Hey, BookTube. It’s Sylwia. Let’s talk about some more books that I’ve read. I reread Lumberjanes vol.4 so I’m going to link you to my video of the first time I read it, pretty recently last year. Lumberjanes is incredible. Amazing representation. Amazing characters. The story is incredible. It sucked me in, like, maybe top three books that have ever sucked me into the world. Strongly recommend. Then I read More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, which has a great reputation, and I think that reputation is deserved. Does it have adequate representation? I would say so. This has a gay protagonist. We don’t find that out until a little bit into the book, which is not my favorite thing. Also, I really feel like I need to point this out: I am not a fan of coming out stories. So, I love LGBTQIA+ protagonists and I need more in my life and I will consistently read them, but coming out stories in general just bore me. I’m not interested in them. I’m turning 29 soon, like, I’m old. Coming out is, like, an old concept. I’m bored with it. I completely respect that we need coming out stories, I just don’t want to read them myself. So did it have adequate representation? Yes. He is Latinx. He lives in the Bronx. He comes from a lower socioeconomic structure. And he’s gay. Does it perpetuate healthy ideals? This has a moral. I love contemporaries that have a moral. I think it perpetuates healthy ideals? I had a lot of problems with the language. So Adam Silvera is leaning a little bit closer on the realism side of how he depicts the protagonist’s life- what’s his name? Aaron! Aaron’s life. There was a lot of the b-word. The way people that are very unenlightened talk to each other, that was depicted here, and I have a problem. I don’t think that was done well. I really don’t. I have a problem with one of the characters being called “Me-Crazy”. We should be trying to wash that word out of our vocabularies. I hate to say it: I- I didn’t like that. I did not like that part. Did it teach me something or make me think? It made me think about the moral, which was the goal. I can’t say that I thought at the level that I enjoy thinking during books. Oof. Oof, hope you guys don’t think I didn’t like this, because I strongly support Adam Silvera and his books, but I wasn’t that impressed. What was the writing style like? Compulsively readable. Fast. Flowed. But then again not the best I’ve ever read. Are the characters now my all-time favorites? They didn’t stand out to that point for me. Was the plot cleverly-written? A little bit? I would say it’s a little bit clever. But, again, coming out stories- for me, the idea that someone doesn’t accept themselves because of their sexual orientation bores me. I feel like that’s just- that like, that should be behind us. I feel like nobody should feel that way anymore. Not that people don’t! Of course people do! But i don’t want that. /I/ think everyone is beautiful, incredible. Whatever sexual orientation you identify with or as is beautiful and you’re beautiful and I’m just kind of over this idea that there’s anything wrong with sexual orientation. I totally understand that people struggle when they start to come out but I just feel like I accept everyone so much that I couldn’t even get into the- this idea that that’s unacceptable. I appreciated that his mother was completely on board and that him coming out was more of an internal struggle than a familial struggle. I just don’t think that’s clever. Like, that’s been done! Did I enjoy reading it? Yes. I enjoy reading it, but because I was not really interested in the premise and because it lacked an emotional oomph for me, I gave it three stars. I really want to emphasize that if you want to pick this up, I RECOMMEND IT, and I look at this book with respect and I look at the author with respect. It was just not right for me and my preferences. And then I read Matilda by Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl is a notorious anti-semitic man. I don’t know if he’s also sexist and racist? And this is not just me, guys. I don’t come up with this stuff out of nowhere Just go on Google, type in Roald Dahl Anti-semitism Racism Sexism, and it’ll be- you’ll get pages of answers. So, why I decided to spend this month on reading problematic authors? I don’t know. I needed to let you know that about Roald Dahl. So, I read Matilda. I read Matilda because I always had a curiosity and because it is one of the most read books, like, it has the most rating on goodreads, like the top 10 most on my to-read list. So I decided I’m going to read it. I do not think I can fairly review it, because I’ve read the movie so many times I’m kind of like tired of it. I feel like iIve almost reread this book even though it’s my first time reading it. So, the only things I can really tell you about this book are that it is almost exactly the same as the movie. The movie has one additional scene. The book has, like, two teeny-tiny additional scenes. It is basically the same thing. I don’t really want to get into reviewing this one and I get to do I want, it’s my channel so: come talk to me in the comments!