Now that I’ve been doing this for a year, I have to think of a new opener!
In my monthly wrap-ups, you can get a quick recap of what I’ve read and currently reading, all the posts that have been published on this blog with dates and links, as well as a personal update at the very bottom! You’ll get the previous month wrap-up as the first post of every month.
Books I’ve Read & What I’m Currently Reading:
Since my last wrap-up post, I’ve read a bit less than what I was hoping for my break, but I’m still fairly happy with the books that I did get done. After I drafted my last wrap-up post, I finished Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand. It wasn’t what I was hoping for, but I was still happy with some of the scenes that I read. After that, I didn’t want to finish out the year with 69 books read, so I read Nine of Swords, Reversed by Xan West, which was a really amazing novella that I 100% recommend. After the new year, though, I dove into the Witchlands series, starting with Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. After that, I read and loved the sequel to Sarah Glenn Marsh’s Reign of the Fallen, titled Song of the Dead. Before I headed back to school, I wanted to read and finish an ARC of Alison Evans’s Highway Bodies, which I loved! It was so intense and I can’t wait to share it all with you.
After moving back into college, I tried to get into two novels, but they didn’t go so well. I got 50% through Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie before throwing in the towel–I didn’t enjoy the representation and the story was taking forever to start. After that, I tried to read another ARC, How to Experience Death for Beginners and found it to be so stereotypical and overdone (I got 35 pages in before giving up.)
After that, I finally dove into the audiobook to Truthwitch‘s sequel, Windwitch, which I finished in a few days, but still have conflicted feelings over certain parts of it. After that, I immediately started listening to Sightwitch, the novella in-between Windwitch and Bloodwitch. I’m not going to dive into Bloodwitch right away, though, because a few things in Windwitch kinda bothered me so I need to take a break from the series altogether.
Now, I’m currently reading on audiobook The Brilliant Death, which is nearly on par with Mask of Shadows. On ebook, I’m reading Not Your Villain by CB Lee, in anticipation of Not Your Backup. In addition to that, I just got Once & Future in the mail, which was written by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. Once & Future is one of my most anticipated novels in 2019, so I’m so excited to dive into it.
Jan. 1st: Best Books of 2018
Jan. 4th: December Wrap-Up
Jan. 7th: Review #205 // Escaping From Houdini – Kerri Maniscalco
Jan. 10th: Being Out as Non-Binary At College and Work
Jan. 13th: Review #206 // Beneath the Citadel – Destiny Soria
Jan. 16th: Quiz #1 // What Queer Fantasy Should You Dive Into Next?
Jan. 19th: Review #207 // Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand
Jan. 22nd: Down the TBR Hole #3
Jan. 25th: Review #208 [Blog Tour + Quiz] // Song of the Dead – Sarah Glenn Marsh
Jan. 28th: Diverse Author Spotlight #7: J. Emery
Jan. 31st: Author Interview: Ceillie Simkiss
By the time this post is up, I’ll be back at school, hard at work in my second semester at college. But this break has been so good to me that I’m typing this part up nearly three weeks before it will be published. I’ve gotten quite a few posts scheduled this break, so I’m hoping that this head start will allow me to keep my blog going through the semester, because I’ll be scheduling posts in advance. I also have a list of what I’m going to be scheduling up until mid-March, and I’ve never felt so proud of myself.
Being back at school, I’ve had to jump into some new classes that might be more difficult than last semester, so if I disappear for a while that might be the reason. However, being that one of my classes is QUEER POPULAR CULTURE, I will still be having a shit load of fun. With the weather though, I’ve barely been to classes at all, with a lot of them being cancelled last minute because of snow or the campus entirely being closed because of -60*F wind chills.
I will still be hanging around and responding to stuff, so even if something ends up going quiet, you can probably assume that I’m still lurking around. Just @ me or email me, and I’ll respond! Let’s hope the rest of the year goes this well for me!
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