Animal Crossing Book Tag

By now, you have come across the game on Nintendo Switch called Animal Crossing. I never thought I'd be the type to buy a game console, however, I caved and bought a switch for the sole purpose of playing Animal Crossing New Horizons. I also learned that there have actually been four other installments of Animal Crossing in the past, so this isn't really a "new" game, I'm just not an OG Animal Crosser. Once I learned that my booklover self can actually manifest in this game, I became obsessed. But that wasn't all. I then learned that there was an Animal Crossing Book Tag, and my whole world shattered. I realize that this tag was created in 2017, but I really enjoyed these questions! 

This tag was created by Bookish Things and Tea. Head over to McKenzie's blog to check out her answers. The following questions and graphics are all originally created by her. With that, let's get started! 

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: 9780679783305 | PenguinRandomHouse ...

You know that feeling when you leave high school and the days of obligatory classic reading, and for the next few years shut out classic books from your TBR? Because I do. I never imagined myself going back to classic books until I read Anna K by Jenny Lee, which is a modern reimagining of the classic Anna Karenina. Now all I want to do is read Tolstoy's timeless love story because of how much I loved its modern counterpart. 

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I am so mad about this series because the first and second books were amazing, and then I don't know what happened to the third book. Sometimes I pretend that the third book doesn't exist in the same realm as its predecessors. Firefight was definitely my favorite book in the Reckoners trilogy by Brandon Sanderson because it naturally took everything I loved about the first book and amplified that. 

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What can I say? I live and breathe New York City, so when this book came out and everybody was obsessed with it, I too was excited to read it. I've read a lot and I mean a lot of books set in NYC, but this one stood out to me as the plot was intriguing and fast-paced. I miss this series so much.

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I haven't read a new release this year, but Circe always feels like a new release because its hype has still been all the rage on Instagram. Loved this book and you can read my review here

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If you're new to the blog, you wouldn't know that I am absolutely obsessed with this book and all the lessons that I've learned from reading it. I have met the author several times, and I feel like this book always comes to mind when someone asks me for a recommendation.

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I apologize for being the most predictable booklover ever. Six characters and POVS, what more could you ask for?

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I am in the unpopular opinion gang with this book, but yeah. Bye. 

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I am not a historical fiction reader, much less interested in WWII novels, but THIS BOOK. I received the title in a book subscription box and had no idea what was coming for me. This book is filled with great intrigue and characters. It's super underrated in the popular book community. 

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Circe by Madeline Miller | worth the hype?

Title: Circe
Author: Madeline Miller
Pages: 393 pages
Release Date: April 10th, 2018
Source: BOTM book club pick
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology
Rating: 4/5 stars
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

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TW for the book: rape, gore, violence 

You are not imagining things. It is I, Alyx, back from months of nada to bring you another review. I think I honestly spent most of 2020 buying books and then DNFing them, which isn't a good mix let me tell you. But I think I was just waiting for the right book to grace my readerly eyes and keep me sucked in. I loved Miller's first book, Song of Achilles and I am a sucker for anything Greek Mythology, so I had an inkling that this book would be right up my alley. I remember when this book first came out and my feed blew up with stories and posts praising this title. Even still, two years after its release, this book is still talked about as if it was released just last month. I decided to finally read it for myself and see if it is really worth the hype.

I wouldn't say that I'm so well-versed in aspects of Greek Mythology, but I had this point in my life where all I read were books about Greek Mythology. I know the basics and some of the lesser Gods, but it was so interesting to see so many deities' stories intertwined in this story. This book caters well to both audiences- avid Greek Mythology book readers and new and eager readers ready to step into the genre. Most importantly, this book centers upon a very underrated figure in mythology, Circe. Even before I started the book, I did not know of her existence, yet I picked up what was going on rather quickly. Miller has a knack for writing beautiful stories about mythological figures, without you ever needing to know much beforehand. And for that, I praise this book because I didn't have to do any Google searches, and if I did it was only because I was interested to learn more, not that the web search was super integral to my understanding of the story. So if that was keeping you from reading this book, it didn't seem like a problem. My advice, though, is not to fixate on pronouncing every new character's name correctly in the book. It will definitely slow you down and isn't as important as remembering who they are in the story. I just gave everyone nicknames :)

As for the writing, I really admire her lyrical writing, which was often filled with some beautiful metaphors and descriptions. There is very little dialogue, since our main protagonist is most often by herself on her island of Aiaia, and so the author is forced to immerse us in the world through the different senses. Though I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed this, the book kind of lacks a specific plot. The story is much more character-driven than it is plot-driven.

Let's talk about characters, my favorite part. I think the author really had a challenge tackling this story because she's taking these well-known figures in mythology, who we already have pre-conceived associations about, but she adds her own spin on these characters and truly makes them come alive from the pages. I think the draw about Greek mythology is that it connects so much with history, and we love seeing their personalities come to play in the books we read. The main character, Circe, goes through some incredible character development very early on in the story and my only gripe was that I wish it was more drawn out through the length of the book. I also wanted to see more of the side characters developed more. Although I knew they were only minor side characters, I was so interested in Circe's brother Aeetes and one of Circe's lovers, Daedalus.

