King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! I have been having such a fun time reading all of the queer books this month! I just started rereading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and man, I forgot just how much I love the sh** out of that book. I can see myself reading it over and over for the rest of my life. Now, onto the review! I was so excited for this because Nikolai was my favourite character in the Grisha trilogy.

My Lame Synopsis: Because this is set after the Grisha Trilogy, just read that first, then the Six of Crows duology, then read this, haha! Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I did feel there were some weak points, the biggest one was Nikolai’s storyline. Since he was the selling feature of the book for me, I felt that Leigh Bardugo could have taken his character further. He could have had more growth by the end.

However, Bardugo did amazingly with Zoya and Nina. Their character growth, story arch. and female determination were masterly crafted. I think I have to say Nina was my favourite. I respect what she had gone through and how it has affected her in every aspect of her life. Through Nina, we got the best twist and turns, at least in my humble opinion.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #15

Good hello, friends! Another start of the week, another Down The TBR Hole! I have a feeling there’s going to be a few to get ex-ed!!

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



1. Rabbi Ben Ezra by Boris Pasternak

I think I added this because I liked a quote, but wanted to read the book before getting the quote tattooed on me. However, I no longer have any interest in doing that. The synopsis didn’t seem very helpful or interesting. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

2. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

The cover is pretty, but I no longer care for reading it. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

3. The Art of Fiction by Henry James

I’m more interested in reading this because I know the author’s name, seems educational, and that it’s a classic. The Goodreads synopsis was quite honestly, boring. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Ah, now I don’t have any interest in reading James’ fiction. Especially fiction that seems to be like it might frustrate me with its traditional thinking. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Another classic! I still want to read this. Actually, recently my interest has renewed for Catcher in the Rye because it was mentioned a few times in different books I have read recently. Goodreads

Judgement:  Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Fibro Friday: 06/14/2019

Good hello, friends! This morning a read this thread on Twitter about a disabled girl who was refused a straw at a restaurant and was driven to tears. Read the events here: Twitter Story.

Something I’ve been thinking about since being diagnosed, especially now after reading that story is ableism and if I’m ‘disabled enough’. I feel have to prove my disability to able bodied people everyday. Why, you may ask. The answer is simple: people are entitled. People take it upon themselves to throw judgement because ‘I don’t look sick’. I know I have brought some similar points up before, but what I haven’t is this: you don’t know what people are going through. It’s more often than not your place to say something. Why not, instead ask them to help you understand, they, of course, have the right to refuse, but if someone asks me I usually try to take the time to answer.

When I park in the disabled parking spots I feel like I have to hold my cane up for everyone to see to say, ‘see? I deserve to park here’. I’m also allowed to enjoy life; I’m not going to look like I’m struggling all the time and that’s okay. I deserve, just like all disabled people deserve happiness.

Why should the girl at the restaurant or I have to justify to strangers our needs? These things are not luxuries for us, they’re necessities (she does explain why she can’t use other straws options too).

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook by Richie Billing: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! Today I’m throwing out the order of my reviews in favour to review A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook, which was kindly sent to me for an honest review! Thank you Richie Billing for sending me an advanced copy! A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook was released just yesterday, June 12th, 2019! Not only did I want to accept the book for myself in the hopes of bettering my writing, but also my brother who has always wanted to be a writer and doesn’t know how to start.

My Lame Synopsis: An informative guide to writing fantasy, but could help any writer to get better. Goodreads

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect from this since this is the first book I’ve read on writing for any genre. Sure, I’ve read a few articles, but not a novel. I’m floored by how accessible the book is. There’s personality in a how-to book, which I so greatly appreciate.  It’s very well structured where it flows into each new chapter. From reading this handbook, I have found other books on writing and editing that I feel confident in because Billing’s recommendation.

There is so many topics covered in here, but doesn’t take away from the easiness of reading his word. Topics include sub-genres, fighting, landscape, senses, and more. Things that I never have thought about in writing, but it stands out even more now in books I have read, for example, Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James where the sense of smell had such a huge part in the book that I haven’t seen before. I can appreciate these details even more based on my new understanding of what goes into writing.

loved how Billing included examples and advice from other authors like one of my favourites, Brandon Sanderson. The whole book felt like I was peering behind the curtain, and it was a great experience!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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WWW Wednesday June 12th, 2019!!

