If I had a choice between reading a standalone book or starting the first book in a huge series, I’d undoubtedly choose the latter. I’m admittedly a sucker for book series because they often signify complexity of plot. The most interesting, unique, and complicated premises often need more than just a single book to tell a good story.
That being said, sometimes I need a break from the complexity in such books. After tearing through stories riddled with drama and tension, violence and war, and conflict that determines the fate of humanity, I often find myself physically and emotionally drained. I’m sure someone out there can relate.
This is how I felt after finishing Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds trilogy in early February (which, by the way, is one of my all-time favorite trilogies.) I found myself desiring a nice, long metaphorical “literary nap,” and escape from some of that intensity for awhile.
Thus, I purchased Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick, a short and sweet summer tale of loss and love. And, well, I definitely knew what was coming when I bought it. Here’s my review:
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Hello, world! I would like to apologize for being MIA from this blog for so many weeks. Life caught up with me, and when I have a list of tasks and priorities in front of me, something’s gotta give, and that something ended up being my blog. But no worries, I am alive and thriving. If I weren’t busy in college, something would be wrong — I love what I do!
I’d like to shout a huge THANK YOU for everyone who stuck with me and Taylor through our (attempted) March Writing Challenge! Though I never finished (lol….), I still love improv freewriting, and I plan on extending the remaining prompts to any time I have free to post my work. With the semester winding up, time is becoming very tight, so no promises. But I guess the beauty about writing a blog for myself is that there are no obligations, and no stress. Keep an eye out for my next writing post!
While I sacrificed writing with my free time, I read for fun instead! I managed to get through a lot of books for fun in the past semester (around 13 works of fiction thus far since January!) Over the next n days, I’ll be posting reviews from the books I read. At last, my very first book review will be in this post — I wrote a review on Shadow and Bone (The Grisha book 1) by Leigh Bardugo!
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The “Let’s Talk Books!” series I’m beginning on this blog is soon going to be full of book reviews and recommendations! But for my first issue, I want to talk about a wonderful gem of a course I’ve stumbled upon and somehow had the blessing to be able to take this semester. A fair warning: this post may seem like it was some kind of required discussion for class. Quite the contrary, actually — I just get really passionate about the things I learn sometimes. I promise this is entirely a voluntary discussion, a product of my nerdy side, and coming solely from the desire to share my thoughts.
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