It's hard to admit that Circe was the first book that I was able to finish so far this year. I have spent many months reading through many books, only to find myself at another DNF. But with Circe, I succeeded in finishing the entire book and it was more than enough to captivate my attention.

Did the pressure of the book community contribute to my enjoyment of this book? Maybe, but the world will never know. Circe is certainly a super entertaining book that was a nice mix-up for me since it has been years since I have read some Greek Mythology. It is probably not the most mind-blowing book of the year, and I much preferred the author's first novel, Song of Achilles, but rest-assured it lives up to its name in the book community.

BLOG TOUR: We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian | Wallpaper Designs

Title: We Are the Wildcats
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Pages: 368 pages
Release Date: March 31st, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
A toxic coach finds himself outplayed by the high school girls on his team in this deeply suspenseful novel, which unspools over twenty-four hours through six diverse perspectives.

Tomorrow, the Wildcat varsity field hockey squad will play the first game of their new season. But at tonight’s team sleepover, the girls are all about forging the bonds of trust, loyalty, and friendship necessary to win. 

Everything hinges on the midnight initiation ceremony—a beloved tradition and the only facet of being a Wildcat that the girls control. Until now.

Coach—a handsome former college player revered and feared in equal measure—changes the plan and spins his team on a new adventure. One where they take a rival team’s mascot for a joyride, crash a party in their pajamas, break into the high school for the perfect picture.

But as the girls slip out of their comfort zone, so do some long-held secrets. And just how far they’re willing to go for their team takes them all—especially Coach—by surprise.

A testament to the strength and resilience of modern teenage girls, We Are the Wildcats will have readers cheering 

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Here is a peek at the very rough sketch I did for this wallpaper project. You can see the ghost-like figure of a tiger in the center (because I can't really draw) and the quote. The elements shifted slightly from sketch to final because I didn't take into account of the actual wallpaper's orientation (which I should have definitely done!). I was inspired by the We Are the Wildcats marketing campaign imagery which is where the idea of the tiger and scratchy texture originated. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to bring out a boldness into the colors and overall energy, so I chose a bright palette and enlarged the tiger. Added some texture and ta-da!

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Credits: Tiger (Pixabay)

Spooky Reads & Eerie-sistible Treats

Hello readers, I'm excited to be back with a spooky reads post, as I love the fall season and the countless books that fit the season's mood. This post is in partnership with Penguin Teen for their 2019 YA Wicked Reads Campaign. Today I will be sharing book recommendations based on your favorite sweet treats. Stayed tuned to find out which book you should read.

If you like Hershey's Dark Special Dark Chocolate... 
If you like the bitter and spine-tingling taste of dark chocolate, you should pick up Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. Hershey's may seem kind of basic and plain to you on the outside, but the flavor of the dark chocolate is complex, twisted and quite unique. It is a perfect metaphor for this book, which takes on a very classic and simple look, however it is filled with dark accents and multi-dimensional characters.

If you like Skittles...
Want to read the rainbow? Not only does Noteworthy feature a handful of LGBTQ+ characters, but just like skittles, this book contains a multitude of flavors. There are moments in this book that will make you keel over and laugh, but then there are moments that will ground you with serious discussions about gender norms and diversity. You can get a taste for everything that Young Adult has to offer in this book. 

If you like Kit Kat...
You guessed it... a book that will break your heart! The Hearts We Sold is by far the most jarring book I've ever read. It sweeps you off your feet but also cracks your little heart into tiny pieces. When the book came out in 2017, it made my list of top reads for the year. This book has so many complex layers you can peel apart, which is personally how I love eating my Kit Kats. 

If you like Sour Patch Kids...
The Power was a recent read for me, one that I had to include on this list because I truly recommend it for this fall spooky season. Like a sour patch, this book has a serious flavor change. The book starts off pretty sour and then starts to slowly but surely become sweeter. I was all over the place while reading this book, sometimes wanting to cheer because my favorite characters prevailed and also the feeling of I-want-to-throw-my-book-across the other side of the room (which I did actually do btw). 

If you like candy corn...
Here lies a book that I personally thought I loved but everyone didn't, just like candy corn. I am a candy corn fiend and am always taken aback when people say they don't enjoy the super sweet and chewy treat. Everless was a book with very mixed reviews, but in short I had so much fun reading it and it definitely gives you a lot to chew on with the fantastic magic system and world building. 

If you LOVEEEEEE Snickers...
Last but not least for my favorite Halloween candy of all time. The Beautiful is recent release from master storyteller Renee Ahdieh. You know what you love best about Snickers: the smooth candy bar that looks super clean but then you take one bite and you get the exciting bite of a peanut, as a string of caramel runs down your chin. Reading The Beautiful is like taking a bite out of a Snickers bar. It's the sensation of surprise and gooey goodness that is sweet but also a little bit tart. Damn, I should really be a food critic. 

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