WWW Wednesday 24th March 2021: Currently Reading & Reading Plans

Hello! Happy Wednesday!

It’s time for WWW Wednesday again. I have been having a very sleepy Wednesday. I can’t wait until I get a couple days off from work next week and I can take all the naps. I also have grand plans to read many more books than what I can actually get through in 3 days πŸ˜‡

Let’s talk about the current reads! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to share your current reads, a recent read and what you plan to read next! Short and sweet, let’s get into it!

What are you currently reading?

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The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky. πŸ“± e-book πŸ₯€ overdue arc πŸ€” mixed feelings

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal. πŸ“± e-book 😍 enjoying it!

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee. πŸ“– hardcover πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ fairyloot copy 😍 enjoying it!

The Betrayals by Bridget Collins. 🎧 audiobook πŸ₯³ buddy read 😍 enjoying it!

What did you recently finish reading?

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The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 (3.5/5 stars) πŸ“± e-book

What do you think you’ll read next?

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The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty. πŸ“± e-book & 🎧 audiobook

Master of One by Jaida Jones & Dani Bennett. πŸ“– hardcover πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ fairyloot copy

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. πŸ“– hardcover

What are your answers to the questions? Did you enjoy the book you most recently finished? I would love to know!

I’m enjoying so many of my current reads right now! Forest of Souls is AMAZING, and I’m enjoying Unmarriageable so much that I’m interested in picking up Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for the first time. I’m not much of a classic reader and it is very rare for me to want to pick up a Jane Austen so Unmarriageable is definitely doing wonders. I also started a buddy read of The Betrayals with Stephen @ Stephen Writes πŸ₯³

The only current read I’m slightly hesitant about is The Wolf in the Whale. It is a story of a young, nonbinary Inuit shaman at 1000AD. The writing is magical and the story is interesting so far, but I just found out that the author isn’t nonbinary nor has any Inuit heritage. I’m a bit hesitant about whether she can provide a respectful portrayal of the Inuit and the experience of being nonbinary when she comes from a position of power (she’s white and cis if I have understood correctly). Let me know if you have any thoughts on this – I’m not sure if I can fully enjoy the book when I’m stressing about whether the representation is good or not.

Thank you so much for reading! Hope you have the best of Wednesdays filled with books and cake and relaxing moments  ✨

2021 New Year’s Resolutions & Update on How I’m Doing So Far

Hello there!

I’m on a roll doing these New Years posts when we are well on our way into spring already. But better late than never! I’m really enjoying writing these, and today I get to talk about my New Year’s resolutions! As we are already in March, I’ll also give updates on how I’m doing with each challenge so far.

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End of the year posts:

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WWW Wednesday 10th March 2021: Currently Reading & Reading Plans

Hello! Happy Wednesday!

I hope you are enjoying March so far. Spring is my favourite time of the year and I love to see things coming back alive again – I’m hoping that it will also give me a blogging boost!

March has started in bookish terms for me. Last weekend I managed to finish 4 of the reads I was in the middle of for most of February, and honestly I can’t wait to read more.

Let’s talk about the current reads! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to share your current reads, a recent read and what you plan to read next! Short and sweet, let’s get into it!

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What are you currently reading?

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A Phoenix First Must Burn by various authors, edited by Patrice Caldwell. πŸ“± e-book 😍 enjoying it!

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson. 🎧 audiobook πŸ€” mixed feelings

The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo. πŸ“± e-book 😍 enjoying it!

What did you recently finish reading?

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The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5 stars + new favourite!) ☁️ paperback πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ fairyloot copy

What do you think you’ll read next?

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From What Is to What If by Rob Hopkins. 🎧 audiobook

The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty (#2 in The Daevabad Trilogy). 🎧 audiobook πŸ“± e-book

Lovely War by Julie Berry. ☁️ paperback

Master of One by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett. πŸ“– hardcover πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ fairyloot copy

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What are your answers to the questions? Did you enjoy the book you most recently finished? I would love to know!

I loved the Gilded Ones SO MUCH! It is an action-packed fantasy with amazing characters and an intriguing world. I loved how much discussion there was on equality and feminism. The characters really grew on me and I can’t wait for the sequel! Just a heads up though, the Gilded Ones is very very gory (much more so than many other fantasies I have read), so make sure to check the trigger warnings before picking it up.

