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Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2021

  • The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid (★★★★☆)
  • Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson (★★★★★)
  • Shiver by Junji Ito (★★★☆☆)
  • Sleepless Volume 1 by Sarah Vaughn (★★★★☆)
  • Sleepless Volume 2 by Sarah Vaughn (★★★★★)
  • Fangs by Sarah Andersen (★★★☆☆)
  • Uzumaki by Junji Ito (★★★☆☆)
  • Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV (★★★☆☆)
  • The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (★★★★☆)
  • Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim (★★★☆☆)
  • Magma by Thora Hjortleifsdottir (★★★☆☆)
  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan (★★★★★)
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 14
YEARLY SO FAR: 72

This deceptively large number of books read is brought to you by the ridiculous quantity of graphic novels I’ve consumed this month. As I’ve been saying, I have been vaguely slumpish all summer, and in an effort to combat said slumpiness, I’ve tried reading shorter books and graphic novels. This way, I can actually finish things, and I also don’t fall behind on my Goodreads challenge.

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35 Books for a Spooky Season TBR!

Happy SPOOKY SEASON, also known as THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR. For me Spooky Season starts on September 1st and ends sometime around the end of November, so I’ve got a good three months to tackle this TBR, but even so, it’s extremely ambitious and it’s highly unlikely I will read all of these unless my slumpy mood suddenly improves rapidly and significantly. (Also, there are a bunch of season new releases coming out in the next few months that may impact this TBR. We shall see.)

Also, I’m doing something slightly different this year, in an attempt to make a dent in the books I physically own, so the majority of these books are off my physical TBR! I kind of went through my bookshelves and picked out all the books I need to read that are seasonally appropriate.

This is one of my absolute favorite posts to make; I love thinking about what seasonal books I’m going to read for my favorite time of the year, and I’m really excited about all of these books I’ve chosen!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2021

  • Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca (★★★☆☆)
  • Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (★★★★☆)
  • A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams (★★★☆☆)
  • Practical Magic by Nikki Van De Car (★★★★★)
  • Assembly by Natasha Brown (★★★★☆)
  • Madam by Phoebe Wynne (★★★☆☆)
  • Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater (★★★★★)
  • Dragonslayer by Duncan Hamilton (★★★☆☆)
  • Breach of Peace by Daniel Greene (★★★★☆)
  • Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (★★★★★)
  • The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (★★★★☆)
  • The Colour of God by Ayesha S. Chaudry (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 12
YEARLY SO FAR: 58

It’s been a weird reading month. I can’t seem to determine if I’m in a reading slump or if I’m just being extra picky about the books I read. I DNF’d three books this month, and set two aside for later reading, when I’m in a hopefully better mood. I don’t know, I feel like this year in general I’ve been way more liberal with DNF-ing, and that tends to make me think I’m in a slump, but maybe I’m just being extra discerning? Because I have managed to read quite a few books this month, and I have five-starred and four-starred a few of them, so maybe I’m just being real with myself about which books I don’t want to waste my energy on.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2021

  • People Like Us by Dana Mele (★★★★☆)
  • For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten (★★★★☆)
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey (★★★★☆)
  • The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 5
YEARLY SO FAR: 46

I started off the month by almost immediately DNF-ing POSSESSION by A.S. Byatt lmaooo, literally did not even make it 20 pages into the book before I put it down. Pretentious, distant literary fiction works for a lot of people, but it’s just really, really not for me except in a handful of circumstances, and I need to learn to stop forcing myself to try to like it. In any case, one of these exceptions was THE OPHELIA GIRLS, which I picked up completely on a whim after seeing a review on Goodreads, and I enjoyed it a lot even though it does have aspects of pretentious lit fic. It was beautifully written and full of mythological symbolism.

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