April Notes

As I write this post, it is the last day of April. I’m really pleased with everything I accomplished this month. When I decided I wanted to return to blogging this spring, I wasn’t sure exactly what that would mean to me or my life. I kind of forgot the work it involved to be a consistent book blogger, but now I feel like I’m truly blogging for myself. And I love it.

In today’s post, I will summarize my month in response to the goals and TBR I set in myself in my April Goals + TBR post earlier this month. I also share my schedule for the rest of this week!

Goals Revisited

Unfortunately, I did not stick with my blog goals for the month. Shortly after the publishing of my April Goals + TBR post, I realized I was in way over my head because I had not left myself enough time to write the posts I envisioned in the quality with which I would be happy. I realized that in order to not be overwhelmed with the amount of posts I had wanted to churn out that I’d need to plan well in advance and have a buffer of posts to protect me during weeks I was less productive.

Here are the goals I set for April:

  1. PUBLISH AT LEAST TWO BLOG POSTS PER WEEK: ONE BOOK REVIEW AND ONE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
  2. SHARE A WRITING UPDATE
  3. FIND AND SHOUT OUT BLOGS THAT I’M LOVING

Ultimately, I decided to focus on book reviews the first full month of my return to blogging. Book reviews were the reason I started book blogging in the first place three years ago now, and I had developed a complicated relationship to them as I struggled to remember why I liked doing them. This month I shared three book reviews (on Burial Rites, Akata Witch, and Sophie’s World) and I was progressively happier with each one I wrote.

I’m saddest that I neglected to start working on my third goal this month. It is still a primary long-term goal of mine. I will continue to think about what form it could take, what kinds of voices I want to share, and how I can blend it into my work week without my reading or writing suffering.

Despite my measly success this month, I still plan to set a new trio of goals for May. You can look forward to that coming out early tomorrow (5/1) morning!

What I Read

I had so much fun reading this month, I went far and above the modest TBR I set for the month in my April Goals + TBR post. I read a grand total of seven books, comprised of two books from my TBR and the first four books of the Harry Potter series. (The one book I did not get to, Spreadable Media, I’m just rolling over into next month.)

Here are the books I read this month:

  1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (book review)
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  6. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (book review)
  7. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle (book review to come)

At the beginning of the month shortly after settling on my goals and TBR for April, I realized it was time to revisit the Harry Potter series again. It has been over ten years since the debut of the final book and as I had begun writing seriously again I wanted to see what I could glean from how Rowling crafted the wizarding world, the her characters, and her novel plots.

Since I knew it would be a hefty undertaking, I wanted to record my experience in some way for my blog. So I decided to write down some of my thoughts of the books as I read them anew with fresh, adult eyes. Next week I will be posting my two-part series of the notes I made while reading these books again! Part 1 will come out Tuesday (5/8) and Part 2 on Thursday (5/10).

End Note

I have quite the schedule of posts to share this week and I’m super excited to get them out. I’m also feeling quite inspired to do more than just book reviews at the moment, so there’s a lot of posts in the pipeline that I just need to sit down and write.

If you’d like to have another way to stay informed with when I will be posting new blog posts, I encourage you to check out my Twitter @betwinedlori. I’ve recently been doing a pretty good job of promoting my new blog posts there and keeping my followers up-to-date with my upcoming posts.

Here’s the schedule I pinned on my profile last night:

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Here We Go Again | #AmWriting

As I stated in “April Goals + TBR“, I wanted to share at least one writing update this month. I hadn’t thought at the time that I would push it off so late, but here we are! Better late than never.  In the future, I’ll try to get these out on Wednesdays.

It has been hard to write regular updates on my novel progress because some weeks are harder than others to write. Either I’m motivated but stuck or unmotivated with nothing productive to say. I also feel like I jinx myself sometimes by talking about how it’s going when it’s going well.

I also feel like I have to make sure that I’m not having more fun talking about writing than actually writing. So sometimes I just have to hold myself back.

Regardless, I’m back today with a plan to try and share how the writing’s going, some personal deadlines, and when I plan to share more updates.

