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the [book] hangover

Updated: Sep 18, 2022

ever since dragging myself through shadow riders, I've been having a difficult time focusing on any other book. I was able to read and finish lore olympus and I loved it but I've been struggling to finish the review for that book as well.

currently, I'm reading another graphic novel called the low, low woods, in the hopes I can finish it quickly and be able to snap out of the funk. I have also been reading an e-galley of a tiny upward shove which is a very interesting story about a woman and her murderer which intertwines elements of filipino culture and lore. both books are so interesting and normally I'd be able to speed through them. I'm not sure what's wrong with me. this is the longest reading draught I've had in a while.

I wonder if this lack of inspiration has to do with feeling burned out at work or maybe feeling burned out by the previous book. either way, I've been feeling pretty frustrated by my lack of interest.

I think I've been pressuring myself so much to make this work? this site and all of the ideas I have in my head and I think I need to find a way to make it sustainable? you know? maybe im overthinking, as I often do.

either way I should go... I've switched over to hyper editing this post several times and It's getting to me. I need to slow my brain down.

 

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Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.

While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…

With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her...

 

Experience the propulsive love story of two Greek gods—Hades and Persephone—brought to life with lavish artwork and an irresistible contemporary voice. Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love—witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of mythology’s most well-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe. Featuring a brand-new, exclusive short story, Smythe’s original Eisner-nominated web-comic Lore Olympus brings the Greek Pantheon into the modern age with this sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel. This volume collects episodes 1-25 of the #1 WEBTOON comic, Lore Olympus.

 

My grandmother, sitting at her doily-covered table, marmalade on her cheek, explained that the aswang is all the evil bad things that a town or a society would want to deny--eventually it has to come out, has to be personified into something or the truth will reveal itself.

Marina Salles's life does not end the day she wakes up dead.

Instead, in the course of a moment, she is transformed into the stuff of myth, the stuff of her grandmother's old Filipino stories--an aswang. She spent her life on the margins, knowing very little about her own life, let alone the lives of others; she was shot like a pinball through a childhood of loss, a veteran of Child Protective Services and a survivor, but always reacting, watching from a distance. Death brings her into the hearts and minds of those she has known--even her killer--as she is able to access their memories and to see anew the meaning of her own. In the course of these pages she traces back through her life, finally able to see what led these lost souls to this crushingly inevitable conclusion.

In A Tiny Upward Shove, the debut novelist Melissa Chadburn charts the heartbreaking journeys of two of society's cast-offs as they find their way to each other and their roles as criminal and victim. What does it mean to be on the brink? When are those moments that change not only our lives but our very selves? And how, in this impossible world, can we rouse ourselves toward mercy?

 

When your memories are stolen, what would you give to remember? Follow El and Vee as they search for answers to the questions everyone else forgot.

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