This was a very good month of reading! I had a bit of a Shakespeare stint, but the highlight was definitely the Lunar Chronicles, which I’m obsessed with and still not quite over. And to think, for the longest time I thought I wouldn’t enjoy them and refused to read them. I’M DUMB. I love when books prove me wrong.
I was tagged by Liam at Hey Ashers! for the Blogger Aesthetic award when he first created this tag like, a trillion years ago. I finished the images ages ago, but it’s been sitting in my drafts because I never finished typing up this post. I still have a few recent tags to do, but I really think this one deserves to be finished. (And it was really fun to make, so there’s that). Thank you Liam for tagging me!
- Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
- Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
- Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
- Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
- Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).
Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth / ★★★ 1/2
Summary: Sophomore Emma Allen is the assistant stage manager of her high school’s production of Hamlet. When things start to go awry, she stumbles upon a portal to the Globe Theater…in 1600s London, which is also putting on Hamlet, and suddenly Emma finds herself responsible for two plays.
I was starting to get it – Shakespeare saw the scene as one big picture, and each line, each hand gesture, each movement across the stage affecting the composition. In this scene, Hamlet was excited and passionate, but also spinning and shaky. Every person onstage had to contribute to getting Hamlet’s state of mind across to the audience.
I tried not to think about our BHS production and how much it paled in comparison to what was being created in front of me.
Thanks so much Hadeer @ hadeerwrites for nominating me for this tag! Go check out her blog, she’s really nice and writes really great and articulate book reviews!
- Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
- Thank the blogger who tagged you.
- Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
- Tag other people to do this tag to spread the love!
This or That?
Reading on the couch or on the bed?
Couch during daytime hours because there’s more sunlight in my living room, and bed at night (because I’ll inevitably stay up too late reading and I don’t have to drag myself to bed if I’m already there).
Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine / ★★★ 1/2
One sentence summary: A Romeo and Juliet retelling in which Benvolio Montague is the Prince of Shadows, thieving by night as his best friend Mercutio hopelessly loves a boy, his cousin Romeo falls helplessly in love with Juliet Capulet, and Benvolio feels the pull of her cousin Rosaline as a dark curse unravels them all.
It was more than infatuation, more than love.
It was something darker than that, and with a darker end.
I saw Birdie Bookworm do this tag on her wonderful blog, and I thought it looked fun so decided to go for it myself! There aren’t any rules, some fun questions.
Phase 1: Initial attraction: a book that you bought because of the cover
I distinctly remember being in a bookstore (Borders, RIP) years and years ago, seeing this book and immediately loving the cover. I found the summary interesting but I bought it because I needed to own such a pretty book. Luckily, it turned out to tell an amazing story! I love this book all around.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz / ★★★★☆
One sentence summary: Sal, adopted at age three by a gay father, is part of a loving Mexian-American family, but begins to question himself and his identity when he starts getting into fights and suddenly finds himself surrounded by grief.
I knew that my father would say that hurting another human being just because he hurt you is no way to live your life. And maybe he was right. But that thought didn’t live inside me.
Winter by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #4) / ★★★★★
One sentence summary: Princess Winter battles insanity and her stepmother, evil Queen Levana, and joins the ranks of Cinder and her friends to put an end to her.
“Wait,” said Winter as Scarlet nudged the podship forward.
Scarlet’s heart dropped. “What?” she said, scanning the port for a thaumaturge, a guard, a threat.
Winter reached over and pulled the pilot’s harness over Scarlet’s head. “Safety first, Scarlet-friend. We are fragile things.”
Thank you so much Stuart at Always Trust in Books for tagging me in this award! I love how creative the questions you posed are!
- Put the award logo/image in your post.
- List all the rules.
- Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Nominate 10-20 people and notify them.
- Link back to the creator of the award.
- Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
- Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.
3 things about myself
- I have a cat named Cookie Dough. My family got him for Christmas when I was 11 and I named him with inspiration from the Christmas cookies we’d been baking the day we got to bring him home. He’s 14 now and still going strong.
- My favorite food is ice cream. Nothing is better than ice cream, and it does not last long when I am around.
- I prefer being cold over being hot. Heat, and especially humidity, are my worst enemies.
Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3) / ★★★★★
One sentence summary: Cress, a Lunar hacker trapped in a satellite for seven years, is about to be rescued so she can help can stop a royal wedding- but things go horribly wrong.
“I am an explorer,” she whispered, “setting courageously off into the wild unknown.” It was not a daydream she’d ever had before, but she felt the familiar comfort of her imagination wrapping around her. She was an archaeologist, a scientist, a treasure hunter. She was a master of land and sea. “My life is an adventure,” she said, growing confident as she opened her eyes again. “I will not be shackled to this satellite anymore.”
Thorne tilted his head to one side. He waited for three heartbeats before sliding one hand down into hers. “I have no idea what you’re talking about,” he said. “But we’ll go with it.”