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Jane Austen: 200 year anniversary!

It’s actually been a while since I posted about Jane Austen and in case you didn’t know, she’s one of my favorite authors of all time! She got me through my first year teaching and during that time my father passed away, so she also has a sentimental place in my heart..

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of hers and got me into writing fanfic and eventually pursuing my dream to becoming a published author.

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I was able to visit her home Chawton Cottage and saw the little writing desk where she wrote her novels in secret. She wrote during the Regency era in England when women’s standing in society was restricted to respectable positions–being a writer was not respectable for a woman, but she wrote anyway and 200 years later we are still reading her books!

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Notable facts: July 18, 1817 marked the anniversary of her death. She was 41 when she died. While she was alive, she published four novels which were noted to be “By A Lady”. After her death, two more of her novels were published and those were published under her name.

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Do you have a favorite Austen novel? Which author inspires you?

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Book friends are the best friends! Wonder Woman Anthology 

So here’s more on how awesome this book community is! I had posted on my Story on Instagram weeks ago that I was going to see the Wonder Woman movie and my friend Renee @bookishblissandbeauty chatted about the movie which lead to the comics and it turns out Renee is a fan and also quite the comic book reader! I was so happy to talk about Wonder Woman and her history with Renee and how comic books feel like they’re becoming more accessible–at least for me. My current favorites are Ms. Marvel and Saga because I can identify with the characters in these stories..

A few days later, I received a package from Renee with these comics that she thought I’d enjoy! I already had Squirrel Girl and Monstress on my TBR and so I was thrilled to see the first issues included here. I was also touched by the handmade card she included! I’m so grateful to have found you Renee!

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After seeing the movie and talking with Renee, I found this Wonder Woman collection at Costco (Renee highly recommended the artist from this collection) and of course I also had to pick up some Wonder Woman Funkos too! I’m including a brief flip through of the graphic novel of you’re interested in getting a peak at the art.

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I’m always looking for comic/graphic novel recommendations! Let me know in the comments some of your favorites! And if you’re not following Renee @bookishblissandbeauty, please visit her and give her a follow! She’s amazing and very sweet!

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Hope you’re all have a fabulous Monday!

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Monday Inspiration!

Happy Monday! I want to spread some inspiration because Monday. 😩 .

I’m so grateful to have found this community not just for the fact we’re all readers, but also for how creative everyone is! From candles, bookmarks, to temporary bookish tattoos–I love how people express their enthusiasm for the books we enjoy.

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If you don’t know this about me, I’m a notebook addict! Creamy, thick paper that stands up to fountain pens? Gorgeous graph lines? A5 size? You are speaking my language! And if the cover has some type of bookish and/or writing design on the cover? Dead. I can not even handle it!

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Do you guys know Hafsah? @hafsahfaizal She’s got a gorgeous feed and is the owner of Icey Designs. She’s got some gorgeous bookish candles and also notebooks! I had my eye on this particular notebook because as a writer, the quote speaks to me! My very dear friend and #booktwin Amy @ladyofthelibrary got it for me as a gift and I nearly cried because it was a surprise and it arrived at one of those times I was frustrated with writing my book!

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Where am I going with this? If you don’t follow Hafsah on Twitter, you should remedy that situation immediately! She announced after years of writing her Arabian Fantasy book, she found an agent! I’m so thrilled for her and excited for her book! If you visit her Twitter, you can see her book aesthetics and friends, it’s amazing! Also, check out her “The Obligatory ‘How I Got my Agent Post’ ” at her blog, iceybooks.com. It’s so inspiring and gives me hope.

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Hafsah, I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to add your book to my shelves! Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉

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July TBR 

Okay. Where did the weekend go? I swear it was here just a minute ago! Summer needs to slow down and stop rushing through the weekend!.

That’s when I realized I hadn’t posted my July TBR! 😅 The Emperor’s Blades, The Sun is also a Star, and Lord of Shadows are from June that I’m hoping to finish this month. All the rest are buddy reads! I knowww. I usually only do two buddy reads, three if I’m daring each month, but this month, I somehow agreed to seven. 😅 Maybe it was the allure of summer reading and the promise of more free time (I’m donkey laughing at myself for being so naive) that had me saying yes to all the buddy reads this month, but I love buddy reads and I’m enjoying these so far! (And just to clarify, these buddy reads are not happening all at the same time.) Featured is my reading tracker in bullet journal to help me track my reading. Scroll down to see a close up or check out the tag #jennfscurrentreadstracker on Instagram to see more. 

