June Reading Updates

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It’s been a while since my last update since most of April and May left me with very little time for blogging. I just wanted to do a quick catch up on what I’ve been reading and what I plan to read in the coming month.

What I’ve Read

Almost 100% of the reading I’ve done in the past two months have been done via audiobook. Bless them for enabling me to finish all these novels while I completed my chores or during my morning commute, I would have fell into a book slump without them. I know at the beginning of the year I said I would cancel my Scribd account, but since I read so much via audio now, the set up is working great for me.

These aren’t even in chronological reading order because I am a Mess.

 

  • Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★☆
    This novel is best enjoyed via audiobook, sorry I don’t make the rules. TJR has a way of making her characters feel so raw and real, if I didn’t know any better I would have been searching for the discography of Daisy Jones & The Six after completing this novel. Epistolary novels don’t always work for me (see: Illuminae), because I sometimes find it hard to connect to the story. 100% not the case here, and I loved how utterly flawed everyone was allowed to be. To tell the truth, I didn’t like most of them, but they sure captured my imagination.

 

  • The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang ★★★★★
    HELLO IS ANYONE SURPRISED I AM COMPLETE TRASH FOR THIS BOOK. NO? OK.
    Ahem. With complete objectivity, this book was a stunning follow-up to The Poppy War. It’s more introspective, it deals with PTSD, it brings in all of the threads that complicates and muddies the war Rin is waging on Nikara and with herself. The ending left me literally reeling and screaming in random DMs for weeks. I still have not completely stopped and I fear I will never be coherent again. Give me book three or give me death.

 

  • Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey ★★★★☆
    I finished this book about two hours ago and edited the post to include it. Although it contained the familiar tropes like a magical school, a jaded private detective, a dark prophecy, a hidden world of mages, a murder mystery – Magic for Liars combined them in a way that kept the plot fresh and engaging. Imagine if Aunt Petunia never married Vernon Dursley but instead became a private investigator – who’s then called back to Hogwarts to unravel a murder, with Lily as one of the professors on tenure. Except better, because the character work in this book is freaking top notch. Just go read it OK, this is the gay and messy magical school we all deserve.

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Book Review: Kingdom of Copper

Title: Kingdom of Copper

Author: S. A. Chakaraborty

Series? Yes, 1 of 3

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager Australia in exchange for an honest review.

Note: This review will contain spoilers for the prequel, City of Brass. There will be no spoilers for Kingdom of Copper.

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Book Review: The Wicked King

Title: The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Series? Yes, 2 of 3

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Allen and Unwin in exchange for an honest rview. This review will contain spoilers for the first book, The Cruel Prince. It will be spoiler-free for The Wicked King itself.


Ahhh, back to world of Elfhame, once ruled by faeries who are as cruel as they are capricious. Since the end of The Cruel Prince, Jude Duarte, a mortal girl, now dictate the fate of faerie-land from the shadows. Her proxy is a chaotic and unpredictable King Cardan, who has ideas of his own about the rule of Elfhame. Watching these characters grapple with their newfound positions was an absolute delight, especially as it is accompanied by the deadliest will-they-or-won’t-they known to YA. The result is an addictive page-turner that left me reeling and begging for more by the last pages.

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Bookish Low-Buy Goals for 2019

I have not done New Year resolutions in a long time. A reflection of my spending habits, especially in the last three months, have made me realise that I’ve been using retail therapy as a crutch for dealing with stress. For the coming year, I want to develop better financial habits and follow a stricter budget, so I am embarking on a low-buy/no-buy across the board. I won’t bore you guys with my goals for beauty/skincare/clothing etc, but I did want to share my goals book-wise with you.

