The Way I Read | Book Discussion

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I think I’ve mentioned multiple times on here that I’ve become a really slow reader, at least when it comes to physical books. But it’s something I noticed the other day and felt like I should discuss on here.

I might have done a similar post in the past, so I’m going to mix it up and discuss the pros and cons of being a slow reader. And how I’ve come to accept it.

So without any further ado, let’s get onto the discussion!

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Goodreads Monday | 2.22.2021

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It’s been some time since I’ve done one of these posts, but I figured it would be a good change of pace. Though I’ve never really been that consistent with this meme. But considering I’ve added quite a few books to my TBR, maybe I’ll get to talk about a new book that I’ve recently discovered.

But anyway, Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow; to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it! I originally saw this post on A Little Haze Book Blog, who is amazing and you should definitely check their blog out.

I use a random number generator to pick the book from my Goodreads TBR. This way, I have no idea what book I’m going to end up talking about in today’s post.

So without any further ado, let’s get onto the book I’m going to discuss!

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

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.

I’m back with another review, which is crazy because I never post two reviews in a row, but I figured I’d try to keep on top of the books that I need to review. And These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong is the most recent book that I finished reading. Well, the most recent book that I finished listening to since I listened to the audiobook.

So this story is essentially a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, which I was well aware of going into the book. However, while I was listening, I noticed that the retelling aspect wasn’t as prominent. I mean, it was there in some parts, but Chloe Gong took some creative liberty with falling away from the retelling. I’m not sure if that exactly makes sense unless you’ve read the book.

For instance the whole romance between Roma and Juliette wasn’t as prevalent as it is in the original Shakespeare play. I mean it was there, but it was really subtle. I feel like that worked really well so there was more emphasis on the feud going on between the two gangs as well as the madness that was rampaging the city.

But I didn’t find that to take away from the story itself. Chloe Gong had her own spin on the retelling, which made the story interesting. Like what was happening in the city with the madness. It was such a wild ride figuring out what was going on with that. And it was kind of gruesome at some points, but I didn’t think that it was overly violent or gruesome (and I’m the type of person who gets scared and grossed out pretty easily).

I really appreciated some of the characters as the story progressed, especially Juliette. I liked how badass she was and didn’t take no shit from anyone. She didn’t let anyone push her around just because she was a woman, which was something that wasn’t heard of in the 1920s. She wasn’t afraid to protect her people.

I loved Kathleen, who is one of the side characters. She was such a cinnamon bun that I wanted to protect at all times. Along with Marshall, another side character, who’s banter with Juliette was a lot of fun and added a lot to the story even at the grimmest of moments. Like when they’re examining a victim of the madness in the lab.

As for the writing, I felt like it was pretty good in the sense that Chloe Gong did a fantastic job with the world-building. She created such a vivid setting that I was able to envision while I was reading, and I was pretty ,much sucked into what was going on.

So there you have it. Those are my thoughts on These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. I would definitely recommend this book if you’re a fan of  The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. Or even if you enjoy Romeo and Juliette retellings. Or stories set in the 1920s. I’d definitely pick it up.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? Do you plan on picking it up? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!

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Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

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Currently Reading + Update

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Hey. Hi. How have you all been? It feels like it’s been a long time since I posted anything, even though it’s really only been a week and a half. But I needed that unexpected break from blogging. I needed to not put so much pressure on myself to post all the time.

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Books To Read February | 2021

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I wasn’t really sure what books I wanted to read this month, so making a TBR was kind of difficult. And like last month, I don’t want to put too many books on this list so I don’t feel pressured to read all of the books. Plus this month is shorter, so I don’t want to make this TBR too ambitious.

Most of the time, at least in past years, I’d read romance books in February because of Valentine’s Day and all that. And yeah, I have a couple of those on this list but that’s not the only genre I’m sticking with this month.

Anyway, without any further ado, let’s get onto the books that I plan on reading (or at least trying to) this month!

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January Wrap Up | 2021

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I’ll probably sound like a broken record every time that I post a wrap up, but I seriously can’t believe how fast January flew by. But at the same time, I feel like the month dragged, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

Either way, I think this month was a pretty good reading month for me. I read a lot more than I was expecting to, though I only put a few books on my TBR so I wouldn’t feel so pressured to read. It didn’t start off too good, but it definitely ended on a high note.

I ended up reading 7 books in January, which is the most I’ve read in a month in a while. The last time I read that many books in a month was probably in October last year, and it felt really good to be able to finally have some motivation to read.

But without any further ado, let’s get onto the books that I read in January!

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“What Cats Do” Book Tag

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I wanted to do a casual post today, so I thought what was better than a book tag? Oh right. A book tag about CATS. That’s even better. I originally found this tag on Zezee with Books‘s blog a couple of days ago, and I thought it was the best thing ever. 

This tag was created by Kate at MeltingPotsandOtherCalamities. I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this tag, but I thought it would be fun considering I have two cats of my own and absolutely love both cats and books.

So without any further ado, let’s get onto the tag!

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Currently Reading | 1.27.2021

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I figured I’d talk about the book that I’m in the middle of reading right now in today’s post. Because it’s one that I wasn’t actually planning on reading this month. Honestly, I’m not sure what possessed me to pick it up considering it’s not something that I typically gravitate towards, but I did.

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Legendborn by Tracy Deonn | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

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