Dragons & Tea Book Club | June Pick

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Hey, loves! Okay, today we are announcing our June pick for the #DragonsAndTeaBookClub! And most of you know that it is Pride Month, so we really wanted to pick a LGBTQIAP+ book this month! Also, my pan self might have been a little biased with the book we ended up choosing! But not only is the MC of this pick is pansexual, but she is also biracial (Ecuadorian), she is plus-sized, and she has anxiety. And she is discovering her feelings for her best friend, who is Korean and a lesbian. Also, the author is Chinese and queer. And this book just sounds like it is going to be everything I’ve ever wanted! I hope we fall in love with this hard-hitting YA contemporary, with a sapphic f/f romance, together! 💗

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 June pick is:

➽ Final Draft by Riley Redgate 

 

The Dates & Breakdown:
June 10th: Chapters 1 – 5
June 11th: Chapters 6 – 9
June 12th: Chapters 10 – 13
June 13th: Chapters 14 – 17
June 14th: Chapters 18 – End

Content and Trigger Warnings:
Anxiety, internalized ableism, loss of someone
(From Elise’s amazing review!)


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Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

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“The best way to keep a secret is to make sure no one knows you’re keeping one.”

Last call at the Nightshade Lounge is a debut, ownvoices story, staring an Asian main character, who is forced to move back to her hometown after graduating college, and is in search for work, with or without her degree’s help. Her high school friend offers her a job as a bar hand, but she soon discovers an underground network comprised of magical cocktails made by bartenders who also keep the streets of Chicago safe from hidden monsters. And, friends, I really enjoyed this unique tale and captivating story.

I feel like I did enjoy this one more than most of the people I buddy read it with, but I was completely enthralled each time I went to pick this book up. I thought it was witty, and smart, and funny, and such a good balance of those three things.

And I loved the diverse cast! Bailey is a Chinese-American ivy league graduate. But this story also gives the reader a side character who is blind, a trans side character, Asian and Black side characters, and a sapphic side relationship. I really appreciated the author’s depiction of Bailey’s Asian family, too, because it was pretty relatable.

I also really loved how this was a New Adult novel, and it shows how badly we need stories in this age bracket, instead of just classifying college romances as them. And I loved how Bailey graduated college and then came back home to live with her parents while looking for a job with her degree, because that is such a reality for so many, but we are seriously lacking books with that representation. Coming back to your hometown after living and graduating in your college town for four(+) years is truly an experience that I think so many can relate to, and I think Bailey’s situation will truly resonate with so many. I mean, besides the whole magical cocktail bars and all that.

“Booze is universal, it brings people together, and a lot of times it results in the creation of more people. What could be more magical than something that does all that?”

Overall, I really did enjoy this and I can’t wait to see what Paul Krueger does next. Especially because his next book, Steel Crow Saga, looks like everything I’ve ever wanted in this life and the next. This was a short and unique tale that put a smile on my face throughout, and I’m so happy that I was able to read it. Also, the magical cocktail recipes throughout? I’m on a quest to make them all now.

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Content and Trigger Warnings for alcohol consumption, grey area cheating, and for racism (assuming all Asian cultures are the same, and this is always challenged).

This was the March pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! 🐉☕

 

Dragons & Tea Book Club | April Pick

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Hey, loves! Okay, today we are announcing our April pick for the #DragonsAndTeaBookClub! I’m extra excited about this pick, because the author has made it on my end of the year favorite books lists for both 2017 and 2018! Also, I just love the author with my whole heart and soul and I’m not sure what the world has done to deserve her, or her prose which is a tier above most everyone. But the book we picked is an ownvoices Latinx Magical Realism story, all about a Latina girl and an Italian-Pakistani trans boy falling in love with each other. 💗

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 April pick is:

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

  

➽ The Dates & Breakdown:
April 8th: Page 1 – 56 – Bay of Trust
April 9th: Page 57 – 107 – Sea of Waves
April 10th: Page 108 – 156 – Sea of Tranquility 
April 11th: Page 157 – 217 – Bay of Dew
April 12th: Page 218 – END

Content and Trigger Warnings for:
Abusive parents, mention of death of a parent in the past, torture, blackmail, blood, & misgendering of trans characters (I’m assuming ALWAYS in a negative light!)
(From K’s Amazing Review!)


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Dragons & Tea Book Club | March Pick

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Hey, loves! Okay, today we are announcing our March pick for the #DragonsAndTeaBookClub! Me and Amy are both Asian, so it was almost a crime that we had not yet picked an Asian author to celebrate for our book club! The author we picked is Filipino (I’m completely not biased, I promise), and his story is filled with a diverse cast of characters that we can’t wait to fall in love with! And this book is extra cool, because it will teach you how to make a unique cocktail every other chapter! 💗

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 March pick is:

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

➽ The Dates & Breakdown:
March 4th – Chapters 1 – 2
March 5th – Chapters 3 – 6
March 6th – Chapters 7 – 10
March 7th – Chapters 11 – 14
March 8th – Chapters 15 – End

Content and Trigger Warnings for:
Alcohol Consumption
(From Sasha’s Amazing Review!)


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Dragons & Tea Book Club | February Pick!

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Hey, loves! Okay, we decided to already announce our February pick for the #DragonsAndTeaBookClub! And we decided to combine the celebrations of Black History Month and Valentine’s Day and picked an ownvoices book by a Black author who is the queen of romance and steam! This book is also ownvoices with the main character being on the Autism spectrum. This book is also very sex positive, very body positive, and always puts consent at the forefront. And it’s $2.99 on Kindle US! 💗

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 February pick is:

A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert

➽ The Dates & Breakdown:
February 4th – Chapters 1 – 7 (Pages 1 – 68)
February 5th – Chapters 8 – 15 (Pages 69 – 134)
February 6th – Chapters 16 – 22 (Pages 135 – 201)
February 7th – Chapters 23 – 28 (Pages 202 – 256)
February  8th – Chapters 29 – End (Pages 257 – End)

Content and Trigger Warnings for:
Past domestic violence
(From Leigh’s amazing review!)


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Dragons & Tea Book Club Announcement & January Pick!

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Hello, friends! I know we’ve hinted a few times on social medial, but it is finally time to make an official announcement: Me and Amy are hosting a book club together in 2019! We are really going to focus on marginalized voices, preferably ownvoices, and boosting marginalized books! And we would be so honored if you all joined us in this new endeavor, and we are so very excited!

Moving forward in 2019, we will announce the book pick by the 15th of each month prior to the actual reading month! (Example: We will announce the February book by or before January 15th!)

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 January pick is:

THE WICKER KING by K. Ancrum

➽ The Dates & Breakdown:
January 1st – Pages 1 – 59
January 2nd – (The River) Pages 60 – 109
January 3rd – (The Wicker King) Pages 110 – 173
January 4th – (Burn) Pages 174 – 237
January 5th – (Flash) Pages 238 – End!

Content and Trigger Warnings for:
abuse, neglect, mental-illness (Jack has a degenerative hallucinatory disorder), codependency, anxiety, panic attacks, violence, use of ableist words like cr*zy.
(From Alienor’s amazing review!)


Me and Amy both hope that you start the new year off with us, because we would be so very honored! And we can’t wait to read alongside with you all for all of 2019!

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