In the village of Huanan, medieval China, the deity that rules is the Great Huli Jing. Though twelve-year-old Li Jing’s name is a different character entirely from the Huli Jing, the sound is close enough to provide constant teasing-but maybe is also a source of greater destiny & power. Jing’s life isn’t easy. Her father is a poor tea farmer, & her family has come to the conclusion that in order for everyone to survive, Jing must be sacrificed for the common good. She is sold as a bride to the Koh family, where she will be the wife & nursemaid to their three-year-old son, Ju’nan. It’s not fair, & Jing feels this bitterly, especially when she is treated poorly by the Koh’s, & sold yet again into a worse situation that leads Jing to believe her only option is to run away.
With the help of a spider who weaves Jing a means to escape, and a nightingale who helps her find her way, Jing embarks on a quest back to Huanan–and to herself.
On this year’s Giving Tuesday, Liberty In North Korea (LiNK), a charity that works to help people escape from the hell that is North Korea, are asking people to not donate… yes, you read that right – they’re asking you not to! Why, I hear you ask? Well, check out the video LiNKed below to find out why.
I grabbed this idea from Cassie over at CassieWinters.com; Cassie did an open nomination for this tag & I liked the questions so I’ve chosen to take part! You can find Cassie’s responses here.
1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been gifted?
Absolutely no way. It’s very unlikely that anyone in my life would buy me a random book so the chances are I’m never going to be given a book that I don’t like; if I were given a book that I already own I would either do a giveaway on Twitter or would see if I could return the present & swap it for another book!
I Have A Job!
As a lot of you have been following my journey of trying to find a job via the Syringomyelia Saturdays series I thought I would use this week’s slot to tell you all the good news… someone has finally hired me! Yesterday I went to meet the “boss” of a transport association to discuss a job that would involve me looking after a disabled boy during his journeys to & from school; I don’t yet know the details of his condition/s (& even if I did I couldn’t post them on here) but I know he’s around the age that I like to work with & I’ve been told that he’s lovely!
My new boss wasn’t at all bothered by my spinal condition, which that felt amazing after what happened with the children’s home last week, & she said that I seem perfect for the job. I’ve got to have some training & background checks done over the next few weeks but I should start my actual job very soon. I want to thank everyone for their support & kind words during this horrific period of being unemployed; y’all definitely helped to keep me positive.
These Violent Delights by Victoria Numkung is an incredibly relevant novel about sexual assault & statutory rape. The book follows the story of the uncovering of a teacher that has been taking advantage of his students for a very long time; the book is not necessarily always a comfortable read, but I think it’s important for women, & men, to read books like this so that they know that they are not alone in their experiences. I have no doubt that this book will lead to someone reporting an assault & so I hope it gets the recognition it deserves.
I received this book from Griffith Moon Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This book contains discussions of sexual assault, rape, depression, suicide, drug use & bulimia.
Imagination matters most in a world where art can keep monsters trapped—or set them free.
Lots of twins have a special connection, but twelve-year-old Matt and Emily Calder can do way more than finish each other’s sentences. Together, they are able to bring art to life and enter paintings at will. Their extraordinary abilities are highly sought after, particularly by a secret group who want to access the terrors called Hollow Earth. All the demons, devils, and evil creatures ever imagined are trapped for eternity in the world of Hollow Earth—trapped unless special powers release them.
The twins flee from London to a remote island off the west coast of Scotland in hopes of escaping their pursuers and gaining the protection of their grandfather, who has powers of his own. But the villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within. With so much at stake, nowhere is safe—and survival might be a fantasy.
I’ve chosen to take part in The Rapid Fire Book Tag after seeing Dora over on BerriesAndBooks answer the questions!
1. E-Book or Physical Book?
I will always choose to own a physical copy of a book over an ebook, as I prefer holding & reading a book rather than my kindle; but ebooks can be wonderful because they allow me to have more access to ARCs & my kindle is great for hospital stays.
2. Paperback or Hardback?
This book was a bit of a strange read; for about 40% of the book I couldn’t really work out what the plot was… but once I had figured it out I really wanted to know how it ended. Despite my difficulties with the plot, Helen Dunmore’s writing was of a very high standard & kept me reading Birdcage Walk, even when I was doubting it.
I received an eARC of this book from Atlantic Monthly Press in return for an honest review.
This book contains death, emotional domestic abuse & slurs referring to Native Americans.
This week’s Medical Monday post has been written by a very good online friend of mine; every day is a battle for Caroline due to multiple conditions, but this time she wanted to share her experience with a condition called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). MCAS isn’t a very well-known condition & it’s caused a lot of heartache for Caroline & her family so I’m really grateful that she’s written about it for this series.
This is Caroline’s story…
I have been putting off writing this review ever since I finished the book – for a good reason though, not a bad one. I really, really enjoyed this book & made hardly any reading notes so I’m totally lost on what to write. For that reason this is going to be a very loving mini review!
I received an eARC of this book from Disney-Hyperion in return for an honest review.
This book contains slavery, death, human suffering & bloody battle scenes.