Review: “You Asked for Perfect”‘ by Laura Silverman

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Title: You Asked for Perfect
Author: Laura Silverman
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
TW: Anxiety, recreational drug use
Get it: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

 

Utterly realistic and relatable, Laura Silverman tackles the pressures and difficulties teens face in their academic lives in her sophomore title You Asked for Perfect.

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

It’s been a handful of years now since I finished high school. I wasn’t an exceptional student, but I still remember most of it – the struggle to fit in, competing with your classmates, balancing acads with extra curriculars, the pressure of maintaining high grades and a high weighted average to get into a good university. High school was tough and I was only happy, probably too happy, when I finally walked off with my diploma.

I guess, that’s what I was expecting from You Asked for Perfect when I started reading it:  tackle high school life – the good, the bad and everything in between. And that was exactly what I got! A very likable set of diverse characters, an adorable M/M romance and a whole load of Harry Potter references, there’s just so much to love in this book.

Where was this book when I was in high school myself? 

You Asked for Perfect was a refreshing yet still realistic take on academic anxiety and how the demand and struggle for perfection negatively affects young people. Laura Silverman explored this topic with much care and sensitivity while keeping the story fun and quirky.

Ariel was such a relatable character. Anyone, doesn’t matter how young or not young, will surely see a little of themselves in him (as well as the rest of the characters.) Ariel was smart, talented and funny; self-conscious and highly critical of himself. Reading his story took me back to the past and brought forth into memory a younger version of myself and of coffee-fueled late nights studying for an exam, cramming my head with information.

That I reminisced about high school, a part of my academic life that I’d much rather forget, was a testament to how well and effective Silverman crafted her characters. She brought to life colorful characters, characters that you can imagine living their own stories separate from Ariel’s. Rasha, Malka, Sook, Amir and (my namesake) Rachel – I was invested in what will happen to them and how well they will fare. It was just so much easier to care about a character when you feel like you know them, and that can only happen if they were fully fleshed out.

The romance part of this book was also another thing I loved. Ariel and Amir were ultra cute! These two totally had me shipping them from the very first time they appeared on the same page. And it was so adorable, how they got together! But while Amir plays an important part in Ariel’s life, their relationship played out on the sidelines – a critical subplot there to support the main story – and I appreciate that Silverman remained true to the focus of her story.

There’s much, much more to love about You Asked for Perfect. Diversity and representation, for one, with all the mains and secondary characters coming from different cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations (Ariel, Amir, Rasha, Malka and Isaac are all Jewish, Pari is Muslim, and Sook is Korean. Ariel is bisexual, Amir gay and Sook, a lesbian)  and I’m a 100% down for it. I also love all of the parts involving the parents in this book. Supportive and still very human, very flawed parents – it’s something that I wouldn’t mind reading more in the future.

Overall, You Asked for Perfect is an honest and lighthearted YA contemporary. With a diverse cast of characters, adorable romance and a plot most would be able to relate to, this book is an awesome read. I definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone, but most especially to contemporary lovers. You’ll fall in love with this book!

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Here’s a bonus playlist for y’all, inspired by Ariel and his great musical taste + a few songs that, I think, fits Amir and Ariel!

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About the Author:

Laura SilvermanLAURA SILVERMAN is an author and editor and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School. Her books include Girl Out of Water, You Asked for Perfect, and It’s a Whole Spiel. Girl Out of Water was a Junior Library Guild Selection.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “The Fever King” by Victoria Lee

Can't Wait WednesdayCan’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Happy mid-week! Today for CWW I will be featuring one of the many books I’m looking forward to next month.

39897058Title: The Fever King
Series: Feverwake #1
Author: Victoria Lee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: March 1, 2019
Pre-order: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

 

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

I’m pretty excited for this one, so excited that I pre-ordered it last December. It’s only a couple of weeks now ’til The Fever King‘s release and I’ve been hearing nothing but great things about it. I’m sure I’m going to be setting aside everything else once my copy arrives. Good luck trying to reach me while I read.

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Music Monday: “Haunted House” by Florence + The Machine

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Music Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


Hey there! Happy Monday!

I’ve been quiet for most of last week, and may continue to do so in this week as I try to catch up with my reading and writing my blog posts. The last couple of months’ hectic run took a toll on both my reading and writing but since I am done with all the necessary annual reports I needed to submit, I am determined to get back on my usual program for the blog.

