First Line Friday: 12/18/2020



“On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.”

This is going to be a First Line Friday post hosted by Hoarding Books!

I loved this book. It’s one of my favorites and is an ode to the love of books, magic and loss. I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves fantasy, books and magic. It starts off with such a powerful scene and when everything comes together it breaks you in two.

Have you read this? What did you think? Did you post a First Line Friday, and if so, can you share here?


~Cam

September Wrap-up

September was a wild and crazy month. Between work and school I didn’t have much time to read, but these are all the books I read. I finished Wanderers on the first of October, but I’m including it here since I read the majority of it in September.

Cemetery Boys- Aiden Thomas

Rating: 5 out of 5.
My Riot- Rick Spears

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Red Sister- Mark Lawrence

Rating: 4 out of 5.
A Curse of Ash & Embers- Jo Spurrier

Rating: 3 out of 5.
If We Were Villians- M. L. Rio

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Firefrost- Camille Longley

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Wanderers – Chuck
Wendig

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Black Sun – Rebecca
Roanhorse

What have you been reading this month? Are you staying safe and healthy? I hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

That being said, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay HOME. Stay home and quarantine. When you go out, wear a mask. Don’t leave for things that aren’t necessities. Wash your hands and think of others.

I’m going to include the bit that I posted in my wrap up last month here with links included:

As crazy as the world has been, I hope that everyone knows how much their lives matter. With that being said, all lives will not matter until black lives matter. I was incredibly saddened by the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor that occurred what feels like many months ago. That doesn’t change how important it is for them to get justice. Breonna Taylor still have not gotten justice. Her killers, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove are still free and she has not seen justice. If you haven’t please sign the petitions here:

Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Petition for Tony McDade
Petition for Ahmuad Arbery
Petition to Stop the use of rubber bullets (Graphic Content Warning for the image associated with this petition.)
Defund the Police Petition
Life Sentence for Police Brutality
Hands Up Act
More Petitions

Find ways to speak up about senseless violence, racism and police brutality in your communities, and in your social networks. Don’t let this pass us by with nothing changing. This has gone on for long enough. I hope for the safety of all the protesters and activists who are on the front lines. Use your voices to make a change. If you can, there are ways that you can help monetarily, but obviously this is not something that everyone can do, but if you are able, I have included links to many different organizations and the GoFundMe for the families of three of the victims below. (I couldn’t find one for Tony McDade).

GoFundMe for George’s Family || GoFundMe for Breonna (and Legal Representation) || GoFundMe for Ahmaud || Minnesota Freedom Fund (Helps pay for bail for those who cannot afford it) || ACLU || The Bail Project || To The Protestors || Black Owned Businesses || Organizations || To the Victims || Other Ways to Help

Want to donate, but can’t afford to? Watch the video linked here. Watch the ads, as the ad revenue will be donated to Black Lives Matter, and many other charities who are helping Black people and helping protesters.

Like I said, not everyone can donate, and not everyone is in a position to protest, especially given the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic, but please know that there are many things you can do to help. I am using my platform here to talk about it. If you can do nothing else, talk about it, and vote for politicians who abhor police brutality and violence. Stand up against racism when you see it. Don’t let this be something that continues past out generation. That being said:

Have a wonderful day, stay safe and healthy,

~Cam

July TBR

I cannot believe that the year 2020 is half over! This year has simultaneously lasted forever while also going by way too quickly. I have a lot more time on my hands now that I’m only in one class, so I have a lot of plans for reading. About half of these are ARCS or review copies that I was given by the author in exchange for an honest review. I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books this month. What are you planning on reading this month?

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms- N.K. Jemisin
A People’s History of the United States- Howard Zinn
The Eternity of Masks and Shadows- Karsten Knight
Spring Girls- Karen Katchur
The House of Styx- Derek Künsken
Voice of War- Zack Argyle
The Hollow Gods- A.J. Vrana

Foundryside- Robert Jackson Bennett

The Angel’s Game- Carlos Ruiz Zafón
A Curse of Ash and Embers- Jo Spurrier
Shp of Magic- Robin Hobb
Upon a Burning Throne- Ashok K. Banker

What are you planning on reading in July? Are you staying safe and healthy? I hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

I’m going to include the bit that I posted in my wrap up last month here with links included:

As crazy as the world has been, I hope that everyone knows how much their lives matter. With that being said, all lives will not matter until black lives matter. I was incredibly saddened by the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor that occurred over the last month or so. If you haven’t please sign the petitions here:

Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Petition for Tony McDade
Petition for Ahmuad Arbery
Petition to Stop the use of rubber bullets (Graphic Content Warning for the image associated with this petition.)
Defund the Police Petition
Life Sentence for Police Brutality
Hands Up Act
More Petitions

Find ways to speak up about senseless violence, racism and police brutality in your communities, and in your social networks. Don’t let this pass us by with nothing changing. This has gone on for long enough. I hope for the safety of all the protesters and activists who are on the front lines. Use your voices to make a change. If you can, there are ways that you can help monetarily, but obviously this is not something that everyone can do, but if you are able, I have included links to many different organizations and the GoFundMe for the families of three of the victims below. (I couldn’t find one for Tony McDade).

GoFundMe for George’s Family || GoFundMe for Breonna (and Legal Representation) || GoFundMe for Ahmaud || Minnesota Freedom Fund (Helps pay for bail for those who cannot afford it) || ACLU || The Bail Project || To The Protestors || Black Owned Businesses || Organizations || To the Victims || Other Ways to Help

Want to donate, but can’t afford to? Watch the video linked here. Watch the ads, as the ad revenue will be donated to Black Lives Matter, and many other charities who are helping Black people and helping protesters.

Like I said, not everyone can donate, and not everyone is in a position to protest, especially given the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic, but please know that there are many things you can do to help. I am using my platform here to talk about it. If you can do nothing else, talk about it, and vote for politicians who abhor police brutality and violence. Stand up against racism when you see it. Don’t let this be something that continues past out generation. That being said:

Have a wonderful day, stay safe and healthy,

~Cam

June Wrap-up

June has been….busy to say the least. I finished a class that was keeping me crazy busy, so I had a lot of time to read at the end of the month! I’ll have so much more time to read in July and I’m excited for some of the books that I have in mind for July! 🙂

I started The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms at the very end of the month, so I do not have a rating or review for it quite yet, but I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be a 5 star book. All of the other books that have reviews are linked below. You can click the links provided to read them if you want more of my thoughts!

Between The World and Me- Ta-Nehisi Coates

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Inkheart- Cornelia Funke
Read my review here!

Rating: 3 out of 5.
White Fragility- Robin DiAngelo

Rating: 5 out of 5.
In the Woods- Tana French
Read my review here!

Rating: 3 out of 5.
White Rage- Carol Anderson, Ph.D

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Guild of Tokens- Jon Auerbach
See my Book Tour Stop post here!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A People’s History of the United States- Howard Zinn

Currently reading this!

Dragonfly Maid- D.D. Croix
Review to come!

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Paragon- Shauna Alderson
Look at my book tour post here!

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms- N.K. Jemisin
Review to come!
Forest of Souls- Lori M. Lee
Check out my review here!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What have you been reading this month? Are you staying safe and healthy? I hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

I’m going to include the bit that I posted in my wrap up last month here with links included:

As crazy as the world has been, I hope that everyone knows how much their lives matter. With that being said, all lives will not matter until black lives matter. I was incredibly saddened by the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor that occurred over the last month or so. If you haven’t please sign the petitions here:

Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Petition for Tony McDade
Petition for Ahmuad Arbery
Petition to Stop the use of rubber bullets (Graphic Content Warning for the image associated with this petition.)
Defund the Police Petition
Life Sentence for Police Brutality
Hands Up Act
More Petitions

Find ways to speak up about senseless violence, racism and police brutality in your communities, and in your social networks. Don’t let this pass us by with nothing changing. This has gone on for long enough. I hope for the safety of all the protesters and activists who are on the front lines. Use your voices to make a change. If you can, there are ways that you can help monetarily, but obviously this is not something that everyone can do, but if you are able, I have included links to many different organizations and the GoFundMe for the families of three of the victims below. (I couldn’t find one for Tony McDade).

GoFundMe for George’s Family || GoFundMe for Breonna (and Legal Representation) || GoFundMe for Ahmaud || Minnesota Freedom Fund (Helps pay for bail for those who cannot afford it) || ACLU || The Bail Project || To The Protestors || Black Owned Businesses || Organizations || To the Victims || Other Ways to Help

Want to donate, but can’t afford to? Watch the video linked here. Watch the ads, as the ad revenue will be donated to Black Lives Matter, and many other charities who are helping Black people and helping protesters.

