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Reading Check-In: June 4, 2022

I know this is another listing, but I've finished reading some great books and I wanted to share them with you all before posting my reviews of them (which, I still need to write). What have you finished reading recently? This was a cute take on "Black Girl Magic," and readers older than the middle… Continue reading Reading Check-In: June 4, 2022

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Why You Need to Listen to (and to Read Later On): “The River of Silver”

The River of Silver: Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy By: S.A. Chakraborty                                                                         Audiobook: 9 hours 45 minutes Published: March 1, 2022 (audiobook)/October 11, 2022 (print) Genre: Fantasy                                                                                    Narrated by: Soneela Nankani             She had been to Daevabad once as a girl and still remembered the awe of sailing through the veil that hid the island. Its brass walls… Continue reading Why You Need to Listen to (and to Read Later On): “The River of Silver”

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State of the ARC: April 2, 2022

It's been another crazy week. Good news: I'm feeling much better. And, I have even better good news, which I will announce in the near future. Bad news: My fellow gamers, E3 2022 has been cancelled. I may or may not give my thoughts on this news in the near future. This week, I'm just… Continue reading State of the ARC: April 2, 2022

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Reading Check-In: March 26, 2022 (Something Different)

Usually, I try to avoid writing about Reading Check-In Posts more than once a month, but...life has been crazy. Right now, I'm still in the process of job-hunting, going to work (at my current part-time job) and trying to keep up with all of my reading. Not to mention, I've been feeling under the weather… Continue reading Reading Check-In: March 26, 2022 (Something Different)

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Why You Need to Read: “The Jasmine Throne”

Burning Kingdoms, #1: The Jasmine Throne By: Tasha Suri Published: June 8, 2021 Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy             She had fought to have this opportunity,…All of it, in order to have this: a maidservant who was likely ‘not’ simply a maidservant, standing before her within the walls of this blighted prison, (13: Malini).              Readers love when authors release… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Jasmine Throne”

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Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2022

I'm hoping my life in 2022 doesn't have too many roadblocks (COVID-19 aside) and I am able to get back on track with my reading, my writing, and my gaming. This list contains numerous books that are scheduled to be released in 2022. Yes, my reading list is longer than the time available to read… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2022

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Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction Books of 2021

What a year 2021 has been! Don't get me wrong, I'm glad this year is over similar to the majority of all of you. However, this year was an extremely productive one for me: I published my first essay, I graduated from graduate school (again) and I started a new job, and, thanks to all… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction Books of 2021

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Reading Check-In: November 27, 2021

What have you finished reading recently? I've been working my way through reading the "Sapphic Trifecta," which I started earlier this year, but I had to halt because I was working on my final project for grad school. So far, I've finished reading 2 of the 3 books, which are amazing reads. However, do not… Continue reading Reading Check-In: November 27, 2021

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SCKA 2021: The Nominees, the Finalists & the Experience

One of the best things about being a bookblogger is the book awards. Besides the “big awards” such as the Hugo and the Nebula Awards—which many of us have read at least half of the nominees—there are the SPFBO and the SPSFC—which gives bookbloggers and (indie) reviewers the chance to propel indie books towards more… Continue reading SCKA 2021: The Nominees, the Finalists & the Experience

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Why You Need to Read: These Books While Waiting for “The Winds of Winter”: Part II

Here we go again. It’s been almost 3 years since I complied the 1st list of book recommendations; and, we’re still waiting for The Winds of Winter, the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire series. Many of us continue to wait, patiently, for this book by reading similar books by authors who write fantasy stories. There… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: These Books While Waiting for “The Winds of Winter”: Part II