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    Lord of the Readathon: So It Begins

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    Calling all Valkyries to Middle Earth! The Beacons of Gondor have been lit, and we must answer its call, whether we creatures of darkness, light, or somewhere in between. It’s July, which means it’s time for THE LORD OF THE READATHON CHALLENGE ⚔️ 👑🐉    Ever since I took a class two quarters ago called Tolkien: A Mythology For England, I’ve been slowly dipping my toes back into his works and the classical stories that inspired his Middle Earth. In truth, I took a break because my university liked to rehash the same old books–Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein, Shakespeare–without ever really having a refreshing, meaningful discussion about them,…

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    Book Review: A Modern Day Hávamál by Donngal mac Ronain

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    As a novice of Norse Heathenry and Norse Mythology, I was excited to start reading Donngal mac Ranain’s interpretation of the Hávamál in a modern context. Gone is the old school patriarchal ideology, in with a new gender neutral and more approachable book of Odin’s wisdom. “[59] If you have work to do, get up early and get it done. If you lay there and do nothing, you will lose more than time.”– Odin What I loved about the book was how easy it was to read. It was something that did not need to be deciphered. Older versions can be hard to follow because they are written in an…

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    Attack On TBR: A Feast of Vampires, Samurai, and Space Ships

    Attack On TBR

    I’ve got problems, and all of them are related to my Babylon Tower of books I own, but have never read. Since transferring to the University of Washington, creating Bookish Valhalla, and diving into literary internships, I devoted most of my free time to either reading for authors or studying for exams; I don’t regret a single day of it! However, I do miss digging around in my TBR pile and reading simply for the blind adventure of it all. I think my current TBR stack, virtual and IRL is 1,500 books? 2,000 books? I can’t even remember, but it’s grown so high, I’ll be happily reading well into the afterlife. With Attack On TBR, though,…

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    DNF: House of Earth & Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this story from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I tried, tried, tried, but for the life of me, I couldn’t finish this book. My experience with Maas is not unlike a rickety roller coaster: I’m certain the whole thing will crumble; I brace myself for the thrill of the fall, but when the ride is finally over, I’m actually more disappointed the whole thing didn’t crash and burn. Seriously, I’m not 100% sure what I expected. I’ve read all of the ACOTAR series and then, at the behest of a friend, attempted TOG. I had to stop at the point where the…

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