• Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
    Evil Queens Reign Forever

    I took pleasure in consuming the story of Xifeng and her ascension to the Imperial Palace. The interest I took in court intrigue, the world and the rivalry between the concubines was enough to keep me reading. The prose was beautiful and captivating, it was SO ELEGANT!! The descriptions of the many parts of the Imperial Palace and the Great Forest were so appealing and beautiful, I loved the world that I was exploring.

    A fair warning to say however that this story isn’t for the faint hearted as there are a few graphic descriptions within the story. However, they helped paint a vivid image in my mind, no matter how disturbing it might’ve been! Let’s just hope no one wants to come after my heart for some lifeblood. Read More

  • A Year Of Creativity
    2018 Goals & January TBR

    Hey everyone! It has been a while since I’ve posted on the blog and I’d like to start by apologizing. I became unexpectedly busy for the last two months of the year and there was a lot for me to get done.

    But now it’s January 2018, a time for people to reflect and make plans for themselves over the next year. As someone who always seeks ways of self-improvement, I find New Years Resolutions to be an exciting time because I make goals in alignment with who I want to become by the end of the year.

    Whilst I’m thrilled to finally have 2018 here, I first want to take the opportunity to reflect upon 2017 because it was one of the most challenging years of my life. Read More

  • Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer
    Deadly Mists and Female Warriors

    When you have a story you don't want to let go of, it's quite hard to say goodbye to it. This is exactly the impression Heart of Mist had on me.

    A world surrounded by a deadly mist which leaves everyone at risk, but the true enemy might be within their boundaries? One world which contains badass female warriors that have a strict system of combat and power? The world where everything is never perfect and each character deals with their own struggles, no matter their age? COUNT ME IN.

    I love the journey we took with Bleak and how much she changed throughout the novel and how prevalent the change is. The other point of views (yep, there are multiple and they were all brilliant) all took their own personal journies as well and my favorite perspective was Dash. I have such a theory surrounding Dash and it's making me excited and giddy and I hope it's right. I WILL BE SO SHOCKED IF IT IS RIGHT. Read More

  • The Month of Camp NaNo
    July Recap & August Plans

    This month was a bit of a busy one which was to be expected. From participating in Camp NaNoWriMo all the way to the last minute decision to join in BookTube-A-Thon, I had a pretty busy month.

    It's definitely taught me a lot about time management and how I can better schedule myself in the further months to come. I did make an improvement to the amount I read, from one to two! I've almost finished Crooked Kingdom so I could include it in this but I won't. I do slightly blame my low read count due to Camp since it was my main priority this month. But now that it's August, my main focus is reading (and finishing this first draft).

    I do slightly blame my low read count due to Camp since it was my main priority this month. But now that it's August, my main focus is reading (and finishing this first draft). Read More

  • It's essential for our future
    Diversity in Literature

    Today, we live in a world where we pride ourselves on how diverse we are. We all come from different backgrounds, have different experiences and different tastes and these should all be celebrated in one way or another. We are different, and that's brilliant.

    But, think about diversity as a mirror. Marginalized people only get a small fragment of that mirror while others (namely, white allocishet people) get bigger and better pieces.

    It's important that we show diversity in popular culture such as literature. We need to show everyone that they have a place in the worlds that they read about. It's also essential that we read books that include diversity too, as it can help expand our horizons. By doing so, we can become more informed about the cultures that we read about. However, the aim of diverse authors is not to educate people on the marginalization, it's to show that these people are worth representing.  Read More

  • Life of a Bookworm
    Facing Our Struggles Head On

    Reading books is one of my greatest joys in life and because of it, I've become what's known as a bookworm. Although, I'd rather have names such as a book dragon or maybe even my self-proclaimed title of Prince of Stories. (I aspire to have a throne of books)

    We as bookworms are terrifying, not only because our minds are richer because of our widened vocabulary, but also because we have the power to take over the world! But for now, let's resume our usual position in hiding reading our books.

    Lately, I've been met with a series of struggles which I've led to believe is because I'm a bookworm. A normal struggle is fine but dealing with a bookish struggle is like magic, almost hard to comprehend. Although being a bookworm is great, there are some things that all bookworms hate, and I thought it'd be fun to list the good and bad aspects. Why? Because addressing the problem is the first step to the solution! Read More

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