The Month in Books: July 2020

Hello everyone! We’re at the end of another month, which means it’s time for a monthly wrap-up. July seems to have lasted a century, but at the same time, it’s already August?! Time, I will never understand you. (Catch that Hamilton reference?)

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Review: Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Up until a few days ago, I hadn’t read a properly romantic YA contemporary since April (and no, American Royals doesn’t count). It’s completely unacceptable. I was virtually drowning under the weight of the rapid-fire plot twists and morally significant metaphors of O. Henry and Edith Wharton until Of Curses and Kisses rescued me from certain death by classic literature. I would love this book for that reason alone, except that it took me by surprise with the depth of its characters and the sizzling romance.

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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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Review: Ashes in the Snow by Ruta Sepetys

Ashes in the Snow is a beautiful and touching story about hope and the power of love. With complex characters, succinct writing, and a premise rooted in real history, it’s a book definitely worth picking up.

On a semi-related note: As you might have noticed, I’ve been working to update my blog aesthetic as well as the structure of my posts over the past few weeks. I finally got to implement my new theme and graphics over the weekend. Thanks for bearing with me through the changes, and hopefully I can bring you great content to match my new look!

Now, onto the review.

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Review: A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

Reading A Feast for Crows was certainly a unique experience. Suffice it to say that getting through this book was an ordeal. And not necessarily in a good way. I really hope A Dance with Dragons picks up with the excitement and addictive storyline of the previous three installments.

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The Month in Books: June 2020

It’s time for another monthly wrap-up. June went by so quickly! I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote that I wasn’t being as prolific as possible in May, because 9 books is as prolific as it’s going to get. But I did get some good reading done in June, and I’m looking forward to getting to some amazing books in July!

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Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

All American Boys is a book that everyone should read, especially during these times of brutality and change in the United States. Through this book, I had the chance to truly reflect on what I have been doing and what I will do in the future to recognize Black voices. I really hope that as many people as possible read this book and take the time to think about the best way to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising killed me. I’m dead. Come back later.

Kidding. Sort of.

Not really.

It was everything a finale needed to be, despite the slow pacing and the slightly anticlimactic resolution. The characters were the real highlight of the story — the excellent character development and heartbreaking moments lent a depth to them that built up on everything established in the first two books.

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Hamilton Book Tag!

Welcome to another Tag Thursday!

If you haven’t noticed already, I am a massive, massive fan of Hamilton. Although it wasn’t the first ever musical I fell in love with — that title belongs to WickedHamilton was the show that truly opened up the magical world of musical theatre to me. And in honor of the upcoming Hamilfilm being released on Disney+ on July 3 (watch the trailer here), I am doing the Hamilton Book Tag!

This tag was started by Maureen over at YouTube, and I discovered it at The Bookish Beagle. As per usual, nobody tagged me, but I am a professional tag thief, and that’s no excuse for me not to do it. 😂

As a side note, there are some spoilery questions in the tag. My answers will be marked for spoilers, and I’ve made sure to be especially careful with my headers for those questions.

But anyway, let’s get started. Be warned: there is going to be a lot of spontaneous screaming of Hamilton lyrics.

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