"Greetings, Your Majesty, you betraying toad."
No, that wouldn't work, no matter how good it felt.
"Greetings, Your Majesty", I try again. "I didn't kill my husband, even though he richly deserved it."
-The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
I started reading Holly Black's books years ago in middle school. I think it's awesome she's still writing and getting a new generation of fans with each book.
A readathon during my days off? I am pumped!
This weekend I'll be participating in the third round of the Graphics Readathon. This graphic novel orientated readathon will last from January 16-19 and it will be my first time participating! I have a few graphic novels that have been on my shelf for a while so I hope to get those read this weekend. These graphic novels include:
There are a lot of furry critters in countless books, but here are my top favorites! And unsurprisingly, most of them are rodents.
I decided to read George for the #ReadICT prompt read "a challenged book." Out of all the challenged books, why George? My state made headlines in 2017 when a school district refused to buy copies for its libraries even though it was part of the William Allen White books list. This list is released yearly and nearly all districts buy every book on the list. And my state made headlines once again in 2019 when a public library wanted to "change" how LGBTQ books were organized in its building. So of course I picked up a copy of George.
A Superhero's Duty by Patricia Gilliam (finished-Goodreads-My Review)
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (ongoing-Goodreads)
A Demon-Haunted Land by Monica Black (finished-Goodreads-My Review)
Total hours read: 5 hours 30 minutes
Total hours listened: 10 hours 36 minutes
I had a lot of fun participating in Bout of Books 30! It was a really great way for me to start my reading goals and to meet other fellow bookworms. I look forward to be able to participate in Bout of Books 31 (May 10-16).
Monica Black's new book doesn't focus on literal supernatural beings. Instead, it provides a fascinating look at human psychology when faced with deep-rooted trauma, guilt, and the aftermath of war. The post-WWII years saw a rising popularity of faith healers and an increase in witchcraft accusations in Germany.
In A Demon-Haunted Land, Black examines German living standards and psychology during the post-war period to understand how such things were able to occur in the 20th century.
Although there were times that I felt that the book focused too heavily on one particular faith healer (almost a bit too biographic), I enjoyed Black's research and found the concepts presented truly fascinating. Once Black broke down certain causes and influences to the witch craze, it was interesting to apply those same things to other similar situations to get a better understanding of people's psychology during that occurrence. This is a topic that I have never considered before and it's thanks to Black that I would like to do my own personal research to learn more.
My Rating: 3/5
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The first book in "The Heroes of Corvus" series, A Superhero's Duty by Patricia Gilliam is a wonderful blend of urban fantasy and science fiction.
Icarus, a villain-for-hire, finds himself filled with guilt when a planned fight against hero, Red Bolt, ends in the accidental death of the hero, three civilians and a young boy becoming an orphan. However, Icarus soon realizes that there was more going on during the fight than he first believed and that city of Corvus is in great danger.
"Armed guards were stationed near almost every entry and exit, and every one of them reacted as if I was a threat until they saw Beth and Fisher beside me. Exploring on my own would be out of the question." -A Superhero's Duty by Patricia Gilliam
A Superhero's Duty is a urban fantasy and sci-fi book that centers on villain-for-hire, Icarus. One of my most fun reads for this week!
I don't normally read shojo manga, but after listening to Melissa Read's review on this manga I knew I had to give it a shot.
"Yuki is a typical college student–it’s just that she can’t hear. A chance encounter on a train leads to a serious crush…but will he give her a chance?"-Penguin House
I really loved how Yuki was portrayed in this manga. Never once does Morishita make the reader pity Yuki because of her deafness. Yuki is going to school, has her own friend group, her own interests, her own dreams, and her own way of communicating. And of course, like all college students at some point, Yuki falls in love.
I'm excited to present my first book haul of the year. I'll be honest. I personally do not like to purchase physical copies of books so nearly all of these are library books or digital books that aren't pictured.
Titles in my book haul include: