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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June & July Book Haul

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I’ve got new books! It has been a long time since I got new physical books. I think I got 2 at the start of the year and then nothing until June and July. This pandemic thing has also made me very reckless in the sense that I bought much more books than I usually would in one go. But this is much needed self care so I’m not even mad. I’m pretty happy with my haul. So many of these I’ve been so excited to read! Read on for a bit more on these books.

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

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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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Book Review | The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

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The Lake

Author: Banana Yoshimoto // Published: May 3, 2011

★★

While The Lake shows off many of the features that have made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a cast of vivid and quirky characters, simple yet nuanced prose, a tight plot with an upbeat pace—it’s also one of the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written.
It tells the tale of a young woman who moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to get over her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. She finds herself spending too much time staring out her window, though … until she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a young man across the street staring out his window, too.
They eventually embark on a hesitant romance, until she learns that he has been the victim of some form of childhood trauma. Visiting two of his friends who live a monastic life beside a beautiful lake, she begins to piece together a series of clues that lead her to suspect his experience may have had something to do with a bizarre religious cult. . . .
With its echoes of the infamous, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult (the group that released poison gas in the Tokyo subway system), The Lake unfolds as the most powerful novel Banana Yoshimoto has written. And as the two young lovers overcome their troubled past to discover hope in the beautiful solitude of the lake in the country- side, it’s also one of her most moving.

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Book Review | The Silence of Bones by June Hur

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The Silence of Bones

Author: June Hur // Published: April 21, 2020

★★

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I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak;
Ears, but I mustn’t hear;
Eyes, but I mustn’t see.

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

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