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I’m back so soon, yes! And today I’ll be doing a book tag created by the very lovely Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds. Please go check out her blog because her posts are so nice and her personality is even more lovely!
- Link back to the original creator’s post: Ahaana’s at Windows to Worlds
- Tag at least 5 people
- Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post!!
- Feel free to use the graphics in this post , but please credit back because they took a lot of time and effort to make (:
Let’s get into it!
Continue reading “Matching Books To Each Song in the ‘Evermore’ Album by Taylor Swift | the evermore book tag”
As I’ve sat down to write this post, I’ve been interrupted over five times.
Maybe it’s a sign for me to not write this post?
Anyways, I finally pushed my parents and brother away and I’m ready to finally, finally write a blog post. First of all, I missed you all so much! I miss being a part of the blogging community, waking up to so many notifications, and reading all of my friends’ posts. I missed that a lot and I can’t wait to jump back in the flow of it.
Now, why have I been so MIA lately? Well, firstly, a lot has been going on in my life. I’ve had to start prioritizing what I want to do and what I don’t have time for. Obviously, blogging took a bit of a backseat on this. I don’t really regret it- it allowed me to do so much more- but I want to come back and learn how to manage my time, but with blogging this time.
That’s the gist of it, basically. I’m planning to do a longer post about myself at the end of year (speaking of which- can you believe it’s December? because I absolutely cannot) but for now, I want to give you all the sort of content that you’ve been missing!!
I know a lot of people who don’t know a lot of fantasies written by BIPOC authors.
If you’re not sure what BIPOC stands for, it means Black, Indigenous, People of Color. It’s a similar acronym to POC (people of color), but it specifically highlights the separate experiences that Black and Indigenous folks experience. I say it like bye-pock and if you don’t know me, I’m BIPOC as well!
That’s a pity, because there are so many amazing fantasies written by authors of color that people really are sleeping on. Originally when I started this post, I had it as 7 books- then I realized that it might be even more valuable to narrow it down to the most underrated of the books, in my opinion at least. Most of the books on my list I had screamed about on my blog already (Children of Blood and Bone? We Set The Dark on Fire? Girls of Paper and Fire? Ring any bells?) so I wanted to try out screaming about books that I don’t talk about
So let’s get into it!Continue reading “4 Underrated BIPOC Fantasy Novels For You to Add To Your TBR | ft. a return to blogging & great YA novels”
This is Aditi, the person who writes for this blog, in case you’ve forgotten me since I’ve decided that I’m too cool to write posts 😀
I miss you all a lot and I really want to start blogging again!! But that probably won’t be until mid-December (mayybe earlier but don’t count on it). So I have a wonderful post from the absolutely amazing Beck @ Smellfoy Reads! Go check out her blog right now :))
I’m going to let her take it away- but before that, here’s my deepest gratitude to Beck for OFFERING to write me a post (?!) and ACTUALLY DOING IT. I’m blown away.
P.S. the title is supposed to be “watermelong sugar HIGH (they HAVE to be high bc what the actual heck)”. yes ;D now the song is stuck in your head- perfect!
Hey, y’all! You may think that me, the coolest person on this site, is Aditi, but NO!! IT’S NOT! IT’S BECK!! HI!! WASSUP!! THIS IS MY BLOG NOW
Tho in all seriousness Aditi IS the coolest person on this site…. I’m the coolest pile of trash on this site. And you can’t say “nO yOU’RE noT a PilE oF trASh, bEcK!”
Have you met me? Have you seen me irl? I THOUGHT NOT. NO. YOu HAVEN’T. SO STOP MAKING ASSUMPTIONS.
Anyway it is meme time, my dudes! I’m going to rate some of the weird watermelon memes and pictures I have saved on my phone.
I actually have a lot of those.
LET’S GET STARTED!!
Oh and most of these memes I found at this terrific instagram page:: @ireallylikewatermelons
#1- WATERMELON LADY
This picture actually has some history with me… My friend and I had a watermelon revolution on our class discord server because SOMEONE DELETED THE EMOJI WE MADE OF HER!! Idk why they did.
Anyway she gets a solid 69/69 for pure watermelonness.
I feel like she’d have these dishes:
I actually have these cups.
But uhm anyway she’d probably forcefeed you watermelon flavored meatloaf. 77/1000.
3- AN ACTUAL MEME
STAR WARS AND WATERMELON CROSSOVER.
Lowkey feels abelist for making a disabled joke bUT I don’t know?? I guess?? 85/150
#4- HARK! A CALL FROM YOUR LOVER!
I would 1978658380% answer because oh yes that’s my type.
1/1 because he’s the one.
#5- DO NOT DO THIS… YET
I love it. This kind of meme is my jam okay.
Wait. Is watermelon jam a thing? Brb
I WANT SOME SO BAD BUT ALSO I NEVER WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN
Anyway it gets a 10/9.
THAT’S ALL FOR NOW! I’D THANK ADITI FOR LETTING ME DO THIS BUT HONESTLY SHE SHOULD BE THANKING ME… JK JK JK I’M NOT THAT SELF ABSORBED THANK YOU SO MUCH ADITI IF YOU ACTUALLY TOOK THIS HAHAHAH AIGHT I’MMA HEAD OUT
It’s been way too long since I’ve sat down and actually written a blog post or read a book, so I forced myself to finally write something (with the encouragement of Beck), and here I am!
A few months ago, back in June, I published this post, where I guessed books’ summaries from their covers (yes. I judged the books by their covers, quite literally). The theme then was LGBT+ books because it was pride month, but this time I want to do something a little bit different- backlist fantasy novels!
1. “Sky In The Deep” by Adrienne Young (2018)
I’ve heard of Adrienne Young, but I’ve never read anything by her and I don’t know what her books are about, so I think this is a good choice!
My guess for the synopsis:
Jayla (or insert other generic fantasy girl name) is a spy and a maid in the castle of the local kingdom, who was raised as a warrior. She is part of a secret underground rebellion of warriors like her, and her task is to infiltrate the castle. But then she falls in love with the prince of the kingdom, who is the opposite of everything she was taught about.
The actual synopsis:
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
The only parts I got right were the warrior part, living with the enemy, and a reluctant enemies-to-lovers. But the kingdom part was way off. I think my synopsis was more of a basic YA fantasy plotline, with the whole spy and falling in love with the enemy prince thing. I’m truthfully not very intrigued by the actual synopsis though, if I’m being completely honest.
1. “The Black Witch” by Laurie Forest (2017)
My guess for the synopsis:
Eve Hitcher grew up knowing she was a witch. She knew that she had to keep her secret at all costs, so she diligently kept her powers hidden from the villagers that she lived with. The only people who knew were her mother and best friend. But as she approaches 17 years old, Eve finds it harder and harder to control her powers, until one day she can’t control it any more, and she accidentally hurts her mom, rendering her into a coma. Stricken with grief and fear, Eve and her best friend flee the village and try to find the cure for Eve’s mom, while simultaneously running away from the angry villagers who are trying to capture her. The only problem? The last ingredient to the potion that will cure Eve’s mother is in the most dangerous place for Eve, where witchhunters regularly kill and torture any witches that they find.
The actual synopsis:
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.
When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of rebels…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to fear.
Okay… I got basically nothing right. The only thing that was correct was the fact that there’s something to do with a witch, which is pretty obvious (given the fact that the title is literally The Black Witch). Oops? I guess? I was honestly thinking more along the lines of The School for Good and Evil in terms of setting, which is very different from the more high fantasy setting of The Black Witch.
1. “Rebel of the Sands” by Alwyn Hamilton (2016)
My guess for the synopsis:
Imara is a peasant living with her mother and younger brother in the outskirts of the wealthy capitol city of their country, Kezuj. Life is a day-to-day struggle, and things are looking grim because the winter season is approaching and Imara‘s mother has fallen sick. Things get even scarier when a rebel group that deals with the trade of illegal magical items and animals is tied to Imara through her job. Magic is outlawed in Kezuj, and to engage in any sorts of magical activity could mean a death sentence. But Imara is determined to learn more about magic, especially since it could be the only thing that will save her mother.
