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Asking For It by Louise O’Neill Full Review

Asking For It
Title: Asking For It
 
Author: Louise O’Neill
 
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
 
 

Synopsis: It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes…

 
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What I thought about the book: Amazing book. So haunting. I have a feeling it will stay with me forever. Watch my full review below.
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My Rating: 5 star review

Discussion Questions:
Emma’s Beauty is very important to her. She thinks it makes her the most remarkable girl in Ballinatoom. In what way does it inform her identity? Hoe does it affect her relationships?

Emma observes the women around her extremely closely. How does she see other women? Do you think she is sexist?

What values has Emma learned from her mother? What do you think of them?

They’re good boys really. This all just got out of hand.
What does Nora mean by this? How does this statement impact on Emma?

What do you think of Emma’s father? How would you describe his relationship with Emma before the rape and afterwards?

Bryan plays a pivotal role in the novel. Would you agree that he is one of the few characters who treats Emma with respect while at the same time not putting up with her more selfish behaviour?
Do you think Bryan will forgive Emma for not going through with the trial, or is it important for him to see her as a victim?

Why did the boys put the images of their attack on Emma online? Why weren’t they afraid of the consequences of showing what they had done?


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Reading Vlog 1 | Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows | Mushroom Risotto

 

Hello people!
Welcome to the first video in my reading vlog series. Today I’m listening to Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. In my next vlog, I’ll have my thoughts on the book and more.

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TEDEd – Why You Should Read The Handmaid’s Tale

How have you not read The Handmaid’s Tale yet? You need to read it and if you don’t believe me check out this video by Naomi R. Mercer for TEDEd.

Get The Handmaid’s Tale now on Book Depository.

Seriously, read the book. Its message is so valuable if a little bit terrifying…


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Reading Resolutions Tag

Reading Resolutions Tag

Created by Charr Frears

1. An author you’d like to read (that you’ve never read before).

Uprooted by Naomi Novak

2. A book you’d like to read.

The Good People by Hannah Kent

3. A classic you’d like to read.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

4. A book you’d like to re-read.

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance

5. A book you’ve had for ages and want to read.

The Vampire Genevieve by Jack Yeovil

6. A big book you’d like to read.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

7. An author you’ve previously read and want to read more of.

Heart of Steel by Meljean Brooke

8. A book you got for Christmas and would like to read.

The Power by Alderman

9. A series you want to read from start to finish.

Wicked as They Come by Delilah S Dawson

10. A series you want to finish that you’ve already started.

Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill

11. Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2018?

Read 100 books

12. Any other reading goals?

Complete 3 or 4 annual reading challenges.


All of the books mentioned are available from Book Depository with free worldwide shipping.

Get Ready with Me & Christina Rossetti

I recently watched a Get Ready With Me video from Cheap Lazy Vegan where she overlayed a speech instead of music or a voiceover. I really enjoyed it and wanted to try it out myself.

Get ready with me and Christina Rossetti screen shots

The makeup I’m doing is just my everyday makeup (though I don’t actually wear makeup every day). Since I have a book blog I decided to do mine with poetry using audiobook recordings from Librivox which are in the public domain.

Here’s the video, I hope you enjoy it 🙂

The poem is Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, one of my absolute favourite poems and I think you would enjoy it even if you don’t like (or think you don’t like) poetry. I wrote a post about it for Poetry Day in 2017 as well. If you enjoyed the poem I recommend reading Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. You can check out more of Christina Rossetti’s work on Librivox or from a collection, Selected Poems by Christina Rossetti.

I really had so much fun creating this post and would love to do more. I will probably use shorter poems in the future though…


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