The Guilty Reader Book Tag

I saw this tag and I thought it’d be fun to do it, considering how I don’t consider myself a guilty reader. I read what I want, when I want, and try not to feel guilty about it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. But, I read the questions and it actually seems like a cool tag and I want to give it a shot! I’m not sure who the original creator is, but all props to them!

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

*Spoiler free*

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

This isn’t the kind of book you fall in love with. It’s the kind of book that MAKES you love it. I’d heard about this book here and there; my interest peaked since it sounded really good, but I simply didn’t get around to it. A few glowing reviews surfaced and I decided I would give it a try. Before I start trigger warnings: sexual violence, which is not just a single moment but basically a theme throughout the book, abuse, and there’s a really gorey scene towards the end.

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Bookish Photos: My Process

Besides reading books, I really enjoying taking pictures of them. I would consider myself an amateur photographer, buts its definitely more of a hobby than anything else. It’s a way to express my love of books that allows me to be behind the camera (if I choose) and create something that I consider beautiful. So, for a little bit of a change of pace, I decided to show my process of taking pictures and show off a few of them!

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Books I’m Excited For That Don’t Even Have Covers Yet

I can get excited for books early. Before cover reveals and no release date early. I see a lot of deal announcements and boosting cool books from people online that I see a lot of books that are set to come out in the coming years. And so many of them sound so amazing. But, information is released slowly and time passes at it does. I decided to showcase some books that I simply cannot wait for, but don’t even have covers yet! It’s hard to judge by a cover if it doesn’t even have one.

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