Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

There are always two del Cisne girls. And the swans always take one. Blanca has always known the swans would take her or her sister. Roja always knew that the swans would take her. It has always been the two of them against the world. Until two boys from town get intertwined in the curse, and everything feels different.

My Favourite Opening Lines

An opening line isn't a make-or-break thing for me when I'm reading. I mean, sure, first impressions are important, and a really bad opening line can make me a little bit more judgmental of what's to come, but it's not necessarily going to make me stop reading the book or rate the whole thing poorly. …

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Our narrator should be happy. She leads a seemingly charmed life, with a job in her field, enough inheritance that she does not actually have to work if she doesn't want to, and she's gorgeous to boot. But she doesn't feel happy. She doesn't feel much of anything, actually. The only solace she finds is while she is sleeping. And so the logical next step is to take one year to reset. Sleep for an entire year, and she'll be all better at the end of it.

My Reading Playlist: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book, about a band's rise and fall of fame, talks a lot about music (obviously). And while I was reading it, I just longed to listen to Fleetwood Mac (unsurprisingly, I think - the band seemed to draw a lot of Rumors-era Fleetwood). So here's a playlist of songs that now feel inextricably linked …

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Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Mia lives in a motel with her parents, and runs the front desk while her parents clean the rooms. Her parents hide immigrants in the empty rooms at the motel, and if the motel owner, Mr. Yao finds out, the Tangs will be out of work and a place to live. While these two secrets are really big, Mia's biggest secret of all is that she wants to be a writer. But she doesn't know how that's going to happen when all of her writing assignments come back from her teacher marked in red, and her mother wants her to stick to math.