The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter (★★★★☆)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 10 YEARLY SO FAR: 25
It does seem like I read a lot this month, and I certainly read more than I did last month, but I also read two teeny tiny novellas and a couple of shorter novels, which is probably why my overall count is so inflated. It was a pretty good reading month; I found some new favorites and was entertained by some classics.
If you want a little more context, check out Part 1 of this post, but basically, over the past couple of years I bought a lot of Kindle books on sale, and then completely forgot I owned them. I’m making these posts as a kind of accountability TBR so that I can refer back to them to see what books I actually own. Also, one of my yearly reading goals is to read more indie/obscure books, which a lot of these Kindle books tend to be!
Before we all collectively forget Supernatural and eradicate it from our cultural consciousness I’d like to take a moment to appreciate my favorite female character from the show: Bela Talbot. Sadly, she was only around for a brief period of time in the third season, but boy, did she make an impression! Bela Talbot was an amoral conwoman and thief who traded in cursed or supernatural objects. For her, it was all about the money. She was unapologetic about her actions and didn’t really care about the consequences. It was refreshing to see a female character who wasn’t caught up in being good or bad; she just did what she did for money and took care of herself.
I’m getting better at resisting Kindle Daily Deals, but back in the day (like…a year or two ago) I would buy so many Kindle books on sale. They would then sit buried on my Kindle, languishing and forgotten, and so I have ended up accumulating a ridiculous amount of them. It’s difficult to remember what I actually have, so rather than making a boring spreadsheet, I thought I would make a post here for some accountability. And also! A lot of these Kindle titles happen to be either indie or more obscure books, and for next month I was thinking of reading exclusively underhyped books, so it would be good to have a clear list I can refer to.
This was not initially going to be broken up into two separate posts, but I had not realized the sheer number of books I would have! While it would be nice to have a single, organized post, it would be far too large and unwieldy in the long run, and would probably break a slower internet connection. So, two posts it is!
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (★★★★★)
Passing by Nella Larsen (★★★★☆)
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (★★★★★)
Lakewood by Megan Giddings (★★☆☆☆)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (★★★★★)
Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt’s Roaring 20s by Raphael Cormack (★★★★★)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 9 YEARLY SO FAR: 15
I managed to do very well with my Black History Month TBR; I read 6/10 of the books I wanted to, and then I swapped out Honey Girl for Lakewood, because I’m gonna buddy read Honey Girl with a friend later in March. I really enjoyed the majority of what I read, and I think I even found some favorites with The Vanishing Half, Pride and Prejudice, and Midnight in Cairo!