just another bookworm…

It’s been a hectic few months and sometimes we can feel like we’re loosing our minds. This is why, I have decided to put together a small list of books I want to read from August until September. With college opening up in a few weeks it will be difficult, but hopefully not impossible. Despite being a bit behind with books that have recently been released, I have a few that are still on the top of my list, so I’m sharing. These are my top 5 books for August-September:

1) From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

2) A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

3) Children from Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

4) Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been working with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

5) Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

It has been a while since I have posted here. I have struggled a lot with finding time to sit down and write because I have university and it is very hectic. However, I decided to use my blogging and studying together. This semester I began taking an MA course on Fantasy Literature.

We have been read amazing retellings of classic stories that have influenced literature as whole. These novels have amazing storylines and food-for-thought, which I personally love because it is nice to find texts that make you seen the world differently. Now, here are two of my favorite reads from the semester!

#1 The Once and Future King by T.H. White

An amazing retelling of Sir Thomas Malory’s La Morte D’Arthur. T.H. White’s version of Arthur’s story gives a unique insight on not only Arthurs journey, but on Lancelot and Guinevere’s love story, and the rise and fall of Arthur’s Round Table. The story unravels beautifully with a great amount of serious commentary, as well as humorous portrayals of the characters.

#2 The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headly

An absolutely stunning novel. This book is a re-telling of the epic poem Beowulf and has an incredible twist to its narration. The novel has amazing commentary on womanhood, motherhood, racism, misogyny, and heroism. Headly does an amazing job at giving a new perspective to the epic story and keeps you hooked from the very start. I absolutely would read this again, and again, and again.

These are but a few of the novels I got to read this semester and I’m hoping to do more posts to recommend more texts. I absolutely enjoyed every single bit of these novels and I can only hope you do to.

June 4, 2021


I’m back! Sorry for being M.I.A. this year. Wow, so much time has gone by.

With the whole pandemic ordeal, online classes, having no creative flow or time to read (for fun), and dealing with my anxiety I admittedly have been very much absent. It’s no excuse, but these are just the reasons for my absence and so, I apologize. I have missed writing here and talking about books and such. However, I’m trying to find new ideas and content to provide here. Please, bare with me here.

In the works is possibly changing the dynamic here, and not just talking about books, but life in general, and maybe share some stuff from my university classes ( things I learn, shorts stories I love, and such). If anyone has any recommendations, suggestions, please let me know. I really do not want this blog to die, so I going to try to do my best here.

Lots of love,


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June 4, 2020

Tenía siete años apenas, apenas siete años,
¡Que siete años!
¡No llegaba a cinco siquiera!

De pronto unas voces en la calle
me gritaron ¡Negra!
¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!

“¿Soy acaso negra?” – me dije ¡SÍ! “¿Qué cosa es ser negra?” ¡Negra!
Y yo no sabía la triste verdad que aquello escondía.¡ Negra!
Y me sentí negra, ¡Negra!
Como ellos decían ¡Negra!
Y retrocedí ¡Negra!
Como ellos querían ¡Negra!
Y odié mis cabellos y mis labios gruesos y miré apenada mi carne tostada
Y retrocedí ¡Negra!
Y retrocedí…
¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!
¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Neeegra!
¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!
¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!

Y pasaba el tiempo,
y siempre amargada
Seguía llevando a mi espalda mi pesada carga

¡Y cómo pesaba! …
Me alacié el cabello,
me polveé la cara,
y entre mis cabellos siempre resonaba la misma palabra

¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Neeegra!
Hasta que un día que retrocedía, retrocedía y que iba a caer ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!

¿Y qué?

¿Y qué? ¡Negra! Sí ¡Negra!
Soy ¡Negra! Negra ¡Negra! Negra soy

¡Negra! Sí
¡Negra! Soy
¡Negra! Negra
¡Negra! Negra soy
De hoy en adelante no quiero laciar mi cabello

No quiero
Y voy a reírme de aquellos,
que por evitar – según ellos –
que por evitarnos algún sinsabor Llaman a los negros gente de color ¡Y de qué color! NEGRO
¡Y qué lindo suena! NEGRO
¡Y qué ritmo tiene!
Al fin
Al fin comprendí AL FIN
Ya no retrocedo AL FIN
Y avanzo segura AL FIN
Avanzo y espero AL FIN
Y bendigo al cielo porque quiso Dios que negro azabache fuese mi color Y ya comprendí AL FIN
Ya tengo la llave
¡Negra soy!

Rafael Tufino “Cortador de Caña”
Former slaves of Puerto Rico (1898)
Ex-esclavos de Puerto Rico (1898)
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