Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes, by Holly Bourne || Mental health, important messages, & mixed feelings + GIVEAWAY


Title: Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Copy: ARC
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Synopsis:

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?

Review:

I have only read two of Holly Bourne’s novels so far (the first one being It Only Happens in the Movies), and I love how she seamlessly incorporates her advocacies for social change into her works in a manner that doesn’t sideline them; rather, these ideas and messages are carefully placed front, center, and with just the right amount of in-your-face. Are We Lemmings & Snowflakes is not any different in that regard; at its heart, this contemporary novel thoughtfully and sensitively explores mental health.

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#Augvocacy2018: Ask the Augvocates (Day 6) + book giveaway!

In case this is the first time you’ve heard of the (admittedly made-up) term ‘Augvocacy’, let me provide some quick context before we continue with the rest of this post.

If it isn’t obvious enough, ‘Augvocacy’ is a silly play on the words ‘August’ and ‘advocacy’, which can already give you a somewhat clear idea of what this event aspires to do: to bring together like-minded individuals in actively forwarding a particular advocacy throughout the month of August, which will hopefully carry over in small, indirect ways for the rest of the year. Participants of said event are referred to as Augvocates (💖). You can learn more about the origin of Augvocacy 2018 (or #Augvocacy2018) by reading my event launch post.

For 2018, twenty-four* (24) Filipino readers, bloggers (like me!), and authors are dedicating this month towards emphasizing a single message, that is, the importance of fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines.

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#Augvocacy2018: Ask the Augvocates (Day 5) + book giveaway!

In case this is the first time you’ve heard of the (admittedly made-up) term ‘Augvocacy’, let me provide some quick context before we continue with the rest of this post.

If it isn’t obvious enough, ‘Augvocacy’ is a silly play on the words ‘August’ and ‘advocacy’, which can already give you a somewhat clear idea of what this event aspires to do: to bring together like-minded individuals in actively forwarding a particular advocacy throughout the month of August, which will hopefully carry over in small, indirect ways for the rest of the year. Participants of said event are referred to as Augvocates (💖). You can learn more about the origin of Augvocacy 2018 (or #Augvocacy2018) by reading my event launch post.

For 2018, twenty-four* (24) Filipino readers, bloggers (like me!), and authors are dedicating this month towards emphasizing a single message, that is, the importance of fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines.

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The Ins & Outs of #bookishwish (ft. giveaways, free spreadsheets, & granted wishes!)

At this point in time, if you more than occasionally scroll through Twitter feeds, then you’ve most likely already encountered a hashtag called #bookishwish. In line with this, I am certainly not the first blogger to write about this recent phenomenon, which has taken the Twitter sphere by storm. In fact, JJ @ This Dark Material and Rain @ bookdragonism have already written their takes on how the hashtag came to be and how you can join in.

From a personal standpoint, I have tons and tons of thoughts I’d like to discuss – so much so, in fact, that this post is just the first of a two-part discussion. Today, I’d like to go beyond the narrative of how a single tweet escalated into something much, much bigger (and infinitely helpful). I’ve actually had the opportunity to interview Julie (@DailyJulianne) herself, the author of said tweet, to shed some more light on what #bookishwish aims to do.

Julie was a 14-year-old book blogger when she first joined the community back in 2009. Since then, she has never really left – currently, she writes about books for Pique Beyond and YA Interrobang, co-runs Blogbound Con, works as a publishing-related freelancer all the while job hunting for something full-time. Julie is based in the United States, specifically New York, and she considers herself to be obsessed with her cats.

When asked for the context behind her tweet, and in turn, what crossed her mind that inspired her to tweet about the unequal access to books on a global scale, here’s what Julie has to say:

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#Augvocacy2018: Fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines

Today marks the first day of August as well as the first day of the first ever Augvocacy, which is a humble little blogging event I’ve been organizing for the past two months. Augvocacy is a personal, advocacy-driven project that I am extremely excited to share with all of you!


What is Augvocacy?

Essentially, the heart of Augvocacy is, as its name suggests, tackling important advocacies in August. More than that, however, this project celebrates diverse voices and highlights the necessity of nuances and perspectives, which is why the main goal of Augvocacy is to bring together like-minded individuals in actively forwarding a particular advocacy throughout this month. These lovely participants are called Augvocates (💖).

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Wrapping up July 2018: a month of lists, and um, overnight fame? (Oh and read for a surprise!)

Hello, everyone! With July nearing its end, we’re a lot over this year’s first half, and perhaps more importantly (or at least to me), we’re quickly approaching August, which just so happens to be my birth month! Yep, you read that right. On the 14th, I’ll be turning twenty-two (22???) years old even though I still feel like the same eighteen-year-old kid. But we can talk about that later!

July has been a pretty good month for me. The first half was pretty uneventful because I was sort of stuck in a routine: wake up, attend my Spanish class, eat lunch, take a long nap, spend the rest of the day inside my dormitory alternately binge-watching Jane the Virgin and Fresh Off the Boat, drafting multiple blog posts at the same time (which has led to multiple unfinished drafts saved in my laptop) or getting some reading done, grab dinner, answer my Spanish homework, and head to bed.

In hindsight, I had dedicated a sizable chunk of every day to my naps – an indicator that it is truly the rainy season here in the Philippines (read: naps on rainy days are the best and y’all can fight me on that!). But I digress.

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Quick Kindle steals (Vol 1): Books you can buy for $1.99 or less!

In a previous post, I shared a pretty extensive – if I do say so myself – list of resources and tools you can use to access more books without resorting to e-book piracy.

Some people digitally pirate out of greed and financial stinginess, but of course, there are also some readers who illegally download e-books because of complicated reasons not limited to inaccessibility of books, lack of resources, and financial constraints. While I was working on the list of alternatives to e-book piracy, I was suddenly inspired to start a small discussion series that I’ll be entitling Bookworm on a Budget as well as a new blog feature called Quick Kindle steals.

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