Good hello, Friends! Happy Wednesday! What is one thing you’re grateful for? I adore this question, it makes you think of the positive in your life. I’m grateful for reading; it’s a low impact hobby on my body so it’s something I can do without adding to my chronic pain. It’s my escape from the craziness of my life from work, to my pain, to my dad being sick. I’m also grateful for CDB products because they have made a world of difference for my pain. I just ordered two new jars!

Now to get to WWW Wednesday! I love these questions because I always want to know what everyone is reading! I would really love for everyone to answer these questions in the comments!

WWW Wednesday

 

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On a World of Words, with the rules being to answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?

First off, I’m reading Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Goodreads). I’m loving this more than I thought I would! Second, I’m reading A Fantasy Writer’s Handbook by Richie Billing (Goodreads), which actually comes out today! Thank you Richie Billing for sending me your book! Again, I’m enjoying it more than I expected just because it’s a nonfiction book on writing I thought it would be not as exciting as fiction, but I’m having fun and learning a lot. The last thing I’m reading that I started just yesterday is The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff (Goodreads) and I’m only an hour into the audiobook and it’s already getting me thinking…


2. What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Harry Potter and The Chambers of Secrets by JK Rowling. I listened to this by audiobook and it was a nice break from the intense things I’ve been reading lately. I’m thinking of restarting my reread of the whole series so I can pick up the physical books to annotate! Also just finished a physical book and that was Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (Goodreads). What a great book! Look out for a review soon!


3. What you think you’ll read next?

I can’t decide if I want to start my reread of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Goodreads) or read something new but also queer! what do you think?

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As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! As I mentioned in my May Wrap Up 2019!! I only read this for educational purposes; I do not align with Hitler in anything. I have always had an interest in history, especially WWII, however, I always read/heard Hitler ideologies from opposing sides, so I thought I would take a chance on hearing them from the horse’s mouth.

My Lame Synopsis: Hitler being his hateful, cray self. Goodreads

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My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

I actually wasn’t able to finish it. I just had to DNF it with 2 hours left of the audiobook. I couldn’t listen anymore to his babbling. I do understand that he’s from another time and he was a hateful man, but it still very much got under my skin when he spoke of women, disability, marriage, the Jewish religion, black people, and really anyone who disagreed with him.

It was hard to not to compare Hitler to other people of hate in modern times, for example, Trump, KKK, Neo-nazis (of course), and others. I have found people of hate contradict themselves constantly, and what I mean by that is the group that they target their hate towards can do or say something similar as the hateful persons, but it’s the targeted group is wrong. The people of hate think they’re righteous and better than others when they really are not.

Am I surprised by this outcome? No, I knew it would piss me off, but I am of the mindset of the importance of education so I persevered through to about 90% of the book.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #14

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! I can’t get over that it’s already June 10th. I’m starting feel like I’m behind in my reading again when I’m killing it with my Goodreads yearly goal. I’m reading Red, White & Royal Blue which I’m so loving, and to think when I first heard of it I thought I wouldn’t like it! Anyways! Let’s see what’s on the chopping block today!

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!


 


1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This woman is such an inspiration! I first saw her TED Talk and I was blown away by her speech. I have read a couple of her nonfiction feminist books, but nothing else. I have this book somewhere in storage, I really should get it out and finally read it! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

After taking a moment to read the synopsis, I think this would a refreshing break from the literature I usually read. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

The funny thing about this book, I never knew what it was about until now and not for the regular reasons too. I started following Jen Campbell on YouTube a few years ago and added The Bookshop Book because I wanted to support her. However, this now sounds like something I wouldn’t read. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

4. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

I’m going to say not now. As much as I would love to improve my art skills I’m going to focus my energy on online courses for website coding and other related content. Goodreads

Judgement:  Maybe Keep

5. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

I added this back when I was looking for quotes I wanted tattooed and I liked a quote from this book. But I didn’t go through with it because I thought I should at least read the book first before putting it to skin. It does sound like a cool Russian classic though. Goodreads

Judgement:  Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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