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❝if music stops, and art ceases, and beauty fades, what have we then? ❞ — julie berry, lovely war

Current Read:

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

October means Diviners!!

I am so excited to be getting to this book; I adored the first one and heard the series just gets better and better. These books are a bit spooky, and I think fall time, with the cold and gloomy atmosphere, is the perfect time to read them! I read the first book last October, and can’t wait to return to this world and these characters!

Check out my thoughts and reactions as I read at goodreads.com/sanahsreads

Current Read:

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

One of my most anticipated books of the year!!

I am super lucky to have received an e-arc of this book from the publisher via Netgalley, and can’t wait to dive into this one! Another read perfect for October, this story centers around witches. I loved Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper Series, and hope to enjoy this just as much.

Check out my thoughts and reactions as I read at goodreads.com/sanahsreads

Current Read:

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

The next step in my Sanderson journey!!

After finishing Mistborn era 1 (and loving it!) I decided I wanted to read something else in the Cosmere before moving on to era 2. Warbreaker is a standalone, and I hope to finish it soon so that I can hopefully start the Stormlight Archive before the end of the year!

Check out my thoughts and reactions as I read at goodreads.com/sanahsreads


Favorite Read of Last Month: Kodi by Jared Cullum

Beautiful in every way. I was so blown away by this book, both the artwork and the story. The landscapes were so gorgeous that several of the pages I want to frame and put on the wall. It was like getting a book full of dozens of individual paintings. I can’t imagine how much time it must have taken to create each painting and put them all together in such an incredible way, and Cullum deserves endless praise for his talent; you can tell there was so much time put into every single page.

I loved every aspect of the art style. I liked how sometimes the watercolor went outside of the grid, how on some pages certain pictures lay on top of others. As a painter, it made me appreciate the medium of watercolor so much more. I was initially disappointed when I saw the story would be leaving the woods for the city because I loved the forest landscapes, but the imagery of the city was just as gorgeous, perhaps even better, as the color palette became broader and more interesting. The illustrations were so vivid that reading it felt like watching an animated short film.

This book is suitable for both children and adults, and the story itself is beautiful and timeless. I thought that there was a really great balance of letting the images tell the story as well as the dialogue included. The actual plot was quite simple, but still very unique. It was such a sweet story, and I loved Katya and Kodi and Joshua and Meema. I was invested in the story from beginning to end, and felt sad when Katya left Kodi even though we knew from the synopsis that it was going to happen.

The little details that I noticed were also so cute, like how Joshua named his boat the Louvelle or Katya was eating honey out of a bear-shaped jar. I’m sure there’s more that I will see when I reread, but they made the story more special.

I love how the story wrapped up, I thought it was so cute and perfect. The bit of action and suspense at the end was a lot of fun and such an enjoyable read.

There was so much kindness in this story, and it was a truly heartwarming read. This is a book I genuinely believe can be read over and over again, and I will certainly be revisiting it in the future. I highly recommend buying a copy, this is one you will want to have. I’m excited to see any further work from Jared Cullum in the future!

Art Credit

Lovely artwork for the header and logo done by the very talented Juliana from The Midnight Book Blog. Check her out here: https://midnightbookblog.wordpress.com/category/book-review/

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