Dora Reads is the book blog of a Bookish Rebel, focussed on the nerdy side of life, and providing passionate support of the Diversity Movement in all things bookish.
Mental health advocacy and Queer views abound!
Reading is awesome - and we're gonna spread it to EVERYONE! :)
OK, the thing that made nerd-dom collectively lose its sh** this week was the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok!
(And once again, proof that Chris Hemsworth needs to be in more comedy - his timing dudes, his timing.)
Uber-short Doctor Strange trailer for you my dear nerdlets:
This week I read Who Killed Kurt Cobain? - The Story of Boddah (UK - US) by Nicolas Otero.
This is pretty dark, very graphic, mightily weird, and could probably do with being sealed in a child-proof 'Trigger Warning' box to ensure readers are suitably prepared... but for all that, I really liked it!
August was actually a pretty good month for me. Despite how difficult my anxiety made it, I came out as sexually fluid; and that felt great ;)
Blog-wise, less impressive stats than last month. But they were still pretty damn good :) Over 4k page-views this month, reaching over 25k page-views over-all!!!!!!!!!!! XD I mean - wow! 25k!!!!!! XD XD (Actually I've now reached over 26k, but 25 is such a round and shiny number, lol!) And I now have over 950 followers on Twitter. Things've stagnated a little on BlogLovin' - but still trotting along with a handful of new followers this month :) And shameless plug time! The Bookish Diversity Link List 2016 is up and running. Be sure to check it out, and let me know if you find anything I can add! (It's easier when people help me, lol.)
received a free digital review copy of this book via NetGalley.
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and honest reviews.
This is a re-release of one of Tokyopop's most popular titles.
Seeing as how Tokyopop are back, back, back! and working very closely with Disney, they're doing another release of the series, which was first given unto the world (sorry, I'm in a really weird mood,) circa 2007.
It's still as cute today ;)
This is a manga volume, and reads right to left, in traditional manga style.
Kilala is living in admiration of her favourite Disney princesses. Little does she know that they're about to help her save the day!
This book is so sweet and cute and kawaii that I'm going to get a cavity from all the sugar! At the same time, it's not sickeningly-sweet (which takes some skill!)
There are bits of what can only be described as swashbuckling action, and Kilala is a relatable heroine with a pet mouse. I defy you to resist the sweetness!
I actually quite liked the romantical-aspects, true it verged on insta-love, but managed to juuuuust dodge the most annoying parts of that trope (plus, we're dealing with Disney princesses - insta-love is going to happen. Deal with it.)
I also liked the way Snow White (our princess for this volume,) was a part of the story without dominating it - this is Kilala's story, not Snow's.
But neither do the Disney elements feel forced - they're woven in very well, particularly when you consider the balance of the manga style with the more traditionally 'Western' style of Disney princesses, which this volume totally pulls off :)
so great bits:
Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once (let me know if you got that reference, I will love you forever,) -
GIRLS SHOULD NOT BASE THEIR ENTIRE FUTURE PLANS ON MEETING A HANDSOME DUDE TO MARRY. #JustSaying.
Also, if you're looking for something deep and intellectual? Yeah... this isn't the book for that.
Don't get me wrong, it's sweet, it just has the net substance of cotton candy (hence the cavities.)
A fun and sweet manga that any fan of princesses will love, but which is perhaps a little heavy on the gender stereotyping in places.
Ahhh, July - funny old month, some good things, some not-good things. But, y'know, I'm still standing, and blog-wise things are looking uber-awesome if I do say so myself! :)
This is me this month. #TrueStory ;)
This month has been rockin' as far as blog-stats are concerned:
I hit over 20k page-views in all, with over 5k views just this month.
A lot of this was due to my most popular post of the month - my review of Luna the Vampire, which hit over 2k page-views all on its lonesome! (Honestly, I don't know why that post was so popular, but I'm not complaining!)
Diary of a Reading Addict now has 50+ followers on BlogLovin'.
I reviewed some awesome-a*s books this month - stand-outs for me include Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi and Monstress, Vol: The Awakening. But honestly, I reviewed a lot of rockin' stuff this month!
And yes, before you say anything - I realise that of the 8 books I reviewed this month, 4 were graphic novels *shrugs* - there's nothing wrong with that!