Hello, December! Today I’m writing to you from my hometown in Indonesia, after a quick weekend trip to Singapore with the family. If October was super exhausting for me, November was more… understanding. Kinder, if you will. 😉
This month, I’ve been relying on mostly drafted posts from ages ago. I’m so backlogged with my drafts that one of the posts I published this month, I actually wrote all the way back in 2015. That’s a whole year! I’ll let you be the judge if that shows (or not), though, so here we go. 🙌
- Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson | ★★★★☆ | Best fandom representation ever.
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown | ★★★★☆ | Impressive world-building. Flawed hero. 👍
- Moon Chosen by P. C. Cast (ARC) | | ★★☆☆☆ | Great world-building, but really, really overly wordy.
- Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts | ★★★☆☆ | Those #LoveOzYA feels. Loveable hero. Easy to read, despite the heavy themes. ✨
- Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin | ★★★★★ | Worthy sequel to Wolf by Wolf. Great character development. Realistic portrayal of war.
- Timekeeper by Tara Sim | ★★★☆☆ | Great steampunk focus and easy to get into, but OK characters. 🕰
- The Score by Elle Kennedy | ★★★☆☆ | Too much sex, too little romance for me. Great protagonists, though.
- Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan | ★★☆☆☆ | Pakistani LGBTIA+ protagonist. Shallow writing, shallow characters.
- None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio | ★★★★☆ | A very informative and respectful exploration of intersex issues. 👏
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer (ARC) | ★★★☆☆ | Not the best characters, but easy to read and generally enjoyable. Fairytale world-building.
- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen | ★★★★☆ | The queen of YA contemporary strikes again. 👸
- Top Ten Diverse YA Books on My TBR | What am I reading next (or hopefully soon)?
- Let’s Talk: Time Management for Bloggers | An insight into how I manage my time and stay on top of everything… sometimes. 😉
- Top Ten (More) Blogging Lessons I’m Thankful I’ve Learned | Things I’ve learned in my first year of blogging.
- Let’s Talk: ‘Bad’ Reading Habits | Because I’m so bad at developing good habits, and good at developing bad ones.
Around the Blogosphere
- Puput @ Sparkling Letters discusses the double standard when rating contemporary books vs. SFF books.
- Emily @ RoseRead talks about the echo chamber that is the book blogging community.
- Briana @ Pages Unbound shares how to write more posts without reading more books.
- Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek asks: does size matter when it comes to book reviews?
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about blog comments.
- Liam @ Hey Ashers! discusses spoilers and how to deal with it.
- Becca @ Becca and Books shares some book blogging prompts.
- Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook tells us how she uses Bloglovin’ and why it’s now her BFF.
- Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads asks: do character deaths need to be meaningful?
- Josephine @ Word Revel talks about how having a bookstagram can lead to consumerism.
- Avery @ Book Deviant discusses how criticising a book doesn’t necessarily mean that you dislike it.
- Ari @ The Daydreaming Book Worm shares what happens when blogging becomes overwhelming.
- Sara @ Freadom Library discusses how book reviews affect our thoughts about that book.
- Lydia @ 22 is Still Young Adult asks: why do we force ourselves through some books?
- Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom discusses bookworm stereotypes.
- Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews talks about the big ‘F’ word: followers.
- Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek shares some pointers on starting a book blog.
- Michelle @ Book Adventures tells us how to write a discussion post.
- Alice @ Arctic Books shares with us how she tabs her books.
Most Anticipated Reads
The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr
Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories.
That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again.
So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.
This will be my first foray into the world of fictional amnesiacs and I’m super intrigued! The blurb’s got those ~50 First Dates feels~ down to a T.
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR – NICOLA YOON
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
I wasn’t initially planning to pick up this book — Yoon’s Everything, Everything didn’t impress me and I got a very insta-lovey sense from the blurb, but overwhelmingly positive reviews from trusted bloggers have finally swayed my attention. 💞
Every Heart A Doorway – Seanan Maguire
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
Same as above: wasn’t planning to read this one because magical realism isn’t really my thing… but then, reviews. We’ll see about this one.
So, tell me, lovely people! 💞
- How was your November? Feel free to link me to your wrap-up.
- Any exciting Christmas/New Year plans? I’ll probably be taking a short break during those weeks, but we’ll see.
- What book are you looking forward to read in December?