The actual synopsis:
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.
Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.
Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.
Okay, I was way off. I got the magic and the Middle Eastern-inspired setting correct (I looked at the drawing of the castle on the front and could immediately tell) but I had no idea that it would be about gunslingers or mythical beasts. There’s also no mother mentioned, and no rebel group. That sucks, because depending on the type of magic that my synopsis intended to have, it could have actually been a cool book. Funny enough, the one thing that I got scarily close was the name- Amani and Imara? That’s actually super close, and what’s funny is that I rewrote the name half a dozen times and one of them was actually Amari or Amani. Gosh, can’t writers be more creative?
Sort of related, but why is a white woman writing a fantasy based off of a middle eastern setting? This is why her name’s so stereotypical. 😭
Once again, I’m not very interested in any of these books. However, I do quite like my third synopsis idea, if anyone wants to write that as their NaNoWriMo story! 😉
I’m going to try and publish posts more frequently, but school has gotten very busy which makes it harder for me to juggle everything :((
Have you read any of these books? Which of my synopses did you like? What did you think when you saw the covers?
I think I found my favorite series of the year.
More on that later. But in case you couldn’t tell by the title, I’m talking about the Kyoshi Novels.
This month I actually read stuff!! So congrats to me!
Sadly, September is already over and this month actually flew away. This entire year has flown by but at the same time it feels like it’s been an eternity. I can’t believe it’s October- AKA spOokY sEasOn! Wasn’t it just July the other day?
But I’ve finally come to terms that it’s not summer anymore 😦 it’s fall, and while fall isn’t overall bad, it leads up to the winter and I don’t like winter at all, so fall is kind of ruined for me too.
Just writing this is making me sad. >:o I like summer!! I don’t want it to go :((
I’ve had a very busy/productive month so let’s get into the wrap-up! And yes, this is the first wrap-up I’ve done in over six months and I’m only doing it because I wrote it on my Notion and I won’t lie to my Notion.
I read three books and am currently in the middle of a fourth book that I started in September! It’s not a lot but I haven’t been able to read a lot recently so I’m grateful for whatever I got. I also really enjoyed all the books I read, which is great!
THE RISE OF KYOSHI– ★★★★★
I loved this book! It made me so, so happy to experience new content that is part of the Avatar universe, and this book even built on the existing lore and told us more about previous Avatars. It’s also sapphic (!!) and Kyoshi and Rangi are amazing girlfriends- the yearning and the tension were amazing and exhausting. But even above that, my favorite part of The Rise of Kyoshi was Kyoshi herself! In the shows, we picture Kyoshi as some badass warrior lady who loves murder, but that’s not completely true. (And even if it is true, we get to see her become that way. No, she wasn’t born like that.) I loved Kyoshi’s evolution and her character and she deserves the entire world. The poor thing faced so much pain in her life.
THE SHADOW OF KYOSHI– ★★★★★
Also an amazing book! I honestly enjoyed the first book more than the second, but as you can see, I still loved it enough to rate it 5 stars. This book built the world more than the characters, and it also went more into depth of how Kyoshi got to the point where everyone thinks she loves murder (Which isn’t true. Don’t make up things about my girl like that!). While there was less of Rangi and the Flying Opera Troupe (sadly!), we learned a LOT about Kuruk’s backstory and Kyoshi herself which is obviously very interesting and cool to read. It was an excellent sequel!
I’m really glad that I liked all the books I read this month! THCS was a really sweet, feel-good sort of book. It did take me a while to get into it, though. I loved Linus, I loved Arthur, I loved Zoe, I loved all of the kids, and I especially loved Lucy! This book is filled with themes of found family, belonging, and love; not only romantic love but the love of friendship and family. Linus’s arc of learning to trust and not be afraid of the unknown is also so incredibly beautiful. I’m just really touched by this book.
