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November’s Indigathon Wrap-up

So, November is over and so is Indigathon. This posting is way later than I wanted it to be and I didn’t participate much on twitter due to trying to also complete nanowrimo. I loved these books and I think I am better for having read them. Below is my board as well as the books I read to complete each one. I have checked off more boxes than the categories I have below my board. Many of these books check multiple boxes and so I have decided to be kind to myself by checking all the boxes that are elements in the stories I’ve read. I have placed a Goodreads link on the title if there was one available so that you can look into the books if they’re of interest to you.

The group read: The Break by Katherena Vermette. This was a hard book for to me read. These women have obviously been through a lot. The whole book was based around the investigation of a raped young girl, but also the stories of the women of the family. This is not what I would call a happy book, but a real book that discusses the hardships of life and how a family can help you find the strength to get through it all.

Poetry Collection: How to be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark 111 (Two Shoes). I truly enjoyed this poetry collection. It had a rhythm to it that I really enjoyed. I also felt it was an open and honest poetry collection about his experiences in life good and bad. It was easy to read and understand. Would highly recommend.

SF/F: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. I loved this book. I love when you take bits of beliefs and put them into a story. It was so beautifully done. I love Maggie and Kai. You should definitely read this book! There’s even a sequel already!

Other than 5 CT: The Beadworkers stories by Beth Piatote. I struggled reading this book. I enjoyed reading the different types of writing in this book. I think it’s an interesting and unique way to put a book together, but I was just kinda bored the whole time and parts of it were hard for me to fully understand.

Books that were on my TBR

I truly wanted to get to these books and I am definitely still going to read them, but I just could get to them in November.

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. This is a story is about a two-spirited queer character who is living and struggling through life and what it all means

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith. A high school girl who is growing up and learning what it means to be true to yourself while finding love

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson. The summary kinda of gives me an indigenous percy jackson vibe only cooler. I’m excited to read it, but I couldn’t get my hands on a copy of it

Pemmican Wars (A girl called Echo #1) by Katherena Vermette and Scott B. Henderson. This is a comic book where a girl is transported into the past. I’m generally a sucker for time travel stories and the drawing looks beautiful.


I’m not sure if anyone has participated in the IndigAThon, but if so I’d love to hear your thoughts. Even if you didn’t participate did any of these books sound appealing to you?

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Blog Tour- Seduced by a Soldier by Melia Alexander

Hello, welcome to my stop on the Novel Take PR Blog tour for Seduced by a Soldier. A recently published RomCom novel. Check below for book blurbs, author info, a book teaser, and review.

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Release Date (Print & Ebook/Audio): November 18, 2019

Length: Approximately 57,000 words

Subgenre: Romantic Comedy

Order:https://entangledpublishing.com/seduced-by-the-solider.html

Book blurb: Zandra York just got her big break, photographing a major project for a travel magazine. So what if she’s never traveled out of the country before? Or that she’s more adept at deciphering fraudulent financial statements than reading German train schedules? Her brother Jackson is on his way to act as her guide, and she can’t wait to experience Europe with him.

But when Jackson’s overprotective best friend gets off the plane instead, Zandra knows this will not end well.

There isn’t a damned thing Special Forces instructor Blake Monroe wouldn’t do for his best friend, but babysit Zandra when Jackson is unexpectedly called away on a mission? Nope. Not on the list. Especially not when she proves to be more trouble than he can handle—and far too tempting.

Between accidentally hiring a hearse as their rideshare, an unprovoked goat attack, and photographing erotic-shaped chocolates, Blake and Zandra can’t keep their hands off each other. But Zandra’s new career is about to send her all over the world and Blake is finally ready to settle down after his next deployment.

He’ll never ask her to give up her dreams. And she’ll never ask him to give up his.

Author

Melia Alexander is the author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances, but is also fortunate to spend her week days at The Male Observation Lab (a.k.a. her job at a construction company) where she gets to observe guys in their natural habitat. Though they often behave like typical alpha males, she’s often seen through their personas to the heart of who they really are – the heroes of their own stories. A native of Guam, Melia traded in warm, tropical breezes for the rainy Pacific Northwest. She’s an avid reader who also loves romantic comedies – preferably with a glass of Cab Sauv and a box of dark chocolates nearby. In her free time, she’s busy conquering her CrossFit fears: ring dips, power cleans, and the dreaded 800 meter run.

