Written by Lauryn Smith
Reaching the next stop on the my-life-through-books tour required me to trek through some muddy waters. No, quicksand. Maybe lava?
You might think that the new shelter-in-place era we now live in would be prime time to work on personal projects and accomplish non-work-related goals. Well, not when you are a recovering perfectionist. Self-doubt, fear of failure, and questioning whether you, of all people, have anything to say that is worth hearing all make procrastination quite appealing. Amirite?
But Sam Laura Brown has re-inspired me to overcome my subconscious self-sabotaging habits, at least in terms of blogging. In fact, I thought I might switch things up beginning with this post and instead of merely reviewing a book, also reflect on how it applies to my life, what it meant to me personally, and so on. It may get a bit stream-of-conscious-y. Who knows. Ready? Here goes.
Let’s start by talking about Zits. (I could so easily make a joke about stress breakouts here but shall refrain.) Zits is the main character in Sherman Alexie’s novel “Flight.” He is a biracial teenager with Native American ancestry living in the Pacific Northwest. What’s more, he is a self-described “time-traveling mass murderer.”
Written by Beth Winters
I love “Six of Crows.”
Let’s start at the beginning. I prepared for this year’s BookExpo America (BEA) by making a “most wanted books” list, and “Six of Crows,” the first in a new duology by Leigh Bardugo, was near the top. Lo and behold, I was lucky enough to snag a copy.
Admittedly, I was a little hesitant to read this book because though I very much enjoyed “Shadow and Bone,” the first book in Bardugo’s "Grisha" trilogy, I thought the last in the "Grisha" series left something to be desired in terms of both plot and character development. I am happy to say that those worries are unfounded when it comes to “Six of Crows.”
“Six of Crows” begins a bit slowly because there is a lot of introductory information, which is especially necessary for those who have not read any of the "Grisha" trilogy. The good news? You do not need to have read the "Grisha" series to enjoy this one.
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