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). 📱 e-book 📚 from monthly TBR

Han Sanoi Nimekseen Aleia by Erika Vik (an untranslated Finnish book). ☁️ paperback 📚 from monthly TBR ⚔️ Medieval-A-Thon prompt: a book you’re unsure about

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

What do you think you’ll read next?

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A Burning by Megha Majumdar. 📱 e-book 💫 arc 🙊 not on monthly TBR

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. ☁️ paperback 🎧 audiobook 📚 from monthly TBR

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. 📱 e-book 📚 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! 🥳🥳 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 😂 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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2020 Reading Wrap-up: Reading Stats + How Did I Do With my 2020 Reading Challenges?

Happy New Year! 🌠 🎇 🎆

I hope you have had a great start to 2021. I have a feeling that this will be a good one!

Although I’m already dreaming of all the books I can read in 2021 and all the new releases that are coming out, I must take a peek at how 2020 went. I’m actually pretty scared because the entire pandemic and busyness at work has meant that I have had a hard time sticking to TBRs. But honestly, I’m just happy that we have all made it here!

In this post I’ll go through my reading stats first, then we will dive into all the crazy things I promised to read (and didn’t). This post will be one of many I hope to do on my 2020 reading! Keep your eyes peeled for my Top 10 of 2020 and All Books I Read in 2020, Ranked from Best to Worst 👀

Let’s get into it!

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WWW Wednesday 30th Dec: Currently Reading and Reading Plans

Hello and happy Wednesday! We are on the last few days of 2020 😱 Have you made any resolutions? Do you have any plans for New Year’s Eve? I am planning some bookish and non-bookish resolutions that I hope to share with you soon! I’m planning a massive breakfast for the 31st Dec followed by lots of VR, a glass of sparkling wine and maybe some vegan donuts. I would also like to start the year right by making a massive pile of pancakes!

Here’s to hoping that 2021 will be much kinder than 2020 💖

But let’s talk about current reads! As usual, I’m definitely pushing my way through some last books to finish them before the end of the year. 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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10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. 📱 e-book ✨ new purchase

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. 🎧 audiobook

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust. 📖 hardcover 🧚 Fairyloot copy

What did you recently finish reading?

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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 (4.5/5 stars) 📱 e-book 💫 arc

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. 📱 e-book 🤔 considering purchasing soon

A Burning by Megha Majumbar. 📱 e-book 💫 arc

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. ☁️ paperback 🎧 audiobook

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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’m nearly finished with 10 Blind Dates and I have loved it so far! It has been the perfect holiday read – it is light, funny but also kind of addicting. I’m having the hardest time putting it down in the evenings!

Also, can I just gush about the fact that Galaxy and the Ground Within was SO GOOD. It is a heart-warming story about different species learning about each other while they happen to be stuck together on a planet. I’m so sad that the Wayfarers series is now over. If you have yet to pick these ones up, please do – they’re amazing!

Thank you so much for reading!

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WWW Wednesday 16th Dec: Currently Reading & Reading Plans

Hello and happy Wednesday! It’s actually a very special type of Wednesday because today is my last workday before a Christmas holiday! Also, I’m turning *gasp* 26-years-old tomorrow so I’ll most definitely bake the most ridiculously sweet birthday cake with my partner tonight 🥳 🎂

Happy Birthday Rainbow GIF by Caro Martini

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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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. 📱 e-book 💫 arc

The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan. ☁️ paperback ♻️ re-read

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. 🎧 audiobook 🎈 library book 😎 almost finished reading

What did you recently finish reading?

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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. ⭐️.5 (1.5/5 stars) 📖 hardcover 🧚 Fairyloot copy

What do you think you’ll read next?

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10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. 📱 e-book ✨ new purchase

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. 📱 e-book 🤔 considering purchasing soon

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. 🎧 audiobook

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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’m so sad that I did not end up liking Kingdom of the Wicked! Honestly it was pretty funny towards the end- I had no idea what was going on and plot points seemed to just appear out of thin air. You know what’s even crazier? My Fairyloot copy of the book came with an exclusive deleted chapter that was removed in the editing phase, and if that chapter had been included the book would have made SO MUCH MORE SENSE. If you are interested in more of my thoughts, I wrote a Goodreads review on it.

