June Wrap Up

Hey everyone!

I was really busy with school and work in June, but I was still able to read 4 books. I’m actually pretty happy with that number. I went into the month hoping to just read books for fun so I wouldn’t feel overwhelmed by school work, and that’s what I did. I did manage to post a couple reviews, though!


1. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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I don’t know why I decided to try this one this month because I knew it would be on the slower side. However, I loved it and all it’s characters. It’s actually simpler than I thought it would be in regards to the world and magic system, but the characterization is probably the best I’ve ever read. I’m not as attached to the characters as I am with other characters, but it’s only the first book so I’m sure they will get up there. Here is my spoiler free review.

 

2. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Not my favorite read this year, but it still has a really good message. There’s themes of feminism and oppression all throughout this book, but it was too structured and overall predictable. You can read my spoiler free review here.

 

3. America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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I finally finished it! At first I thought I would call this an ode to Filipinos, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a story for those who haven’t been represented enough. I feel like Elaine Castillo was trying to say, “Hey, Filipinos exist! And Filipinos can be bisexual! And not everyone in America speaks English!” AINTH is also riddled with the U.S. and Philippine’s intertwined history. There’s this saying in America that Asians are the “model minority,” and I think people feel this way because many of us are taught to keep our heads down and work diligently so we can succeed in this society. But that doesn’t mean that Asian people are respected, and I think when Elaine Castillo wrote our histories she was trying to remind us of that.

 

4. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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This is the third and possibly my favorite installment in the Wayward Children series so far. I swear Seanan McGuire has heard of Sailor Moon because a girl named Rini falling out of the sky to save her mother? Sounds familiar! I’m going to be honest, I read this completely for entertainment purposes during breaks, so I didn’t read it as critically as I probably should have. However, I have to mention how much I LOVED Cora, a fat and fit mermaid. Because of my mental health I have gained and lost so much weight one too many times, and I’ve always struggled with feeling attractive and confident when I’m bigger (like now). Lately I’ve been really working on the self-love thing, so I was so thankful to have read about a fat character who wasn’t presented as lazy and/or disgusting. I can’t even begin to describe how empowered I felt reading about Cora!


And that’s all the books I read in the month of June! How did your reading month go?

Cya! ^^

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April 2018 Reading Wrap-Up and Mini Reviews

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My first reading wrap-up of the blog! I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this month because I explored new bookish things, but I did get some really good books in! I read a total of 4 books this month and was pretty pleased with them.

In chronological order I read:

1. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Actual rating is 3.75 stars. I read this after not liking The Mistborn Trilogy as much as the hype surrounding it made me believe I would. I actually liked this a lot more than Mistborn probably because the premise had me more interested. I am all for deities and mysterious cities! With the being said, you can definitely tell that Elantris is Sanderson’s first novel. The characters are one dimensional. Sarene is the outspoken princess who doesn’t know she’s beautiful and who is “different from any other girl” the prince has met. And Raoden is the charismatic, good prince that all the people love. Going along with the characters, sometimes it felt like whatever the characters thought and talked about conveniently turned out to be right without any real reason. But even with all that, ah man, I was hooked! It was like a fantasy lover’s guilty pleasure.

 

2. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Actual Rating 4.5 stars. This is my favorite Sanderson novel so far! The world is colorful, the characters are more complex and often times hilarious, and the magic system is so interesting! The one character I will mention is Lightsong who caused a lot of late night giggle fests. In Warbreaker, if you die heroically you become a god. Lightsong becomes a god, but he doesn’t believe in gods! As a result there is a whole lot of funny, nonsensical gibberish and a whole lot of not believing in oneself. The only reason I am hesitant to give this novel 5 stars is because though I am now definitely a fan of Sanderson’s work, I still can’t get over his hand holding. He tends to describe something and then tell you what it means. I can see this being helpful for someone who isn’t used to reading, but this takes me out of the novel too much.

 

4. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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I absolutely loved this and cried my eyes out over it! It is a retelling of The Illiad from the eyes of Patroclus. You can find my full review here.

 

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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This is one of those books that I’m proud to have read but will probably not read again anytime soon. I found the Bennet’s comical and endearing and Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s  interactions pretty addicting to read. I appreciate Jane Austen’s study of the human psyche and often found myself thinking how interesting it was that people still feel the way these characters do today. I also understand that Jane Austen wrote what she knew and her people went to parties and gossiped and sat around and entertained themselves. But I found this so boring! It took me about half the novel to get into it. I’m pretty sure I’d like other works by Jane Austen, but this was not my favorite read.


There you have it!

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Have you read any of these? Do you agree or disagree with any of my mini reviews? Let me know!

Cya! ^^