ARC Review: Beneath the Citadel // The Book that Gave Me Six of Crows Vibes and Has the Shocking Book Ending of the Year

Though I usually get disappointed by books, there are some that exceed my expectations.

Beneath the Citadel is one of those books that completely took me by surprise, and in a GOOD way.

(Wow, can you believe I’m saying that?? I love not being disappointed by books.)

I’d first heard about this book vaguely, and put it on my TBR without thinking much of it. But when I heard about “bi boys and plus-sized ace girls”… I KNEW I had to read it. (I’m weak for queer stories okay.) And I’m so glad I ended up requesting this ARC, because I totally fell in love with it, and it’s probably going to end up as one of my most recommended fantasies!

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How To Fill The Hole in Desi Teens’ Hearts: Guest Post by Kav @xreadingsolacex

As I think I’ve said many times before on this blog, representation is important.

I mean, I’ve discussed it quite a few times and as a marginalized person I’m ALWAYS going to be looking for books that represent me, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m saying this.

But today, instead of ME talking about how representation of marginalized people is important, I have a guest poster!

Kav reached out to me for some help with a project they’d been planning for some time. Obviously, being friends with her and loving what she was trying to do with this project, I’m having them guest post on my blog about why When Dimple Met Rishi should have a movie adaptation!

I haven’t read WDMR yet, but I’m excited to, and I’m truly glad that this book exists to represent Indian and Desi teens.

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Do Book Ratings Have Anything to Do with Critical Reading??: My Thoughts on Why I’ve Been Rating Books Highly Lately

I’ve been questioning everything about me being a “critical reader”.

For example, the other day* I said “cortical reader” instead of “critical reader” and I was thoroughly shocked. How could something like that possibly happen.

Okay but all jokes aside (apparently cortical has something to do with the brain??), I’ve really been having a small existential crisis over high book ratings and critical reading, until like two months ago when I figured it all out.

So today I’m here to discuss something that’s been plaguing me for quite a long time now: high book ratings, its connection to critical reading, and what it means for me!

And this post is going to be kind of weird because I couldn’t figure out how to organize it right but HOPEFULLY YOU GUYS GET IT??? Because this is something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a long time and I don’t think I’ll ever get my thoughts organized it but. I’m pretty proud of how this turned out.

*I’m lying, I wrote this draft in June but could never write it properly so it wasn’t actually the “other day” but BEAR WITH ME PLEASE I need some jokes.

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ARC Review: Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd // 4 Reasons to Avoid this Book (Including Furries and Tragic Dead Gays)

Sometimes there are books that you wish you had never read and… this is one of them.

Hi, this is my second one-star book of the year and I couldn’t be more excited to rant about it!!

(I’m kidding. I don’t want to have this discussion. Why do books like these—books with tragic dead gays—still exist. In 2018?? 20GAYTEEN????)

I’m sad that this book didn’t turn out to be better than I expected, but unfortunately, this book just makes me extremely angry. Though I received the ARC in order to promote it, I cannot, in good conscience, do anything but speak out against it, and that’s what I’ll be doing today, by listing reasons why you should AVOID THIS BOOK as much as you can!!!

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The 100 Truths Blogger Tag aka Revealing Way Too Much About Myself but Also I Don’t Really Care

I’m all about revealing way too many things about myself!!!

Just kidding, not really, I just like answering weird questionnaires like this.

I first saw this tag on Beth’s blog and you should totally check out her post! I got the questions (since a lot were missing) from the original post.

Even with short answers, this post is still over 2K words, and I’M SO SORRY, so I’m going to end the intro now and hope you enjoy reading it!! (Because I just revealed way too many things about myself for you to hate it.)

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