book blogger hop

Which character do you identify with and why?

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Check out the hop here!

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book-related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blogs.

Which character do you identify with and why?
My knee-jerk reaction here is Hermione Granger because the teacher’s pet book-worm who was good at school is exactly me but, as much as I loved the Harry Potter books, as a non-binary person, I’m trying to distance myself from Rowling and all of her shit. But I still want to take the time to acknowledge it, you know?

A recent character I’ve seen myself in is Cath from Fangirl – a dedicated reader, fangirl, and fanfic writer, who fantasises about being trapped in a library overnight, she’s introverted and socially awkward. Definitely describes me, although I did get a little frustrated with her at times but I saw so much of myself in that character

As a kid, I wanted to be George Kirrin from The Famous Five. I was a tomboy, I had a dog, but sadly I did not have 4 cousins to have adventures with – but growing up in a small village with plenty of woods etc to scrall around in, I did essentially act them out, playing make believe!

Willow Rosenberg from Buffy was the first time I ever really saw myself represented by a character on TV and she had such an incredible impact on my life. I was the same age as the characters in that show, going throw so much of the same things (minus vampires, demons, and forces of darkness of course) and I was also discovering Wicca and being gay. And I still enjoy a good research dive!

But I have never EVER felt so seen, identified so hard with a fictional character as I did on Star Trek: Discovery when Adira comes out to Stamets as non-binary and asks him to use ‘they’ instead of ‘she’ pronouns for them. They explain “I’ve never felt like a ‘she’, or a ‘her’, I would prefer ‘they’ or ‘them’ from now on” and it was just… there aren’t words for how fucking incredible it feels to be represented like that!

book reviews

Book Review: The Autobiography of Mr. Spock by Una McCormack

Title: The Autobiography of Mr. Spock
Author: Una McCormack
Dates read: 10/01/22 – 16/01/22
Rating 1/5

Publisher: Titan Books
Number of pages: 288
Fiction or non-fiction: fiction
Subject or genre: tv tie: star trek, science-fiction

Book blurb:Fictional autobiography of the iconic Star Trek character, told in his own words and telling the story of his life, including his difficult childhood, his adventures on the Enterprise, and his death and resurrection on the Genesis Planet.

“The Autobiography of Mr. Spock” tells the story of one of Starfleet’s finest officers, and one the Federations most celebrated citizens. Half human and half Vulcan, the book, written in Spock’s own words, follows his difficult childhood on the planet Vulcan; his controversial enrollment at Starfleet Academy; his adventures with Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise; his diplomatic triumphs with the Klingons and Romulans; and his death and amazing resurrection on the Genesis Planet. We meet the friends he’s made, the women he loved, and experience the triumphs and tragedies of a life and career that spanned a century. Despite his alien blood, his struggle to find his place in the universe is one we can all relate to.

How I discovered or acquired this book: It was on the ‘new books’ table in Honiton Library. It just jumped up and yelled at me, and what was I supposed to do, ignore a book about Mr Spock? I mean, really!

My thoughts I wish I’d left it on the new books table. I did not think it was possible to make a book about Mr Spock’s life dull, boring, uninteresting and flat. That’s what this book was. I almost DNFed it about 3 times but stubborn-ness had kicked in and… maybe it was going to get better. Reader, it did not get better. Every now and again there would be a couple of lines that sounded perfectly like Spock and made me smile, but the whole thing was just meh.