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Books, Diary

Well it has been a very long time since I have written a blog post. I have had this website since 2015, when I first started my Studyblr after having my knee surgery. If you know me from there or my Instagram or Youtube account you will know that I have a lot of (at times weird) interests. I struggled a bit with deciding what I wanted to do with this website and my long list of drafted posts is a testament to that. In recent months I have come to enjoy the art of writing, since I have been doing that a lot for my videos and posts and I’d like to explore that a little more. For now I think that this website will just be a place that I just write about everything that interests me and not only books. Perhaps I’ll start writing some stories, who knows?

Having said that, let me tell you about this book I’m reading hahah. Tor was incredibly nice to send me a copy of Seanan McGuire’s upcoming book Middlegame. Before I started Youtube really the only other book publisher I knew where Penguin and De Bezige Bij, and it has been a delight discovering new and amazing publishers that bring out amazing books! Tor is definitely one of them, and their first book I read was, The Black Gods Drums by P. Djèlí Clark. This was a steam punk inspired fantasy/historical fiction, infused with African mythology. I never knew that these type of books existed, nor how much I would love reading them. In my quest for more of Clark’s brilliant writing I found an array of amazing science fiction and fantasy books published by Tor. I had found a piece of book heaven! Long story short, I got sucked in and I never want to go back up this Tor rabbit hole hahah.

Two weeks ago I started reading Every Heart a Doorway written by McGuire and I was swept off of my feet. The writing was superb and I was so emotionally moved by the story, which was brilliantly composed into under 200 pages. I had previously requested her book Middlegame on NetGalley several months ago, because I felt the cover looked really cool:
MiddlegameThis is obviously bad practice, but you will be surprised to learn how often my book cover taste, aligns with my book taste. Honestly, I have had only one bad experience! Either way, I got declined, but three weeks ago I asked for a physical copy and I they sent me one *cries happy tears*. I am currently at page 128 (out of 153) and I already want to give it five stars, which is a big deal! I mean, my Goodreads says that from the 142 books I have read, I’ve given 11 (7.75%) a five star rating. Here’s the synopsis

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained. 

Sounds exciting, right?! Well, I have been enjoying myself so much reading this book! I love the characters and McGuire has such a gracious and touching writing style, it is hard not to stop making notes, pointing out all of the passages I am loving (seriously, I am running out of Book Darts hahah). I can’t wait to finish this book, because I have so many questions and so many things to talk about and I cannot wait till this book comes out, so that I can discuss it with everyone who is willing to talk to me hahha. If you want updates on my reading progress, you can follow my Goodreads page. Cheers!

xx Seji

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