Reading

Amazons, Abolitionists, And Activists – Mikki Kendall And Anna D’Amico | A Book Review

Amazons, Abolitionists, And Activists - Mikki Kendall And Anna D'Amico

Title: Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights

Author: Mikki Kendall

Artist: Anna D’Amico

Genre: Non-fiction (History)

About the book: It’s a graphic novel, exploring the history of women’s rights, starting from the past and concluding at the present.

I received an advanced review copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I enjoy reading about history, so I couldn’t wait to delve into this book. I like the alliteration in the title, and it also gives readers an idea of what the book is about.

Content: I love the illustrations. The colours are beautiful and they complement the text. Both the author and artist are extremely talented.

Quote:

“How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause?”

Writing: I think there’s a great balance of words and pictures. Learning more about the issues women faced around the world put a lot of things into perspective for me. It’s such an eye-opening, educational read at less than 200 pages.

Final thoughts: I highly recommend Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights to just about everyone.


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Dunkirk – Joshua Levine | A Book Review

Dunkirk - Joshua Levine
Title: Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture

Author: Joshua Levine

Genre: History

About the book: The author explores the circumstances leading up to Dunkirk, the event itself, and the aftermath.

First impressions: I first learned about the evacuation in school, and ever since I’ve wanted to read a book shedding more insight on it. At the start there’s an interview between the author and the director, Chris Nolan, which I enjoyed very much. I haven’t watched the movie, but I want to one day, especially after knowing the challenges involved in creating such a film.

Summary: The book talks about making the movie and Dunkirk itself. Levine delves into the lives of those involved in making the event possible.

Characters: There are references to real people who played a role in the evacuation as well as characters in the film who represent these individuals. I loved reading the stories about normal human beings in extreme circumstances.

Quote:

“The new world had not yet outgrown the old.”

Conflict: Dunkirk is a battle against time, more so the lack thereof.

Writing: It’s well-written yet such an emotional read at the same time. I felt so sad. Writing about death and war isn’t easy. The latter brings out the best and worst in people, which is reflected in the account.

The book includes photographs from the movie. I find them to be a nice touch as they helped me better visualize people and places.

Final thoughts: A part of me wishes I read Dunkirk while learning about it in school. Better late than never, I guess. I knew the basic facts about Dunkirk, but I didn’t know all the details.

The book is worth a read even if you’re just a casual history buff like me. Again I haven’t seen the film, but if it’s anything like Levine’s work, you probably won’t go wrong giving it a shot either.


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A Q&A About Book Genres

Questions. Answers. Book genres.

What’s your favourite genre?

That’s a tough one. As of right now, I have to say thriller. Any type. Legal, medical, even political. I’m not the biggest fan of politics, even though I took a class in high school. Shudders.

Least favourite?

Romance. Or anything remotely resembling it. Thanks but no thanks. Maybe when I have a boyfriend, I won’t roll my eyes while reading romantic scenes, but I can’t make any guarantees.

What genre(s) do you write?

Realistic fiction because contemporary young adult is all I know how to write.

Which ones do you read?

Almost everything. You name it, I probably read it, unless the book involves two main characters falling in love within the space of two pages.

What do you want to read more of?

Historical fiction hands down. I don’t read enough about history, but whenever I do, I tend to enjoy the story.

Read less of?

Chick lit romance. Duly noted.

The first genre you fell in love with?

Realistic fiction in general. I went through middle grade chapter books like a girl with nothing better to do. Because I had nothing better to do.

Any you’ve fallen out of love with?

I used to read manga and comics. I haven’t fallen out of love with them per se, but perhaps I’ve fallen more in love with other genres. Maybe I’ll pick them up again in my retirement.

The genre associated with your favourite book or author?

Young adult fantasy and science fiction. I’ve come to appreciate these books more than I used to when I was a narrow-minded kid.

The genre associated with your least favourite book or author?

I kid you not, it’s a young adult fantasy and science fiction. Huh.

The most hit or miss genre in your opinion?

This might explain my two previous answers. Fantasy and science fiction by far. The author either hits the mark or misses it completely for me.

An underrated genre?

All of them. Sports fiction specifically.

Most challenging genre to read or write?

An epic fantasy because I don’t have the chops to pull that sort of book off. Exhibit A: what’s world-building…

As always, I’d love to know your answers in the comments below. Or you could write a blog post answering the questions above.

Reading

Book Review—Lionheart: The Diaries of Richard I

Chris Manson deserves a heaping amount of credit. He recovered and translated diary entries from centuries ago, compiling Lionheart: The Diaries of Richard I. My mind still cannot grasp how much time and work that must have taken.

The front cover has an interesting but simple appeal. Strangely enough, the more I look at the cover, the more I like it.

Lionheart Front Cover

The back has a short summary, which provides some basic facts about Richard I. You can click on the images to enlarge them. Seeing as I took all the pictures myself, I don’t do any of the illustrations justice.

Lionheart Back Cover

I honestly had no idea what to expect at the start because I didn’t know anything about Richard or this time period in history even after taking three history courses over the past three years. The piece is very different from what I’m used to picking up since I don’t naturally gravitate towards reading auto- or biographies. So safe to say I was in for a surprise.

And it turned out to be a pleasant one.Lionheart Spine

The book is a heavy, mature read, but somehow that made learning about Richard the Lionheart even more enjoyable. There are over 400 pages of exciting entertainment. The few footnotes sprinkled throughout explains more complex concepts or terms quite thoroughly.

Each entry starts with the date followed by a location. It makes following his life much easier. Although there are many characters, keeping up with all of them isn’t too difficult.

Lionheart Date And Place

A great feature is the postscript, helping to tie up any loose ends nicely. Kudos once again to Chris Manson for that.

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy learning about history. Getting a firsthand glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest rulers to ever live is fascinating. What’s more the book reads like a fast-paced story.

At one point, I was so attached to Richard, I didn’t want his story to end.

If you’re interested, you can buy the book here.

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School · Studying

Story-time With Herminia Chow

Story-time With Herminia Chow is now officially a title of one of my posts because I think it sounds cool. Even though it probably doesn’t. In all honesty, I have no idea what else to call what I’m about to say.

Today, my history teacher quizzed us.

He told the class beforehand to read the first two chapters in our textbook. I’d be lying if I said I did the readings properly.

Two students had led a seminar and some of the information they presented was, lo and behold, on the quiz. I didn’t participate at all. Plus I know I zoned out a few times as well.

There were also similar questions to a worksheet he assigned the day he wasn’t here. I actually completed this worksheet. But my wonderful brain decides to get these questions and only these questions wrong. Questions I should have known the answers to.

I somehow still managed to get the highest mark. So did everyone else not attempt the readings, not listen to the seminar, and not bother with the worksheet?

For once, my guessing game was strong. Everything I guessed, I got right.

By the way, I wrote a follow-up article on test-taking. The post was published yesterday: Keep Calm and Get Straight A’s: What to Do Before, During and After Every Test.

The irony is not lost on me here.

And you wonder why I don’t study. Or rather why I despise it with a passion.

Writing

A Writer’s Search History

I rather not get too in depth about mine.

Let’s just say researching different types of clouds is something I never thought I would do in this lifetime. Or the next.

You see, I would share other things I’ve researched, but I’m sure your imagination is better than mine. Imagine away.

Writing

Writing Prompt: Erasing History

If you could stop one event in history from happening, what would it be? Why?