Like I said, not everyone can donate, and not everyone is in a position to protest, especially given the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic, but please know that there are many things you can do to help. I am using my platform here to talk about it. If you can do nothing else, talk about it, and vote for politicians who abhor police brutality and violence. Stand up against racism when you see it. Don’t let this be something that continues past out generation. That being said:

Have a wonderful day, stay safe and healthy,

~Cam

How to Be a Better Ally: Books on How to Be an Anti-Racist

I haven’t read enough of these books. I will acknowledge that first and foremost, but I certainly plan to change that.

I plan to read all of these by the end of this year, as I think that it is important that I educate myself on exactly how the system props me up and leaves people of color disenfranchised. The system that lets white people profit off the backs of Black people has gone on for FAR too long. I highly recommend that my followers educate themselves in this regard. We can’t let this continue.

I have included a list of books that are written by Black authors (with the exception of two, which I will make a note of.) These also come recommended by Black content creators. At the end of this post I am also going to put a list of petitions to sign and places to donate.

All of this being said, nothing will replace listening to the experiences of Black people. Reading these books will certainly help, but this only serves as a way to educate yourself so you do not put the emotional burden of “How do I not be racist?” on Black people who already have enough to stress over. I will be including a list of Black Booktubers that you should be watching. I recommend watching them and getting further information by listening to their experiences.

Reading books isn’t going to change anything, acting will though. Educate yourself and then ACT. Don’t be silent. Silence is violence and makes your complicit.

Black Lives Matter. They have always mattered, they matter today, they will matter tomorrow and they will matter everyday after that. If you have a social media account, share information, share links to petitions and places to donate. Use your voice!

—Books I have Read—

Between the world and me- Ta-nehisi Coates

This book is a memoir of sorts that is written by the author, Ta-Nehisi Coates in the form of a letter to his son about what it means to grow up Black in America. This was a very emotional and enlightening read. Coates writes what it means to be a Black man, and how Black lives are taken for plunder in America. I highly recommend this book and think it should be required reading.

White Fragility- Robin diangelo

*The author of this book is white.*
The author Robin Diangelo writes about White Fragility which refers to the defensive moves that white make when challenged racially and exactly how we (as white people) can change that to confront our own internalized racism. It is an in-depth exploration written by an anti-racist scholar who uses her own experiences and gives herself no passes. She talks about how white fragility protects racial inequality and what we can do to engage constructively and learn how to truly be anti-racist.

—Books I PLAN to read—

How to be an antiracist- Ibram X. Kendi

This is a book where Ibram X. Kendi, a historian and professor at American University talks about how we can liberate new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. It imagines what an antiracist society would look like and how we can play an active role in building it. It combines ethics, history, law and science to bring a personal and engaging narrative. It brings an awareness for us to bring ourselves to the next step, which is contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

hood feminism- Mikki kendall

This is a book that talks about the problems that plague modern day feminism and how it ignores Black women and their needs. This is a collection of essays where Mikki Kendall draws on her own experiences to discuss how the modern day feminist movement has failed to address the needs of Black women, such as hunger, violence and hypersexualization. It comes with commentary on politics, pop culture and the stigma of mental health. I realize that the modern day feminist movement really focuses on the needs of white women and leaves women of color behind. I want to know how I can be intersectional with my feminism and think that this will be an important read.

stamped from the beginning- Ibram x. Kendi

This book argues that racist ideas are alive and well and has a long and lingering history. It goes through the history of anti-Black history in the United States. It follow the history from the beginning to today. Racist ideas and thinking did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created and popularized dude to an effort and discriminatory policies that rationalize the inequities in everything form wealth to health. I think this one is going to be especially enlightening. It also offers tools to expose racist ideas and what we can do to combat them.

White Rage- Carol Anderson, Ph.D.

This talks about the phenomenon that the white public has when African Americans make advances towards full participation in our democracy. It looks at the history of the US from the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, the Brown v Board of education, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 respectively and how each was met with a reaction that was met with outrage and other ways to suppress Black people. Some examples would be Black Codes, Jim Crow, shutting down of schools and the war on Drugs. Anderson pulls back the veil on covered actions that have been hidden under the guise or protecting democracy.

The color of Law- Richard Rothstein

*The author of this book is white*
Richard Rothestein writes about the myth that American cities were racially divided by defacto segregation and instead shows that dejure segregation- laws and policy passed by governments, local, state and federal- are responsible for the discriminatory patterns that continue to today. It talks about the residential patterns that became deeply embedded in the 1920s with explicit racial zoning and how they continue to this day. It also shows how police and prosecutors have upheld these standards by supporting violent resistance to Black families in white neighborhoods.

