The Wednesday Pen || February 2020 Writing Recap

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Does one bonus day this month make for bonus writing?

The short answer is no, it does not. Today on the Wednesday Pen, we’re not here with a triumphant 40k, or even 20k. We’re behind schedule on goals, and it’s not where we were supposed to be.

And damn it, that’s okay!

So let’s have a look at where we did end up.

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books That Caused a Major Reading Hangover

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Sometimes, you just need a book to leave you reeling for a little while.

That’s why this week, the Top 5 Tuesday topic from Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog is all about books that caused a major reading hangover! They seem few and far between, but they’re each a gem in their own right. I love them because they left me wanting even more, so much that I wasn’t willing to move onto another book right away!

Even if I had to keep reading, because I refuse to let ARC deadlines get the better of me.

So, which books have hit me the hardest? Let’s go down the list!

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Havenfall by Sara Holland

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Havenfall by Sara Holland

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A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

EXPECTED MARCH 3RD, 2020

3.5 STARS

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Weekly Wrap || February 22nd, 2020

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February 22nd, 2020

It’s not usually a Weekly Wrap unless I lament how little time I had for the things I enjoy, or how much time I managed to waste. But! This week is different. This week, I learned a new skill.

And this week, it’s possible I bit off more than I can chew. 😳

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Top 5 Tuesday || Bookish Habits

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We all have our own little bookish habits, whether we realize it or not.

Since Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog choose bookish habits as this week’s topic, I sat down to think. What exactly do I do when I’m reading besides, well, read? Do I have any notable habits at all?

And it turns out, the answer is yes. I am nothing if not a creature of habit, and I can’t believe I missed noticing these five habits until now!

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Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

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Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

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Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

I will show you
what a woman can do.

3 STARS

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Dragon’s Den Discussions || What Makes a Good Love Interest?

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It’s not Valentine’s Day without some talk about love interests!

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been around the internet long enough to witness people have some very strong opinions about which characters should end up together. It’s always a contested subject, and when you talk about YA, the staple love triangle tends to figure in, among other things. So what makes a good love interest? What makes us care?

YMMV, but today, I’m spotlighting some features that make for interesting LIs. ❤️

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Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

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Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

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When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

5 STARS

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books That Exceeded Expectations

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Some books are exactly what you expect…and some go above and beyond!

Typically, I’m pretty good at guessing how much I’ll like a book, but today’s T5T topic is all about the books that exceeded expectations! Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog gave us a topic that’s perfect for sharing hidden gems, don’t you think?

So go on, take a look at the books that impressed me the most!

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