Valentine’s Day Book Tag

I’m pretty proud of myself for doing this tag and posting it ON TIME for the event it’s for. I was tagged by Heather, the Sassy Book Geek, (thanks for tagging me!!) and the tag was created by CC’s Books.

A stand-alone book you love:

In Search of Lost Dragons

In Search of Lost Dragons by Élian Black’Mor (illus.) and Carine-M (illus.)

There are many stand-alone books I love but I chose In Search of Lost Dragons because it’s been a while since I’ve mentioned it. It’s an illustrated book packaged to look like the travel journal our protagonist carries as he documents the existence of dragons in Europe. If you love dragons and great illustrations, I highly suggest you check out the book. The illustrations are beautiful and I love all the little notes and maps in it.

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Lunar New Year Book Tag

I know celebrations for the Lunar New Year over, but I really wanted to do this tag. It was created by Tiff at Mostly YA Lit and Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts to celebrate the Chinese New Year. I’ve always wanted to participate in the celebration of the Chinese New Year in my area, but I’m always either too busy or forget to, and now this tag almost passed me by. Well, here’s a late Lunar New Year celebration on my blog!

I guess we should start with our Chinese zodiac animal and I’m a

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Shelf Control #5: “The Weight of Feathers” by Anna-Marie McLemore

shelf-controlShelf Control is a weekly meme created by Lisa at Book Shelf Fantasies where bloggers feature books they own and would like read. It’s a way for readers to take stock of what they own and get excited about the books on their shelves and on their devices.

This week’s book is one I hope to read this year. From the reviews I’ve seen, it seems to be a sweet book that I’ll enjoy reading.


My pick for the week:

the-weight-of-feathersTitle: The Weight of Feathers

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Genre: Fantasy; magical realism

Published: 2015

Length: 308 pages

Goodreads summary:

The Palomas and the Corbeaus have long been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for more than a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been taught since birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice. (Goodreads)

Where I got it: BookCon 2016 in Chicago

When I got it: Last year

Why I want to read it:

A couple of reasons: the author is very nice. I met her at BookCon last year when I got the book and she signed it. Yeahie! The premise of the story is very appealing and I have heard it compared to The Night Circus so that piqued my interest. I’ve also heard that it has a bit of magical realism in it as well, so I’m curious to see how the author works that in and what her writing style is like.

If you’ve read this one, share your thoughts on it below. 🙂
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Weekend Reads #67: Feeling better

It’s another update post just to say that a week’s break from blogging was helpful. I feel a bit better and I got my blogging groove back. Despite the country possibly going to shit due to Trump’s executive orders to rewind the little progress made in American society, I at least feel like blogging about books again. But seriously though, Trump banning people who have green cards from reentering the country and prioritizing certain refugees based on their religion and possibly starting a Muslim registry in the U.S. is fucking crazy. OMFG! WHY is this dude president??? 😡


Anyway, here’s what I’m reading this weekend:

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Weekend Reads #66: Feeling burned out

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. However, this weekend’s post is more of an update. An update to say that I’ve been feeling a bit burned out recently. Is it possible that I blogged and read too damn much last year?

I guess this feeling is responsible for my patchy reading lately. I decided to kick off the year reading The Witches by Stacy Schiff and Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, but was unable to commit to either while reading e-copies of them. I kept falling asleep. I switched to physical copies, which helped with Tiny Beautiful Things but didn’t with The Witches. I’ve since given up on Schiff’s book, for now.

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Weekend Reads #65: I get a start on my New Year plans

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. Today’s post isn’t much of a discussion; it’s more of an “update on my life” sort of post, I guess; or a review of a artsy thing post…I dunno.

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One of my plans for this year is to do things that I’m interested in and I did so this weekend. I took myself to a dance performance called Red Bull Flying Bach, which was pretty awesome. The performance combines break dancing with classical music for a spectacular show that was entertaining.

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2016 Year in Review and Ringing in the New Year Book Tags

Since this week is about reflections and resolutions, I decided to end it with book tags that fit those themes.

To look back on 2016, I chose the 2016 Year in Review Book Tag, which was created by booktuber, Farah at A Booktube Book. I forgot which blog I discovered it on, but when I saw the categories, I immediately wanted to do it. It’s a humorous way to look back on a year filled with disappointing global events.

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Trump vs. Clinton: Name your favorite character rivalry.

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