end of the year | listed

by - 7:00 PM

Hello there, I hope you've been well as the seasons start to change and the weather becomes colder. I've definitely hit a rough patch over the past couple of months when it comes to feeling a sense of disillusionment about my internet presence and contribution (which honestly came out of the blue). After taking a couple months to clear my head, I'm finally starting to miss the routine of blogging and feel a little more centered about continuing to share on this small corner of the internet.

This rough patch affected pretty much every single hobby of mine and my reading pace fell drastically. But I recently finished some books and it's gotten me thinking about my next read so here's a little list of hopefuls that I'd like to get to before the end of 2022.

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heart of the sun warrior 
by sue lynn tan
This should come as no surprise if you've been around since the start of the year. The sequel to Sue Lynn Tan's Daughter of the Moon Goddess comes out (in exactly 10 days!!) and I'm more than ready to jump back into the world of the Celestial Kingdoms. I fell in love with everything about book one, from the complex characters to beautiful storytelling, and cannot wait to see where the next chapter of Xingyin's journey takes her.

the atlas six
by olivie blake
I don't think you can mention 'dark academia' without someone bringing up The Atlas Six. While I originally wasn't interested in the premise and admittedly felt intimidated by the whole dark academia aesthetic, I recently read R.F. Kuang's Babel and have been 100% converted so now I just want to read about another cohort of academics who may very well break my heart.

foul lady fortune 
by chloe gong
Here's another book that I was originally on the fence after finding myself enjoying These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends but feeling like I missed something because I didn't love them like the rest of the internet. However, the longer I sit on the fence, the more my curiosity is piqued and reading Michelle's (@magicalreads7) review sealed my fate and now a copy sits on my shelves.

the silence that binds us 
by joanna ho
I could make an entire post of books that I picked up and ended up 'pausing' for no reason and The Silence That Binds Us would be on that list. Easily one of my more anticipated releases of the year, I could not tell you why I read 20-some pages and then stopped. I'm finally tackling it again and this time am fully dedicated to follow through from start to finish.

the bear and the nightingale 
by katherine arden
Another title that should be familiar to you if you're a frequent visitor - I adore Katherine Arden's Winternight trilogy and have been itching to reread them for years. My friend Mari (@macnbooks) recently finished the entire trilogy and hearing her thoughts has made me miss the characters and world so much which solidified the decision to finally start my reread.

the night circus
by erin morgenstern
According to Goodreads, I read The Night Circus in 2016 and in the six years that have passed since then, I can recall absolutely nothing about the story other than the magical vibes and what the synopsis tells me. I have also had this book in my room for the past six months with the intention to reread it and have just never followed through so I'm putting it into words now with the hopes that it'll give me that final push to pick this up.

I'm feeling a bit rusty after being away for so long but it is nice to feel that buzz of excitement to create once again. I would love to know what you have been up to, if you've read anything good and what books are on your end of year tbr - please share them with me down below 

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  1. Nice to see you back, Riv! I must be out of the bookish loop because I had no idea that Chloe Gong has a new book out. I did enjoy These Violent Delights so I'd be totally willing to read more from her.

    1. Hi Emily! It's so nice hearing from you again ♡ I'm super excited for Foul Lady Fortune, definitely let me know what you think if you pick it up or if you want to buddy read it!