Hogwarts Tag

I’ve seen this tag floating around, most recently on Nova from GalaxyLocks’s blog, but I can not find the creator! If anyone knows, please let me know.

I wasn’t actually tagged for this, but I really wanted to do a tag, and this one seemed like fun, so…here we go!


Am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Definitely a Muggleborn! The entire rest of my family is so far from magical. Well, they want to be, at least, but sometimes weird stuff happens with my mom’s family, so maybe I’m a half-blood?

 

Which wand chose me?

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Applewood: Applewood wands are not made in great numbers. They are powerful and best suited to an owner of high aims and ideals, as this wood mixes poorly with Dark magic. It is said that the possessor of an apple wand will be well-loved and long-lived, and I have often noticed that customers of great personal charm find their perfect match in an applewood wand. An unusual ability to converse with other magical beings in their native tongues is often found among apple wand owners, who include the celebrated author of Merpeople: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Language and Customs, Dylan Marwood.

Phoenix Feather core: This is the rarest core type. Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or dragon cores to reveal this. They show the most initiative, sometimes acting of their own accord, a quality that many witches and wizards dislike. Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalise, and their allegiance is usually hard won.

Length: 10 ¾”

Flexibility: Slightly springy

 

Did I take an owl, cat, rat, or toad with me?

A cat, for sure.

 

Where did the Sorting Hat put me?

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What house did I want to be in?

Honestly, Ravenclaw, but I would have been fine if I’d been sorted into Hufflepuff.

 

What lessons are my favorite and least favorite?

Favorites: Charms, Divination, History of Magic, Astronomy, Transfiguration, Ancient Runes, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Least Favorites: Muggle Studies (I’d probably be bored, but who knows), Potions (I think I would actually be ok at Potions, but not under Snape), Artithmancy.

 

The form my patronus takes:

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I was so scared to take the patronus test because I was afraid I would get something I really didn’t like or feel anything for. (Is that weird?) But, I got a big cat, which didn’t surprise me at all, and I haven’t come across anyone else with a leopard patronus, so that’s cool. If I could choose my patronus, it would probably be either some type of cat, a penguin, or an octopus, so I’m happy.

 

What does a boggart look like for me?

I’m really not sure. I feel like I’d have the same kind of boggart experience as Molly in OotP, though, so I’m glad those things are fiction :/

 

Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

I would like to think yes, to both, but I’m not sure. I would probably try out for quidditch, and probably not make the team. I wonder what kinds of clubs and stuff Hogwarts students had, besides quidditch, though. Were there art clubs? Writing clubs? What about photography? Did Hogwarts have a school paper or anything like that? Depending on my options, I would either be super involved, or I would just spend my time trying to organize a book or writing club if there wasn’t already one.

 

Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?

In the library, almost exclusively. I’d probably also try to sneak into the kitchens every now and then, and I would probably hang out with Hagrid and whatever the creature of the week happened to be.

 

What would I most likely get detention for?

Ok, in muggle school, I think I got detention once and it was for chewing gum. But at Hogwarts? I’d probably get it for being late to class, sneaking out of my common room to explore or meet up with friends in other houses, and that sort of thing.

 

What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?

Oh man, I have no clue. I would probably want to write, though, so either working as a journalist for The Quibbler (yep, I wouldn’t go for The Daily Prophet) or writing for a magazine, or…a novelist? Was that a thing in the wizarding world?


The end! I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do it, do it!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Covers I’d Live In

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

August 2nd: Book Covers You’d Live In
— We all love a good cover but what are some covers you’d like to be transported into?

 

I was so excited when I read this topic, because I thought it would be sooo easy. I was wrong. Very, very wrong. There are plenty of gorgeous covers out there, but it took a lot of work for me to come up with 5 that made me think, “Oh yeah, I want to be in there!” if I took the story out of the equation. Anyway, here’s what I finally settled on, in no particular order…


 

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll– Either the Puffin Chalk edition, or the gorgeous Camille Rose Garcia edition.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jane Eyre cover; links to goodreads

 

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë– The Penguin Deluxe Classics edition, which I’ve been lusting after for a couple of years now but still don’t have 😥 I think all the books in the Deluxe Classics line are drool-worthy (or at least all the ones I’ve seen), but this one makes me want to go explore that house.

