FemPowerAThon Wrap Up

So this readathon was super fun and definitely helped by their enthusiastic Twitter account. My TBR is here where I have six books to fill the eight challenges.

I was able to fill all my challenges in the end, thanks to The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo have a secondary character be a woman with depression so challenge #5 was ticked off. I didn’t finish The Alchemists of Loom, though I did start it, but The Terracotta Bride was about a lesbian woman so all the challenges were still ticked off. I also read Ida which was about a woman in a relationship with a genderqueer character, Daisy, which also fulfilled the terms of the challenge.

Favourite Book of the Challenge: The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo. Funny, with a romance that made me smile. The only thing I disliked about it was how short it was!

Least Favourite Book of the Challenge: The Terracotta Bride. The novella was well-written but it was too short and not in a good way like Cho’s other book. It had an interesting idea but it could be expanded on, plus the ending was fairly depressing.

I was very glad I did this readathon, it made me read books that had been on my TBR list for a while and they were all thoroughly enjoyable. I’m liking The Alchemists of Loom as well.

The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds

The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds (Malayan #1)Facing challenges in an increasingly colonial world, Chye Hoon, a rebellious young girl, must learn to embrace her mixed Malayan-Chinese identity as a Nyonya—and her destiny as a cook, rather than following her first dream of attending school like her brother.

Amidst the smells of chilies and garlic frying, Chye Hoon begins to appreciate the richness of her traditions, eventually marrying Wong Peng Choon, a Chinese man. Together, they have ten children. At last, she can pass on the stories she has heard—magical tales of men from the sea—and her warrior’s courage, along with her wonderful kueh (cakes).

But the cultural shift towards the West has begun. Chye Hoon finds herself afraid of losing the heritage she so prizes as her children move more and more into the modernising Western world.

Goodreads, Amazon UK

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Friday 56: Noteworthy

This blog meme happens every Friday, hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you share an excerpt of a book you’ve read.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

This week it’s Noteworthy by Riley Redgate.

Noteworthy

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read In One Sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This time I chose the Top Ten Books I’ve Read in One Sitting. Although it was more ‘ten books I remembered reading in one sitting’ which was surprisingly harder than I thought it would be. A lot of books would have probably been ‘read it in one sitting’ if life hadn’t kept getting in the way as it has a habit of doing.

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ARCs

Professional Reader

I’ve seen both book bloggers and book reviewers receive ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) and I did wonder how I could get a hand on some of them, but I was travelling and there was no chance of me going to get physical books delivered to the right address, let alone manage to carry them around in my tiny suitcase. But then ThriceRead pointed me in the direction of NetGalley where you can get ARCs and they go to your Kindle straight away.

I don’t want to cause myself unnecessary stress with reading this books (for one thing, that’s how you are guaranteed to get a horrible review from me) but it seems easy enough. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll let you know if there are any titles I’ve been approved for that are coming up.

Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday 16/03/17

DIVERSE SPOTLIGHT

A book blogger meme hosted by Bookshelves and Paperbacks blog where the three main categories are:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

I meant to do this post last Thursday but I was too busy exploring Sydney and forgot to finish it in time!

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