Hi, friends! ✨
It feels a little bit weird to be talking about books, what will all that is happening in the world at this moment, but I also feel like now—more than ever—it’s important to focus on things that still manage to infuse us with joy amidst all this uncertainty and anxiety, and I know that I am very thankful for anything that manages to bring a smile (or small quirk of my lip, I’m really not picky these days) to my face, and forget about the current chaos that is my life … if only for a few moments.
I hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and well! 💗
To be honest, I had no intention of this kind of blog post being my first “real” (as in: personal) one after a year-long hiatus from blogging—I would have much preferred to update you a little on what’s being going on in my (bookish) life first—but as life goes, plans have a tendency to veer off course, and I spontaneously decided to join a readathon, so here we are! And I’m not mad about it at all?? I may or may not have needed this little
push shove towards sacrificing my sleep again in favor of blogging.
Generally, I’m not the biggest fan of readathons, but seeing as I’d decided to read Steel Crow Saga already, I thought “why not? Should be fun.”
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen, #1) by K.S. Villoso
“Betrayal has a funny way of turning your world upside-down. As familiar as I had already been with it by that point, it still amazed me how far I could stretch that moment of denial. The thought of what had been—of what could yet be—persisted. Perhaps it is not the same for most people. Perhaps, when you love less, it is easier not to let the emptiness become a cavern from which you could no longer see the sun.”
me: [joins a readathon]
also me: [picks books that intimidate me in “LET’S GO”]
The Cardigans (Criminal Intentions, Season One #1) by Cole McCade
I don’t know why or how, but I’ve been finding myself in a crime/law/mystery mood this past few month, and even though I ended up reading my fair share of mysteries and thrillers (let me know if you want recommendations!), I was quite dejected about not being able to find more books (and TV shows) in this genre that sparked my interest.
But! I saw multiple friends of mine gush about this book on Goodreads, and seeing as this book (series) is pretty much a hybrid between TV show and book—in the words of my fave Emma: dreams coming true.
BOOK WITH ANIMALS
“It’s a midnight lie… a kind of lie told for someone else’s sake, a lie that sits between goodness and wrong, just as midnight is the moment between night and morning.”
Venturing three thoughts only:
1) I’m so in love with this book cover.
2) This version of the book cover is even more beautiful the “normal” one (in my humble opinion).
3) Please, let the inside match the outside.
BOOK WITH BIRDS
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
“Books are letters in bottles, cast into the waves of time, from one person trying to save the world to another.”
I am: so excited to read this book!!!
This is How You Lose the Time War has been carving out its metaphorical space in my everyday life and nestled itself into every nook and crevice of my bookish self’s brain since I first laid eyes on it, and I honestly might just experience symptoms of acute heartbreak, if I end up feeling anything less than immense fondness for it.
BOOK WITH METAL
I’m just the tiniest little bit ashamed of how long The City of Brass has been gathering dust on my TBR … which it has been for literal years. Also, my friend Fadwa has been gushing about it for what feels like (and might very well be) literal years. And I’m finally reading it, hoping it won’t take me literal years.
Bad puns aside, I haven’t been reading a whole lot of fantasy prior to this readathon, so I’m both immensely excited and immensely nervous to read this one—and immensely glad to be sharing this experience with my wonderful friend and self-anointed queen of pocpocs.
Steel Crow Saga (Steel Crow Saga, #1) by Paul Krueger
Presenting: the book that this readathon is named after.
What you should love about it from the get-go: the diversity. We have Asian-inspired characters and settings, bisexual female and male main characters, a lesbian main character, a gay side character, and trans side characters.
(My expectations are exorbitantly high.)
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
“It’s true that giving can be a part of love. But, contrary to popular belief, love should never take from you, Freddy.”
Sadly, the same can not be said for the actual way the story unfolds as well as issues are resolved. It was hard for me to connect with the characters and immerse myself in the story, and the subplots felt very messy in their exploration. Still, it’s a book I would recommend, if only for the lesson it teaches—and to bless your eyes.
We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia
As is the case with so many books written by marginalized authors these days, this one had to endure a kind of scrutiny and judgement that books by white, cis authors rarely—if ever—experience. It’s really interesting how a few lines that are taken out of context can inspire so much backlash and hate, and cause so much controversy. (And by “interesting”, I mean “tiring”.)
Anyway, we shall focus on admiring the gorgeously drawn people on this cover going forward, and rejoice at the premise and promise (hopefully?) of happiness for our Indian-American protagonist.
What have you been reading lately?
Any (reading) plans for the rest of this month?
What are some readathons you love?