I have a couple of things I need to do for the blog – write reviews, work on a feature/discussion post I’ve been sitting on the last month or so, send requests for review copies. It’s all crazy, and I don’t know exactly how to start it, so if you could spare me some good luck I could really put it into good use.

I’ve been terribly outdated re: new music releases as well. Work does that to you. (I wish the younger Rachel, the one who wished she’d grow up faster so she could be an adult and do whatever the hell she wanted, could see present Rachel now.) I only found out that Florence + The Machine  released two new tracks the last month. And, of course, I’m in love with both her new songs. But somehow, with the jittery drums and piano added to Florence Welch’s beautiful vocals and haunting lyrics, I love Haunted House a little bit more. And that is the track I chose to share to you guys this Monday.

Here’s me wishing all of you a great week ahead.

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First Line Fridays: “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.


Hey! Congratulations! We’ve reached another Friday!

I actually debated whether or not I will be joining today’s FLF since this week has been a slow one for reading-wise. The good news is, I finally finished that damned annual health report and ready to submit it to HR, so they, in turn, could submit it to the Department of Labor and Employment. That out of the way, I’m expecting more reading time for myself. So, yay, for me! 😊

Today I’m going to be sharing the first couple of lines of a book I plan to read this month as part of the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge. If you haven’t yet, go check out Shealea’s post about it and sign up. There are very cute badges for every reading milestone. Plus, you get to immerse yourself into more Asian reads by Asian authors. Ain’t that fun?

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Josh is Margot’s boyfriend, but you could say my whole family is a little in love with him. It’s hard to say who most of all. Before he was Margot’s boyfriend, he was just Josh. He was always there. I say always, but I guess that’s not true. He moved next door five years ago but it feels like always.

 

 

 

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I haven’t read any of Jenny Han’s books even though one of my friends, Lhea, has been pushing me forever to get her titles (starting with Burn for Burn because she’s just so in-love with that series.) I got around to buying the whole To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy in 2017, and it has been languishing on my shelves since then. (I swear my pile of unread books curse me every time I come home with a paper bag from the bookstore.) But its Netflix movie adaptation, which I loved,  reminded me about these books so I’m doing myself service and am picking them up now (kinda fitting too since it’s February.)

Anyway, that’s it for me today. I swear I’ll be working on my blog extra hard in the next week or so to compensate for the lack of posts the last couple of months. Here’s me wishing all of you a great weekend ahead. May it be filled with equally great books that make your hearts happy.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “You Asked for Perfect” by Laura Silverman

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Hey there! Happy midweek and welcome to another edition of Can’t-Wait Wednesday! Today I’m going to be featuring a book that I wished was published when I was still in school.

33299465Title: You Asked for Perfect
Author: Laura Silverman
Publisher: Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Pre-order: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

I’m pretty excited to have this book to read ahead of its release. You Asked for Perfect discusses the pressures of academic life – keeping your grades up, gaining the approval and acceptance of your peers – all things most students (former students) struggled with at one point or another. I did, several times, and to see a book tackle this issue means a lot. I wished this book existed when I was a student.

I’m again taking part in a blog tour for this wonderful book courtesy of the lovely gals at The Fantastic Flying Book Club . My stop is on the 16th, but please do check out the blog schedule below and check out the rest of the participating book bloggers.

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FEBRUARY 11th

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The Book Raven – Review + Playlist

FEBRUARY 13th

Young Adult Media Consumer – Review + Favourite Quotes
Milky Way of Books – Review
The Bibliophagist – Review

FEBRUARY 14th

Vicarious Bookworm – Review + Playlist
Novel Ink – Review

FEBRUARY 15th

Literary Meanderings – Interview
Metamorphoreader – Review + Playlist
The Hermit Librarian – Review + Favourite Quotes
Reading With Wrin – Review

FEBRUARY 16th

The YA Obsessed – Review
The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
Akithroughbooks – Review + Favourite Quotes
In Between Book Pages – Review + Playlist (It’s me! It’s me!)

FEBRUARY 17th

Vicky Who Reads – Review
A Bookish Dream  – Review
Oh Hey! Books. – Promotional Post

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Review: “The Warrior Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson

The Warrior Maiden - Melanie DickersonTitle: The Warrior Maiden
Series: Hagenheim #9
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Get it: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest opinion.

 

Romantic and peppered with meticulous historical period details, Melanie Dickerson re-creates Mulan’s story and gives it her own personal touch in her newest addition to her Hagenheim series The Warrior Maiden.

