Contemporary · Romance

Rachel Hawkin’s Her Royal Highness

There was a moment last month when I felt super ambitious and wanted to read loads of queer YA and write about all of them in a wrap-up post at the end of the month. And then… I was so busy at work I almost missed the entire month. I still read most of the books I intended to read, though, and this was one of them.

There is one thing you should know about me, if you don’t already – I’m an absolute sucker for romcoms. I don’t necessarily like sappy stories or lovey dovey characters, but I do enjoy unrealistic romcom tropes. One of my favourite tropes? Normal person meets famous/royal person. The more out of this world, the better – I guess being aro, reading romance is even more of a fantasy than not, and the more outlandish the fantasy the better? I don’t know.

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Historical · Malaysiana

Hanna Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky

To be honest, when I first heard about what The Weight of Our Sky was going to be about, I wondered if we would even be able to sell it here. May 13th 1969 isn’t something many people write or talk about, and the last non-fiction book about it was detained by our authorities for some time before they finally released it and allowed it to be sold. In my high school history class, we learned a sanitised version of it – basic information that didn’t tell us much other than it happened. My grandmother mentioned it a few times when I was a kid, but I don’t have a clear memory of those times, and all that remained with me were vague images and the strong impression that it was a scary time for her. My parents, who were around Melati’s age when it happened, never talked about it at all. Continue reading “Hanna Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky”

Monthly Wrap-Up

May’s Books

BOOKS READ IN JUNE 2019

Novels
* Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare
* Immoral Code, Lillian Clark
* The Wicked King, Holly Black
* The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang
* Radio Silence, Alice Oseman
* Prince Charming, Rachel Hawkins
* The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan
Comics
* Batman Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles, Tom King, Mikel Janin, June Chung, & Clay Mann
Picture Book
* それしかないわけないでしょう, ヨシタケシンスケ
I don’t really have a lot to comment about May’s books other than I thoroughly enjoyed every single thing I read. The Kiss Quotient in particular made me really want to read The Bride Test, and The Wicked King made me so glad that Queen of Nothing got pushed forward to the end of this year.
Comics

Carol Danvers (Re)Read: Marvel Masterworks Ms. Marvel Vol. 2

This second volume collects issues #15-23 of Ms. Marvel, #10-11 of Marvel Super-Heroes (which were supposed to be #24-25 of Ms. Marvel before it got cancelled, I think), Avengers #200 and Avengers Annual #10. The stories in the earlier chapters weren’t really that memorable, but were still among the better ones in this collection as a whole.

I had loved seeing Carol butting heads with Jonah J. Jameson in the first collection, but here she spent more time super-heroing, fighting villains I can’t even remember now, and hanging out with the Avengers. When she went to work she was often stressed – I loved the bit in #17 where Gianelli (one of the staff at Woman magazine, and a friend of Carol’s) noticed that she was in need of cheering up, and organised a surprise snowball fight to get her mind off things. Continue reading “Carol Danvers (Re)Read: Marvel Masterworks Ms. Marvel Vol. 2”