Hm. Rough week. Finals clobbered me more than I'd like to admit, so I again apologize for inactivity. Part of this is inertia--the principle that matter will continue in a state of motion or rest unless acted upon by an outside force. In this case, once I'd stopped blogging, it was easier to say "I'll come back tomorrow" for two weeks' worth of tomorrows instead of just starting again. This is also a great display of what neuroatypicality does to a person: it's a bit harder for me to get restarted than for many other individuals.
I'm here, though, and I'm still reading. I hope you are as well. It's going to be a long winter, and if I can provide any relief through it with my recommendation lists, reviews, and musings, I'm eager to do it. Therefore, my update today is going to be a quick list of my current reads!
Comment below with your own current read, I'd love to hear what everyone else has been enjoying recently!
After months, I’m finally getting to the Stuck at Home Book Tag!
Thank you to Sienna @ Daydreaming Book Lover for the tag!
The Tag Rules
This is a shame post. Specifically, I'm calling myself out for inactivity here! Between school, work, and a million other things, I let blogging fall by the wayside. Yikes! My TBR pile is screaming at me (the section of unread/unreviewed ARCs is loudest) and I dearly miss sharing my reviews and recommendation collections with you all. I also noticed that I simply forgot to do a November Cover Love! That mistake will be rectified tomorrow--I'll post as soon as I'm able. For accountability, I also should say that I have upcoming reviews for Admission by Julie Buxbaum (read) and Hush by Dylan Farrow (as soon as I finish reading) amongst others.
Truly an egregious oversight on my part, however... it's kind of inevitable when entire weeks go by in the blink of an eye and I can barely get out of bed some days. There's a tough bit of honesty. The "Quarantine" part of #QuarantineReads is starting to get me down again now that it's a true New England winter, terrible weather and all. Even bookstagramming every day becomes difficult when the nights creep in earlier and blur my days together. Readers, I'm just here to tell you that it's okay if tasks are hard right now. It's okay to rest for a while. I wouldn't have agreed with that a few years ago, but I'm wiser (or possibly just jaded) now, and I think it's better to excel and be late than push myself too far and be on time.
I haven't been reading as much this fall as I did during the summer, either. I finish more books than many people do (and any amount of reading is amazing--don't let anyone make you feel inferior for how much you read), but it's still fewer than my usual, and that saddens me. There are so many amazing stories out there, and I hear about so many of them by being connected to the publishing world! I just want to read everything and never leave my library! Alas, when real life calls me I must answer. Until next time, lovelies. Thank you for your patience with me. If you want to chat, I'm always available by email!
The entirety of last week was basically... one extension of Tuesday for me, so I believe I skipped a week in these journal installments. I think my instagram caption from last night is the best display of my current sentiments:
"Oof, I don’t think I’ve ever been sledgehammered by a week as much before this one. I am so elated by the outcome of the election—by no means is this country perfect, but now we’re finally able to take steps forward. I’m proud of us. I’m proud to be American, for the first time in four years. I’m feeling gleeful and reveling in this victory. And anyone who comes at me to feel empathy for 45 supporters will earn a swift block. I’m a QWOC. I don’t have the energy for that. I’m focused on doing the necessary work to save our democracy, starting with volunteering to help in Georgia runoff elections!"
I'm dropping links here to Fair Fight (Stacy Abrams' voting rights organization): https://fairfight.com/join-our-fight/
Rev. Raphael Warnock's campaign (against Kelly Loeffler, the Senator who made a profit off of not-yet-public information on the pandemic back in March. She's a profiteer. We need her out.): warnockforgeorgia.com/
and Jon Ossoff's campaign (against David Perdue): https://electjon.com/. They need our help! If we can win these two races, Democrats will hold a Senate majority in addition to the House and Presidency. This way we'll be able to pass legislation on climate change, racial justice, healthcare, and so many more issues that impact the lives of Americans everywhere. Please join the fight!
In bookish news, I've started the month of November with the Clear Your Sh*t Readathon, meant to get all those unread books off my shelf in the form of a choose your own adventure story. If you'd like to follow along with me and my quest, connect with me on Twitter, where I'm threading my progress.
Hi all! The Book Terminal Tours team is so excited to kick off our blog tour for Lies Like Poison! We're featuring a slate of amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers, so be sure to head over to the tour schedule for links to their posts throughout the week! Auburn, Samantha, and I cannot wait to share this amazing tour with you and encourage you to order Lies Like Poison. We hope you'll enjoy it as much as our bloggers do!
I've attached the list of our bloggers, but again, check back at the official tour schedule for updated links every day!
Poppy, Lily, and Belladonna would do anything to protect their best friend, Raven. So when they discovered he was suffering abuse at the hands of his stepmother, they came up with a lethal plan: petals of poppy, belladonna, and lily in her evening tea so she’d never be able to hurt Raven again. But someone got cold feet, the plot faded to a secret of the past, and the group fell apart.
Three years later, on the eve of Raven’s seventeenth birthday, his stepmother turns up dead. But it’s only belladonna found in her tea, and it’s only Belladonna who’s carted off to jail. Desperate for help, Belle reaches out to her estranged friends to prove her innocence. They answer the call, but no one is prepared for what comes next.
Now, everyone has something to lose and something equally dangerous to hide. And when the tangled web of secrets and betrayal is finally unwound, what lies at its heart will change the group forever.
