• Handle With Care

    handle with care; the sci-fi edition

    A lot of things in the science-fiction genre seem to cross over into the fantasy genre. Or maybe the media I consume is a blend of the two. That is, after all, my favourite type of story. This will be another short post, because sci-fi is something I am trying to get more into, but I do wind up reading the same sorts of things over and over. Stories with aliens can be a definitive hit or miss for me. They either work very well, or not at all. Usually, the relationship between aliens and humans is written as an allegory for racism, but in a lot of ways it…

  • Book Reviews

    review; my fate according to the butterfly

    Title: My Fate According To The ButterflyAuthor: Gail D. VillanuevaGenre: MG, contemporaryType: PaperbackPublisher: Scholastic Press When superstitious Sab sees a giant black butterfly, an omen of death, she knows that she’s doomed! According to legend, she has one week before her fate catches up with her – on her 11th birthday. With her time running out, all she wants is to celebrate her birthday with her entire family. But her sister, Ate Nadine, stopped speaking to their father one year ago, and Sab doesn’t even know why. If Sab’s going to get Ate Nadine and their father to reconcile, she’ll have to overcome her fears – of her sister’s anger,…

  • Blog Tour,  Book Reviews

    BLOG TOUR; Relic by Bronwyn Eley ft. Book Review & Graphics

    I was lucky enough to be chosen to be part of the blog tour hosted by Shealea @ Caffiene Book Tours for Relic by Bronwyn Eley, and boy, are you all in for a treat! The launch post for the tour can be found here. Be sure to check out these awesome bloggers! Title:RelicAuthor: Bronwyn EleyGenre: YA, fantasyType: E-BookPublisher: Talem PressSeries: The Relic TrilogyPublication Date: 12 September 2019Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository In the city of Edriast, there is no deadlier duty than to serve as the Shadow. As the personal servant of the powerful Lord Rennard, the Shadow’s life is all but forfeit. Rennard possesses one of five…

  • Recipes

    recipe; snickerdoodle cupcakes

    I haven’t actually made these cupcakes in quite some time, because they tend to be a little messy, a little sweet. So yum, for sure, but in the past couple of years, we’ve had to watch our sugar intake. They are a supremely indulgent treat, however, and I’m hoping to make them again next month for my birthday. The original recipe can be found here, and I’ve played around with it a little. Ingredients Spiced Sugar Topping: 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 cup sugar Cake Batter: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (if desired) 1/2 cup…

  • Discussion Post

    ;five asian 2020 debuts to look forward to

    I’ve barely read all the 2019 books I want to read, and even some of the 2018 books I’ve had on my TBR, but I’m already looking at 2020 and eagerly anticipating so many books. These are only some of the books I cannot wait for, my full list is extensive and I won’t be posting that anywhere to keep my stress levels a little low*. *Though, my stress levels are never low. What I know of these following books comes from Goodreads mostly, but they sound right up my alley, so you know I’m excited! I am usually not a huge fan of Romeo & Juliet retellings, but These…

  • Discussion Post

    ;movies i thought i imagined

    I was recently thinking about movies I used to watch as a kid. This was prompted by a BookTube video I filmed talking about books I read as a kid and I realised because I hadn’t seen anyone else talking about a book series and I couldn’t find my copy, I started doubting whether or not it actually existed. Maybe I had imagined reading the whole thing? Then I found my copies of the books and was very relieved, but it did get me thinking about a few movies I vaguely remember watching when I was younger but never saw anyone else talking about.* *I checked IMDB and all these…

  • Twisted Tales

    TWISTED TALES; tristan and iseult

    This post is going up late because I forgot. Oops. Also I don’t know much about this story except that it is a tragic romance, and honestly, I love those when done well? Twisted Tales is a series of photosets depicting POC fancasts of fairytales that are traditionally cast as not-POC. Featuring:Lewis Tan as TristanAshley Madekwe as IseultKeanu Reeves as Mark When King Mark heard of the death of these two lovers, he crossed the sea and came into Brittany; and he had two coffins hewn, for Tristan and Iseult, one of chalcedony for Iseult, and one of beryl for Tristan. And he took their beloved bodies away with him…

  • Racebent Romcoms

    RACEBENT ROMCOMS; while you were sleeping

    This was remade into a gender-flipped Bollywood movie that I enjoyed, and there are so many fanfictions inspired by this – but a remake of it by Hollywood wouldn’t go amiss either if they do something fresh with it. Racebent Romcoms has me taking existing Hollywood romantic comedies (and romances), and recasting them for the modern day with a more diverse cast. Featuring Zazie Beetz as Lucy Moderatz and Simu Liu as Jack Callaghan. Do you believe in love at first sight? Nah, I betcha don’t, you’re probably too sensible for that. Or have you ever, like, seen somebody? And you knew that, if only that person really knew you,…

  • Instant To-Read

    instant to-read; the sci-fi edition

    I generally enjoy science-fiction stories. Fantasy is my favourite, and a blend of sci-fi and fantasy even more so – but science-fiction is pretty high up on my list of ‘genres I like to read’. But while I was putting this list together, I realised there were fewer ‘instant’ buttons than ‘handle with care’ ones, so this post is going to be pretty short. Space, the final frontier*. Books set in space, with humanity spread among the stars is almost always a draw for me. Spaceships and traveling from planet to planet, with survival and life being the goal. Give them to me. Bonus points for any books involving space…

  • Recipes

    recipe; marinara sauce

    Despite how many times I make this, – and I make this A LOT – I just realised I barely have any photos of the sauce? It’s weird, considering how much I enjoy taking food photos for Instagram. This marinara sauce, you guys. My mother-in-law found the recipe, and then over the last year or so, we tweaked it and adapted it, and then snuck in some veggies until it is damn near perfection. The whole family adores it, we use it as is on top of pasta, we’ve used it as a dip, we’ve used it in baked cheesy ziti. It is super versatile and surprisingly easy to make.…