Hello everyone and merry belated Christmas! ❤️ Yes, Abby—your local blogger prone to disappearing for months on end without explanation—has finally returned from four months of extinction! Is anybody even surprised at this point that I went on yet another unannounced mega-hiatus 😅 I promise the disappearances aren’t intentional! I, for my own part, never meant for this particular break to extend for so long, but school really threw a wrench into all my plans (as it always does haha), especially with the return to in-person learning. But I’ve missed blogging so much, and I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to post at least semi-consistently from now on—no promises though 😭 I’m also slowly trying to catch up with all my WordPress notifications. I promise I’ve seen all your lovely posts and pingbacks and I promise I’ll respond to them someday 🙏
But you read the title! I’ve been keeping busy during my hiatus adding future releases to my TBR, perhaps to an unhealthy extent—I do not exaggerate when I say that I have 50+ books in my 2022 releases category. I’ve tried to narrow them down to the ones I’m most excited for, and I’m here today to share them with you all! After all, 2022 is less than a week (?!?!?) away 🤯 Most of these are standalones, which I find myself gravitating toward more and more often these days, but for series installments, I’ve included the blurb for the first book to avoid any spoilers.
Without further ado, here are the 2022 releases that I’m most excited for! 🤩
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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.
Continue reading “Resources to #StopAsianHate + 2021 YA Releases by AAPI Authors!”
Hello and welcome — you know what, fixed-in-stone openings are overrated. I AM ALIVE FOLKS. I have been an abysmal blogger as of late; I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks, which is a record for me 😬 In my defense, school life has been pretty fraught recently. Tests, quizzes, endless assignments, projects, grades, the subsequent and inevitable mental breakdowns… you know the drill.
But hey, I’m back! Equipped with a book review, at that! Soothsayer was a fantastic read, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts about it with you all!
Continue reading “Review: Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra”
Hello everyone, and welcome back! Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!! I’m back with another recommendations post. I recently watched the Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk on the danger of a single story (which you should all go check out) and her message really stuck with me. And today happens to be the perfect day to dive right back into this discussion.
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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. 🤷♀️
Continue reading “Review: The Silence of Bones by June Hur”
Hello everyone, and welcome back! Today, I’m bringing you the Musical Shuffle Book Tag! I discovered this tag on Sara’s blog, and it sounded so fun that I reverted to my tag thieving ways for a chance to complete it. I mean, books + musical theatre is the best combination ever, and I know all of you are in agreement. Speaking of which, there is going to be a lot of musical theatre in this post, so if that is somehow offensive to you (um… how?), you can skip over today’s post, I guess 😂
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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.
Continue reading “Review: My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie”