September 2021 wrap up + sad news

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Hey, internet land! I feel like it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a post. Most of what’s been going up this past month has been stuff I’ve written in the past and scheduled in case there was a week I didn’t have time to write something.

Turns out, this month I had many weeks where I didn’t have the time or energy to create a post, but more on that later.

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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner | book review

This review is spoiler-free!

“It felt like the world had divided into two different types of people, those who had felt pain and those who had yet to.”

– Michelle Zauner, Crying in H Mart

Title: Crying in H Mart
Series: standalone
Author: Michelle Zauner
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published: April 20, 2021
Category: adult
Genre: memoir
Pages: 256
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads page

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Synopsis

This is a memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

In this story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band–and meeting the man who would become her husband–her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

[ This synopsis was taken directly from Goodreads. ]

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10 Year Challenge!

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This tag was created by Rincey Reads over on YouTube! I saw Mary @ Mary and the Words do this, and I wanted to give it a try as well!

Like Mary, I’m not going to go back 10 years. I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning, let alone what I read in 2011. Instead, I’m going as far back as when I started this blog, which was 2015. This was around the time I started using Goodreads to track the books I’ve read, so I thought it would be a good year to look back on to see what has changed and what has remained the same.

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20 Books of Summer: How Did I Do?

Back in June, I decided to take part in the “20 Books of Summer” reading challenge by Cathy @ 746 books. What I liked about this challenge is that it’s super flexible and can cater to any type of reader. You can change your TBR in the middle of the challenge, and you can change the number of books you want to read. I ended up going with 10 books, but in the middle of the challenge I decided to change the books I wanted to read.

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Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte | book review

This review is spoiler-free!

Amazon.com: Four Dead Queens (9780525513926): Scholte, Astrid: Books

Title: Four Dead Queens
Series: standalone
Author: Astrid Scholte
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published: Feb. 26, 2019
Category: YA
Genre: dystopia, fantasy
Pages: 413
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Goodreads page

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Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but in fact, she’s one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. Varin runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.

[ This synopsis was taken directly from Goodreads. ]

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Rupaul’s Drag Race Book Tag

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I’m not a huge reality TV watcher, but something about RuPaul’s Drag Race is so captivating and entertaining. I’ve been a fan since Season 8, and it’s one of the only things keeping me sane during this lockdown and pandemic.

There seems to be a few different RPDR book tags out there, but I decided to go with the one created by Cats and Camera.

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August 2021 wrap up (it’s my birthday!)

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August wasn’t a great reading month for me, since I was busy packing, moving, and preparing for the new semester. Also, today’s my birthday! I’ll be celebrating by attending lectures through Zoom, going to work through Zoom, and going to club meetings through Zoom. All jokes aside, while these aren’t the ideal conditions, I’m thankful to be able to celebrate (virtually) surrounded by my good friends.

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YA books with male protagonists, pt. 2

A few years back, I noticed that most of the YA books I read had female protagonists. Because of that, I decided to compile a list of books that mainly focus on a male character. To be honest, I had a hard time finding books with male protagonists, but it’s been a few years and I thought I’d update the list.

[check out part 1 here]

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The Tea Dragon series by Kay O’Neill || series review

This review is spoiler-free!

The Tea Dragon Society (1): O'Neill, K.: 9781620104415: Amazon.com: BooksThe Tea Dragon Festival (2) (The Tea Dragon Society): O'Neill, K.:  9781620106556: Amazon.com: BooksThe Tea Dragon Tapestry (The Tea Dragon Society): O'Neill, K.:  9781620107744: Amazon.com: Books

Titles: The Tea Dragon Society, The Tea Dragon Festival, The Tea Dragon Tapestry
Series: Tea Dragon, #1-3
Author & illustrator: Kay O’Neill
Publisher: Oni Press
Category: middle grade
Genre: graphic novel, fantasy, LGBTQIA+
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads page

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Synopsis of Tea Dragon Society

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

[ This synopsis was taken directly from Goodreads. ]

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