Q1 Report + Current Read
|Give Me Love|Corrine Michaels|
|Unravel the Dusk|Elizabeth Lim|
|The Game|Vi Keeland|
|A Darker Shade of Magic|V. E. Schwab|
|A Gathering of Shadows|V. E. Schwab|
|A Conjuring of Light|V. E. Schwab|
|Six Crimson Cranes|Elizabeth Lim|
|The Dragon's Promise|Elizabeth Lim|
Delilah Bard—always a thief, recently a magician, and one day, hopefully, a pirate—was running as fast as she could.
"Impossibility is a thing that begs to be disproven. Perhaps it hasn't been possible for years, perhaps it's not even possible right now, but that doesn't mean it ???'? be. It doesn't mean it ???'? be. You say the magic guttered, the flame went out. But what if it simply needed to be stoked?"
"Everyone thinks I have a death wish, you know? But I don't want to die—dying is easy. No, I want to ????, but getting close to death is the only way to feel alive. And once you do, it makes you realize that everything you were doing before wasn't ???????? living. It was just making do. Call me crazy, but I think we do the best living when the stakes are high."
It reminded her of the sea and the night sky. It reminded her of sharp knives and stars and freedom.
"That is perfect."
"Look, everyone talks about the unknown like it's some big scary thing, but it's the ???????? that's always bothered me. It's heavy, builds up around you like rocks, until it's walls and a ceiling and a cell."
"Not much of a morning person?"
"Such a useless time of day."
What a waste of life, to stand around and think so much on every little thing.
He'd grown up with them—stories of a bad king, a mad king, a curse; of a good king, a strong king, a savior. Stories of why the magic went away, and who would bring it back. And every time a new ruler the throne with blood and the dregs of power in their veins, the people would say now. Now the magic will come back. Now the world will wake. Now it will get better, now we will get stronger.
- finally finished ADSOM which I started last year
- immediately started AGOS
This is amazing! 😉🐾
Fields suspected that was part of the reason for the test: to emotionally distance young scythes from their families. Although for Fields that emotional distance seemed to extend to most other human beings as well. But pets were different. Their love was unconditional—and he was certain that Trixie could be conditioned to love him.
"Aren't you afraid of dying?"
"Death comes for everyone. I'm not afraid of dying. But I am afraid of dying ????. I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still."
𝘓𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘦, he'd say. 𝘠𝘰𝘶'𝘳𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵.
𝘛𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘳, she'd answer. 𝘐𝘵 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶. 𝘔𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵.
𝘞𝘩𝘺 𝘥𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘦?
𝘐 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵, she'd say. 𝘐 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦.
Still in a slump update + first post with my new cats!
No longer pressuring myself to get out of the slump but finding it easy to read ADSOM. Probably because I've wanted to read this for so long + Schwab is familiar. Doesn't matter as long as I'm reading, eh?
Cats! Meet Sir Footsock and Joferlyn. Adopted these brothers about 3 weeks ago and they just turned 3 months last week. 😻
Still recovering from my slump.
I liked this.
I was going to post this yesterday for #firstlineFridays but I still wasn't sure if this was the one to get me out of my slump.
Well, I'm sure now. I just finished 10 chapters and am now on page 106. 🙌
(It's still Friday somewhere, right? 😅)
I'm in a slump and I hate it.
Not just reading but also crocheting and playing the kalimba—2 other things I like doing in my free time. Over the past 2 weeks, I've started 2 books but haven't gotten past 50 pages with each.
Regardless, I still visit the bookstore every week and today I got new books!
I remember saying that I will not buy and read Schwab's graphic novels—not just hers, just not really into GNs—yet here we are.
But I'm weak! Also, I didn't have any signed Schwab so... 🤷♀️
On another note: my challenge last month was a success (only read books by new-to-me authors)! For June, I will only read books by LGBTQIA+ authors. Of course, I started with one of my favorites.
One of my favorite books of all-time and my fourth copy!
This is Owlcrate's TSR 10th anniversary collector's edition box which was released last October. And yes, I just got it. But better late than never, eh?
In my defense, I don't subscribe to Owlcrate (or any other bookish subscription services for that matter). Nor do I consider myself a Maggie Stiefvater fan (this is the only book of hers I've ever read—will try to remedy that, though).
Last book of the month!
I liked this. This was good.
"... one of the hardest things to admit is that we weren't loved when we needed it most. It's a terrible feeling, the pain of not being loved."
"About love. About how we often mistake love for fireworks—for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It's boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm—and constant. I imagine you do give [her] love—in the true sense of the word. Whether or not she is capable of giving it back to you is another question."
She used to say we are made up of different parts, some good, some bad, and that a healthy mind can tolerate this ambivalence and juggle both good and bad at the same time. Mental illness is precisely about a lack of this kind of integration—we end up losing contact with the unacceptable parts of ourselves.
It reminded me that there was a world outside this house: a world of vastness and unimaginable beauty; a world that, for now, remained out of my reach.
Thanks for the tag, @Enchanted_Bibliophile
I wish this was longer.
I wish it was the first book in a series.
There's just so much more to explore in this world.
But I also like that it's a standalone.
Make it make sense, haha.
I just loved it.
Looking forward to more books by this author.
Don't know what they're called... Part dividers? Anyway, I just want to say that I love these.
𝘈 𝘵𝘺𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘯, I decide as I observe Tang Wei flirting with our waiter.
That's what she is. A violent, glorious roar of wind and water that turns everything upside down and leaves you standing in awe of its raw beauty.
Back cover - Pg 302
Life is but a dream, and death is returning home.
Children are not born with the fear of falling. It is life that conditions them to be afraid.
It is said that the gods test a man for a purpose; that they would never place on him a burden he could not bear. But the boy held a different view. The gods were cruel, and men were merely puppets in a grand play staged for the amusement of bored immortals.
And the priests and the palace have done too good a job erasing the true history of the Empire. Pages can be burned; words, erased. Scribes can be persuaded to write new tales, new books. A new past to suit the agenda of those in power.
Their home was no longer safe—not with their father dead and the stench of betrayal in the air.
Excited to read the tagged book!
+ I finally have all of Schwab's novels.
Didn't know much about this when I picked it up, I just liked the cover.
Ending was abrupt and dissatisfying.
Not gonna read the sequel (if there'd be one).
Kindle edition: found a couple of typos so far.
Quote + Blurb
I've already reached my reading goal this year! 🥳
Still going to read, of course. But with a challenge! Will try to do it monthly.
This month: only read books by new-to-me authors.
I find it fitting that I finished this today. Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and mother figures out there! 💖
I loved this! I cried 😭
Made me want to read more about Norse mythology (and/or retellings) as I know very little of it.