I’m also loving A Phoenix First Must Burn and Lives of Saints – but sadly not First, We Make the Beast Beautiful πŸ˜• I picked it up because the cover is amazing and I usually enjoy nonfiction about anxiety. But for some reason this one isn’t doing it for me. I don’t find the author’s account relatable and I feel that the things mentioned are a bit much (like picking up meditation and doing it for an hour everyday). I might put it down and pick up From What Is to What If. Let me know if you have read First, We Make the Beast Beautiful and if you recommend I continue 😊

Thank you so much for reading! Stay safe and hope you have a week filled with books and cake 🍰

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21 Books for 2021: A Yearly TBR

Hello there! Hope you are having a great day!

I’m lightyears behind everyone else, but here I am – slowly, very slowwlyyy making my way through these beginning of 2021 posts.

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Even though I know I’m late with these, I’m really enjoying writing them! I could still be doing these in May who knows haha.

Today I get to show you my 2021 TBR! I had a yearly TBR for 2020 which I did not follow at all, but I tried my best to be mindful to cater for my changing mood when selecting these 21 books. I’m also making it a goal to check up on how I’m doing with this TBR every couple of months! I chose books for this list that I want to challenge myself to read, books that I have been putting off for a long time and books that I have been excited about for some time.

End of the year posts:

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WWW Wednesday 10th Feb: Currently Reading & Reading Plans

Hello! Hope you are having the most wonderful Wednesday 😍

I have to say that I definitely am. I just finished a productive day of PhDing, and then a mailman brought my Fairyloot box! I’m so excited to open it up 🀩 This box’s theme is Greek mythology, and I can’t wait!

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But before I dive into the magical book box, let’s talk about the current reads! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to share your current reads, a recent read and what you plan to read next! Short and sweet, let’s get into it!

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What are you currently reading?

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A Burning by Megha Majumdar. πŸ“± e-book πŸ’« arc πŸ™Š not on monthly TBR

A Phoenix First Must Burn by various authors, edited by Patrice Caldwell. πŸ“± e-book πŸ™Š not on monthly TBR

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. 🎧 audiobook πŸ™Š not on monthly TBR

What did you recently finish reading?

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A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (#2 in Cursebreakers). ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5 stars) πŸ“– hardcover πŸ“š from monthly TBR

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty (#2 in The Daevabad Trilogy). 🎧 audiobook πŸ“± e-book πŸ“š from monthly TBR

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. ☁️ paperback πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ fairyloot copy πŸ™Š not on monthly TBR

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. πŸ“± e-book πŸ“š from monthly TBR

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky. πŸ“± e-book πŸ₯€ overdue arc πŸ“š from monthly TBR

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What are your answers to the questions? Did you enjoy the book you most recently finished? I would love to know!

I have somehow managed to only pick up books that are not on my monthly TBR! I feel like I always go a bit off rails at some point, but I’m definitely trying to become better at following the plan πŸ˜…

Thank you so much for reading!

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All Books I Read in 2020, Ranked from Best to Worst

Hello there!

Today I’m ranking all the books I read in 2020 from best to worst! I had a good reading year in 2020 and managed to finish 59 books. It’s pretty fun to see them all together like this – I can’t help but notice how much fantasy I read 🀩

The list starts with my favourites of 2020 and ends in the worst books I read. Even though the last few books in the list I strongly disliked, a large majority of these books I enjoyed. In fact, everything until #49 received three or more stars from me! The top 30 were really difficult to rank as I loved so many books in 2020.

I can’t wait to show you these books so let’s get started! As there are so many, I have left all commentary out. I’ll do a separate Top10 of 2020 post soon!

End of the year posts for 2020:

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WWW Wednesday 27th Jan: Currently Reading & Reading Plans

Hello and happy Wednesday! Hope you have had a great week so far!

I’m having a crazy week at PhDing – I’m trying to finish a data analysis by this Sunday that I originally meant to finish by May 😨 I have been working really long hours and my comfort-loving self doesn’t enjoy it much haha. But I only need to push a little longer!

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Because of the PhDing, I have also fallen behind with my end-of-the-year posts! I’m planning to try and catch-up on them after January so keep your eyes peeled πŸ‘€

Let’s talk about the current reads! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to share your current reads, a recent read and what you plan to read next! Short and sweet, let’s get into it!

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What are you currently reading?

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A Burning by Megha Majumdar. πŸ“± e-book πŸ’« arc πŸ™Š not on monthly TBR

Atomic Habits by James Clear. 🎧 audiobook πŸ™Š not on monthly TBR

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (#2 in Cursebreakers). πŸ“– hardcover πŸ“š from monthly TBR

What did you recently finish reading?

