Author Interview | Lora Beth Johnson, Author of Goddess in the Machine

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Today’s interview my friends is with the author of Goddess in the Machine, Lora Beth Johnson!

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Goddess in the Machine is one of the books I can’t wait to read! The story sounds unique, the cover is gorgeous, and I just know I’m going to have a good time reading it. I’m so happy to be bringing you this wonderful interview with Lora Beth Johnson. Read on for what inspired the story, author advice, what she loved most about writing the books, and more!

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Book recommendations to match your reading mood

ROMANCING THE SHELF

With going into lockdown many of us have hit a reading slump period. I went through that in May and let me just add that it was awful. Since then I’ve been trying to fill my time by reading books according to my mood. That’s not to say I haven’t made a tbr, I’m just choosing those books according to how I’m feeling in the moment. And if i’m not in the mood I’ll just move it to the next month or whenever I’m feeling it. I’ve put together this post with some book recommendations depending on what you’re up for!


 

Book that reads like a memoir

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If you feel like reading a book that has a memoir like feel to it then I recommend giving If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha a try. Mind you the story might not really be for everyone but I found this on particularly interesting. It follows the lives of 4 Korean women. Honestly this blurb says it a lot better than I can, ‘A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, secret room salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies, and K-pop fan mania.’

 

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ARC Review | Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds

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Early Departures

Author: Justin A. Reynolds // Published: September 22, 2020

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Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always, delivers another smart, funny, and powerful stand-alone YA contemporary novel, with a speculative twist in which Jamal’s best friend is brought back to life after a freak accident . . . but they only have a short time together before he will die again.

Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die . . . again.

He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident.

But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever.

Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?

 

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The Immortal Bibliophiles Book Club | July Book Pick (2020)

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Can you believe it’s July already? I personally can’t. The year so far has been a dumpster fire at most but some things have been pretty good. Especially in my bookish life and that includes the book club! I’ve been consistent with it and I’m so happy about that. Just hoping this energy continues through the rest of the year. For July I spiced it up a bit (thanks to a dear bookstagram buddy) and we went with picking an adult science fiction/fantasy book. After all the votes we settled for a most anticipated read!


 

July Book Club Pick

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, Book 1): Amazon.co.uk ...

 

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.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for… 

Here it is! Ah I can’t wait to start reading this 😍

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ARC Review | If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

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If I Had Your Face

Author: Frances Cho // Published: April 21, 2020

★★

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A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, secret room salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies, and K-pop fan mania.

“Even as a girl, I knew the only chance I had was to change my face… even before a fortune-teller told me so.”

Kyuri is a heartbreakingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a “room salon,” an exclusive bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake with a client may come to threaten her livelihood.

Her roomate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York. Returning to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the super-wealthy heir to one of Korea’s biggest companies.

Down the hall in their apartment building lives Ara, a hair stylist for whom two preoccupations sustain her: obsession with a boy-band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that is commonplace.

And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to get pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise and educate in the cutthroat economy.

Together, their stories tell a gripping tale that’s seemingly unfamiliar, yet unmistakably universal in the way that their tentative friendships may have to be their saving grace.

 

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Author Interview | Chloe Gong, Author of These Violent Delights

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Today’s interview is with the wonderful author of the upcoming These Violent Delights, Chloe Gong!

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To say that I’m calm would be an absolute lie because friends, I’m anything but calm. Chloe is here today! I’m so excited that this review is finally going up. These Violent Delights is one of my highly anticipated of the year and I can’t wait for you all to read it. Read on to find out what inspired the story, Chloe’s favorite part about writing the book, swapping places with characters, and more!

 

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Mini ARC Reviews | The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story & Your Name Is a Song

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Your Name Is a Song

Author: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow & Luisa Uribe // Published: July 7, 2020

★★

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Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class. Your Name is a Song is a celebration to remind all of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names.

 

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24 Hour Readathon Blog | Reading 3 books and a highly anticipated release

Everyone makes mistakes.

Hey there readers!

Haven’t done of these on here before but here’s what happened. Out of absolute boredom I decided to do a self imposed 24 hour readathon! This happened on Thursday. I’m close to finishing my reading goal of 50 books this month (knock on wood) and I thought having a little 24 hour readathon would be fun. I’ve never actually done one of these before but it was such a great experience! I also read a lot longer than I usually do probably because I kept myself accountable. Anyways here’s what I read and here’s how it went!

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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag (2020)

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And it’s time for the Mid-year book freakout tag! Can you imagine it’s already June? This year has been really weird. The whole situation has been affecting me a lot more than I realized. I went through a time of not really wanting to do anything and that includes blogging and reading. But I finally got back in the game this month! Hopefully the reading persists the rest of the year. Let’s move on to the tag shall we?

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