Goodreads Choice Awards Best Fantasy

Every year it seems that I’ve read less and less of the nominees for the Goodreads Choice Awards in the fantasy categories even though it is my favourite genre. This year in the adult category I’ve read 3 of the 20 which makes sense since I haven’t been prioritizing a lot of the fantasy books on my TBR which I want to change in the coming year. I think in the next month I want to try and get to at least two more of the nominees that are on my TBR and I would love to try and complete at least the top 10 books that are announced next year! For the full list of the nominees click HERE!

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The Weight of Blood Review

*SPOILERS BEWARE*

An outcast at her small-town Georgia high school, Madison Washington has always been a teasing target for bullies. And she’s dealt with it because she has more pressing problems to manage. Until the morning a surprise rainstorm reveals her most closely kept secret: Maddy is biracial. She has been passing for white her entire life at the behest of her fanatical white father, Thomas Washington. After a viral bullying video pulls back the curtain on Springville High’s racist roots, student leaders come up with a plan to change their image: host the school’s first integrated prom as a show of unity. The popular white class president convinces her Black superstar quarterback boyfriend to ask Maddy to be his date, leaving Maddy wondering if it’s possible to have a normal life.

I quite enjoyed Maddy’s character. I think the way she chose to deal with everything that has happened to her so far has been quite realistic. There is definitely that sense of not belonging to any one particular group at school and also the horrific treatment from her father has really stunted her maturity and also her confidence which leads to her inevitable psychotic break.

I wasn’t all that invested in any of the other characters to be honest. I think they were all meant to be unlikeable as we know that none of them survive prom night. Kenny’s character got on my nerves a little bit. I know it would be quite hard to not stick to the status quo when your in high school but he should of stuck up for Maddy and called out the quite obvious racists acts that his friends were pulling. His sister was one of my favourite characters and I loved how she wouldn’t stand for it and made a fuss! Wendy was totally selfish and even though her intentions might of been to help smooth everything over she was doing it all for herself and her image.

I haven’t read the original Carrie or watched the movie before so I honestly had no preconceived notions on how this should be written or how close or far from the original it is or should be. I thought it was well written and the format with the added podcast element was fun and made it easier to get through. The pacing was quite fast and I was highly entertained throughout. The prom night scene did feel a little rushed though so I wish we could of had more time to really get a grasp of what was happening and how horrible it would of been to witness.

โญ๏ธ4/5 stars seeing these characters get what they deserve was fun!

Thankful for second hand books!

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time once again friends. This week the prompt is a ‘thankful’ freebie and I just wanted to give a shout out to thrift and secondhand books stores! Books are so expensive to buy brand new so I’ve restricted myself to only paying full price for either books I rated 4 stars and over or pre orders of series I’m loving. So over the last year I have visited a lot of op shops/thrift stores on the hunt for second hand books to add to my collection and I usually manage to come away with one or two titles. Just this last weekend I visited 3-4 stores and I came away with this lovely haul of books that I managed to snag.ย 

End of Year Book Tag

I did this tag at the end of last year and I felt like this is a fun tag that I’m going to do around this time every year!

I did start Jade City by Fonda Lee but never finished it but I definitely want to!

I don’t really have seasonal books that I read every year, but since we are going into Summer here in Australia one book I think will give me summery vibes is Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

No all my anticipated releases have come out already but one I haven’t picked up yet is House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas

Near the Bone by Christina Henry and His & Hers by Alice Feeney and All of Our Demise by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

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I just have a feeling I’m going to love this!

No… I did struggle with reading slumps throughout this year so my only plan for 2023 is to fall back in love with reading again!