The Alphabet Reading Challenge for 2020 is finally over for me!
Its a fun yet stressing event that I task myself with every year. I might have to get more creative with certain letters. I feel Z should be like X where if it’s in the title you’re good.
Now we’ve come to the difficult letters of this portion. If you have any suggestions for Q , U, and Z I would love to hear it.
Next year these posts will be done differently.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
This is a more in depth look into her TED Talk on the history of introverts and how the world works for and against them. She goes over how society and Western culture is shaped to uplift and reward extroverts.
RWBY : Vol 1 The Fall of Beacon Arc by Bunta Kinami
This is the manga of the first volume of the show. This is a great format for new comers. I thought it was really nice to revisit this story in a new art form. My only problem was confusion over who was talking. I read an ARC and hope that the final version cleared this up.
Small Spaces by Katherina Arden
Spooky Middle Grade. This was a delight! I haven’t read to my knowledge a scary middle grade novel and I think it’s better than some YA, or Adult. This was entertaining and creepy. I highly recommend for Goosebump fans.
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
This was incredible & powerful. This has Native American folklore where a girl hunts down and kills monsters. She lives far away from her community and refuses to make attachments after being hurt in the recent past. It has the angry one paired with the soft one trope. LOVE to see it.
Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott
For one delirious moment I thought this was going to be a horror starring two mystery solving lesbians. I hate to report that this is not that story. If you know a story like that please leave a comment. Thank you 🙂
The beginning set it up nicely for a lovely thriller mystery solving duo who possibly are more than friends but sadly that is not the case. Honestly I have no idea what this story is about. This was droll as all hell and I don’t recommend. Sorry.
Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
This duology was a disappointment after having loved the Remnant Chronicles. This duology focused heavily on the romance which was big mistake. This last book tries to over correct this but it didn’t fix the issues.
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
This was a delightful & fierce reading experience. I honestly loved everything about this gorgeously written tale. We have hate to love, magic, & tyranny.
For this to be a standalone the pacing was amazing. That’s usually thing that I notice the most to be off with a lot of fantasy but this one pulls it off.
I wish the magical elements were more or at least the world building/ lore in that area was more. Also the fight at the end could have been better.
There is a companion novel Written in Starlight out in January.
The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
This is a bridger book. A lot is being built for the rest of the series to build off which can slow the progression. This was still fantastic just not as heavy on the action but of the politics which is prevalent throughout the series.
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
This is the rom-com I’ve been needing! This was a feel good story that I needed to read. I couldn’t stop grinning while reading this just exudes good vibes. There are some super cringe things like with our Mean Girl© & the high stakes prom elements which I can over look for scholarship reasons buuut its still a mighty stretch. Either I’m old or I went to a low cal school but prom was never important. In any case this didn’t spoil or ruin my fun. I really LOVE friendships between siblings and M/F platonic friendships as well. I need more. Also, I’m glad to see lighthearted fun stories center Black characters. More of this immediately!
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
I read this without every reading his fiction pieces. I’m aware of them and after having read this I’m even more interested in picking them up. This was interesting to read just for the insight into the world of writing back in the 50’s and how much and how little has actually changed. This focuses on his own work and how he writes. It’s always fascinating to see the behind the scenes of writers.
Have you read any of these? How would you like to see these posts done differently?
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