guessing books’ summaries from the cover|ft. LGBTQ+ new releases

Hey everyone! Happy (nearly over) Pride Month!

First of all, I just wanted to say sorry for basically disappearing for two weeks. I had a pretty busy week (I’m starting a summer camp that is basically school but ALL MATH, and I had a music workshop that takes a lot of my time) and I’ve been procrastinating at checking my WordPress notifications. Nothing new. 🙂

Aside from that, I’ve also had zero inspiration to write any posts? There’s one novel that I really want to review (Girl Made of Stars) but I’m not sure how I’d do that without going into my feelings because it’s really personal to me. And I don’t exactly feel comfortable talking about it on a public platform like this.

Anyways, I ended up piggy-backing on this pretty cool trend- guessing books’ summaries from their covers! I’ve seen a few of these posts on my reader over the past several months and I thought it would be cool if I hopped on the bandwagon too!

Except, with a twist.

All these books are LGBTQ+ 2020/upcoming releases in Young Adult (happy Pride Month friends!) and honestly, this is going to make it even more fun in my opinion 😀

As a disclaimer, this was harder than I thought to find the books in the first place because I have already heard of many of the releases! (which is great, of course, but it means that there was a limited amount of books to choose from)

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1. “The Fascinators” by Andrew Eliopulos (5/12/20)

My guess for the synopsis:

A high-school boy (let’s call him Ethan) is from a small town living with his parents as an only child. He has always known he was gay but isn’t out to anyone (or maybe he’s out to his parents? idk man). Then he meets another new boy who is energetic, lovely and introduces Ethan to a new world of magic. They fall for each other. Yay. Continue reading “guessing books’ summaries from the cover|ft. LGBTQ+ new releases”

5 YA Books By Black Authors You NEED // police brutality, West African magic, LGBTQ+ contemporaries, and more

Hey friends!

It’s been quite a few days since I’ve last posted here, which is disappointing me. (yes, disappointing me– the same person who made the decision to procrastinate on my blog posts.)

The last post I wrote was a quite angry rant dedicated to any of my lovely “All Lives Matter” readers who I hope I pissed off.

This time, though, I want to write something a little bit more actionable beyond just thoughts (although thoughts are incredibly powerful). That’s why I wanted to share five amazing books by Black authors that I’ve read and loved.

In these troubling times, it’s crucial that we support Black-owned businesses and, as a part of the bookish community, I want to use my small platform to raise awareness of these phenomenal reads. Also, almost all of these books written by Black women authors, and the only non-woman author is nonbinary.

Before I get into these recommendations, I wanted to add that I am not a #ownvoices reviewer when it comes to books by Black authors. Please support Black book-content creators and take their word when it comes to accurate/harmful representation in books! However, as far as I know, most of these books are well-liked and do not have any “controversies” regarding representation. Feel free to correct me so I can add a disclaimer in my post!

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1. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

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Olympic Games Readathon TBR!

Hey, y’all!

I’m so excited to announce that I’m joining my first ever readathon!

This readathon, the Olympic Games readathon, is hosted by some booktubers: Ishi, Ally, Nicole, and Sasha. I linked Ishi’s channel! Here’s the announcement video, too.

If you want to participate, go to the video and learn more! Here’s a quick run-down of the readathon:

Basically, you choose a cabin (Poseidon, Apollo, etc.) and complete the reading prompts to get points. You can also choose to complete the optional prompts to get more points for your cabin!

I’m hoping to complete ALL of these prompts so I have a few book options for each prompt!

Also, this is based on the Percy Jackson books which is the only reason I joined.

I’m going to be in Team Aphrodite just because I like the prompts the best (otherwise, believe me, I would NOT be in this cabin XD).

Also, I’m trying to get in a lot of Pride reads too since this readathon goes through June so lots of these will be aimed at that 🙂

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COLLAB: Sophie recommends|reading ‘The Raven Cycle’ & watching ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Hey loves!

I’m so excited to be posting this collaboration that has been in the works for around two months now!

In late March, Sophie and I started talking about a possible collab and we came up with the coolest idea ever 😉

Both of us recommended a favorite TV series and a favorite book series to the other. Then we both had to read and watch the other person’s recommendations and see how we liked it!

Both of us are posting our reactions to the other person’s recommendations. We’re also posting why we recommended the TV series and book series we chose for the other person!

Sophie @ Me and Ink is definitely one of my favorite bloggers of all time because not only does she produce AMAZING bookish content (like, seriously) but she also has one of the sweetest personalities in this niche. I was so excited to collab with her and it turned out awesome! Check out her post here.

Now, let’s get on with the post!

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What I Recommended To Sophie:

I recommended the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and Avatar: The Last Airbender to Sophie!

