Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Book Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

If you know me at all, you know I am such a quote searcher. Lyrical prose is probably my favorite element of reading! So when I saw that this week’s topic was wanting us to showcase some of our favorite quotes, I knew I had to participate! And I hope you all enjoy! (PS – I am very aware that I’m sappy & a hopeless romantic!) 💕


Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”


Holly Black, The Darkest Part of the Forest

“We love until we do not. For us, love doesn’t fade gradually. It snaps like a branch bent too far.”


J.D. Salinger, A Girl I Knew

“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”


Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”


Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

“Please never forget that the sun rises and sets with your smile. At least to me it does. You’re the only thing on this planet worth worshipping.”


V.E. Schwab, A Conjuring of Light

“Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.”


George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.”


Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”


Elliot Wake, Black Iris

“I wouldn’t have to explain that I fall in love with minds, not genders or body parts.”


Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory

“Love is like the rain. It comes in a drizzle sometimes. Then it starts pouring and if you’re not careful it will drown you.”



Ah, my heart! All ten of these mean the world to me. And it was actually really hard to narrow down if I’m being honest. But please, let me know your favorite quote and the book it is from! Also, friendly reminder, while you are reading this: I am in Hawaii, so if I’m slow writing back and/or seeing your favorite quotes, I promise to fix that when I get home! I hope you all are having the happiest of reading! 💖

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April 2019 Book Haul

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Hey, friends! I am officially in Hawaii as you are reading this! I had such a busy April, but my mail-person also had a very busy April, too! I am so privileged and so honored to haul so many of these books! And if you can’t tell by my ebook purchases, I am very much ready to read all things romance on the beach during this vacation!


PURCHASED BOOKS:

The Strangers
Wicked Saints – ★★★★★
The Goal – ★
The Red Scrolls of Magic – ★★★★★
Descendant of the Crane
Normal People


PURCHASED EBOOKS:


A Lesson in Thorns
Enthralled
Arranged


PHYSICAL ARCS FROM PUBLISHERS (and friends):


Red, White & Royal Blue – ★★★★★
City of Bones (Lily, I love you so much) – ★★★
The Monster of Elendhaven
The Unhoneymooners – ★★★★
Well Met
Say You Still Love Me
Serious Moonlight
Heirs of Fate (Thank you, Bethany!)
Sorcery of Thorns – ★★★★



Okay, friends! I think that’s everything! I truly had such an amazing book haul this month! And I will be forever thankful! I hope you’re all having an amazing end to this April, and I hope you’re having the happiest of reading! 💖

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Top Ten Tuesday | The First Ten Books I Reviewed

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Okay, so even though my blog is only three years old, I have been reviewing on Goodreads for a really long time! I was legitimately a cringey little kid, and I don’t claim any of the reviews I wrote before 2015, but I tried. But these were the first ten books that little Melanie ever attempted to write reviews for!


Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater


Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast


Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning


Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead


Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1) by Melissa Marr


Wake (Wake #1) by Lisa McMann


The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides


Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (Modern Faerie Tales #1) by Holly Black


Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp (Youth in Revolt #1) by C.D. Payne


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green



The nostalgia is real, friends. But these ten books, even though some are truly hot messes, really did pave the way for me to start reviewing. And, more importantly, they were the gateway to me connecting with so many people and making so many friends! Tell me what was one of the first books you ever reviewed! And I hope you’re having the happiest of reading, loves!

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You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno

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ARC given to me by my amazingly kind friend – Kayla! at Books & Blends!

“You felt so deeply, and for so long, that your very sadness grew limbs and walked away from you. You have moved mountains, Magpie Lewis, and you are only just getting started.”

Katrina Leno is truly a gift to this world, and I’m not sure what the world has done to deserve her, her words, or her stories, but I’m forever thankful. You Must Not Miss is a masterful expose on rape culture and the things that everyone is willing to do instead of believing girls. And this is one of the best things I’ve read all year.

You Must Not Miss is a story about a girl named Magpie who is a sophomore in high school, lives in a small town called Father in New England, and whose life has drastically changed in the past three months. The abandonment in this book actually hurts my soul to think about, but basically Magpie first found her father cheating, and then something horrible happened to her, and then her father left, and then her best friend left, and finally her sister left. Magpie is now living alone with her mother, who is an alcoholic and unwilling to contribute anything to the household. And, friends, Magpie’s grief tries to be so silent, but you will be unable to hear anything other than its loudness, and it’s one of the most heartbreaking reads I’ve endured.

