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Black History Month TBR

Just like last year, I hadn’t planned on doing a themed TBR for the month, which is why I’m still working to finish three whole other books, but seeing everyone else talk about their themed TBRs has made me kind of want to jump in! A lot of the books people are reading and talking about are books that have been on my TBR for a while, so I may as well read them in February! Continue reading “Black History Month TBR”

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Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2020

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (★★☆☆☆)
  • Monster She Wrote by Lisa Kroger & Melanie R. Anderson (★★★★★)
  • I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum (★★★★☆)
  • Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier (★★★☆☆)
  • Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri (★★★★★)
  • Good Talk by Mira Jacob (★★★★★)
  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (★★★☆☆)
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (★☆☆☆☆)
  • Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford (★★★☆☆)
  • I Was their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib (★★★★★)
  • Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings (★★★★☆)
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carrol (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 12
YEARLY SO FAR: 12

As you can see, the reading year is off to a rather auspicious beginning! Continue reading “Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2020”

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15 Literary Fiction Books to Read in 2020

Y’all know I struggle with literary fiction, but one of my goals for 2020 is to read some more ~literary~ books. What do I mean by literary? I think the connotations of “literary” usually indicate well-written or experimental prose and a somewhat serious narrative dealing with serious, realistic topics. Or something to that effect. Not all the books on this list are hardcore literary; many, in fact, fall into that nebulous category of “upmarket” fiction – which is, as I understand it, literary fiction with a more commercial appeal. I think it’s a good mix! Continue reading “15 Literary Fiction Books to Read in 2020”

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Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2019

  • The Wicked King by Holly Black (★★★★★)
  • The Poison Master by Liz Williams (★★★★★)
  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 3
YEARLY SO FAR: 87

A rather paltry number of books read this month, which is fine. For various reasons December was not a super productive month for me, but I’ll get into that below when I talk about some life updates. In any case, I managed to finish a series (the Folk of the Air), which felt very productive, as well as read an older fantasy novel. So, in all, though I didn’t read a lot, I’m happy with what I read. Continue reading “Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2019”

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Winter Reads TBR

As we come upon the end of the year I find myself not wanting to read at all, let alone wanting to start a new book. There’s just something about the close of December this year that’s making me feel kind of listless; there’s probably a multitude of reasons for this, some of them involving potential shakeups in my personal life (i.e. I am anxious about a potential new job opportunity and cannot concentrate properly on anything), but in any case, I am also very excited for the beginning of a brand new year where I can start a whole bunch of new books!

The winter months in particular (January, February, maybe a bit of March) lend themselves to a particular kind of book. I try not to be too much of a seasonal reader, but I always succumb; winter in particular makes you want to cozy up with dark, cold books, and I have several books that I hope to start the new year with. I am also sticking with books I have in my possession, whether as physical copies or ebooks, because I would really like to make a dent on the books I own. Continue reading “Winter Reads TBR”

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Most Anticipated Releases for 2020

No explanation needed, but I just gotta say this is such a fun post to write, and I definitely refer back to my 2019 posts a lot; it functions as a nice TBR. I’m only including books that have release dates and covers announced, and, just like I did for 2019, will probably post another post like this during the summer that covers all the other books that have been announced.

This is not an exhaustive list of all the books on my Goodreads TBR, just the ones I am most excited about, because otherwise this list would be obnoxiously long. Continue reading “Most Anticipated Releases for 2020”

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Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2019

  • Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin (★★★★★)
  • The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (★★★★★)
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (★★★☆☆)
  • The Body Lies by Jo Baker (★★★★☆)
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover (★★★★☆)
  • Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney (★★★☆☆)
  • The Lost Sisters by Holly Black (★★★★☆)
  • Angel Mage by Garth Nix (★★★☆☆)
  • The Tenth Girl by Sarah Faring (★★☆☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 9 (8, really)
YEARLY SO FAR: 84

Does it count as a book read when it’s a 50 page novella? Ah, the dilemmas of a book blogger. Continue reading “Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2019”