AVATAR:
 
I recommended Avatar: The Last Airbender to Sophie because it’s probably my favorite TV show of all time! The characters are incredibly well-written, the worldbuilding is fantastic, the animation and music are beautiful, and everything about it is nostalgic and wholesome. I also think that Sophie will enjoy it because lots of our tastes are similar in books, so she might like this as well!
PERCY JACKSON:
 
Rick Riordan is my favorite author, and this is the series where it all started. The characters are amazing, the ships are my favorite of all time (and that’s saying something, given that I ship a lot of characters) and the narrator, Percy, is hilarious. It’s a pretty popular series and it brings me back to my childhood every time I read it. Also, we’re getting a TV series soon, so I really wanted Sophie to read it so we could rave about it together! 

What Sophie Recommended To Me:

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE:

I recommended this show because I love sitcoms, and this is one of the best. I genuinely find it hilarious, like even after I’ve seen the episode ten times I’m still laughing. Plus, the characters are just as wonderful as the comedy. They display a variety of traits and they have a beautiful found family with lots of healthy relationships. What’s not to love??

THE RAVEN BOYS:

The Raven Boys: This is definitely a unique series, please don’t ever ask me to describe the plot or genre. But the reason I fell in love with it was because of the lyrical writing. There is always something new to discover within the words, whether some new symbolism or foreshadowing. Secondly, I love the characters. There is something very real about them, and they are all so different but bonded by their love for each other. The series is definitely a journey, one I’ve always loved being a part of.


My Review of ‘The Raven Cycle’:

WOW. This series completely blew me away! I loved each book so much. Here’s what I rated the books:

The Raven Boys (#1): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Dream Thieves (#2): ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (#3): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Raven King (#4): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Dream Thieves was only a four-star read probably because I started the first part of it and waited a whole week before reading the rest 😂

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE RAVEN CYCLE:

  • the writing: magical, eery, thrumming (honestly the best way I can describe it)
  • the characters are THE BEST (gansey is my boy)
  • the plot is amazing! it keeps you on your toes!

I would just like to put a disclaimer that the beginnings of all the books are a liiiittle bit slow but if you push through it, the books are on a whole new level!

I’m so excited that I found a new favorite set of books too so this was a total success for sure! 🙂

MY FAVORITE DETAILS:

  • any time we got to see the women of 300 Fox Way was awesome
  • the fact that despite being a super confusing mix of genres, it’s! so! good! (it’s sort of paranormal and fantasy-ish sorta?) as someone who normally doesn’t like paranormal, you can take it from me that it’s great nevertheless 🙂
  • sargensey!! the angst !! i can’t take it!
  • maura + calla + persephone is THE power trio and you cannot make me believe that any of these characters are straight tbh
  • Mr. Gray! I love his character lots!
  • piper greenmantle. she really lived up to her name tbh. if piper mclean were evil, she’d approve.

My Thoughts On ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’:

Wow. I thought that I’d never love a series as much as Avatar and while I’m still right (hehe) I loved Brooklyn Nine-Nine much more than I expected to! It’s a sitcom in a police station and I adored the characters from the beginning.

THE CHARACTERS:

Y’all, the characters are great! We have Jake, who’s a great detective but is also kind of a total goofball (<3 ❤ <3) and Amy, the smart, organized detective who he’s always arguing with (<3 <3). And then we have Captain Holt, the new captain who’s strict and completely unlike their old cap, and Sarge, a totally rad role model and dad. Rosa, who’s a badass and completely awesome, and Gina, who’s always complimenting herself and is also hilarious. And, of course, Charles! He’s Jake’s best friend and partner in crime (well, jk, they’re cops. haha). Then there’s Hitchcock and Scully (I ship them lmao).

Also, Peralta-Santiago for the win!!

MY FAVORITE EPISODES in no particular order:

  • Basically all the Halloween Heist episodes, especially the first one and ‘HallowVeen’!
  • ‘Jake and Amy’, Season 5, Episode 22- it was just a rollercoaster the whole while!
  • Any episode with Doug Judy 😉
  • ‘Game Night’ or ‘Show Me Going’, both of which involve Rosa and the precinct
  • “The Box”!! Honestly, the criminal in this episode was played by an awesome actor even though he’s a guest star 😂

OTHER:

B99 has covered some serious issues, too. It had an episode relating to sexism in the workplace and the #MeToo movement (but it was handled really well IMO) and an episode where Terry gets stopped because he’s a black man. 

Despite that, B99 is a comedic show above all else and it’s a really really fun watch!

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That’s a wrap! This collaboration with Sophie was super fun and I’m really glad we did it. I found two new amazing series- both of which are now favorites 🙂 Go read Sophie’s post here, because she’s going to be sharing her thoughts on reading Percy Jackson and watching Avatar: The Last Airbender for the first time!

Have you read The Raven Cycle and watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine? What are your thoughts on them?

xoxoadiforadi1

TAG WEEK: Disney Parks Book Tag

Hey, lovelies!

