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10 Books That Are #MyBrand

Hey, everybody! Recently, I saw a trend on Twitter going around, asking people what books were “their brand.” In other words, what books represent you—body, heart, mind, and soul? It’s more than asking what books you’d bring with you on a deserted island, but rather what books you carry with you always because they speak to every fiber of your being.

Plus, I think it’s a great way to get to know other readers and what their interests are.

I’ll be tagging some folks to do this, but if you like this post and want to do your own, please feel free and tag me with your answers! You can also do however many books you want. The Twitter post originally called for five, but I had to do ten, you feel me?

So what books are #MyBrand?

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Reading Challenge Update – February 2019

February is gone, and so is another month of reading challenges! February felt like a long month to me, despite its shortness, but at the same time, the last week barely existed. Isn’t time strange?

This month was a great success for me. While I didn’t get to everything I wanted to read (who does?), I did accomplish a great deal: Seven books during the shortest month, five of them ARCs! Catching up on ARCs has been a huge goal for me, so I’m happy to be doing it, and I’m finding some great books to be excited for release besides.

Let’s check them out!

The Five-Star Favs

language of thorns
Finished: 2/1/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

Plants are a feature of both the title and that sexy black cover of The Language of Thorns. Leigh Bardugo has crafted a short story collection full of original fairytales inspired by our own but applied to her fictional Grishaverse, and they’re all amazing. I’m always super impressed with people who can create new fairytales like this and make them feel like we’ve forgotten them but are now remembering them because that’s never easy.

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WWW Wednesday – 2.13.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Things have been busy, so here’s an update!

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Book Review: The Night Tiger

the night tiger

Title: The Night Tiger
Author:
 Yangsze Choo
Genre: Historical Fiction/Magical Realism
Version: ARC – Paperback
Page Count: 368
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Malaysian/Chinese characters and culture
Recommended Readers: Fans of rich settings, diverse characters, and a dash of the superstitious
Rating: ★★★★★

Both my roommate and I received ARCs of The Night Tiger, one an ebook from NetGalley and one a beautiful paperback edition from the publisher, so thank you both for each of these. This review is given in exchange and is my honest and true opinion.

Mark down Yangsze Choo as officially being one of my favorite authors. It’s unfair how wonderful her sophomore novel, The Night Tiger, is—or it would be, if it weren’t so apparent how much time, care, and hard work Choo put into her story. While I’ll go on record to say that her first book, The Ghost Bride, is my favorite of the two, there’s no denying how much I enjoyed The Night Tiger. It’s a book that will stay with me. Her style in particular is that perfect blend of historical fiction and magical realism that I love to death but is so hard to find, so this is definitely going on my favorites shelf.

The novel follows three protagonists: Ren, an 11-year-old Chinese houseboy; Ji Lin, a young woman who dreams of pursuing medicine but must work as a dressmaker and moonlight as a dancehall girl, both because of her gender and to pay off her mother’s high-interest Mahjong debts; and William, an Englishman with a murky past. Their fates and those of other characters collide as Ren attempts to fulfill the final request of his late master: locate his severed finger and reunite it with his body before 49 days are up, or his master’s spirit will roam the earth as a night tiger, unable to rest forever.

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WWW Wednesday – 2.6.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

New week, new me, let’s do this!

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February 2019 Book Releases

Welcome back to another post talking about the upcoming book releases I’m most excited for! This time, we’re covering February 2019. For being the shortest month of the year, February’s no slouch at bringing a plethora of releases, from a dark Cupid and Psyche myth retelling to a girl chasing her rap artist dreams in a new release from Angie Thomas.

It was really hard to choose my most anticipated February release, but here it is:

crown of feathers
Release Date: February 12 | Goodreads

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Why I Want to Read This: Well, let’s see. I love warrior queens, I love settings with oppressive Empires, and phoenixes are my favorite mythological creatures, even more so than dragons. It’s about time they get more of a spotlight outside of Harry Potter. I’m excited by how big these are going to be, given the whole Phoenix Riders thing, and I’m looking forward to how Nicki Pau Preto is going to redefine them. I’m honestly on board for the sister drama, too—how messy will it be? Also, the girl who disguises herself as a boy trope will never get old. Crown of Feathers seems to be everything I want.

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WWW Wednesday – 1.30.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Book Review: The Ghost Bride

the ghost bride

Title: The Ghost Bride
Author:
 Yangsze Choo
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Version: Paperback
Page Count: 384
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Chinese/Malaysian culture and mythology, POC characters
Recommended Readers: Lovers of ghost stories, love stories, and underrepresented cultures
Rating: ★★★★★

[This review was originally published on GoodReads.]

What a stunning debut novel! Once I started, I couldn’t put this one down for an instant. I even read it at work, sometimes on lunch break, sometimes not. Ssh! Don’t tell.

Yangsze Choo brings readers into the world of Chinese mythology and family politics. Anyone familiar with works such as The Tale of Genji, a Japanese classic, will instantly recognize the secrecy and intrigue that comes with being a part of a prestigious family and the advantageous relationships they make. The Chinese afterlife making a prominent appearance in the book is only an added bonus.

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