Sentranced Saturday: do something today that your future self will thank you for

sentranced (adj.): the state of being captivated by a well-written sentence.

Sentranced Saturday is a meme created here that encourages you to share a quote that left you entranced. It makes you think. Everyone is welcome to join in; link to this post so I can read what has left you sentranced!

I wasn’t intending on doing a Sentranced Saturday post this week because I didn’t read anything entrancing and wasn’t in the mood to search for a quote to share. But I was on Canva this morning looking through the available layouts to see if there was one I wanted to use for my “I am going camping this weekend” Twitter post (!) and I stumbled upon this quote in a graphic. And I was sentranced yet again. I googled the line quote and saw that it is something Sean Patrick Flannery said and I freaking love him okay (Boondock Saints is perfection) so I was absolutely convinced that it was meant to be that I post this week.

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Bookish Pet Peeves

Bookish pet peeves… we all have them. From overused tropes to literary devices, each of our reading experiences are shaped by our preferences. For me it is insta-love and conflict that could be solved if the characters would only talk to one another. And that got me thinking: what grinds the gears of other readers? So naturally I took to Twitter to find out what your pet peeves are!

I got some really great answers, see what some of my book blogging friends had to say!

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Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Reading this book brought back memories of watching Pretty Little Liars; if you enjoyed the tv show I would recommend this to you! This is a book full of deadly secrets, political intrigue, and a fantasy world where the ruling class is out of touch with the people over whom they rule. While these are ingredients that I love to read, I unfortunately found the execution for Rule to be a bit lacking: the characters were one-dimensional, character relationships to have little to no development to justify their actions, and I was left wanting more worldbuilding. The base ideas are interesting and intriguing, but in my opinion need more development.

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Mirage by Somaiya Daud [Blog Tour]

Friends, Mirage is such a beautifully written debut novel from Somaiya Daud and I cannot wait for the rest of you to experience it! Poetically written and instantly captivating, this book draws you into a new world so vivid you feel as if you could walk the streets. This is a powerful own-voices Moroccan inspired SFF tale of culture, family, oppression, and rebellion with a diverse cast of complex characters that you cannot help but adore.

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