Connect with Melia: WebsiteNewsletter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

Book Teaser

“What’s happening here?”

          Zandra hadn’t meant to ask the question. Really, she’d figured that if she played her cards right, she’d skate through the next week with Blake and then head for home. Hell, they weren’t even on the same flight, so there’d be no awkward airplane good-byes, but maybe a friendly hug at the airport.

          At least, that had been the plan, only now…

          There was an undercurrent of tension between them, and not the bad kind, either. No, this tension electrified, practically crackled the air around them. Judging by the quiet intensity in Blake’s gaze, he wasn’t immune to it, either.

          “I’m not sure I know,” he said. He blew out an audible breath. “This wasn’t exactly something I’d counted on.”

Review

This book was not for me. I’m generally not a huge romance person, but I can sometimes get behind a good RomCom and the idea of a soldier and a photographer together was interesting. Honestly though it just didn’t sell me. Zandra and Blake are characters with their own goals and dreams which I can respect and enjoy. However, the situations these two managed to get themselves in seemed a bit far fetched or Zandra was so clueless it made me embarrassed for her. All Blake could think about was his attraction to her usually based on her physical characters rather than her personality. If you like cooky romances that are a bit more on the smutty, sexual tension side of things you could very well enjoy this book. Which I think is the intended audience, but if you want something deeper with real developed feelings and a strong female lead this wouldn’t be your cup of tea.

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November IndigAThon- Celebrate Native Heritage Month with a read-a-thon focused on Indigenous Voices.

Readers, I’m so excited! I was browsing twitter and I can across this awesome read-a-thon for November. It is hosted by Brody and Michelle, both indigenous people who have booktube channels. I’ve been meaning to look into more stories by indigenous voices and this is great motivation to really get started! Please support indigenous voices! Below is the bingo sheet as well as the books I’ve chosen for this read-a-thon.

You can find Brody’s explaination of IndigAThon here.

You can find Michelle’s explaination of IndigAThon here.

There is also an IndigAThon twitter page that you can follow so that you can find some cool recommendations and chat with some people. You can find that here.

MY TBR for this read-a-thon

SF/F: Trail Of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse . I own this book, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Guess I will now! 🙂

The group read: THE BREAK by Katherena Vermette

Nonfiction: Me Sexy by Drew Hayden Taylor

South American: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia . I’m already read it, but it counts right? It’s SOOO good!

Intersectionality: Johny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Romance: Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

On Rez: Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. I read this in high school in my honors English class years ago. It was really interesting read and one of the first books I read by an indigenous author

Historical fiction: Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Movie Night: Empire of Dirt starring Cara Gee

Paranormal: Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson. Every time I read the summary of this book I get excited to read it. Right up my alley.


So, those are my choices for this read-a-thon. You might notice that if you look at the bingo sheet currently with how I’m looking at in I can’t get a bingo (though I get close), but that’s okay with me. I really just want to expand my reading and introduce myself to #ownvoices indigenous stories. As I said, I am so ridiculously excited about this and I hope you join everyone and myself in this great idea!

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The End is Near- Status Update on 2019 Reading Challenges

So, I’m gonna be honest. I forgot about these reading challenges for awhile. I’m still interested in doing them, but I definitely let my interests sidetrack me on this. Honestly though, I’ve read a couple books for my reading challenge without knowing it and have some books on my TBR that work for some of these challenges as well. I’m not sure if I’ll fully complete either of these, but it was nice giving it a shot.

Year of The Asian Reading Challenge by CW from The Quiet Pond (thequietpond.com),Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams (sprinklesofdreams.wordpress.com), Shealea, and Vicky from Vicky Who Reads (vickywhoreads.wordpress.com). This is the challenge for you, if like me, one of your goals this year is to make sure you’re reading more diversely. The goal is to read as many books by asian authors as you can. Now, there are levels to the challenge so don’t stress out if you have a ton of other reading goals or anything like that. They also come with cute icon which you can see below. If you’d like to join please check here.