Building Good Writing Habits

When I last did a writing update, it was early in NaNoWriMo 2017. I didn’t end up winning last year, but I love looking back at that post. I was so optimistic. I also find the advice really useful on a personal level still when I have trouble knowing where to start.

However, I now think that the hardest part of writing is not simply not knowing where I want the story to go or even silencing the internal editor. Instead, I think the hardest part of writing is simply getting my butt to stay in its seat so that I can write and get somewhere great. Starting is often the hardest part, not just in writing but in most things. Even when all’s going well, it can be difficult to stay in the writing. I catch a little nagging voice in my head urging me to take a break or, more manipulatively, that I’ve earned one.

No longer do I believe in the writing muse. I do not believe in waiting for inspiration to strike. I believe good writing can only come from getting deep into your story and staying there, even when it becomes uncomfortable.

I’m still working towards becoming a daily writer. At the end of long days or if I’m in a lousy mood, I’m not too likely to write much. But it’s easier when I’m feeling more confident in my story.

Goals

In March my writing buddy Sara and I decided to finish our current drafts by May 31. I’m working on my first draft and she’s doing another round of structural edits. April didn’t end up as productive as either of us would have liked. But for my part, I still intend to stand by my self-set deadline.

I don’t have a target word count goal. I just want to write the story’s skeleton, the most important plot points of the overall story. I think it could be accomplished in 20,000 words or less. Unlike during NaNoWriMo when you’re just trying to churn out as many words as possible and not edit anything, I want all the words I write to be good. So I’m writing slowly and carefully.

End Note

My next writing update will likely be after I’ve finished my first draft’s skeleton. I’m hoping this could be complete in about two weeks of solid work, but I have given myself until the end of May. I’d like to do more inspirational and writing tips posts on Betwined Reads, but I’d like them to be fun to write and not a chore that takes me away from actually writing. So they’ll likely come as unexpected treats in the future.

Next up this week on the blog is my April Notes (what I’m calling a wrap up which will summarize everything I read and my progress, or lack thereof, on my blog goals for the month), my May Goals + TBR post, and a book review of one of my all-time childhood summer favorites A Ring of Endless Light.

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Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

sopReleased: December 5, 1991
Pages: 507 pages (paperback)
Theme(s): Coming of age, questioning, consciousness, historical development, philosophy vs. religion, global unity
Genre(s): YA / Philosophy / History / Norwegian Fiction
Age Group: 16+

★★★★

One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” From that irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving letters addressed to another girl. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up? To unravel this riddle, Sophie must use the philosophy she is learning–but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined

Preface

I can’t remember exactly why I bought this book, other than the summary made it sound like a fun mystery combined with a young girl’s review of western philosophy. I had been very interested in philosophy in high school, though, thinking it might be something that I pursued in college.

I’ve tried to read this book before a couple of times, only getting as far as the Greek philosophers, whom I’d probably say I previously knew the most about of all the philosophers discussed in this book. I think I found it slow or boring, but I always felt like I would one day finish it. Now felt like a great time so I wanted push through and read the whole thing so I could un-haul it if I wished.

I’m so happy I gave this book another chance! The beginning is hard to get through (if you struggle with open-slate protagonists), but once Sophie starts meeting her philosophy teacher in person and the mystery deepens, it’s a much more gripping read. I feel like it should be required reading for every human.

My Thoughts

…I will do what I can to acquaint you with your historical roots. It is the only way to become a human being. It is the only way to become more than a naked ape…

I had to rate this book 5 stars, but this rating is not based on my enjoyment of the story, the inventiveness of the plot, or the authenticity of the characters. I rate Sophie’s World 5 stars because of how well the author details and synthesizes the development of western philosophical thought from its Greek origins to its Christian influences all the way up to the big 20th century thinkers.

I do not want to spoil this book, but I feel that many people might start this book and give up before it gets good if they don’t know what to expect. The greatest value of this book comes from how it makes philosophy accessible to young people and highlights why it matters. The mystery and Sophie’s regular life is less captivating until a third of the way through the book.