I ended up picking up The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers last week after I finished Kingdom of the Wicked. I’m really hoping to binge-read it tomorrow as a birthday gift for myself 🥳 Love the Wayfarer series so much!

Also – I have never read Six of Crows before! I might pick up the audiobook once I finish Nickel Boys and fix that 😊

Thank you so much for reading!

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November Wrap-up: Books Read & Readathon Updates

Hello there!

November raced past awhile ago, but I’m still here reminiscing about the books I read. After a slump-ish autumn, I started to pick up speed in reading in November! Here’s what I read with some readathon updates. I’ll say a bit of something about the books, but if you’re interested in longer reviews I’m planning to start a series of review posts soon. So stay tuned 👀

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WWW Wednesday 9th Dec: Current Reads and Reading Plans

Hello and happy Wednesday!

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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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. 📖 hardcover 🧚‍♀️ Fairyloot copy

The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan. ☁️ paperback ♻️ re-read

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. 🎧 audiobook 🎈 library book

What did you recently finish reading?

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5 stars) 🎧 audiobook & 📱 e-book 🎈 library book 👯 buddy read

What do you think you’ll read next?

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10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. 📱 e-book ✨ new purchase

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. 📱 e-book 💫 arc

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. 📱 e-book 🤔 considering purchasing soon

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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 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue! The writing style was beautifully whimsical, and the book not only has an eerie, witchy atmosphere but also good mental health discussion. Sadly it fell just a tiny bit short of 5 stars for me, as I felt like I never really got to know Addie. The plot is slow, but it wasn’t a character-driven story either – rather a story about Addie’s life rather than who she is. Still enjoyed it!

Last week I was hyping up my love for Kingdom of the Wicked, but sadly after then the plot has taken an odd turn. It has turned into a mystery and the main character’s motivation is difficult to follow. There are a lot of plot conveniences and I don’t feel the side characters either. I may need to DNF it but I really hope it picks up again!

Also, I swear I’ll do some other posts in addition to the WWW Wednesday soon 😁 But I have to admit that I really enjoy doing these, and they keep me on track with my TBR!

Thank you so much for reading!

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WWW Wednesday 2nd Dec: Current Reads and Reading Plans

Hello and happy Wednesday!

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 Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. 🎧 audiobook & 📱 e-book 🎈 library book 👯 buddy read

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. 📖 hardcover 🧚‍♀️ Fairyloot copy

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki (vol 2). 📖 hardcover 🧱 tome with > 500pages

What did you recently finish reading?

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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5 stars) 📱 e-book 🎈 library book

What do you think you’ll read next?

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10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. 📱 e-book ✨ new purchase

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. 🎧 audiobook 🎈 library book

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

I really enjoyed Such a Fun Age! I’m not usually keen on contemporaries but this one felt absolutely unputdownable. It is a story about a 26-year-old Black girl who is accused of kidnaping a child that she is babysitting. The racial discussion was very impactful, and I loved how morally grey the characters were.

I’m also very excited about the books I’m currently reading! Although I would love to read something festive (which brought 10 Blind Dates to the list 🎄) but Kingdom of the Wicked and Invisible Life of Addie LaRue are both so good.

Thank you so much for reading!

WWW Wednesday: Current Reads and Reading Plans

Hello and happy Wednesday!

First of all – congratulations are in order for making it through this far in the week already. We have got this! The weekend is inching toward us!

I have never done a WWW Wednesday before on my blog, but for a long time already I have curiously gazed at other book bloggers who feature it in a weekly basis. WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Let’s get into it!

What are you currently reading?

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The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab. 🎧 audiobook 🎈 library book 👯 buddy read

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. 📱 e-book 🎈 library book

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki (vol 2). 📖 hardcover 🧱 tome with > 500pages

What did you recently finish reading?

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 (3.5/5 stars) 📱 e-book 🎈 library book 👯 buddy read

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. 📱 e-book 🎈 library book

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. 🎧 audiobook 🎈 library book

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. 📖 hardcover

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

I really liked the House in the Cerulean Sea! It was very cute, positive and the characters left an impression on me. Sadly I found the plot slightly jarring and predictable. But I’m really happy I read it! It’s a good pick if you are looking for something sweet and funny.

Thank you so much for reading!