Teaser Thursday: Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling, LGBT
Rating: ★★★★

Thank you to Goodreads and Flatiron Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Hello fellow bookworms! Today I have something different for you. I think I’ve done this once before, but it was back in the wee beginnings of my blogging days aka like a year ago. While reading Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust my inner monologue came alive and with some major sass. I decided it might be fun to share these thoughts in a hopefully non-spoilery kind of way. My hope is you’ll read these and be utterly confused but entertained and then when/if you read this book you’ll have a bit of my inner monologue with you and finally making some sense. Enjoy!

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Feedback Post: AOC, Queer and #OwnVoices Spotlight

Hi guys! I have some thing a little different for you today, something I’d love some feedback on. Some of you may or may not have attended the online Yallwest festival this year, but you might probably have heard of the crap shoot that was the This American Experience panel where a white author started talking over a panel of authors of color. It was honestly the worst and I only saw the transcripts for it. I did attend the This American Experience 2.0 held the next day which was beautifully moderated by Nic Stone. It made me consider how privileged I was to never even take race into consideration when picking the books I read if that makes sense? I literally pick my books based on cover or description. This panel brought up issues of racism and homophobia that still exist today and that authors of color or who are queer still face.

This is were I need some feedback: I want to start spotlighting authors of color along with their books, queer books written by queer authors and own voices novels in a new segment.

I don’t want to go about this the wrong way though and come off as insensitive since I’m white. Like I said before these are things I didn’t take notice of before, I just picked up my books based on if the story spoke to me. I want to change that though and maybe bring awareness to those who follow my blog and might want to join me on this journey.

If you have any feedback on this idea including constructive criticism or what you think is the right way to go about doing this segment, please comment below or feel free to contact me using the information in the “Contact Me” tab on my blog. If you think this is just a downright terrible idea or even a good one please let me know!

Thanks for following me and hopefully this is something I can kick off soon ♥

Crier’s War Blog Tour: Author Guest Post & Giveaway Information

Title: Crier’s War
Author: Nina Varela
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 448
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the Crier’s War book tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. While I don’t have a review up here for the book, I will in the future. Today though I have a guest post to share from Nina Varela herself and I’m so excited to share it with you. I loved her response to my question and found it so open, honest and moving. I had such an emotional response to her words and it makes me love her and this book even more than I already did.

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