Why i’m no longer talking to white people about race- Reni Eddo-Lodge

This is a book written by journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge and a discussion about the cacism and Britain and the Black history being erased. It explores issue about the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism and the inextricable link between class and race. This doesn’t focus on the history of the US, but shows that just because you don’t live in the US, it doesn’t mean that racism does not exist in your country.

the new jim crow- Michelle alexander

Michelle Alexander is a former litigator turned legal scholar who argues that we have not ended racial caste in the US, we have simply redesigned it. (In the US, Black people make up 13% of the population, yet they make up over 40% of the prison population. [source] [another source] This book show that by targeting Black men and decimating communities of color, the criminal justice system functions as a system of racial control, while formally adhering to the principle of color blindness. This challenges the civil rights community — and all of us– to place mass incarceration as a new movement for justice in the US.

As stated above, I’m going to include some places to donate and some petitions that you can sign if you have not already. (Take a look at the “More Petitions/ Ways to Help, as new petitions and places to donate are added periodically)

PETITIONS
Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Petition for Tony McDade
Petition for Ahmuad Arbery
Petition to Stop the use of rubber bullets (Graphic Content Warning for the image associated with this petition.)
Defund the Police Petition
Life Sentence for Police Brutality
Hands Up Act
More Petitions

PLACES TO DONATE
GoFundMe for George’s Family || GoFundMe for Breonna (and Legal Representation) || GoFundMe for Ahmaud || Minnesota Freedom Fund (Helps pay for bail for those who cannot afford it) || ACLU || The Bail Project || To The Protestors || Black Owned Businesses || Organizations || To the Victims || Other Ways to Help

I’m also going to include some of the Black Booktubers that I have been watching, I highly recommend that you subscribe (and ENGAGE) with their content.

Myonna @ Myonna Reads
Bee @ Bee But Bookish
Noria @ Noria Reads
Naya @ NayaReadsandSmiles
Jesse @ Bowties & Books
Jasmine @ L’amour De Books
Cecilia @ That Disney Chik
Mina @ Mina Reads
Mika @ Mika Auguste
Shae @ Books with Shae
Shane @ Luxurious Blu

There are SOOOO many more books and content creators out there. If you have some others, please let me know! I’m always in the mood to follow new wonderful content creators and read more diversely.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, if you are white, please educate yourself. Listen and amplify the voices of Black people. And use YOUR voice to stand up for them.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.
Keep reading,

~Cam
#BlackLivesMatter

Book Review: Inkheart


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

  • Author: Cornelia Funke
  • Genre: Lower Young Adult/ Fantasy
  • Page Count: 576
  • Date Started: May 30th
  • Date Finished: June 4th
  • Spoilers: One slight spoiler (I’ve included a note of where and put it in italicizes)

A Brief Description

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can “read” characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie’s mother disappeared into the story. This “story within a story” will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.

Goodreads || Amazon


“Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.”


My Review

This is a story about Meggie and her father Mo and his unique ability to read characters off of the written page. This is a re-read of a series I read when I was a young kid.

Growing up, I always dreamed of this and of entering a new and unique world. It was my dream to explore the worlds that I had read about in books. This one really explains the love I had for books when I was a kid. Meggie was someone that I related to when I was 12 years old, but not so much anymore.

This book was okay. It was definitely made for the younger end of YA, and it certainly read that way, which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s not a genre that I usually read, and since I’m a whole 13 years older than Meggie, I found her immature at times. Which is totally normal! She’s a kid, a 12 year old, and reacts in a way that any and every 12 year old would react given the situations that her father and her get into. I think this says a lot about her character and the author knowing the audience that she is intending to write for. Her father was also a really good dad. He cared for her and did everything he could to protect her.

Now, the villain… the big bad! Now I wish he was worse? He was supposed to be this big bad man who loved to revel in the pain of others, but… he never did? The worst thing he did was (slight spoiler) lock them away in a dungeon and PLAN to kill them. He didn’t do anything else. This could have been the limits that the author set due to the age of the readers, but it is one of the worst “tropes” for me. The ‘I’m so big and evil/ or big and strong, but I don’t do anything to show it.” In fact, one of the big villains henchmen was more evil and sinister than he was!

That being said, it seemed like this author really could not get to the point. This book could have been at least 200 pages shorter than it was. There were parts where it dragged too much for my liking. It took me longer than normal to read this book, and that could have been due to a lot being on my mind.

