While I’m not officially participating in Bookending Winter 2020 since I’m just coming off hiatus, I could hardly pass up these musical prompts from Jeimy @ A Novel Idea — I mean, what’s not to love about a great seasonal book tag?
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I’ve seen lots of people setting up their bullet journals and planners for 2021, and I’m sure many are thinking about New Year’s resolutions. But before I can set goals for next year, I want to finish this one off strong and wrap up some of my not-yet-completed reading challenges.
Or, y’know, as strong as possible after aiming too high and not making as much progress as I wanted. (All things considered, though, I’m not beating myself up over it.)
(Still on hiatus — feeling the stress of impending finals but otherwise doing relatively okay and hoping to be back in a couple weeks!)
The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.
A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang — a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love … and first betrayal.
But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns — and grudges — aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
(Still on hiatus — and still doing relatively okay! Just popping in with a quick update.)
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides — namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
(Still on hiatus — and doing relatively okay; thank you for all your lovely messages! Just popping in with a quick update.)
tl;dr Yup, I’m on hiatus again; I just have too many things to juggle right now. Though I don’t have posts scheduled this time, I might sporadically pop in with a tag or reading report, or to reply to comments.
Most likely I won’t be on Twitter, but you can still contact me through email or Discord; it just might take me some time to respond.