Quick Kindle Steals (Vol 1): Books you can buy for $2.99 or less (ft. YARC recommendations!)

Quick Kindle Steals (Vol 1): Books you can buy for $2.99 or less (ft. YARC recommendations!)

Quick Kindle Steals is a little feature I used to do in my old blog, That Bookshelf Bitch. The essence of Quick Kindle steals is pretty simple and straightforward: hunt down any number of discounted (preferably $2.99 or less) or free e-books (either permanently or time-limited prices) and share these finds on my blog. Hopefully, doing this will help introduce struggling readers, such as myself, to more titles that they can afford!

This isn’t a weekly feature, but I lurk around Amazon so frequently that I’ll definitely be doing more volumes of this! I also make Twitter threads about limited-time Kindle deals so be sure to follow me on Twitter and check out the #QuickKindleSteals hashtag. Also, please take note that you need to have the free Kindle app installed in your device before purchasing any of these books.

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21 Sapphic romances that’ll make your heart soft on Valentine’s Day

21 Sapphic romances that’ll make your heart soft on Valentine’s Day

In just a few days, we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day! Unless you’re recently single and constantly busy (like me) and will be spending the whole day hosting a nationwide event for college students (also like me). Nevertheless, whether you’re currently in a happy, healthy relationship or not*, I genuinely believe that there is a romance novel out there for everyone!

I recently realized that 80% of my bookish blabbering** is about books that fall under the science fiction and fantasy genres. Although SFF holds a large, arguably dominant space in my heart, believe it or not, I also enjoy reading romance (gasp!). Especially the kind of romance that’ll leave me feeling soft, vulnerable, warm and all sorts of mushy on the inside.

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JANUARY SYNOPSIS: a month of projects, messy planning, & Asian books

JANUARY SYNOPSIS: a month of projects, messy planning, & Asian books

Hello there, friends! In the blink of an eye, January is over and we are already diving into the second month of the year (or am I the only one who feels like the passage of time has been extraordinarily quick?).

Either way, a new month means new memories, new opportunities, and ultimately, a new chance to halfheartedly convince ourselves that this is the month we will finally conquer our TBR piles and exterminate the enormous shameful monster that is our review backlog*.

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YARC 2019: Share & link up the Asian books you’ve read in February!

YARC 2019: Share & link up the Asian books you’ve read in February!

A new month means the start of another monthly link-up for the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019. Yay!

If you’re currently participating in this fun reading challenge, then use this post to share all the Asian books you read for the month of February. I’m sure everyone, including me, is interested in which titles you picked up! Plus, read on to find fun challenge prompts and book recommendations (that just might help you with those prompts).

On the other hand, if this is your first time to hear about YARC 2019, then read on anyway and learn how you can join in on all the fun!

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The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: A thoughtful take on Malaysia’s dark history that had me weeping (ft. giveaways!)

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: A thoughtful take on Malaysia’s dark history that had me weeping (ft. giveaways!) The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
The Weight of Our Sky
by Hanna Alkaf

an ARC review (digital)
published 5th February 2019
young adult & historical fiction

tagged for authors of color (asian authors), #ownvoices, poc representation (malaysian, chinese) & mental health (ocd)

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Melati Ahmad has imagined her mother’s death countless times. Plagued by gruesome thoughts she believes are put into her head by a djinn, Melati has developed an intricate set of tapping rituals to tame the monster within and keep her mother safe.

But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.

With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.

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All My Ambitions for 2019 (aka please hold me accountable, friends!)

All My Ambitions for 2019 (aka please hold me accountable, friends!)

The first month of 2019 is quickly coming to a close, and for some unfathomable reason, I’m a bigger mess of a person than usual.

Big yikes. But what do I mean by that? Well, in a very un-Shealea-like fashion (disclaimer: not an actual word!), I am currently without a prepared planner and without an official list of goals and resolutions. In fact, my 2018 planner still isn’t finished — and yes, just typing it into this blog post feels eerily like bringing dishonor to my family (and to my personal principles). But I digress.

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: Elaborate heists, dark grandeur, & hard-hitting colonialism

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: Elaborate heists, dark grandeur, & hard-hitting colonialism The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Gilded Wolves
by Roshani Chokshi

an ARC review (digital)
published 15 January 2019
young adult, fantasy, & historical fiction

tagged for authors of color (asian authors), #ownvoices, poc representation (black, filipino, indian, biracial/multiracial), lgbtqiap+ representation, disability representation (autism), & miscellaneous (jewish representation)

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Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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