sundered ruthanne reid
Dark, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Indie, Loved-it

A Brilliant Dystopian Fantasy With A Twist That Uncovers The Dark Nature Of Humanity The Sundered by Ruthanne Reid, ★★★★★ 5 stars

Sometimes we value things based on how much they cost us. We can’t really help it, it’s simply psychology, or maybe its societal. But that’s not always right, and it certainly wasn’t when it came to The Sundered. Because I got this book as a freebie or review copy before I even blogged, and let it sit unread on my…

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Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, Society, Women's

Women, Hippies, Minorities – But Not The Way You’re Used To Reading About Them Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch, ★★★★★ 5 stars

It’s hard to start the review for Stay and Fight. It’s one of those books you feel is not merely just a book, just a story. It’s so large it encompasses universes. Mindsets. Ideas. It’s so weird, but also so real, you’re simply sucked in. I was charmed and entranced by this book. My moods shifted along with the events…

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design and construction of the nautilus
Indie, Loved-it, Nerdy and proud, Non-fiction, Scifi, Trivia

What If Jules Verne’s Nautilus Was Actually Built? Well, Someone Looked Into This The Design and Construction of the Nautilus by Demetri Capetanopoulos, ★★★★✬ 4.5 stars

It’s hard to even start reviewing The Design and Construction of the Nautilus, because its so unique and just so stunning. Have you ever wondered what would happen if the machines from your favorite scifi could be brought to life, at least in the form of blueprints and calculations? Of course, some of those might be well off limits –…

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have you seen luis velez
Diversity, Fiction, Illness, Loved-it, NetGalley, Rising star, Society

A Book About Kindness And Community With Brilliant Ace Rep! I’M IN LOVE WITH IT Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde, ★★★★★ 5 stars

It isn’t often that I pry myself away from a book in an attempt to get some sleep already, and yet fail to fall asleep because I keep thinking PLEASE MAKE THIS BOOK A BESTSELLER, GOD, PLEASEEEEE. In fact, this is the first such case. Yes, I have stayed awake because of books before. But I’m not sure I have…

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managing bubbie
Biographies, Loved-it, Memoirs, NetGalley, Non-fiction

It’s Mini-Review Time! Real Story: Woman Saves Her Jewish Family In WWII Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega, ★★★★★ 5 stars

Managing Bubbie was a fast and very enjoyable read. It’s got two layers – the story is told in alternating chapters of Bubbie Lea’s old age in the United States and her impossibly hard youth, navigating nazi Europe and looking for a way to keep her family alive. The story is masterfully written – I couldn’t pry myself away. And…

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oracle year
Diversity, Fiction, Genre-bender, Loved-it, Scifi, Well known books

A Wild Ride Of A Book: Scifi, Speculative And Plain Old Adventure The Oracle Year by Charles Soule, ★★★★★ 5 stars

My first thoughts after finishing The Oracle Year: wow. That was a ride. Agreed, the book can be somewhat slow burn at first, but when it gets going, it just keeps on going. I couldn’t pull my face away from the page for the last third of the book! Check out on Goodreads ★★★★★ 5 stars The Oracle Year starts…

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test sylvain neuvel
Dark, Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, Society

Racism, Evil Governments And Our Small Lives: A Relevant Story In Today’s World The Test by Sylvain Neuvel, ★★★★★ 5 stars

Sylvain Neuvel is an amazing writer, and The Test is an incredible book. I don’t understand how you can put this much tension in merely around 100 pages!! And I have absolutely no idea how to review it without spoilers. Maybe you could just take my word on the fact that you should absolutely, definitely read it? Check out on…

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walking to the end of the world
Indie, Loved-it, Memoirs, Non-fiction

Traveling From Your Living Room: Another Camino de Santiago Memoir I Loved Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino De Santiago by Beth Jusino

I finished Walking to the End of the World several weeks ago, but I am still feeling a reading hangover, so to say – I still wish I was reading it. I keep catching myself stuck in how I imagined the places the book talked about the the way it made me feel. It’s like I almost went there myself.…

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moon mission
Edelweiss, Kidlit, Loved-it, Non-fiction, space

The Best Moon Mission Book I’ve Ever Read, Without Doubt Moon Mission: The Epic 400-Year Journey to Apollo 11 by Sigmund Brouwer

This book was awesome! So awesome, in fact, it was like a breath of fresh air in my several-months-long reading and blogging slump. It’s Moon Mission that got me out of my hiatus, because I was actually so excited to write the review! Let me start with the fact that while it may be written with teens in mind, its…

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swish of the curtain
Fiction, Kidlit, Loved-it, YA

Teens Fight For Their Right To Choose Their Career – The Theatre The Swish of the Curtain: Blue Door 1 by Pamela Brown, ★★★★☆ 4 stars

I was so excited to write a review for this one! The Swish of the Curtain is strangely both as relevant as ever, and slightly dated at the same time. But it’s a wonderful read! First released in 1941, it talks about timeless things such as ambition, talent and… your parents not letting you do what you want with your…

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the haunting of tram car 015
Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, Other-cultures, Short stories, Society, Steampunk

Short Fiction Gets Short Review – Turn of the Century Magic In A Diverse Setting The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark, ★★★★✬ 4.5 stars

I was absolutely not lured into requesting a copy of The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark because of pure #coverlove. Lies and slander. What are you even talking about. ……… Well alright. Maybe there was a little bit of that. A teensy bit. But that’s not all there is to this book! There’s a lot that’s wonderful,…

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eleanor oliphant is completely fine
Fiction, Humor, Literary, Loved-it, Well known books, Women's

Eleanor Oliphant Broke My Heart And Glued It Back Together In Three Evenings Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, ★★★★★ 5 stars

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was one of those books I kept hearing about, over and over again, all of the previous year. I didn’t bother looking into it took much, in fact, I wasn’t even sure I would ever be reading it. But then people kept saying it was so good, I decided that I might. And during my…

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the girl who drank the moon
Buddy read, Fantasy, Kidlit, Loved-it, Magic, Well known books

A Story of Magic, Dragons, But Also Love, Sorrow And Understanding The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, ★★★★★ 5 stars

The Girl Who Drank the Moon makes many ‘best of’ lists, so I was incredibly excited to finally be able to read it this year. And it was even more exciting, as we decided on a buddy read with Tânia @ My Lovely Secret. It was one of the most structured and fun buddy reads I’ve ever done! So what follows…

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forty rules of love
Fiction, Historical, Loved-it, Spiritual, Well known books

A Story of Love, Friendship And Spirituality – In A Magical Setting The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, ★★★★★ 5 stars

The Forty Rules of Love has been on my wish list for a long time, and I wish I had got to it sooner. I instantly fell in love with it! Although, when I think about it, maybe it’s best to read books when you’ve forgotten even the blurb. This is how I picked up the forty Rules of Love…

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the vela
Dark, Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, Rising star, Scifi

FINALLY A Scifi, Empowering Women, Queer (And Non-binary!), As Well As Disabled People The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, S.L. Huang, Rivers Solomon, ★★★★★ 5 stars

When I was offered The Vela as ad advance review copy, I was thrilled – because look at the author list! Several new ones I have not read yet are in there too, but if you know what has been going on in the world of scifi for the past two or three years, you’ll recognize the names of Becky…

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secret of dinswood
Fiction, Kidlit, Loved-it, NetGalley

The Secret of Dinswood by Ellen Alexander, ★★★★☆ 4 stars A Cozy Middle Grade Mystery In A Boarding School!!!

Oh, how I loved this wonderful adventure! The Secret of Dinswood is just the kind of book I wish I had read more of when I was actually in my middle grade years. There’s just something empowering about a bunch of kids solving mysteries and riddles, and potentially getting themselves in trouble, skulking around dark caves and castle hallways! Even…

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