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Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson (#2.5 of Stormlight Archives). πŸ“± e-book πŸ“š from monthly TBR

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty (#2 in The Daevabad Trilogy). 🎧 audiobook πŸ“± e-book πŸ“š from monthly TBR

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. ☁️ paperback πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ fairyloot copy πŸ™Š not on monthly TBR

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. πŸ“± e-book πŸ“š from monthly TBR

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky. πŸ“± e-book πŸ₯€ overdue arc πŸ“š from monthly TBR

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What are your answers to the questions? Did you enjoy the book you most recently finished? I would love to know!

I really enjoyed Edgedancer although it wasn’t quite as good as the full books in the Stormlight Archives series, The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance. I’m pretty excited that I can pick up Oathbringer next in the series (but I’m not yet mentally ready yikes). I’m also really enjoying my current reads! I have been picking up nonfiction lately, and The Atomic Habits really seems pretty lifechanging.

I listed 4 different books that I could pick up next because I haven’t honestly got the faintest clue about what I’ll feel like reading next. I want to fill Medieval-A-Thon prompts but my TBR for the month isn’t really working in that regard πŸ€” Have you read any of these 4? I would love to hear your thoughts – which one should I pick up first?

Thank you so much for reading!

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ARC Review: The Galaxy, And The Ground Within by Becky Chambers

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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

Expected publication: February 16th 2021

Scifi

Part of the Wayfarers series (#4)

I received an arc in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher, the author and Netgalley! Receiving a free copy has not influenced my opinions (or the way I present them) in any way.

This review includes quotes from the Galaxy, and the Ground Within. Note that these quotes are from an uncorrected, advance proof and so any text may have been changed in the final copy.

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WWW Wednesday 13th Jan: Currently Reading & Reading Plans

Hello and happy Wednesday! Hope you have had a great week so far!

I’m very excited about my current reads, and I can’t wait to snuggle with a book after work today 😍

Let’s talk about the current reads! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to share your current reads, a recent read and what you plan to read next! Short and sweet, let’s get into it!

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What are you currently reading?

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Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson (#2.5 of Stormlight Archives). πŸ“± e-book πŸ“š from monthly TBR

Han Sanoi Nimekseen Aleia by Erika Vik (an untranslated Finnish book). ☁️ paperback πŸ“š from monthly TBR βš”οΈ Medieval-A-Thon prompt: a book you’re unsure about

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after warming by David Wallace-Wells. 🎧 audiobook πŸ™Š not on monthly TBR

What did you recently finish reading?

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Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 (4.5/5 stars) 🎧 audiobook πŸ™Š not on monthly TBR

What do you think you’ll read next?

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A Burning by Megha Majumdar. πŸ“± e-book πŸ’« arc πŸ™Š not on monthly TBR

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. ☁️ paperback 🎧 audiobook πŸ“š from monthly TBR

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. πŸ“± e-book πŸ“š from monthly TBR

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What are your answers to the questions? Did you enjoy the book you most recently finished? I would love to know!

I just finished Dear Ijeawele earlier today. It was such a good, short listen. I really admire Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and her writing style always flows beautifully! This tiny book is a letter she sent to her friend who asked how to raise her new-born daughter as a feminist. Chimamanda goes through 15 impactful suggestions that are applicable for anyone’s life, not only parents. Definitely check it out if you’re interested! It is empowering and insightful.

Thank you so much for reading!

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January & February TBR: Reading Books I Didn’t Get to in 2020 & Medieval-A-Thon

Hello there and happy 2021! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³ Hope you have had the loveliest start to 2021!

Even though I’m very excited about making a lot of new TBRs for 2021 and getting-my-hands-on-all-the-shiny-new-books, I want to first dip my toes into some reads I didn’t get to in 2020. In January and February I’ll be reading books I didn’t get to in 2020. Many of these books are from my TBR for 2020, a TBR which I made on the 1st of Jan 2020 and completely forgot about until 29th Dec πŸ˜‚ But I also went through my previous TBR posts to see which books I vowed to read!

The TBR list includes mostly books from my TBRs that I already own. I often include books from libraries or books I think I’ll buy soon, but I want to have a particular focus on the ones I own!

I don’t think I’ll be able to read all of these even in the next two months, but I’m hoping to make some progress nevertheless! Also, giving myself an abundance of choices is something that works the best for my moody reader brain.

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