Books from the Backlog [5]: Vox by Christina Dalcher

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Published: August 21st, 2018 | Source: Simon & Schuster for review

Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

I was so excited to receive this package from Simon & Schuster Canada. When I read the blurb, I was already pumped to read it. This book came at a perfect time when women are finding the voice to speak out against inequalities and injustices rooted in sexual abuse. But for some reason, I set it aside as the writing was not jiving well with me. I really want to read it, though. So today, I thought I’d feature it here to serve as a reminder.

So this is set in a world where women’s spoken words are counted. But that was just the beginning. It’s been heralded (and chided) as a The Handmaid’s Tale copycat. That alone makes this novel so interesting to read.

Books from the Backlog is a weekly feature from Carole’s Random Life in Books.
It’s a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. 

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Throwback Thursday [15]: The Infinity Gauntlet

I’m not a comics enthusiast by any stretch of imagination, but I’m a graphic novel reader. Over the last few years, however, I’ve followed the Marvel Comics Universe with great passion. I started off as a Thor fan, but since being introduced to other cast, I really can’t pick a favourite. I suppose I love them all.

In April, Avengers fans were treated to the last movie of the franchise, Endgame. It was a phenomenal hit; hordes of fans witnessed the end of an era. Ever since its release, I’ve watched and re-watched the movies almost religiously. As in, there’s not a day that goes by when I don’t watch a Marvel movie.

I’ve always known my husband was a collector back in the day. What I didn’t realize was that he owns a treasure trove of nerdgasmic proportion. One Saturday night, the kids and I decided to raid his stash and found The Infinity Gauntlet – which for us, is the holy grail of Marvel Universe. I could talk about what the series is about but this post would be too long.

So today, I thought I’d share with you this first edition, six-issue limited series that was first published in 1991. I wish I can tell you that it holds some financial value, but let me tell you that it does not. For me, it’s the shared love we all have for the characters and the story line. Many a dinner discussion has been about the movies and finding plot holes and inexpiable occurrences that needed explanation. I suppose the time my family spent together talking about the movies is priceless enough. We looked forward to each movie release. For the first time in a long time, we can actually agree on which movies to watch.

How about you? Does your family share a similar passion for something?

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Throwback Thursday [14]: I’m With the Vamps, Of Course.

The latest news about Robert Pattinson being tapped as the new Bruce Wayne was certainly a big surprise for me. To be honest, I’ve kind of lost track of Robert after the Twilight movie franchise was over. Apparently, he’s had some roles that showed off his chops outside of the brooding, sparkly vampire we all loved. In any case, and after the shock wore off, I’ve come to slowly acclimate myself in the idea that he’ll give the role justice. Let’s hope. DC certainly hasn’t had that much success lately (besides Aquaman, that is). So if Robert does well, and if his hoards of fans come out to support this, he could potentially shut down the haters.

Today’s post is an homage to the books that restarted my love for reading. Say what you will about the books, but I know a lot of readers owe the same gratitude to Ms. Meyer. Regardless of all its faults, the series ignited everyone’s passion for reading again, particularly the YA genre. My reading taste has grown over the years, but YA remains in my arsenal.

In 2008, while perusing the bargain books at Walmart, a paperback copy of a book caught my eye. It’s predominantly black; the cover featured extended hands cradling a blood red apple. Nothing extraordinary about it but I picked it up, anyway. Little did I know that it would be the start of an obsession that I never knew I needed. It only took three chapters before I was sucked in. As immediate as the next day, I went and searched high and low for the remaining books in the series.

Fanfiction came next. Then, the hysteria of fandom. We’ve had many ups and downs, the Twihards and I. It was (and probably is still) a very dedicated and hardcore fans. We were passionate and more often divided about the whole RPattz and KStew pairing. But regardless of our stance, we were united in our love for the franchise.


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Books from the Backlog [4]

Books from the Backlog is a feature from Carole’s Random Life in Books. It’s a way to feature some books that you’ve long neglected in the hopes that you’ll finally, finally have the inkling to read them.

This week, I’m featuring books that I’ve bought back in 2013. I know that’s when I bought them because that was the date when I took the picture. Ha.

Back in the days when I have money to burn for books, I buy random releases that I see in the blogosphere. And I think this is the case in this instance. I still haven’t read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein so I’m not even sure why I bought Rose Under Fire. Though, come to think of it, it’s probably because I have FOMO on the sequel.

Bodyguard by Chris Bradford is a series from a UK author. I have no idea how I found it but Goodreads has a pretty good rating on it. I can never turn down a book about boy spies so really have no clue why I haven’t picked this up. I might just try to read it this weekend.

Projection by Risa Green confuses me, to be honest. But with the confusion comes curiosity. Some of the reviews I’ve read on Goodreads speaks of soul swapping through a kiss. Sounds kind of intriguing but there’s a whole, popular girls vs. school reject kind of vibe that I’m not really into. So, we shall see.

Anyway this is my Throwback Thursday post today. I’m linking this to Carole’s blog but check out today’s posts from other bloggers as well!

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Throwback Thursday [13]: My First Instagram Post


On October 6, 2010, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched Instagram. In two years’ time, it went from having 13 people on its payroll to having 500 million users. Crazy.

I decided to check out what my very first Instagram post was. On July 27, 2011, I posted this picture.  It doesn’t have hashtags, nor even a caption. To this day, it has zero likes and zero comments. It only makes sense that my very first post would be about books.

Have I read any of these books, you ask? Well, let’s see:

There are 17 books in this picture. Out of those 17 books, I’ve only read 5 (Afterbirth by Sophie Littlefield, Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer, Supernaturally by Kiersten White, Pearl by Jo Knowles, and Dead Rules by Randy Russell). I think it’s time to cull the shelves because I’m pretty sure I still have these books. #bookhoarderproblems.

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Books from the Backlog [3]: For Darkness Shows The Stars

*Books from the Backlog is a regular feature over at Carole’s Random Life in Books.

This week, I’m featuring a book that came out in 2012. I knew I wanted to read it because it was marketed as a YA SciFi version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion – which is my absolute Jane Austen favourite. Captain Wentworth is infinitely hotter than Darcy, in my opinion. I have no idea why I never read this book but I’m so glad I saw it while scouring my basement bookshelves.

From Goodreads:

It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Starsis a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

Have you read this?

 

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