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Book Review | Homo Deus

Homo Deus is a well-written, wide ranging masterpiece that will make you realize that you live in the future which the science fiction books of old predicted from the safety of the past. If nothing else, it will certainly make you think, and perhaps re-evaluate your own perspectives about the future and the present.

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October Wrap Up | 6 Books

This was a month of nonfiction and heaviness, broken up only by Kerri Maniscalco’s lovely sequel to Kingdom of the Wicked, Kingdom of the Cursed.

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Book Review | Kingdom of the Cursed

Kingdom of the Cursed feels like a bridge. A flat bridge, beautiful but slightly unimpressive, that soars above all the interesting stuff really going on below. The reader can see the general outline of what it’s going to look like, way down there below the bridge, but is not allowed to see it in full.

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Book Review | Death Fugue

Banned in China for its political implications relating to Tiannamen Square, Death Fugue manages to encompass art, philosophy, and love in an eerie story that sucked me in like quicksand.

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September Wrap Up | 4 Books

Despite reading far fewer books than usual, the books I picked up were HUGE! Plus I loved them. This was a very successful reading month!

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Book Review | Shatter Me

The beginning of Shatter Me was an exquisite mix of beautiful, unique prose, complex character, and expert soft worldbuilding. But after that big bang beginning, it gets…soggier. I think if anything, I’m more disappointed by the lost potential than by the actual product. Because I really did enjoy myself in the reading…

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September TBR

It would be a bald-faced lie to say I every completely follow my TBR. Here’s hoping, because I have high hopes for all of these books. Do you plan on reading any of these? Drop a comment—I want to know what YOU’RE reading next!

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Book Review | Zodiac Academy

Brooding inner turmoil and big muscles do not excuse stripping someone naked in public, biting them when they beg you not to, or general assault.

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Book Review | Neuromancer

Connecting to these characters is hard, and not necessarily rewarding, even at the end. But that empty kind of discomfort…it reminded me of how modern netizen-dom can feel.

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Den of Vipers Book Review: WTF??

I think booktok is just doing me dirty at this point, because how is this book popular? This one was talked about a lot, so I had semi-high expectations. But when I started it…I shit you not, I didn’t think I was going to be able to get through the first chapter. Here are some…

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August: CHAOS (a TBR)

It would be a bald-faced lie to say I every completely follow my TBR. Here’s hoping, because I have high hopes for all of these books. 1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up…

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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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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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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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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

The love story in this exquisite book is like a (tragic) symphony. But simply isn’t enough space for understanding Achilles’ motivations where they don’t concern Patroclus.

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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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