Hello friends! Another month has sped past us and it’s already time to review the past four weeks in reading and blogging for me. I finally got to take a week of vacation I had scheduled and took much needed time for myself and to mainly relax! I didn’t start any new books or post at all here, but I’m not beating myself up over it. If we aren’t kind to ourselves, who will be!
After nearly a year of anticipation, I got to read Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, which was a beautiful on the outside and even more on the inside. The characters all have heart and it was only right that finishing it was top priority as soon as I picked it up.
I cracked into an ARC of White Ivy by Susie Yang and reviewed it on Goodreads. It was a compelling thriller focusing on a troubled and awkward woman who wanted peace and space from her overbearing and intense family at all costs.
Finally, Jade War by Fonda Lee, was the book I committed to finishing this week and it did not disappoint. Fonda Lee has a scary good way of nailing a reader to their seat and making the situations on the page feel like a palpable danger that the reader is also facing. I’m excited for but also dreading the upcoming Jade Legacy slated to publish next year. This woman is going to wreck us I just know it!!!!
Posts from this month
This month was a tentative return to blogging and I’m glad I could find the time and energy to post some content amid the chaos that is life currently.
Sunshine Blogger Awards
I’m so thankful for both The Biblioshelf and Intisar at IntisarSpeaks for nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award! It’s really sweet and I’m appreciative for the shoutout from both of y’all. I’ve never done a book tag before, so I’m going to do my best at it and it’s no pressure at all for those that I tag to participate.
(1) Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
(2) Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
(3) Nominate 11 people and ask them new 11 questions.
(4) Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their posts.
(5) List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award in your post.
Now, since I’ve been tagged twice, I’ll answer the questions from both nominations but will still only tag 11 people. I hope that’s alright with you all because I’m doing it anyway!
Questions from TheBiblioShelf
- What inspired you to start your blogging journey? My friend Kirsty at Kirsty Reads Blog was definitely a big part of me getting back into reading by introducing me to Becky Albertalli’s Simonverse books and talking with me about her experience with reading ARCs, reviewing books, and eventually expanding into Booktubing and Bookstagram. I already think she’s neat (she’s a pro at this stuff, give her a look!) I thought it was all cool and I love talking, so I thought I’d give it a try!
- What is your favorite quote? (It can be a well-known saying/proverb, bookish quote, music lyrics etc.) Carpe Diem, a Latin phrase often translated into “Sieze the day”. It’s pretty corny, but when I got to watch Dead Poets Society in, I think it was, high school health class, it really stuck with me up til now.
- If you had to live in any fictional world where would it be and why? This is hard!!!! I think I’d want to be in the private school for girls that Sara attended in A Little Princess. I loved that book growing up and even though the girls in the school were all mean and the headmistress even meaner, I’d like to think bonding with other girls despite these hardships would just be the most sublime. Or even better the world of Sweeney Todd, so just London! I’m sure Black people would have no peace in either of these universes, but I can dream.
- What would the title of your memoir be? I don’t know how to title anything help or some other plea for help.
- If you had Aladdin’s three wishes, what would you wish for? Abolish all law enforcement, access to expunged FBI documents, access to Area51!
- Favourite book to film/TV adaptation? Twilight hands down!
- What’s your zodiac sign and do you follow it? I’m a Virgo sun (and moon!) I love astrology, it can be as deep for you as you’d like it to be, but the stars are there for you whether you believe in them or not. I think that’s pretty reassuring.
- If you were gifted a copy of any book in the world which would you hope for? The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh or Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas!
- Who is your biggest inspiration? Myself! I’ve been through a lot and continue to deal with hardships as a queer, Black woman in Amerikkka so I’m inspired to learn, grow and learn to love myself as much as I possibly can.
- Would you rather go to an all-day beach party in Mykonos or spend the night watching the Northern Lights from an igloo? The beach party, but I’m having a food plate, drinks, and staying to myself.
- What has been the greatest experience of your life so far? Going back to therapy as an adult and making the active choice to face my traumas and the innermost parts of myself in order to live my best life.
Thanks again for these questions! It was fun to answer them all!
Questions from IntisarSpeaks
- What’s your favorite trope? I love a good rekindled romance! Two people with a fractured relationship facing the awkwardness of piecing things back together and reluctantly falling back in love? I love it!
- What’s a book you wish you could read for the first time again? Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn! That book engrossed me and made me want to read all her books and get back into books in general.
- Which hyped book/series do you love? The Cruel Prince saga by Rebecca Black! It’s immensely hyped and maybe a bit problematic to some, but it’s a gritty smoldering set of books that I thoroughly enjoyed.
- Which hyped book/series do you hate? Hate is a strong word, but the wizarding world is effectively dead to me now that Joanne is out as a transphobe. When I see people cosplaying and carrying on with the franchise as if its author isn’t a huge problem really irks me.
- Who are your auto-read authors? Becky Albertalli, Gillian Flynn, & Adam Silvera
- Where is your favorite place to read? In bed next to my window! I’d also love to lay in a hammock in the sun to read. One day!
- Can you read with music or noise in the background? Of course! I feel like I need it. Music, podcasts, you name it!
- What do you enjoy the most and the least about blogging/book social media as a whole? I enjoy finding community in bloggers who are like me and bonding with them over our culture. I sometimes don’t enjoy posting just because it takes time and energy to post and both are finite resources! Ya girl is tired.
- Preferred format: ebook or physical book or audio book? e-Book! I love that I can not be in the mood for one book and easily open something else. Also, being waterproof is important for a klutz like me!
- Do you like to re-read books? I love rereading books. As a kid I’d only check out Matilda, Ella Enchanted, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (better than the movie), or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory oooover and over again.
- Favorite song of 2020 Savage; aah
Thank you Intisar for tagging me and asking these questions!
Tag, you’re it!
(Again, if you’re tagged and don’t feel like participating, that’s totally okay!)
My Questions to You
- What do you focus on when reviewing books? Does it vary?
- What’s one subject you’d like to read more about if you had the time?
- Do you have strong feelings on hardcover vs paperback?
- Is there a certain way you break up time to read or sections to get through?
- Sticky tabs? Taking notes on books (that you own), making highlights? What’s your strat?
- Graphic novels, manga, or comics?
- Do you have any book inspired tattoos?
- If you could interview an author, who would you pick?
- For the answer to #8, if you could only ever read one of that authors books, which would you choose?
- How do you mark your progress in a physical book?
- List an upcoming book you’re excited for!
Phewwww this post was LONG!
If you stuck it out to the bottom, thank you so much! Til next time ~