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Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2021

  • The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher (★★★★☆)
  • How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith (★★★★★)
  • Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters (★★★★☆)
  • Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (★★★☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 4
YEARLY SO FAR: 92

So, I read (1) more book than I had planned, and that book was a novella, so there’s not much to write home about there, but I think it was still a good reading month! I enjoyed all these books, no duds, and three of them are books that have been on my TBR for a long time.

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January 2022 TBR

I am still in a slump so I keep making TBRs and simply not adhering to them but I am desperately hoping the arbitrary cutoff of the New Year will magically end my slump so here we are. In any case, it’s a very small, manageable TBR (6 books!). Also, gotta love how one of my main goals for 2022 is to read more adult secondary world fantasy and there is not a single adult secondary world fantasy on this list. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anyway. Onto the books!

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end of year: accomplishments and resolutions

2021 Reading Retrospective and 2022 Reading Goals

I had a very odd and rather lackluster reading year in 2021, culminating in a really awful slump that began sometime in mid-June and still hasn’t really ended. Not really sure what the issue was, but I’m very excited for a new reading year. For this post, I’m going to be looking at how I did on my 2021 goals (not terrible), I’ll be examining some stats, and I’ll be listing my new reading goals/resolutions for 2022!

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Anticipated 2022 Releases (Part I)

As always, there are so many new releases I’m excited about. And as always, I’ve tried to be circumspect and discerning and have failed miserably, as I have 40 books on this list. Alas.

I’m doing this a bit differently this time. Normally, I have two most anticipated posts, and I separate them by release date (i.e. post number one includes January to June releases, while post number two includes July to December releases). However, because so many books are yet to have release dates or covers, what I’m going to do is just include all of my most anticipated books that do have release dates and covers, and in the second part of this post, which will probably come sometime in April or May 2022, I’ll post all the rest once details have been released.

I’m also breaking it up by genre this time, just to shake things up. Oh, and everything not indicated as YA is adult, as my enjoyment of YA has greatly declined, and therefore there are very few YA releases on this list (only 3, and all from authors I’ve already read and liked). I am also making the executive decision not to include sequels, but offhand, I am looking forward to Rebecca Roanhorse’s Fevered Star, Hannah Whitten’s For the Throne, and Tasha Suri’s The Oleander Sword.

Anyway, onto the books!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2021

  • The Visitant by Megan Chance (★★★★☆)
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (★★★☆☆)
  • Girl Serpent Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (★★★☆☆)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones (★★☆☆☆)
  • Queer Theory Gender Theory by Riki Wilchins (★★★☆☆)
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 6
YEARLY SO FAR: 88

Not bad this month, not bad at all! I read what will ultimately be one of my favorite books of the year, THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS. Man, let me tell you, I’m very picky about my romance, but when it hits, it hits. This was just…pure serotonin. I read the whole thing in pretty much one sitting and actually lost track of time; I cannot even remember the last time that happened. Actually, I don’t think it’s happened all year. It’s such a funny, charming book with so many tropes I enjoy, and it was just…such a genuinely good time.

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