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What’s on your TBR this month? What has been your favorite summer read so far?

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My son’s 5th birthday is on Tuesday but we’ve been doing all the celebrating this weekend. Today we’re surprising the family to a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. My five year old and three year old have never been and have seen the commercials (Well played, Chuck E. Cheese. Well played.) What are your plans for today?

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Book Case Club: June YA Box Unboxing

Happy Thursday! I hope you’re having a fabulous week so far. Here’s my unboxing for the June YA Book Case Club box @bookcaseclub. Last month we received Garth Nix’s Newt’s Emerald and Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest. Aren’t these covers gorgeous?.

I’ve read Sabriel by Garth Nix and I’m excited to read Newt’s Emerald. Regency era where a girl has to disguise herself as a boy to solve the mystery of her family’s missing heirloom, The Newington Emerald? YES please! I’ve also seen it described as a cross between Mary Kowal Robinette’s Glamour series and Gail Carrier’s Protectarate series (minus the steampunk). How awesome does that sound?

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I’ve seen ARCs of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black circulate on bookstagram and it sounds amazing! But I’ve also realized that I haven’t read anything by Holly Black! 😅 The Spiderwick Chronicles were really popular a few years ago when I was teaching but I never picked it up. I was thinking I should start there but then I received The Darkest Part of the Forest from Book Case Club! Yay! I’m so excited! My experience with Fae stories is very limited so I’m eager to read more especially since Holly Black seems to be quite prolific in the Fae YA fantasy genre!

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think? (No spoilers please!) If you’ve read books by these authors already, which is your favorite?

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If you’re looking to build your library or you love the selections sent here, I highly recommend Book Case Club! It’s a monthly book subscription and you get two YA books! There are other genres too like fiction, mystery, and children’s. You can use my code Santucci15 for 15% of your first box. (It’s only $9.99 a month!)

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Grateful for diverse books!

We had plans to celebrate the 4th with my mom, but had to cancel because we had to have some electrical issues in our house sorted out. (My landlords spent hours trying to figure it out, but in the end, they’re going to call an electrician who’s supposed to come today.).

Rather than focusing on what I missed out on–seeing my mom and sister, eating my weight in Filipino BBQ, and seeing fireworks–I decided that I was going to focus on what it’s front of me–my family and our home (even though only parts of it are getting electricity). We watched the Macy’s Fireworks show on TV and ate popcorn. It was actually a really fantastic way to end our evening–especially since my kids hate how loud fireworks are.

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Which also made me think about how grateful I am that YA books are starting to represent diverse authors. I’m American, but I’m also Filipino/WoC. Two years ago when I started writing my book, I was worried that no one would want to read it, but I kept writing because I wanted my daughter to have this book. Now that I’m almost done with my draft, I’m so grateful to the authors who went before me who shared their story because it gives me hope that others will want to read it too.

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Which books/authors inspire you? If you’ve read any of these, what did you think?

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I hope you all had a great holiday! I hope you also have a fabulous Wednesday!

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Wooden burned bookmark Shh…I’m reading made by the lovely Mary @markedbymary. Please check out her profile on Instagram for her Go Fund Me page that explains her current health situation.

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June Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s my June Wrap-up! I had a fantastic month of reading. I’m going to try a different way to rate my books because I really enjoyed most of them. Instead of a star rating, I’m going to use categories instead. Hope you enjoy this!.

✅Heartbreaking and beautifully done:

🔹The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

🔹At the Edge of the Universe by Sean David Hutchinson

🔹The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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✅Funny with likeable characters:

🔹Geekerella by Ashley Poston

🔹When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

🔹Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

🔹Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan 

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✅Authors who deliver what they promise–incredible feats of action, dynamic characters, and astounding worldbuilding:

🔹Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (for YA fantasy audience)

🔹Last Argument of Kings, Book 3 in the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie (Dark fantasy for adults)

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✅New author I enjoyed and want more of:

🔹The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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✅It’s not you it’s me–books I thought I’d enjoy but it didn’t work out:

🔹Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (The summary and the actual story didn’t deliver, but I do want to read the next book.)

🔹Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill (Romance with a fantasy setting–for fans who enjoyed The Selection series.)

🔹Dreamology by Lucy Keating (I think it’s bc I had this on my TBR for so long, I may have hyped it up too much. It was still very cute though.) 

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✅The second book was better than the first:

🔹The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

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Any books you’ve read recently fall into these categories? What were some of your favorite reads in June?

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