Author Chat with Gloria Chao

I can’t believe how lucky I am to have snagged an interview with an author whose book is one of my all-time favourites! If you’d been around for my January Wrap-Up, this name would probably be familiar to you. I read Gloria’s debut novel, American Panda, in February and I loved it as much as I hoped I would. I cannot seem to shut up about it and even made a friend on Twitter when I was raving about it once. Even though Gloria has been busy chasing deadlines for her next book, she took the time off to respond to me and I cannot express my gratitude enough for this wonderful opportunity! With that little introduction aside, let’s dive in to the Q&A part.

Author Chat_ Gloria Chao

Some quick information about the special guest for today –

Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer. She currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband, for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for cooperative board games, Dance Dance Revolution, or soup dumplings. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out. American Panda is her debut novel, and Misaligned is forthcoming fall 2019.

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Book Review: Moxie

Title: Moxie

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Genre: Young adult contemporary

Format: E-book

Published: By Roaring Brook Press on September 19th, 2017

ISBN13: 9781626726345

Grade: Outstanding

Moxie (Book Review)

Synopsis

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring/Summer Cover Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. There was no set topic for April 17th, 2018. as it was freebie, so I decided to go with: New Releases With a Spring/Summer Cover. It’s that time of the year again where the northern hemisphere is transitioning to warmer weather and I absolutely love covers that reflect this and happen to come out around the April-May timeframe. These are not necessarily all on my TBR, but either have some great diverse rep or are rated highly. I hope you all enjoy feasting your eyes on these beauties and piling them on top of your precariously balanced TBR stacks!

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(Note: The average rating for these books will definitely change as more people rate them on Goodreads. These were the ratings as on 15th April, 2018, so please click on the Goodreads link provided to check the updated rating.)

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My Reading Journey + GIVEAWAY!

This post has been simmering in the back of my mind for quite some time now and today felt like the perfect time to chat about what reading means to me personally. It is especially apt that I’m talking about this now because I wanted to thank all of the wonderful people who have supported my reading journey thus far, which also includes my presence in the online book community. If you’re here for the giveaway alone, you can skip to the end, but I’d be much obliged if you took a little time to read through this. I’ll break down all of the things I want to share in a Q&A format, so that it’s easy to read through.

My Reading Journey + Giveaway

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Book Review: The City of Brass

Title: The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1)

Author: S. A. Chakraborty

Genre: Adult fantasy

Format: E-book

Published: By Harper Voyager on November 14th, 2017

ISBN13: 9780062678126

Grade: Outstanding

The City of Brass

Synopsis

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary City of Brass – a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for April 10th, 2018 is: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read. As you all might know, I love re-reading books and I even discussed about it in this post. So, this list was personally a bit difficult for me to come up with.

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February & March Wrap-Up + April Reading Month

Since I was on a hiatus around the time this post was supposed to go up for the February wrap-up, I decided to combine both the months into a single post. Both February and March were decent reading months, although I was still reeling from the effects of the book slump I mentioned in January, and my reading time was cut down severely due to work stress. I didn’t do well blogging-wise either as I was absent for a few weeks without any notice. However, I did manage some decent progress, so let’s focus on that.

Feb-Mar Wrap-Up 2018

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