Six of Crows: Review

Outcasts? An impossible heist? …Say no more!
This book was pretty much an auto-buy for me. I’ve read the Grisha Trilogy, and having another book set in the same world was a delight.

[To answer a common question, No – you needn’t read the Grisha Trilogy first in order to read this, but some of the characters will be mentioned, and if you’ve read it, it’ll only make you smile, and also you’ve have a deeper understanding of the Grisha World]

Okay diving into the review..

I really enjoying the writing style and how Bardugo intertwined the past and the present in such a beautiful way. Usually, when a flashback is involved, authors tend to alternate the chapters of present and past. Six of Crows alternates the chapters from the POV of all six characters, Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, & Wylan; and are in third-person tone. Each chapter seamlessly joins their current circumstances with their past lives, giving more meaning to their thoughts and decisions.

Furthermore, the way the flashback was incorporated to the present storyline was the best part for me – it didn’t give away too much, but it made you gradually like the characters and actually worry about them towards the end. This character development was flawless and the story never felt like it dragged or slowed. The impossible heist truly felt impossible, and I found myself cheering the characters on and holding my breath when they would fall into mishap.

The ending caught me off guard, as I was too involved with the character to see the incoming plot twist. Nevertheless, I absolutely loved this book and I do recommend it!

Looking forward to the second book: The Crooked Kingdom!

Overall: 4.5 (0.5 extra for Kaz) out of 5.

Workforce Equality: A Fleeting Dream?

According to World Bank Data (1), female participation rate in Labor Force has dropped from 52% to 49.5% in the last 20 years. Furthermore, based on Deloitte Board Diversity Census (2), Women in C-Suite Roles of Fortune 500 Companies are a mere 20% in 2016, of which only 3.8% are minorities.

It’s the twenty-first century and female representation in workforce is this weak.

Several reasons contribute to this problem on larger scale:

Cultural Norms
The ideology that women are the ‘house maker’ in conservative cultures and developing nations, often leave women less accomplished then their male counterparts. In some cases, women aren’t even educated enough to do even the least skilled job, and that is “if” they are allowed to even work in the first place.

Industry Stereotypes
Some industries have become highly male-dominant, such as Accounting and Finance, or Technology. In these industries, a career path for a female worker is often riddled with roadblocks and managers’ bias. Even if women do enter such field, they are likely to be harassed into quitting their job sooner or later.

Laws and Regulations
Issues like Wage Gap and Paid Maternity Leave are still an existing issue in many countries. Businesses aren’t doing enough to address this.

 

World Economic Forum (3) stated in their Global Gender Gap Report 2016, that it could take 170 years to close the gender gap.

 

So here’s hoping to a future of workforce equality.
Here’s to the girls of tomorrow that will break that glass ceiling.
Here’s to the girls of today that challenge stereotypes.
The world is waiting…

 

🙂 FTK

 

Credits:
(1) The World Bank, “Labor Force Participation Rate, Female (% of Female Population Ages 15+) (Modeled ILO Estimate),The World Bank Databank (2016).
(2) Deloitte and Alliance for Board Diversity, Missing Pieces Report: The 2016 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards (2017).
(3) The World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report 2016 (2016).

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Getting Organized: Give your Mess a Facelift

Cluttered Table?
Scrambled Closet?
Mixed up Schedule?

I’ve had all three at some point, and occasionally still do. Now, however, it doesn’t end up in utter chaos as it used to. Super fancy and expensive storage boxes are the last thing that you should buy. There are a ton of DIY things you can do and make it look better.

The cluttered Table.
With studying and crafting I would do, any size of table would soon be consumed under all the mess, and cleaning it would be a nightmare. I’m using a plastic box with adjustable dividers for my Crafting materials, like threads and needles. For my notes I use simple folders and a file box. To make it more convenient, I further categorized the folders as “Subjects” and the file box as “School Term”. This is something that works for me. Of course you can store them the way you see fit.

The Scrambled Closet
Whenever I would look for something to wear, I wouldn’t find it unless I take out some ten other clothes, and putting them back were a hassle, so they ended up on the ‘chair’. I then sorted my clothes to ‘daily used’ to ‘only on occasions’. The latter ones and the seasonal ones, like heavy coats, would then be moved to the trunk, so I’ll have more space in the closet. Since I have a three-panel wardrobe, all my jeans and skirts are in the right side, and all shirts and dresses are in the left panel. While my daily wear are folded and stacked in the third (horizontal) panel. This way, if I’m looking for a dress, I’d have all my dresses next to each other and not all over my room.

The Mixed up Schedule
I used to jot down my To Do List on my phone, but that didn’t work out so well with me, especially when I was working part time with irregular flexible hours and having night classes. I used a Daily Planner (I personally like this one). I could keep my notes sorted and I view my whole week at once so it helped scheduling my other activities as well.

Have fun trying out which way works better for you, and remember being consistent is the key, not perfect.

 

🙂 FTK

 

Credits:
Photo via Visual Hunt

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