There’s a major twist that occurs that I actually found to be really unexpectedly terrifying. It’s like a nightmare scenario it never occurred to me that I might have. For the skeptical, it may seem a bit absurd. I found it absurd, but I also saw how it relates to the philosophic ideas that were being discussed at that time and might be hard to fully understand without this twist that shakes up Sophie’s world forever.

Undeniable and unsurprisingly, there are not many famous female philosophers. This book does not skirt around that fact. In fact, I think it does a great service to readers by addressing this unfortunate fact and by both shouting out the great men who saw females as equals and calling out those who saw them as inferior. It doesn’t demonize these men, but it reminds us that great men are not always perfect and we can appreciate what they contributed without putting them on a pedestal.

One final thing I’ll say is this book is not a quick or easy read. To better digest the information, I found myself having to read it in chunks. The good thing is the story almost seems organized to allow for these breaks between material. I consider myself a pretty fast reader, but this book took me about a week to finish.

Craft

I don’t have much to say with regards to craft in this novel. I didn’t think the characters were too authentic, but I hesitate to criticize much with regards to actual writing voice or style because I feel like this book had to have been translated from Norwegian. Also, I recognize the story wasn’t really meant to be character-driven. So I’ll primarily talk about the novel’s structure.

I can see how some might call it a textbook for the breadth of history and knowledge it covers in chronological order. Most of the chapters are titled for the philosopher or period of time that is the subject of Sophie’s lessons. I think this is really useful because I won’t ever have to reread this book in full again. I can just revisit the specific chapters on the figures who interested me the most.

There’s a major plot twist that occurs about one third of the way through the novel that I hesitate to spoil for the sake of anyone who picks up the book for the mystery aspect. I also worry that many people would give up on the book before they get to the twist, which is, in my opinion, a reason to spoil. I’ll leave it at that, though!

It does raise an important question of whether a great twist can justify putting a reader through a slow beginning. I personally would say no most of the time, especially if it can be avoided. I’m not sure it could’ve been avoided in Sophie’s World, however. It works really well with the philosophical content.

Final Thoughts

After finishing Sophie’s World, I found myself with a greater respect for theologists as philosophers. I also had to reassess my own capacity for belief. I do not think this book justifies religion, but it shows how people can find spaces to fit faith that does not necessarily contradict human knowledge by reason or experience.

I find myself wanting to revisit some of the books I read earlier this year that dealt in some way with spirituality (specifically The Chosen and Franny and Zooey). I’ve considered myself an atheist for a few years now (and am currently reconsidering whether I’m more agnostic), but I’ve always been drawn to stories about brilliant people who grappled with their belief in a personal and meaningful way. I can’t put into words exactly what I mean, but I feel like Sophie’s World could be key to discovering why.

This book’s a keeper!

Have you read Sophie’s World? If so, what’d you think?!

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Released: July 11, 2017
Pages: 349 pages (paperback)
Theme(s): Identity, friendship, balance, power of knowledge, values
Genre(s): YA / Fantasy / African-American Fiction
Age Group: 10+

★★

Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.

Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she’s finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs?

Preface

I first discovered Akata Witch because of Leigh Bardugo. As one typically does with their favorite authors, I look for books that have been recommended by authors whose writing I admire. Fortunately, I stumbled upon this article by Cosmopolitan last year “Leigh Bardugo Recommends 5 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books Every Woman Should Read.”

Bardugo describes Akata Witch as “a really delightful heir to Harry Potter. It’s a really perfect read for younger readers who might be looking to get into fantasy.” As someone who grew up loving Harry Potter, I recognized this tremendous compliment and decided to look into the book. As I am a writer of YA fantasy, I felt Akata Witch would be an fun book to dissect for how another author world builds.

I had read The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare and not been impressed by the overwhelming similarities to Harry Potter, so I kept my expectations for Harry Potter-level excellence low. But from the summary, I was getting Wonder Woman: Warbringer vibes, which was written by Leigh Bardugo, so I couldn’t help but be excited.

Before I go any further, let me just say that Akata Witch is an outstanding entry into YA fantasy that I think everyone should read.

