5 Mini Reviews | Babel, Tomorrow + Tomorrow + Tomorrow, The Honeys, Alone With You in the Ether, Legends + Lattes

hi friends! today i am going to post some… not reviews, not even really mini reviews, but some very brief thoughts on some of my favorite books with the trigger and content warnings that i found while reading. i am still trying to not put too much pressure on myself when it comes to writing reviews like i used to, but it was still important to me to post these the way they are currently. and we will see what the rest of this year and reviewing has in store for me.  


Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang

“Power did not lie in the tip of a pen. Power did not work against it’s own interests. Power could only be brought to heel by acts of defiance it could not ignore. With brute, unflinching force. With violence.”

so many people are going to have so many individual heart shattering reactions to their identity because of this book. it made me feel pride, it made me feel shame, it made me hopeful, it made me grieve, it truly kind of made me feel everything. but right now i am just feeling in awe of rf kuang and everything they are doing in literature, showing all the different words people use for violence.

best footnotes. best dark academia. best book of 2022.

trigger warnings + content warnings: loss of a loved one, murder, death, grief, disease/plague mentions, colonization, war, invasion, battle, talk of slavery, abuse, physical abuse from guardian, racism, xenophobia, colorism, use of slurs, blood, talk of suicide, talk of child labor, talk of inhumane work conditions, police brutality, torture, gun violence, brief sexual assault (unwanted touching with intent on more) mention of feet binding, misogyny, talk of drugs, stress + anxiety depictions, vomiting, talk of extreme stress put on students

5


Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

“Perhaps a funny-looking mixed-race kid could exist at the center of the world, not just on its periphery.”

found family and forever friendships love, but also escapism and healing… and how sometimes all of that can come together and be lifesaving (sometimes over and over and over again, tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…)

there is a chapter of this book that i was weeping so hard during, i couldn’t breathe. and the way the narration switches during this part of the story… it’s harrowing, heartbreaking, and so very painful, but also so masterfully done.

sam really meant a lot to me, and some of his inner monologues and lines really impacted me straight to the heart. And i know this is a story i will carry with my forever, but i also know sam is a character i will think about forever for so many reasons.

trigger + content warnings: childhood cancer, hospital settings a lot (but also a children’s hospital), chronic pain + injury (and… choosing not to take… the best care of yourself for these things/neglecting health concerns), amputation, racism, slurs (racist and homophobic), talk of appropriation (emphasizing japanese cultural appropriation in the video game community), mention of abortion, abusive relationships, emotional dependency depiction, drug use, sexism + misogyny – especially in an industry like the video game industry, car accident, death by suicide, student/teacher (college) relationship, power imbalances, some questionable sexual acts where the mc is dissociating, dissociating, blood depiction, talk of disordered eating (and brief mention of death because of it), fatphobia, 911 mention, unwanted touching, captivity, gore, vomit, gun violence, shooting in the work place – this book has A LOT in it, please use caution and make sure you’re in a good headspace for it.

5


The Honeys by Ryan La Sala

“It made me wonder what shape I’d be if I’d never met another human being”

this was so unexpectedly haunting in all the right ways. i truly knew from the first chapter that this was going to be a new favorite. the atmosphere, the mystery, the main character… all perfection. also, this book truly has twists upon twists upon twists, making it impossible to ever want to put down. and we always love a spooky summer camp in the woods setting, especially with a secret group of popular girls, with a extra hyped queen bee, up to maybe no good. i loved this book’s discussion of the gender binary and in general i personally found so much of this story really powerful. and i think so many different types of readers will really love this one, so i recommend it with my full heart, but it can be very spooky, creepy, and gory so…. please keep that in mind!

trigger + content warnings: grief depiction, loss of a loved one, cancer mentions (childhood cancer mentions), blood depiction, talk of suicide, parental manipulation, anxiety depictions, funeral of a loved one, death, murder, violence, gore, lots of insect depictions (in a… horror book involving bees way… hehe), talk of spiders too, blackmailing (with manipulation/action of private photos being shown), bullying, harassment, misogynistic comments//sexism (always in a negative light), drowning depiction, fire depictions, and transphobia + homophobia.
5


