Hey, it’s been
a year awhile. How are you doing? The last thing I wrote for myself, for fun, and for my blog was my one-year blogversary post. Well, now it’s officially been two years with one of those years containing nothing but radio silence from my end. Sorry about leaving you hanging like that.
The past year I’ve been going through some things… maybe one day I’ll be able to elaborate on that, but for now that’s all I’ve got. My Master’s program became too much for me and was too demanding to keep up with my blog. I have come to discover that when the blog seems like work, it’s neither fun nor relaxing to work on so I took an unannounced hiatus. Moving forward, I’m going to make a real effort to do better. Quite frankly, I could use something creative to work on while being knees deep in my Master’s thesis. I’m not promising consistency or a set schedule, just that I’ll do my best. But here’s looking to the future!
Like I said, I’ve read quite a bit since my last post and I might post individual reviews about some of the books, but I thought I’d end this explanation with on of my favorite things… LISTS! So without further ado, here is a list of some of the favorites that I read while being MIA.
Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe is a retelling of the Greek mythology story of Hades and Persephone. This is my latest obsession. A WebToon comic with new episodes every Sunday! The story and art are adorable and lovely. Rachel does an amazing job with character development and has her readers’ back with trigger warnings at the beginning of episodes, which may contain difficult topics for some readers. Here’s the WebToon link so you can also become obsessed! Oh, and it’s free!
Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. I know this duology looks familiar to anyone who peruses the online book community. Pretty much everyone with a bookish blog, Instagram, Twitter, or booktube have read this or has it
in the very least on their TBR. This is my new favorite duology it’s extremely difficult to describe, but it’s magical and perfect. They have magic, secrecy, mystery, romance, tragedy, and all the ingredients of a fantastic story.
If you buy any books this year, these need to be two of them. Just promise me that you’ll read them, you have my blessing to buy all the books!
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the first book of The Illuminae Files, a mix-media YA Sci-fi trilogy. I had this book on my shelf FOREVER until I finally picked it up to read and I’m so glad I did. The style is so unique and tells the story in a way that no other book could! It takes place in space which is good enough, but it also contains snarky dialogue, romance, an AI, epic battles, and heartbreak. I can’t wait to read the next two books and I look forward to rereading this series again and again! I love sci-fi and this is perfectly executed and perfect for switching it up during a reading slump!
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne is another sci-fi and retelling book I fell in love with recently. I have four words for you JANE EYRE IN SPACE. If your reaction to that is anything less than “Yes, please!” then I’m not sure we can be friends.
Just kidding, please be my friend. This book left me wanting more in the best way. The story and romance are just so perfect and leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. This was one of those reads for me that I had to hug the book to my chest for a few minutes after finishing it. It’s not weird, every book-lover knows what feeling I mean. I’ll definitely be reading the companion book that comes out soon!
As always, thanks for reading! -xo Amber
Have you read these? If so, what did you think? What is a book that you hugged after reading? Any sci-fi recommendations? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought!
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