We Need to Talk About Fang Runin & Chen Kitay (the friendship that ripped my heart out and stomped on it)

hello everyone and welcome back!! someone tell me how it’s possible we’re already through february 😐 and no i did not forget about my january (or february) wrap-ups, contrary to my previous track record! it’s just that i’ve been dealing with a book hangover of the highest degree and quite literally cannot bring myself to do anything but wallow in my emotions. so today, i’ve decided i might as well wallow online with you all! 😚

you’ve all read the title: the books in question are the poppy war trilogy by r. f. kuang 🥹 i’ll talk more about the books themselves in a moment, but the whole point is that i find myself unable to move on from the heartbreak of this trilogy, and i’ve decided to write the most random discussion post to try to cope with it—specifically about the friendship between rin and kitay. chen kitay and fang runin are the tenderest, most precious, most emotionally devastating pair of platonic soulmates i’ve ever had the misfortune of getting attached to; as the title of this post implies, they ripped my heart out, shoved it back in, and smashed it into pieces 😍

full disclaimer that this post is basically a mess of brain vomit and a quote dump… please don’t expect too much coherent thought and please do expect a preposterously high word count 😭 without further ado, please welcome me into my emotionally unstable era!!

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Let’s Talk Bookish: What Makes a Great Morally Gray Character?

Happy Friday all! Today, I’m participating in my first weekly meme here at Beyond the Read.

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. I love discussion posts, and Rukky and Dani’s prompts are really thought-provoking and fun to talk about. I’m so excited to join in on the fun!

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We Need to Talk About Holland Vosijk

The thing about quarantine, it seems, is that it rekindles your love of habits and hobbies and obsessions that you’d thought you’d gotten over with a fierce and fiery vengeance.

And for me, that obsession is one Mr. Holland Vosijk.

For those who have no earthly idea what I’m on about, Holland Vosijk is a character from the Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab. Depending on who you ask, he can be considered either a villain, antihero, or hero of the series.

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