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[Announcement] Going on (Semi-)Hiatus

tl;dr I’m going on hiatus until mid-December to focus on school and other personal commitments. Posts have been scheduled for once a week; I might sporadically bloghop if I have time, but I won’t be replying to comments or checking bookish social media. You can still contact me, though I can’t promise I’ll reply promptly.

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The Identity Crisis Tag

I saw this tag a while back when Alexandra @ The Hufflepuff Nerdette did it, and it’s actually been forever since I took an online quiz so I figured why not? Since I’ve been spending too much time alone with my thoughts lately, I’ve simultaneously been feeling introspective and maybe a little too attached to fictional characters because it makes me feel less alone.

Y’know, as you do.

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Series Synopses | The Folk of the Air #2: The Wicked King

“Series Synopses” was created for those times when you’re ready to read the next book but can’t remember what happened previously, or forgot the characters involved, or need a quick reference for a derivative work, or anything else you want to use it for!

Hopefully obviously, herein lie SPOILERS.

The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black

1) The Cruel Prince | Goodreads | My Review | Synopsis

1.5) The Lost Sisters | Goodreads | My Review | Synopsis

2) The Wicked King | Goodreads | My Review

3) The Queen of Nothing | Goodreads

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I Made November Cakes & Labyrinth Cakes

It is the first day of November and so, today …

I’m doing a mini cake competition!

It’s “mini” in that there are only two contenders, and also that each cake is small — both types of cake were actually made in my little red silicone muffin tray. Which is perfect, since I love baking but don’t have much of a sweet tooth; these are delicious little snacks. (And don’t worry, I have a big friend group that’s always happy to accept free food.)

Since The Scorpio Races was a comp title for To Best the Boys, it just made sense to compare and contrast their signature treats: November cakes and Labyrinth cakes, respectively. 

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Spooky Scary Book Tag

While I think October deserves more respect than to be known simply as “Halloween month,” we’re definitely in the midst of spoopy season so this seemed appropriate an appropriate time to post this.

No one tagged me; I literally Googled “Halloween book tags” and particularly liked this one, which I found via Destiny @ Howling Libraries. (The original creator is Clever Fox.)

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Guide: Organizing Goodreads Shelves

One of the Tidyathon tasks that I didn’t get to until later was reorganizing my Goodreads: decluttering my TBR, yes, but also cleaning up my other shelves and making sure my system is still working as intended.

(Previously I compiled some general Goodreads tips & tricks, but there’s so much to cover on this specific topic that I’ve made it its own post.)

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Review: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life — a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for their chance to grab one of the girls in order to make their fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

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[Guest Post] Bharat Krishnan: Stories of Heroism and Fortitude

When I first started this blog, I never imagined that it would allow me to get to know so many awesome bookish people — so just picture my excitement when I realized I could work with said awesome people! 

Today I’m delighted to be sharing a guest post from Bharat Krishnan, explaining the inspiration behind his upcoming Hindu mythology collection Love, Pride, Virtue, and Fate and why stories matter.

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My Long-Term Relationship with Fanfiction

Although we’re currently on an unofficial break, I would without hesitation classify my relationship with fanfiction as serious and long-term. We’ve known each other for years and grown together, through ship wars and show cancellations.

It’s a relationship that overlaps with an impressionable and formative period of my life, yes, but also one that shapes the way I engage with the world and media I encounter every day. It’s influenced my feelings about different kinds of relationships, familiarity with tropes, technical writing skills, perseverance to finish stories, confidence to share my work, awareness beyond my “vision” to the potential impact of my words on others … 

Yes, I know this all sounds a bit melodramatic, which probably doesn’t help support the case that fanfiction isn’t just for moony-eyed teenage girls who want their favorite fictional characters to make out. But it really is so much more than that, and I hope sharing my experiences will help convince you otherwise. (Or if you are/were a fanfic’er yourself, hopefully you can relate!)

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