We’re back with another Sundays in Bed With… meme! This meme dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent your time curled up reading in bed with or which book you wish you had time to read today!
I’ll be wrapping up my Sunday in bed starting my re-read of The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. I’m reading this (and hopefully the whole series) with Julie, Chris and Joanna and I’m excited but also nervous to dive back in because I know what’s coming! 😂 But I’m looking forward to crossing a series off of my ‘need-to-finish’ list so let’s do this.
A brilliantly imaginative talent makes her exciting debut with this epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the bloody history of China’s twentieth century and filled with treachery and magic, in the tradition of Ken Liu’s Grace of Kings and N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.
When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.
But surprises aren’t always good.
Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.
For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away…
Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity… and that it may already be too late.
What are you currently reading?
I have to admit that I’m not looking forward to going to the office tomorrow. Last week was trying. My Friday the 13th was a literal horror show nightmare and I was eaten up by anxiety and insecurities. Both still have me in quite a tight grip and although I took the time yesterday to really try to not focus on the work things that have upped my stress levels to 3,000—ignorance was a little blissful!—I still haven’t been able to fully unwind and relax. I hate it. 🙃 Oof, it’s so much and I don’t want to talk about it but it’s also the only thing on my mind. I just need to keep repeating the mantra that I can do it, everything is going to be okay, one hour, one day, one week at a time!
On books: I spent all night reading one of my ARCs and it was not only wonderfully nostalgic, but it was cathartic too. I ugly cried at 2 AM and ugh, I needed it and UGH, was it worth it! I found a new 5-star read in January and a new all-time favourite YA contemporary. 💜
On blogging: I think I’ve been doing okay with catching up on comments and doing a bit more blog hopping and engaging. I think this first half of the year is going to be tough to balance the blog and books and work—especially if the latter continues the way it is, which it probably will. So far though, I think I’m doing alright.
ICYMI, here’s what I posted on the blog this week:
- New Year’s Book Tag!
- #FirstLinesFriday: 13 January 2023
- Book Review: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
- #WWWWednesday: 11 January 2023
- ARC Review: A Long Time Coming by Meghan Quinn
- #TopTenTuesday: 10 Releases I’m Looking Forward to Reading!
- Book Review: Convenience Store Woman
trouble – troye sivan x jay som
I hope you’re all doing okay and treating yourself with care. Let’s have a great week ahead! 💜