriously think I compliment people? I compliment only myself.

Raven: I compliment myself for clearing the junkyard that was our email and I compliment my budgies for loving me.

6. Favorite pizza outlet?

Beez: Papa John’s!

Raven: Papa Murphy’s!

7. Which is the hair color you want to try, but need add a little more bravery to do it?

Beez: Purple.. I’m am not afraid of the colour at all, but the chemicals that it brings with it.

Raven: I was going to say purple cause it’s my favourite colour but since Beez already mentioned it I would go with Electric Blue. I’m not afraid of getting it done but I’m just too lazy…

8. Favorite super-hero?

Beez: Raven, who’s my favorite super-hero?

Raven: I am Beez’s favourite super hero and my favourites are Black Widow, Storm and Iron man.

9. What do you most love about your country?

Beez: I love the fact that women get to have separate compartments in metros and buses and we get to stand in separate lines. That way we avoid all the stinky men (no offense men, we know you work hard but we don’t want to stand next to you in the metro when you stink so bad)

Raven: I love the safety and feeling of luxury we get from living here. We once came back home at around 11pm and felt completely safe.

10. The person who encouraged you to start your blog?

Beez: My fabulous head *flips hair* and everyone knows I was the one who influenced Raven to start it with me.

Raven: Beez brainwashed me into doing it. Hail Hydra! *whut*

For some reason or another we were only asked 10 questions by her. I think it’s because many people seem to have revised the rules but we will be sticking with the 11 question rule.

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And now we come to 11 random facts about us!

1. We met around three years ago on April 2013 and this blog was made about a year after we became best friends.

2. We finish off each others thoughts and most of the time text each other the same thing and at the same time.

3. We have very very similar interests so similar that we sometimes can’t differentiate between ourselves.

4. We live in Dubai for all those people who don’t follow us on Goodreads. (This is a hint for you to go become our friend)

5. We tried to die our hair blonde once but failed terribly cause we didn’t bleach it and since we both have dark black hair, it just turned into a chestnut brown.

6. We can be pretty rude sometimes, not to each other but towards other people. We can sit and hate on others for hours and hours.

7. Beez is the only person I’m willing to give as much money as she wants but I’m also in no way ashamed of pestering her about giving it back. Cause best friends can do that and still not have to worry about loosening their friendship.

8. I love budgies and birds and animals in general but Beez is ONLY a cat person. (I DISAGREE I AM ALSO A GIRAFFE AND WHALE PERSON)

9. We have extremely tiny bookshelves that are overflowing at the moment. Of course that doesn’t stop us from buying more. The problem is that our parents don’t want to buy us a bigger shelf only for books cause we live in a rented apartment and anyone living in Dubai knows that rents shoot up so high sometimes that you keep shifting you entire life.

10. We have inner drug jokes that we crack when we are on imaginary drugs which is usually at midnight.

11. We are so badass that once we climbed the fence of a park to get out instead of using the gate…

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Our questions for the bloggers that we have nominated (to be honest I believe everyone deserves the chance to be nominated so if you are an upcoming blogger who hasn’t been nominated yet then yes we nominate you):

1. What is your favourite memory?

2. If you ruled a kingdom what would you call it and what kind of creatures would live in it? (go crazy with this answer)

3. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

4. Do you have a pet? And if you don’t, would you want one? If so which one?

5. How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?

6. What are your favourite T.V. shows?

7. What is one book universe you really really want to live in?

8. If you were to kill someone (morality and threat of being caught aside), how would you do it? (Be creative here)

9. How do you think the world will end?

10. Which people are you comfortable farting in front of?

11. Do you have a tattoo? If yes what is it? If no, would you like one and of what?

And now for our nominations!

Some rules say that we should nominate people with less than 200 followers, and some say less than 1000, others say less than 2000, but my question is how on earth would we really know how many followers they have? So we have just nominated some blogs that we really like and who we think deserve more followers.

http://melsshelves.com/

https://muggleboooks.wordpress.com/

http://theteacuplibrary.com/

https://littlemisslitberry.wordpress.com/

http://bookbabble.weebly.com/

https://mywandergirllife.wordpress.com/

https://abookwormsperfectapple.wordpress.com/

https://katherineannebooks.wordpress.com/

http://larawhitfield.co.uk/

http://www.katsbookpromotions.com/

http://readingtounwind.blogspot.ae/

So once again, thank you so much for nominating us! I hope everyone keeps following us and loving us. We will try to be very consistent this year with our postings. If you guys comment and like our posts it will encourage and motivate us a lot.

This is Raven and Beez,

signing out~