“Last summer her sister had been home, her father had been discreet, her mother had been sober…”

But when Magpie discovers a portal to a new world called Near, where she controls what happens to everyone, she starts to carve out a little bit of her own happiness. And she even finds a new friend, named Hither, who helps her learn about this new world and the abilities at her fingertips.

Yet, we also get to see Magpie’s reality, trying to go to a high school where people hate her, and trying to navigate the halls to ignore someone who was her best friend for all her life. Someone who she loved unconditionally. Someone who knows the truth and refuses to believe her. But we also get to meet some of Magpie’s new friends who have also been ostracized; Clare, who is carrying her own grief, Brianna, who was humiliated once over something natural that she couldn’t control, Luke, who is bisexual, and even the start of a something more than friendship with a trans boy named Ben.

My full trigger warnings will be at the end of this review, but I am going to talk about sexual assault in this review, so please use caution and make sure you are in the right head-space before reading any further.

“I’ve thought an awful lot about how many times a girl has to say no before a guy really believes her.”

This book is a big fuck you to rape culture and I was living for every single word on every single page. People don’t even want to believe girls when they know it’s the truth, and that’s the saddest fact of them all. Sexual abuse and rape culture are normalized every single day, and every time some ignorant person talks about how much the victim drank, what the victim wore, what position the victim put themselves in, even how many times the victim said yes before saying no. When none of that matters, rape is rape, regardless of any light you want to shine on it to make excuses you use to try to put the blame on the victim. And, again, this only helps to normalize the horrible things people are justifying doing because powerful people prove that they are able to get away with committing these horrible acts over and over again. And it’s just going to continue if we don’t commit to breaking these horrible cycles.

There is just so much good in this story, and it’s heartbreaking, truly, but it’s such a real heartbreak that so many of us will experience, while so many of us wish for our own Near to escape into. While talking to my friend Madalyn, she said that Summer of Salt is a quiet book about rape culture, where You Must Not Miss is an extremely loud take on, and that’s honestly the most perfect sentence in the world to describe these two books that I gave five stars to. Because sometimes you need to yell when you live in a world that does everything to prove over and over again that it doesn’t want to believe you.

Lastly, this story, and the way it is told, also is loosely inspired by “One for Sorrow”, and a genius interpretation that Katrina Leno gave us of it. From the title, to the chapter headers, to secrets that are never to be told. Like, I stan a creative genius who renders me speechless, because holy shit did Katrina Leno execute it perfectly.

“If she has learned anything in life, it was that you could always do without people. You could always find a way to do without them.”

Overall, I’m going to be really honest with you; this ending is a wild one. I can see a lot of people loving it completely, and some not liking it at all. This book has so many speculative elements, and I adored it with the sum of my being, but I know that that isn’t for everyone. But this book just meant the world to me, and it was so powerful, and so thought-provoking. Truly, me and my friends spent hours talking about the ending of this book, and it just made me cherish the book even more. And I promise, I’ll carry this story and Magpie in my heart forever.

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The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Content and trigger warnings for talk of suicide, bullying, talk of past cheating, underage drinking, alcoholism, abandonment, talk of rape, talk of date rape, semi graphic oral rape, abusive friendships, abusive parents, and anxiety attacks.

Buddy read with Jane! ❤

 

March 2019 Wrap Up

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Hey, loves! I know this is so late! This month has just been a little wild for me, because I’ve been getting ready to go on vacation to Hawaii! I leave on the 26th, but I’ve just been trying to get as much reading in as possible with my free time. Even though I am very much slacking with reviewing and commenting, but hopefully I’ll get that caught up this week too! And I promise, after May, things will be back to normal again around here on the blog! But I hope you’re all having an amazing April, and I’m sorry this is so late!

What I read in March…
(Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.)


💖 Also, before I get into these fourteen books, I also beta read a fifteenth book for my dear friend Julie, and I loved it so very much. It would mean the world to me if you all added it to your Goodreads TBRS – HERE! 

