Batch Review #12

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round ThingsThe Earth, My Butt & Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Reasons why TEMBAOBRT and its heroine/narrator Virginia Shreves are cool:

1. The sexy times are realistically awkward. And it has positive message about teenage sexy times and exploring his/her own body.
2. The importance of CONSENT, everyone, hurrah.
3. Virginia lets herself feel.
4. She’s also a no-nonsense kind of person.
5. The way she hates her body and yet tries to love herself is so poignant and relatable.
6. How she used to accept the ingrained society’s stigma about how an overweight person should behave and fat-shaming and how she slowly leaves it behind.
7. Dr. Love: It’s health, not weight.
8. Shannon and Virginia.
9. The loving and well-meaning parents but a father so careless and a mother so criticizing.
10. Feminist sister (who doesn’t make much of appearance, unfortunately).
11. Lists, like this one, only funnier and sadder.

The Murder on the LinksThe Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2) by Agatha Christie

You can read the Poirot books out of order (I’m for instance reading the Marple books out of order) but I’m so glad that I’m following the publication history! There’s a reference or two to the first book (but not who the murderer was or anything like that!).
Now, The Murder on the Links was bloody brilliant. Its twists, so many times over, at the end you gasp every other page as another revelation hits you. I NEVER GUESSED. Agatha Christie really does deserve her crown as the queen of crime, in my opinion. She anticipates your train of thoughts, and BAM! It’s cul-de-sac.
I’ve got to read every Poirot book now. Too bad my sister spoiled The Murder of Roger Ackroyd for me.

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