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The Great Re-Rate

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Hello everyone! Today will be a bit of an unusual post, but it is something I have wanted to do for a long time.

Towards the end of¬†2016, I read a lot of good books. I have been reading a lot of good books in 2017 too.¬†Before 2016 though? I didn’t make great reading choices. I read a lot of books that were hyped up or ‘popular’, rather than reading books that truly interested me. But now that I’ve been¬†making much better book choices, I¬†have discovered some truly phenomenal books that have, essentially, changed the paradigm.

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Kindred by Octavia Butler – A powerful historical/sci-fi; absolutely exceptional in every way

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Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.

Kindred is a truly outstanding book. Not only is it the first science-fiction written by a black author Рmaking it an incredible piece of black American literature Рbut it is an amazing book by its own merits. And there are many.

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #7

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Welcome to my seventh¬†Diversity Spotlight Thursday! ‚̧¬†This wonderful weekly blog meme was created and is hosted by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! For more information about the meme, please read the announcement post here.

My participation in this meme is to help me with one of my reading goals: to read books with a variety of perspectives, especially ones different from my own. Every two weeks I will share with you:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

This week’s theme for Diversity Spotlight Thursday is:¬†books by Asian authors!

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Festive Book Recs: Happy Lunar New Year!

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Happy Lunar New Year, friends!

Today, on the 28th of January, is the first day of the lunar calendar, else known as the Lunar New Year. For a lot of us, Lunar New Year is a very important day – one that is filled with celebration, spending time with family and the ones we love, and eating a lot of delicious food. For those of us with Chinese heritage, we call Lunar New Year¬†Chinese New Year —¬†and it’s the Year of the Rooster too!¬†However, today is also Korean New Year, Mongolian New Year, Tibetan New Year, and Vietnamese New Year. (And a happy new year to you too, my friends!)

I am super honoured and delighted to have¬†three book bloggers contribute to today’s¬†Festive Book Recs¬†– Lili, Jeann, and Alex – and share with you what Chinese New Year means to them and what they do to celebrate! In the end, Lili, Jeann, Alex¬†will also be recommending two books each that relate to Chinese New Year.

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab – The addictive and fast-paced read that you need

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Victor and Eli started out as college roommates‚ÄĒbrilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find‚ÄĒaside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge‚ÄĒbut who will be left alive at the end?

Vicious is a few things:

  • A¬†story about college roommates who discover that near-death experiences are the key to obtaining superpowers.
  • Bloody amazing.
  • Probably¬†that¬†book that will get you out of your¬†reading slump.

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Book Recs: Fantasies by Asian Authors

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One of my goals for this blog is to make some truly fantastic book recommendations. To work in line with this goal, I want to start recommending more diverse books.¬†Something I have noticed as of late is that the same books are recommended over and over again. And whilst that’s¬†not necessarily a bad thing because it is probably a fantastic book, I feel like I can do my part and shine a light on diverse books that are just as brilliant, if not better.

Fantasy is one of my favourite genres;¬†I love the feeling of transcending reality and being teleported to an author’s imagination-scape. Give me magical worlds, awesome powers and magic systems, and inspiring adventure narratives.

For this month’s book recommendation post, I am going to share with you four wonderful fantasies written by Asian authors.

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Introducing Festive Book Recs: I need your help!

I really love doing book recommendation posts. I love sharing books with all of you, and I also love¬†it when some of you recommend some books to¬†me — and let’s be honest,¬†some of you make the best recommendations.

I recently did a book recommendation post and its theme was about¬†dongzhi¬†which is a festival that I celebrate with my family. My intention was to do this for all cultural festivals I celebrate or observe, but then a thought occurred to me: wouldn’t it be really cool if fellow bloggers and readers recommended books to commemorate holidays or festivals that are important to them?

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