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Books Mentioned: The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He 00:34 Verity by Colleen Hoover 04:42 The Empress of Salt and Fortune 08:28 Elysium by Jennifer …

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  1. Tokyo Reads

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Elysium sounds fascinating. I can’t wait to try the new Becky Chambers as well:) I’m halfway through Velocity Weapon right now and am loving it!
    PS I used to comment as Lola but was so inspired by you that I just uploaded my first video. Thanks as always for sharing your reading thoughts with us πŸ’•

  2. E. S. Allen

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    August was probably my best reading month this year. It felt like I was able to balance work and recreational reading well, for once, haha. A big part of that was reading the short stories and novella in the Dead Djinn Universe, so I have to thank you for that, Tori, and now on to the Master of Djinn πŸ™‚

  3. Literature Science Alliance

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I have been wanting to get to In the Dream House for FOREVER, hopefully soon. Its just staring at me on my shelf

  4. That's So Poe

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    That's too bad about The Ones We're Meant to Find. I think you convinced Sush he needs to try A Psalm for the Wild-Built, though! 😊

  5. Urban Monk

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Tori can you please some of your books with us

  6. No Body

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I felt the same about The Empress of Sault and Fortune. But I liked the second Novella When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain a lot better! I recommend trying this one, too, even though you said you're not really interested πŸ™‚

  7. JaneTheBrain

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    oh i read Elysium earlier this year and i've heard nobody talking about it!!

  8. Kirjakauris

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    A Psalm for the Wild-Built really resonated with me, especially as a person whose never felt any kind of calling to do a certain thing. This book really reaffirmed the idea that it's okay to just live your life without seeking higher purpose if it doesn't present itself naturally.

  9. RaspberryDevil

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    It can be really difficult to adjust your expectations when you're reading a book which is 'hyped' with different labels attached. I'm still excited to read the ones we're meant to find eventually, but I really appreciate your perspective πŸ™‚ Also I love Chambers' writing, so it's exciting to hear that you liked the newest book πŸ˜€

  10. Ana Mo Shoshin

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Interesting! I read verity and rebecca in Aug. I really loved rebecca (of course!! SO good!). But I agree that verity was not thrilling at all, and more a mystery. Also it was such a meh ending. I did enjoy some aspects of it and I think the building tension of reading the autobiography was good, you HAD to find out what else she wrote. I found the romance to be lacking in connection between the two characters, so there wasn't even that to look forward to. I never thought about reading the book series that Verity wrote, that's an interesting point!!
    I can def see what you mean about how verity is similar to rebecca. I wonder if Hoover was inspired by it?

  11. Darcy Reads Sometimes

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I continue to trust your reviews! πŸ–€ I read Three Body Problem in August. I appreciated the project, but I feel like some of the heavy sci-fi aspects went over my head. πŸ™‚

  12. Matthew Garcia

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I felt the same way as you about "Empress of Salt and Fortune." But the second book, "When the Tiger Who Came Down from the Mountain," is a lot more accomplished.

  13. Amanda Blount

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I also has a similar experience with Verity. Read it in a day and was meh about the ending. The reviews hyped it up and I felt like I had read a different book than everyone else. I added Elysium and In the Dream House to my TBR and hope to get to them before the end of the year. I always get great ideas from your videos. I think you've read The Traitor Baru Cormorant. I read the second and third books in that series last month and really enjoyed them. They read like one story and that's probably because those two books were originally one and were split due to length. There were parts that dragged, but not too terribly. And I was very surprised to end the third book with this bizarre sense of found family. Baru is such a driven and aloof character at times. Seeing her learning how to depend on and treat others way was satisfying. Also, an important story from 25 years in the past that provides a bit of an origin story of Farrier and Hesychast is introduced and interwoven into the present storyline through a wonderful character named Tau-indi Bosoka. They are one of those characters that will stick with me. Also, loved learning more about Oriati Mbo and how they have managed to endure and avoid falling to other invaders like Falcrest, due in large part to a concept they call trim. Trim is the connects between people, kind of like the concept of karma. You get what you give and to thrive and live well you need to reach out and make connections. Which was a hard lesson for Baru. Anyway, if you liked the first, then I recommend continuing.

  14. Sasa

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    oooh these sound amazing~ thank you tori!

  15. Freakgirl1985

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I finally bought In the Dream House a few weeks ago but have yet to read it. I didn't know about the cool idea with the decisions you can make. I love the US cover of the book. I got the orange boring UK cover.

  16. Nakia's Hideaway

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I always look forward to your videos! And now I may have to check out A Psalm for the Wild Built. 😊

  17. qualitystreetmoment

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I read In the Dream House in August too, your review was so well articulated, loved what you said about parts of it all feeling too close – that's it exactly!

  18. Rachel Rae'

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for the great recommendations! I wasn’t a huge fan of In the Dream House. I’m not sure what I missed that other people loved, maybe the audiobook took something away from it?

  19. Becky Kelly

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Oh…so excited by your description of Elysium! I need to pick it up! Love, love, love that genre. Thank you!

  20. Mishelle Lexi

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I can't wait to read A Psalm for the Wild Built and In The Dream House, thanks for clarifying that it's written in second person as I hadn''t heard that. Youtube just suggested your video to me, delighted to find your channel πŸ™‚

  21. cryingaboutbooks

    September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

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