Why I’m Doing a Low-Buy

Although I have always been a collector of books, but since I joined blogging and bookstagram, I have to admit that my consumption has gone into over-drive. Personally, I don’t have the physical space in my life to store all of these books – and the frequent need to unhaul and donate is a source of constant stress. I can’t help but feel I am being wasteful whenever I do a clean-out, especially if it’s for titles I have not read before. It makes me want to examine the books that I plan to purchase and whether they will become a permanent addition to my collection, or just another source of stress later on. I am currently purchasing/receiving more than I can read, and I felt this needed to change.

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Reread at Midnight: The Poppy War Chapters 1-2

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I’ve made it loud and clear on numerous occasions over the past weeks that The Poppy War is my favourite read of 2018. I think it has the potential to be one of my favourite reads of all time (I usually wait a couple of years after my first read to make that call). I’ve had such a hard time getting the book out of my mind that I’ve decided to do a detailed chapter-by-chapter reread while waiting for the sequel. Please join me if you have finished The Poppy War but want to dive back into this world.

SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE BOOK BELOW. PLEASE DO NOT READ THESE POSTS UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED READING THE POPPY WAR.

Reread Index

Content Warning of Chapters 1-2: self-harm, allusion to sexual assault, drug addiction and drug use, death, hit-and-run accident.
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#TheReadingQuest TBR

I’m actually leaving for a short vacation tonight, so I’m quickly scrambling to put together my #TheReadingQuest TBR. For more information on this challenge, you can read my sign-up post here! There’s still 2 days left if you want to sign up.

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The beautiful and glorious CW of Read, Think, Ponder not only drew all the character art that went into the challenge, she also drew me my own character. She’s wearing black and gold with plenty of flowers to match my blog aesthetics, I am crying over how perfect she is!

My character, despite appearing different (because hey, being the creator of this reading challenge comes with some perks ;)), will be following the MAGE path. Here is my intended TBR.

Note: I’m just doing this for fun, as it’s my own challenge I won’t be entering to win any of the prizes 😀 Continue reading “#TheReadingQuest TBR”

Book Review: The Wall of Storms

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Rating Five Star

Title: The Wall of Storms

Author: Ken Liu

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Series? Yes, 2 of 3.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager Australia in exchange for an honest review.

NOTE:  The following review will contain some spoilers for The Grace of Kings, the first novel within this series.

After reading The Grace of Kings, I knew that Ken Liu has changed the game for epic fantasy. With The Wall of Storms, he continues to push on the boundaries of expectations and raised the bar even higher.

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The Dandelion Dynasty was established within the first novel, with the text raising some tough questions about the philosophy of governance in times of war. In The Wall of Storms, the book take these ideas one step further by discussing economic and infrastructural development in the time of peace. While that may all sound like cumbersome and tedious reading, The Wall of Storms manages to be a page-turner despite its hefty length and ambitious themes. It’s no secret that I adore Ken Liu’s writing, and The Wall of Storms has become my favourite of his published books. Continue reading “Book Review: The Wall of Storms”

Book Review: Red Sister

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Title: Red Sister

Author: Mark Lawrence

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Series? Yes, 1 of 3

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Disclaimer: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the Harper Voyager Australia in exchange for an honest review.

 

From its very first lines, Red Sister had me hooked and wholly invested. It promised warrior nuns, political and religious intrigue, along with a cast filled to the brim with complex ladies. Red Sister delivered on all counts. I especially loved its exploration on relationships between females, from friendship, to mentorship, to rivalry.

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It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy Convent, Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men.

The first lines of Red Sister are some of the most captivating I’ve read in several years, and it sets the tone for the entire book. Mark Lawrence’s writing style is meticulous and vivid, his sentences pulse with life and intrigue. In particular, I love the way he writes action scenes – I’ve admitted several times in the past that I am not a particularly visual reader when it comes to fight scenes, but Lawrence’s writing are cinematic even to someone like myself.  Continue reading “Book Review: Red Sister”