➽ – Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan – ★★★★★
➽ – Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner – ★★★
➽ – Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab &Andrea Olimpieri – ★★★
➽ – On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – ★★★★★
➽ – The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang – ★★★★
➽ – Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – ★★★★★
➽ – Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger – ★★★
➽ – The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray #1) by Christine Lynn Herman – ★★★
➽ – Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay – ★★★
➽ – The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu – ★★★★★
➽ – The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – ★★★★
➽ – City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare – ★★★
➽ – Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett – ★★★★
➽ – Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence – ★★★★★

Okay, loves! That’s all! I am so sorry this is going up so late (for me) again! But I hope you all enjoyed! I also hope you’re all having the happiest of reading! I love you! 💛✨

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Dragons & Tea Book Club | May Pick

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Hey, loves! Okay, today we are announcing our May pick for the #DragonsAndTeaBookClub! The month of May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month here in the US, and you all knew that me and Amy weren’t going to sleep on that! So, next month’s book is by a Korean author, who I would give my life for. And this is a story celebrating Korean mythology and we cannot wait to pick this up and hopefully love it all with you! 💗

And we hope that you all will join us in our Goodreads Group, too! 🐉☕

But we also will be celebrating and talking with you all on Twitter and Instagram using the (hashtag) #DragonsAndTeaBookClub!


But without further ado, our May pick is:

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

 

The Dates & Breakdown:
May 13th – Chapters 1 – 7
May 14th – Chapters 8 – 14
May 15th – Chapters 15 – 22
May 16th – Chapters 23 – 28
May 17th – Chapters 29 – End

Content and Trigger Warnings:
I couldn’t find any! But here are some amazing reviews:
Rincey
Monty
Isis


And if you’d like to be friends with me and Amy on any other platform:
🐉☕ Melanie: BooktubeInstagram | Twitter | Goodreads
🐉☕ Amy: BooktubeInstagram | Twitter | Goodreads

 

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence

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ARC given to me by my amazingly kind friend – Alexa at Alexa Loves Books!

“When they put us in that cage we never really came out of it again.”

Good Lord, Mark Lawrence has truly created a once in a lifetime series that I will cherish forever. Holy Sister is the third and final book in a series that will go down in history as one of the brightest shining lights in SFF history.

I very much implore you to read Bound after Grey Sister, but before Holy Sister because it really works as a much-needed bridge short story. This book is told in two timeless; one, after the events of Grey Sister, and then three years later. But the interchanging of these two timelines, both in Nona’s perspective, was truly the perfect way to craft this tale.

This series is all about a girl named Nona who we get to see grow up, but we meet her during her childhood when she hasn’t had the easiest of lives, and is currently in the gallows for attempted murder, but is saved and taken to a convent of nuns who all are able to harness magical abilities, and we quickly learn that Nona has some magical abilities herself. Yet now, in this last book, this convent, Sweet Mercy, and all the characters we have grown to love, have threats surrounding them and all their lives are on the line.

My favorite part of this book? I have truly fallen in love with these magical assassin nuns and I’m honestly prepared to die for any and all of them. Truly, the found family in this book is just unparalleled by anything else. From the bonds of sisters, to the bonds of lovers, to the bonds of just women loving and accepting each other, regardless of the paths you have walked or are currently walking in life. All the side characters are some of the greatest of all time, but Apple and Kettle will never leave me or my heart. And Glass will forever and always be my queen.

But Mark Lawrence truly gave me everything I wanted when he crafted Nona, and in this book especially when he made Nona attracted to multiple genders, most likely bisexual. But Nona is a pan goddess in my eyes, and no one can change my mind on this. Also, she will go down as one of my favorite characters of all-time. She’s come far, from learning that the word brave does mean to be strong, but it also means to be vulnerable and willing to let people in. Seeing her grow, with this group of girls, but also by herself, while being shaped by this cruel and unforgiving world, filled with even more cruel and unforgiving circumstances; it’s so beautiful I don’t even have words for it.

“The fight matters. But in the end it is never truly won or lost, and victory lies in discovering that we are bigger than it is.”

Watching Nona become the woman she is, and watching her walk this path, all the paths, I don’t even have words for it. I think this entire series is going to stand the test of time and go down as one of the best fantasies ever written. The story is just perfection, the characters are my favorite, the writing is so smart and so beautiful, the themes are life changing, and the entire story is completely unforgettable. If you haven’t picked up Red Sister yet, I’m begging you to give it a try. This trilogy is truly a masterpiece.

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The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Content and trigger warnings loss of a loved one, queer characters do die (most characters in this are/seem queer, so I don’t think it’s a bury your gays trope, but use caution still), violence, gore, torture, human trafficking, kidnapping, and war themes.