Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Publication: HarperTeen, 2020.

Page Count: 432

Clap When You Land is a novel-in-verse about two sisters who discover each other exists after the sudden death of their father.

Camino lives for the summers when her father comes to visit her in the Dominican Republic from New York. But everything changes this summer, when she gets to the airport and is greeted only by crying families…

Back in New York, Yahaira is called to her school’s office with the dreadful news that her father’s plane went down on the way to the Dominican Republic.

Both girls are torn by grief, left to come to terms not only with their father’s sudden death, but the revealing of his many secrets.

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Wrap-Up // September 2022

Happy October! The official beginning of spooooooky season (in my book). I say this every month… but gee September really flew by! Nothing too crazy happened, it was a pretty quiet month for me, so not much to remark about here. But let’s get into my reading for this month:

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Book Tag // Cozy Autumn 🍁

I saw this tag done by Etta at Chonky Books Review and it looked like a lot of fun! I love autumn so this tag is right up my alley.

The Cozy Autumn tag is originally created by The Book Belle on Youtube – check it out. Without further ado, let’s get to some autumnal questions!

What book always reminds you of fall/autumn?

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo both give me a cozy autumn vibe, but they’re also relatively spooky so it works both ways!

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Down the TBR Hole #7

Time for another Down the TBR Hole post! Down the TBR Hole is a meme that’s been around a while – it was created by Lia over at Lost in a Story, and the goal is to cleanse your TBR of all the books you’re never going to read, and get to know everything that’s on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

A man encounters a bizarre cast of characters in the underworld of Tokyo while searching for his missing wife and cat. The bizarre sounding nature of this plot makes me want to read it.

Keep or Toss?: Keep

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Top 10 Tuesday // Typographic Book Covers

Time for another Top 10 Tuesday! Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly list hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week there is a new bookish theme to write about. Check out her blog for topics, and instructions on how to join!

Today’s topic is about typographic book covers – in other words, these are book covers where the majority of the design is focused on text. My job involves some graphic design so this was a lot of fun hunting these covers down!

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Review: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Lathe of Heaven

by Ursula K. Le Guin

Publication: Scribner, 1971

Pages: 184

The Lathe of Heaven tells the story of George Orr, a man who is horrified by the realization that his dreams can change the very fabric of reality. After getting caught illegally taking drugs to try and prevent himself from dreaming, he’s sent to a psychiatrist, Dr. William Haber. Certain the doctor will not believe him, what happens is much worse: Dr. Haber does believe George, and is ready to use George’s mind for his own devices.

The Lathe of Heaven is a fascinating sci-fi novel that acts both as a commentary on society and on human nature. Set in the near future in Portland, Oregon (aaayyy, my home state!), humanity is reeling from overpopulation, pollution, and other unfortunate effects from climate change. Though written in 1971, this setting felt far too relatable to nowadays, with similar anxieties about disease and what the future holds.

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Down the TBR Hole #6

Another week, another Down the TBR Hole post! Down the TBR Hole is a meme that’s been around a while – it was created by Lia over at Lost in a Story, and the goal is to cleanse your TBR of all the books you’re never going to read, and get to know everything that’s on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
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Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The Love Hypothesis

by Ali Hazelwood

Publication: Berkley Books, 2021

Pages: 356

Third-year Ph.D. candidate Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships – she doesn’t have time for them! Her best friend Anh’s constant concern for Olive’s happiness has taken a step too far, so when Olive lies about having a boyfriend and almost gets caught in the act… she panics and kisses the first man within reach.

That man just happens to be young, notoriously-cranky professor Adam Carlsen. Reigning as a tyrant and hated by all her colleagues, Olive is shocked when Adam agrees that fake-dating will be mutually beneficial. But pretending to be dating comes with many complications – the sudden spotlight, Adam’s inconvenient attractiveness and six-pack, and the undeniable reality that both of them might feel something more…

I really almost never read plain ol’ romance novels. And I certainly never read fluffy romance… I don’t think I’ve read a book before this one that could be classified as such. So for me, this was a whole new wooorld! But, I fell for the hype with The Love Hypothesis and I actually had a good time!

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Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Publication: Atria Books, 2017

Pages: 389

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a sweeping, historical fiction romance novel set both in modern-day New York, and during the Golden Age of Hollywood. In her day, Evelyn Hugo was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood: talented, and drop-dead gorgeous. But what she seems to be most well-known for is her notorious seven marriages.

Evelyn was well-known for being extremely private and refusing interviews, but she’s aging now, and she’s ready to tell her story, but only to one woman: Monique Grant. Monique is a virtually unknown, bottom-rung writer with a magazine. Monique is wondering – why her? But with all the trouble going on in Monique’s own life, she can’t but jump at the opportunity for such a big story. And what Monique learns of Evelyn’s long and unforgettable life of secrets and forbidden romance will change her own forever.

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