Hi, everyone! 🐼
I hope you’re all having a great weekend! 💫
I’m woefully bad at keeping you up to date with what I’m currently reading here on my blog, so I thought it was high time I bestowed upon you another WWW Wednesday post (originally created and hosted by Sam!).
“But Lily!!! It’s not Wednesday??” I can hear you screaming at me collectively.
I promise, I know that today is Saturday—my histology course hasn’t robbed me of all my brain cells just yet—but I really wanted to sit down and chat with you about the books that have been roaming around in my mind lately. Plus, you know that I’m a lil(y) rebel … sometimes.
Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao 🍚
You may or may not have heard already that NetGalley had a tiny (I’m sugarcoating the situation, it was a pretty huge) glitch this week, and instead of having to request this book, it was available to download and read for basically … everyone right away. (I believe it’s back to “request” now, in case you’re wondering.)
Naturally, my smol Asian soul was chanting incessantly at me to go ahead, and download it!!, despite mountains of books on both my ARC TBR, as well as my regular TBR—and I really should have known better than to listen to it, because now I‘m in a very sugarcoat-demanding situation. 🙃
I’ll definitely elaborate on the why when I finish the book, but until then—if anyone is reading it, or has read it already, please let me know!! I’m in dire need of emotional support.
Heartstopper Volume One by Alice Oseman
I just … [sighs dreamily for an eternity] love this world and the characters so much, and I still can’t believe I have a signed & personalized copy of this book in my collection??
(How many more times can I tell you to read. Heartstopper. now., before it gets annoying?)
Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway
This book unfortunately lost me somewhere along its long-windedness, a plot that moved just a tiny bit too slowly for my taste, and elaborate scenes that felt unnecessary to the plot and character development—but! (and this is a huge but, hence the exclamation mark) I do think that it comes down to a matter of personal taste, and I’m sure that in the hands of the right reader, Dark of the West would make for a riveting read.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Hi hello yes, I gave this book five (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) luminous, glowing, and eternally sparkling stars!! Yes, I, Lily. With the 2.xx average rating on Goodreads.
This book will become so many readers’ most beloved book, and dominate all kinds of favorites lists, I’m calling it now. Do yourselves a favor, and don’t walk—run!! (To pre-order and library request it.)
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He 🍚
I wanted to love this book so. badly. my inner Asian-rep-boosting-self is still shedding tears over how it did not resonate with me the way I wanted it to. I’m genuinely heartbroken. (But I’m definitely not saying that this is a bad book, I just don’t love it.)
SO MANY PEOPLE ABSOLUTELY ADORED IT, THOUGH, so chances are high that you will, too. Joan’s writing is very unique, and if you love (heavily) metaphor-infused prose, then I’d wager Descendant of the Crane is the right book for you.
Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
I was incredibly fortunate to receive an early copy of this book from the author herself (Lillie is so sweet!), but sadly, it didn’t entirely win me over, and I found myself looking forward to finishing it pretty early on.
I really liked the setting, though, as well as the writing (that fit this book’s tone so well), the exploration of friendships, and depiction of their transience, the summer vibes, and the general I-wish-I-could-beam-myself-to-this-town-right-now-feeling that it inspired in me.
What Will I Read Next?
I’m ashamed to admit that I have not, in fact, read Want yet. But I’m so excited that this little oversight of mine means that I get to read it for #YARC2019!
Why that’s so exciting, you ask? Well, Want is a) set in Taiwan (I’m Taiwanese), b) its sequel, Ruse, has its birthday on March 12 (my birthday), and c) I won a signed & personalized ARC of it!! (Thank you, Cindy! 💜)
All the stars have aligned for me with this series. :’)
The Wicked King by Holly Black
I’ve been putting off reading this book for a while now—but I’m going to get to it this month, and successfully stop my procrastinating.
A huge thank you to Alechia for hosting a giveaway, and for generously sending me this book, when I mistakenly chose it, even though it wasn’t a choice! (I’m still highkey mortified.)
Are any of these books on your TBR?
Have you read Blood Heir, or The Wicked King? (Let me know all your thoughts!!)
How many books have you read that count towards #YARC2019? 😇