The Friday 56: Pride

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“These spirits and unseen things, as Madrina calls them, don’t make sense to me. Of course they don’t. I can’t see them. But it’s Madrina’s wisdom that unties the tight knots of my life…”

Ibi Zoboi’s Pride is a fresh retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. I fell in love with the community in this one and love how important Zuri’s family was to her. You can read my review of this one hereCover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
      When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
      But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.
      In a timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.”

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Wicked King by Holly Black


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings where bloggers share which upcoming releases they’re most looking forward to. Join us every Wednesday and watch your TBR list multiply. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince was a truly fascinating read. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but the hype ended up being too much for me to resist. I ended up really taking to the protagonist, Jude, and loved that she got to be the bad guy in this twisted world of fairies. I feel like I’ve been counting down the days until The Wicked King‘s release and over Black Friday weekend, I ended up preordering the sequel. Now if only time would move faster.

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Author: Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air, #2
Pages: 336
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 8, 2019

      “You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
      The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
      After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
      When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.”

Are you participating in Can’t-Wait Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday? Is this book on your TBR? Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Reads Perfect for Winter

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Cozy/Wintry Reads.I always associate contemporary books with spring and summer and mysteries/horror with fall. For winter, the kind of books I think are perfect are thick fantasy books. I imagine curling up by the fire on a cold night and falling deeply into the fantasy world I’m reading. Here are ten (mostly) thick fantasy reads for anyone who also likes to reach for these kind of reads during the winter months. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

2. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

4. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

5. Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

7. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

8. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

10. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Which kind of books do you associate with the winter? Which fantasy reads would you recommend this upcoming season? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Monthly Wrap-Up: November ’18

MonthlyWrap-UPI’m officially back from hiatus! I will be catching up on comments both today and tomorrow, particularly ones left on my Top Ten Tuesday post I put up this last week. If I have time today, I will also be doing a little blog hopping. I missed my blog, but I also missed all of yours as well.

I cannot believe that it is already December. Where did 2018 go? My November was defined by the most part by the aforementioned hiatus I took in the middle of the month. I didn’t work on my blog for a whole two and a half weeks. I wish I could say I picked up an absurd number of books while away from the blog, but it was more of the same. I read 6 novels in November, only bought a couple of books for myself (here’s to self-control!), and feel really confident going into December. There are a few books I really want to get to as we say goodbye to 2018 and a couple of blog posts I’ve been thinking about that I at least want to start on. We’ll see how it goes.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

Rebecca Roanhouse’s Trail of Lightning is the book I’m going to be screaming about for the rest of the year into next year. I kid you not, the day after I finished my library copy, I was on the hunt for my own copy. It was that good. The world-building was top-notch, the characters hard not to root for, and the action took my breath away. I cannot wait to share my review with you. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than three stars from me this month.

Reviews Posted This Month:

 

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I am already salivating over this release. Chokshi is one of my favorite writers and you can bet that this is at the top of my preorder list (I preordered this while on hiatus).

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Sibling Relationships – I “broke” my hiatus so I could do this topic because I love sibling relationships in books and had to share this list with everyone.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only participating in one reading challenge this year. I close the second to last month accepting that I am not going to meet my goal. I’m okay with that.

1. The 2018 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I read one debut in November and that was Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 9 books

I have no December releases on my TBR, so instead here are a few books I’m hoping to pick up before the end of 2018:

 

Month in Review

Do you take a break from your blog during the busy holiday season? How was your November? Did you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving? Any books you need to get to before we end 2018? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Sibling Relationships

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Platonic Relationships in Books.” I am currently on hiatus, but saw that this topic was coming up when I was working on posts before my hiatus and decided to participate anyways. I won’t be responding to comments until this upcoming Sunday, but feel free to drop a link to your post in the comments and I will visit you then. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Mortiz sisters from Brooklyn Brujas series by Zoraida Córdova – Sibling relationships can be complicated as it is, but throw in magic and a need to want your sibs to be happy even when this means making bad decisions and you got a recipe for chaos.

2. Song sisters from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han – Lara Jean will forever remain one of my favorite literary characters, but one of the highlights of the series that I don’t think gets talked about enough is the Song sisters’ relationship. Lara Jean and Margo are more like friends because of their age, but their relationship with Kitty is so important because unlike her, they have such clear memories of their mom and they become Kitty’s strongest link to her.

3. Blanca and Roja from Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore  – This is one of my favorite relationships to read about, where siblings are so different from one another and yet have one of the strongest bonds.

4. Jane and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Another sister relationship where the two are quite opposite, but always willing to take steps to ensure the other’s happiness.

5. Kell and Rhy from Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab – These two are brothers in all but blood. I’m starting to think polar opposite personalities in sibling relationships are my thing. One of my favorite things about this series is how both of these characters were the biggest cheerleaders for one another.

6. Nomeolvides cousins from Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – I’m including the youngest generation of Nomeolvides women on this list because they were raised more like sisters. They all suffered the same curse, fell for the same girl, but never let that deter them from loving each other.

7. Tom and Benny from Rot& Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – This is also one of my favorite sibling relationships to read about, where one character learns to appreciate the other especially in a coming-of-age story. Still not over what ultimately happened though.

8. Sorcha and her brothers from Daughter of the forest by Juliet Marillier – This one still hurts. Sorcha does absolutely everything she can to free her brothers from a curse and it almost destroys her.

9. Lada and Radu from And I Darken by Kiersten White – I told you I have a thing for siblings who are opposite. Lada is fierce and cold and finds it hard to tolerate her brother’s softness. I’ve only read the first book in this series, so I don’t know how their story ends, but is a reconciliation too much to hope for?

10. The Weasleys kids from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – The Weasleys will forever be one of my favorite literary families and one of the reasons is it always felt like the Weasley kids were free to be whoever they chose to be, and despite their differences, they remained close.

Are you a fan of any of these siblings relationships? Which fictional sibling relationship is your favorite? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Annual Hiatus Announcement

This is the third time I am going on hiatus around the same time, so I might as well call it an annual hiatus. I don’t know about you, but my life gets extra busy in November. As much as I would love for the holiday break to translate to more time reading and more time blogging, it usually means I don’t have much time for either. Having a mostly Type A personality, I stress big time during this period and blogging is just another thing on my plate that I have to keep up with.

One thing that I’ve learned being a blogger for several years now is how important giving yourself a break is. This year I will be away from the blog starting tomorrow (November 14th) through December 1st. I will be back that Sunday with a monthly wrap-up post for November. While I am away, I have one blog post that will go up. While working on Top Ten Tuesday posts ahead of schedule (yes, I am that blogger), I could not resist November 27th’s topic (Platonic Relationships in Books). I have this one scheduled and ready to go, but aside from linking to said post in the weekly Top Ten Tuesday link-up, I will be away from the blog completely. I will still be on Twitter if you need to reach me or by email. Hope the rest of your November is wonderful and I will see you when I get back!