9 Books I’m Planning to Read Before the End of 2020

It’s almost the end of this hellish year and I couldn’t be more excited!!

First of all, I love the holiday season and it always cheers me up. Second of all, I’m especially excited for 2020 to be over, because everything that has happened this year has been terrible and I can’t wait for a a new year where (HOPEFULLY) things will start to look up.

But with the end of the year comes cramming to finish my Goodreads challenge, which is why today, I’ll be listing a few of the books I want to read before 2021! I am… sadly but unsurprisingly behind on my reading goal (7 books behind), so most of these are shorter/not full-length prose novels. I’m not sure if I’ll actually get to all of them, not because of a lack of time but because I will just chuck it out if I’m not in the mood for a book, but I’m really hoping I will!!

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Blog Tour Review (+ INTL Giveaway): These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong // A Beautiful Romeo & Juliet Retelling ft. Colonialism

There are times when you finish a book and all you can do is sit in silence.

Today, I’m here to review (and convince you all to read) These Violent Delights, a highly anticipated book I’m sure all of you have heard of and have been counting down the days until. When I reached the end of it, I lay on my couch in silence with a feeling in my chest akin to the release of a held breath, a sense of awe washing over me as the full weight of the book and everything in it sunk in. And I can’t wait for you all to feel the same way about it too.

Also, I’m mentioning this for absolutely no reason at all, but… tomorrow (Nov 17) is my birthday, aka this book’s release date, so maybe you could buy this book and get a 21-year-old Asian author on the NYT bestselling list as a cool birthday gift to me!!!

Thank you so much to Shealea and Caffeine Book Tours for making it possible for me to have received an ARC of this and to be a part of this blog tour!

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The Poppy War Book Tag (Who is Surprised to See This from Me)

You all know how much I adore The Poppy War…

So when my friends Vee @ Vanshika’s Books, Nandini @ Novels and Nebulas, and Krisha @ Bookathon made a book tag based on The Poppy War (and tagged me to do it, thank you!), I knew I had to do it!!

I tried to avoid answering all of these prompts with TPW-related characters, since I didn’t want this to turn into a “I talk about TPW only” post. (I lowkey already do that already.) This was a lot of fun to write, especially since I am SO low on post inspiration, and you can check out the original creators’ posts by clicking the links above!

art by Nidhi Shetty

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May’s Moments of the Month: October // I Lacked in Pretty Much Every Aspect of My Life

The title of this post is not clickbait, unfortunately.

October was… a strange month, to say the least. It was another one of those months that felt like it somehow went by super quickly but also dragged on forever.

I was pretty much in a slump in every area of my life, from reading to blogging to writing to my mental health. I guess the only thing I truly excelled at was watching TV, which I don’t think… qualifies as a skill. Here’s to hoping November will be slightly better—it is my birthday month after all!!

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10 Books I Want More People to Read and Appreciate

In today’s episode of “I make a book list out of pettiness”…

There have been some people in the book community complaining about “underrated books” that no one else has read… and then those books turn it out to have 100k ratings on Goodreads and are NYT-bestselling books. So today, I thought I would talk about books that actually haven’t gotten as much hype as they should have that I really wish more people read!!

Most of these have under 5,000 ratings on Goodreads, and it was so depressing to see that some of my absolute favorites had only 2-3,000. And even then, there are many books on my TBR that have less than 700 ratings—which is why this list is more about books I want more people to read versus underhyped books (since there are books that are more underhyped than these).

You might have already seen these books mentioned on my blog before, because I’ve talked about quite a few of them many times before and no one listens to poor me… but hopefully now that will change!!

(Fun fact: most of these feature books about/by QPOC! Aka read more QPOC!!)

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