It’s Been A While

Obviously I didn’t keep up with Biased Bibliophilia as I had planned, but I’ll pick up where I left off. Just a general update of where I’m at in my bibliophile life: I am participating in 4 challenges this year, including the Diversify Your Reading Challenge and the Words and Whimsy Three Degrees of Difficulty Reading Challenge, which has 3 levels; Easy, Medium, and Hard. I’m also slowly transitioning to using The Storygraph instead of Goodreads for many reasons, but mainly because The Storygraph is a Black-owned website, whereas Goodreads is owned by Amazon. Additionally, The Storygraph has some great features to ensure you receive fantastic recommendations and lets you filter your TBR shelf so you can pick out the exact book that you are currently in the mood for!

I wrapped up the month of March with To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. I picked up the book solely because the author wrote The Inheritance Cycle, which were childhood favorites of mine. Little did I know that To Sleep in a Sea of Stars would become one of my all-time favorite SciFi novels! It was an epic journey that not only told a moving story of identity clashing with morality, but also included extremely loveable characters in this reader’s opinion. Not to mention that Paolini seamlessly incorporated philosophical ideas and puns, which made this philosophy major have multiple fangirl moments!

I started out the month of April with The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. I was a little apprehensive at first because I’m not always a fan of illustrated novels, but this book was one of the best middle grade books I’ve ever read! Yelchin had the idea to illustrate the novel, not by drawing pictures that accompanied the text, but by drawing pictures that conflicted with the text. While this book is meant for middle grade audiences, I sincerely think every person should read it (It’s certainly going on my “Books Everyone Should Read” shelf!). The deeper messages throughout the book were profound and something that everyone could learn and grow from. Hopefully this is the first of many great books to come in April!

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