Recently Read Books | fish, figure skating, and more

Look at me, actually writing reviews for once! Some of these are not-so-recent reads, but here, have my thoughts anyway. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko “Uniformity is not unity. Silence is not peace.” This YA fantasy follows Tarisai, a young girl raised in isolation by a frequently absent mother. When her mother sends her to compete … Continue reading Recently Read Books | fish, figure skating, and more

How many of my anticipated 2020 releases did I read? (+ more 2020 books on my TBR)

At the beginning of every year, we always see lots of lists about the anticipated releases for the next year. I always love writing my own version of that list with the books that look interesting to me, but I have to wonder: how many of these books do I actually read? So today, we're … Continue reading How many of my anticipated 2020 releases did I read? (+ more 2020 books on my TBR)

8 nonfiction book recommendations

It's book recommendation o'clock! I don't read much nonfiction—what can I say? I like a narrative—but within the past year or so, I've pushed myself to try some out and actually found some that I've really enjoyed. For me, the trick is audiobooks, since I can basically trick my brain into thinking I'm just listening … Continue reading 8 nonfiction book recommendations

NaNoWriMo update | join me on the struggle bus

We're halfway through NaNoWriMo! How's everyone doing? I hope you're all doing well with your NaNo progress, because I very much am not. Oops. Here's what my graph looks like: Not great, Bob. I haven't written yet today, but I'm currently at 15,201 words, whereas the target for today is 26,672. I'm over 11k words … Continue reading NaNoWriMo update | join me on the struggle bus

10 authors that I’d love to meet

Who else misses in-person book events? There are a lot of things I miss right now because of coronavirus: movie theaters, concerts, eating at restaurants, traveling. Up there on the list, though, is going to events where I get to hear my favorite authors speak and then stand nervously in line until I can meet … Continue reading 10 authors that I’d love to meet

Review: Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth | watch out for murder hornets

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth "That's history for you, my darlings. When you dig it up, it always carries a whiff of rot." Published Oct. 20, 2020 by William Morrow 608 pages Genre: historical fiction/horror Date finished: Sept. 25, 2020 Content warnings: bugs (hornets), suicide, gore, drug use, homophobia, sexual assault goodreads | bookshop … Continue reading Review: Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth | watch out for murder hornets

October Wrap-Up | pumpkin spice existential dread

October always feels like it goes by too fast. That was especially true this year, because spooky season is one of the only things I had to look forward to so of course it had to go by too quickly. Also, I've spent the last four years dreading this November, which obviously meant that it … Continue reading October Wrap-Up | pumpkin spice existential dread

Writing update | racing to finish a draft + my NaNoWriMo project

Well hello there! I haven't written a writing update since July. I guess I should probably do that now, then, huh? So. Progress updates.  Currently, I'm working on the second draft of a novel that I wrote last year (hereafter referred to as "the dragon WIP"). My progress on that has been all over the … Continue reading Writing update | racing to finish a draft + my NaNoWriMo project

I don’t understand the concept of overhyped books and at this point I’m too afraid to ask

After two and a half years of having a book blog and almost as much time on book twitter, I'm finally ready to make a confession. I don't understand the concept of overhyped books. Every now and then in bookish conversations, I'll hear someone refer to a book as "overhyped," aiming to dismiss it entirely. … Continue reading I don’t understand the concept of overhyped books and at this point I’m too afraid to ask