Book Review: Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

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Rainbirds by Clarissa Geonawan / ★★ 1/2

Summary: Ren Ishida’s sister is murdered one rainy night in small town in Japan, and there are no leads. When Ren goes to conclude his sister’s affairs, he is offered her teaching job, meets those who knew her, and begins to unravel the secrets of her life.

“Remember this, Ren. Sadness alone can’t harm anyone. It’s what you do when you’re sad that can hurt you and those around you.”  

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Book Review: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James / ★★★★☆

Summary: In 1950, Idlewild Hall boarding school is a place for girls no one wants. There, Katie, CeCe, Sonia, and Roberta band together in misery, fear and close friendship until one of them mysteriously disappears. In 2014, sixty four years later, Fiona is determined to finally put together the pieces of how her older sister was murdered and dumped on the old, abandoned grounds of Idlewild Hall. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure looms in the background…

The police don’t have all the answers, and neither does the government. The people are where you find things. Like those records you just found. The people are the ones who keep the memories and the records the powers that be would rather erase. 

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Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

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Warcross by Marie Lu (Warcross #1) / ★★★ 1/2

Summary: Emika Chen is drowning in debt when she accidentally glitches herself into the opening tournament of the biggest game in the world, Warcross. Convinced she’s about to be arrested, a bigger shock comes when she receives a phone call by the game’s creator, Hideo Tanaka, asking her to spy on the inside of the game this year instead.

Imagine wandering through the most realistic virtual Paris ever, or lounging in a full simulation of Hawaii’s beaches. Imagine flying through a fantasy world of dragons and elves. Anything. 

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Book Review: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio / ★★★★☆

Summary: Oliver Marks is released from jail. Ten years prior, he was part of a close-knit group of fourth-year actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, where, one day, one of them turns up dead. There, the fourth years face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent.

“Oh my God,” I said, shaking my head. Alexander let the breath he was holding burst out, chuckled softly. “When did we become such terrible people?” 

“Maybe we’ve always been terrible.” He shrugged and watched the white cloud of his laughter shimmer and fade.

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The K-Pop Book Tag

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THANK YOU to Andrea for tagging me for this one, because K-pop is my New Thing and even though I’ve only heard of like half the groups on this list, and listened to like…3 of them, it requires more book knowledge than music knowledge, so I think I’m good. K-pop, (and watching the Olympics every chance I can get because my interest in sports only makes an appearance every 2 years) has overshadowed my bookish hobbies lately, so this is a great tag to reel me back in!

Rules:

  • Credit the creator of this tag, The Book Prophet, and link back to her original post.
  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer all the questions to the best of your ability.
  • Tag as many people as you like.
  • Have fun!

BTS– A Book Everyone Knows About

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I mean….yeah. My favorite books can go with my favorite K-pop group because I follow the crowd 😎

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Not Good Enough Tag

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I saw this on Kyera’s Library and thought it looked fun!! Make sure to check out her blog!

Onto the tag! I love questions that play around with personalities.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. You write down the names of 30 fictional characters on pieces of paper.
  2. You pick two names at a time and answer each of the 15 questions. For each question one of the two characters will be the one you believe fits best and the other is “not good enough”.

YOU ONLY HAVE ONE MORE SPOT ON YOUR SPELLING BEE TEAM, WHO WOULD YOU PICK TO COMPLETE YOUR TEAM?

HENRY WINTER (THE SECRET HISTORY) VS. PERCY JACKSON

Henry FOR SURE. He’d get all the super obscure words and probably be able to win the entire contest all on his own.

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Book Review: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

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The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle / ★★★★☆

Summary: Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season is going to be a bad one. Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There’s a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises.

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom. 

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The Unique Blogger Award

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I was tagged for the Unique Blogger Award by J.W. Martin– thank you!! I suggest you give him a follow if you haven’t, he’s very witty and has great opinions on books!

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the questions
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award
  • Ask them 3 questions

If you had to blog about another topic, what it be?

Hmmm books are really one of the only things that I’m interested in enough to talk about forever that’ll never bore me, but if I’m ~mood blogging~ I’d say right now I’d blog about the k-pop band BTS. Because they’re my current obsession, so. I had a One Direction blog once a few years ago….it’s dead now, but it was fun while it lasted. Other than boybands, maybe photography or writing? I do love scrolling through picture blogs, looking at nice photos and learning tips…but I’m more of a consumer of photography blogs than a creator. Could be cool to give a shot, though.

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Book Review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee / ★★★★★

Summary: Pachinko follows a Korean family through the 20th century, beginning with an unplanned pregnancy in the 1900s that ignites a story filled with struggle, war, discrimination, and unexpected blessings.

“You are very brave, Noa. Much, much braver than me. Living every day in the presence of those who refuse to acknowledge your humanity takes great courage.”

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I don’t talk about enough

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Hello friends, I’m not dead! I have not posted for….a bit of a while, but my love of books lives on. And after a year of blogging I think I’ve needed to recharge my batteries with some other media for a bit. But this Top 5 Tuesday looked fun, and it was one of the easier ones to write- there are many books I don’t talk about often enough, but these jumped out at me right away.

Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week. If you’d like to join in, check out the rest of her Top 5 Tuesday January Topics!

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