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Weekly Update: December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Happy Sunday, bibliophiles! I hope these first few days of 2021 have treated you all well.

My last reading week of the year was definitely a surprisingly good one–almost all of what I read, I ended up rating in the 4-5 star range! I never really plan out my monthly TBRs, but I have some great reads in my cart from the gift card I got to my local bookstore, as well as a bunch of holds from the library that have started to trickle in. I don’t want to jinx it, but January seems like it’ll be great for reading.

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I also finished my 2020 reading challenge with 279 books! I put my goal at 275 this year, so we’ll see how it goes.

And I forgot to mention this in my 2020 post (linked below under “posts and such”), but I have one more resolution: Read more books from marginalized voices! I feel like I’ve tried to do that for a few years, at least, but this year, I definitely want to make more of an effort.

Other than that, New Year’s Eve/Day were both fun; my family always does a movie marathon for NYE, and we did some Christopher Nolan movies this year. Of course, since both of them were pretty lengthy, we only ended up watching two movies. Interstellar was depressing but beautiful, and it was a lot of fun to rewatch Tenet. Even if the latter still confuses me to no end. We also watched Wonder Woman 1984 on New Year’s Day, which was…disappointing, to say the least. It’s honestly shocking to me that it’s the same director that made the triumph of a movie that Wonder Woman (2017) was. Sigh…

I’ve also been listening to a bunch of music–I downloaded Julien Baker’s Turn Out the Lights and The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds; I haven’t listened to the latter in full yet, but the former was decent. Not as good as Sprained Ankle for me, but still good. And then there’s the matter of the Fargo and Legion scores…[cries]

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK:

Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA–edited by Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma (re-read) (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA: Suma,  Nova Ren, Pan, Emily X.R.: 9781643750798: Amazon.com: Books

Under Falling Skies (The Travels of Scout Shannon, #1)–Kate MacLeod (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Under Falling Skies by Kate MacLeod

Among the Beasts & Briars–Ashley Poston (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Among the Beasts & Briars eBook by Ashley Poston | Rakuten Kobo

Wilder Girls–Rory Power (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: Wilder Girls (9780525645580): Power, Rory: Books

POSTS AND SUCH:

SONGS:

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK:

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them–Junauda Petrus

Amazon.com: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them (9780525555483): Petrus,  Junauda: Books

Today’s song:

That’s it for this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: December 21-27, 2020

Happy Sunday, bibliophiles, and happy holidays! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.

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I finally got all my finals over with on Monday, and now I’m on break for a little while! After the flaming ball of stress and confusion this semester has been, I’m so grateful for some time off.

I had a kind of hit-or-miss library haul this week, but there were definitely some gems in there. And Christmas was this Friday, and I got some amazing books, as well as a gift card to a local bookstore, so I’m super excited! (My brother also got me Minecraft, and I’ve been having way too much fun with it…he’s the best)

I’ve started editing my sci-fi WIP as well, which has been…interesting, to say the least. Somehow, my writing on that first draft fluctuates from “okay, I actually like this” to “dear lord, this is a dumpster fire.” There is no in between. None.

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK:

Shadow Frost (Shadow Frost, #1)–Coco Ma (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: Shadow Frost (Shadow Frost Trilogy, Book 1) (9781982527440):  Coco Ma: Books

Cemetery Boys–Aiden Thomas (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

Amazon.com: Cemetery Boys eBook: Thomas, Aiden: Kindle Store

Alien: Echo–Mira Grant (⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: Alien: Echo: An Original Young Adult Novel of the Alien  Universe (9781250306296): Grant, Mira: Books

Unhooked–Lisa Maxwell (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: Unhooked (9781481432054): Maxwell, Lisa: Books

The Gravity of Us–Phil Stamper (⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: The Gravity of Us (9781547600144): Stamper, Phil: Books

Fangirl, vol. 1: The Manga–Rainbow Rowell, adapted by Sam Maggs and Gabi Nam (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Fangirl -- THE MANGA -- coming in October! — Rainbow Rowell

Fargo: This is a True Story–Noah Hawley (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Fargo: This Is a True Story: Hawley, Noah: 9781538731307: Amazon.com: Books

POSTS AND SUCH:

SONGS:

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK:

Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA–edited by Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma (re-read)

Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA: Suma,  Nova Ren, Pan, Emily X.R.: 9781643750798: Amazon.com: Books

Today’s song:

That’s it for this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: December 14-20, 2020

Happy Sunday, bibliophiles! I hope this week has treated you all well.

This week has definitely had its emotional ups and downs, what with studying for finals and actually doing finals. All that studying definitely took a toll on me, but at least in the case of one of my finals, it paid off. (I’ve only gotten one of my scores back and it was good, but we’ll see about the others…) I still have my AP Bio final tomorrow, though, and even though I’ve been studying for a solid week and a half, I’m still trembling in fear…

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One more school day…one more school day…

As for reading, I’ve been doing frequent curbside from the library, and I’ve found some great reads! I picked up some more for break, and I’m so excited to get into them. And it’s always so nice to come back to blogging after a break. I have a whole load of book tags and some original post ideas piling up, so chances are, I’ll be pretty active through winter break…

Other than that, I watched both Kill Bill movies, finished rewatching season 4 of Fargo, and I’m two episodes away from finishing The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, which I’m sadly finding to be veeeeeery mediocre. (How…how are so many people liking this show? I mean, I love Anya Taylor Joy and her 60’s outfits and all the music, but everything’s just so flat…so stilted…)

Oh, and this is old-ish news, but IS ANYONE ELSE SUPER EXCITED THAT NOAH HAWLEY IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING AN ALIEN TV SHOW ON FX? REJOICE!

