Contemporary (Teen), Dystopia (Teen), Fantasy (Teen), Mystery/Thriller (Teen)

#Kpopreadathon – What A Fun Reading Experience!

Soooo maybe some of you don’t know this but I LOVE KPOP. I’ve been listening to kpop since I was 12 years old, and while I’ve drifted away and come back multiple times, it is one of my favourite genres of music.

When I heard that Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura was hosting this amazing readathon that combines two of my favourite things (reading and kpop), how could I resist? I chose #TeamBTS and even had ambitious plans to do the prompts from other teams, too … but I didn’t get around to it!

Here’s a quick summary of the books I read and my thoughts on them!

Contemporary Read: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon [ARC]

Rep: mental health, therapy, LGBTQIA+, racism

10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3) book cover

10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3)

by Sandhya Menon

Published June 21, 2020 by Simon Pulse
Series: Dimple and Rishi
ISBN: 1534416811

Data from Goodreads

Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.

Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.

Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.

Just like other books by Menon, I absolutely loved 10 Things I Hate About Pinky! There was great representation that went beyond being Indian-American. Pinky was a very unique character – and yet, I found her relatable; her desire for her mother’s approval while retaining her own individuality was one I could really understand. I loved the romance between the two MCs and seeing them evolve through their interactions. There was so much happening in the story but it all worked very well! My only pet peeve: (Click to reveal spoiler) Pinky mentions therapy to Samir at one point, which is great … but it wasn’t done in a very natural way; it almost sounded like a PSA. I wish this had been better incorporated in the story . Once again, Menon has delivered and has become my automatic-buy author!

Greek Mythology: Mythos by Stephen Fry

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by Stephen Fry

Published November 2nd 2017by Michael Joseph
ISBN: 0718188721

Data from Goodreads

From Persephone’s pomegranate seeds to Prometheus’s fire, from devious divine schemes to immortal love affairs, Fry draws out the humor and pathos in each story and reveals its relevance for our own time. Illustrated throughout with classical art inspired by the myths, this gorgeous volume invites you to explore a captivating world, with a brilliant storyteller as your guide.

I love Greek mythology but sometimes I get the origin stories confused. In Mythos, we are presented with an easy-to-read and amusing version of the classic tales. I loved having the opportunity to get reacquainted with the Greek gods. Every chapter was short and sweet, almost like reading mini-tales that were connected. All in all, an enjoyable read!

Fave Genre [Thriller]: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Rep: feminism

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The Grace Year

by Kim Liggett

Published October 8th 2019by Wednesday Books
ISBN: 1250145449

Data from Goodreads

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

I decided to give this one a bit of a twist and read a YA dystopian thriller! I’m so glad I picked this up because it was absolutely fantastic. I loved the characters, the eerieness of the world-building, and the contemplative nature of the story itself. There is so much going on but I will spoil it if I say anything more. Just do yourselves a favour and read this book!

OwnVoice: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Rep: Latinx

Clap When You Land book cover

Clap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Published May 5th 2020by Hot Key Books
ISBN: 1471409120

Data from Goodreads

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

I’ve already talked about how much I love this book. So I’ll post the link to my full review here. But if you haven’t read this book, please do. Written in prose, it explores the deeper meaning of family through a tragedy, and it is one of my favourite books of the year. It had me so emotional and it was worth crying for!

Buddy read: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas [ARC]

A Court of Thorns and Roses book cover

A Court of Thorns and Roses

by Sarah J. Maas

Published May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
ISBN: 1619634449

Data from Goodreads

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

I had the pleasure of reading this with San @btsentence and it was such a fun time! While I enjoyed the world-building and the various creatures, I felt things needed to be explained better. There were a lot of things that just didn’t make sense to me. Also, the initial romance was a bit weak for me … but I suspect there is going to be a change in alliance soon! I did like the action-packed end, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

Midnight Read: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow [ARC]

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

by Alix E. Harrow

Published September 10th 2019by Redhook
ISBN: 0316421995

Data from Goodreads

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

This book is hands-down on my Top Books list. Why did I wait so long to read this treasure?! Amazing worldbuilding, exceptional writing, and great characters – I was in love from page 1! Every little detail is so intricately woven and I was spellbound. There wasn’t a single flaw I could find – and I’m a tough critic! I loved the MC and I could not put this book down! The story is told from the perspective of January, our MC, but there are also journal entries that tell the tale of a different character, which are just as interesting. There are plenty of twists and turns and so many different worlds to explore inside this one book! If you’re looking for a great fantasy read, then please try this one!

And there you have it! I absolutely loved this readathon and I was able to read so many of my anticipated books from it!

If I ever get into a reading slump, I’ll probably use some of the other prompts to motivate me because they were all fantastic!

Did you participate in this readathon? If so, what team?

Have you read any of these books? And are any on your TBR?

Let me know in the comments!

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