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Summer reading

Hello Virtually Read friends! It has really been a while and as you can probably tell Shanti and I have been busy and distracted and are still not really sure what the direction/future of this blog is to be honest. But anyway, down in the Southern Hemisphere it’s the summer holidays! I’m working so it’s not eXacTly a holiday but I do have more free time than uni! So here’s some books I have been reading or want to. Continue reading “Summer reading”

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Books in June and the future of Virtually Read

We’ll be back in June, we said, confidently, in April. It is now July, and it has been far too long without a Virtually Read blogpost. It took about six weeks for me (Shanti) to feel like writing about books again. I had been in a bit of a book slump, but perhaps slower reading is my new normal. I saw Shar a few weeks ago, and we’ve realised that with what we’re committed to offline at the moment, posting at the same rate we used to is not possible. But we’re still reading, and we still care about reading, and we still want to write about reading. What will this mean for Virtually Read? We’ll break it down a bit here.  Continue reading “Books in June and the future of Virtually Read”

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My Oxford Year//It wasn’t a inappropriate mayfly romance.

Hey Virtually Readers! I waited literally until the very end of the week to post this but that’s because I was working on another post that will hopefully be actually ready *ahem. Written* soon ish. This is yet another review from the summer. Continue reading “My Oxford Year//It wasn’t a inappropriate mayfly romance.”

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Leah on the Offbeat: Great yet manipulates fave characters?

Hey readers! How is your week going? I’m back with this a review of a book that kind of disappointed me yet I also enjoyed a lot. AAAARGH.

Title: Leah on the Offbeat

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: YA Contemporary

Themes: Sexuality, growing up, university, musical theatre in high school Continue reading “Leah on the Offbeat: Great yet manipulates fave characters?”

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A Girl Like that: Diverse but how gritty is too gritty?

I’m about to start university again, so I’m thanking past me for writing a lot of book reviews. Will they be enough to get me through the semester? Only time will tell. However, this is a very good book and you should definitely read my review thx.  Continue reading “A Girl Like that: Diverse but how gritty is too gritty?”

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Artemis Fowl and the importance of non-violence in children’s literature

I read the first Artemis Fowl book in January, and just finished Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception, the 4th book. One thing that struck me apart from the general genius of these books was the emphasis on the fairies’ nonviolence, even for the very clear ‘bad guys’. This is a discussion about nonviolence in children’s/MG literature.  Continue reading “Artemis Fowl and the importance of non-violence in children’s literature”