Moving to a Newsletter!

i somehow have posted everywhere but here, but, as the tin says, i’ve decided to migrate over to a newsletter rather than continue blogging on wordpress.

i decided to retire my wordpress blog and commit fully to a newsletter, partly because the wordpress editor is now SO glitchy, but mainly because managing both a blog and a newsletter meant i couldn’t properly manage either one. so, newsletter it is!

the newsletter will function like, well, a newsletter in that it will deliver news (expect another email sometime before my debut day in just TEN days!!!), but i’ll also use it to talk about various media.

this means books, yes, but also my other love, tv shows. i’ll be reviving a series i did on my blog talking about favorite characters, and i’ll be updating some favorite blog posts and sending them out in newsletter format (i.e. more condensed).

at some point i’ll also figure out the best way to do a q&a/ama series!

so, to summarize, follow the newsletter for:

✨ news and updates
✨ cover reveals
✨ event announcements
✨ what i’m reading and watching
✨ life updates
✨ interesting articles/vids/factoids
✨ favorite character series
✨ publishing info/advice
✨ q&a/AMA
✨ whatever tickles my fancy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

you can subscribe at https://hadeerelsbai.substack.com/


Wrap-Up: Fall/December 2022

  • Sanctuary by V.V. James
  • Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard


I don’t know if WordPress has simply gotten even more glitchy and annoying or if I’ve just forgotten how to use it, but it seriously might be time to find a new website provider. The only reason I used WordPress instead of Squarespace or Wix was because I liked the blog editor, but now I absolutely despise it so…we shall see.

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Anticipated 2022 Releases (Part II)

If you missed Part 1 of this post, check it out. As usual, I try to be circumspect, but my Goodreads 2022 releases list has 153 books on it in total, so there’s more books on here than I would like, even though I am trying hard to limit to my absolute most anticipated books! Also, as an fyi, some of these books have actually already been released, which isn’t how these posts of mine usually go, but due to the way I structured it this year, that’s what’s happening. Which is fine. They all come out in 2022, which is all that matters.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2022

  • When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen (★★★☆☆)
  • The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan (★★★★☆)
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (★★★★☆)
  • Sundial by Catriona Ward (★★★★☆)


Not too many books this month, but the number is deceptive, because I DNF’d FIVE whole books in April. Granted, I thankfully didn’t make it super far into any of them, but still, that was a lot of time spent reading that amounted to nothing. But hey, I tried, and I ended up clearing a few books off my shelves, so that’s always a win. I also spent most of my time this month watching television, which was a nice change of pace!

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