The Outstanding Blogger Award — Take 3!

Hello everyone, and welcome back! I’m back with another blogging award! I know I say this all the time, but the love and support this community is showing me is just so overwhelming 😭🥺 Thank you so much to Julie @ One Book More for the nomination! She posts so much content on a regular basis, and her book reviews are always splendidly written, so go show her some love 💕

And let’s get right into it!

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The Month in Books: September 2020

Another day, another destiny! 

Wait, that’s not it. What I meant to say was — 

Another month, another wrap-up! Can you believe that we’re already in the last quarter of the year? But honestly, September was one of the few months of 2020 that seemed to last forever. It was an eventful month for me in a lot of ways. For one, I started online school, and my stress levels haven’t just hit the ceiling, they’ve rocketed to the moon and back 😱😭😂 And I’m still getting the hang of fitting in blogging into the mix, so bear with me if you don’t see as much content from me in October!

But I’ll save any further ramblings for the actual post. So without further ado, let’s get into September’s monthly wrap-up!

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Review: The Silence of Bones by June Hur

I didn’t know it was possible for anyone to feel this seen by a historical fiction novel.

About a murder mystery. 

Set in the 18th century. 

Centered around Catholic persecution.

I didn’t know it was possible, but it apparently is.

I don’t make the rules. 🤷‍♀️

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Review: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

I’ve missed writing full-length reviews. I cannot believe that the last one I wrote was nearly a month ago. I blame mini-reviews and how addicting they are. 

But fortunately, I’m back with my review of Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, which I enjoyed immensely, much more than I was expecting to. Come for the Chinese culture and Maia’s Mulan-esque character arc, stay for the sizzling romance and the quest.

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Let’s Talk Bookish: How to Encourage Others to Read

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! It’s time for another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme that is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts. Today, we’re discussing how to encourage others to read, a topic suggested by Rian @ Dogs and Books.

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Mini-Reviews: Royal Holiday, The Handmaid’s Tale

Hello everyone, and welcome back! I am once again behind with reviewing the books I’ve finished recently (what’s new?), so I’m back with another collection of mini-reviews for two of those books: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Let’s get right into it!

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

AHHHHHHHHH.

That’s it. That’s the end of the review.

Well, no. But that is literally the only thing I can think of to say in this intro about this treasure of a book that accurately represents my feelings. It is AMAZING, and I would like to take this time to apologize to all the book bloggers out there whose constant flailing about this series fell upon deaf ears for much too long. 

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Review: My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

You all know by now that I am a massive fan of the musical Hamilton. When I first discovered and proceeded to fall in love with Hamilton a few years back, the first thing I did was to look into books about the ten-dollar Founding Father. I was not let down. Among them, My Dear Hamilton was one of the books that most intrigued me, and it’s actually the first-ever book I added to my TBR list.

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Review: Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena

I discovered Hunted by the Sky on a list of anticipated 2020 releases and was immediately hooked by its blurb. Although it had its highs — including one of the most richly developed settings I’ve read in a while — the predominant emotion I was feeling when I finished this book was disappointment. It’s a shame.

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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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