 

 

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Through the Woods cover; links to goodreads

 

 

 

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– This is one of my favorite book covers, and I’m definitely intrigued enough to want to explore those woods.

 

 

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The Seafarer’s Kiss cover; links to goodreads

 

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember– Icy (or snowy?) looking landscape with a mermaid? Yes, please! (I hate summer, ok, and it took conscious effort to not make this list with all winter landscape covers :/ )

 

 

 

 

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Chamber of Secrets cover; links to goodreads

 

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated edition) by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay– I had to include a Harry Potter book on this list, but choosing just one was so hard! I finally decided to use this one.

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Must Read Mondays: July 31st

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Must Read Monday is a weekly thing I do here to recommend books I’ve read and enjoyed. I might sometimes throw in something I gave 3 stars to, but for the most part they’re books I gave a 4-5 star rating to. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily amazing literature, but it does mean I liked them enough to recommend them to other people.


Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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When I read it: June 2017

Genres: fantasy

Recommended for: I’ve been recommending this to everyone I know who reads fantasy at all.

My review

 

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What it’s about:

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Guests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.


This was one of those books I finished and then talked ad nauseam about for weeks. Actually, I’m still talking about it, every chance I get, and I might even gift it to a couple of people. I love that it’s a novella, I love how unique it was, I loved the characters, I loved the writing…I just loved it. I borrowed it from the library, but ASAP I’m getting a copy because I think this is one I’ll definitely be re-reading.

The second book in the series, Down Among the Sticks and Bones is out now, so I’ll be getting it, too. (I’m actually probably more excited about it than I was about this one because I think it focuses on my favorite character–Jack–and I need more!)

While it it part of a series, I think you could absolutely read Every Heart a Doorway as a stand-alone. It was complete by itself, and I think the other books are all going to be companion stories, not necessarily sequels.

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Update: I’m alive

The first couple of days post-op, I thought I was going to have an easy recovery, and I was eager to get back to my life, but then day 3 knocked me on my butt because the pain really kicked in, and I’ve been taking it easy since then.

I’m still in pain and recovering, but I’m healing and slowly getting back to a few normal activities. This surgery put me waaaaay behind on my reading, and I had to abandon the blog for a while, both partly because my anti-nausea meds caused vision so blurry I literally couldn’t read for a week :/ But, now I’m finally feeling up to reading a bit and can sit up enough to use my laptop for a little while, so hopefully this week I’ll be able to get back to posting on schedule again. (Does anyone else not feel like reading when you’re sick and/or in pain, or is it just me?)

Thank you all so much for your kind words and support ❤ I hope you’re all having a much better month than I’ve had, and I wish you good health, happiness, and great books 🙂

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Unexpected Hiatus

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with my blog this week but I’m in the hospital :/ Hopefully I’ll be going home today, but it’ll probably be next week before I can get back to the blog. I apologize for any comments I haven’t replied to yet. I’ll get to them as soon as I can.

I hope all of you are having a great week 🙂

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Must Read Mondays: July 17th

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Must Read Monday is a weekly thing I do here to recommend books I’ve read and enjoyed. I might sometimes throw in something I gave 3 stars to, but for the most part they’re books I gave a 4-5 star rating to. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily amazing literature, but it does mean I liked them enough to recommend them to other people.


We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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When I read it: November 2016

Genres: non-fiction; essays; feminism

Recommended for: Pretty much everyone.

 

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What it’s about:

What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike.

Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.


This isn’t totally perfect, but it was still good. It’s a short, quick read, and I think it’s something important that more people should read, especially if you’re a baby-feminist or having a difficult time articulating ideas about feminism to non-feminists. I know it helped me be able to better explain some things after reading it, because I have a hard time putting a concept that I understand into words while talking sometimes, without babbling and losing people along the way.