My Thoughts

I loved this book and am so excited for young readers who will be able to access this book while they are still children. I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that much of fantasy that young adults will consume from an early age is set in the Western world and with primarily white characters.

As a young adult, it never bothered me (a hispanic, cis-gendered, straight female) and I don’t think it bothers too many because the power of books is allow readers to step into the shoes of other people, even those who seem so different from ourselves. It’s only as we grow older that we wonder how much more confident or proud we would have felt of our own heritage and the culture of our ancestors if we had seen it in the books that we cherished.

That’s why I’m so excited about this book. It is not just a book that represents progress; it is so much fun that it should appeal to anyone!

The magic world (which I describe in greater detail in the next section) is a fantastic adventure to explore and there are so many great characters that show a range of leopard lifestyles that I think make the magic feel accessible to people from all walks of life, which makes it feel more real and appealing. There’s also great moments of situational humor that I enjoy more than anything else.

Atmospherically, the book feels like it could become a Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli film in the style of Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro.

Craft

The magic system of Akata Witch is unlike anything I’ve ever read. I can understand the Harry Potter (and even Percy Jackson) comparisons, but it does not really come off that Okorafor used the former books as a check-list. Everything in Akata Witch‘s world and magic system is so specific and feels authentic to the country and its environment.

I could actually see how this book leaves it open so that the magical world of Nigeria could fit into that of the HP universe. Instead of wands, the magic people have juju knives. Instead of the witch/wizard vs. muggle dichotomy, Akata Witch has leopard (magic) people and lambs (non-magic).

As witches and wizards in the HP universe can be muggle-born, similarly leopards can be born of lambs. I don’t remember Rowling going into where magic comes from in the HP universe, but in Akata Witch Okorafor explains how magic (or juju as it’s called in her books) is the source of a spiritual awareness or connection.

The protagonist, Sunny, is actually what is called a free agent, which means neither of her parents are leopards. Rather than a magic school à la Hogwarts, young leopards maintain a double-life, going to regular (Lamb) school and independently studying juju with an advisor and, if they’re lucky, a mentor who can better guide them according to their strengths.

Leopards pride themselves on valuing knowledge above all else. Indeed, the economics are divinely (read: mysteriously) arranged so that leopards earn chittim (curved metal rods that act as leopard currency) by learning new things and developing wisdom. It just falls out of the sky no matter where the leopard is at the time–––an aspect of the world that felt more video game-inspired than anything else!

One thing I did not like about this story from a writing perspective is how convenient the major conflict of the story unfolds and resolves. In the back of our heads as we read this story is the child serial killer called the Black Hat. Halfway through the book, Sunny learns she is a leopard and her oha coven (Sunny’s quartet of friends who balance each other in ability and personality) have been brought together to defend the world against the rise of an evil entity.

I also didn’t like how often Sunny would be asking her friends and their teachers/mentors questions and they would tell her to wait and gratification was delayed. It was done too much! It reminds me of my earliest writing adventures when I’d not have the answers as the writer so I’d put it off writing those explanatory scenes by having my characters wait.

Final Thoughts

Young adults and adults alike can enjoy this book. Admittedly, there are some dark depictions of the harm that befell the child victims of the novel’s villain that may unsettle much younger readers, but these moments are few and far between.

I look forward to getting my hands on the next book Akata Warrior as soon as possible! I’m just annoyed that I got the paperback of the first book because I’m one of those annoying people who likes their books to match on their shelves, so I must suffer waiting for the release of book two’s paperback edition. Rats!

If you’d like to read more YA fantasy that celebrates diversity, I also recommend City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. (Because of my research as I wrote this review, I also believe the Percy Jackson books may nicely compliment Akata Witch. As I’ve never read them, I don’t feel comfortable recommending them.)

Have you read Akata Witch? If so, what’d you think?!

