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June Wrap-Up + July TBR

Hiya everyone! I’ve been really busy late in the month of June and beginning of July, so forgive the minimalistic formatting in this post. A lot of reads were hit or miss, which is why there are plenty of DNFs on my reading progress in June.

June reading progress

  1. We Hunt the Flame – Hafsah Faizal | 1 star,  DNF
  2. Girl from the Other Side Vol. 6 – Nagabe
  3. Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon | DNF
  4. Not Your Villain (Sidekick #2) – C. B. Lee | 3 stars
  5. A Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer | DNF
  6. The Girl Who Drank from the Moon – Kelly Barnhill | 3.5 stars
  7. Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson | DNF, 2 stars
  8. Empire of Sand – Tasha Suri | 3.25 stars
  9. Wicked Saints – Emily Duncan |1.5 stars
  10. The Storm Crow – Kalyn Josephson | DNF

I’ve FINALLY finished Wicked Saints and The Girl Who Drank from the Moon;;; You don’t know the amount of struggle I endured trying to read these. Good news! I received an ARC of Girls of Shadow and Storm by Natasha Ngan from Hatchette Books for review! I was so ecstatic when I saw the dark blue in the UPS package.

June Favorite Read: Not Your Villain! Hands down. A special shout-out to Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri! I really loved a lot about, though my star rating kind of betrays how much I like its themes, similar to Jade City. I always love the concepts of books from Orbit, but sometimes I find the execution pretty different from what I initially expect.

Least Favorite Monthly Read: Oh boy, it’s got to be We Hunt the Flame. If there’s a prize for rotten judgement, I guess I’ve already won that because this book was not worth the aggravation. The prose was over-written and the characters were underdeveloped. I had to put this one down half way through. I had to DNF a couple of other books too, but I didn’t get nearly as far in them as I did with WHTF. Wicked Saints is another offender this month with its copy-paste xenophobia from Greg and copious descriptions of the love interest reminding us that he is a boy. Never say that fanfic can’t get published, because this is a prime example that it certainly is possible. It took me two months to finally get through, and it’s not the best $8 I ever spent, to say the least.

July Most-Anticipated Read: July 9th is the official release of Spin the Dawn by Elizabett Lim! I just wanted to shout this out because I’ve already read and reviewed Spin the Dawn as an ARC in May. I’m also really excited to read Wicked Fox by Kat Cho, coming out on June 25th. I probably won’t be able to get to it so soon after its release, but I’ve been waiting for it for what seems like forever.

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May Wrap-Up + June TBR

I received some really great news IRL this month after 4 months of suffering in 2019! I’m going to be moving to England in the fall for school/work. I can’t wait to share more news about that in the coming months. I’m still adjusting back to my timezone after coming back from vacation in China. My life is either sleep or sleepy…

I’ve had a rough time reading books in May, but my manga experience is (BIG OK-SIGN). I have to finish a lot of books I own before going to England. I just feel bad leaving books unread while I’m away.

Reading progress in May

  1. The Candle and the Flame – Nafiza Azad |ARC review | 3 stars
  2. Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits Vol. 3 – Wako Ioka and Midori Yuma | 5 stars
  3. Requiem of the Rose King Vol. 10 – Aya Kanno | 5 stars
  4. King of Fools – Amanda Foody | review |  3.5 stars
  5. Not Your Sidekick – C. B. Lee | review | 3 stars
  6. Baker Thief – Claudie Arseneault | 3 stars
  7. The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 5 – Nagabe | 4 stars
  8. Satoko and Nada Vol. 1 – Yupechika | 4 stars
  9. Spin the Dawn – Elizabeth Lim | ARC review | 3.5 stars


Most Anticipated Read of June:
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I didn’t quite enjoy the story of Rogerson’s previous book, An Enchantment of Ravens, but I still thought the writing was pretty nice. There aren’t a lot of June releases I’m interested in because I’m focusing more on my backlog reading list, so this was the first one that came to mind. I’m also interested in reading The Wicked Fox by Kat Cho. You know me, I love reading about them foxes 😀

