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January 2021 Update: Reading Roundup, Status on Podcast, and Thoughts on TBRS

I’m sorry for the unannounced hiatus! I finished grad school recently, and needed to rest for a bit after dedicating myself to my studies. I’ve also been in a bit of a reading slump and dealing with a bit of writer’s block.

I will try to make these update posts every so often. I might not be able to make them on a monthly basis, though I do find update posts a bit fun to make. This is a mixture of a recent reads roundup, as well as general house cleaning for the blog!

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Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu Review

I sometimes came across this graphic novel on my social media feeds and really enjoyed the adorable art style and cover. The main character, Nova is a witch. She works in a magical bookshop which loans magical books. She then comes across her childhood friend and crush, Tam, who happens to be a werewolf. At the same time, a mysterious super natural enemy appears in town. Tam needs help with overcoming this enemy–and Nova steps in to help. The two girls rekindle their friendship, working together and making new discoveries, while also navigating their own feelings towards each other.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Review

This audiobook was a several-week journey, mainly due to juggling grad school and work. This audio book was twelve hours in length, but was worth the ride! I really looked forward to listening to this audiobook at my leisure.

Before I get into this book, I will be honest: it is the type of series people either love or dislike. There are quite a few tropes in this series. This book is about a special protagonist, a love triangle, and a royal rebellion. But I ended up really liking this book, due to the writing and narrator for the audiobook.

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My Fall TBR

My to be read (TBR) lists tend to be rather up in the air. Sometimes I may pick up one book one month and revisit it several months later. Rather than monthly TBR lists, I decided to make a seasonal list. I am in my last semester of graduate school and classes are rather heavy. I found myself reading a bit less than usual for leisure. However, I discovered audio books –and found that I was able to multitask with school and enjoy books in a different format…and read even more!

I discovered the apps Libby and Hoopla recently from my local libraries–both applications offer eBooks and audio books while supporting the locations. I highly recommend asking your local library about digital circulation.

Anyway, let’s get onto My Fall TBR!

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

It’s time for The Rapid Fire Book Tag!

I stumbled across this book tag by Girlreading on YouTube–it looked fun and I wanted to give it a try! As the title of the tag suggests, the tag consists of quick questions. I figured I’d also stick to brief answers for this one, but feel free to comment if you want me to give further details! Continue reading to view the original tag video!

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They Both Die At The End By Adam Silvera Review

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They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera is what you would expect out of a novel with this title, but offers a lot more than what readers may anticipate.

I thought this novel would be at least a little grim, perhaps even similar to Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief in the matter-of-fact way it addresses death. This book does have its sad moments, yet at the same time, it is also uplifting and hopeful and teaches readers to cherish their lives.

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OwlCrate June 2019 Unboxing

What is OwlCrate? 

OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box that I came across through Bookcon and YouTube. It’s aimed for Young Adult and Middle Grade reader fans. According to the Owl Crate website, each box contains one novel and three to five items based on a monthly theme. A few examples of past themes are Epic Adventures, Lost in the Bookstore, and Get Inspired.

This post does contain spoilers for the June 2019 Themed box. Read more if you’d like to continue!

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