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11-20 books

Currently reading: Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natash Ngan (ARC)

Previously Read:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Spinning Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

As you can see I may have been a bit too ambitious in this reading challenge. Not sure I’m going to make it, but I have hopes and plans to read more Asian authors.


Reading Women Challenge. This challenge was put together by ReadingWomen. It encourages people to read different books either about or by women. You can find it below. If you want more information check here.

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Previously Read:

Once & Future by Cori McCarthy & Amy Rose Capetta (#13)

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (#18)

How long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin (#21)

Spinning the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (#23)

Girls of Paper and Fire  by Natasha Ngan(#22)

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (#20)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (#24)

Doing a bit better with this reading challenge though still further behind then I’d like to be. Gotta keep going on it.


Are you still working on your 2019 reading challenge? Are you mostly completely or kinda forgotten about them like me? I’d love to hear where you’re at!

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Book Tag: I Should Have Read That

Hello lovely readers, I read through this book tag that Sara @ The Bibliophagist posted about and it looked fun so I decided to do a post about it myself. Thanks for sharing Sara. Feel free to join in on the fun!

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you, and link back to their post.
  2. Link to the creator’s blog.
    This was originally created by Beth from Books Nest.
  3. Answer the questions below.
  4. Tag 10 others to take part.
  5. ENJOY!

A book that a certain friend always tells you to read

This one is a bit tricky for me since most of my friends aren’t big readers and I have read most of what they’ve said they liked. So, I’m going to put one down that I just read after being pestered for months about it.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I will admit I was extremely skeptical about reading this book. Why? I’m not quite sure. The summary interested me, but it seemed very much like traditional, European-based medieval fantasy. In a lot of ways that’s true, but the writing is so good that I really enjoyed it.


A book that has been on your TBR forever, and yet you still haven’t picked it up

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura

I saw it. I feel like I could enjoy it. I haven’t gotten it. My list of unread books is piling up and I guess I just haven’t felt the pull enough to go out of my way to get this book.


A book in a series you have started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing

The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty

I loved The City of Brass. I pre-ordered this book I was so excited about it coming out, but I don’t know I just never have gotten around to actually reading it.


A classic you have always liked the sound of, but never actually read

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I head a lot that this book is A LOT to handle, but I’m also intrigued by it. I think there’s a lot going on there that I’d be interested in reading.

But Also,

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (maybe?)

This is the oldest novel found in Japan. I love Japanese history and I’ve really wanted to read this, but it is a beast of a book and every time I look at it I get a bit intimidated.


What do you think? Do you also have books you’ve felt like you should read? I’m interested to see all of your lists and hear your thoughts.

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Happy Pride Month!

Photo by Elyssa Fahndrich on Unsplash

I just wanted to take the time to wish everyone a happy pride month. As someone who identifies as bisexual I understand the importance of being able to celebrate who you are. This is a crazy time in the US right now, but I hope we can all come together to support one another in love and acceptance.

Also, if you’re interested. Here are a couple links to blog posts featuring LGBTQ+ characters and authors.

8 Queer Books by Asian Authors by BiblioNyan

Someone will remember us blog by readingrainbow. Note: This blog is purely for LGBT media so anything they post is amazing.


Do you celebrate pride month? Do you have any good lgbtq+ book recs or relevant blog posts? Please share in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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The Mysterious Blogger Award

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve been on wordpress so I’ve missed this lovely nomination by Bailey @thebookstack. I hope you enjoy this post and maybe nominate some people of your own!

What’s the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me

  • I’m under 5 feet tall. I am a very small person. I will never hit my head on things, but I also can’t reach things easily on the top shelf at the grocery store.
  • I’m an outdoor education instructor. I work outdoors with kids for about 14 hours a day, five days a week. Which means I work a lot for very little money, but kids are usually pretty great so it’s a weird balance. This blog is definitely a hobby when times allows though.
  • My favorite books are the ones that have made me cried. I will never watched and/or read a book that I already know has a sad ending. I read for escapism and crying my eyes out doesn’t really help with that. BUT, when I’m hit unexpectedly there’s just something that just seems to cement my appreciation for the book.

