Shadow and Bone Show Review (from Someone who hasn’t Read the Books)

As you probably know if you’re here, the Shadow and Bone television series premiered in March. The first season of eight episodes is based on two books by Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. They are both the first in series set in the “Grishaverse,” and the TV show follows the characters of both books simultaneously. Although the show aired a few months ago at this point, I was very busy during that time span. But I finally got some free time recently, and I ended up binging the entire show in just a couple of days! However, I also -gasp!- have never read any books in the Grishaverse.

I know what you’re thinking: how can you have read so many YA books and not read a single book by Leigh Bardugo, literally one of the most popular YA authors? The answer is: it’s complicated. But when I heard about the television show, I made a deal with myself: I would commit the book lovers’ sin of watching the show before reading the book. And if I liked the show, I would consider reading the books. Delve under the cut to discover how much I was swayed!

This review contains spoilers for the Shadow and Bone television series, and probably the books too but I wouldn’t know 🙂

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June Wrap-Up

Hello lovely readers! I realize I have been super absent this month; I really only managed to make two posts in June. However, I’m really hoping to change that next month! June was just kind of my school hangover month, and I was in a book slump for most of the month.

Nonetheless, the lack of school afforded me quite a bit of free time to spend reading. I ended up reading 12 books total in June. In an attempt to get out of my book slump, 3 of these were actually re-reads. 4 of them were audiobooks, which I have been playing a lot while getting ready in the morning and while cooking dinner in the evening. My favorite reads of the month (that were not rereads) were Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales, and Persuasion by Jane Austen. Despite my book slump, I liked every book I read this month, which is amazing.

I’m also super excited right now because my Unplugged One Last Stop box came in today! So I finally get to start one of my most anticipated reads of the year! And I will be posting lots of pictures of my beautiful new book and goodies on my Instagram, so if you’re interested this is your reminder to follow @readingwithdelaney on Instagram! As always, check under the cut for a full list of the books I read this month!

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Book Recs for Summer

The weather is warm, the sun is shining, the cicadas are finally dying – it’s the perfect time to sit outside and enjoy a good book! (Because God knows I can’t actually focus when I have to worry about cicadas dive-bombing me). 

If you are searching for the perfect summer read, look no further! I’ve compiled a list of fun books that are perfect for reading under the summer sun.

Also please note that although I wrote down trigger warnings as I remembered them, it’s been a long time since I read some of these, and I definitely could have missed some things.

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Review: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by Sheena Boekweg

  • Title: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions
  • Author: Sheena Boekweg
  • Genre: historical fiction
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Feiwel Friends
  • Pub date: June 1, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: fire, death, death of a child, fatphobia
  • Representation: fat mc, asexual side character, trans side character
  • Rating: 1.5/5 stars

I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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May Wrap-Up

Hello hello! This month has been incredibly crazy for me: while still in school I have moved away from school into an apartment for the summer, started my summer internship, had to move apartments, and deal with finals. As in, I have been working 40 hours a week and doing full time school simultaneously. Fun! As a result, I didn’t think I would read too many books this month, but I have actually managed to read 10! Thank you audiobooks. (Really about half my reads this month were audiobooks.)

I guess it is worth noting that I hit my yearly challenge this month of 70 books! As of now, I have read 73 books in 2021. Based on this, I am definitely going to try to get to 100 by the end of the year. However, I didn’t want to give myself a 100 goal at the very beginning of the year, because I truly didn’t know how much I would be reading – what with actually having a job this summer instead of having nothing better to do than read books all day.

My favorites of the month were A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen and Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price. Two Pride and Prejudice inspired books! I swear this was not on purpose. I also loved Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. In fact, if I had to recommend one book from this month, it would definitely be Interior Chinatown. I thought it was a great satire which examined how Asian Americans are perceived in the film industry, and in general in America.

Per usual, I also had a few duds. (Actually, more than a few. I had quite a few 2 and 3 star reads this month; it’s no wonder I’m feeling slumpy.) I finished The Agency series, but I was disappointed by the last book, I thought it was the weakest of the series. I also was not a huge fan of A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions, which I will be posting a full review of soon. Find my full list of this month’s reads and ratings under the cut!

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My Favorite Book Covers

Hello all! I am headed into a very busy couple of weeks (and a reading slump, tbh), so I figured it would be a good time for me to share this post I wrote a couple of weeks ago about some of my favorite book covers!

We all say not to do it, but I am just as guilty as anybody of judging a book by its cover. Pretty cover? I’m much more likely to pick it up. Not so pretty? Eh. For example, I love illustrated romance covers, but the second you give me a romance cover with a picture of two half-naked people on it? Immediate aversion. (Although that might be my internalized misogyny that degrades romance novels talking (I still don’t like them though, they aren’t pretty.))

I wanted to have some fun today by highlighting some of my favorite pretty book covers! The rules? None! It is purely based on aesthetics. These are just my favorite covers, and all of this is in good fun!

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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • Title: Station Eleven
  • Author: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Genre: post-apocalyptic, literary fiction
  • Intended audience: adult
  • Format read: audiobook
  • Narrator: Kirsten Potter
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • Pub date: September 9, 2014
  • Trigger warnings: pandemic, death, cult, mentions of suicide, mentions of rape, guns, pedophilia, domestic abuse, violence
  • Rating: 4/5 stars (leaning upwards)
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April Wrap-Up

I simultaneously cannot believe that it is almost May, and I feel like it has been April for forever. I also cannot believe the amount of books that I read in April. I do not know how I found the time to do it.

I read a total of 12 books in April! I didn’t hit every book on my tbr, but I did lots that weren’t on it, and I managed to clear some books off of my NetGalley shelf. However, I didn’t do great on diversity this month; only 4 of the 12 books I read were by authors of color. My goal for this year is for 40% of the books I read to be by authors of color (last year it was about 30%), and I’m currently at 39%. So I’m not too far off, but I am being very conscious of whose work I am consuming.

I had a lot of really good reads in April, my favorites being The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which I just finished yesterday. I will leave a full list of what I read under the cut!

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Discussion: 3 Indie Bookstores I Love

Today is independent bookstore day! I love supporting my local bookstores, so I thought I would take this as an opportunity to highlight some of my favorite indie bookstores, and hopefully inspire you to support your own independent bookstores. And remember, if you want to support independent bookstores but don’t want to venture inside, bookshop.org allows you to buy books online at cheap prices while giving money to a local bookstore of your choosing. But read on for even more options! Because 2/3 of the bookstores I’m going to share also allow you to order books online.

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