“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Can we please take a moment to appreciate Lysandra?

I’m not sure she gets enough love from the fandom and she’s fantastic! An incredibly smart, capable, and realistically flawed woman, who uses her wits and abilities to such great and devastating effect. She’s a true friend to Aelin, a total badass, and just an all round brilliant character! I love her so much!

it’s international women’s day, and i’m not that big on hashtags (despite sporadic participation), but i’m all about opportunities to share asian-american and [east] asian books-in-translation (i admit/acknowledge that my geographic focus is narrow).  here are ten books by international women i love.

  1. banana yoshimoto, lizard (washington square press, 1995)
  2. marilynne robinson, lila (FSG, 2014)
  3. krys lee, drifting house (viking, 2012)
  4. ruth ozeki, a tale for the time being (penguin, 2013)
  5. mary shelly, frankenstein (penguin clothbound classics, 2013)
  6. han kang, human acts (portobello books, 2016)
  7. helen macdonald, h is for hawk (grove press, 2015)
  8. charlotte brontë, jane eyre (penguin clothbound classics, 2009)
  9. jang eun-jin, no one writes back (dalkey archive press, 2013)
  10. shin kyung-sook, i’ll be right there (other press, 2014)

also, one of my favorite book quotes comes from yoshimoto’s “helix,” a story which can be found in her collection, lizard:

“even when i have crushes on other men, i always see you in the curve of their eyebrows.”  (64)

happy international reading!

What I want from ACOWAR

More than anything, I want a happy ending for Lucien.

He had to suffer the loss of his lover, and worse still, being forced by his own brothers to watch her execution.

He had to suffer the horror of having his eye gouged out by Amarantha.

He had to suffer at the hands of Tamlin because he helped Feyre. He was whipped, bleeding, for being a true friend.

He had to suffer his best friend - his High Lord - turning into a rage-filled, controlling monster.

He had to suffer Ianthe’s advances, her sexual harassment.

He had to suffer the loss of Feyre, and before that, he suffered through her confinement. I firmly believe that he *wanted* to help her, to free her, but Tamlin’s control stretched to him as well, and he found himself in the impossible position of being damned if he did, and damned if he didn’t.

Then, finally, he suffered when, after he discovered Elain was his mate, she was ripped from his arms mere seconds later.

Basically, poor Lucien has suffered enough heartbreak, enough pain, and I just really, really want him to be able to smile by the time I turn the final page of Wings and Ruin. I hope to the gods I get my wish.

I have less than 100 pages of Empire of Storms to read but I…I can’t do it. I don’t want all my fears to be proven right. I dread what will happen to my favourite characters, and, after spending the past 2 months reading ToG, I don’t want the damn story to end, however temporarily! Should a book cause so much physical heartache???

An Idea.

So, I’m thinking about this idea of doing more with the books that I read. Like, I would love to hear from other people about the books that I’ve read, and share my thoughts too. I just don’t know yet how to do this. I’m not very good at writing reviews, but I would love to share my thoughts about books. I don’t know yet. Do you guys have any suggestions?