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Have you been drinking water?
March has been a relatively quiet month on my end. I did end getting up a part-time job which has been really great but it also means less time working on my creative projects. Not gonna lie, I might have to post less on the blog or focus on Youtube and the podcast. I haven’t decided yet.
This April, I’m also joining CampNaNoWriMo which is going to be on top of my priority list. I’m working on a new Filipino-inspired novel which I am still trying to get a grasp on. I’ll be sure to have post on this creative process and my experience with it.
You’re not going to be surprised to hear that my reading has suffered this month. I knew February was too good to be true!
THE FIRES OF VENGEANCE BY EVAN WINTER
Book one completely and utterly destroyed me. Evan Winter was merciless and I loved the book for it. The Fires of Vengeance, though, was a whole other level!
THE UNBROKEN BY C.L. CLARK
I read this book as part of my tour stop for Caffeine Book Tours and I’m so glad I got the chance to review this! The Unbroken is a fantasy book about a soldier who is sent back to their homeland to stop a group rebels. There, she meets and is recruited by the Princess of Balladaire to work against the rebels. The Unbroken deeply explored a colonization from a white saviour perspective and from the perspective of a native brainwashed by the empire. Personally, I found the latter to be a really important theme that needs to be explored more.
TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW BY RACHEL LYNN SOLOMON
I am huge fan of Rachel Lynn Solomon ever since I read her book, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, a book about two sisters where one is diagnosed with a hereditary disease and the other isn’t. Today Tonight Tomorrow is far lighter; it a rom-com YA book about two high school rivals who find themselves teaming up during a senior class survival-esque game. I love how funny this book is! It is also very sex positive and talks about the stereotypes against the romance genre. I’m listening to the audiobook and absolutely adore Rebekah Ross’ voice!
Now, before you get on my case, I am still on my book buying ban! I did not spend money on any of these books. Earlier in the year, I gave away some of my older books to a secondhand store and received store credit for them. With that credit I got myself a beautiful edition of Tess of the d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy. Tess is one of my favourite novels, after Far From The Madding Crowd, of course!
The second book I got is My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite which has been praised for its dark humour. Just as the title suggests, this book is about a woman whose sister is a serial killer. So when a man she has a crush on asks for her sister’s number instead, well, what’s she to do?
The third book is from my library and it is the sequel to Red Tigress, the sequel to Amelie Wen Zhao’s Blood Heir. Look, I have book one but have I read it? No. I decided to get the second book from the library, so I’d have no excuse not getting started on book one!
The next two books on my haul list are ARCs I received from Netgalley. You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao is one of my anticipated releases of the year. It’s about a girl who calls the phone of her dead boyfriend and is surprised when he answers it. This book is going to devastate me.
My other ARC is Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood which I was pleased to find out was a fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre. I did not hesitate even for a moment to request this book from Netgalley. I know nothing else about this book and I’m fine with that! I’m eager to be surprised.
I didn’t post much creative discussions in March, however, I am pretty happy to I managed to get some of my overdue reviews done!
☕ I buddy read The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter with Kate from Your Tita Kate. Poor Kate had to deal with a lot of my rants but I’m so glad I had the emotional support.
☕ Knocking off one of the books on my Spotify Playlist TBR, I read and reviewed My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. Personally, this is one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to read but I’m glad I did because it helped me feel so validated.
☕ And, of course, I posted my review for The Unbroken by C.L. Clark! I was so excited when I got that email that I was chosen for Caffeine Book Tours! You really need to pick up this book as soon as you can.
📚 Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books looks back on her year on Bookstagram.
📚 Kal from Reader Voracious shares tips on making your book reviews evergreen content.
📚 Mols from Mols by Moonlight shares a massive list of 101 books with disability and illness representation.
📚 Anna from Read Rainbows recommends several LGBT+ books that centre found family!
📚 Shruti from This is Lit blog discusses the importance of fat representation in kid lit.
🌸 Did you have a good reading month?
🌸 Don’t forget to link your wrap up post in the comments!