To Sum-up: August 2017

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How is it the end of summer already? I don’t wanna!!! I’m not ready to go back to stress and studying nonstop and just. Sigh. I’m here to wrap another month up, a month that was quite good reading wise.

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Glasses -or lack there of- in books.

 

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Let’s talk about characters’ eyes in literature, specifically those characters who have bad eyesight. I’ve been wearing glasses for years – never contact lenses though. I don’t even remember when I got my first pair – sometime in primary school. And I’m not the only one in my environment who wears glasses or contact lenses.

I want to talk about some bookish situations that irritate me as someone with bad eyesight, and as a person who wears glasses. (Not all people with bad eyesight will wear glasses, there are also other accessibility devices that we could use). Continue reading

The Tiger’s Watch – Interesting Premise, realistic MC but flawed execution

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Series : Ashes of Gold #1

Publication date : August 22nd, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Harmony Ink Press

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 180

Synopsis : Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.
Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.
When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi. (From Goodreads)

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WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with Black Main Characters

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I’m back again with the second edition of Word Wonders’ TBR expansion. Today I want to feature books with Black main characters, most of these featured on the list are ownvoices. Most of them are YA, but I was able to find a few adult books across 3 genres (Sci-fi, contemporary, historical fiction). So, I hope this helps expand your TBR.

In case you missed it, last month I did a list of books with Bisexual main characters.

I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles.

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Teens in the YA community: Experiences + Recommendations

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So today, I’m back again with another collab post where I’m not gonna be talking much for a change but giving the mic to other people who are younger than me but they sure as hell are more awesome and brilliant. When I first joined the community I was 18, an older teen, but still a teen all the same. I didn’t speak up, I didn’t even interact but I was there all the same so I saw things, things that weren’t always pleasant. Now I am 20 year old, barely an adult and see the same pattern still.

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1000 Followers: Q&A + A GIVEAWAY !!!

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Are you excited? Beause I’m excited!!! Anywho, this post is already going to be lengthy because of all the amazing questions I got (thank you everyone <3) but here I am, celebrating an incredible milestone with a Q&A which… I do everytime haha. But this time around I’m adding a giveaway to make it a bit more special. If you’re here for the giveaway, SHAME ON YOU. No, I’m just kidding, I don’t blame you, I ramble a lot. Continue reading

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo – Chinese folktale, angry teenager, wits and laughs

The Epic Crush of Genie LoPublication date : August 8th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Amulet Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.
Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.
Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
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Illegal Contact – Broody Angry/Soft man meets Clark Kent look-alike

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Series : The Barons #1

Publication date : August 15st, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Intermix

Genre : Adult | Sports Romance

Page Count: 251

Synopsis : New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.
Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…   Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: The YA community from the eyes of a YA

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This is something different, isn’t it? Well, today, I’m here to present you with a new feature in which I give the reigns to other bloggers. When I started getting really close to the thousand followers, I started thinking of a way to give back to a community that has given me so much so this is how Diverse Book Bloggers Discuss came to be, as a way to boost diverse bloggers who are brilliant and have a lot to say but have smaller platforms and don’t really get as much reach as they deserve. I know I’m not the biggest out there, but I thought I’d do anything I can to help give my fellow marginalized folks a boost. Continue reading

1000 Followers Celebration: Q&A Announcement

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HOLY CRAP I CANNOT BELIEVE I’M WRITING THIS POST RIGHT NOW !!!

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Friends, we did it !!! My blog reached 1000 followers a few days ago and I still can’t wrap my head around that number, it’s just surreal. How can it be that so many people want to read my ramblings? When I started this journey a year and a half ago, this number seemed like a foreign concept, I didn’t think I’d attain it in years, let alone less than 2 years. Anyway, I don’t even have words anymore. Have you ever seen rambly me not ramble? NO. Well, hi, I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary right now to ramble, they’re all excited screams.

All of this to say how incredibly grateful I am for every follower, the old ones who stuck with me through highs and lows, all my experiments and not so great posts. And the new ones who are making everything I can dream of as a blogger possible or at least more attainable. Endless and special thanks to all the friends I’ve made, some of which are closer to me than most people IRL, some I go to with everything, my happiness and sorrows. Thank you, I love and appreciate you.

ANYWAY. This is not what you’re here for, what you ARE here for is my Q&A Announcement, SO, during the next week I will be taking any and all questions, reading, blogging, professional, personal, ANYTHING… And I’ll be answering everything next saturday, August 19th. And I may or may not have a surprise for you in that post, so ask away and keep an eye out for that one. But first, ASK AWAY.

So that is it for this quick post. Again, thank you for 1000 followers, it means the world to me ❤


That’s it until next time.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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