The trees are alive! // My favorite trees in fiction.

The trees are alive! My favorite trees in fiction. //Treebeard from LOTR, Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, Pickett from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them // Blog post and illustration by Asti @ bit.ly/atypicalnarrative

When it comes to my stories posts, I’ve decided reviews and recommendations are not enough. I also want to talk a little more in general about the overarching things that pull me in, whether that be themes, characters, genres, tropes, etc. Reading about specific books or shows is nice, but sometimes it’s easier to interact with a post if it touches on broader themes (and I’m all about interaction here).

To start off, today I wanted to highlight one of my favorite types of characters in fiction: tree people!

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Uprooted: the book that makes me say “FIVE FUCKING STARS!!!”

How did I feel about Naomi Novik’s Uprooted after finishing it? Well, let’s refer to my notes, shall we?

SO FUCKING GOOD! FIVE STARS! I finished with a huge ass smile on my face. I just, ahhh.

Hm… I’m not sure if that really encompasses my feelings. Let’s take a look at my Goodread’s review.

FIVE FUCKING STARS!!!!!!

Is this book perfect? Not necessarily. But I loved every second of it.

Okay then. There’s my thoughts on Uprooted. I gave it five stars and it makes me want to say “fucking”. That’s good enough for those who just want my general thoughts, but for those who want more…

Warning: There is some mild spoilage below. Nothing that I would consider to ruin the plot of the book or anything like that, but if you want to go into it knowing only what the blurb reveals, you may want to turn back now or read the headings but nothing else.

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Hey █████ , read the Illuminae Files! // Five reasons you should read the Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Hey █████ , read the Illuminae Files! || Five reasons you should read the Illuminae Files || Blog post and illustration by Asti @ atypicalnarrative

It is time, boys and girls.
It is time for me to sink back into my book blogger ways and discuss a recent favorite of mine.
Aren’t you oh so excited?? (You better be, damnit. I worked hard on this post.)

Today I want to urge you to pick up and read The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (at least the first one). Why?

BECAUSE FUCK

Yes, fuck. I love that there are fucking cuss words in this kick-ass bitch of a book. (Whoa Asti, whoa. I think that’s enough there. Your mom reads these posts.)

I was a teen once and I know it may be shocking to hear, but I cussed. Especially in high-intensity situations. So, as silly as it may sound, I actually love that there is a YA book out there in which cussing is a regular occurrence for the teenage MCs.

But don’t worry! If you’re averse to cussing and rather turn a blind eye, this series does a good job of censoring itself. It’s like watching TV with all the “bleeps”. The cussing is there and you can easily figure out what it is, but if you rather pretend otherwise you can just admire all the random █████ marks blocking those naughty words.

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