What’s This? I’m joining Pondathon again!

Pondathon II: The Quiet Pond’s Story-Driven Readathon. A small spade and watering can are crossed with vines wrapped around it frame the words Pondathon II. Three little forest sprites – one with a leaf on its head, another with twigs on its head like antlers, and a mushroom on the other’s head – sit on the words ‘Pondathon’.

What’s this? A new post? After so long ago? Unbelievable! Along with 2020, 2021 was in a reading slump. I did not get to read much, which resulted in blogging less. I know I could have blogged about anything else, but I have lost motivation for anything reading related, and that included this blog. It has been quiet around here.

When CW from the Quiet Pond (an excellent blog, so please check it out!) announced that the Pondathon was coming back, I knew I had to participate. The readathon would be the perfect motivation to read more. I have a ton of books to go through and I would love to read them all. It’s a win-win scenario. If you’re interested in joining (you get to create an adorable character!), please read below for more information. You’ll also be introduced to my new character!

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The Ones We’re Meant to Find: Review & Blog Tour

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 384 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

ARC provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-cities—Earth’s last unpolluted place—are meant to be sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but they’re populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

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The Lore of Prometheus: Ultimate Blog Tour!

Last year, I was one of the many judges in the in the BBNYA 2020 competition, where the judges have reviewed several books in a series of rounds to determine the ultimate winner. As part of the prizes for the winner, TheWriteReads would hold an Ultimate Blog Tour featuring the winner’s book. As part of the tour, I volunteered to share more about the book. If you want to check out some reviews from the tours, I highly suggest looking at the other tour stops!

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Book Review: Dragon Fire

Dragon Fire by Lisa McMann
Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Unwanted Quests, #5
Length: 496 Pages Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
Artimé is at war.

Led by the reckless new head mage, Frieda Stubbs, and swayed by her stoking their fear of the Revinir’s return, the people of Artimé have turned against the Stowe family. Aaron and his allies are captured while Fifer is left exposed to mortal danger.

Thisbe and the team of black-eyed children from Grimere journey to Artimé to help, leaving Dev behind to fend for himself against the increasingly powerful Revinir. Thisbe grapples with guilt and worry from multiple directions as her relationship with Fifer continues its downward spiral.

When things are at their bleakest and everything is on the line, Fifer is forced to make a decision that could change her destiny forever.

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All These Books And Buying More: 2021 Edition

Every reader knows of this problem. They even probably refer to it as THAT problem. No one has to mention it and everyone knows it immediately. I am speaking of the problem where one has simply to many books in their TBR pile but for some reason, they just keep buying more to add it to the pile. The pile simply never shrinks but only grow.

Last year, the one that shall not be named, my pile grew. I usually like to keep my TBR pile at 4 books the most. However, since I did very little reading, my buying habits soared past it and expanded the pile exactly four time its size. I am talking about 16 books. I have been looking at this pile wondering how I am going to overcome it with the intentions of reading each and every single book while having that thought every reader knows all too well: Buying more books.

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My 2021 Most Anticipated Reads

As I may be a little late into the month with this post, there is no way I am starting the year off without listing some of my most anticipated reads of 2021. As much as I don’t want to think about adding more books to the pile that I have (due to not reading much and buying more instead) sitting on my shelf, I am still going to add more regardless. The troubles of a reader. I do have plan on how I may approach new books this year, but thats for another topic. Anyhow, here are my most anticipated reads of 2021, in no particular order;

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Book Review: Only Mostly Devestated

Only Mostly Devestated by Sophie Gonzales
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 288 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
Summer love…gone so fast.

Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.

Right? Right.

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The Year That Shall Not Be Named and 2021: A Reflection

Last year, I expected things were going to be different as I have gone through new changes that were happening at the time. However, I am afraid that I was very, very wrong about it. So wrong, as as a matter of fact.

Normally, at the end of every year, I take a look at all the books I have read and gather it up all in post where I talk about my favorites, my goals, and hopes for the next year. As much as I would rather not look back, there is a need in order to move forward. At the beginning of the year, I have aimed for 50 books as my goal. Needlessly to say, that was not accomplished.

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco Infinity Son by Adam Silvera The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
Dragon Fire by Lisa McMann Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg The Shadow of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

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