Alone With You in the Ether by Olivie Blake

“If this is what it is to burn, he thought, then I will be worth more as scattered ash than any of my unscathed pieces.”

i know it says a love story on the front, but this book is very much about mental health + choosing to not be medicated for mental health conditions. it was a hard read for me, but a very impactful one. and olivie blake just is just such a talented author and the sentences she is able to string together, about really dark and hard to talk about things, really resonated with me in a way other words just never have before.

trigger + content warnings: loss of a loved one in past, addiction depiction (drugs + sex), depression, anxiety, inability to sleep, extreme codependency talk of arrest in past, overdose in past mention, unexpected pregnancy in past mention, a lot of talk of medication, blood imagery, abandonment, suicidal thoughts, disordered eating, some body image things, grey area cheating/emotional cheating, very intrusive thoughts, very manic thoughts, and just… a lot of discussion about mental health medications and choosing not to be medicated.

5


Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

“I thought maybe I’d cheated fate to have you near me.”

i truly loved this. it felt like i was stepping foot and having a long rest inside the very walls of the waystone innthe journey’s end, and even harth stonebrew’s tavern. these are some of my favorite places, some of my safest escapism, and some very large sums of my heart. this story was just perfect for me, and i am very thankful for this book.

building something you want, the way you want it, with the people you want it with… there is a lot of power in that, especially when it creates a found family and/or community. and healing and living and loving the way you want to too? so powerful and so beautiful, and my favorite magic in all the galaxies.

i hope you’re able to build and find communities filled with unconditional love, because you deserve that always. ❤ (bonus points if a succubus + warm cup of coffee are involved)

4


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Most Anticipated Releases | 2023

look at me, trying to be a good book blogger again, wow! hi hi, friends! i hope you’re all well! today i am going to show you my top ten most anticipated reads as of today (jan 3rd), but also this is kind of my tbr for the whole entire year. I would love to be able to read all of these, and then maybe do an updated post about how the reading went! I feel like each year, i try to do different kinds of tbr for the whole year, and i always have fun doing them, but i just want to make this year a little more relaxed and a lot more just about me reading things i know i will love! and i truly do believe i will love all of these.

➽ The Stolen Heir by Holly Black
January 3, 2023 – Little, Brown Young Readers
i feel like i dont really need to say much about this one! but i am so excited to be back into holly’s world of faerie and i promise to read this one this month!

➽ The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi
February 14, 2023 – William Morrow & Company
i love roshani and her writting so much, but especially when it is about fairytales. i saw somewhere her say that this is like a mix between a fairytale and a thriller and i am so very excited to hopefully fall in love with this.

➽ She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran
February 28, 2023 – Bloomsbury
this is my only debut on the list, but this sounds so amazing. a haunted house, discussions on colonialism, sibling relationships, and gaysian ghosts maybe!! i am so very sold. i cant wait for this one.

➽ A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher
March 28, 2023 – Tor ✩ arc received
t. kingfisher is the author that constantly gets recommended to me and so many of my best friends promise me that i will love. i even asked for some of their books for christmas, in hopes of falling in love this year with many of their backlist! but i just got the earc for this one, so maybe this will be my first and i am so so so excited! and i think this also have a spooky house.. but maybe… with evil birds?

➽ Happy Place by Emily Henry
April 25, 2023 – Berkley
i have only read one emily henry book (beach read), but i really enjoyed it! but they have blown up in the book community and romance world and all the best selling lists, so i am excited to try their other books as well – starting with this newest release of 2023!



➽ Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
May 16, 2023 – William Marrow ✩ arc received
i will read everything rebecca writes, but i believe this one – where we get to be in the head of a white woman stealing the work of an asian woman – is going to be very heartbreakingly powerful on many levels, but especially thinking about bookish and publishing circles.