I know this sounds like I’m hating on the book, but overall I enjoyed it. Meggie and Mo really love books, and this is a story for readers of all ages. It had a big of a fairy tale kind of feel, and I think that the series can only get better from here.

I remember loving the second book in the series very much, so I decided to re-read the series and buy the new covers. Like I said, the first book was okay. I recognize that this was not written for my age range, and that I can’t judge it solely on that. I still plan on reading the next two books in the trilogy, because I’ve heard it gets significantly better. I’ll probably be reading the rest of the series over the course of the summer!

I’m going to put some more links to sign petitions and places to donate for Black Lives Matter below.

PETITIONS
Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Petition for Tony McDade
Petition for Ahmuad Arbery
Petition to Stop the use of rubber bullets (Graphic Content Warning for the image associated with this petition.)
Defund the Police Petition
Life Sentence for Police Brutality
Hands Up Act
More Petitions

PLACES TO DONATE
GoFundMe for George’s Family || GoFundMe for Breonna (and Legal Representation) || GoFundMe for Ahmaud || Minnesota Freedom Fund (Helps pay for bail for those who cannot afford it) || ACLU || The Bail Project || To The Protestors || Black Owned Businesses || Organizations || To the Victims || Other Ways to Help

Thanks for reading, stay safe and healthy,


~Cam

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May Wrap-Up and Some Overall Thoughts

May has been….busy to say the least. I started a class that has kept me very busy, but in the time that I did have, I read these six books! I started Inkheart at the very end of the month, so I do not have a rating or review for it quite yet, but the others are all found on my blog. You can click the links provided to read them if you want more information!

Uprooted- Naomi Novik
Read my review here!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The Deep-Alma Katsu
Read my review here!

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Lovely War- Julie Berry
Read my review here!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Vengeful- V.E. Schwab
Read my review here!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Assassin’s Quest- Robin Hobb
Review to come soon!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Inkheart- Cornelia Funke
Review to come next month!

Between The World and Me- Ta-Nehisi Coates
Thoughts to come soon!

What have you been reading this month? Are you staying safe and healthy? I hope that you and your loved ones are safe. I’m about to get a little political here, but I feel it needs to be said. As crazy as the world has been, I hope that everyone knows how much their lives matter. With that being said, all lives will not matter until black lives matter. I was incredibly saddened by the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor that occurred over the last month or so. If you haven’t please sign the petitions here:

Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Petition for Tony McDade
Petition for Ahmuad Arbery

Find ways to speak up about senseless violence, racism and police brutality in your communities, and in your social networks. Don’t let this pass us by with nothing changing. This has gone on for long enough. I hope for the safety of all the protesters and activists who are on the front lines. Use your voices to make a change. If you can, there are ways that you can help monetarily, but obviously this is not something that everyone can do, but if you are able, I have included links to many different organizations and the GoFundMe for the families of three of the victims below. (I couldn’t find one for Tony McDade).

GoFundMe for George’s Family || GoFundMe for Breonna (and Legal Representation) || GoFundMe for Ahmaud || Minnesota Freedom Fund (Helps pay for bail for those who cannot afford it) || ACLU || The Bail Project

Like I said, not everyone can donate, and not everyone is in a position to protest, especially given the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic, but please know that there are many things you can do to help. I am using my platform here to talk about it. If you can do nothing else, talk about it, and vote for politicians who abhor police brutality and violence. Stand up against racism when you see it. Don’t let this be something that continues past your generation. That being said:

Have a wonderful day, stay safe and healthy,

~Cam

First Line Friday: Inkheart

“Rain fell that night, a fine, whispering rain.”

This is going to be a First Line Friday post hosted by Hoarding Books!

I think that the first line of this book really sets the mood for everything that’s about to happen. This was a series that I grew up reading, and when I saw that they were getting new illustrated covers, and that they were SO beautiful, I just needed to get it and re-read it. The series is about Meggie, and one night, her father reads aloud from a book called Inkheart, and as he is reading aloud, the villain of the story steps out from the page into her living room. Here begins the adventure that Meggie had only read about in books. The one thing that middle grade books do so well is that they can really seem magical and build surprisingly intricate worlds. To be fair, I don’t remember much more about this series, but regardless, I’m super excited to re-read it!

