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Banned & Challenged Books: When Society Overrides Personal Choice

***My 250th Blog Post             Banned and challenged books have become a “hot topic” in 2022; or maybe the Shutdown brought more attention to them because many people returned to reading due to the Pandemic. Yes, throughout 2020 and 2021 A LOT of attention was given to books about race and ethnic issues. Then earlier this year,… Continue reading Banned & Challenged Books: When Society Overrides Personal Choice

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Book Tag: 10 Years, 10 Favorite Books

It seems Realms of My Mind has carried this BookTok Trend over to Bookbloggers (checkout the lists compiled by both imyril and My World of Books)! Before this "trend," I was thinking over my favorites from previous years. Keep in mind I started using "book apps" such as Goodreads and Library Thing (and later StoryGraph)… Continue reading Book Tag: 10 Years, 10 Favorite Books

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Why You Need to Read: “The Legacy of Molly Southbourne”

Molly Southbourne, #3: The Legacy of Molly Southbourne By: Tade Thompson Published: May 17, 2022 Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller, Sequel WARNING: There are spoilers from both The Murders of Molly Southbourne and The Survival of Molly Southbourne in this review. You have been warned.             There was once a girl called Molly who made people when she bled. People like you and… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Legacy of Molly Southbourne”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Unbroken”

Magic of the Lost, #1: The Unbroken By: C.L. Clark Published: March 23, 2021 Genre: Historical Fantasy, Military Fantasy             Touraine’s faith in Luca’s ability to keep the rebels from turning the guns on the Sands dwindled to nothing.             This time, the princess didn’t try to touch her again, even though now a part of Touraine wanted… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Unbroken”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Burning God”

The Poppy War Trilogy, #3: The Burning God By: R.F. Kuang                                                                       Audiobook: 23 hours 47 minutes Published: November 17, 2020                                              Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller Genre: Historical Fantasy, Grimdark, Military Fantasy, Folklore             What was wrong with her? She’d started and ended wars. She’d buried a god. She’d incinerated a country. There wasn’t an entity on the planet that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Burning God”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Empire’s Ruin”

Ashes of the Unhewn Throne, #1: The Empire’s Ruin By: Brian Staveley Published: July 6, 2021 Genre: Epic Fantasy             “But it can’t be coincidence, can it? The Annurians burn down the Purple Baths and then, the very next morning, these naked fools show up talking about an attacking army,” (5).              When an individual reads a work of… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Empire’s Ruin”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Gilded Ones”

The Gilded Ones, #1: The Gilded Ones By: Namina Forna Published: February 9, 2021 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains elements of rape, misogyny, familicide, dismemberment, human trafficking, and violence against females. Be advised.             Confusion lines my face, and I frown at her. “An invitation for what?”             “For you, Impure One. Emperor Gezo… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Gilded Ones”

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Reading Check-In: July 17, 2021

A brief update about my readings. But first, not that this should be a goal of mine, but I decided to reduce this year's Goodreads (yes, I have a Storygraph account) reading goal from 100 books to 50 books. At the beginning of this year, I knew there I shouldn't have pushed my limits this… Continue reading Reading Check-In: July 17, 2021

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Why You Need to Read: “The Bone Shard Daughter”

The Drowning Empire, #1: The Bone Shard Daughter By: Andrea Stewart Published: September 8, 2020 Genre: Fantasy             I knew who I was. I was Lin. I was the Emperor’s daughter. I shouted the words in my head, but I didn’t say them. Unlike my father, I kept my face neutral, my thoughts hidden. Sometimes he liked it… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Bone Shard Daughter”

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Why You Need to Read: “Fugitive Telemetry”

The Murderbot Diaries, #6: Fugitive Telemetry By: Martha Wells Published: April 27, 2021 Genre: Science Fiction             But whatever, now I just needed intel for threat assessment so I could figure out if GrayCris had killed the dead human or not and go back to my happy boring life on Preservation Fucking Station, (Chapter Three).             I LOVE MURDERBOT! And,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Fugitive Telemetry”