➽ Witch King by Martha Wells
May 30, 2023 – Tordotcom ✩ arc received
i am so excited to read a full novel about a demon from the underworld, after falling so in love with the murderbot novellas back in the day. i also think this could be a stand alone, or at least the story can stand alone, and that also makes me very excited!

Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
July 18, 2023 – Del Rey
i’ve loved everything i’ve read by silvia moreno-garcia, and i have a good feeling that this is going to be no different. it has to do with the occult and reshooting a cursed scene from a movie… i dont want to know too much. but i bet it will be very spooky and very powerful and i love that combination quite a lot, but especially from this author!

He Who Drowned the World by Shelley Parker-Chan
August 22, 2023 – Tor
she who became the sun was my favorite book of 2021 and there is nothing – and i mean nothing – i wouldn’t do for an arc of this.

Sword Catcher by Cassandra Clare
October 10, 2023 – Del Rey
cassie clare writing an adult non-shadowhunter story.. pubbed by del rey? oh i am intrigued! i honestly have a lot of faith in her and this and i can’t wait to get my hands on it.


BONUS:
all of the new cosmere books by brandon sanderson
i am going to be reading the first, tress of the emerald sea, very soon, too! but i did throw so much money at this man and his universe last year, and i am so excited for all the new stories to come in 2023!


okay, friends! those are my 10 (+ one… cosmere bonus) most anticipated releases for this new year! please let me know what yours are! i hope to be better about reading 2023 publications this year, and i am always looking to add more to my tbr! i hope you’re all staying safe and i am sending you a lot of love.

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Favorite Non-Book Things | 2022

hi hi, friends! i hope you’re doing well! i normally like to do this post on the last day of the year, but i was having a very busy (but happy) end of 2022! but i still hope you enjoy all the new-ish things i enjoyed last year! and please let me know if you have some new loves for anything in 2022, because i am always looking to add new forever faves to my upcoming year! and also… i just will always love hearing what my friends love, muhahaha! 💗


➽ 01.) Dimension 20

if youre a long time friend of mine, you will know that i am in love with critical role and its a highlight to 3 or out 4 of my weeks, each month! but this summer. some of the players of d20 played, while brennan lee mulligan dmed, a one shot (it was a four episode prequel but hehe) and i fell in love with them all. and then brennan very unexpectedly ended up doing the dear hank and john podcast with hank and i fell even more in love with him! so then i just fell down the rabbit hole and watched SO many different campaigns! if you like critical role and/or dnd, i really recommend. their current, and ongoing, campaign is actually a horror fairytale mash up called Neverafter and I am already completely invested.


➽ 02.) Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray

all setting sprays are not created equally, and i learned that in 2022 when i first purchased the charlotte tilbury setting spray, hahaha! truly, i am obsessed with the flawless filter foundation too, just like the rest of tiktok. i did end up getting my hands on (hopefully) my shade of the elf dupe because my target finally had it in! but i haven’t tried it yet! but this setting spray doesn’t have a dupe, and it is worth every penny!!


➽ 03.) Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

listen, if i could take a bath in all of the cosrx snail mucin products, i would! i love their sheet masks, eye masks, moisturizer, everything. But the essence is the holy grail of glass skin, in my opinion. i still love the watermelon dew drops, and they will always have a hold on me for makeup prep, but if you just want your skin to look healthy and glowy without anything on? you have to try this essence. and the hydration? unmatched. i cant picture my skincare without this product ever again.


➽ 04.) DYMO 1755120 LabelWriter 4XL Thermal Label Printer

okay, i know i am very dramatic with this one – but this christmas gift changed my life! i got this from santa in 2021 – for all the group orders i was planning to do in 2022 – and i truly cant even begin to think about what that would have been like without this thermal printer. the time, the effort, the google doc syncing capability… i am in love, friends. it’s niche, but if you print a lot of labels – invest in this, i promise it is so worth it.


➽ 05.) nike panda dunks

i know this is probably one of the most basic things i could put on here, but i did not expect all the compliments i would get while wearing these shoes throughout this year. i know they are very much a favorite, and they are kinda hard to get because you have to wait for a nike drop – which they always sell out within seconds! but i was lucky enough to get these on the very first drop that i tried for them, and they have been nothing but confidence boosters since! also… yoongi from bts wear these so… need i say more?


➽ 06.) MAKEUP BY MARIO MoistureGlow Plumping Lip Serum

mario really is (and has been) releasing some of the best make up products. (i really want to try his foundation so badly! maybe a 2023 fave, we will see!) but this lip product was my go-to lip product (alongside the next one), The shade blush glow is my favorite but they are all 11/10 and feel so nice on.


➽ 07.) Kosas Wet Lip Oil Plumping Treatment Gloss

my other holy grail lip product and the very best lip gloss ever created. i have only ever used jelly fish – but i think i am on my 3rd one of the year! also i just love and prefer glossy lips – i am sorry, haha! but having to leave the house in 2023, these are the two products that were under my mask constantly. i love and recommend them both (and the feel of them) so very much. so hydrating, so plumping, and never ever sticky feeling.


➽ 08.) josshere

this was, hands down, my favorite art and stationary shop this year (besides happyolivestudio)! i was blessed enough to write out SO many cards this year for all those group orders, and i always tried to use memo pads and washi tape and other cute supplies from joss! if youre a carat and looking for cute supplies, look no further! especially if youre hoshi biased!


➽ 09.) going to concerts again

i was so very lucky to be able to see my three favorite groups this year. i got to see bts in my very own city THREE times and it was so surreal and truly the 2nd happiest thing to happen to me all 2022 (seeing my family in august was the 1st hehe, but jimin makes it hard… ahhaha no no)! i was then able to see txt on their very first world tour, which meant everything to me! and then i was able to see seventeen with a barricade ticket – which was still a whole out of body experience. (i have lots of really cool fancams and concert footage if you wanna see!) but i am so thankful, so blessed, and truly i dont even have words. but being able to see bts, in vegas, 3 times, before a lot of… feelings @ the end of 2022… i am just so grateful and it is something i will cherish until my very last breath.


➽ 10.) jtotheimin

to be honest, i had jtotheimin on my last year non bookish favorites list too, but as i am writing this post i just hit 10k subscribers and it just felt really right to keep this big part of my heart on this list. i am so grateful and thankful for the kpop community and i hope in 2023 i am able to balance both creative outlets a little better, or a little more… balanced. but so so so thankful, and even more thankful for all the friends i have made.


i hope you enjoyed this + i really am excited to discover so many more things to love in this new year – bookish, and kpopish, and so much more! i love you all a lot + i hope your new years are starting out warm and happy and filled with some new things to love. 💗

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➽ fave non-bookish things: 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

My 2022 Reading Year in Review

happy new year, friends! i cant believe it is actually 2023. i know everyone says this, but it is because it is true – i truly feel like its 2019 still. 2023? i can’t wrap my mind around it! but i am sending you so much love and i hope this year is really safe and happy for you and your loved ones. 

since september, i feel like i have really fallen back into organically picking up books and adding reading to my nighttime routine and its felt so good. i am tempted to make a goals post but i am always so scared to jinx happy things, which is also something i hope i can work on this year. but i would love to read more books this year (not that i am not extremely happy and proud of the 48 i was able to read) and i would love to make more bookish content again on here, and goodreads, and on bookstagram. lots of baby steps while also juggling kpop content and a life that can get pretty busy! the only other goal i have in terms of reading this year, is that i would love to read more anthologies and short story collections again. i have been thinking about it these last few weeks (maybe craving one?) but i miss it and i want to fix that! 

also, i am sure most of you know, but holly black is dropping a new book from faerie in TWO days and then the final last hours books by cassie clare? january is gonna start off and end very happily, i think! so i am extra excited for january reading! and again, not to jinx anything, but i am just excited for this new year, new opportunities, and so many new stories. 

but let’s get into some reading statistics and the yearly book stack picture tradition!  


Thanks to the amazing Brock at Let’s Read, here are some 2022 reading statistics that I was able to gather from his amazing spreadsheet that I use every single year:








My Top Ten Favorite 2022 Publications:
➽ 10.) Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
➽ 9.) Siren Queen by Nghi Vo
➽ 8.) Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
➽ 7.) Her Soul to Take (Souls Trilogy #1) by Harley Laroux
➽ 6.) Alone With You in the Ether by Olivie Blake
➽ 5.) Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun
➽ 4.) The Honeys by Ryan La Sala
➽ 3.) Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
➽ 2.) Misrule (Malice Duology #2) by Heather Walter
➽ 1.) Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence by R.F. Kuang


okay, friends! happy new year! i really hope this new year is happy and healing for you. i hope you are able to be gentler on yourselves and more forgiving to yourselves as well. i am sending you and your loved ones my whole heart and i am wishing you so many blessings in this new year! and i hope so many stories make you feel seen and whole this year (and always)! 

and thank you all for always being kind and being sweet friends while i have navigated these last few pandemic years. i know it’s still hard on everyone, but my blog has extra always felt so safe and happy and i appreciate all of your friendships more than you’ll ever know. also… please buddy read with me this year for extra happy motivations, hehe! 

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My 2021 Reading Challenge
My 2020 Reading Challenge
➽ My 2019 Reading Challenge
➽ My 2018 Reading Challenge
➽ My 2017 Reading Challenge
➽ My 2016 Reading Challenge
➽ My 2015 Reading Challenge

 

October 2022 TBR

TBR10

wow, a tbr post after my (questionably late) mid year freak out tag? who is she? a reader? couldn’t be! but i am trying to manifest… or keep up whatever this very blessed reading happiness/motivation is! and truly autumn reading always feels superior and at least a little more magical. i don’t want to overwhelm myself by putting too much pressure or too many expectations on reading, but i still felt a happy urge to maybe give myself a little direction and talk about some of the things I’d really like to read this month! (and i hope you all still enjoy reading it, too!) 

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers
I read A Psalm for the Wild-Built last month, and when I tell you… it was the most healing I have taken from a book in a long while. It was just so perfect for me, and so exactly what I needed to read. This is for sure going to be a new all time favorite series, I hope! (and hopefully I find out soon, hehe!)

Her Soul to Take (Souls Trilogy #1) by Harley Laroux
Listen, I am still on the hunt to find a five star romance this read, and all my friends are screaming at me to read and fall in love with this paranormal romance with a demon they all ensure me will steal my heart! (not sure if in a romantic way or a demon way but excited to find out either way!)

Kingdom of the Feared (Kingdom of the Wicked #3) by Kerri Maniscalco
Do I keep giving all Kerri’s books three stars? Yes. I am so utterly in love with how she writes settings and atmosphere and now I am reliant on her every autumn of my reading life forever and ever? YES and YES!

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
This is probably the most recommended author for me currently! And I have so many friends with very similar reading tastes just five starring everything they write! Plus, all their books sound like they would be perfect for the fall season, so I promise to pick up something by them… but we will see if it is this book!

Into the Riverlands (The Singing Hills Cycle #3) by Nghi Vo
This third novella comes out on October 25th, and I know I won’t be able to resist picking it up immediately! The first book in this series was the first book I read in 2022 and I just keep falling more and more in love with Vo and all their stories. And… my realizing that I just love stories about clerics and monks traveling and telling stories!

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
You all know Rin is one of my favorite authors in all the galaxies. They mean so very much to me and I know it will mean so very much to me to read a new story by them! But also… polyamory + vampires + Castlevania vibes? Okay okay let’s go extra.


okay, friends! ahhh, this felt nice to create. falling back in love with reading has just felt really nice. and this feeling just really roots me and reminds me how lucky I am to still be able to talk about my love for stories with so many friends. I hope you all have a happy october and I am sending so much love and good health to you and your families! and I am always sending so much happy reading to you, too!

