Honey, we need to talk. There is something very important we must discuss and I don’t care it’s late or that you are tired after work. You see, a few weeks ago I finally read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and besides nodding all my way through the short book, and falling in love with Chimamanda’s mind, I felt like this topic was one we really need to talk about. So what started as a review of the book, ended being a very lengthy and honest discussion about feminism. Very, very lengthy, I must say. Sometimes I have no control over my ranting, you know that. So to make it a little bit lighter I added some gifs and quotes from the book. But jokes aside, this IS important. And I ask you to read it, to the extent that you are capable of, all the ranting considered. But please, give it a try.
I am thrilled to present you the first Guest Post on The Bibliotheque. Yes, you heard right. This is the beginning of a new section where you – yes, you – will be able to speak your mind and heart and use this blog as the last push you need to get to more people. But what makes today really special is not the new section opening, it’s the what we will discuss and the who being in charge of discussing.
Over a year ago, when I started my instagram account, I would have never imagined I was going to meet such amazing, kind and beautiful little creatures. Furthermore, I would have never imagined that I was going to connect at such strong level with someone. But don’t be mistaken, even if I have met a lot of great and talented people, only a few I consider actual friends. Even if we have never been standing in the same place at the same time, we still stand together in many different ways. We share passions, obsessions and worries. One of these little creatures is Marie. As well as me, she is a fierce advocate of self love, and as you may know I think it is super important to talk about body image and all the wrong and mistaken social standards we are constantly bombed with. So here’s Marie’s beautiful post about accepting and loving yourself and the importance of doing so unconditionally.
Thank you, Marie. You are a ray of sunshine.
You can find Marie at @Mariesbookdiary
“Whatever you do, make sure it makes you happy.”
Funny words, huh? What an inspirational quote. One that is sold in posters and all sorts of parafernalia every day. One that is shouted and whispered on a daily basis. One that we are bombed with more than we realize. But one that involves a concept not so easy to grasp. Happiness.
Are you happy? How do I know if I am happy? How can one be happy?
But most importantly, what is happiness?
I love Romance, I love Love and I love Colleen Hoover’s books. I have swooned over each and every of her love stories. Some of her books have made me cry, some others have made laugh, and some others have made me change the way I look at relationships in real life. All in all, her books always, always, make me feel. So, yes, Colleen Hoover is one of favourite authors, if not my fave. A couple of her books stand in my all time faves, and I am certain that no matter how much time it goes by or how much I grow up and change, I will never stop buying, reading and loving her books.
However, and now that we’ve stated my profound love for CoHo, I have seen very dispersed opinions about her books. CoHo’s stories are about love and relationships, and what makes them special is that they are not the average love story that you might find in most of the New Adult books out there. Her books are about love but they are also about life, and they always portray a troubled love interest. Are we romanticising these troubled love interests getting caught up in the beauty of the love story? Are we forgiving these male MCs in despite of their sometimes unhealthy and somehow toxic behaviour towards the female MC?
Do you love New Adult? I do, not a month goes by without reading at least one NA book. I think this is a very popular genre, however, I have noticed that some readers are ashamed to recognise that they enjoy reading these books. Are you one of those readers? Are you mortified to admit that you love this genre?