[ahem] I’ll step off my soapbox for now, let’s talk about other things…

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK:

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)–Kendare Blake (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, Book 1) (Anna Dressed in Blood  Series, 1) (9780765328670): Blake, Kendare: Books

We Are Lost and Found–Helene Dunbar (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: We Are Lost and Found (9781492681045): Dunbar, Helene: Books

The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1)–Kaylyn Josephson (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1) by Kalyn Josephson

How the Multiverse Got Its Revenge (The Thorne Chronicles, #2)–K. Eason (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

How the Multiverse Got Its Revenge by K. Eason: 9780756415310 |  PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

THE ONE LONELY POST I MADE THIS WEEK:

THE ONE LONELY SONG THAT WENT ALONG WITH IT:

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK:

Shadow Frost (Shadow Frost, #1)–Coco Ma

Amazon.com: Shadow Frost (Shadow Frost Trilogy, Book 1) (9781982527440):  Coco Ma: Books

Cemetery Boys–Aiden Thomas

Amazon.com: Cemetery Boys eBook: Thomas, Aiden: Kindle Store

Unhooked–Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Alien: Echo–Mira Grant

Amazon.com: Alien: Echo: An Original Young Adult Novel of the Alien  Universe (9781250306296): Grant, Mira: Books

Today’s song:

I haven’t been able to stop listening to this one for most of this month, so of course I had to share…

That’s it for this (short) week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: November 30-December 6, 2020

Happy Sunday, bibliophiles! I hope this week has treated you well. Just under a month left in this cursed year, we can do it…

It’s definitely been an okay week, considering that awful feeling of having to go back to school after break. I beat my NaNoWriMo goal of 35,000 words on Monday, but after that, I started getting rather unmotivated for that particular WIP, so I think I’ll take a little break from it. I’ve been meaning to go back and edit my sci-fi WIP that I finished in June, so maybe I’ll start on that once I’ve gotten over the finals hump.

And speaking of finals, chances are, I’ll be posting a lot less in the next few weeks. My finals start in two weeks, so I’ll be studying a lot next week, so I doubt I’ll be terribly present or consistent. I’ll be back once Winter Break rolls back around, though. So just a heads up.

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On a much lighter note…I’ve gotten out of my reading slump! I ended up DNFing the first book of the week, but after that, I read a whole bunch of great books. I also got to the season finale of Fargo, and I’ve started re-watching it, too. We also put up our Christmas ornaments and decorations, so that’s given everything a cozy, festive air.

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK:

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)–Morgan Rhodes (DNF-⭐️)

Amazon.com: Falling Kingdoms: A Falling Kingdoms Novel (9781595145857):  Rhodes, Morgan: Books

Grown–Tiffany D. Jackson (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: Grown (9780062840356): Jackson, Tiffany D: Books

Mortal Remains–Mary Ann Fraser (eARC) (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Sterling Teen to Debut in Spring

Almost American Girl–Robin Ha (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

Amazon.com: Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir (9780062685094):  Ha, Robin, Ha, Robin: Books

The Weight of Feathers–Anna-Marie McLemore (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

POSTS AND SUCH:

SONGS:

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK:

Bloody & Honey (Serpent & Dove, #2)–Shelby Mahurin

Amazon.com: Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove) (9780062878052): Mahurin,  Shelby: Books

Sparrow–Sarah Moon

Amazon.com: Sparrow (9781338032581): Moon, Sarah: Books

Americus–M.K. Reed

Amazon.com: Americus (9781596436015): Reed, MK, Hill, Jonathan: Books

The Candle and the Flame–Nafiza Azad

Amazon.com: The Candle and the Flame (9781338306040): Azad, Nafiza: Books

Today’s song:

That’s it for this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Book Review Tuesday (12/5/17)-Beast and Crown

Hey there, fellow bookworms, and welcome to the first BRT of December 2017! The WordPress snow’s starting to miraculously pop into existence and float down across the surface of the computer screen…

Man, it’s already December? This year has gone by so dang fast…probably a really good thing because honestly? 2017 has been pretty sucky. Pretty much nothing compared to *last year* but you know what I mean.

 

Anyway, I’ve got another 2017 release (came out on my BIRTHDAY) from the author of The Fog Diver series for you today! Enjoy the review!

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Beast and Crown

Ji is a servant. Sally and Roz are maid and governess. They all live in Primstone Manor, and all three of them share a wish-freedom for themselves and Sally’s little brother Chibo, who is a slave at the tapestry factory in the city. Their plan? The Summer Queen is about to choose the new heir to the throne, and the nephew of the Primstone Manor’s owner is destined to be the new king. Together, they sneak along with the fated heir into the city, but soon realize that they each have a key role in the ceremony. Will they finally gain their freedom and save Sally’s brother?

 

I read this sometime in October, I believe, and I thought it was really cute and fun. Not as good as The Fog Diver series, mind you, but still an inventive, enjoyable adventure.

Off topic, I always associate this song with “Pills” by St. Vincent (see my MASSEDUCTION review) because I had just downloaded it and was listening to it on repeat. It is absolutely nothing like the book or anything, but y’know. Spectacular song.

 

Thank you so much for reading, and stay warm!