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Reading Challenge Update – July 2019

Hello, hello! I hope you’re doing well and not melting when you go outside. It’s gotten stupid hot where I am; so glad summer decided to finally show up, I guess.

Today, I’m going to be reviewing how I did on my reading challenges for July. I, uh, actually skipped June because I started a lot of books that month but didn’t finish enough to warrant a post, oops! Sorry if you noticed, but if not, that works for me. I’m just going to include the two I did finish here.

The Five-Star Favs

we set the dark on fire
Finished: 6/17/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

  • A book published by HarperCollins – @MommyMannegren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, published We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, but there’s honestly so much more to say about it than that. It’s gay, it features Latinx culture and characters, and it’s the better version of The Handmaid’s Tale, imo. [Review]

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July 2019 Book Releases

Hey, everyone! I am soooo late with this, but things have been crazy for me since the July 4th holiday, but I’m still going to post this July book release list because it’s still relevant! Yay!

For this list, you can find books about crows, terrible wizards, and Mayan gods of death, but what book reigns supreme as my most anticipated choice  for July?

thrawn treason
Release Date: July 23 | Goodreads

“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”

Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.

Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favor of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes that the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets.

As Thrawn works to secure his place in the Imperial hierarchy, his former protégé Eli Vanto returns with a dire warning about Thrawn’s homeworld. Thrawn’s mastery of strategy must guide him through an impossible choice: duty to the Chiss Ascendancy, or fealty to the Empire he has sworn to serve. Even if the right choice means committing treason.

Why I Want to Read This: It’s a Thrawn book! By Timothy Zahn! Thrawn’s allegiance with the Empire pitted against the allegiance with his people! I know I say this about every Thrawn book, but this might be my most horny adventure with my favorite alien strategist to date! I am beyond losing it for whatever Zahn is going to do to me!

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The ABC Book Challenge – A

Hey, everyone! Soooooo, I haven’t been posting on here as much as when I first started this blog. A huge reason for that is because I’ve been primarily writing reviews and those take time. Time I don’t have as much of because I started a new, writing-intensive job that’s taken away from both reading and writing time.

To compensate for that and add more variety here, I’ve decided to start doing some book tags, and the first one I want to tackle is the ABC Book Challenge because it looks incredibly fun. I wasn’t tagged to do this, but I’ve seen Sofii @A Book. A Thought. doing this, and I love her style of it.

Here’s the challenge: Every week, I’ll have a post sharing my most favorite titles as well as those on my current TBR list that start with the corresponding letter. (For weird letters like Q, X, and Z, I might have to bend the rules a little and just have those letters somewhere in the title, but we’ll see.)

This week is, you guessed it, the letter A! (Cue Sesame Street)

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Most Anticipated Book Releases – July 2018

Brace yourselves, lads, because the amount of July book releases that I’m super hyped for is staggering! I don’t think I’ve ever had a list this long yet, but I didn’t want to cut anything out.

From a D&D fantasy adventure graphic novel to a Rumpelstiltskin retelling, these books have captured my attention from the get-go. I’m especially thrilled to see a good mixture of newcomers as well as authors I know and trust on this list.

The top spot was hard to decide, but I’m beyond confident that it’s well-deserved.

Thrawn_Alliances_coverListen, I’ll admit it. The Thrawn obsession and Timothy Zahn appreciation bit me way late. So late that Lucasfilm had already sold Star Wars to Disney. I read the Thrawn trilogy, Outbound Flight, and the Thrawn duology (currently working on Vision of the Future), and I wept that Zahn was no longer allowed to continue pursuing his vision with who I consider the greatest villain in Star Wars history. And I love me many Star Wars villains, y’all. I decided Darth Maul was my husband when I was eight.

Then Disney said, “Actually, Mr. Zahn, you go right ahead,” and Zahn replied, “Cool. Here’s a novel. It’s done.” That novel was last year’s Thrawn, and it was so—damn—good. Now, we already have a sequel titled Thrawn: Alliances, and I am losing my mind over it. Thrawn and Vader on the cover? And they have opposing views but must work together on a mission for the Emperor?? And once upon a time, Anakin Skywalker and Commander Mitth’raw’nuruodo met and survived on a harsh world together??? This book is going to murder me. God, I love the dark side.

Release date: July 24

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