I feel like I start my wrap-ups the same way (i.e. “I can’t believe it’s already <insert month!>”), but you guys, I swear. I actually can’t believe it. How is it already March? Where did my time go? What have I done? 😛
This month I got super, super into this Australian reality cooking competition show called My Kitchen Rules. You guys, it’s crazy how obsessed I am — I’ve taken to scheduling my dinners around it and refused to go out of the house Sunday to Wednesday night just so I can watch every new episode as it airs. I’ve also Googled news stories while I’m at work and browse through the #MKR Twitter tag when I can. SEND HELP, PLEASE.
- Rebel of the Sands (ARC) by Alwyn Hamilton | ★★★☆☆ | Vivid world-building, but rather slow at the beginning.
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir | ★★★★☆ | Generally enjoyable, but took a while for me to get into. Interesting character development, but boo for the love square about to happen.
- A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston | ★★★☆☆ | Extremely vivid fantasy, but extremely slow-paced. More of a literary fiction novel than a YA, methinks.
- Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid | ★★★☆☆ | The premise is one of my worst fears ever. Emotional. Has insta-love and a less-than-stellar irritating protagonist.
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | ★★☆☆☆ | Too slow. Boring at parts. Unfocused. A Mary-Sue protagonist and a super predictable romance.
- Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy | ★★★☆☆ | Supposed to be about body positivity, but the romance really took over. Judgmental main character. I worry this could send the wrong message.
- Top Ten Relationship Tropes I Secretly Love | Arranged marriages, pretend relationships, and amicable break-ups, to name a few.
- Let’s Talk: Negative Book Reviews | On the anxieties, insecurities, etiquette and other issues of reviewing books you didn’t really enjoy.
- The Pastry Book Tag | Books and pastry shall go together forever more.
- The Mean Girls Book Tag | On Wednesdays, we wear pink.
- Top Ten Non-Fiction I’ve Read and Loved | Branching out of the genre a little bit…
Around the Blogosphere
- Jess from Princessica of Books shares what people love about blogging.
- Carrianne from Carrianne’s Cuppas ‘n Critiques talks about reading as a reviewer.
- Sasha and Sarena tell us what they love about the library.
- Jeanette from Myriad Inkling shares some great tips on taking pictures for your bookstagram.
- Summer from Xingsings discusses one of the biggest dilemmas of book blogging: requesting and receiving ARCs.
- Aria from Aria The Book Nerd talks about the joys of reading graphic novels.
- Mishma from Chasing Faerytales discusses her (and other people’s) book blogging insecurities.
- Paloma from Pages and Pineapples talks about romance and individuality.
- Jenna from Reading with Jenna and Happy Indulgence discusses what makes a character relatable.
Most Anticipated Reads
The Impostor Queen – Sarah Fine
Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.
But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.
I’m currently in the middle of this book right now and I really, really like it so far. There are already some gloriously terrifying “oh shit” moments. 🙂
Calamity – Brandon Sanderson
When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.
David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back…
The third (and final, I believe) book in the Reckoners series! Sanderson has a special place in my heart and this series is what got me out of my three-year reading slump, so I’m super excited to see how it ends.
Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin
Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.
On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure.
I’ve heard great things about this book, and I always love myself some contemporary. 🙂
How was your February, and what books are on your March TBR?