2022 Reading Challenges

My excitement for reading challenges has dropped sharply over the past year, so I’m really paring it down this year and focusing more on writing thoughtful (and timely) reviews. But I couldn’t totally abstain from joining (and, in one case, continuing) a few reading challenges, hence this post.

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My 2021 In Books

Truth be told I haven’t yet finished updating Goodreads, so my Year in Books and 2021 on Goodreads aren’t wholly accurate or complete. But even if I had, I’d still be compiling this post to share the metrics and reads that I personally find most compelling. So there.

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New Year Book Tag

Bringing this one back a third time, because I still think it’s great โ€” who will be your biggest cheerleader if not yourself? As always, please feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to be; just donโ€™t forget to link back to the original post (or this one is fine too) so I can find and read all your answers!

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Mini-Reviews, Volume 6

I’ll be honest, I scheduled this post primarily to give myself a kick to finally catch up on my ARC reviews. Some were great; some were disappointing; some were in between โ€” but as the name implies, they all deserve honest reviews.

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[ORIGINAL] Holiday Beverage Book Tag

Hey hi, happy holidays! Hope you’re in the mood for another book tag, because that’s what I’m bringing you today (inspired in no small part by my part-time job as a barista). And as a bonus, I’ve opted to feature books with Christmas-colored covers โ€” enjoy!

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Let’s Talk About the Phrase “Reads Like Fanfiction”

If you read book reviews, odds are you’ve come across a variation of “This reads like fanfiction” โ€” perhaps followed by “but not in a bad way” or “I still liked it though” or some other qualifier.

But what does “reads like fanfiction” actually mean?

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[Review] Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee | Spoiler-Free

The Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an East Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis inย Jade Legacy, the page-turning conclusion to the Green Bone Saga.

Jade, the mysterious and magical substance once exclusive to the Green Bone warriors of Kekon, is now coveted throughout the world. Everyone wants access to the supernatural abilities it provides, from traditional forces such as governments, mercenaries, and criminal kingpins, to modern players, including doctors, athletes, and movie studios. As the struggle over the control of jade grows ever larger and more deadly, the Kaul family, and the ancient ways of the Kekonese Green Bones, will never be the same.

Battered by war and tragedy, the Kauls are plagued by resentments and old wounds as their adversaries are on the ascent and their country is riven by dangerous factions and foreign interference. The clan must discern allies from enemies, set aside bloody rivalries, and make terrible sacrifices โ€ฆ but even the unbreakable bonds of blood and loyalty may not be enough to ensure the survival of the Green Bone clans and the nation they are sworn to protect.

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