I’m currently reading this book! Winning The GND is written by leaders of the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led movement to combat climate change and push for electoral action against it. I’m actually a part of it (subtle plug lol) so obviously, I wanted to read the book that Sunrise published. I’m learning a LOT from it, and this will be super helpful to argue with trolls on the Internet 😉 This book is kind of tough to read because it’s nonfiction and I don’t read a lot of nonfic (whoops) but I’m trying to read a few chapters every day before bed!!
P.S. If you’re not sure what the Green New Deal (GND) is, it’s a proposal/plan of dozens of policies and principles to combat climate change, achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, and create millions of just jobs in the process. The only way we can address the scope of the climate crisis is pushing for bold, sweeping action, and this is the only comprehensive resolution that even comes close. Learn more here!
SHE-RA AND THE PRINCESSES OF POWER
During September I watched She-Ra, which is available on Netflix. It’s an animated cartoon show with tons of representation! I even mentioned it in my post about different diverse animated shows. I absolutely loved it and I really wish I could watch more :(( but all five seasons are over.
I especially adore Adora (get it? adore adora? yes? okay good) and Bow, although I like most of the other characters too. Honestly, though, I couldn’t stand Glimmer in Seasons 3 and 4. But now she’s a better.
I started getting assignments for school in September, which was hard. Last year I didn’t get a lot of schoolwork because my old school wasn’t very good at online learning. But this year it’s a LOT of work 😔😅
I also had a music performance! Not sure if I mentioned it, but my last performance was in late August and before that I didn’t perform for several months, so it was kind of fun to sing again. I did end up crying after my performance because I messed up once, but everyone else said it sounded good so I don’t know.
This summer wasn’t… great on my social life HAHA. Everyone else probably had the same problem, but I didn’t see any of my friends at all. But the past week I got a chance to talk to and hang out with two of my friends and that was really fun 🙂
RBG died this month, which makes me incredibly sad. Not only was she a trailblazing woman, but a lot of basic rights here in the USA hinge upon the Supreme Court. If we have a conservative majority, the next 20 to 30 years will be devastating for women’s rights, LGBT+ rights, immigration rights, and basically all marginalized people’s rights.
Also, the presidential debates were a dumpster fire lmao. Enough said about that.
The election here in the USA is in less than thirty days!! This is probably an election that will determine a lot about my life, and I can’t even vote. I’m nervous as heck.
But I still hold out hope, and no matter what the presidential election outcomes are, I will never stop fighting, and I’m proud that there are thousands of young people like me who will also keep fighting.
Here’s to October being a great month! I’m not sure how Halloween is going to go this year, given the obvious circumstances 😅 which sucks, since it’s my favorite American holiday.
How many books did you read this month? Have you watched ATLA or She-Ra? How are you going to celebrate Halloween?
P.S. I got to 500 followers! Thank you so much to everyone who has been supporting me and thank you so so much for sticking around ✨💖
The only thing I could think about when I wrote this: Bob the Builder- Have I read this? Bob the Builder- YES I have!
In other news, hello!
How is everyone doing? I’m NOT doing great, and my mental state is currently ~chaos~. After RBG passed away, I’ve just been worrying nonstop and hearing anything (I mean anything) about the presidential election makes my heart race and makes me hyper-worried. Seriously not fun.
Thankfully, I’ve been keeping myself super busy with school, a music performance coming up (if you’re an OG you remember the times when I was always giving concerts- sadly COVID and school paused that but I’ve started to take more virtual opportunities!), and activism- especially focusing on local elections I can help with.
I promise to put out at least one more post this month!! I’m not gone, I promise!
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Nope, ❎ the only book I’ve read by Marissa Meyer is Cinder and I never ended up finishing the series. I think this is a superhero book? So it might be interesting to read!
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Nope again ❎ this is like the peak of middle school YA for me- I used to read ONLY books like this. It was a rough time and I thought I was Not Like Other Girls.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Nope ❎- I looked through this list and I have read a lot less than I thought tbh. I haven’t heard of this as much as some of the other books on here but at first glance the cover looks really nice!