~Cam

5 Books Set in Space

I love space. I find the concept of it so interesting. The vast starry black just fascinates me. I especially love books that are set in space. Whether it’s on a planet or on a spaceship, whether it’s realistic science fiction, or theoretical science fiction, I love it. If the book is set in our solar system, or fictional galaxies far, far away, I am definitely interested. I’ve compiled a list of 5 books set in space, the first three of which I have read, the next two books I have yet to read. Otherwise, these books are in no particular order. The ones I’ve read have to be some of my favorite space books, anyways:

1. The collapsing Empire- John Scalzi

This is a book where humans have found an extra-dimensional field called the Flow. We can access it in certain parts of space and it transports humans to other stars, other worlds. Humanity moves away from Earth, and the new empire, the Interdependency, requires that no human outpost can survive without the others. But the Flow is changing, and it is cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. This story follows three individuals, a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency. They are all in a race to discover what, and if, anything can be done to salvage the interstellar empire. I loved this book. I read it in one sitting while I was flying home to Florida from Maine. It was engaging and kept me really hooked the whole time.

2. The Martian- Andy Weir

I think most people have heard about this book, or have at least watched the movie. It’s about Mark Watney, one of the first astronauts to walk on Mars, and now he is sure that he is going to be the first to die on Mars. A dust storm almost killed him and forced his crew to evacuate, stranding him as they thought he was dead. Mark uses his ingenuity and engineering skills, with a relentless refusal to quit to confront one obstacle after the next. He gets word to Earth and so begins their tireless efforts to rescue him. I loved this book. I can’t say that the science is… COMPLETELY… legit, but it was pretty sound. There were explanations of what Mark was doing to save himself and all the science was well explained, but it wasn’t over-complicated. it as also very action packed and kept you needing to read more, until you can finish it. The movie was also really good. I highly recommend reading the book and then watching the movie.

3. Skyward- Brandon Sanderson

Humans are on the brink of extinction, living underground, constantly being attacked by mysterious alien star fighters. Spensa, longs to be a pilot. She is the daughter of a traitor and has many obstacles in her way to get there. When she discovers the wreckage of an ship, she realizes that she has a chance, if she can repair the ship while also trying to navigate flight school, and more importantly persuade the strange machine to help her. I loved this book, and have been really excited to read the sequel but I just don’t seem to have the time these days! This book was really intense, and the action scenes were SO well written. I love Brandon Sanderson’s action scenes. They’re so fluid and easy to follow, while also keeping the stakes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get into YA sci-fi.

4. Velocity Weapon- Megan E. O’keefe

I have not read this one, but something about the cover really called to me. It’s about Sanda and Biran, two siblings that were destined for greatness. Sanda is a high-flying sergeant who has the skills to take down any enemy combatant. Biran is a savvy politician who aims to use his political position to prevent conflict from escalating. However, on a routine maneuver, Sanda loses consciousness when her gunship is blown out of the sky. She awakens 230 years later on a deserted enemy warship controlled by an AI who calls himself Bero. The war is lost. The star system is dead. Ada Prime and it’s rival Icarion have wiped each other form the universe, and so starts our story. Separated by space and time, Sanda and Biran must fight to set things right. This is one that I am super excited for!

5. Sky without stars- Jessica brody & joanne rendell

I have not read this book either, but if seems like it is based on the French Revolution, but in space? Say no more! It went directly on my TBR after this. It’s set on the planet of Laterre, which is governed by an extravagant elite class. The poor are starving, and rebels are resurfacing. We have three characters, a thief, an officer and a guardian. All three roles have some role to play in this dangerous game of revolution, and together they will shape the future of a planet. I’m super excited to read this one!

Those are some books that are set in space. Obviously there are soooo many more, but these are just three that have been some of my favorites and then two that are on the top of my TBR list.

What are some of your favorite space books?

~Cam

April Wrap-Up

What have you been up to? I’ve been doing some reading, and I’ve been really into fantasy books lately. Anything that really distracts me from all the sh*t going on in the world right now. Animal Crossing and books are the only thing that are keeping me sane. I’ve also been buying lots of books lately. I’m also including a book I DNFed, because why not?

The Ruin of Kings- Jenn Lyons

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Gamechanger- L.X. Beckett

DNF

Chain of Gold- Cassandra Clare

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Assassin’s Apprentice- Robin Hobb

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Royal Assassin- Robin Hobb

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Uprooted-Naomi Novik

Not finished, but I love it so far! I’m continuing to read this in May.

From now on, I’m going to start reviewing books again. I’ve had a tough time getting my life together, but now that Summer semester is starting, I should have more time to devote to my blog. I’ve wanted to get back into this for a long time, and I’m going to really put the efforts into it.

What have you read this month? What are you looking forward to reading in May?

~Cam