Welcome to day two of tag week! Today I’m doing the Disney Parks Book Tag that I was tagged for by the wonderful Emma! Thanks so much, Emma- y’all bETTER go follow her; this girl is so wonderful and her blog is the best 🙂 I’d also like to apologize in advance for the very wonky formatting!!

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The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends
  • Feel free to copy the heading graphics

Black Gate » Articles » Crappy Parents All Around: A Look ...

For this one, I don’t know what I would choose! I can’t remember any books that I’ve read that were set along a river; I seriously need to step up my adventure game! The only one I can think of is House of Hades, which is technically a river of fire in the Underworld 😉

 

 


I just posted &quot;Annabeth&quot; for my story &quot;The Blood of ...It looks like I’m still struggling to find a book- I know if I think about I’ll get it but I’ve read so many books that I can’t remember XD. The one that I’m thinking of right now is about an adventure overseas so I hope this counts, although it’s not necessarily high seas. And it’s another Riordan book because apparently, I don’t read anything else. The Blood of Olympus was basically the Seven traveling to Athens via the Argo II so I think it counts!

 


The Women of Dauphine Book Launch - Big Easy Magazine I read The Women of Dauphine as an ARC (you can find my review here) almost a year ago and definitely found this creepy or eerie! I think it fits the prompt well.

It was a sapphic paranormal YA novel which is awfully unique, too!

 

 


Sarah J. Maas | New York Times Bestselling Author

Kingdom of Ash fits this prompt extremely well ;). It was the end of a very thrilling, very enrapturing fantasy series and I could not put it down! Every bit of it kept me hooked. I remember finishing this monstrosity (1000 pages) in four days because I wouldn’t stop reading. My school backpack was also really heavy for those couple of days 😀

 


 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe ...

This beautiful book is set in El Paso, Texas, and I think that counts as the deep South 😉 I highly highly recommend this story- it’s beautiful, intriguing and poetic and the writing is simply magical!

 

 

 


A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Read Book SummaryI was honestly tempted to go with a Harry Potter book just for the sake of it, but the first book that occurred to me was A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I read this sometime last year and really liked it (I still haven’t read the sequel, though) and the entire story basically takes place on the grounds of a castle!

 

 


Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber — Reviews ... This answer seems pretty standard, but Caraval is one of the most whimsical books I’ve ever read! The setting is lush and magical, it’s fantastical although it also feels like you stepped back two hundred years in history, and the entire atmosphere of the book is very mysterious and flowery. This is also Alexandra’s answer so I don’t know if it’s cheating but it was the first thing that came to mind!

 

 


The Raven Cycle - WikipediaSo I’m going to amend the prompt a little bit since I can’t think of any books with a snowy trek through the mountains (once again, I need to up my adventure game! I need book recs!). However, The Raven Boys has a really prominent setting which is a mountain/hill (oh, whatever- just give me this one, okay?!). Cabeswater is definitely a hilly landscape so I’m just going to count TRB for this prompt!

 

 


Tomi Adeyemi on CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE | The Young FolksFor once, I finally got a good answer to this prompt! Children of Blood and Bone is definitely a perfect novel inspired by another culture. The magic and setting are based on West African cultures and I found myself immersed and obsessed with the worldbuilding!

The sequel came out a couple months ago- I really need to check it out!

Also, it’s a small world is now stuck in my head, if anyone wanted to know.


Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

ONCE MORE, I AM STUMPED. I basically have read no Scifi so I’m going to have to pick Tarnished Are The Stars (here’s my review) because it’s probably the only book that I remember reading (keyword: REMEMBER) that had a space setting. I wouldn’t necessarily call it fast-paced or an opera but at least we got the space part?! Oh, well.

 

 


 

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So that’s that! This post is surprisingly under a thousand words, yay! But it has also taught me that I need to seriously step up my adventure and Scifi game!

Do you have any recommendations for adventure or Scifi YA books? (other than Illuminae and The Lunar Chronicles please) What books set by the river have you read?

xoxoadiforadi1

Creating Instagram Feeds for ‘The Raven Cycle’ Characters

Hey everybody!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day! I’m currently in science class and typing the intro to this post (whoops). What did y’all do today?

I’m excited to bring you a really fun post inspired by my good friend Ash! She made a post where she created character aesthetics for some really awesome characters (that’s on her old blog, here’s her new one) and I decided that I love that idea and I’m gonna steal it 😉

Credits to Marie @ Drizzle And Hurricane Books for the idea! Go check out her post first 🙂

I’m currently reading the third book of The Raven Cycle for a collab with the amazing Sophie, and I’m really really loving it! I thought it’d be nice to try out a new type of post and combine it with my love for TRC. Continue reading “Creating Instagram Feeds for ‘The Raven Cycle’ Characters”