Mulan is trying to resign herself to marrying the village butcher for the good of her family, but her adventurous spirit just can’t stand the thought. At the last minute, she pretends to be the son her father never had, assumes his duties as a soldier, and rides off to join the fight to protect the castle of her liege lord’s ally from the besieging Teutonic Knights.

Wolfgang and his brother Steffan leave Hagenheim with several other soldiers to help their father’s ally in Poland. When they arrive, Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier Mikolai who seems to either always be one step away from disaster . . . or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways.

When Wolfgang discovers his former rival and reluctant friend Mikolai is actually a girl, he is determined to protect her. But battle is a dangerous place where anything can happen—and usually does.

When Mulan receives word that her mother has been accused of practicing witchcraft through her healing herbs and skills, Mulan’s only thought is of defending her. Will she be able to trust Wolfgang to help? Or will sacrificing her own life be the only way to save her mother?

As a kid, I grew up on Disney. I’ve seen them all – Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King – you name it, I probably have watched it (even the older ones like Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White and The Seven Dwarves because my parents were desperate to keep me and my younger sister occupied while they work.)

For some reason though, Mulan have always stood out for me.

Maybe it’s because of the song Reflection, which was sung by Lea Salonga in the movie. Or maybe it was how much Mulan values her family. Or that, among all the Disney movies, it was the only one about an Asian girl, something that even as a 10-year old I was able to identify. So when I saw The Warrior Maiden I happily requested for a review copy, excited for this new Mulan re-telling and how the author will spin it.

And an interesting re-telling it was.

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The Warrior Maiden was a intriguing re-creation of Mulan’s story. With Melanie Dickerson’s attention to detail and unique personal touch, it was joy to read this book. I particular loved how the author was able to line this book’s story for it to be included in her long-running Hagenheim series. It was definitely creative, certainly a surprise for me.

At first, it was hard to get to know both of the main characters. The third person perspective sort of acted like a wall separating me, the reader from the characters. I felt like an outsider looking in and watching these two characters move about in this world the author created. It was like reading with a veil wherein everything was a little gauzy and hazy, and I had to work a bit more to understand the intricacies of the characters, their time and their world.

They eventually grew on me, though.

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Both Mulan and Wolfgang were both determined characters with a clear goal in their heads. I didn’t identify with them much, but I understood where they were coming from. Mulan wants to keep her mother safe, wants to ensure that she keeps her home. She disguises herself as a man and takes her dead father’s place as a soldier of his liege lord to do this. Wolfgang, meanwhile, feels guilty for the death of a young shepherd – a death that occurred when he was a boy himself. All his life he has done everything in his power to atone for this mistake doing his best to be a good son, brother and soldier.

I enjoyed the romance between Mulan and Wolfgang – how it started with begrudging respect and transformed into a sincere one, eventually becoming more until it turned into love. It beautiful watching their relationship change bit by bit.

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While I enjoyed most of The Warrior Maiden, there were still some parts of it that I thought could have been improved. I found Mulan’s placement – that is, with her being in Lithuania – a bit awkward, though it was explained midway through the story how that came about. Something just felt off for me and I couldn’t shake the feeling even after finishing the story. I also found this story’s version of Mulan to be a bit watered down. One moment she would all be independent-like, the next moment she’s again helpless and letting Wolfgang do the rescuing. I don’t think she really grew into her own power in the end, not fully at least.

That said, The Warrior Maiden was a satisfying read. I actually picked this story not knowing that it’s already the 9th book of its series. It stood out well for me, and while I will be now be seeking out the rest of Dickerson’s Hagenheim series after having my interest piqued by this book, The Warrior Maiden could be read on its own. Readers who love re-tellings and fairytales will surely love this one.

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About the Author:

Melanie DickersonMELANIE DICKERSON is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing’s Best award, and her book, The Healer’s Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from the University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.

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February 2nd

Curiouser & Curiouser – Interview
Life at 17 – Review + Favourite Quotes
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February 3rd

The Book Raven – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
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Savings in Seconds – Review + Favourite Quotes
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February 4th

Fyrekatz Blog – Review
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100 Pages A Day – Review

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First Line Fridays: “The Last Romantics” by Tara Conklin

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.


Welcome to another installment of First Line Fridays this first Friday of February. I’m going to be sharing the first couple of lines from a book I’m currently reading, The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin.

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Year 2079

At first I believed the girl to be an apparition. A ghost. She rose from the crowd in the auditorium and walked to the microphone.