The Baroness of Books - Welcome Post
The Book View - Review, Mood Board
Rajiv's Reviews - Review
The Broke Book Blog - Review, Playlist
Balancing Books and Beauties - Review, Favorite Quotes
Storme Reads A Lot - Review
Brianna's Books and Randomness - Review, Playlist
Lady Readsalot - Review
Kait Plus Books - Interview
Fantastically Bookish - Review
Mahkjchi's Not-So-Secret Books - Review
The Clever Reader - Review
Moonlight Rendezvous - Review, Favorite Quotes
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Lynn's Tidbits - Guest Post
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@firebreathing.book.queen - Guest Post
As much as I love books and reading, I am a woman of many interests! I love reading books where characters love STEM subjects too! Today, I'd like to share some recommendations for YA books featuring themes of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. If you'd like to purchase any of them, don't hesitate to visit my Bookshop, where I've created a shelf so you can shop this list! (Gentle reminder that these are affiliate links, more info in sidebar) I've got seven out-now recs for you, and a bonus upcoming release that I'm super excited for. Many of the novels on this list feature coding and technology, and that representation is super important! I also want to leave space to acknowledge that we need more books featuring bio, chem, physics, and math students too! This is why I'm so looking forward to Ann LaBar's Prom Theory, out March 30, 2021.
Hi all! Sorry for the unexpected hiatus the past couple of weeks--I really shouldn't be apologizing, because this space exists on my own terms, but I will anyways since I did promise regular content. I'm a student, so it's hard to commit to those types of things between my coursework and job. Regardless, I'm back with some bookish updates! Firstly, I finished Harrow the Ninth on Sunday and I am not okay!! Tamsyn Muir is doubtlessly one of the best SFF writers of this time on Earth, and I am so grateful that I can let her words bend my mind whenever I want to. If anyone at Tor has an Alecto ARC they'd like to drop me... I'm never going to turn that down! I need to know what happens next!
Secondly, on my TBR this month has been a reread of Furyborn before my first read of Kingsbane. I love love loved this series when it first came out, but I've slipped over the years and stopped keeping up. The last installment, Lightbringer, is out now and I am very excited to get my copy once I refamiliarize myself with the world!
Thank you to Bloomsbury for sharing a copy in exchange for my honest review!
Faryn Liu thought she was the Heaven Breaker, a warrior destined to wield the all-powerful spear Fenghuang, command dragons, and defeat demons. But a conniving goddess was manipulating her all along...and her beloved younger brother, Alex, has betrayed her and taken over as the Heaven Breaker instead. Alex never forgave the people who treated him and Faryn like outcasts, and now he wants to wipe out both the demons and most of humanity.
Determined to prevent a war and bring Alex back to her side, Faryn and her half-dragon friend Ren join the New Order, a group of warriors based out of Manhattan's Chinatown. She learns that one weapon can stand against Fenghuang--the Ruyi Jingu Bang. Only problem? It belongs to an infamous trickster, the Monkey King.
Faryn sets off on a daring quest to convince the Monkey King to join forces with her, one that will take her to new places--including Diyu, otherwise known as the Underworld--where she'll run into new dangers and more than one familiar face. Can she complete her mission and save the brother she loves, no matter the cost?
The Fallen Hero is a thrilling sequel to The Dragon Warrior, Katie Zhou’s Chinese fantasy-inspired middle grade series will surely delight readers. I’m more of an occasional middle grade reader—it’s excellent light fare for in between longer YA and Adult novels—so I’m not well versed in it enough to give critique. I enjoyed reading The Fallen Hero because of Faryn’s bravery and the fun characterizations of the gods.
High stakes and a wide cast of characters adds excitement. I don’t think there was a single chapter where I wasn’t excited to turn the page and find out what happens next. Zhou also invests readers in every character, from Faryn (our main girl) to the smallest side character. They all have journeys to go on, which just goes to show that there isn’t only one hero—the best battles are won through the efforts of many.
I also liked learning about Chinese mythology through The Fallen Hero. Most of Faryn’s quests and actions are based on legends and myths that have been passed down through the ages. I love adaptations and fairytale retellings—this isn’t one of them, but it’s rather akin to the Percy Jackson novels with the personifications of gods and sense of whimsy that comes in the combination of myth and reality.
One thing I didn’t particularly enjoy is the automatic rivalries Faryn has with any other girl her age on quests. First Moli and now Ashley, I just wish there wasn’t so much girl-hate at first. It’s not great for younger readers to see that they have to work to overcome annoyances in other girls while they can have automatic friendships with everyone else.
I would definitely recommend reading The Dragon Warrior series! It’s a great read for all ages, not just middle graders.
This is... basically a mini-review in the form of me professing my love for Today Tonight Tomorrow. However, I am changing it up a bit around here and instead sharing 5 reasons to read!
I must first state that I knew about T3 loooong before I bought it, having seen booktwt collectively freak out about it upon release. I, a fool, waited months before buying it, not knowing that I was about to fall in love twenty million times. Y'all, you need to read this book.
Before I explain why, here's the cover and synopsis.
The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.
"Oookayy…." you're saying. "So what's the big deal?" Well. I can answer that with five reasons to read Today Tonight Tomorrow!!
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