What I’m Up To:
I cannot believe it’s 2019! 2015 seems like it was just yesterday. After a long holiday break, school has started back up for me. So far, my highlights have been an interesting class on the culture of the Hispanic Caribbean and another on the intricacies of arguments.
What I’m Reading Right Now:
Just like I promised in my review of Circe by Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles is what’s currently sitting on my nightstand. This novel follows Patroclus, Achilles’ friend and lover, as he navigates his life and the Trojan War by the famed hero’s side. I’m only 25 pages into the story, but Miller’s signature attention to detail and lush storytelling have already captured my attention.
What I Blogged About in January:
New Year, Same Blog (Kinda): The New Year is a classic time for self reflection, so I took this post to acknowledge some 2018 favorites and to create new goals for 2019.
Circe by Madeline Miller: As a kid I was obsessed with Percy Jackson, so it’s no surprise I fell in love with Miller’s latest. A witty, feminist take on the myth of Circe, the famous Greek enchantress, Circe is not to be missed.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: Unflinching in its examination of the poverty cycle, working class African-Americans, and raw ambition in the face of enormous obstacles, Thomas’s second novel was everything I hoped for and more.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare: Cassandra Clare’s delightfully trashy fantasy novels never fail to entertain me. However, this 900 page brick was a little too convoluted, even for me.
What I’m Looking Forward to in February:
January 29: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo is released. Technically that’s today, but I haven’t picked the book up yet, so I’m considering it not out. I cannot wait to read Bardugo’s latest, which returns readers to Ravka after the events of the Grisha Trilogy.
February 5: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas comes out. I loved Thomas’s second novel, which transports readers back to Garden Heights, the neighborhood first introduced in Thomas’ #1 New York Times bestselling debut.
February 26: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia hits shelves. Set a a futuristic finishing school, Mejia’s debut promises intrigue, action, and romance, that is not to be missed.