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Books Tiktok Made me Read: Part 1…

This post is brought to you by the fact that I finally got Kindle unlimited. All covers are linked to the amazon page. I will be using affiliate links so please use them if you can because I spend way too much time on this blog rather than my actual job. Gilded Cage by Nicole…

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Back to School | Webtoon Review

So, after re-reading this I forgot how much I actually love this webtoon. Also, I know I said in my last webtoon review that I’m stingy with my 5 star reviews. Well….I guess I’ve only been reviewing webtoons I really liked..oops. This one is definitely not for the faint of heart but it is nowhere…

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Book Review | The House in the Cerulean Sea

I have long been skeptical of cozy reads. If they’re so cozy, so feel good, what are the stakes? What’s going to make me care? Especially when it comes to a book like Cerulean, which is written with an almost childlike whimsicality and which absolutely bashes you over the head with character development. But Cerulean…

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Science Fiction Is Not About the Aliens

Science Fiction is scary because it asks readers to cast their minds forward into the unknown, rather than, say, backward into fantastical versions of human history. But good science fiction isn’t actually about the aliens and the robots. It’s about universal problems we all have intimate knowledge of—love and hate as transcendent emotions; grief and…

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July: A Month of Strange Genres (a TBR)

July—a month of strange genres. As always, I’m reading a wide variety—both modern trends and time-honored classics. 1. Whipping Star / The Dosadi Expierament by Frank Herbert Suddenly – the end of all life throughout the entire Galaxy! It was only weeks away, or days – or even hours. It all depended on the survival…

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June Wrap Up | 8 Books

I’m surprised by how much I read this month! Eight books is pretty average for me, but there were a few real tombs in there, including Samantha Shannon’s Priory of The Orange Tree and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. All the novels I read dealt with queerness in different ways, and overall I definitely had…

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The Dark Academia Post.

Aesthetically, what makes Dark Academia dark are the muted colors, rainy weather, and dim libraries full of dark wood. But in literature, the “dark” of Dark Academia is much more than just color. Books like The Secret History, The Atlas Six, Legendborn, and Ninth House try to reveal more sinister darknesses in academia: insularity, elitism,…

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Book Review | The Atlas Six

CONFIRMED: The Atlas Six has a firm place in the cannon of dark academia. This book’s strengths lie in its characters, meticulously and thoroughly written and spinning themselves into complex webs of relationships. I knew little going in, so one thing surprised me most: it’s an adult-feeling book about adults. It’s most interested in people…

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Book Review | The Priory of the Orange Tree

I stopped and started and almost put down this novel many, many times. By the second half, I was hate-reading it—or so I told myself. Maybe I was just reading it for the dragons. I like dragons. The audible narration saved me, because reading this novel in its physical form was an exercise in dispassion.…

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Sign | BL Webtoon Review

Creator: Ker Genre: BL, R🔥 There are a few unusual things about Cafe Goyo. Number one, their coffee sucks. Number two, their customers never order off the menu. And number three, Yohan, the cafe manager, is deaf. So when Soohwa joins as a part-timer, though he is not expected to learn how to make good coffee,…

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May Wrap Up | 8 Books

Hi everyone, this month I read 8 books! I’ve been very busy at work lately… From Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout You can read my full review of this series here! Despite sub-par writing and shaky plotting, I loved the romance in this series and it was the perfect palette cleanser between…

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EJ’s June TBR List

June—a month to celebrate pride—will be a month of (mostly) fun, acclaimed LGBT reads. If it’s not at least a little queer I’m not looking at it this month. As always, I’m reading a wide variety—both modern trends and time-honored classics. 1. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes…

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From Blood and Ash | Series Review

So much of fun writing is just getting rid of shame. That’s what Armentrout does with this series—making liberal use of vampires, werewolves, sex, allies to enemies to lovers, gods, mates, and more create a potent, fun, guilty-pleasure mix. The writing itself is not good. The pacing can get bogged down in over-indulgent, tedious internal…

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Webtoons you should be reading…

Lately, there have been an overwhelming number of amazing webtoons. However, because they come out on a weekly basis, I realized I often find myself forgetting about them and never finishing them. Well, these are my top 5 webtoons that I am still looking forward to updating every week. 1. I Shall Master This Family…

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Book Review | An Ember in the Ashes

Butterflies and big, dumb boys. Enemies to lovers and moral greyness for days. I bought into every character and conceit. I cringed and I cried.