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

burialritesReleased: April 1, 2014
Pages: 314 pages (paperback)
Theme(s): Love, truth, superstition, power of perception, public image, gender roles
Genre(s): Historical / Iceland / Adult Fiction
Age Group: 16+

★★

Charged with the brutal murder of two men, Agnes Magnusdóttir has been removed to her homeland’s farthest reaches, to an isolated farm in northern Iceland, to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family on the farm at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. As the winter months pass and Agnes’s death looms closer, the farmer’s wife and daughters learn there is another side to the sensational tale they’ve heard–but will their new knowledge be enough to save Agnes?

Hannah Kent makes real the saga of a doomed young woman who in the early nineteenth century became the last person to be publicly beheaded in Iceland. Rich with lyricism and startling in its revelations, Burial Rites evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place as it poses a heartbreaking question: How can one woman hope to endure when her life depends on the stories told by others?

Preface

I first discovered Burial Rites because of Ely from Tea & Titles, way back in 2015 (see her original review that I found). I was enchanted by the book cover and the summary. It seemed like it would be a dark but beautiful read. Over the years, I’d also see it pop up every now and then from people who I’m friends with on Goodreads.

My initial thoughts were that I’d save it for the right mood. I wouldn’t read it during a read-a-thon or on a holiday. I felt that it was the kind of book that you curl up with a calm, rainy day with several hours on hand.

I finally decided to pick it up at the end of March 2018 because I had been on a bit of crime streak with Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson and then House Rules by Jodi Picoult. Both of these books were newer acquisitions so I felt it would be right to finally grab a book that’s been on my shelves a bit longer…

My Thoughts

Burial Rites is a historical fiction novel that brings to life 19th century north Icelandic culture, from the unique homes (badstofas), the mundanity of servant life, the otherworldly seeming landscape to the Icelandic religiosity, superstition, and judicial system. Moreover, it provides a stark portrait of life for women during this time period.

This novel is not the kind of book I would ordinarily pick up. When I was reading it, I went back and forth between total engrossment in Agnes’ story and disorientation when the book changed perspectives or included a historical document or letter that provided context for what was happening while Agnes was living her last days.

I loved the protagonist. I admired the strength that Agnes showed, even while suffering from social notions of how a woman of her station should behave. It was frustrating to hear so many characters say that she wanted for too much. Even though I knew how her story would end I wanted to root for her as she planned better future than just a life as a simple servant. She was a smart and good worker and it just does not feel like it should have been too much to ask to be able to save enough money so that she could afford to marry and be mistress of her own home.

As she opens up in her last few months to tell the story of her life and what led up to the crime for which she is to be executed, we see that her life was not fair and her biggest mistake was simply loving a man who did not love her back.

Craft

If you are interested in how to weave a story based on a real life story or events, I highly recommend checking out this book and reverse engineering it to see how Kent crafted it. Burial Rites was heavily informed by Kent’s research that helped bring this story and the characters to life. She used first-hand historical records to piece together her idea of Agnes, a woman who was Kent portrays as smart and independent woman who was misunderstood in her patriarchal society.

The thing I will most remember about this novel is beautiful and seamless transitions between the present-day narrative and Agnes’ memories. Reading quickly, many parts of the story felt like a fever dream. One moment Agnes will be going about life at Kornsá, the next she’ll be transported to a memory of her previous life, and just as quickly she is snapped back to reality.

Despite how removed the characters are from our time and place, they feel so vibrantly real. I feel that in most books characters don’t really change, they may react and learn from mistakes, but the subtle ways in which people can improve themselves, or disintegrate, is rarely charted. Kent portrays complex people and shows how redeeming or damning the third party perception contributes to how people are remembered.

Final Thoughts

I’m glad to have finally read this book. I feel like this was a good time to read it, although maybe it could better classified as a winter read for so many of the books critical moments are mirrored by the harsh, inescapable landscape.

From a writer’s perspective, this book is ripe for study of how to tell a story that is about a character…telling a story. As Agnes gives her account of her life, we see the decision-making behind what she includes for the sake of her audience and what she withholds because recounting it will be too painful or not do her memories justice.

If you like historically-based, female-driven literature, I recommend checking out Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler and At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen.

Have you read Burial Rites? If so, what’d you think?!

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April Goals + TBR

HAPPY EASTER (AND APRIL)!

For the first time in a long time, I’ve been excited to sit down and plan out future blog posts. This March after I announced my hesitant return to blogging, I tested the waters with two blog posts: a book review and a winter reading wrap up. Now I feel like I can begin to plan for a future in which this blog is indisputable part of my daily life.

On that note, I wanted to share my goals and TBR for the month of April related to Betwined Reads. I love the direction I’ve decided to take this blog and want to let you all know what you can expect to see this month in my little corner of the internet.

Goals

1. Publish at Least two blog posts per week: one book review and one technology review

I feel that at the rate I’m going with my reading at the moment, I can realistically expect to write one book review per week this month. I’ve definitely been bitten by the reading bug and have begun to better know what I’m looking for at this time in my life. For a list of the books you can most likely expect to see reviewed this month, see my TBR a little further below.

I also would like to find and write reviews of cool technologies that I think could be useful to bloggers, students, and digital media enthusiasts. For this month, I’ve tentatively planned to write reviews of new websites and applications that I’ve be learning this month: Unsplash, Trello, Skillshare, and Duolingo.

2. Share a writing update

I’ve been working on my novel these past couple of months and I’ve been itching to share my progress and some of things I’ve found useful. I even started a post last month that is practically all ready to go, I just didn’t want it to come out of nowhere! So most likely I want to write a blog post updating you all on my writing, my personal deadlines, and also explaining what direction I’d like to take with my writing-related posts this year.

3. Find and shout out blogs that I’m loving

One of the things I used to really love doing on my original blog Books o’ the Wisp was shout-out the blogs and blog posts that I was loving each week. But, as I briefly hit on in The Return, I realized that I am not aware of many blogs that actively fulfill me and consistently share content I would love to see. To be honest, though, I’ve not done a lot of searching.

Since it has always been a goal of mine when I started Betwined Reads to connect my readers not just with awesome books but also with awesome bloggers that I’m loving who are doing cool and innovative stuff, I feel like there’s no time like the present to start.

I’ve decided to make it a goal for this month to start searching and start sharing here in some kind of weekly format. I think this feature (which will hopefully have a name soon) will go up on Sundays, as I think that is a nice cosy time for most people with busy lives to unwind and catch up—at least Sundays have always that way for me.

TBR

I’m not overly confident in my ability to stick to a strict TBR so I don’t find it realistic to look at my bookshelves right now and pretend that the books that appeal to me in this moment will be the books I still want to read at the end of April. Especially as I’m rediscovering my love of reading at the moment. That being said, I have three books I know I will try to get to early this month.

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

I first learned of AKATA WITCH from Leigh Bardugo. Bardugo is one of my favorite authors writing today and so I had been looking for books she had recommended for people who love her work and AKATA WITCH was one of them. Upon reading the premise (Goodreads), I decided this book was worth checking out for myself, not just as a reader but a writer.

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

I’m still attempting to prioritize reading books that have been on my TBR for a longer amount of time, so SOPHIE’S WORLD (Goodreads) would help me check another off that list. This is actually a book that I might’ve bought in high school; it’s been that long since I acquired it that I can’t exactly remember. I know I’ve attempted reading this book before and found it boring, so I’m not entering it with high expectations. I just want to know if it’s worth unhauling it.

Spreadable Media by Henry Jenkins et al.

I started reading SPREADABLE MEDIA (Goodreads) at the beginning of the year. I actually read the entire Introduction, or that thing that comes before an Introduction—it’s been a while since I’ve picked it up again! I really do want to read it, though! I may just have to commit a few days to it and only it so that I can check it off my TBR.

End Note

Coming up next this week on Betwined Reads will be my first technology review of Unsplash, a free stock photo service I’ve discovered, which has some awesome photo collections any fellow blogger might find useful. I’m currently using a photo I found on Unsplash for my blog site icon and header image (cited on my About page). You can look forward to this review on Monday. And Thursday you can expect my review of BURIAL RITES, which I finished this weekend! It was gorgeous and heart-rending.

Have you read any of the books on my TBR?

What do you hope to accomplish this April?

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