I remained very still. For the past ninety minutes, I had been seated onstage to discuss my body of work. As much as I dread large crowds, the event had been a success. The audience was respectful, intelligent, curious. I’d even made them laugh. That joke about the frog, of all things. We heard the sirens only once, a brief wail during which I paused my reading. We all waited, the thousand here in the auditorium and the thousands more watching via satellite and DTR. We waited, and then the sirens quieted, and I resumed with my                                                            poem.

I’m only close to 50% of this book. Work is still busy with all the annual reports I have to write so reading has taken a temporary backseat. But this book has really piqued me.  It’s a story about family and siblings, about love and how much you could only do to help someone. I have a feeling that by the end of this book I’ll be a mess.

The Last Romantics releases on February 5.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Connections in Death” J.D. Robb

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Hey there! Welcome to this week’s installment of CWW. Today I’m going to be sharing the latest installment of a long-time running favorite series of mine.

40122012Title: Connections in Death
Series: In Death #48
Author: J.D. Robb
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Pre-order: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.

Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…

This is already the 48th installment of the In Death series, but it still excites me. It’s like getting to meet a friend you haven’t seen a while and catching up with them, that’s how it feels for me.

Nora posted an excerpt of this book on her blog Fall Into the Story. If you’re interested, here’s the link to that preview.

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Challenging Challenges (aka Rachel takes on the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge)

This year promises to be a really good year in terms of new releases and debuts. I’m particularly happy to see more titles with Asian protagonists by Asian authors. As a long-time reader, this has been something sort of like a dream: to see characters who share my lineage, my culture and language – to see a bit of myself on the pages of a book I’m reading. I know there’s still a ways (lots and lots of them) to go, but this, finally, feels like a good start.

So, to celebrate this, I decided to actively seek out titles by Asian authors. This doesn’t just apply to new releases, though getting my hands on them is very much on my agenda, but also to older works because I’m sure I missed a couple of them. To help me with this goal, I’m taking on the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge hosted by Shealea from Shut Up, Shealea, CW from The Quiet Pond, Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams, and Vicky from Vicky Who Reads.

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6wddh96As my professors and clinical instructors drilled it into my brain when I was in college (Ugh! All those patient care plans!) I’m setting an entirely reachable and realistic goal this first year of the challenge. 11-20 books for the Indian Cobra (ain’t he cute!) badge. I already have one book under my belt this month – The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, which was an absolute delight to read!

I want to go over the books that I already own but haven’t yet read first for this challenge. Here’s my first YARC 2019 TBR.

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I’ll be adding to this TBR as I go. I already have a few books in mind to follow these 5, but I got to finish the books in this first TBR before I go on a another buying spree. In the meantime, check out the hosts – Shealea, CW, Lily and Vicky – because they have other cool stuff connected to Year of the Asian.

Here’s me hoping for the best!

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Rachel

Music Mondays: “Ash and Ember” by Augustana

Music Mondays

Music Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


Hey there! Happy Monday!

It’s already the start of the last week of the first month of this new year. Was that confusing? Play of words aside, how has January been for you? Was it great? Just fine? Bad? Mine was just fine, I guess. It was neither good nor bad and I’m actually just okay with that. Of course, that’s not counting the fact that I’ve been sick for two weeks with the flu, which sucked, but, yeah, January was an okay month.

I recently finished Melanie Dickerson’s The Warrior Maiden and Jessie Mihalik’s Polaris Rising, which I already reviewed (here’s the link.) I enjoyed these two books a lot and can’t wait for it to come out so many more people gets to enjoy them. I also started reading Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark, a book that has been languishing on my TBR for more than a year now, and Tara Conklin’s newest The Last RomanticsI’m hoping to finish the latter sometime before the end of the month since the book is coming out next Tuesday, and I would love to have my review of it up before it releases. Keeping my fingers crossed for that!

This Monday has been relatively easy for me. I’m actually feeling kind of nostalgic, so I broke out an old favorite album by one of the band’s I loved when I was in college.

I just kind of missed this song! And Augustana! The band hasn’t released any new material for a couple of year now. I’m not even sure if they’re still together, but I still love their songs and play them from time to time. This one actually played right when I was getting out of the building where our offices are located. The wind was cool and my hair was all over the place because it escaped my hair tie again, and I just couldn’t stop myself from singing along while I walk to the shuttle. I got a few stares, but who cares. They could sing along too if they like.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. I’m going to finish some CME videos (got to keep up with the clinical trends and new knowledge) then I’ll go back to reading. Here’s me wishing you a lighthearted Monday, maybe even better than mine.

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Rachel

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