I’ve been on a serious YA binge this year, but An Ember in The Ashes still felt like a palate cleanser. The cheesiness is the delicious kind, trickling through the story like some kind of delicious cheese fountain.

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The Case for Long Books (and some gentle recommendations)

Long books are intimidating. They can be scary. Will I finish? Will this book swallow up my life and make me feel terrible if I don’t finish it? What’s the point, if I could finish another, shorter book in half the time? The point is that the longer the book, the better you know the…

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Book Review | A Little Life

A Little Life is painful, beautiful, and long. It’s the satisfying, engrossing kind of long, the kind where your mind tricks you into believing these people are real, that their lives are really happening, that you can really see their thoughts and their apartments and their laughter and their failure. This phenomenon is my favorite…

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Throne of Glass: Series Review

Coming to Throne of Glass from A Court of Thorns and Roses? Familiar with Sarah J. Maas and looking for takes comparing the two, or just takes thinking critically about SJM in general? Looking to commiserate after reading the most recent 700 page SJM book? Even if you’re coming to SJM for the first time,…

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Book Review | Ruin and Rising (Book #3, Shadow and Bone Trilogy)

Author: Leigh Bardugo Genre: YA, Romance, Fiction Link to Goodreads: link The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to…

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Book Review | The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Men who hate women—but from a male perspective. At once boring and sensationalist, Larsson has crafted a complicated mystery-thriller that ambitiously takes on the entire spectrum of problematic male gaze. Also: fun, idealistic financial robin-hood-ery. Author: Stieg Larsson Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction Link to Goodreads: link Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families…

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The Best and the Worst: Books of March 2021 | Wrap Up

Out of seventeen books read in March, Marie Rutkowski’s The Midnight Lie and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes marked rare five-star YA Fantasy reads, while Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series and Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series proved to be extremely mixed bags. This month saw a flurry of YA Fantasy,…

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Playlist | cruising through a neon sci-fi city in your hovercraft

You turn off the autopilot and lift the hovercraft out of the glowing streams of drifting vehicles. Sounds filter through the thick metal: honks and ads, and that subtle electric hum that seems to underlie everything. You accelerate, matching the breakneck speed of your thoughts. And slowly, they quiet. The city is beautiful. Absolutely no…

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Webtoon Review | Cherry Blossoms After Winter

Author: Bamwoo Genre: BL, Shoujo Ever since his parents passed away, Haebom has been living in Taesung’s house. And now, being a 12th grader, he enters the same class as Taesung, which makes the whole situation way more awkward. Living together 24/7, Taesung and Haebom’s relationship is bound to change. So, I overall think this…

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Book Review | Siege and Storm (Book #2, Shadow and Bone Trilogy)

The sequel to Shadow and Bone (which I reviewed here). The second in the Grishaverse trilogy. Soon to hit your Netflix screens, Siege and Storm introduces Bardugo’s best character ever. I still wouldn’t call it great YA. Is its awkward tone the result of a fundamental writing mistake? Author: Leigh Bardugo Genre: YA, Romance, Fiction Link…

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Book Review | The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller Link to Goodreads: here Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, LGBT Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and…

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Book Review | Shadow and Bone (Book #1 in Trilogy)

In the very first Grishaverse book, an intriguing magic system falls flat in the face of uninspired plot and consistently bland choices. Stay tuned, though—literally all the other Grishaverse books are better. The curse of the first book, maybe? (I’m looking at you, Sarah J. Maas.)

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