Image result for spin the dawn coverFavorite Read in May: Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee. I LOVE THIS. Superheroes and supervillains, bisexual Asian MC, futuristic post-war lore – *cluches chest* Despite rating NYS a 3 stars in my heart it’s a 5 star book. QPOC rep + a meta-human setting? You can do SO much with that. I look forward to reading Not Your Villain and Not Your Backup in the future. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim was also a pleasant surprise. I loved the ending and can’t wait for a continuation of Maia’s story.

Least Favorite Read in May: The Candle and the Flame. Sorry, but I love character-centric stories and the detached writing in this book didn’t do it for me.

 

June TBR

  1. We Hunt the Flame – Hafsah Faizal
  2. Wicked Saints – Emily Duncan | in progress
  3. A Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
  4. The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

 

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March 2019 Wrap-Up + April TBR

Happy April, everyone! This is my March wrap-up post. I finished 9 books this month:

  1. Kakuriyo Vol. 2 – Wako Ioka | 5 stars
  2. Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee | 4 stars
  3. Game of Stars – Sayantani Dasgupta| 4.5 stars
  4. Lady Smoke – Laura Sebastian | 3 stars
  5. Warcross – Marie Lu | 4 stars
  6. Queen’s Resistance – Rebecca Ross | review | 4 stars
  7. Wildcard – Marie Lu | 3 stars
  8. Ruse – Cindy Pon | 4 stars
  9. The Dragon Warrior – Katie Zhao | (ARC) review |5 stars

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Most Anticipated Read of April: King of Fools by Amanda Foody, sequel to Ace of Shades, which I adore. I’m ready for some more shady underworld activity ushered by local noble youths.

40150608Favorite Read in March: The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao! I adored this book. I was lucky enough to win an ARC copy of this from Katie Zhao’s twitter giveaway. TDW is truly a delight and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a middle grade book with some cool mythology and adventure, but I would ESPECIALLY recommend it to diaspora readers because it made me feel all warm and tingly on the inside after finishing it as an OwnVoices reader. Plus, the cover is illustrated by Vivienne To who is also responsible for my much beloved Kiranmala and the Kingdom of Beyond book covers.

Least Favorite Read in March: Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian, sequel to Ash Princess. I filmed a video review of it, so please look out for that in the future. This just felt like a rehash of the first book, down to the events of the climax.

Note: I’ll be going on a trip to Shanghai and Suzhou later this month. I’m not in the habit of bringing a trunk of books to read, but I’ll probably bring one or two along for my flights and downtime.

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November Wrap-Up + December TBR

I finished 6 Correction 7 books in November and DNF’d 2.

  1. Ace of Shades – Amanda Foody | review | 4/5 stars
  2. The Speaker – Traci Chee | review | 1/5 stars
  3. Damsel – Elana K. Arnold | review | 4/5 stars
  4. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black | review | 3/5 stars
  5. Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan | review | 3/5 stars
  6. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix – Julie Dao | review | 4.5/5 stars
  7. Air Awakens – Elise Kova | review | 3/5 stars

I also got a head-start on my December TBR in the last days of November. I’ve mentioned some of these books in the past but December’s my final chance to get to them this year! I’m determined to finally read them after delaying them for so long.

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November 2018 TBR

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Ace of Shades – Amanda Foody ☑️

I’m currently reading this and I’m *really* enjoying it. My bestie chose this to be my current read and honestly I should trust her more often with choosing my TBR because she hasn’t lead me astray yet. I’m really liking the introduction to the world of Ace of Shades. Enne is revealed to be such a crouching tiger hidden badass. Levi is my precious character with a tragic past and ded mom (my brand!), and also our bi/pan? MOC deuteragonist. On top of that, there are also some interesting (and shady) characters that make New Reynes …colorful for better or worse

The Speaker – Traci Chee ☑️

I received this from the publisher along with an ARC of The Storyteller, the sequel of The Speaker and final book in the Sea of Ink and Gold Trilogy. The 1st book, the Reader, was a rough introduction to the series for me, but so far the 2nd installment is faring much better this time around. We finally got some Archer POV chapters, like I’d been asking for the entire time I was reading the Reader.

Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan ☑️

I received a copy from Fairyloot a bit earlier than the official US release date (Nov 6) so I’m very excited to get into this especially after all my failed attempts to get an ARC of this baby. The author’s note which was included with the Fairyloot edition really spoke to me on a personal level as a queer Asian. I’m ready for Natasha Ngan to lay all the feelings on me HHHHHHHHhhh

These Rebel Waves – Sara Raasch ☑️

Another Fairyloot book I’m trying to get to. I made some progress in the last month, but I kept book-hopping so I didn’t break much ground. For some reason I keep stumbling upon underrated books that have queer POC main characters?! And I keep wondering why haven’t I see any reviews telling me this?! I appreciate being surprised in a pleasant way because there was apparently some uproar about this book being falsely advertised as about “gay pirates” when it ended up being pirates and having queer characters that weren’t pirates. Yo, just because this book doesn’t have gay pirates, doesn’t mean there aren’t pirates and gays?! That’s still spectacular? It’s a little too early to say how I’ll like These Rebel Waves overall, but so far I don’t have any complaints.

 

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Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix – Julie Dao ☑️

Another book I tried hard to get my hands on as an ARC but failed. Alas, my library is pretty reliable about these new releases, so if all things go well I can read this around the time it comes out (Nov. 6, like many of the Asian-inspired YAs coming out this month!). The worldbuilding in Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was pretty enjoyable for me, though I had some issues with the story itself (primarily Xifeng’s development). It could just be that I dislike Evil Queen origin stories.

Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik ☑️

Spinning Silver’s been on my TBR backlog for MONTHS. I’ve had it in my possession for ages and never got to it.

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black ☑️

I actually checked . I wasn’t in the mood for fairies at the time, so I put my endeavor on hold until now. My post-October spoopy mood is still going strong. I did receive a Cruel Prince themed playing card deck, which spured my interest in the series again after I… definitely forgot about it amidst the hype surrounding it earlier this year and the previous year.

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November 2017 TBR

This month I’m gonna try to knock out some books I started but never finished and also some new releases from this year (4-5). We’ll see how consistent I am with updating from now on.

I saw a dude on the bus with a Teddie badge on his jacket. I suspect he was the guy who worked at Gamestop when I went in for my shiny silvally code.
  1. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  2. the Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  4. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  5. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
  6. A Dark Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

FEH kinda overtook my life. No one should ever let me play gacha games because I have poor impulse control.

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2017 TBR #1

I almost wrote 2016 again www.

My TBR list has changed since January when I first made one. We’ll call that TBR list TBR prime. It looked like this:

  1. Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo DONE, review pending
  2. The Kiss of Deception, Mary Pearson DONE, reviewed
  3. The Heart of Betrayal, – DONE, reviewed
  4. The Beauty of Darkness, – DONE, reviewed

My current TBR is as follows:

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab
  2. The rest of the Darker Shade of Magic series if I end up liking it.
  3. Akatsuki no Yona (manga), Mizuho Kuzanagi – to get caught up.
  4. Truthwitch, Susan Dennard, DONE, reviewed
  5. Proxy, Alex London
  6. A Torch Against the Night, Sabaa Tahir
  7. Ballroom e Yokoso reread for Yao because she wants me to type ballroom.

I’m kind of non-commital to a strict TBR. I treat it as more like what I’m thinking of reading. Like Proxy and ATATN, I might get 5% through and not touch it for months.

You can find me on Goodreads stuck at the same exact 5% lol.