Resources to #StopAsianHate + 2021 YA Releases by AAPI Authors!

Hello everyone, and welcome back! I’m not sure how to start this post, so I’ll just get right into it: I’m back today to discuss some recent events that occurred here in the United States. On March 16, eight people were killed in Atlanta, Georgia across several spas and massage parlors. On March 22, ten people were killed in Boulder, Colorado in an unrelated incident at a supermarket. The taking of innocent lives is always terrible and tragic, but two mass shootings in such quick succession is especially horrific. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims. 

In addition, the fact that most of the victims in Atlanta were Asian-American women is heartbreaking and inexcusable. While the suspect has been claiming that the shooting was not racially motivated, the fact that he thought of Asian massage parlors as a sexual “temptation” to “eliminate” says a lot. Whether or not these women were actually sex workers, there is little doubt that this killing is a direct result of the sexualization and fetishization of Asian women — an intersection of racism and sexism.

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My Most Anticipated 2021 Releases!

Hello everyone and welcome back!! I hope you’ve all been enjoying your December thus far. As per my promise to not disappear this month like I did in November, I have returned with another post!

As we all know, 2020 has been a handful. There’s no guarantee that 2021 will be any better, but I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re all looking forward to starting on the clean slate that is a brand new year. In recognition of that, today I want to share with you my 23 most anticipated YA releases for 2021! I’m not going to pretend that I’ll have read all of these by the end of next year, but hey, a girl can dream. 😅

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12 Books With Beautiful Sibling Relationships 😍

Hello everyone, and welcome back! I’m back with my newest obsession! So over the weekend, I watched this video from Amy’s Youtube channel (which all of you musical theatre fans should definitely check out by the way), and it convinced me to go listen to Starry. I listened to the original concept recording over the weekend, and I am just… so in love. Why aren’t more people talking about this?

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Happy Women’s Equality Day: 19 Books by Female BIPOC Authors to Add to Your TBR!

Happy Women’s Equality Day!! Women’s Equality Day is a celebration of the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment, which formally gave women the right to vote, bringing a centuries-old struggle for women’s suffrage to a triumphant end.

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I Would Do Pretty Much Anything for These 5 Characters

Welcome back to another installment of Abby Rectifies the Concerning Lack of Bookish Lists on the Blog. Woo!

Today, I’d like to share with you some characters that I would do pretty much anything for. (Except for, you know, breaking the law. I am a morally upright citizen.) There are many ways a character could make it onto this list. It could be because their author is cruel and refuses to give them a break. It could be because of the sin for being too precious for this world. Or it could be because there’s nobody else except me in their life willing to show them love and support. (I’m not crying, you are.)

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5 Tropes That Make Me Dissolve into a Puddle of Adoration

It has come to my attention that there is a concerning lack of bookish lists on my blog.

I’m sorry about the abrupt opening, but it’s a problem. I mean, I love bookish lists. I go through the archives of all my favorite blogs just to read someone’s randomly compiled thoughts of, say, their top ten characters worth dying for. The lack of such lists on this blog is, again, a major problem.

So today, I have compiled a list of my all-time favorite tropes in YA lit that make me melt into a puddle of adoration. Tropes, to provide a bit of context, are commonly recurring themes or motifs in books, somewhat akin to clichés but less universally hated.

Without further ado, let’s get to the list!

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7 Times Characters Got Sassed to Stars Above (Happy Birthday, Thorne!)

On May 22, 106 T. E., Carswell Thorne was born, setting the scene for a life of 214 Rampions, getting sassed by Cinder, and one candy-sweet romance in the world of the Lunar Chronicles. Happy birthday, Thorne!

In honor of such a significant day, I’m celebrating here at Beyond the Read by compiling some of the wittiest comebacks that characters have thrown, Thorne-style. Imagine being witty enough to take part in banter. Can’t relate.

Image Credit: Lexi RubyLeaf at Pinterest
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My Near-Future TBR (Special Thanks to the Wonder That Is Libby)

I must admit, one of the perks of being in quarantine is being able to focus on cutting short my ever-increasing TBR.

And thanks to the wonderful app that is Libby, I have been able to access my local library’s digital catalog and catch up on so many books I have been meaning to read.

Today, I’m listing some of the books I’m expecting to finish anytime by the end of May. I’m so excited to read these. 😆

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Reading Every Treatise on the Shelf: Musicals & YA Books

I love musicals. I love them a lot. They hold an indescribable charm for me that results from the combined effect of the story, the numbers, and the visual performance.

This past weekend, I was one of the 11 million people who streamed The Phantom of the Opera for FREE on YouTube. The YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! is streaming live one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s internationally renowned musicals every Friday night and leaving them available to watch for 48 hours as part of a fundraiser for the Actors Fund, in an effort to help theater professionals affected by the coronavirus. This weekend, it was the Royal Albert Hall performance of The Phantom of the Opera. I am ashamed to admit it was my first ALW musical, but boy, was it worth it.

Suffice it to say, I fell completely, head-over-heels in love.

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