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3 Mini Reviews | Nocturna, Rise to the Sun, The Love Hypothesis

hi hi hi, friends! it has been a while since i’ve done a 3 mini review post, but this one has been sitting in my drafts for so long – i knew i wanted to quickly add a third review once 2022 came around! i hope you enjoy, and i hope you’re being gentle with yourselves! (and i hope to have another one of these posts up sooner than the last, muhahaha!) happy reading! 💗


Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne

💛 A review to check out: Johely’s!

“Magic could not speak, yet interacting with it felt like a conversation, a dance, a story shared with a friend with the ending left up to interpretation.”

This was our September 2020 pick for the Dragons & Tea Book Club, and I loved it so much. This is a story about identity, classism, privilege, freedom, honoring your culture and the past regardless of who tries to erase it, and respecting boundaries unapologetically.

This is a story about a boy named Elfie, who is the crown prince and can wield water magic in this world. He has been away for three months, grieving a brother who everyone thinks is dead. But now that he is back in his city, he meets Fin who can change appearances and maybe help him become someone else, too. It turns into a spy mission, involving stolen books, black magic, and erasing a language that still belongs to them. And Finn and Alfie realize they are both harboring an immense grief and trying to heal from abuse and their past.

This is such a beautiful book that I feel like is so underrated, which is an actual crime because the layers of this story render me speechless alone. Everything is also a love letter to Latine / South American culture and a mirror to the erasure still from colonization today. My heart was extra full at the way Spanish is also woven into this story constantly. I truly recommend this fantasy to everyone, and I am so honored that we picked it for a book club pick! Also, that ending? I need book two immediately!

Trigger & Content Warnings: anxiety, loss of a loved one, grief deception, talk of slavery, blood depiction, drinking, vomiting, gore, murder, torture, slavery, controlling, and abuse.

4


Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

“That big love you give everyone else-you deserve to save some for yourself. You’re worth that much. You’re worth every good thing.”

This is a story told over the course of three days at a music festival, with alternating povs!

Olivia is there with her best friend in the whole world, and the one person who always has her back in every situation. Olivia has had a lot of not so great romantic relationships, but this last one ended with a massively evil invasion of privacy that has also caused her a lot of harassment before her junior year of high school ended.

Toni has grown up with music and the Farmland Music Festival for her whole life. It brings on so many happy memories of nostalgia, but also a lot of uneasy feelings about her future before her freshman year of college begins. But she hopes she will find some answers this weekend at the festival with her best friend.

And when a hidden apple(s) quest and a musical performance mission to win gets sprung on both of these girls and their friends the first day, we get to see everything playout the whole weekend. Sadly, I think this being told over three days was what didn’t work for me. I loved so many parts of this story, and I really enjoyed the first day and seeing the story being set up, but days two and three weren’t able to make me connect as much, even though my heart broke for all the characters very differently. I really think having a glimpse into the future past the three days would have really helped and really helped the insta-love too (and i’m not saying insta-love is bad or not real, it’s just not my favorite type of romance)!

You Should See Me in a Crown is one of my favorite YA contemporaries of all time (you still me holding it in my pfp, hehe) and I still am in complete awe of Leah Johnson and what they are doing for queer poc teens is truly life changing. Their stories are making so many people feel seen, making so many people cry real tears wishing they had books like this when they were younger (me), making publishing and the world such a more hopeful place. I will support and boost their voice always, and even though this book wasn’t the perfect book for me, I know it’s going to mean the whole world to so many!

Content and Trigger Warnings: loss of a parent, panic attacks, gun violence, and nonconsensual image sharing (provided by the author at the start of the book <3)! I also would like to add talk of mass shootings, anxiety depiction, asthma attacks, online bullying and harassment, ptsd depiction, many feelings of abandonment.

Buddy read with May! ❤

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The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

“I’ve never been surer of anything. Except maybe cell theory.”

the love hypothesis is the best romance i’ve read in years. it’s smart, funny, and oh so swoon worthy! and it was truly one of those books that reminded me why i love reading. i fell in love with both olive and adam so quickly, but i also found this to be one of the most believable fake dating romances, too. from the very first page, i was absolutely hooked and only felt more and more endeared throughout! (and even more late into the night when i desperately was signing up for the author’s newsletter so i could unhingedly get an adam pov bonus chapter!)

this book deals with some heavy themes at times, so please use caution and i’ll list some warnings below. i personally felt like the author does a thoughtful and important job at highlight what women of stem can face in many lab settings, while also always shining light on how much more noninclusive (and scary) that it can be for bipoc women and nonbinary people of stem. (the author note at the end with some resources was really amazing, too)

i just appreciated so much of this book and this author’s words. this story was a little niche to me and my personal life, so i think that also helped me fall in love! (i’m not sure if i can blame it on why i was giggling a sickening amount into my pillow – but i will pretend!) and i also want to note, that the word is never on page, but there was some demi rep in this story that i found very relatable and it meant a whole lot to me too.

i am so very excited to see what this author does next. this was nothing short of a treat to read. the friendships were everything, the banter was perfect, and the sex was 11/10.

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trigger and content warnings: talk of cancer, loss of a parent in the past, talk of fear of needles, and sexual harassment, abuse of power, + bullying in work/college settings.

5


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12 in 12 Challenge | 2022

i truly do not want to jinx anything, but i feel like i might be back in my reading era. right now i am reading, consuming, and loving a lot of books and stories – so i decided to push myself a little bit, but with a content creating overlapping twist.

so, i have done “read 12 books recommended by 12 friends” in the past and i have really loved doing it. but i saw this insta template go a little viral with my friends, and i thought it would be a perfect opportunity to push myself a little and join along in the fun!

but instead of asking my friends on booksta and goodreads, i polled my friends in the kpop community! lmaoooo listen, i was a little scared at first, but they gave such good and thoughtful recommendations by so many queer authors of color! i was thriving while picking these 12 books! and another little added challenge i did was that i only picked friends who ulted a certain kpop idol once – therefore only one book recommendation from one jimin biased friend! and truly, i got such good range with that too and it makes my heart full and warm!

okay let’s get into the books and the kpop friends who picked them… and who they bias in kpop!


12 recommendations | 12 friends + 12 months

Once Upon a Broken Heart
★ genre: ya fantasy
★ recommended by: ann
★ kpop ult bias: loona chu
The Love Hypothesis
★ genre: adult contemporary romance
★ recommended by: mis
★ kpop ult bias: svt woozi
★ Lonely Castle in the Mirror
★ genre: ya asian magical realism
★ recommended by: tai
★ kpop ult bias: txt yeonjun
The Black Flamingo
★ genre: ya queer black contemporary
★ recommended by: edith
★ kpop ult bias: oh my girl hyojung
Felix Ever After
★ genre: ya queer black contemporary
★ recommended by: gabriel
★ kpop ult bias: txt taehyun
The Last Sun
★ genre: adult queer urban fantasy
★ recommended by: emily
★ kpop ult bias: 2pm junho
The Flowers of War
★ genre: asian historical fiction
★ recommended by: sophie
★ kpop ult bias: enhypen jake
A Closed and Common Orbit
★ genre: adult queer scifi
★ recommended by: arryn
★ kpop ult bias: svt wonwoo + mingyu
Summer Bird Blue
★ genre: ya queer contemporary
★ recommended by: evie
★ kpop ult bias: loona yves
Under the Whispering Door
★ genre: adult queer paranormal fantasy
★ recommended by: bethany
★ kpop ult bias: bts jin
Tian Guan Ci Fu, Vol. 1
★ genre: queer asian fantasy
★ recommended by: maëlys
★ kpop ult bias: bts namjoon
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
★ genre: adult queer asian poetry
★ recommended by: Betty Jo
★ kpop ult bias: bts jimin

(credit and shoutout to destiny for formatting her 2022 challenge post so cute!)


whew! a powerful little list, aye? i hope you all enjoyed this! i am truly so excited to start reading these! please let me know if you are doing this challenge too – and if you made a blog post please oh please link me it! i am sending you all so much love always, and happy reading! ♡