Review: The Poppy War by RF Kuang // My Favorite Book of the Year and Forever

For once… a regular book review? 

I truly never post reviews on my blog of books that aren’t ARCs (and therefore had to post). The last time I did this was literally the year I started blogging, since everyone knows reviews get low engagement and I’m sad when people don’t talk to me!

But today I’m making history!! Because 1) I have absolutely zero blog post ideas anymore, and 2) I need to officially recognize my love for The Poppy War on my blog with a review.

Before I get into the very long review, I want to note that I picked this book for an English project, so I’m more analytical than usual since I had to look at the book in a more critical lens. It reads more like an essay than my other reviews, because I actually had to write an essay!

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Judging You and Your Favorite Books (I Am Only Slightly Mean)

For once (kind of) I’m allowing myself to be chaotic here!

I’ve been running out of blog post ideas, but seeing Caitlin’s post where she reacts to book twitter’s unpopular opinions inspired me to turn to twitter. I asked people to name one of their favorite books to be judged by me, and, well, they were very enthusiastic!

Short explanation of how this worked: I basically just wrote up a short description of what I think you’re like based on the book (and my own opinion of the book). I’m occasionally nice but 100% of the time joking; this is all in good fun!! And this obviously isn’t directed at the specific person who named these books, unless I say so.

(Also, a bunch of these books I would consider favorites too. So I’m calling myself out as much as I am you.)

I didn’t get to everyone’s answers, I just ran out of creativity sorry!!! There were many books that were too high quality for me to insult (which is why most of the authors here are white but shh). If you want to see everyone’s favorite books, you can see my tweet here!

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50 of My Anticipated Book Releases for the Second Half of 2020: July to December!

Episode 39447 in which I spend way too much time on a blog post!

I was perhaps a bit… overly ambitious with the amount of books I put in this post. But I’m so excited about ALL of these releases, and authors could use a boost especially during this whole covid mess, so why not!!

I’m not going to make this a long intro because this is already a nightmarishly long post, but I would just like to say that we are pretending not to see that almost half of these are coming out in September while there are only two books for December…

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May’s Moments of the Month: June // Rough Mental Health and Favorite TV Shows

Was June even real? Be honest.

It felt like the month happened in a blur. But I guess that can be blamed on the fact that my mental health wasn’t so great! It also felt like I was doing so many things but also nothing at the same time? I’m doing things, like reading and writing and blogging, but it all feels so pointless.

Anyways, I’m going to take this opportunity to remind you to be keeping up with current events, sharing resources, and donating if you can! I’ve been including BLM resources in my posts but I also want to bring attention to Palestine: donate to these orgseducate yourselfshare resources.

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Blog Tour: Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim (INTL Giveaway!!)

Welcome to my stop on the Unravel the Dusk blog tour!

I won’t be posting my book review today, because unfortunately I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. (Rest assured, though, many of the issues I had were due to personal and not objective reasons, especially being in a bit of a slump!)

But I will be sharing a few aesthetics I made, as well as some photos I took, and talking about a few themes that the book explored that I enjoyed! Everything I discuss will be spoiler-free, both about Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk.

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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