Review || Red Rising

Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Digital

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Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generation ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow – and Reds like him – are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.



Review || Aaru

Title: Aaru
Author: David Meredith
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Paperback

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How much would our history and current understanding of the world change if Isaac Newton or Rosalind Franklin lived a couple more decades? If creative minds like Vincent van Gogh or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were able to produce much more of their art? Imagine a world where the essence of the most brilliant of minds can be preserved in a virtual reality that stretches indefinitely. Imagine a world impervious to death.

This is exactly the premise that the Elysian Industries dedicated itself to as they worked to develop Aaru, a virtual arcadian paradise where people can live forever without worrying about pain, illness, or death. It is through 16-year-old cancer patient Rose Johnson’s participation that the Aaru system is finally perfected and ready to be deployed for public consumption.


Review || You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

Title: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Copy: Digital

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With their Israeli mother falling victim to the rare, gradually deteriorative Huntington’s disease, 18-year-old fraternal twin sisters Adina and Tovah – who share practically nothing but the same DNA – take a genetic test to determine whether they’ve inherited it. Two results come back – one negative for Huntington’s, the other being positive. This turn of events creates additional tension on their already strained relationship as both twins face their own set of internal struggles and fears of the unknown.

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is a heartbreaking, poignantly written tale that touches familial relationships, Jewish culture and religious practices, and the exhilarating thrill of first loves, while simultaneously addressing physical illnesses and mental health. It should be noted, however, that the novel also contains heavy content such as self-harm and suicidal ideation. A trigger warning has been provided by the author herself.


Personal and blogging goals for 2018!

Hello! It’s been a couple of days into 2018, but I still want to wish everyone an incredibly happy new year! As well as all the books and happiness that the world can offer!

What is it about the prospect of an entirely new year that fills us to the brim with hope? With goals of pushing ourselves into becoming something we can be proud of? With promises of doing better and doing more? With notions of putting the past behind us and starting completely anew? With an inexplicable drive to take the necessary steps towards attaining what we want for ourselves?

I’ve talked about the idea of “new beginnings” on New Year in a blog post I wrote in, what feels like, a decade ago. Despite this, to date, New Year remains to be my favorite holiday and/or time of the year.


2017 in a nutshell! {Looking back and moving forward}

I’ve been home for the holidays since the 19th and I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite some time now, but god, I wake up every day feeling just as tired as I felt during the last stretch of my semester.

And it sucks. Is this what adulthood (i.e. reaching 21 years of age) is like? Never having enough energy to pursue what I want? Feeling tired after walking from my bed to the refrigerator? Sleeping for 10 hours and waking up absolutely restless and unmotivated? Perhaps adults should consider hibernating in December. But I digress.

With 2017 about to end, I figured it’d be a good idea to reflect on my year. Maybe it’ll give me a better grasp on how much I’ve changed and grown. Maybe writing about it will force me to acknowledge lessons I never really paid any attention to. Maybe it’ll encourage someone to reflect on their year, too — in which case, feel free to write your musings and to share your reflections in the comment box below. I’m genuinely curious.


Poetic Attempt || Twenty-three

How silly was it of me to have told you
I like you
simply because you’ve made me happy?
As if being
with you merely tickles my spine, as if after a conversation
with you, I
am left with champagne laughter bubbling
in my throat.
When you’ve ignited all sorts of fires at the
base of my spine
(the fires you start rage boldly and burn brightly before
quietly settling
into a steady, comforting ember) as well as
in my belly that resonate so strongly within my ribs I am left
gasping for air,
bones shaking from the intensity of frustration
and desire
and anger and untainted compassion and despair and
sentience of human fragility: an acute awareness
of being.


That Bookshelf Bitch turns two??? Um. [+ an anniversary giveaway!]

The title sort of gives the content of this post away, doesn’t it? But I’ll state the obvious anyway: I’ve been blogging for two — yes, fam, two — whole years!

Well, if we’re going to be really technical about it, my blogging anniversary really falls on the 17th of December. However, despite my first semester officially ending on the 15th, I still didn’t have the time nor the energy to get back to blogging right away. My first semester as a BA Communication Research major had been (I’m using ‘had’ because it’s over) a lot tougher than I anticipated. I think I may have mentioned this in an earlier post. But hey, again, my semester is over and right now, I’m just waiting for my grades to be released (spoiler: so far so good!).