(Some) Books I Read in 2020 and What They Taught Me

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It’s almost 2021—can you believe it?? I accidentally started my (Some) Books I Read in X year in 2018, and I decided to continue it in 2019! I probably should come up with an official title for this series lol. Because of COVID-19, like so many others, there are times when I get really sick of looking at a screen, so I tried to read more, such as at breakfast or before going to bed. That and I think needing some sort of escape from the general stress of this whole situation drove me to read 92 books at the time I’m writing this post, which is over 30 more books than I read last year (at least something came out of this situation, plus most were AMAZING stories!). Anyway, since another year is coming to a close, time for (Some) Books I Read in 2020 and What They Taught Me!

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My Spotify Wrapped as a Personalized Book Tag

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I hope everyone is staying safe, and happy holidays to those who celebrate! I’m finally back after a very wild semester full of ups and downs. But it’s over now!! Anyway, Spotify Wrapped was released a few weeks ago, and if you’re anything like me, you get ridiculously excited to see your year in music. And staying true to the lyrical/music side of this blog, I thought it would be cool to create my own book tag of sorts with some of my top songs of 2020, starting with the top 10!

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

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IT’S FINALLY HERE!! These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, is officially in bookstores for everyone to read! And I’m so excited to help celebrate These Violent Delight‘s release with a blog tour organized by Caffeine Book Tours! Read on for my review of this incredible book, some fun with pairing the main cast of characters with Mandarin songs 😏, and a giveaway at the end of this post!

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Blog Tour: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

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I’m so excited to bring you a blog tour post for this incredible book (thank you Book Terminal Tours)!! While I finished it a few months ago, I seriously cannot stop thinking about it and how it truly is a must read (but please be aware of content warnings) for digging into the intimate intersection of family and mental health.

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling was first published in Australia (the story is also set there—Sydney, New South Wales specifically in the towns of Gosford and Ashfield!), but now it has been released in the U.S., as of November 10!

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Review: The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

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The time has come. The Burning God, the last book of The Poppy War trilogy, comes out in a week. If you are someone who keeps seeing this series around but are not really sure (or The Poppy War is not really your cup of tea, but you are curious about it all the same), check out my conversation with author R.F. Kuang here! Even if you have read the books, I would highly recommend reading the conversation anyway 😏.

Just as a note before we dive into this review, there may be minor spoilers for The Poppy War and The Dragon Warrior, since The Burning God is the third and final book!

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A Conversation with R.F. Kuang, Author of The Poppy War Trilogy

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While I have not done that many, I love interviewing authors (and reading author interviews). So, I’m really excited for today’s post because not only do I get to ask one of my favorite authors, R.F. Kuang, questions about her books, but she got to ask me questions, too! This was such an incredible conversation, where we get to touch on other topics besides The Poppy War.

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Show Me the Middle Grade #1: Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

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Welcome to the very first post of a new recommendation series, Show Me the Middle Grade! This idea literally popped into my head and reminded me of the Korean music reality show called Show Me the Money, but anyways. Each Show Me the Middle Grade recommendation posts will feature 3 to 6 middle grade novels under a certain theme. Thus, the very first theme is Latinx Heritage Month, since it began on September 15 (and goes until October 15). Naturally, I’m late, as I am with everything, BUT Latinx literature should be celebrated all day, every day!

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Blog Tour: The Fallen Hero by Katie Zhao

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I’m happy to bring you this blog tour post for The Fallen Hero by Katie Zhao, the sequel to The Dragon Warrior! I really liked reading the first book, so it was great to delve into this world again. The Fallen Hero tour is brought to you by the amazing Caffeine Book Tours.

*A note: there may be mild spoilers for The Dragon Warrior since this book is its sequel!

Now onto celebrating The Fallen Hero! 🥳

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Review: Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka

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Surprisingly, September has not been a terrible reading month. While my college decided to open campus amidst COVID-19, things have…not been looking good, so I think I really tried to get a handle on my life by reading. It is always nice to know that every morning during breakfast I’m not going to be looking at a screen. Reading during breakfast is honestly a great way to start my day, and I really look forward to that quiet time. Before I start going on a tangent, here is my review for a special book I got to read recently, Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka!

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Review: Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn

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I hope you are all doing well (especially those who are back at school)! It’s definitely been a more stressful time, so please remember to take care of yourselves💞

Anyway, it’s review time! If you like adventures with sirens and stories with found families, I would recommend Our Bloody Pearl—read on for more about this book!

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