However, as I said, it wasn’t perfect. I’m not going to try to go into the details about what was wrong or missing, because I don’t have a copy to reference and I don’t want to give false information. But, I think I remember this being far less intersectional than I expected it to be. It wasn’t groundbreaking for me, and I remember picking up on a few issues while reading (trans exclusion, like “genitalia=gender” ideas I think, and I’m pretty sure it was very hetero-normative). If you haven’t read it yet, and you’re considering reading it but want to know some of the ways it wasn’t great, I would recommend skimming over some lower than 5 star reviews or doing some googling first.

So, I recommend this, but I also know it could have been better and far more intersectional.

 

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(Ridiculously Late) June Wrap Up + Book Haul

Well, at least I did this before the month was officially half over? :/ Onward!

So June wasn’t really a great reading month for me, but that’s ok because I made up for it by buying a ton of new books…That makes sense, right? Terrifying TBR + slow reading month = buy more books! (I might have failed a math class once…)

Anyway, in June, I managed to finally get through some things I’m ashamed for having not read yet, found a new couple of favorites, and crossed an item or two off my PopSugar 2017 Reading Challenge, and completed my goal for #RockMyTBR. So, all things considered, it wasn’t a bad month. Plus, shiny new books!


I read:

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (reviewed here) and I gave it 3.75/5 stars (rounded up to 4/5 stars).

 

 

 

 

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (reviewed here) and I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

 

 

 

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The Haunted and The Hunted by Cassie Alexander (reviewed together here), and I gave The Haunted a tentative 2.75 stars (rounded up to 3/5) and The Hunted 2.5/5 stars (rounded down to 2/5)

 

 

 

 

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La Douleur Exquise by J.R. Rogue which I gave 4/5 stars, and I highly recommend Rogue’s work in general!

 

 

 

 

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Slammed by Colleen Hoover which I gave 2/5 stars. I wanted to like it, but it really wasn’t my thing at all, so sorry to any fans out there :/

 

 

 

 

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare which I gave 5/5 stars (but maybe 4.5/5? I’m not sure yet), and this is one I was ashamed that I hadn’t read yet. I love Shakespeare and I feel like this should have been required high school reading.

 

 

 

And, finally, I read

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen for the first time. I think. I gave it 2/5 stars. I had a bunch of classic fairy tales when I was a kid, but I don’t remember if I had this one or not. If I did read it then, it didn’t leave an impression, and I’m still just not a fan. I think I’m more of a Grimm’s fan.

 

 


Book Haul!

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From top to bottom: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett; Hans Christian Andersen Tales (Word Cloud Classics edition because I love those and have a few others); The Girl in the Castle by Santa Montefiore; It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett; Everything Must Go (ARC) by Jenny Fran Davis; Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour; Burial Rites by Hannah Kent; Blue Horses by Mary Oliver; Irish Folk and Fairy Tales by W.B. Yeats; Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel; The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell; If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio; The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon; The Complete Poetry of Maya Angelou

Husband picked out Equal Rites, mostly for me, because I didn’t get along well with The Color of Magic and, for a change, he wants to get me into a series. So, I read a page or so of Equal Rites, declared it to be more to my tastes, and here we are. He also found the W.B. Yeats book and thought I’d be interested (he knows me so well ❤ ).

I’m long overdue having some Andersen fairy tales, so I jumped at the chance to get this edition when I found it.

The Girl in the CastleIt’s All Fun and Games, and Everything Must Go were goodreads giveaway wins that arrived last month.

Everything Leads to YouBurial RitesBlue Horses, Station Eleven, The Bone Clocks, The Bone Season, and anything/everything Maya Angelou have all been on my wishlist and TBR for ages.

If We Were Villainshad to get because I won the audiobook a couple of months ago (review here) and became absolutely obsessed with it. I’ve been scouring B&N since then, but the closest to me doesn’t stock it. I actually–amazingly–found it at BAM, which blew my mind. Husband made me buy it because I’d finally found it (and had been talking non-stop about it for weeks by then). It’s definitely a contender for my favorite book read in 2017 and I highly recommend it!

