Hello, everyone! Today I’m coming to you with a tag celebrating summer. Even though I live in the southern hemisphere and therefore it isn’t summer for me right now, I’m so stoked to celebrate summer with my northern hemisphere dwelling friends. Thank you so much to Marie and Olivia for tagging me!
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Morgan Matson was my favorite contemporary author back in the day. I’m not sure whether I’d enjoy her works now, but Second Chance Summer was the perfect sad summer read when I read it. It’s about a girl whose Dad is sick and about to die soon, so her family goes on one last trip together to their old lake house. I personally didn’t cry when I read this, but I’m pretty sure a lot of other people did. Just don’t expect anything too deep, and instead expect a soft childhood friendship turned romance, rekindled friendships, and you’re gonna be good!
The Winner’s Crime is probably my favorite second book in a series of all time, as proven by the fact that despite having read it years ago, I still reference it a lot on this blog. The romance between Kestrel and Arin was always forbidden, but it just reaches new stakes in this. I still vividly remember some of the extremely fiery moments between them. And I know that miscommunication, especially between couples, is the bane of all our existences, but this one time, it was done so right!
Spin the Dawn is one of my recent faves, and I immediately thought of it for this prompt. One part of the story is a competition that the main character Maia, disguised as a boy, joins to become the imperial tailor. The second is Maia and Edan’s journey to capture the sun, moon and stars so that Maia can make dresses out of them. (The mechanics of this are explained in the book, I promise.) I’ve been gushing everywhere that this book is really reminiscent of a fairy tale, but to find out why and to read an excerpt from the book itself, check out my stop on the blog tour!
Girl Made of Stars literally has the word “star” in its title, which is so fitting because I was left starstruck by how nuanced its discussion of rape culture was. I expected the rape discussed in it to be a black and white scenario, but actually, it wasn’t. Despite that though, the book never fails to show that non-consensual sex is still rape, no ifs and no buts. I sadly just wasn’t very attached to any of the characters, which would usually warrant a three stars, but the discussion on rape culture was so good that I just had to bump my rating up!
I don’t know about a book that I couldn’t put down, because usually, even though I’m enjoying a book, it’s just my natural instinct to take breaks in between reading? I don’t think I’ve read a book in a long time that I truly couldn’t put down. But The Weight of Our Sky comes close! The writing is so easy to fly through, and coupled with its short length, I feel like I could’ve finished this book in one sitting, or at least one day, if life didn’t get in the way. If you want to learn more about my thoughts and why you should totally read this book, check out my review!
Ahhh, guys, can we please talk about this book’s cover for a second? It’s a work of art, and the physical cover is even more breathtaking!
Sweet is the perfect word to describe Ben and Nathan’s romance. They start off as friends, and then progressively realize their feelings for one another. All of the scenes they had together, be it platonic or romantic, were so cute.
I usually don’t buy books, but I like to lurk in bookstores
to stare at all the books I can’t have. I found a copy of this graphic novel in the bookstore I visit the most, and I was reading it for about an hour before I had to leave! I’m gonna go back as soon as I can and finish reading it though!
I would die for this book’s main character Bitty. And its art is also so nice and cute! It’s such a breath of fresh air to be reading a graphic novel I’m actually enjoying because I had the goal of reading one graphic novel per month earlier this year, and almost all of the ones I read were forgettable.
I will always remember that Fang Runin started The Poppy War out as a girl from a rural province, living with an adoptive family who simply exploited her as their slave. In the beginning of the book, her aunt and uncle are about to marry her off for the dowry, but to escape her miserable fate, Rin sets her sights on attending Sinegard, a prestigious military school that only accepts the highest scorers of the Keju, a test that students spend their whole lives studying for. Rin does her best to cram a lifetime of studying into two years by completely forgoing sleep and memorizing texts at every spare moment. And it doesn’t stop there–Rin conquers so many more obstacles in The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic. R.F. Kuang is never kind to her characters, least of all to Rin. *remembers The Dragon Republic‘s ending and screams*
I’m cheating a little by mentioning Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love for this prompt since I haven’t read it yet, though I plan to soon. It’s an anthology solely based on food, specifically food from diverse communities! Prior to the blog tour/food crawl hosted by CW and Vicky for this anthology, I had zero interest in picking it up. But then I read everyone’s own voices reviews and creative posts for the tour, and I was sold!
I recently finished Radio Silence, and I have to add my praises to everyone else’s. I love a lot of things about this book, but I really needed the message that it sent out about the pressure to do well in school and attend a good university.
On an unrelated note, I’m very confused because the book cover of Radio Silence I used for this blog post–and also my ebook’s cover–seem to have nothing to do with the story at all. There’s a close-up of a girl’s face, who I’m assuming is Frances, and there are some things up her nose (piercings?), along with stripes of color on the right side of her face. But I really don’t get how those things reflect the book’s content??
And that’s the end of the tag! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Honestly, I don’t know who to tag for this, so if you’re reading this and haven’t done this tag yet, feel free to do it! Yes, I’m that person. Fight me 😎