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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2022

  • Servant Mage by Kate Elliott (★★★☆☆)
  • Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes (★★★☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 2
YEARLY SO FAR: 7

Two!! I read only two books this month, and one of them was a novella! In my defense, for most of February I was in Egypt, hanging out with family and generally vacationing, and I’ve never been very good at reading whilst on vacation. I also spent a while trying to get through OUR WIVES UNDER THE SEA but ended up DNF’ing it nearly halfway through because I was bored.


CURRENTLY READING

A friend just finished YINKA WHERE IS YOUR HUSBAND and recommended it, and before that it had been vaguely on my radar. I’ve been gravitating towards more light fiction these days because I feel like it’s all my brain can handle. I’m going to buddy read KAIKEYI with this same aforementioned friend; she’s given me a run-down of the original story of Kaikeyi and I’m looking forward to seeing how the author has changed it!


OTHER READING

If I Don’t Remember What I Read, Did I Really Read It At All?: Man, this article spoke to me on a cellular level. I have a notoriously terrible memory, and it’s gotten a lot worse over the past couple of years. Whether it’s pandemic brain fog — as the article discusses — or Cushing’s brain fog, it’s meant that I’ve lost a lot more focus and my brain just struggles to hold onto things. This is partly why I’ve downsized my Goodreads reading goal this year from 100 books to 60 — as the article mentions, a study found that people who marathon books or TV shows retain less than those who spread them out. I’m going to try taking my time, slowing down with content consumption.

Burn Butcher Burn: Jaskier Deserved Better in The Witcher Season 2: While I absolutely loved season 2 of The Witcher, I have to agree with this article’s main premise, which is that Jaskier deserved a better reunion with Geralt, and the lack of a reunion does a disservice to Geralt as well as Jaskier, in that it takes away an opportunity to demonstrate his growth. I also love the painting of Geralt and Jaskier’s relationship in a queer light, particularly a queerplatonic light.


MISC/LIFE/WRITING

Well, I’m back in the United States, which is nice. I was meant to be having surgery in a few days buuuuuut…I tested positive for COVID yesterday, which means my surgery has been delayed to April 14th. Alas.

This month I also submitted final edits for THE DAUGHTERS OF IZDIHAR and am now waiting on copyedits! Also sent my editor some map sketches, so things are moving and I’m very excited! Now I just have to get a move on with book two…

For now, I’m quarantining and kind of lazing around; my COVID symptoms are so far mild but I do have a bit of a headache and a sore throat and cough, so I’m taking it easy.

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