Bailey’s Questions

  • What book have you been wanting to read, but keep putting off?

I have a whole bookshelf full of books so it’s hard to pick one. Mainly the grisha series I suppose. I’ve read the first book and started the second one, but haven’t made it past that point. I enjoyed it and I would like to finish the series soon.

  • Do you dog-ear your pages and write in your books, or do you try to keep them pristine?

I like to keep my books pristine. I hurts me on a deep level to damage my books. I want a huge library one day so falling apart books doesn’t really work well for that dream.

  • What do you do when you find yourself in a reading slump?

Honestly, I just stop reading. Reading is something I really enjoy, but when I’ve had enough for the moment I just take a break. Breaks I think are super important and a normal part of life.

  • We all know the book is almost always better, but what movie adaptation did you really like?

I love the book The Time Traveler’s Wife and though I think the movie left out a lot I still enjoyed the movie.

  • (Bonus funny question) Would you rather fight a 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck?

Definitely 100 duck-sized horses. Ducks at their normally size are aggressive and overwhelming sometimes. I certainly wouldn’t want to fight a horse-sized duck.

My Questions

  • What encouraged you to first start your own blog?
  • How do you come up with new ideas?
  • Are there any other bloggers that really inspire you?
  • What is one of your favorite books and why?
  • (Weird/funny) If you were a sandwich what type of sandwich would you be?

Nominees

Some amazing bloggers I’d like to draw attention too:

NovelsandWafflesUnputdownablebookssomeonewillrememberusWordwonders

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Character Playlist: Lei (Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan)

Here’s the second character playlist I mentioned: Lei from Natasha Ngan’s Girls of Paper and Fire. This playlist is a little more loosely based on Lei than Jude’s, but I still think it’s worth a listen. The youtube playlist is below. You can find the Spotify list here.


What did you think? Have you ever created a playlist for a character you really enjoyed in a book?

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Character Playlists – Jude (The Wicked King by Holly Black)

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So, I’ve been listening to a lot more music than I normally do and while I was listening I realized that some of the songs I was listening to really reminded me of some of the characters in books I’ve been reading recently. I thought you all might be interested in listening to the playlists I’ve made for them. I hope you enjoy!

The first character playlist is Jude from Holly Black’s The Wicked King. This playlist basically wrote itself. Jude is a strong woman and she’s driven, too driven some may say. Honestly, I think she’s a queen even though she can be ruthless.

Note: This is a YouTube playlist. If you prefer listening on Spotify you can listen here.


The next character playlist I have is for Lei from Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I haven’t finished the book completely yet though so I’ll be posting it separately hopefully sometime next week.


What do you think? Was I completely off the mark? Did you enjoy the playlist? Do you have any songs you think I should add?

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Status Post- My 2019 Reading Challenges

Hello everyone, early this week I posted about reading challenges that encourage reading diversely. This post is where I will be keeping track of my progress. I will be adding the book titles and authors of every book I read incase you’re curious or possibly need some suggestions for books to read.

Year of The Asian Reading Challenge by CW from The Quiet Pond (thequietpond.com),Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams (sprinklesofdreams.wordpress.com), Shealea, and Vicky from Vicky Who Reads (vickywhoreads.wordpress.com). This is the challenge for you, if like me, one of your goals this year is to make sure you’re reading more diversely. The goal is to read as many books by asian authors as you can. Now, there are levels to the challenge so don’t stress out if you have a ton of other reading goals or anything like that. They also come with cute icon which you can see below. If you’d like to join please check here.

Reading 11-20 books!

Currently Reading:  none right now

Previous Reads:  Spinning the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natash Ngan


Reading Women Challenge. This challenge was put together by ReadingWomen. It encourages people to read different books either about or by women. You can find it below. If you want more information check here.

Currently Reading:  

Previously Read: 

How long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin (#21)

Spinning the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (#23)


Girls of Paper and Fire  by Natasha Ngan(#22)

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (#20)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (#24)