What I’ve Been Up To, Feb–Mar 2018

My spring semester is halfway or so over (?!), and predictably enough I haven’t had much time to read for fun. Here are some brief highlights of books I read and loved (some reviews to come!) since last I posted:

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) by Tomi Adeyemi. Because when a book gets this much praise you have to put down classwork to read it! I stayed up late reading this because I absolutely could not put it down.

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. Okay, kind of cheating because I had to read this for class, but boy did this short story collection totally live up to the hype. Machado is unbelievably good.

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1) by Maureen Johnson. This book didn’t quite take off for me, though it was enjoyable.

Books that I’m going to start reading soon, in no particular order, include The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan, Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal, The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton, and Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. Gotta get that Goodreads challenge back on track (I’m like 90% sure mine isn’t registering some of my recent rereads, so…)!

Also, just a quick note about something else I’m doing—super excited to say I’m with the fabulous reading team at FORESHADOW YA, an online young adult anthology created by Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma. Check us out, and stay tuned for some wonderful short fiction!


The Greatest Hits of the Past Six Months

Here we are again. Me apologising for being gone so long. Let’s skip over the excuses and get straight to some of the best books I’ve read since last I blogged, and I’ll have book reviews (!!) coming your way soon!

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo. I’ll be honest, I was worried I wouldn’t like this because it sounded almost too cutesy. But Desi and her antics totally won me over. This book was equal parts hilarious and heartfelt.

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow. As usual I maybe understood… 70% of this book? Maybe? But I enjoyed what I understood… sort of? Anyway, great follow-up to The Scorpion Rules!

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali. How can a book tackle really serious and sensitive issues, but still have moments of hilarity? I’m still scratching my head. I loved Janna’s voice and I laughed and cried with her through this book.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman (trans. Neil Smith).  I’m definitely going to review this book because I could write a whole novel on how amazing it was. For a hockey fan, it’s really good at understanding what makes passion for hockey so obsessive and all-consuming, but you don’t have to know anything about the sport to enjoy how well-written this novel is. Seriously, how is a book this good in translation?

Windwitch by Susan Dennard. I think I actually enjoyed the sequel to Truthwitch better than the first book; the characters are fleshed out beautifully and we finally meet some long-awaited characters… I won’t say whom.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. Hardcore fantasy fans, buckle up, because I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that packs that much cleverness, action, diversity, and emotion into one volume. It’s an incredible look at colonialism; trade treaties and annexations go far deeper than wars. If you’re waiting for a fantasy masterpiece to fall into your lap, this is it.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. I’d been meaning to read this book for a long time, and finally getting around to it was a great decision. It’s warmth and sunlight and just an absolute pleasure to read.

Stay tuned for closer looks at these books… and some reviews of books I didn’t enjoy so much.

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

I know, it’s been… a very long time. But for those of you who don’t already know, I moved into college about three weeks ago, and it was both the most hectic and the most exciting time ever. Things have settled a bit better now, and I’ve tapped into my college’s (wonderful) library system so I can get back to reading and reviewing! If you want me to check out a book because you think it’s wonderful/you want an opinion before you pick it up, feel free to leave me a comment, and I’ll see if I can get my grabby hands on it. Aka if my libraries can help a girl out. I have a bunch of YA picks that I’m waiting in the queue for (ugh) including Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom, which comes out soon! I hope I’ll have some reviews up and ready for you guys soon 🙂


A Very Bad, Very Sad Hiatus Announcement

Hello, followers!

My Internet has been super iffy these past few days, and I have exams coming up. I thought I might as well get my business in gear and go offline for the next month. You won’t be seeing me until after March 20th. I’m well aware that I miss some amazing books’ release dates, but high school waits for no girl. See you on the flipside!


Dark Wings, Dark Words

I have bad news, sorry to say. School’s just started up and again, and wow I am über busy. It’s my last year and I have a truckload of work to do if I want to, y’know, get into college. Unfortunately, that means I have to take some time off from the blog until things get settled. It sucks that I have barely any time to read, let alone review. But that’s the way it is. So I guess I’ll be putting The Biblioh!phile on indefinite hiatus. I can’t make any promises, but I hope I’ll be back by the end of July.

Happy reading till then, and I can’t wait to figure everything out and get back to talking books with you guys!

I couldn’t resist making an ASOIAF reference.

News from Stuti: Ch-ch-ch-changes!


Hello, cyber-friends!

As you can see, the good ol’ blog has undergone an entire makeover. Turns out I am not as atrocious at HTML as I thought. Huzzah! I hope you like the kitties on the home page. It took me a long time to find those. Have some more literary cats.

This new layout is just making me really excited about blogging – which is a problem, considering my finals are next week. Oops. To celebrate my sudden enthusiasm, I came up with a new feature for the blog, all by my lonesome!



Up Till Dawn Reading will basically be a tagline thing I attach to reviews or posts about books when they kept me up all night. On some, I’ll talk about why they kept me up, that kind of thing. And I’ll do regular Up Till Dawn Reading posts listing the books that kept me up even if I don’t review them.

I’m super excited about all this new stuff, and I hope you are too! Let me know what you think of the new look and the feature in the comments.

Stuti xx

Holiday Notice

Hey everyone!

This is just to let you know that I’m off for this week (21st to 30th) and I’ll see you on the flipside. I hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas and an amazing New Year. Here’s to a fresh year of fast-paced, heart-stopping reads!



I’m writing the SAT tomorrow, which is why I’ve been missing the whole week. I’ll be back with more reviews (and tales of my ARCs) come Monday.

See you on the flipside!

What’s Up

Hey guys! I know I’ve been pretty AWOL recently, but here I am again. I was writing for NaNoWriMo, but I’m happy to say that I’ve finished my first draft! Balloons! Cake!

Anyhow, I promise my reviewing schedule will be set back on track. Just so everyone knows, here’s an update on what I’m reading:

Pantomime, by Laura Lam: R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilization long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.


 Forbidden, by Kimberley Griffiths Little: In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.

Happy Anniversary to The BibliOH!phile!

Hey everyone! My internet is down, and I’m writing this on an iPad with 3% battery, so I’ll make this quick. It’s been a year since I started book-blogging, and I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s ever clicked a link to here, hit that like button, or talked books to me. Thank you to the book community both here and on Goodreads – you’re all amazing! Here’s to many more years of reading and reviewing 😀