Review: The Winternight Trilogy

Ever read a book/s and just ache to be able to write like that particular author? Ever wish you could sit across the kitchen table and ask them questions about the world-building or the characters or moments in particular that shook you?

That’s how I feel about Katherine Arden and The Winternight Trilogy.

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“A to Z” YA Challenge: June Update

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”

-William Styron

I’m sure there’s a million-and-one “A to Z” Reading Challenges floating around the mighty inter-web these days but I dove off the deep end and created my own for 2020. I had a few things in mind:

  1. Keep this self-challenge strictly to YA.
  2. Read only books that I OWNED already and/or had access to at the library.
  3. When I “check off” a letter, it had to be the first book I read that fit. (For example: I’ve read 3 books that started with “C” but chose Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco because it was the first of the bunch.) I didn’t want to pick and choose which title so that it “looked cool” at the end of the year. Nope. First completed = takes that letter’s spot.
  4. For the more challenging letters, I allowed myself a…cheat, of sorts: Double-Point Titles. This means, if I read a title with more than one word starting with the selected letter, I get a double-point. This double point then can be applied to another letter. Example: I read The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young earlier this year. Not only did I fulfill my “G” spot (Dear Lawd, have mercy. That G-Spot.) but this particular book is a double point since it has the extra “g” (…Gave…) in the title. I can then apply that double point to, let’s say my “Z” spot and, as long as the title still has a word that starts with Z in it – it counts. The title does NOT have to start with Z, it just has to have a z-word in there somewhere. — Clear as mud?

Hey. I make the rules.

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