Mini Reviews: S is for …

Now that I’m caught up on 2020 reviews, I can get into my thoughts on the books I’ve read so far this year! January was a pretty good reading month so I have some mini reviews planned to talk about all of these books. Let’s get into it!

Today’s collection of books all start with S (hence the title of this post), or at least they do when you don’t include articles like “the”.

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The Cookie Chapters: Classic Treats

Welcome back for another instalment of The Cookie Chapters! Time for more delicious holiday sweets paired with recommendations from my 2020 reads! Hopefully by the time you’re finished reading this post, you’ll be in the mood to read and bake some goodies!

Text overlaid on a photo of decorated Christmas cookies. Some of them read "Noel" and others decorated with snowmen, the Grinch, and Santa. Text reads "The Cookie Chapters with @spinesinaline. Join in! #TheCookieChapters #SpinesInALine, cookies by @WhatWillCassCreate".

As always, feel free to join in with your own cookie-inspired posts. Just use the hashtag #TheCookieChapters or share in the comments below! And check out last week’s post on Sugar Cookies for some sweet reads.

Today’s cookie is a true classic for the holidays that my family always has to have:


With this classic treat, I decided to pair it with some “classics” from my 2020 reads but with a twist: each of the books below are retellings of well-known and loved tales. Who says you can’t put a new twist on an old favourite?

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Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust


Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Genre: YA Fantasy | Retelling
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
Format / Source: Ebook / ARC from publisher
Purchase: Macmillan
Own Voices: Persian
Rating: ★★★★☆

A creative take on a Rapunzel retelling that challenges the idea of who the villain in the tale is, as the “princess” tries to understand her place in her own story. Paired with a coming-of-age tale, a sweet romance, and Persian elements! Continue reading