Periods Gone Public: Taking A Stand For Menstrual Equity by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf – BOOK REVIEW

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“The first book to explore menstruation in the current cultural and political landscape and to investigate the new wave of period activism taking the world by storm.

After centuries of being shrouded in taboo and superstition, periods have gone mainstream. Seemingly overnight, a new, high-profile movement has emerged—one dedicated to bold activism, creative product innovation, and smart policy advocacy—to address the centrality of menstruation in relation to core issues of gender equality and equity. 

In Periods Gone Public, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf—the woman Bustle dubbed one of the nation’s “badass menstrual activists”—explores why periods have become a prominent political cause. From eliminating the tampon tax, to enacting new laws ensuring access to affordable, safe products, menstruation is no longer something to whisper about. Weiss-Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for “period equity” and introduces readers to the leaders, pioneers, and everyday people who are making change happen. From societal attitudes of periods throughout history—in the United States and around the world—to grassroots activism and product innovation, Weiss-Wolf challenges readers to face stigma head-on and elevate an agenda that recognizes both the power—and the absolute normalcy—of menstruation.”

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50 FACTS ABOUT ME – GET TO KNOW ME BETTER!

50 facts.pngHi again! Seeing as I only started my blog just over a week ago, I thought it would be a great idea to share 50 facts about me for a chance for you all to get to know me a little better. None of these are book related (I’ll do another blog post for that some time), but here it goes…


1. I have absolutely no idea what I want to do after university *someone employ me please*

2. I love living in Brighton when I’m at university but doubt I’ll stay there afterwards simply because it’s so darn expensive

3. My Dad owns a taxi company, yet ironically I get the bus everywhere and can’t drive

4. I have the cutest dog in the world – a black labrador called Bramble. I love her so much (I love all dogs of course)

5. One summer when I was about 10, I learnt to say the alphabet backwards, recite the whole periodic table and all the countries, flags and capitals in the world. Simply because I was bored. (This was BEFORE I became a massive bookworm!)

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A Very New Day by Steven Salmon – BOOK REVIEW #DiverseReads #OwnVoices

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A Very New Day by Steven Salmon tells the story of 13 year old Rich as he starts his first day at a ‘regular’ mainstream school. He never thought this day would come – he has cerebral palsy and relies on an electric wheelchair and uses morse code using his head to write, as he is unable to use his hands. This short story follows Rich’s first day at school, where we get an insight into what it’s like living with cerebral palsy, the problems that arise and the friends and teachers he meets whilst at school, who help him realise that anything is possible.

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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – BOOK REVIEW

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‘They think I hurt someone. 
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think …

From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

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The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs – BOOK REVIEW

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Seven tightly interwoven narratives. Three harrowing hours. One fateful day that changes everything. 

Delaware, the morning of April 19. Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan’s eighteenth birthday. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April’s rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. And just what was that mysterious gathering under the bleachers about? Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Lincoln Evans struggles to pay attention in Honors English, distracted by the enigmatic presence of Laura Echols, capturer of his heart. His teacher tries to hold her class’s interest, but she can’t keep her mind off what Adrian George told her earlier. Over in Idaho, Phoebe is having second thoughts about the Plan mere hours before the start of a cross-country ploy led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind. Is all her heartache worth the cost of the Assassins’ machinations? The Light Fantastic is a tense, shocking, and beautifully wrought exploration of the pain and pathos of a generation of teenagers on the brink—and the hope of moving from shame and isolation into the light of redemption.

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The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch – BOOK REVIEW

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A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven

In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons. 

But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.

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The Making of a Small Town Beauty King by Savy Leiser – BOOK REVIEW

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way*

This book takes place in the run up to the local fair and beauty pageant in a small town, Grey Acres. It’s told from a third person narrative and follows several characters, predominantly Jackie, longing to do something to make his college application “stand out”, and Steph, a girl who would do anything to escape the pressure from her Mum to enter (and win) the pageant. Because there were multiple main characters, I thought a third person narrative worked really well and allowed the reader to follow the plotline clearly and pick up on information which may not have been said if it was told from a first person point of view.

Things I liked:

I loved how this was a quick and funny read. I read this in just over an hour and it was light-hearted which made it very enjoyable to read. I think this would be a great book for a reading slump!

The messages were also perfect! Friendship, feminism and expectations (particularly gender expectations) were all key themes in this book and I think this made it very relatable to me, and would be to any other teenager.

Linked into the previous point is that I love Steph. Steph is a strong female character (which we need in more novels!) and really did appreciate that! The points she was making about beauty pageants are so true and it was refreshing to see such a confident character who was not afraid to stand up for what she believed was right.

*This might sound incredibly weird* but I liked the fact it was set in a rural town with pumpkin farming and local stores etc. I don’t know why but it made me feel closer to the characters because of the smaller setting and made it believable and realistic. Grey Acres sounds very similar to where I live which made me agree with everything the characters were saying – like YES I WANT TO GET AWAY FROM THIS BORING TOWN AND GO TO UNIVERSITY TOO YES YES YES!

Overall, this was a well-written, short read which I really enjoyed! It’s a shame the book wasn’t any longer so I could get to know the characters a bit more and I would love to see how their friendships and characters developed. The themes were spot on and also the events that took place were creative and imaginative! It was something a bit different to other books I read so that made a great change. I would recommend! A great debut novel and I can’t wait to read what Savy Leiser writes next!


Have you read this book? Are you planning to?

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Marie

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