A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson //

Happy Saturday literati!

I know , who is this woman posting on a SATURDAY? I’m experimenting with my posting schedule right now so enjoy the extra posts~ I am super excited to bring you today’s review of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. G over at Book Roast on Youtube was reading the sequel already and the way she described it made me think of Sadie which I loved last year so I had to get this first one!

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Everyone in Fairview knows the story.

Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.

But she can’t shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer?

Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn’t want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.

This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you’ll never expect.

So grab something warm and put on some fuzzy socks and let’s jump into the review
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Reading Challenge // K-POP Readathon Wrap-up

Happy Friday literati!

I know who am I, I’m posting for a SECOND time this week. The #kpopreadathon ended as of Wednesday and I just wanted to pop in and let ya’ll know how it went because I suck at readathons.

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This readathon is made by Noura over at The Perks of Being Noura and you can find all of the information for the readathon here!

The K-Pop Readathon is a laidback month-long readathon from June 15 to July 15 and the hashtag for chatting on social media is #kpopreadathon so I hope to see your teams and what books you pick for your prompts!

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12 Books to Read & Adapt Instead of Eleanor & Park

vBaLz8kZNXYvTjHwrTewkTw3l7kYa’ll I have a confession, there is a book by Rainbow Rowell that I still love and don’t regret buying. And no, it’s not Carry On and it’s definitely not Eleanor and Park. It’s Fangirl. And of all of the books by Rainbow Rowell, they should have adapted that one instead of the trashfire that is Eleanor & Park.

Why?

Eleanor & Park has been under constant scrutiny since it’s release particularly due to it’s awful stereotypical portrayal of a half-Asian protagonist. This is made worse by the fact that Rowell, instead of admitting to her failure at doing the work of creating a genuine character, instead just doubles down on that Park is just Park. This is made even worse in an article she wrote on her website (which is now gone of course) that talks about how Park is based on one of the few Asian kids she knew in high school and how she basically fetishized him as Eleanor fetishizes Park in the novel.

So because of this, I’m (with the help of Leelyn over at Somestimes Leelynn Reads ♥️ ) bringing you a list of books that you should definitely read and maybe call for adaptations of instead of Eleanor and Park because the world deserves better.

As always you can shop the post via the shop –> Books to Read Instead of Eleanor & Park

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Reading Challenge // K-POP Readathon

Hey there literati, what’s good?

You guys there’s a freaking k-pop readathon in existence and I can’t stand the fact that I didn’t learn this sooner. This readathon is made by Noura over at The Perks of Being Noura and you can find all of the information for the readathon here!

The K-Pop Readathon is a laidback month-long readathon from June 15 to July 15 and the hashtag for chatting on social media is #kpopreadathon so I hope to see your teams and what books you pick for your prompts!

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So read on to find out what team I’m joining and what books I picked for my prompt!

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What I Read On My Trip

Hello deerlings!

Last year J and I were FINALLY able to take the time and go off on our honeymoon. We took a 14 day transatlantic cruise that took us around some amazing parts of Spain and Portugal. It was an incredible experience to finally, FINALLY be able to travel abroad. Also we discovered sherry and are absolutely obsessed. As soon as our diet is over we’re going to go on a quest to the wine stores around town and find more because it’s so good! No wonder it’s always in historical novels. In all reality though, the BEST part about our trip was being able to just relax and enjoy each other’s company. Because of our schedules and we each have our own projects and things we enjoy doing that the other doesn’t that actually just sitting down together and actually relaxing is impossible for us. But, the best thing about being stuck in the middle of the ocean for a week is that it forces you to slow down and just enjoy life. Because of that, I got A LOT of reading done while John started and finished Pokemon Sword & Shield. It was super nice because I wasn’t reading for work or book club. I was literally just reading because I could sit and enjoy the books. So, without further ado, here are all of the books I read on my trip!

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Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2020

Year of the Asian, a 2020 Reading Challenge. Hosted by CW, Lily, Shealea, and Vicky
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Happy Sunday deerlings!

In 2019 I learned about the AMAZING Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (#YARC) and I was able to participate until about September when life got super busy and I just lost track of what books I read. But! This year I really want to do this challenge again, especially since one of my reading goals for 2020 is to to have 75% or more of the total books I read to be written by non-white or otherwise marginalized authors. Continue reading “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2020”

TAG | The Midyear Book Freak Out

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019?

38167114Internment by Samira Ahmed has been my favorite read. I usually don’t read gritty contemporaries much less dystopian style ones so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved and related with this novel. I feel like it’s one of those novels that EVERYONE, regardless of age, race, religion, and political affiliations needs to read ASAP.

42092554Honorary mention goes to Girl, Arise by Claire Swinarski which also came out this year and as soon as I get a new book shelf will have a place on it.

 

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Review | Somewhere Only We Know

36992163Title/Author: Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers

Page Count: 320 Pages

Genre: Young Adult Own Voices Contemporary

Obtained: I received an eArc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Tattered Cover

GR Summary: 10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

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Review | Wicked Saints

Title/Author: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Page Count: 400 Pages

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Obtained: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Tattered Cover

GR Summary: A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

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