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April Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

I think April was the month in which everything sort of settled down and my new reality became routine. By now we all got used to staying at home and waiting for everything to get normal again. (I’m not all too convinced „the normal“ we had before Covid-19 will be possible though. The world will have changed after this…) Anyway, we wore – and still do wear – masks when we go outside, we only spoke on the phone with our loved ones and we became pretty efficient when it comes to buying groceries at the supermarket. *lol*

The good thing is that the restrictions and our curfew were loosened slightly with beginning of May so it is allowed to meet family members and friends that live in another household! YAY! (To my chagrin my library and our kindergarten still remain closed… for now at least.)

So because of all that I had way too much time to read and didn’t only finish 5 books but also fell into the webcomic rabbit hole. And I regret ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! *lol* Seriously, those cute and fluffy webcomics were a balm for my soul and kept me sane! I’m going to introduce them in this Wrap-Up as well, but I refrained from using pictures because the creators/artists protect their work and we’ve to respect that. 😉 This said you can find them all on tapas and look them up if you’re intrested in reading them. At the moment they are for free. XD Okay, enough of my babbling and right to my monthly wrap-up!

Books read: 10 (5 books & 5 webcomics) 

Pages read:  1.959 (I didn’t count the webcomic pages here because it’s pretty hard to gauge their amount. Suffice it to say: It were A LOT of pages! *lol*)

Average rating: 4,00 (Considering how much I read this is a pretty good rating. Guess April was a hell of a reading month. XD)

Books that were on my reading list:  2 (1 from 2019 and 1 from 2020, I need to read more books from my lists! T_T)

April Reads:

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The Hate U Give: 4 Pfoten

This is such an important book and I really think that schools should put this on their reading lists. Angie Thomas wrote a book that tackles quite a lot of different and touchy subjects yet it still manages to convey its message. I really liked how she played with prejudices and the subjective opinons of her characters. XD If you want to know more about „The Hate U Give“ you can read my full review here!

Stalking Jack the Ripper: 4 Pfoten

I finally found out what all the hype is about and I have two words for you: Thomas Cresswell! *lol* This said I really enjoyed „Stalking Jack the Ripper“ and I’ll definitely continue to read this series. I’m always ready to dive into a fictional world that features a sexy Sherlock Holmes kind of guy and boy, is Thomas the jackpot! 😛 Plus I liked the bits and pieces of historical background that were woven into this. Made it even more enjoyable. XD If you click on the link above you can check out my review.

Wildcard: 4 Pfoten

I was soo sceptical when I started to read this. Don’t get me wrong I liked „Warcross“ well enough, but it didn’t blow me away the same way it did with other readers. You might say I had a few issues. *lol* Anyway, „Wildcard“ was such a surprise! I really loved to read this and the characters as well as their motivations were great! There were quite a few twists I didn’t see coming and that only made me enjoy this even more. 😀

EYES ON ME: 4 Pfoten

This was the webcomic that started it all. (Aside from „Heartstopper“ of course! I’ve been following that one for ages. 😛 ) Anyway, I found this on goodreads and fell down the webcomic rabbit hole! And it swallowed me whole! *lol* Those two are so cute and I really hope that we’ll get more pages soon! If you like a shy boy meets forthright guy story this will be the one for you!

R.U. Screwed: 4 Pfoten

Gosh!!! I love this one! Howie and Sooch are the cutest thing ever!!! ❤ Okay, admittedly this webcomic was very frustrating at first because Howie is gay and Sooch is as straight as they come and due to that there was a lot of angst in the first few chapters, but boy does it get better with time! This webcomic really grew on me and by now I’m so hooked that I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next! I NEED MORE!

#muted: 4 Pfoten

The art in this is STUNNING!!! I love kandismon’s drawing style and her characters are so adorable as well. Moreover they are relatable as hell! I mean Jasper works at a library and meets Kai – a boy who doesn’t speak. The artist conveys so many emotions with Kai’s facial expressions alone and this is nothing but amazing! Also all the characters in here are queer af and I live and breathe for it! 😀 Love my two super soft boys!

Ghost Lights: 4 Pfoten

This is a webcomic made by a German artist and it’s great! I love that there isn’t only a love story but also a huge mysterious plot that’s revealed bit by bit! Noah and Robin kind of remind me of Ronan and Adam and the magical aspect of this only intensified that feeling. And as always the art is a sight to behold! 😉

A Darker Shade of Magic: 5 Pfoten

I read this book super slowly because I never wanted it to end! Of course my attempts to draw it out were thwarted by the awesomeness of V.E. Schwab’s writing style. There came a point I couldn’t put this down anymore and before I even knew it, it was already over. T_T  This book!!! I loved all the characters, especially Holland and the dark magic in this was EVERYTHING! ❤ So dark and twisted. Ahh what a pleasure to read! If you want to know more you can read my review here!

Still Me: 3 Pfoten

This was the third and last book in the „Me Before You“ series and even though I loved the first one and liked the second one, the third one just didn’t do it for me. Did I hang on every word and did I finish this 469 pages book in one week? Yes, I did. Did I get all the answers I was hoping for? Nope. Unfortunately not, if anything I was left with even more questions and I really wasn’t happy about that. I wanted closure and what I got was a bunch of new storylines and unfinished business(es). >_< Not my kind of book but maybe you’ll like it more?!

My Gentle Giant: 4 Pfoten

This webcomic is just sweet! There didn’t happen a lot yet except of that Jun and Aki became friends so this is a slow burn. They blush really nicely though and they are super adorable! I can’t wait to see more of the artists work! This just started and is a relatively new webcomic so I’m hoping to get more soon! 😉

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How was your April? Are you a fan of webcomics too? Did you read any of the books I read and if yes did you like them? What was your favourite book last month and what were you up to? Do you have any recommendations? How’s the current situation at your country? Is it getting any better? Talk to me and let me know!

And as always: Stay healthy and take care! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Review: The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

If you ask me there is no quote that would describe the essence of “The Hate U Give” better than this one. Heaven knows, to speak up for yourself and your beliefs is never easy, but if you don’t do it your voice won’t be heard and things will continue to go on the way they were before.

It’s a lesson our heroine Starr learns the hard way and it’s a more than just important lesson as well.

”I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”

I could understand Starr’s internal battle and I could relate to her so much. To admit that she’s the witness, to speak up for Khalil and to say what truly happened… well, it takes guts to take that step. Especially because she was smack in the middle of it all. On the one hand there were the King Lords and the gang members at Garden Heights and on the other hand there was the police. Neither of both sides was all too keen on hearing the truth about what went down that night (and this is putting it mildly), but the truth needed to be heard and I think it was very brave of Starr to find her voice. Truth be told, I actually enjoyed watching her journey.

”Oh, we know the truth, that’s not what we want,” says Daddy. “We want justice.”

Of course her family tried to protect her from harm and wanted to keep her identity anonymous but the more things happened, the harder it got to stay out of it. You might say that Starr eventually ended up in all that mess her family tried to protect her from, but then again it wasn’t really like she had a choice. If your best friend would have been murdered in front of your eyes, if he would have been unarmed, his back to the police officer that shot him, the only thing he did a concerned glance into his car because you were the co-driver and he didn’t want you to get hurt. What would you have done after you held him dying in your arms?

”The truth casts a shadow over the kitchen – people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.”

Yes, you would have wanted to get justice too! At least I would have wanted it because there’s nothing in this world that makes me feel more helpless and angry than injustice and the injustice that happened in this book was outrageous!!!

”But Khalil didn’t stay put, did he?” she says.
“He didn’t pull the trigger on himself either.”

I loved Starr so much for that statement alone! There were two police officers interrogating her and all they tried to do was to put the blame on Khalil. Because of course it was his fault that he got shot! He was a drug dealer after all, right? NO!! HELL, NO!!!! Even if he would have been a drug dealer this wouldn’t have made things right! He was unarmed, he didn’t do anything wrong, he only checked on his friend and he had to die for it. THIS IS NOT OKAY!!! THIS IS NOT RIGHT!!! THIS IS WRONG!!! And no matter how much people tried to discredit him, nothing of what they said about him was the truth!!!

”Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

The truth is that he was just a normal kid, driving home his best friend after they left from a party. End of the story. Or it should have been… What I really liked about this book was that it made you think. I mean Starr’s own uncle is a policeman and a good and righteous one at that. Yet there were also those officers that treated her father so badly and tried to intimidate her. Just because you’re a cop you’re not automatically a good person, just because you’re black you’re not automatically a drug dealer. Just because you go to a private school you’re not automatically rich.

Angie Thomas plays with ingrained prejudices and subjective perceptions. In “The Hate U Give” she shows us that supposedly good people can be bad and that people who seem to have a bad reputation can have a kind heart too. There occur at least as many prejudices against white people as there appear against black ones. For instance Starr’s father Maverick doesn’t like her boyfriend and is distrustful of him because he’s white. And Starr is the cool kid at her school because she’s one of the few students that attend the school and are black. Quite honestly, if I go by Starr’s and her friend’s definition of being black I’d be black through and through. *lol* I don’t like green bean casserole and for me Macaroni and cheese is a snack that comes out of the oven (thus a side dish) So I guess according to their reasoning that makes me as black as them! XD

”At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”

Despite all the humour that can be found in here, the message of this book is quite clear though: We’re all human, we all make mistakes, family is important and got your back, justice must be practiced and lived, we shouldn’t be judged for our skin colour and we should always stand up for our beliefs, no matter how hard it is.

I think that’s a great message and one that should be heard! So thank you Angie Thomas for writing this book, for giving Starr a strong voice, for allowing us to get a glimpse of other people’s lives and for showing me that Starr’s family is as funny, caring and crazy as mine.

A great book with an important message! Read it and let it be heard! =)