Also, I think I should mention that while this looks like I spent an obscene amount of money, almost all of these (that I bought) were on sale. Like, under $5 kind of on sale. I felt like I’d died and gone to bibliophile heaven because I hadn’t even planned on going to the bookstore, but we did, and it was amazing. I really don’t usually buy as many books as I have this year, I’ve just come across great deals at opportune times. The only thing that bugs me a little is that a lot were on shelves outside, so they have a bit of dirt and slightly more wear than most of the inside books. But for the prices, I’m fine with that.


What was your June reading month like? See any books you loved (or hated!) on my lists?

 

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First Lines Fridays: July 14th

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!

 


They said I must die. They said that I stole the breath from men, and now they must steal mine. 


 

 

Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.

 

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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What it’s about:

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

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I was on the fence about this for a while, but I kept seeing it around and finally just grabbed a copy when I found it on sale. Now that I’ve actually read the description, and heard good things about it, I’m kind of wondering why I didn’t seek it out sooner because it sounds like something I could love.


If you’ve read it, what did you think of it? If you haven’t read it, is it on your TBR, too?

 

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T5W: Favorite Children’s Books

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

July 12th: Children’s Books
–This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads.

This one was way harder than I expected because there were/are so many children’s and middle grade books I’ve loved. 


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Doll Bones
by Holly Black– I read this somewhat recently, and I think I would have liked it a lot when I was about 7. I still liked it as an adult, but I think I would have enjoyed it more at a much younger age, but at either point I would have been disappointed that it wasn’t really a horror story like I’d been led to believe. It was still a good story, though, and one of the better children’s books I’ve read as an adult.

 

 

 

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Roald Dahl’s children’s books– Ok, I couldn’t decide on a favorite. The Witches and Matilda are probably my top 2, but I love them both equally, but for different reasons, and I love several of his other books, so I’m just using him instead of a specific book for this one. (All the covers link to goodreads.)

 

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Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White– This is the first book-book I can remember reading on my own. And it’s also the first book I had to argue with people about, because no one around me believed a 4 year old could have read and comprehended this book 🙄 Basically, this was the book that made me realize how important books were going to be to me, and it’s still an all-time favorite of mine.

 

 

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Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff– I had to put this on the list even though I haven’t seen or read a copy of this in almost 20 years. Why? Because I must have read this book over a dozen times in 4th grade. I don’t even know why I loved it so much back then, but it meant so much to me I’m still thinking about it all these years later, and I’m probably going to buy a copy for my kid soon.

 

 

I’m cheating and calling a tie between these last two! I’m sorry, but I can’t choose between these two great loves of my early childhood.

 

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Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Schwartz– Back in my day these were three individual books that I obsessively checked out probably 30 times in the three years I was at the elementary school that had them. Now, I own this bind up and I still re-read it a lot, and even share some of the mildest with my kid who kind of likes horror, but not as much as I did/do.

 

 

 

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Goosebumps by R.L. Stine–lived for these books before Harry Potter, and I had a decent collection. Everyone in my family knew how much I loved them and even bought me some of the VHS tapes, which I also obsessively watched when I couldn’t sneak a real horror movie into my VCR. (There are like 5 million of these, so I just grabbed one cover.)

 

 

 


Did any of your favorites make my list? Tell me about some of your favorite children’s and/or middle grade books!

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First Lines Fridays: July 7th

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!

 


As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things. First, she was traveling through open space. Second, she was about to start a new job, one she could not screw up. Third, she had bribed a government official into giving her a new identity file. 


 

 

Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.

 

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

(The cover links to goodreads)

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I can’t remember when or how this landed on my TBR, but I know it’s been on there a while. I finally got a copy recently and I’m really looking forward to getting into it (if this weird book mood ever ends that’s keeping me from sci-fi and fantasy, ugh) because I’ve heard great things about it all over the place. Plus, I’m loving those first lines! Even if this hadn’t been on my radar, if I’d picked it up randomly and read that, I would probably have been hooked.


Have you read it? If you did, what did you think of it?

 

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