Blog Tour: Heartless by Marissa Meyer Book Review

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4-star

Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Series? No

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, the infamous Queen of Hearts, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favourite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Marissa Meyer has the market cornered when it comes to reinventing pre-existing lores and tales. Her Lunar Chronicles series trailblazed the way for half a decade’s worth of YA fairy tale retelling, its presence is ubiquitous on any retelling list you dig up on the Internet. With Heartless, Meyer cements her status as an ingenious storyteller, breathing new life into iconic characters we thought we knew. Continue reading “Blog Tour: Heartless by Marissa Meyer Book Review”

#CritYourFaves Master Post

Thank you so much to everyone who signed up to #CritYourFaves! The list of all the participating blogs and their respective discussion topics are included here. I will be updating this list all throughout October.CritYourFaves Masterpost.png

There are no set posting schedules, those participating can post at any time as long as it’s within October! Remember to use the #CritYourFaves hashtag when crossposting on social media so I can make sure to help you promote your post 🙂 If you can manage it, please also leave a link to your post in the comments below when you have published it!

Name Blog Name Topic
Regina The Bibliotheque Unhealthy Romance in Fiction/Cooleen Hoover’s Books
Daisy Feminists Read Love Tamora Pierce: From Childhood Fave to Problematic Fave
Jenna Reading With Jenna To Be Decided
Dev A Writer is a World Trapped in a Person Whitewashing in Book-to-Movie Adaptations
Kelly Diva Booknerd Toxic Romances
Helia Rose Quartz Read The Issue With Killing Off Minority Characters
Monica Tomes Project Lack of Diverse Representation in Harry Potter
Bianca The Ultimate Fangirl ABC’s of Contemporary Cliches or Fantasy VS. Contemporary Male Leads
Fadwa Word Wonders Lack of Diversity in the Harry Potter World
Laura Blue Eye Books The Young Elites Discussion
Kate Between the Sky and Me Discussion of Harmful Tropes
Grace Ashen Reads Lack of Representation in Cassandra Clare’s series
Monica She Might Be Monica Lack of diversity & toxic relationships in the Throne of Glass series
Liz Bitchy Fantasy The Taming of the Bad Boy (e.g. ACOMAF)
Natalia A Court of Tales Discussion of Throne of Glass and its problematic elements
Mishma Chasing Faerytales To Be Decided
Patricia Alferez Patti’s Book Blog Problematic Faves and How To Deal With It
Dani St Clair Romancing the Social Sciences Harmful tropes/Problematic faves/Representation of POC (Representation, the White Saviour and the Other in Meredith Duran’s The Duke of Shadows)
Zoe If The Book Will Be Too Difficult Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small quartet
Miriam Miriam Reads Books Obsidian Mountain Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
Haley Been There, Read That Queerbaiting in Cursed Child
Puput Sparkling Letters Paper Princess: An Addictive Read Despite Its Problematic Tropes
Jess The Bookaholic Life Discuss a series you love and what issues you had with it
Nemo Young Adult at Heart The Romance That Is Not Romantic in Wuthering Heights
Anushka Going Through Books Discuss a series you love and what issues you had with it
Alin Ace Readss The Raven Cycle and the fear of the word bisexual
Guinevere Twinja Book Reviews Discussing the Percy Jackson books, where they fail in diversity/inclusivity despite being well written stories.
Aimal Bookshelves & Paperbacks Lack of Diversity/Post Series Additions in the Harry Potter Series & Supernatural
Booknuts101 21st Century Once Upon A Times Unhealthy romance in fiction
Victoria Addlepates and Book Nerds Is bad representation better than no representation?
Tessa Crazy for YA Looking back on my first favorite YA series
Wendy Falconer’s Library Ethnicity in Eleanor & Park. Responsibility as a white reader.
Jeann Happy Indulgence Why Throne of Glass is Problematic…But I Still Love It
Blika Armchair Adventures Sexuality, Gender & Diversity
Chris Lovely Black Ink Unhealthy romance in fiction
Lynette Charmingly Simple Harry Potter: Why Snape’s a Git and Dumbledore is an Asshole.
Morgane Bookworms Eat Brains Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke