2021 Book Haul

This might be a little bit late, considering we are a week away from the end of January. But I wanted to share my purchases from 2021. Even though it wasn’t my best reading year, that didn’t stop me from buying books and mangas I wanted. Most of them are new releases that I was looking forward to, I also started my manga collection and got myself some volumes that I’ve wanted for a while as well as some recommendations from Tiktok.

One of my goals for 2021 was to limit my book purchases to one new book per book read, as you might imagine I lost count of my purchases-reads and I’m not sure if I was able to stick to this goal. So let’s find out!

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[Review] The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

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★★★☆☆

fantasy | mythology | short stories

How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What’s the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy’s world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.

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5 Popular Books I Will Not Read

I don’t think many will read this to get me bad responses, but some of the following books I’m about to mention might hit a cord because some are what many would consider must-reads. Like I see some of these books on every type of book community I’ve been on for the past year, to the point where I am tired of seeing them and totally ignore them.

I decided to purge my “want to read” shelf on Goodreads because let’s be real, I’m not going to read all of them. There are books that I added while I was at the peak of a genre’s popularity and there are books whose authors have outed themselves to be real works of art. The reasons vary from simple lack of interest to seeing it so much I already know what happens and I have lost all interest in it. This is not me saying the books are bad, because I have obviously not read them, but more of me telling you guys why these books don’t spark my interest or what caused me to lose it.

This might not be the full list, I haven’t gone through my entire shelf yet!

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[Book Tag] The New Releases Book Tag

Hallo everyone!

I’ve been wanting to do a book tag for a while but I wasn’t seeing any that caught my attention. But then Tree from Words About Words posted this tag and I loved it! Despite my reading slump, I keep preordering and buying new releases that catch my interest whenever I find them. So far, I have preorders going all the way to July, I don’t think I have any for the second part of the year only because I have not actively looked for them.

If you want to read the original post by Allonsythornraxx, you can find it here.

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[Review] A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

★★★★☆

fantasy | LGBT | adult

It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one.

Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.

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[Review] I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

★☆☆☆☆

LGBT+ | Contemporary | Young Adult

Rhodes and Iliana couldn’t be more different, but that’s not why they hate each other.

Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator’s block, while transfer student Iliana tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce.

They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a graphic novel. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other…a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other’s future?

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[Manga Review] Doing His Best to Confess Vol. 1 by SATORU

★★★☆☆

romance | slice of life | manga

Natsuaki-kun is aloof, handsome, and popular with the ladies…except to his friends, who know his aloofness is because he’s shy and always in his own thoughts. Thoughts always occupied by his oddball classmate, Nashida-san…but try as he might, Natsuaki-kun can’t ever seem to get up the courage to confess. Can he find a way to tell her how he feels?!

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[Review] City of Villains by Esther Laure

★★★☆☆

fantasy | yound adult | mystery

Mary Elizabeth Heart is a high school senior by day, but by night she’s an intern at the Monarch City police department. She watches with envy from behind a desk as detectives come and go, trying to contain the city’s growing crime rate. For years, tension has simmered between the city’s wealthy elite, and their plans to gentrify the decaying neighborhood called the Scar—once upon a time the epicenter of all things magic.

When the daughter of one of the city’s most powerful businessmen goes missing, Mary Elizabeth is thrilled when the Chief actually puts her on the case. But what begins as one missing person’s report soon multiplies, leading her down the rabbit hole of a city in turmoil. There she finds a girl with horns, a boyfriend with secrets, and what seems to be a sea monster lurking in a poison lake. As the mystery circles closer to home, Mary finds herself caught in the fight between those who once had magic, and those who will do anything to bring it back.

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Everything Within and In Between by Nikki Barthelmess

For Ri Fernández’s entire life, she’s been told, “We live in America and we speak English.” Raised by her strict Mexican grandma, Ri has never been allowed to learn Spanish. What’s more, her grandma has always pushed Ri away from the neighborhood they call home and toward her best friend’s world of mansions and country clubs in the hopes that it’ll bring Ri closer to achieving the “American Dream.”

In her most private thoughts, Ri has always believed that her mother, who disappeared when she was young, would accept her exactly how she is. So when Ri finds a secret unanswered letter from her mom begging for a visit, Ri decides to reclaim what her grandma kept from her: a language and a mother. But nothing goes as planned. Her mom isn’t who Ri imagined she would be. And Ri’s struggling to navigate the different interweaving threads of her mixed heritage that make her who she is. Nobody has any idea of who Ri really is—not even Ri, herself.

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